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Footballing girls on fire after season success The future is looking bright for both women’s and junior football at Island Bay, with 2017 seeing huge player numbers and great support on the sidelines result in some outstanding success on the field. The IBUFC ‘Flames’ won Women’s Division 1 and have been promoted to Capital Premier for next season. On Saturday they won the Executive Plate final against Vic Uni at Petone Memorial Park and the same night were named team of the year at Island Bay Football’s end-of-season prizegiving. Flames coaches Raymond Marshall and Richard Morrison collected the IBUFC award for coach

of the year. Girl’s 14th Grade ‘Gemfish’ won their league for the second year running and some members will look to be joining the Island Bay senior women’s ranks in 2018. Coaches Jerry Van Lier and Duncan Wilson say they are particularly proud of the team effort involved considering the varying experience and abilities of the players. The boys 14th Grade ‘Sharks ‘, coached by Kerrin Manuel won the Premier Division and the 14th grade Cup final, with captain Grainger Scott making three saves in the penalty shoot-out. In the boys 13th B grade the IBU Sharks won the B plate final and

came second in the league on goal difference. “These teams can be proud of their achievements earning their success on the back of the effort and commitment they have shown throughout the year,” junior club captain Zen Yates-Fill said. “I’ve also been encouraged by the Flame’s performance after stepping up to the senior women’s competition this season.” Overall I feel this reflects well on the whole of the Island Bay Junior programme built up over the past five or six years and caps another enjoyable and eventful season for all our junior teams, coaches, parents and sponsors.”

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Tracy’s discovery gave her A NEW LEASE ON LIFE! Tracy decided to join MiracuLoss to support a friend with arthritis who was losing weight with MiracuLoss to take the pressure off her painful knees. But in the process Tracy discovered a lot more for herself than she expected. After just 5 months Tracy had lost more than 30 kilos and says the experience has changed her life. "I am a different person, a happy person. I have the confidence to wear what I want to wear, dropping from a size 22 to a size 12. It's fun to go clothes shopping now - I shop in the same stores as my daughter which she loves!" “When I first began, my workmates used to comment on the bounce in my step. Now its situation normal” laughs Tracy. “I can't believe how much energy I've got. I hardly ever feel like sitting still and right now I’m training for a 62 km walk in Feb 2018. I never thought that would be me!” Tracy’s whole family have seen the difference and supported her fully, but it’s her children who’ve benefited most from a more energetic happier mum. They only knew Tracy as plus size and are amazed at the lovely vibrant woman she has become, the one who was

In the lead-up to Island Bay Bowling Club’s centenary celebration this summer, the Cook Strait News will publish extracts from The Centennial History of the Island Bay Bowling Club, by historian Chris Rabey.

Until the turn of the century the Bay was regarded as something of a resort, a place where the city dwellers headed for a day at the beach with afternoon tea overlooking the breakers and a promenade along the Esplanade. Island Bay was not kindly looked on by settlers; it was a great distance from the city, much of the land was swampy and the weather discouraged any thought of settlement. On 19 November 1885 ... a group discussed forming a bowling club and the gentlemen who attended expected a good list of members joining. Unfortunately, the hotel green was to become used only for social games because although the group was keen to play bowls, none wished to form a structured club. In 1906 a large assembly hall was built in Humber Street. The right of way to the east side of the building gave access to additional land

and in 1907 a new bowling green was laid down. This was used by the Te Hiwi Club as a practice green, giving Te Hiwi bowlers extra opportunity to practice for club and centre events. Bowls was a favourite with the many Scottish and English settlers who made the long journey in search of a better life. In 1912 a group of bowlers ... discussed the idea of creating a full size bowling green, but this was dropped owing to the high cost of land available. A small core of men, actively involved with the fledgling Island Bay School, kept discussing the idea. By 1 June 1917 decisive steps had been taken. Entirely on borrowed funds, three allotments were purchased. In August 1917 formation work began on what was to become the main green. The seed was sown on 1 September and by Christmas the small but enthusiastic band of members, most of them novices, were able to test their skills. On opening day 5 January 1918 at 2.30pm a mini tournament was held. The club had 53 members in the opening year and three honorary members.

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Auckland have no rugby muscles to flex Auckland’s thumping loss to North Harbour on Sunday has to be the last straw. Once a proud union, they suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in their history; 57-10. The pride in the blue and white hooped jersey is quickly evaporating and with the Blues struggling for parity in Super Rugby, questions need to be asked. Gone are the pride-filled days of the 1980s when Auckland held the Ranfurly Shield on numerous occasions and a victory was celebrated jubilantly on the final whistle. Sunday was great to watch for a neutral supporter but the age-old saying of “When Auckland rugby is strong, All Black rugby is strong” no longer holds any water. The Auckland schoolboy rugby scene

is still strong but player retention and pathways appear to be an issue which no-one can solve. Auckland may produce talented youngsters but the humbling experience of watching the senior team getting pumped on a regular basis says something is wrong with the province and its focus. Meanwhile, the Canterbury juggernaut continues. That is the powerhouse of rugby and the rest of the country knows it. Everyone loves backing the underdog and so it’s Canterbury who cops the disdain from outside fans once only reserved for Auckland. Hopefully pride can be restored in the jersey sooner rather than later otherwise things look bleak for the once proud hotbed of New Zealand rugby.

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