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Thursday August 17, 2017

SPORT

Kid’s sports festival all fun and fair play

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Sports talk

with Jacob Page

In Justin Marshall I trust

Pupils from Karori Normal School with former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk at a Sportsfest event on Tuesday. PHOTO: Supplied

Thousands of Year 5-8 students from across the Wellington region experienced fun, friendship, and fair play at SportsFest this week – encouraged by a group of Kiwi sporting heroes. SportsFest, multi-sports festival exclusive to Wellington held on Tuesday and Wednesday, focussed on participation, and games are modified to suit younger players – like Rippa Rugby and Minipolo. Kiwi sports stars involved included netballer Irene van

Dyk, rower Peter Taylor and heptathlete Sarah Cowley-Ross who offered advice, encouragement and stories from their years of experience as high-performance athletes. Wellington City Council’s education partnership leader Elspeth McMillan said she was pleased with the strong support already shown for the event from schools around the region. “For the third year running we’ve had a good uptake with 50 schools and more

than 3000 students participating. This is in addition to team managers, sports coordinators, and of course we couldn’t do it without parents volunteering their time too,” she said. “SportsFest also couldn’t happen without the partnership between Wellington City Council, Primary Sport Wellington, ASB Bank, and 11 Regional Sports Organisations – all coming together to make this unique event a success for the capital.”

The Crusaders’ Super Rugby victory gave me a chance to rub a few friends’ noses in it and the best way to do it was Justin Marshall commentary quotes. Whether it’s his “boomfa”, “yes boy” or “oh me, oh my” one liners, it appears the former All Black halfback has plenty of detractors for his over-excited and, at times, fan boy stance. Personally, he has never bothered me. Is he the best analyst of a rugby game? No, but he’s not ear-bleedingly bad either. The reality is that New Zealand doesn’t produce quality rugby commentators. My ch ild hood had t he soundtrack of Keith Quinn; while very knowledgeable, he is best remembered for his “Lomu - oh, oh!” mistake which was meant to be “Lomu - all muscle and pump!” Grant Nisbett has been Sky’s voice of rugby and he does a dependable job but I doubt he’ll be remembered in hallowed halls or commentary greatness. The best analytical voice in my

view was former All Black prop John Drake, who provided expert comments for Sky’s rugby broadcasts until his untimely death in 2008 at age 49. Drake was level-headed, precise and had sound judgement. He also spoke in plain, knowledgeable terms about one area of the game all rugby fans struggle with - the scrums. Former ace goal kicker and current All Blacks assistant coach Grant Fox was another who called a game of rugby with a wise eye. He praised and criticised players when needed and gave sound reasoning as to why. It’s a thankless task being in any high level rugby position in New Zealand. The social media environment we live in means anyone can hide behind a computer or mobile phone and type their hatred to their heart’s content. The other alternative is muting the commentary or not watching altogether, but I get the feeling disliking Marshall is a fun hobby for a lot of people and they don’t want their fun spoiled.

EASTERN SUBURBS

SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $3,000 IN JULY 2017 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.

MEMBERS OF LYALL BAY SURF CLUB – FUNDING TOWARDS NEW CLUBROOMS

JOSH JUNIOR - WORSER BAY & TEAM NZ SAILOR WITH DEAN & BRIAN GALT (ESST) – FUNDING TOWARDS NEW CLUBROOMS

DEAN GALT WITH HAVEN DIXON NZ U17 BASKETBALL TEAM – TRAVEL TO PHILIPPINES

THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS • ST CATHERINES COLLEGE NETBALL TOURNAMENT • MOREHU BASKETBALL YOUTH GAMES KONA HAWAII

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,653,830

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