Kapiti Observer : January 12th 2012
28 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 SPORT SUPER GARDEN TRAIL Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January From 10.00am to 5.00pm each day For further information view www.eventfinder.co.nz or email email@example.com or call John on 04 293 6607 Waikanae Lions Proceeds to Life Flight Trust Tickets $15.00 (Children free) Tickets available from Kapiti garden centres or gardens on the day 4294838AA Sideline specialist's World Cup ambition Flag bearer: Simon Lount of Paraparaumu has been named a FIFA match official, able to run lines at international football matches. By BEN STRANG Don't be surprised if a familiar face is patrolling the sidelines as the world's best football players fight out the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018. That is the goal of Parapara- umu man Simon Lount, 30, who has this month been selected as one of seven Kiwis to be granted FIFA match official status to control international matches. The assistant referee, who looks after substitutions, off sides, out of bounds, and calling fouls which the referee may not see during the match, said he got into the role in 2007 after moving to New Zealand from the United Kingdom. You start as a general ref- eree, but as you move up you begin to specialise and focus on one area of refereeing,'' he said. I took the advice of some people and decided to focus on the assistant refereeing, which is the best chance I've got of going places.'' Lount said gaining FIFA status means he can referee at international tournaments, and can now be selected for A League and O League matches in Australia and the Oceania region. I'm hoping I can get a couple of A League matches under my belt, and keep going to higher levels.'' In the past Lount has been on the sidelines at Wellington Phoenix warm-up matches, and said his career highlight to date is being the assistant during the All Whites match with Paraguay in Wellington in 2010. With the added pressure of performing with the television cameras rolling, Lount was happy to report that he had a flawless performance, bar one borderline call in the 91st min- ute. So I was pretty happy with that, I got everything right when it mattered.'' With calls around the game for technology to be introduced to help football officials make the right decisions, Lount believes there is only one tech- nological change needed in foot- ball. I think they should have the goal line technology to say if it is or isn't a goal. There was a shot by Shane Smeltz against the Phoenix the other day, and it was so fast that when it cannoned off the cross- bar and into the line, no human could have seen if it was in or not.'' He said technology can make those decisions, while humans can cope with making the other tough decisions. Lount said his goal for the future is to be named an official for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, adding the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be too soon for him. There is also an under-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015 so I would love to be involved with that.'' Sevens star: Taranaki's Warwick Lahmert training for the national sevens tournament in Queenstown. Photo: FAIRFAXNZ Sevens hopeful Former Paraparaumu man War- wick Lahmert has been named among the 30 players who will compete for a place in the New Zealand sevens squad from Tuesday next week. Lahmert moved to Taranaki after impressing with Horowhenua-Kapiti at the 2010 national sevens tournament, and has gone from strength to strength. He will compete for one of the sevens contracts for 2012, but New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens said they also know we have an eye on talent for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016''. This is a really exciting time to be involved with sevens rugby,'' he said. With fulltime sevens contracts up for grabs in the future there are some talented young players coming into this trial that could put their hands up as Olympic medal hopefuls in Rio in four years' time.'' A national contracted squad of 15 will be named on January 20 at the conclusion of the trial and will assemble in Wellington on Janu- ary 26 ahead of the international tournament in the city on Febru- ary3and4. 'Just not cricket' ruling By JOEL MAXWELL Senior club cricket competition ignited on Saturday amid calls that Kapiti Old Boys' brand of cricket, just isn't. Kapiti enforced a rarely used dismissal, so incensing their Paraparaumu opponents that it changed the course of their one- day match at Kena Kena. Paraparaumu captain Adrian Riley said the decision to give out first-drop batsman Guy Bor- ren for obstructing fielders ran against the spirit of the game. It was strange -- I've never seen anything like it . . . I think it's unsportsmanlike . . . I just don't think it's part of cricket really.'' Paraparaumu was 31-1, chasing 163 for victory, when Borren completed a single then lifted his bat, which struck the ball as it was returned to the wicketkeeper. Riley said an appeal was made and the umpire decided Borren deliberately obstructed the ball -- with the call on whether to enforce the decision left to Kapiti captain Ben Strang. Strang would not withdraw the appeal and Borren was forced to trudge off the field, given out in one of the rarest dismissals in the game. Riley said Borren had not deliberately hit the ball, and had completed the single anyway -- with the ball effectively being dead. Borren's departure, for zero, was followed by a batting col- lapse that included three other ducks and a single run before tailenders pushed the score to 128-all out. Everyone was still trying to contemplate what had gone on and it all fell apart,'' Riley said. Strang said he had no problem allowing the decision, with the obstruction appearing deliberate to both him and the umpire. If it had deflected on to our wicket keeper it could have hit himintheface. ..theonly reason we gave it out was because it was a safety thing.'' Strang said it was Para- paraumu's angry reaction that cost them the game. The main striker for Kapiti was Daniel Franks, grabbing a five wicket bag bowling medium pace outswingers. Meanwhile Levin won its match against Weraroa in the other game of the first round of the one day competition, with a comprehensive 111-run victory. Captain Mike Rameka said his team played well and was benefiting from a strong squad that means when players are out, others could step up.
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