Kapiti Observer : July 7th 2011
64 THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011 SPORT HAPPY FEET HAPPY DEALS HAPPY ENDING 100% Wool Loop Pile Tennessee Twill Heavy Duty Worth $99.00/m Only $79.90/m (2 great colours) Santorini 100% Wool Textured Carpet Extra Heavy Duty and Stairs Quality Plus - Normally $233.00/m Now $148.00/m (2 great colours) WALL LIZARDS 101 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Phone 04 298 8222 www.kingdom.co.nz Kingdom Music presents The Village Inn Wednesday, July 13th 8.00pm FREE ENTRY! Spreading wide: Paraparaumu's Aaron Richardson looks to spread the ball against Athletic in Saturday's semifinal at the Paraparaumu Domain. Rahui favoured for rugby final By BEN STRANG Paraparaumu are claiming underdog status heading into Saturday's prem- ier rugby final at the Levin Domain, where they face a rampant Rahui. Paraparaumu swept aside Levin Athletic in Saturday's home semi- final, with Athletic struggling to break down the host's defence and failing to capitalise on opportunities, said Paraparaumu assistant coach Mark Benton. Sonny McBride was in stunning form for the hosts, commanding the match from the outset and involved in everything, said Benton. The first five-eighth converted tries to Sam Ralph and Garry Phelps in the first half, which saw Para- paraumu lead 14-0 at halftime. Ralph and Richard Bussey put the icing on the cake in the second half, scoring a try each, before Athletic scored a consolation try with about 10 minutes remaining. Benton said Paraparaumu's scrambling defence helped win the match, but Athletic did not take their chances. We took our opportunities and they didn't. It was as simple as that, really.'' Athletic club vice-president Gerald De Castro said Paraparaumu's backs were a little bit too clever for us'', and agreed that his team failed to take their chances. We have lost seven players since the first round to Australia at differ- ent times, and you can't replace players at that level.'' Benton said Paraparaumu is delighted to be in the final'' and is looking forward to playing Rahui, who have not lost since round four. In the other semifinal, Rahui man- ager Brett Karipa said his team played solid rugby against Waikanae before a 500-strong crowd in Otaki. Kick-off was delayed about 30 minutes after the reserve grade semifinal went into extra time, and keeping the team mentally prepared during the wait was difficult, he said. However, the wait seemed to affect Waikanae more than Rahui, with the home team making a flying start. Charlie Wilson scored the opening try about 10 minutes in, on the end of a flowing backline move which pulled Waikanae to pieces, said Karipa. Talented 19-year-old first five- eighth Tiakina Manga scored the remaining 22 points in the 27-10 vic- tory, including a try, conversion, and five penalties. He is a brilliant young player,'' said Karipa. I would hope [he gets selected for Horowhenua-Kapiti] . . . We have been looking for a good young first five to come through, so hopefully he gets used.'' With Sam Doyle at halfback and Teariki Peneha at second five-eighth, Karipa said Manga has been sur- rounded by experienced players to help his transition to premier pivot. He hopes the youngster continues his big match form against Para- paraumu in the final, but Parapara- umu coach Benton said Doyle is the one they need to stop. He has played for Wellington and the Hurricanes, so he is a top class player,'' he said. It will be a typical finals game. Rahui will be favourites to win the match.'' Waikanae manager Ross Mear refused to discuss the semifinal against Rahui. The final at the Levin Domain kicks off at 2.45pm, following the reserve grade final between Athletic and Levin College Old Boys at 12.45pm. Entry $5, college students, children free. Reserve grade semifinal, page 63. Practise against men to give Bluebirds edge Defence: Paraparaumu College goal keep Carissa Schreiber covers the shot of Kapi-Mana team, Kaka Bull Jam's goal shoot. PC lost their first game of the combined Kapiti and Kapi-Mana netball league 59-47. By AMY JACKMAN Leading Kapiti team Bluebirds made it six from six on Saturday, opening their combined Kapiti and Kapi-Mana premier netball campaign with a 58-37 win over Kahurangi. It was the first time Bluebirds had played in the combined draw and coach Maharata Nikora-Davis said it showed, as her team's performance was scatty'' and it was one of those games where the final score did not reflect the contest on court. The team we played, Kahurangi, were really good at coming back at us. We would get on a really neat flow and they would come out and counteract a lot of the things we were trying to set up, which would upset us and the score would reflect that. There's a lot of contesting for the ball and that means that if I'm going to commit to the ball and you're in the way, so be it'.'' She said there is a definite dif- ference in the playing styles between the Kapiti and Kapi- Mana netball centres and unless teams get used to the increased physicality they will not come out on top. To help her team, Nikora- Davis has arranged a game against a Wellington men's team at training tonight. The men are always so aerial, so it will be interesting to see how it goes really. You know, if we decide to try and commit to a ball and we hit them, they will probably be still standing and we won't be. When you are getting knocked around a little bit out there it does get to you. So it is for them to just push it away and just get on with the game and the game plan.'' Bluebirds next game is against Paraparaumu College A in a re-match of the top of the Kapiti table clash the teams played two weeks ago. Paraparaumu College A coach Leanne Brinck said her girls will be working on being available and hungry for the ball and speed through court to try and upset Bluebirds' rhythm. Nikora-Davis said Bluebirds goal for the game is to win and continue to strengthen combi- nations to forge a strong team, not just a strong starting seven.
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