Kapiti Observer : October 20th 2011
62 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 SPORT 4112520AA Celebrating 40 Years in 2011 Proud to be a Major Sponsor of Fundraising Tournament MEMBERSHIP TO SUIT •9Hole • 18 Hole • Midweek • Summer • Junior -- a new Kiwi F9 course We have it all Bring this coupon to Kapiti Golf Club and pay only $15.00 For 9 holes Valid until 23 Dec 2011 "The little golf club with the big reputation" Valley Rd, Paraparaumu Ph 298 6151 To be auctioned on Sunday 30th October at 2pm by the Professionals, Hutt City Ltd. All proceeds will go towards the new Ronald McDonald House development in Newtown. Auction Information Seminar Professionals will be holding an Auction information seminar on Tuesday the 25th, from 6 - 7pm at Mitre 10 Mega Petone. For further information about this property or to register for this auction please contact Professionals Hutt City Ltd Phone (04) 566 2233 or visit www.redcoats.co.nz/RED02820 'Advertisement proudly sponsored by this Community Newspaper' During the month of October Registered Master Builders Wellington and Mitre 10 Mega are joining forces to build a very special house in the Mitre 10 MEGA car park in Petone, for a very special charity, Ronald McDonald House. October 2011 at Mitre 10 Mega Petone 4093822AB Any woman can tri Entries for next year's Kapiti Women's Triathlon are open, with the 28th running of the event taking place on February 19. Based in Raumati, the main event consists of a 400 metre swim, 12 kilometre cycle and 4km run, which organ- iser Evelyn Williamson said anyone can give a go. There is something for everyone at the Kapiti Women's Tri,'' she said. We offer the full triathlon, a duathlon, a swim/run event and a swim/cycle event, and both the triathlon and duathlon are available in half distances.'' Williamson said each year more than half the entrants are new to the triathlon, and involve people from all over the Wellington region. With a fabulous group of loyal volunteers, very generous local sponsors and a whole heap of family and friends, the whole Coast seems to get behind the day.'' Maori TV is winner of cup coverage SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Asecond Rugby World Cup has been playing out behind the scenes in New Zealand, and it's been just as torrid as the one that has so engrossed us since September 9. Rugby fans have been able to watch key World Cup matches live on no less than five New Zealand channels -- TV One, TV3, Maori (English version), Maori (Maori language version) and Sky. The battle for viewers has been fascinating. TV One began sensationally, drawing 1.015 million viewers for the first match, New Zealand against Tonga. This immedi- ately followed the opening cer- emony, also a TV One triumph. For that first match Sky had an audience of 442,000 and Maori Television 177,000. As the tournament has progressed, however, the big mover has been Maori Tele- vision. By the quarter-finals, Maori Television was the most popular of the free-to-air channels. At times its audience was virtually the combined viewership of TV One and TV3. For the New Zealand v Argentina quarter-final, Maori Television drew 501,000, behind Sky (628,000), but well ahead of TV One (420,000) and TV3 (236,000). It has continued to rate extremely well. Generally Maori Television's audience is relatively small, so these figures are startling. Sky is the most popular rugby channel. Its main commentators are Grant Nisbett and Tony Johnson, supported by the likes of Grant Fox, Justin Marshall and Ian Smith. They're like old friends, after all the Super 15 and Tri Nations broadcasts, and we're comfort- able with them. They are con- sistently good, and Fox is a class apart as an analyst. The Sky viewing figures are impressive, especially consider- ing the potential audience is only about 60 per cent of that of free-to-air broadcasters. TV One has Andrew Saville as a commentator and Jeff Wilson and Taine Randell as experts. TV3's choices have been Hamish McKay, plus Richard Loe and Andrew Mehrtens. Neither channel has quite captured the public imagination. Maori Television has used Te Arahi Maipi as its main caller, though sometimes Keith Quinn has filled the role. The channel has called on what it has termed its Barbarians XV'' as experts. These have included Peter FitzSimons (superb), Pat Lam (a revelation), Wayne Shelford and Norm Hewitt. Julian Wilcox has led the Maori language broadcasts. Maori Television planned its campaign as efficiently as did the heavyweights on the field. It went with a low-key, chattier approach. Quinn, for example, while still providing a wealth of information -- his trademark -- has been noticeably more relaxed. The plan has worked well. Viewers have appreciated the less formulaic style. Maori Television has also built its rugby following. It will cover 16 World Cup games live (and all 48 in full), compared to nine by TV One and TV 3 (which have provided just highlights of many of the others). For New Zealand v Japan, Australia v Ireland, and New Zealand v Canada, Maori Tele- vision even out--rated Sky. When Maori Television announced it would cover the World Cup, many suggested scoffed. Instead the channel has introduced a whole new breed of television viewer to rugby, and has turned conventional rugby broadcasting thinking on its head. With no disrespect to Sky, which has been professional and efficient, Maori Television has provided the flair and is my World Cup winner.
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