Kapiti Observer : May 19th 2011
39 THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 Artists Impression only Design Your Lifestyle Dream Here Be part of Kapiti's premium lifestyle community at Nikau Valley Enjoy panoramic rural vistas Only 8 Lifestyle lots Lot sizes from 4056m2 to 16,698m2 (1-4.1acres) Priced from just $180,000 *The underpass to Nikau Valley is just north of Boat City off State Highway 1 Greg Ashcroft Licensed Salesperson REAA 2008 LICENSED AGENT REAA 2008 TEAM MKH LTD p049029614 m 0274397670 e email@example.com TEAM MKH LTD MREINZ LTD Licensed Agent REAA 2008 3670009AA Motor Vehicle financier Oxford Finance has moved it's head office to new premises at 313 Oxford Street, Levin. The move was necessary as the company had outgrown its previous office. "There were 5 staff members when we moved into Oxford Street 11 years ago and now 22 staff work in the Levin branch with 3 staff in Paraparaumu", says General Manager Jenni Smith. "We are anticipating the move will generate more walk in business and encourage the public to visit our offices with enquiries for finance. Mostly we provide finance for motor vehicles but welcome enquiry on all finance options including boats etc. Our usual repayment terms run from one to three years but a five year repayment or a short term interest only loan is also available. Please Phone 0800 263 264 or visit our offices 313 Oxford Street • Levin • 06 367 0494 159 Rimu Road • Paraparaumu • 04 296 6137 Oxford finance is owned by Electra. Electra is a Trust owned electricity Lines Company International sports worth every cent Rose soars: Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose lit up Madison Square Garden during their match with the New York Knicks. Photo: REUTERS FROM Page 38 I watched Bayern defeat Borus- sia Monchengladbach there in April, and the home fans chanting was deafening after the goal was scored. Hardcore supporters sit behind each goal, and yell the team name back and forth at one another to spur the team on. The stadium is state-of-the- art, in contrast to my next experience, a football game at Liverpool s Anfield Stadium. After travelling to the other side of the world I was not going to miss my beloved Liverpool play a home match, and forked out €220 (NZ$400) to watch them play Manchester City. There are no large entry gates into Anfield, which was con- structed in 1884, and you have to search for the small entry turnstiles. Walking up four flights of nar- row, dimly-lit stairs to get to the seating, I wondered how a team that is followed worldwide had such an old and small stadium. I walked down to my third row seats, where unlike New Zea- land sports stadiums, I was sit- ting roughly five metres from the playing surface. New Zealand sports grounds are more spacious to sit in, but cannot compare with the atmos- phere and emotion of English football. With Liverpool scoring three goals in 30 minutes the fans were in raptures, and the chanting and singing stepped up a gear. With the home team coasting to victory, the club s song, You'll Never Walk Alone was sung by all but the small travelling con- tingent, giving me chills all over. By the end of the game, I had no voice, could not shake the goosebumps and had a cheesy grin smeared across my face. About 24 hours later I was standing outside Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks were hosting their second to last game of the NBA regular season against league- topping Chicago Bulls, who boast the league s best player, Derrick Rose. Think a Wellington Saints game on steroids. Almost 20,000 people cram into the multi-purpose arena for basketball matches, creating what some commentators call the best atmosphere in the sport. To add to the vibe, the Knicks had just secured their spot in the NBA finals for the first time since 2002. The Bulls wiped off some of the good feeling during the game, thanks mainly to Rose, but what happened next is virtually unheard of in New Zea- land sport -- Rose was fully appreciated for his talent. Rather than bagging the player for outclassing their team, the New York fans got behind him, and a chant of MVP even rang out across the crowd. Fans are also happy to share their knowledge with anyone unfamiliar with the sport. A Knicks fan sitting next to me would turn to me every 20 seconds to tell me interesting facts about the team, and com- mentate on the game. It was the same at a New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. Baseball is the biggest sport in the United States, with Major League Baseball earning billions of dollars each year through television rights alone. The Yankees are the most suc- cessful team in history, winning 27 World Series titles since 1913. As a keen American sports fan, I know the rules to baseball, but the fans sitting next to me went on to explain the game in full detail. Stars such as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, better known to some New Zealanders for dating Madonna, were pointed out to me whenever they walked on to the field. The atmosphere was similar to that of an international Twenty20 match at Westpac Stadium, until the nail-biting conclusion where the Yankees won in an extra innings. My experience showed me over- seas sports fans put themselves into their team more than Kiwis, who seem more reserved. By getting into the games and risking embarrassing myself in the process I have created memories I will never forget. Tickets to the games ranged between NZ$150 for baseball, to NZ$400 for football in England, but it was worth every penny.
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