Nor West News : April 26th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 12 NOR-WEST NEWS, APRIL 26, 2012 SPORT 0800 TOTALSPAN Triples tournament finally gets under way Fine weather brightened the last Thursday triples tournament for the year at the Waimauku Bowl- ing Club. It follows wet weather cancellations for two previous tournaments. Thanks to greenkeeper Colin Cal- der the surface was run- ning perfectly for the event sponsored by Steve and Debbie Theobald of Harcourts Realty. The club's closing day, prizegiving and after- noon tea will be on April 29.Roll up at 1pm, weather permitting, and prizegiving at 3.30pm. Results: Kerry Dye, Laurie Murphy, Glen Dye (Hen- derson) 1; Ivan Farac, George McTavis, Lloyd Wong (Hobsonville) 2; Arthur Colville, Geoff Sorrill, Bob Stephenson (Helensville) 3, Colin Calder, Des French and Hilton Jamieson, conso- lation; Arthur Colville, Geoff Sorrill and Bob Stephenson, jackpot. Pioneers slow to get going the VILLAIN Charging through: Pioneer Jimmy Tuiviati evades the tackle in his team's 39-6 win against East Coast Bays. Prime pivot: First-five Jamie Taulagi looks to navigate the rugby ball to his Western Pioneers team-mates. The Western Pioneers con- tinued on their winning way when they soundly defeated East Coast Bays 39-6 at Windsor Park on Saturday. Following the rout of Taka- puna, hopes were high they would continue on from where they left off, but it was n ottobe . The execution of the basics were not as precise and only into the second half did they get the scoreboard ticking over in the style their supporters are accustomed to. Western fans remembered how their team tripped up last year, but despite an indifferent start, there was never a chance of anything but a Pioneers win. Bays took an early lead through a penalty. The Pioneers were not long reply- ing, when Malakai got good turnover ball and the ball was quickly spun out to Ric- hie Ah Chong. He didn't have a lot of room but with the speed of Usain Bolt he left the defenders gasping as he dotted down in the corner, 5-3. Bays missed a penalty, and the Pioneers got back to an attacking position. From a ruck in midfield they spun the ball to the short side to Ah Chong's wing. Once again he made the defence look like tortoises as he sped down the flank and under the posts. This guy has wheels. The field itself was not in good shape and looked like a plague of grass grubs had attacked the turf. It was in worse shape after Ah Chong left scorch marks every time he handled the ball. This was one of the two of seven tries that were converted and the lead was now 12-3. Bays closed to 12-6 with a penalty. Shortly afterwards the Pioneers were awarded a rare penalty 5 metres out and under the Bay's posts. The Pioneers called for a scrum, and, despite their move not coming off, J J Taulagi stepped through for the try to complete the first half's scor- ing, 17-6. In the second half the Pioneers were in total control and should have posted a cricket score. Several tries were ruled out and handling errors close to the line cost other chances. Junior (Amin- iasi Waqabita) did score a very easy try from a cut-out pass. From the restart, the Bays kick-off was not going to go the 10 metres. Hooker Tai Tupou wasn't waiting for it to bounce and he gathered the ball, ran 20 or so metres before passing to Michael Farmer, one of the Pioneers fastest forwards, who gal- loped away to score. With 10-15 minutes left, substitutes were now entering the fray, and mak- ing solid contributions to the Pioneers performance. Fou Tuivaiti scored under the posts when he gathered in a lovely back flip pass, and then our Blues player David Raikuna, desperate for game time and the thrill of being in a winning team, made a break which lead to Fou get- ting his second try on fulltime. Taulagi converted and the match ended 39-6. Welshman Josh Williams turned in a player of the day performance and not far behind him was Malakai. Josh has put on a kilogram or two and his running with ball in hand is strong and aggressive. The Western Pioneers Senior First team kept its unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought 22-20 win over East Coast Bays. Rory McGahan was a major points contributor for them, kicking four second half penalties and scoring a try. The score flattered Bays who scored a last-minute converted try. David Raikuna played for 30 minutes after being out of the Blues team in recent weeks because of injury. Next week the Pioneers head to Marist's grounds beside the North Harbour Stadium to take on their teams. The good news kept coming from our feeder teams: The Helensville Under- 20 team defeated Silverdale 29-15. Coach Daniel Keefe reports they beat Silverdale 29-15 with try scorers Matt Nio-Aporo, John-Paul Nehe- mia, Alex Bennett, Jordan Hildreth and Duke Hemena with Hildreth two conversions. There was a huge game from the front row of Eriapa Uruamoa and Deon Paki-Samson, especially Cam Mcdonald who filled in at hooker where he hadn't played for eight years. Solomon King had another outstanding game in the midfield with some great defence reads putting in spot tackle after spot tackle and Duke Hemena had some great runs and constantly tested Dales defence when he had ball in hand. Next week the team plays East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. The Kumeu Under-21 team defeated Marist by 53-36. Karate's a Callaghan family affair Relative rivalry: Shane Callaghan, Mitchell Callaghan and Michael Callaghan of Te Atatu display their karate medals. By CARYN WIGMORE Visit nor-westnews.co.nz to see a video of a karate fight at the tournament. Family feud: Michael Callaghan kicks dad Shane Callaghan as they fight for gold in the continuous kumite open black belt division. Photos: JANELLE CALLAGHAN Fighting is a family affair for the Callaghan boys of Toukon Ryu Karate. Shane Callaghan, son Michael and nephew Mitchell entered the sparring divisions in an all-styles tournament at Massey High School. The Te Atatu Penin- sula family took home medals from the compe- tition, hosted by West Harbour club Toukon Ryu Karate. Students from Riverhead Dojo and Taupaki Goju Ryu Karate were among 55 martial artists who squared off at the tour- nament which included kata and a fun sumo event. Shane Callaghan scored gold in full con- tact kumite (sparring), silver in open continuous kumite and third in points contact kumite. Son Michael, aged 17, won gold for open kata and continuous kumite and came second in points contact kumite. Father and son went head to head in the con- tinuous kumite open black belt division. Michael beat dad -- his karate instructor -- to take home gold. Grasshopper beats the teacher,'' Shane says. His nephew, 9-year-old Mitchell found his first tournament nerve- racking, Shane says. But the orange belt conquered his fears to win the continuous kum- ite in his age and grade division. Mitchell appeared ner- vous in the kata division, Shane says, but came out full of confidence to win the continuous kumite division. Visit toukonryu-karate- auckland.co.nz or phone 021 297 2431 for karate classes.
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