Wednesday April 6, 2017
Ale-gargling golden oldies start their 30th season By Dave Crampton
The Wainuiomata WAGS are gearing up for another fun-filled rugby season – but if they are caught training, they`ll be in trouble. So said Willie Gemmell, a 52-year-old prop. “We don’t practice. If you get caught training or practicing, you get fired,” he said. WAGS – or Wainuiomata Ale Garglers Society - is an over 35’s rugby team who play Golden Oldies rugby in the greater Wellington region, based at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club. While playing in the Wainuiomata colours, different age groups wear different coloured shorts. The team, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, compete in a 14-team competition in the greater Wellington and Wairarapa areas, but don’t take themselves too seriously. “There’s a bit of tongue and cheek
going on,” Willie said. The oldest player, hooker Brian Hefford, is 82, and as a player older than 70, plays in purple shorts. Those up to 50 wear red shorts, and the rest play in gold shorts. The Golden Oldies ethos is based on ‘fun, friendship and fraternity, for those who have retired from serious competitive play, but wish to participate in their favourite sport for sheer enjoyment. “We are like-minded people who enjoy being able to run around on a paddock,” Willie said The team was formed in 1987 after a group of more mature rugby players had been watching a sports programme on how Golden Oldies Rugby was becoming increasingly popular. In 1987 after a major fundraising drive, they travelled to Toronto for the World Festival, some of these original members, including Brian, still play today. Golden Oldies rules are slightly different than competitive rugby rules. For a start, each half is 30
WAGS are looking forward to another season of playing, eating and drinking
minutes long, except for tournament play, when each game is two 10 minute halves. No tries are converted, and all games end in a draw.
Cycling up Mt Everest - Wainui style
Everybody wins – and then enjoys the post-match events. “We always go out for a beer and a meal, Willie said. But do they gargle ale?
“Oh yes, in copious quantities,” Willie said. The WAGS season kicked off last Sunday at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club.
Harriers season starts Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club held its start of season Chocolate Run last Saturday afternoon. There was a great turnout of adults and kids participating in the 2km, 4km and 6km run/walk. Before the run/walk started every participant had to guess a time they would complete the course in. The closest participant to their guessed time won some yummy chocolate treats. There was also a spot prize draw so no one
missed out. A massive thank you goes out to Rhi from Whittakers for helping to sponsor this event. The next event is the Wayne Tucker Memorial club race on Saturday April 8 at 2pm held at Rimutuka Forest Park. If you would like to know about the coming harrier season and would like to get involved then feel free to give Nikki a call on 021 023 48292.
By Dave Crampton
At 5.30am on Saturday Tim Caughley started cycling up the Wainuiomata hill. By 9.30pm he had gone over the hill 47 times without stopping; a total of 182 km. His total cumulative climb was 8910m. That climb is longer than the height of Mt Everest. The Lower Hutt 45-year-old was doing an Everest cycle challenge, where you ascend a hill multiple times until you have cumulatively climbed 8848m, the height of Mt. Everest. Tom was also raising funds for Te amanga Hospice, and training for a 24-hour world endurance mountain biking event in Italy in June. “I was doing this challenge as part of my training, and taking the opportunity to give something back by gaining support for Te Omanga Hospice,” Tim said “Te Omanga provide support for family and friends across our community, so it was a privilege to combine the challenge and a fundraiser for them.” “The hill I chose, the Wainui hill, has an elevation of 189 meters with an average 10.3 per cent gradient.” Tim has been a keen mountain biker for many years and for the past 18 months has been doing endurance mountain biking in preparation for Italy. It took him an average of 19 minutes to cycle up the western side of the hill each time. His partner, Steph Weller, herself a keen hockey player, was parked at the lookout all day with a collection box as well as refreshments, such as coke, ginger beer and bananas, as Tim passed the summit. While Tim was cycling for 14 hours, he is used to 24 hour endurances events, but not as much hill work, so the hill was good practice.
with Jacob Page
The records Taylor made for the Kane Train Tim Caughley at the halfway point of his epic ride.
“It’s three times the ascent of a normal 24-hour race,” Steph said. “It’s the experience of a 24-hour race, but its only over 15 hours.” However, the task got tougher after darkness, and he was exhausted afterwards. “I could hardly move (afterwards),” he said. “The last seven laps were painfully slow.” Her managed to raise $1300 for Te Omanga Hospice. “We had a friend who went through Mary Potter Hospice – so we have got a commitment with the hospice,” Steph said. They have set up a Givealittle page, https:// givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/everest4hospice, which is open until April 8.
In a perfect world it would be nice for Ross Taylor to beat his late mentor Martin Crowe’s New Zealand record of 17 test centuries but it’s likely the Kane Train will steamroll that before the chance is there. Williamson, now the undisputed leader of the Black Caps, equalled Martin’s mark with a stellar century against South Africa to close the home summer. At 26, Kane is the youngest Kiwi ever to 5000 test runs and with potentially another decade to go, it appears all sorts of batting records will be his before it is said and done. He also won back-to-back Sir Richard Hadlee Medals for the best New Zealand cricketer. Taylor, who’s been out with leg issues, is on 16 test centuries. While his body is starting to slow, his form over the past two seasons has been stunning. The Taylor/Williamson duo in the
heart of the batting order has kept New Zealand more than competitive in a time where there are plenty of holes to patch up. New Zealand is missing a genuine all-rounder. James Neesham has failed in the role, Corey Anderson is constantly doing a Jacob Oram impersonation (being forever injured) and while Mitch Santner’s spin bowling has improved, his batting has regressed. Henry Nicholls is still an unproven commodity at No 5 also. There have been plusses. Neil Wagner has been a star with the ball. His constant hustle and desire has willed wickets his way. Had it not been for a rained out final day, which cost New Zealand a drawn test series against South Africa, New Zealand could be well satisfied with their summer’s work.
Wainuiomata News 05-04-17