Waiheke Marketplace : September 14th 2011
30 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 SPORT Waiheke Shades & COVERS LTD Shade Sails Boat Covers Truck Covers Bin Covers One off Covers Sail Repairs PVC Welding Rope Sales All Marine Hardware Phone to make an appointment 372 7700 or Tom 021 145 1008 / 027 635 1146 Fax 09 372 6267 or Email email@example.com 13 Tahi Road, Ostend (Behind Te Matuku Oysters) WHS wins international match Haka power: An inspiring haka motivates Waiheke High School to win its first international match. To see the High School boys perform the school haka go online to www. waihekemarketplace. co.nz A sensational try in the last seconds of the game gave Waiheke High School rugby team a come-from-behind win in the school's first-ever international against a Tongan side last Thursday. Urged on by a fervent crowd of several hundred supporters, Waiheke staged a last-gasp comeback to steal the game after being two tries down early on. The Tongan squad came to Waiheke with high hopes. Although these hopes were dashed by being on the wrong side of a 25-23 scoreline, the Tongan team left a lasting impression on the island with their courteousness and their demeanour on and off the field. The team was selected from the Tongan under 14, under 15 and under 16 squads -- and players that met the weight restriction. Both teams were deter- mined to run the ball from all parts of the field and Tonga looked to have the edge over Waiheke at the start. But, as usual, Waiheke never lost their composure, and with some vigorous for- ward play and scintillating backline moves, the home side edged back into the game. The never-say-die attitude saw a final desperate, sweep- ing move suddenly breach the tiring Tongan defence. To the delight of an ecstatic crowd, captain Alex Branch was on hand to finish off the move and cross the line for a try that won the game for Waiheke when it was converted. Alex had gone off injured earlier in the game but returned to score the winning try. He took out the man of the match award, jointly with ace second-five Zah Zillig- Taylor. Tries were scored by Nick McCann, Clayton Mitchell, Ryan Bhana and Alex Branch. Ryan Walton kicked a pen- alty and, more importantly, the match-winning conver- sion. The Tongans boys -- impeccably turned out in their representative blazers -- were welcomed to the island with a powhiri at the school. This was marked with a passionate performance of the school haka that was then rivalled by the impressive singing performance of the 90-strong Tongan touring group. Also present were Tongan officials including the kingdom's minister of sports and youth. The powhiri and the food provided afterwards were a credit to the school's Piringa- kau (Maori) department, hos- pitality students and local Tongan families. Coach Ben Alexander says he was impressed by the generous support local Tongan families showed for the powhiri and the Tongan touring side. -- Vern Whitehead A walk on the wild side Taking a rest: Walkers at the inaugural Waiheke Walking Festival. The Waiheke Walking Festival will be coming hard on the heels of the Rugby World Cup so those keen to shake off the after effects of six weeks sitting on the sofa can make the most of the organised tramps. The Walking Festival bro- chure is already available detailing the different walks, dates and times. It can be picked up at the i-Sites, Fullers ferry office at Matiatia, many of the island's cafes and the library at Artworks. All the information, along with a list of the guides and the facility to book any chosen walks, can also be found at the festival website www.waihek- ewalkingfestival.org. With several of the walks, including the Madame Rouge'' and the Oneroa Outback'', fill- ing up fast, organiser Jenness Reeve recommends booking early for the remaining spaces. We have already taken lots of bookings and fielded many enquiries from around the country and abroad,'' she says. Residents who would like to take part in the festival as a volunteer walking ambassador should contact Mrs Reeve on 372-4459 to register. CADDIES CHAT A few moans this week. Play the Lie is not really a problem as the course is in great con- dition. But the greens are too fast. It's okay if your eye is in, but players rediscovering their long shots are forcing up on players ahead. Apologies given, the first round of the Captain's Trophy pro- ceeded with Sandra Pope top scorer with 38 stableford points followed by Jeanette Muggleston on 37. Jeanette had the only two of the day on the 13th and Agnes Tully was nearest the pin on the second hole. Offshore golf: Paka- ranga is holding its annual pairs day on Thursday, September 16, with six players from Waiheke taking part. Some great views in Barrier marathon Those wishing to take part in one of New Zealand's most scenic outdoor events should register now. Great Barrier Island's annual Wharf 2 Wharf marathon and half- marathon is on October 15 with entries closing on October 1. The spectacular event can be run, cycled or walked. Seasoned runners, walkers and cyclists and those fresh to the sport will enjoy the native beauty the event offers. The course commences at Port Fitzroy Wharf in the north of the island. The route covers an initial off-road native forest trail followed by a scenic trail below the summit of Te Ahumata Mountain, the site of his- toric gold and silver mining activity. The views on this section are of white sandy beaches and across an undisturbed Pacific Ocean. The remaining course route follows Great Bar- rier Island's south east- ern coast line and crosses over to scenic sandy bays around Tryphena harbour towards the finish at Tryphena wharf. Transport to the event attracts special airfares and ferry fares. Visit www. thebarrier.co.nz/ wharf2wharf.htm and email: wharf2 firstname.lastname@example.org for entry details and further information.
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