Northern News : January 9th 2013
14 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 9, 2013 SPORT On yer bike to soon be campaign cry BIKING This summer is shaping up to be a long, hot one and the NZ Transport Agency is urging Kiwis to get on their bikes, enjoy the great weather and discover the many benefits that cycling can offer. The NZTA s 11th annual Bike Wise programme includes a schedule of cycling activities that will take place around the country starting this month and culminat- ing in Bike Wise Month, next month. While people get out and start enjoying the best season for cyc- ling, it s important that cyclists and motorists ensure they share the roads safely this summer. Cycling is a great summer activity but keeping safe on the roads should be a key consider- ation, says NZTA s spokesperson Jennie Gianotti. Here are some key tips to shar- ing the road safely: Safety Tips for Cyclists Be predictable: Make eye contact with other road users to ensure they are aware of you and signal your intentions clearly. Be confident: Ride in a straight line, at least one metre from parked cars and take the middle of the lane when you have to. Be patient: Slow down near par- ked or lined up vehicles. Pass slowly and only when safe. Be considerate: Try not to hold up the flow of traffic. If necessary, pull over to allow vehicles to pass. Safety Tips for Motorists Be aware: Watch for cyclists, especially in low light or rain, before opening car doors and at intersections. Cyclists may be trav- elling faster than you expect Be patient: Slow down near cyclists and if need be, wait behind them. Pass slowly and only when it is safe. Ideally, leave a space of about 1.5 metres Be considerate: Cyclists some- times need to use the traffic lane for their safety. Please give them time and space to move in and out of the lane For more tips visit bikewise.co.nz/ resources. RESULTS BAY OF ISLANDS GOLF CLUB KERIKERI Men s results, December 19, DRH teams 3 Best Ball Stableford. The final David Reid Homes Wednesday event for 2012 saw a full prize table of Christmas produce and generous payout to the majority of the field of 85. Frank Weber played the perfect shot on the fifth to score his first hole-in-one. Top scorers were: B Coen, J Butler, P Binstead, R Pyne 134, A McLeod, G Francis, M Robinson, P Devereaux 132, B Hansford, D Dent, G Gaston, P Jackson 130, D Potter, F Weber, G Brown, K Lab- rum 128, B Fletcher, C McAinsh, J Chambers, R Robertson 127, D Wilson, M Simister, N McLeod, R Simister 127, A Saaristo, B McGorman, N Plowman, P K Kumar 127. December 22, Stableford Haggle: Phenomenal scoring was the feature of the day with Peter Fiske and Barry Lines producing what may be their best-ever result. Results: P Fiske 49, B Lines 48, PK Kumar, 42, M Bennett 42, D Potter 42, J Chambers 40. Twos: B McGorman, S Polovnikoff. CLAY TARGET SHOOTING Kaeo Clay Target Gun Club Whangarei, Northland 200, December 29. 100 DTL Results: Possibles 100s: J Steed, C Erceg. 99s: M Reed, T Brogden, I Clarke. 98s: D Jecentho, D Wordley, G Nilsson, G Thorp, G Gee. 97s: A Squires, A Young, M Shaw, B Becroft. December 30, 2012 100 Target Shoot. Results: 1st 25: B Becroft, G Thorp, R Smith, J Stead, G Nilsson, M Reed; Pos- sibles 24: C Brown, B Cates, S Grady, D Jecenthco, J Nilsson. 2nd 25: J Stead, G Nilsson, M Reed, G Gee. Possibles 24: B Becroft, G Thorp, S Grady, D Jecenthco, J Nilsson, M Shaw. 3rd 25: B Becroft, S Grady, G Nilsson, M Reed, M Shaw. Possibles 24: G Thorp, R Smith, B Cates, J Stead. 4th 25: B Becroft, G Thorp, S Grady, G Nilsson, M Reed, M Shaw, G Gee. Possib- les 24: T Brandon, B Cates, M Bourke, S Ward. A Grade: 1 Mason Reed; 2 Grant Nilsson; 3 Bill Becroft; 4 Greg Thorp. BGrade:1BCates;2MReed;3M Bourke; 4 S Ward. C Grade: 1 T Brandon; 2 G Adams. Action at track spectacular Surprise, surprise: Flea McKay won all three demolition race wins at Taipa's speedway. SPEEDWAY Tough opposition: Northland Saloon champ, Roy Walker, didn't disappoint with two round wins. The promised dirt spitting and fender bending speedway action happened in sunny clear skies at Taipa Speedway s New Year race meet on December 29. Large numbers of spectators were awarded great speedway action throughout the day on a ter- rific, three-day rolled and watered track prepared by Taipa s Bruce Mallindine. The demolition teams