Kapiti Observer : January 10th 2013
28 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 10, 2013 SPORT www.pumps-pipes-pools.co.nz 43 Oxford Street, Levin Phone: 06 368 8023 or 04 293 1717 Servicing the Horowhenua and Kapiti Coast for over 30 years 3059147AA SWIMMING POOL SERVICING • Pumps • Filters • Chemicals • Covers • Heaters FREE INSTORE WATER TESTS ALCOHOL FREE ZONE ALL public places from Paekākāriki to Waikanae 9pm to 6am, every day. Help keep our community safer. For more informa on: www.kapi coast.govt.nz Exis ng liquor bans con nue in Otaki 5043520AC Sevens signing tops off great year for Lahmert By BEN STRANG Waikanae Whizz'' Warwick Lahmert heads into the 2013 rugby sevens season as a nation- ally contracted player, and hop- ing to add to an amazing'' 2012 season. Lahmert, busy preparing for this weekend's national sevens tournament in Queenstown with his Taranaki team, said he had little rest over summer since being awarded a one-year All Blacks Sevens contract just before Christmas. It's awesome to pick up my first contract for New Zealand. It's a dream come true,'' he said. Pretty much means I can focus on my rugby but I will work when I get bored, because I like to do my training in the afternoon. Work in the morn- ings, and train in the afternoons.'' After returning from Dubai and Port Elizabeth with the All Blacks Sevens team in Decem- ber, Lahmert was given a week's rest, before getting into training with Taranaki for the national tournament. Horowhenua-Kapiti did not qualify for the tournament this year, but Lahmert said there would be more than a few local lads watching in Queenstown. Got a few of the mates from the Kapiti Coast coming down. It's my best mate's stag do down in Queenstown. I'm not going to be a part of it, but they're all going to be watching me play. Colesy [Kapiti All Black Dane Coles] is coming down, it's a few of the close boys. They've got a few funny things going on for when I run on and that sort of thing.'' Lahmert said it was good to return to provincial sevens play with Taranaki, and he tried to take some of his new skills and help the team out. However he wished he could still play for Horowhenua-Kapiti. It would be good to be back playing for the Nua, because I do miss all the Nua boys, but the Naki is my second home.'' Following the national tourna- ment the New Zealand team will meet for a training camp, with the squad for Wellington and Las Vegas named at the end of January. Lahmert hopes to add to his list of tournaments, with second placings at Gold Coast and Port Elizabeth, and a win in Dubai. New Zealand lead the world series with 60 points, ahead of France on 46 and Fiji on 44. The Wellington Sevens are held on February 1 and 2, fol- lowed by Las Vegas from Febru- ary 8 till 10, Hong Kong, March 22 till 24, Tokyo, March 30 and 31, Edinburgh, May 4 and 5 and London, May 11 and 12. Old Boys take out champions By BEN STRANG CONTINUED Page 27 Levin Old Boys caused an upset on Sunday, defeating Palmer- ston North one-day cricket champions Freyberg by seven wickets to progress in the Natio- nal Club Championships. Old Boys, who defeated Para- paraumu in the Horowhenua- Kapiti one-day final before Christmas, made light work of their favoured opponents, after Freyberg had elected to bat at Donnelly Park. Missing Central Districts' quick Bevan Small, Freyberg still boasted Manawatu coach and former Black Cap Michael Mason, as well as Manawatu captain Luke Murray. Levin captain Mike Rameka said his team got a welcome con- fidence boost early on, when Murray was dismissed for six. We were a bit surprised really,'' Rameka said. We expected them to be a lot better. They had Murray and Mase, but other than them and Small, they've got maybe four Wellington reps: Liam Watson, left, Jayden Stratford and Sean Mulholland of the Wellington under-15 team, and Jake Aitken of the Wellington U17s. Teens punch above weight By BEN STRANG Three Kapiti softballers played key roles in Wellington's under-15 natio- nal title win in Papakura last week. Liam Watson, Jayden Stratford and Sean Mulholland had starring roles throughout the tournament, including in the final against Auck- land which the team won 6-5. In the final, Liam had four runs batting in [RBIs], while Sean and Jayden were the starting pitcher and catcher combination, respectively. The trio play for Kapiti Coast Soft- ball Club's men's premier 2 and under-17 sides. Club coach Brent Mulholland said the boys were starters throughout the tournament, playing almost all the matches, and the entire final. He said the boys played at a high level, and were boosted by playing in the premier 2 men's grade through- out the year. Liam was a standout in the final with his batting skills and ability at third base. His four RBIs led the team, while he also used his speed to steal bases. That's the thing, our Kapiti team, most of these boys are eligible to play in the under-15s still, and yet we haven't lost a game in the under-17 grade yet,'' said Mulholland. They're also playing in the men's grade in the afternoon, and we're competing really well in that grade, a lot better than we thought we would.'' He said the added speed and power of the men helped the players at the under-15 tournament, where some players had plenty of speed to their pitching. The pitcher for Auckland was bloody fast, but our boys are used to that speed now so it wasn't a prob- lem,'' he said. It's also their confidence. They've built on that confidence over the past couple of months.'' Sean was named pitcher of the tournament, and will be backing up for the Wellington under-17 side this week in their national tournament. Sean hasn't been pitching in the men's grade, but he'll be starting this year. Instead we'd been getting him to play in the outfield as well so he can play two positions.'' Kapiti's Jake Aitken will join Sean in the Wellington under-17 team. He also plays for Kapiti Coast in the under-17 and men's grades. Kapiti Coast get their premier 2 season back under way this weekend at Te Atiawa Park.
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