Kuklinski duo return to William Jones Park By Dan Whitfield
Tony and Jamie Kuklinski will return to their old stomping ground of Wainuiomata Rugby Club this Saturday. However, they won’t be donning the green jersey. The two rugby players used to play for Wainuiomata Rugby Club but will next week be supporters of the New Zealand Deaf Blacks side. The New Zealand Deaf Blacks will play Wainuiomata at Mary Crowther Park on September 30 ahead of the team’s upcoming English tour. The game will kick off at 3pm. Tony is now the president of New Zealand Deaf Rugby Football Union (NZDRFU) and he has a strong passion, wealth and knowledge as a deaf rugby player for 20 years. He was part of New Zealand Deaf Rugby team from 1995 to 2005 and was able to make effective changes to ensure that the deaf or hard of hearing players have
an equal opportunity like everyone else. Both Tony and Jamie are deaf. The NZDRFU promotes deaf and hearing impaired players with an ultimate goal to win through pride, passion and motivation. It promotes the participation of deaf and hearing impaired players in rugby activities, and fosters deaf international or inter-zone matches. Players in this team and within this level of the sport use sign language and visual cues, as opposed to playing against hearing rugby players. The upcoming English tour will see the New Zealand Deaf Blacks and their English counterparts face off for the first time. They will engage in a three-test series against England. As part of the tour, there will also be a game against the Bromley Rugby Club. There are 33 people, including players and the management team, going as part of the New Zealand Deaf Blacks side.
Wednesday September 27, 2017
Top five for cup stacker
Caleb Smith at a previous competition. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News file
Caleb Smith has captured a top spot at the 2017 National Sport Stacking Championships – showcasing his speedy cup stacking talent once again. The championships were held on Saturday September 16 at Whanganui Girls’ College. Competition was fierce and records were broken, then broken again a few minutes later throughout the championships. There were over 60 competitors at the tournament who ranged from age five to 76-year-olds. Sixteen novice stackers also competed. Caleb came fifth inside the experienced category. He placed fourth in the experienced male category.
Sport stacking is an individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in a predetermined sequence. Sport Stacking has proved popular among the younger generations in previous years. The Wainuiomata cup stacker has previously represented New Zealand at the World Cup Stacking Championships and regularly places in the top 10 at a national level. Caleb recently finished in eighth position at the 2017 Auckland Regional Sport Stacking Tournament. He continues to do well whenever he competes.
with Jacob Page
Parker lacks pay-perview punch Jamie, left, and Tony Kuklinski. PHOTO: Supplied
Broga – it’s a thing Calling all men! Get all the boys together and give yoga a go. Hutt City Council have teamed up with awesome yoga instructors to bring you regular yoga classes for males. This beginner-friendly class is perfect for the bros who can’t touch their toes. Classes are $5 and your first class is free! Mats will be available for you to use at no cost but you are welcome to bring your own mat (a towel will be just as useful if you don’t have
a mat). Spaces for this class are limited. So make sure you get there on time to secure your spot. Please remember to bring along a water bottle. Suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Broga - Men’s Yoga Class, will be held at Hutt Recreation Ground, Bellevue St, Lower Hutt on Thursday, September 28 from 7:30pm. Other dates are available so for more information, call 04 560 0305.
Name the last entertaining Joseph Parker bout? The Kiwi world heavyweight boxing champion vanquished the challenge of Great Britain’s Hughie (how old can you be to have a name that makes you sound like a toddler?) in Manchester on Sunday. It was another dull, uninspiring effort which has left his detractors of his title reign with plenty of fodder and his supporters still looking for that career-launching performance. Parker won a majority split decision with two of the three judges scoring the snooze-fest 118-110 while the other judge must have dozed off midway through and decided to play it safe and call it a 114-114 draw. A former newspaper colleague questioned whether Parker was merely a journeyman making the most of a weakened heavyweight division. That analysis seems hard to argue with. Perhaps Kiwi fans are looking for another knockout artist like David Tua was,
but perhaps Parker is a better technical boxer and is not getting his dues. Who would win in a battle in their prime between Parker and Tua? Such a subjective question isn’t fair but I know which one would get my money and it’s not the current world champion. The reality is that Tua was mustwatch television without ever having a world championship. Tua’s knockout power meant you had to pay your money and tune in just in case he landed that big right that was a show stopper. Win or lose he was still marketable. If Parker lost the world title would he still be marketable? Not in my opinion because he doesn’t have credible, entertaining bouts to his credit. The belt is making the man and while he deservedly won his bout over Fury he’s unlikely to have won any new and in the entertainment industry that doesn’t equate to money in the bank.
Wainuiomata News 27-09-17