Waiheke Marketplace : November 10th 2010
35 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 SPORT Waiheke Shades & COVERS LTD Please phone to make an appointment 372 7700 or Tom 021 145 1008 / 027 635 1146 Fax 09 372 6267 13 Tahi Road, Ostend (Behind Te Matuku Oysters) Email firstname.lastname@example.org Sail away with... Shade Sails . Boat Covers . Truck Covers Bin Covers . One off Covers . Sail Repairs PVC Welding . Rope Sales . All Marine Hardware ...Full manufacture & installation ...Check out our competitive rates ...Contact us for a free quote today CADDIE'S CHAT The mystery of the recent mystery trip was revealed following a ferry trip in which reg- ular commuters relin- quished their favourite seats to 20 women golfers. Muriwai was the chal- lenge -- not a course for the elderly, short hitters or recuperating injured players. However, for the bunker lovers and the long shot specialists it was great. Thanks must go to Denise Allen, Sandra Pope and Vivien McGilv- ray for their organis- ation. Rachael Salisbury took honours in the individual stableford play with 38, Ruth Rennie came sec- ond with 31. Best back nine went to Pamela Atkinson with 14 and best front nine to Pat Proctor with 17. In the mystery pair competition Rachael Salisbury and Rene Ogilvie cleaned up with a combined 63 stableford. Rachael also took near- est the pin. With Muriwai now ticked off we can look for- ward to next year s mys- tery trip. Results are still not available for the last women s championship match. The Bronze I game hangs in limbo while Vivien recovers from a soccer match injury. We await the final outcome. Meanwhile, the annual invitation to men competition com- pleted this year s serious golf for Waiheke women. A good field enjoyed the weather and great course conditions at the well-attended event. Agnes Tully and Tom Hepburn with 85 stableford points took first place followed by Pamela Atkinson and Ray Pye with 83. Adair Dromgoole and Craig Jenson were third with 82.Cliff Bingham took the men s nearest the pin on the second hole. Jessica Burns the women s on the 13th. The women prevailed on the combined hole. Jude Morrison, with a very careless shot 15cm from the pin, took near- est the pin on the 17th and had to settle for a two. The day concluded with a chef s platter and prizegiving. Offshore golf -- Rachel Salisbury placed sixth in the silver division and Helen Magee eighth in the bronze at Auckland s champion of champs. League son returns with achievements under belt Trip home: Fourteen-year-old Brandon and big brother Dylan Smith. By GILL ALCOCK In three short years Dylan Smith has reached the dizzy heights of playing for an Australian rugby league club s top side, gotten married and become a father. Former Waiheke Mar- ketplace sports commen- tator Couch Potato Penny Pope always said he was the one to watch and how right she was. Dylan recently return- ed to Aussie to begin pre- season training for The Cowboys after spending time on Waiheke with family -- dad Shane, mum Tee and brothers Brandon and Jayden -- and catching up with friends. The front row prop last played for Waiheke for the under-12s team and he still considers the Waiheke Rams his num- ber one side. At that time the club had run out of players so Dylan was forced to travel to town to con- tinue playing. He played for Rich- mond, Ponsonby, New Lynn Stags and Bay Ros- kill before a Ponsonby Ponies manager orga- nised for a scout from The Cowboys to watch a semifinal match. They were getting thrashed at the time, says Dylan, but the scout still signed him up on the spot. For the last three years Dylan has been playing in the under-20s Toyota Cup for The Cowboys in Townsville. He has been on tele- vision a few times but it hasn t all been plain- sailing. He broke his ankle during the first year and had to have surgery on a broken thumb in the sec- ond. But last year he tore his anterior cruciate liga- ment two days before the season was about to start. The devastating injury forced him out for almost the whole season and required full knee recon- struction. Fortunately he had played well at the end of the previous year and, after a lot of hard work, was fit enough to play the last three matches. The coaches looked favourably on him and signed him up for The Cowboys top squad for 2011. During his time off Dylan was kept busy. Not only was he recuperating but he mar- ried Mere and became a father for the first time. The ink on his left arm is for his daughter Vikatoria. The tattoo is still a work in progress and has taken five hours so far. Dylan is now back with the squad training hard until the team breaks for Christmas on December 20. Then it all starts again on January 5 with three trial games before the season kicks off. All going well, Dylan will make his first team debut at an away game against The Broncos in March. While he focuses on club football for now, playing for the Kiwis in the future is definitely an ambition. He has represented New Zealand already as an under-16, which dad Shane says was one of the proudest moments of his life. There s nothing like seeing your son run out in a Kiwis jersey. He has also played for the New Zealand Maori under-18s. He would have loved to have been a part of the current four nations league competition. And as for doing a Sonny Bill , he says he will definitely not be changing codes. Warriors supporters will have to wait until round 15 -- the weekend of June 17 to 20 -- before The Cowboys play The Warriors. People wanting to watch their man in action at Mt Smart will have to wait until the very last game of the season -- round 26 during the weekend of Sept- ember 2 to 4. As for naming future ones to watch , dad Shane says young Bran- don has already been spotted and if he has a good season could be fol- lowing Dylan to Townsville. Youngest son Jayden is also showing huge promise. Fullers caters for fun runs By GILL ALCOCK Nearing the finish line: Runners in the 2010 Wharf to Wharf. A new start time for the 12km Waiheke Wharf 2 Wharf run and walk from Onetangi has meant Fullers has upped the number of fun run ferries from Auckland to three. Next year s event, which takes place on Saturday, January 15, is already well subscribed with en- tries from around New Zealand. The event options include the 25km run or walk from Orapiu to Matiatia which start at 8.30am, the 13km run or walk from Orapiu to Onetangi at 8.30am, the 12km run or walk from Onetangi to Matiatia at 9.30am and the 7km run or walk from Kennedy Point to Matiatia at 10.30am. The 12km start from Onetangi has been moved forward to minimise the bottle- neck on Onetangi Rd that was created when the 12km runners mingled with the bulk of the 25km contestants. Contestants from Auckland will now have to catch the earlier 7am Fullers ferry to get to the start line in good time, organisers say. This year sees the souvenir t-shirts changing from white to blue. They can be pre- ordered and picked up with race packs or bought after the event at the finish line along with the white base- ball caps. There will be plenty of water stations manned by community group volunteers dressed up in their Waiheke-style finery. Prizes include $500 in cash to the first man and woman to finish the 25km run and lots of spot prizes to be found in the race packs. And once again the BNZ will be sponsoring a spot prize of 2500 Fly Buys points -- the equivalent of a return trip to Sydney. Plus one in 10 entrants will receive a spot prize of 50 Fly Buys points.
November 17th 2010