Kapiti Observer : May 12th 2011
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Whether it's the style or design of a new house or the dramatic impact that a re roof can have on the street appeal of your existing home -- allROOF Solutions have the answers for you. 101 Kapiti Road Paraparaumu Phone 04 298 8222 144 High Street Lower Hutt Phone 04 566 8742 www.kingdom.co.nz 2980964AU 2980964AU CELEBRATE New Zealand Music Month with Kingdom Music See in store for specials 2 free lessons with purchase of selected products Hard training is paying off By JOEL MAXWELL Tackling made a comeback for the Kapiti Bears on Saturday as they turned around their defensive woes to hammer Randwick Blue 40-8 in Naenae. Coach Terry Poko said the Bears worked hard on defence at training after the previous weekend's loss to Randwick Gold. In that game, the Bears missed 25 tackles in the first half alone, and completed only nine of 25 sets-of-six. This week defence was the cornerstone of the Bears' vic- tory with forwards and backs putting in a huge workload'', Poko said. A defensive reshuffle of players bolstered the team pattern and tightened up holes. Poko said a telling'' sign that tackling had improved was a 20-minute spell in the second half where the team successfully defended non- stop inside its own 20-metre line. The Bears worked a strong attacking game off their solid defence, notching up five tries in the first half, to lead 24-4, and three more in the second. Poko said the team also cut down on its handling errors -- completing 18 of its 30 sets. Second-rower Ihaka Johnson was named player of the day, after a hard- working effort that included 21 tackles and seven hit-ups. Poko said prop Sherrick Konia had another strong game, thriving in a position that at first glance might not fit his physical stature. He's not a very big fella, but he's aggressive so I tried him in the front row, and mate, he loves it.'' The victory leaves the Bears handily placed, tied in third spot in round one of the senior first competition alongside Porirua's Vikings. After the first round, the top six of the 12 teams will play another round robin followed by play-offs to find a winner of the grade. This Saturday the Bears will play the Te Aroha Eels in a home game at Matthews Park in Rau- mati, with kick-off at 1pm. KCU come back fighting By BEN STRANG A 2-2 draw against second- placed Waterside Karori shows Kapiti Coast United's Capital 1 football side is taking steps in the right direction, says coach Alan Jones. Saturday's match started well for KCU on a superb'' Weka Park pitch, with Cameron Manclark scoring early on, said Jones. However, the goal sparked Karori into life, the visitors equalising after about 20 minutes, and dominating for the remainder of the first half. We were a little bit disap- pointed at halftime, to be honest,'' Jones said. After taking the lead and playing so well they were a bit down.'' Karori maintained the inten- sity after the break, scoring to take a 2-1 lead, but in a reverse of the first half, that pushed Kapiti to up the tempo. Kapiti striker Jono Benner scored mid-way through the sec- ond half to tie up the match and then Jones said his team began to push for a winner. It was a pity the game wasn't about five minutes longer because I think we would have scored.'' Young left back Matt Jones played a strong game, while goalkeeper Dylan Hayes kept his team in the match at times in the first half. Manclark was also causing trouble on the right wing throughout the match, using his pace to scare defenders. To be honest, I am pretty happy with that because they are a top side. We have remained unbeaten at home this season. We aim to make Weka Park a fortress.'' Kapiti face a tougher chal- lenge this Saturday when they take on Petone's top side in Petone, in the second round of the Chatham Cup. It will be a learning experi- ence for our young players, and I'm really looking forward to that.'' Waikanae will also be playing a Chatham Cup match on Saturday, against Island Bay at Jim Cooke Park, Waikanae at 2pm. Waikanae lost Saturday's Capital 2 match against league leaders Tawa 2-5. Bluebirds boost flock By BEN STRANG Interception: Bluebirds centre Elise Niu steals a ball intended for Business House centre Amy Atkinson. Bluebirds will be seen flying around Kapiti's premier netball court for the first time in about eight years, after the club continued its comeback on Saturday. Club spokeswoman Vicky Gilmore said the club has doubled its team numbers for 2011 to four, with a premier team entering the top grade along with the reserve, senior A and B grade teams. The club had taken a few years out of the game before returning last season, and this year's player numbers have allowed it to enter extra teams. She said premier centre Elise Niu had been a major contributor in bringing the team together and bring- ing in some friends. Coach Maharata Nikora-Davis said it was the team's first full hit out on Saturday against Business House 1 at the Te Atiawa courts, and despite the loss she sees a number of positives for the future. Nikora-Davis said it was BH1's superior shooting that won them the game, 23-17, in wet conditions. We were really good, and if you watched the game you could see we won a lot of turnovers.'' But she said her shooters were not as strong, though that would come in the next few weeks. The Kapiti competition is in its grading stage at the moment, with Business House likely to play Para- paraumu College this Saturday, while Bluebirds will play Kapiti College. Nikora-Davis is hoping they will then play in a Kapi-Mana competition like last season, as premier numbers are low in Kapiti. The plan for the season had not been finalised on Tuesday.
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