turned their push- n-shove exploits up to the max from the very first race and ended the day with a spectacu- lar rollover in the third round. Bill Duval spun and pushed Cliff Larkin into an impressive turnover that resulted in an oil smoke, bil- lowing fire that was quickly doused by the Taupo Bay First Response Unit who are always on hand for this type of speedway incident. Flea McKay s front-wheel-drive Honda surprisingly won all three demolition teams races for the day. Kaikohe s Keith Wilson brought his new ex-Martin Halcrow Super Saloon out to play for the first time and was up against the successful Northland Super Saloon veteran, Ray Jordan. Wilson will be a force to be reck- oned with in the near future. Recently crowned Northland Saloon Champion Roy Walker won the first two saloon rounds of the day against tough opposition from Darren Emm and Ray Dare. Men s production saloons saw the return of the Steve Hannon Honda VTEC Integra in the hands of Daniel DeWaal. DeWaal handled the car superbly and gave New Zealand champion Rex Roycroft s Nissan Skyline a real challenge. DeWaal won the first round and after some rubbin -is-racin in the second round, Roycroft won the last battle of the day. Kaikohe s Mike James found the track to his liking in round one and held off Taipa s Roger Frear in the B Grade Saloons. Frear challenged for the lead and won rounds two and three. Melissa Timoti was unbeaten through the three rounds of ladies production racing, while Jaimee- Lee Aukett drove an excellent race to hold off a strong challenge from Mere Poharama in the first round of ladies C grade. Poharama was the first across the line in rounds two and three. The feature all-in final race of the day was hotly contested between Terry Grigg and Ray Dare with Grigg emerging the victor after 15 laps of spectacular nose-to- tail action. The second day of racing was cancelled because of heavy rain. Taipa Speedway s next race meeting will be on January 20. RUGBY LEAGUE NEWS From 2013, Rugby League Northland will man- age all rugby league in Northland, including the Premier Competition which RLN will take over from Whangarei and City District Rugby League. A senior subcommittee will be formed to run the competition. The season will kick off on March 30 with a replay of the 2012 Grand Final -- Hikurangi v Moerewa. The curtain-raiser will be a Warriors Develop- ment team to play a NorthTec Adam Blair XIII. RLN would like to thank Juanita Hool and the Whangarei City District Board for all the work carried out to ensure the game of league has been strong in Northland. Player development Rugby League Northland and NorthTec are join- ing forces this year to help the development of local players on and off the field. The 2013 Rugby League Academy will give successful applicants the opportunity to have coaching exchanges with The Warriors coaching staff, play matches against other academies and attend specialist rugby league training three mornings and two afternoons a week. With 2013 being its first year, this is the opportunity for Northlanders with a passion for rugby league to tie professional training to their tertiary study. There are two options available for potential academy members. Option one is a youth guarantee course where students will work towards completing a Certifi- cate in Vocational Studies (Sport and Rec- reation). This option is available only to learners aged between 16 and 17, who have not achieved NCEA level one and have not previously studied in tertiary education. As part of this option learners will be provided with a training kit and a free membership to Kensington Fitness. The second option for applicants is to be part of the academy while studying any other North- Tec course, but learners will need to pay $500 for training gear and Kensington Fitness member- ship. Appointment made Tane Kawai has been appointed the new rugby league development officer for the mid to far north region -- north of Kawakawa through to Kaitaia. Tane s role will be to build the image and brand of rugby league in Northland. This will include delivering a new programme, Leadership through League, into primary and intermediate schools, as well as co-ordinating the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy with secondary schools.
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