Kapiti Observer : May 19th 2011
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Bears coach Terry Poko said the completion rate of about 66 per cent was a major factor in his senior first division team's 44-22 home ground win on Saturday. However, victory came at a cost for the Bears. They have lost second rower Tony Deuart for six weeks to a serious knee injury, and loose forward Alair Smith is also facing a layoff from possible concussion. The injuries could see powerhouse prop Sherrick Konia pushed into the loose forwards as part of a reshuffle, Poko said. Konia featured strongly in the game against the Eels in a man-of- the-match performance that again left his coach impressed. He's a machine. He just goes for gold, that boy,'' Poko said. Despite the solid completion rate, Poko said there was plenty to work at training this week -- including making sure the players keep their play tight throughout the game. Once the team began to pull ahead they lost discipline with the ball, pushing risky offloads early in the set of six and adopting a touch-style looseness, he said. The high-scoring match sees the Bears averaging 40 points a game this season, with the team tied for third in the competition. Despite the injuries, Poko said there was still a large squad to choose from and he will look at starting fresh faces for the rest of the month during the first round compe- tition. What I'm trying to do over these next couple of weeks is give every- body some game time and mix up the combinations.'' That will begin this Saturday with the Bears playing away to the Wainuiomata Lions. Chatham Cup run comes to an end By BEN STRANG Kapiti clubs have crashed out of the Chatham Cup football competition after defeats on Saturday to two of Wellington's best teams. Central League side Petone defeated Kapiti Coast United 3-0, while Waikanae went down 4-1 to Island Bay. Kapiti coach Alan Jones said he took a young team to play Petone at Memorial Park, with nine players under the age of 20, four of them under 17. Kapiti's aim was to limit Petone's midfield space, and it worked for much of the first half, but Petone finally broke through after 43 minutes. Petone increased its 1-0 halftime lead 20 minutes into the second period, putting the icing on the cake with a third as the game drew to a close. Despite the scoreline, Jones said his team played well against a team two divisions higher. Cameron Manclark and Jono Benner were standouts for Kapiti, but Jones said it was 15-year-olds Josh Harmer and Malcolm Finney who really impressed him. Meanwhile, Waikanae were out- played 4-1 by premier league side Island Bay at Jim Cooke Memorial Park, although they produced some gritty periods of football to stifle the visitors. Team spokesman Henry Collette said Waikanae were fired up for the match, the fullbacks halting runs by Island Bay wingers, sending the ball into the centre of the park. Ryan Kineally, Matt Belcher and Shane Eglinton formed a midfield triangle to break up play, although Island Bay dominated possession. The teams head back to normal league action this weekend, with Kapiti Coast United back at Mem- orial Park against Petone's Capital 1 side and Waikanae hosting Seatoun at Jim Cooke Memorial Park. Phone 04 297 1499 THE BIGGEST BIKE SALE ON THE COAST *The term Road Bikes refers to 700C wheel drop handle road bikes. Off recommended retail price. Models and stock may vary from store to store. Cash, Eftpos or Credit Card. Half price not available on Interest Free Finance or in conjunction with any other offer. **Bikes may have been advertised and sold below retail from time to time. MASSIVE SAVINGS** ON SELECTED MTBS 3743236AA 119 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-4pm Paraparaumu digs deep to reclaim pole position By BEN STRANG Big burst: Foxton No 8 Matthew Oldridge causes problems for the Levin Wanderers' defence in Saturday's senior reserve rugby match at the Levin Domain. Foxton won 12-6, their fifth win of the season, and left Wanderers languishing in last place with one win from six matches. Wanderers had led the match 6-0 with 77 minutes played, but a stunning turnaround by Foxton made it 6-5 with two minutes left, and then a break downfield won the match for the visitors. Levin Athletic lead the competition with 27 points, while Foxton have 25. College Old Boys and Toa round out the top four, with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Paraparaumu rugby coach Michael Hunter said his team showed its first signs of life in weeks during Saturday's prem- ier win against Levin Athletic. In boggy conditions at Levin's Playford Park, Paraparaumu captain Ryan Shelford led his team back to the top of the Horowhenua-Kapiti table with a 16-10 victory, after trailing about 15 minutes from the final whistle. Our forwards dominated the game,'' Hunter said. One through to eight were awesome,'' he said, singling out Shelford at lock and prop Ollie Barr. The game was shifted from Playford Park's No 1 pitch because of wet conditions, but the second pitch proved not much better, said Hunter. The visitors led 6-3 at halftime, after two Sonny McBride penalties to one from Athletic's Vili Tia. But Athletic came out stronger in the second half, Tia converting his own try to make it 10-6 after 60 minutes. Shelford led the Paraparaumu revival, scoring a try under the posts, converted by McBride, who also kicked a late penalty from in front of the posts for a 16-10 win. Athletic coach Jack Bowick said the tight'' game was good to watch, but he was disap- pointed with his team's errors after taking the lead. He said they had two chances to pull the game back on the final whistle, with wing Carter Hirini about a yard short of scor- ing a try. Their forwards edged us on the day, but I think it was those little errors which were the big difference,'' he said. We want to beat Pram, but we have had two close losses, and now we have to ensure we push on and win the semifinals' place.'' Hunter was happy with Para- paraumu's change in attitude. We dug deep on Saturday which hasn't happened for a while. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up now and beat Toa this weekend.'' Bottom-placed Toa will host the match at Te Atiawa Park. Shannon, who beat Toa 13-8 on Saturday, will host Athletic, while Foxton will face Rahui, after losing 20-30 to Waikanae. With five rounds remaining, Paraparaumu, Athletic, Rahui and Waikanae make up the top four, with Foxton, Shannon and Toa hot on their heels for a semifinals spot.
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