Nor West News : January 29th 2015
8 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 29, 2015 SPORT World cup is one to watch By SARAH HARVEY The Cricket World Cup is a big deal. That’s the word from one- time Zimbabwe national cricketer and former Auckland domestic cricket coach Paul Strang in the lead-up to the event being held in New Zealand and Australia from next month. Strang played in world cups for Zimbabwe in 1996 and 1999 before retiring from cricket in 2001. ‘‘We were always the underdog and that was a tag we learned to carry very well at tournaments. ‘‘One way or another you affect the outcome of the tournament if you beat someone or play well enough against them that you affect their run rate. ‘‘My first one was India in 1996. That was my first visit to India so I got the whole Indian culture and cricket as a religion thing as well as it being a world cup. ‘‘It’s a huge event and great to be part of, it’s one of those special things.’’ It will be a big deal, too, for a lot of immigrants from Africa when Zimbabwe plays South Africa in both teams’ first game of the tournament at Seddon Park in Hamilton on February 15. The old ‘‘friendly rivalry’’ will kick in, Strang says. ‘‘There are a lot of immigrants who have made a new life here in New Zealand. A lot of them will be supporting the Black Caps but there will be a lot of people supporting their home country too.’’ Strang moved to Auckland about eight years ago to be the club pro for East Coast Bays before taking on the coaching role. He later worked with Papua New Guinea cricket as a consultant while the team was going through qualification for this world cup and for the Twenty20 world tournament. Since then he has been helping aspiring athletes in a role for Active Auckland Sport and Recreation – the regional sport trust for Auckland. He wouldn’t rule out a return to cricket and says the world cup will no doubt whet his appetite. ‘‘I am very excited, I am looking forward to it. ‘‘I am looking forward to getting into the hype of it. ‘‘I think it will be a memor- able thing for this generation like the last world cup, in 1992, was for that generation,’’ he says. ‘‘I think it’s going to be a pretty amazing six weeks.’’ International cricketer: Paul Strang played in world cups for Zimbabwe in 1996 and 1999 before retiring in 2001. Photo:ANDREWCORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT www.stuff.co.nz Spiral throw: Warriors playerSamTomkins fires off a pass during the semifinal against the Cowboys. THEY CAME TOGETHER TO BUILD A NEW WAY FORWARD. Auckland Nines is back in town The NRL Auckland Nines is back. All 16 clubs and 268 players will compete at Eden Park for a share of over $2.6 million of prize money on January 31 and February 1 during a knockout tournament showcasing the world’s greatest Rugby League talent. But first they’re giv- ing fans a chance to say hello, get some autographs and even throw a ball around on January 30 at Aotea Square. The day will include giveaways, activities, entertainment, a rugby league exhibition featuring all seven rugby league trophies, free kids rides and games, a marketplace and more. You’ll also be able to rip it up on the green with NRL players on a specially laid grass pitch from 9am as Watch the full story about Academy was a finalist in the 2014 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards at pmawards.education.govt.nz/fi nalists ➤FANZONE If you’re doing great things in education, we would love to hear about them. Entries for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards close on 20 March 2015 Visit pmawards.education.govt.nz Aotea Square will be a Fanzone during the Nines. Each day kicks off at 9am with a range of giveaways, activities, live game coverage and entertainment. Here are some live acts not to be missed: Saturday, January 31: ❚ MC, Hadleigh Pouesi MAI FM ❚ 10am, House of Shem ❚ All Day, DJ09 on the turntables Sunday, February 1 ❚ MC, Gary Pointon More FM ❚ 10:10am, Ministry of Tone ❚ 6:30pm, Sammy Johnson feat. Swiss. teams start to arrive and MCs get things rolling. What’s happening on January 30: ❚ 10am, Cowboys and Eagles ❚ 10:45 am, live music from Grace Brebner (Play It Strange Foundation) ❚ 11am, Roosters and Tigers ❚ 11.45am, Live music from Ianetta SolomonBrown (Play It Strange Foundation) ❚ noon, Knights, Rabbitohs and Panthers ❚ 12:35, Live music from Randa – NZ on AIR Critics Choice award winner ❚ 1pm, Storm, Raiders and Dragons ❚ 1:45pm, Live music from Talia Dalton (Play It Strange Foundation) ❚ 2pm, Titans, Broncos and Sharks ❚ 3pm, Eels, Bulldogs & Warriors ❚ 7pm, open air movie.
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