Kapiti Observer : May 19th 2011
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Josh won the under- 16 player of the year, after taking 21 wickets at an average of 9.7 during the rep season. The Paraparaumu College bowler also scored 115 runs for the under-16 team at an average of 19.2. Under-14 player of the year Jayden scored a century during the Central Districts tour- nament in Levin, and three 50s during the season. He ended the year with 436 runs for the rep team, at an average of 43.6, and shared the largest partnership in all representative teams last year of 153, with James Logan against Wairarapa. Fawcett said the pair was presented with trophies, a $250 sports gear voucher and a $150 specialist coaching voucher. Basketball challenge A celebrity versus youth basketball match will kick off Youth Week in Kapiti on Saturday at the Kapiti Col- lege Gym. The game will pit a combination of Kapiti College and Paraparaumu College basketballers against Kapiti personalities to raise funds for the Christchurch earthquake fund. Con- firmed players include former All Black Paul Steinmetz and National MP Hekia Parata. Co-organiser Angelo Robinson said the 4pm match will be one of a number of entertain- ing games on Saturday afternoon, including a primary school match. The day kicks off at 2pm and there will be music, spot prizes and a bar- becue, as well as a Hot Shots Chal- lenge where people have 30 seconds to make five shots from five different positions. Whoever makes the most shots will win a prize. Robinson said a gold coin entry will raise money for Christchurch. On Sunday, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, there will be a free coaching clinic at the Paraparaumu College gym for under-15 players. It will include games, prizes, skills and drills. Pity the poor coach SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Too nice: Alex Ferguson is in trouble again. Photo: REUTERS Isee Manchester United man- ager Alex Ferguson is cop- ping it for being nice, which is ironic because it has not often been a failing of his. Ferguson has regularly incurred sideline bans for his critical comments about football match officials. Now he s in the gun for prais- ing referee Howard Webb before Webb controlled the vital premier league match between Manchester United and Chelsea. He described Webb as the best man for the job , which, absurdly, has led to a charge of improper conduct. The comment violated an English Football Association rule prohibiting managers from speaking about a referee before a match. Ferguson has just completed a five-match ban and incurred a £30,000 (NZ$60,000) fine for criti- cising referee Martin Atkinson. In 2009 he was banned for four matches and fined £20,000 for accusing Alan Wiley of being physically unfit to control prem- ier league games. Ferguson has served bans of at least two matches on five occasions in the last eight years and received fines totalling £75,000. Coaches/managers are a fertile source of stories. They get punished for all sorts of reasons way beyond their teams results. Buying and supplying drugs, sex- ual relationships with youngsters they re coaching, and taking bribes are three of the more out- landish. We haven t had too many out- rageous coaches in New Zealand. One who stood out was basket- ball coach John Dybvig, who regularly ran foul of the national association in the 1980s, mainly for foul language, though he once refused to bring his team on to the court in time for a match in Christchurch. Intense Kevin Fallon, who coached the All Whites in the 1980s, often ran into problems with officialdom. To judge by his behaviour on the sideline of some Auckland secondary school football games in recent seasons, Fallon still has plenty of fire in his belly. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, New Zealand men s hockey coach Kevin Marr was banished to the stands for his team s match against Germany, but this was more a technical breach about uniforms than objectionable behaviour of the Dybvig-Fallon calibre. Of course, coaches come in all forms. Some are firebrands, but there are also the likes of Ivan Cleary and Wayne Bennett, rugby league coaches who belong to the seen but not heard category. They have little to say to the media after a game and have turned into an art form the ability to offer a no-comment -- using words but saying nothing. I have considerable sympathy for coaches. It must be incredibly frustrating to throw yourself into coaching a team, to the semi- exclusion even of your family and the non-sport aspects of your life, and then have an idiot of a ref- eree, or a player who simply doesn t train properly or refuses to follow instructions, stuff it up. I d have something to say about it after the game, too. In such cases, it s invariably the coach, not the player, who cops it. If anyone ever doubted how expendable coaches were, look at our own example in 1996, when the New Zealand cricket team toured the West Indies. Players Chris Cairns and Adam Parore simply walked out on the tour and when it was all over they resumed their test careers. It was coach Glenn Turner who was sacked.
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