Northern News : August 8th 2012
13 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2012 SPORT Northland boxer in southern win Canterbury Belt: Michael Pirini from Waiharara takes the Elite category in Christchurch on July 21. Boxer Michael Pirini from Waiharara is punching high these days, having taken the Canterbury Belt in the Elite category in Christchurch on July 21. His bout was against the previous titleholder, Matt McLeod from Otago. Michael, 19, originally boxed out of Kaeo Gym under the expert care and tuition of Rusty Porter. Michael and his family said Rusty treated him like one of the family and they would always be grateful to him. These days Michael is undertaking an infantry course at Burnham Military Camp and continues his box- ing training at a local Christ- church gym. Netballers have field day Goal strike: Kerikeri, in navy and white, setting up a goal against Whangarei. The Netball North Field Day was held at Whangarei Netball Centre on August 5. Kerikeri Netball Centre representative teams for years 7 and 8 and U15 took part and had a successful day. All players from defence through to attack gave 100 per cent and played well against tough competition. It was the first tournament for year 7 with some well-deserved wins. The year 8 team played off against North Harbour to finish runners-up and the U15 team finished fourth after losing to Whangarei in the playoffs. Let's sing to unsung heroes of sport Making it happen: Bad weather doesn't deter keen nominators for the Sport Volunteer Awards at Whangarei. Sport is a huge part of Northland communities and often plays an important role in many people s lives. The Sport Volunteer Awards provide a great opportunity to say thanks to everyone who makes sport happen, from referees to the kit washers and fund raisers. Anyone can nominate a sport volunteer and there are some great prizes to be won, including a $250 petrol voucher up for grabs for the school or club that can dem- onstrate how they are back- ing the awards. To nominate go to sport nz.org.nz/volunteers or visit the Sport Northland office at 62 Gillies St in Kawakawa (above the Community Link building). Nomination forms and entry boxes will also be situ- ated at ASB branches in Kerikeri and Paihia. With each nomination, a thank you e-card goes directly to the nominee. Hard copy nomination forms are available. Nominations close mid- night on August 28. For more information contact Paul Cleary on 0274 425 874 or 09 404 0508 or email email@example.com. Milestone game and new role for ref Rugby referees, like any sportsperson, strive for a top game. Kyal Collins from Kerikeri is one of Northland Rugby Referees Association s top referees and this season he oversaw his 100th premier game of rugby. Referees need to hone their skills, fitness and knowledge of rugby rules to referee these top-of-the-table competition games. Kyal has been refereeing for 10 years and lately has taken on the role of referee education officer for North- land Rugby. The association has nearly 100 referees volunteering their time, travelling widely to cover all levels of rugby from Wellsford to Te Hapua in the Far North. It is really pleasing to see more women referees join the association, Kyal says. The growth in women s rugby and sevens is going to offer lots of opportunities in the near future. For more information on how to become a rugby referee phone or text 021 639 733 or visit taniwha.co.nz. Quarterfinal cliffhanger goes down to last minute In control: Sam Green makes a run for Kerikeri. Kerikeri Bay Builders FC travelled to west Auckland to play Waitemata FC in the quarterfinal of the Fed- eration Cup on August 4. The home team domin- ated the first 20 minutes but found the Kerikeri backline and keeper in excellent form. Kerikeri skipper Kieran Nagel opened the scoring with a superb header over the Waitemata keeper to make the halftime score 1-0. The second half was played at a ferocious pace with Waitemata pressing forward. Kerikeri broke away and Damon Lucas fired a trade- mark shot into the back of the Waitemata net but Waitemata scored to keep the game on knife-edge. Kerikeri coach Jim Brooks made some substi- tutions but following a foul, Kerikeri were reduced to 10 men. With seven minutes left and Waitemata equalised but with a minute left on the clock Dwain Beazley scored a third goal for Kerikeri sending his team- mates and supporters into raptures. Final score 3-2 to Kerikeri. Carters player of the day James Daley. Kerikeri s next game is with Madhatters FC at 2.45pm Harmony Lane, Waipapa, on August 11.
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