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SPORT

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Croquet players celebrate season opener and club’s anniversary

NZ champ returning ready to race

By Dan Whitfield

By Dan Whitfield

Despite the weather, Wainuiomata Croquet Club opened the 2017/18 season in style – celebrating its 24th anniversary at the same time. Wainuiomata Croquet Club opened on October 3, 1993 and has been a popular summer activity for many ever since. Club president Lesley McSharry says it’s a typical “Wainui story” of how the club came to be. Originally players played in Petone. The grounds off Heath Street were then secured. However, Wainuiomata players still had to cross the river and use the neighbouring cricket club’s facilities. Members then raised the funds needed to build their own club rooms and set up the club, she says. When asked what was best about the sport, Lesley says it is a game you can play all your life. “It’s [the club] a fantastic resource and the game is also great to play — it’s addictive,” Lesley says. The weekend’s season opening and celebration of 24 years attracted a number of current and previous Wainuiomata members as well as Hutt City councillors Campbell Barry and Josh Briggs, and Labour list MP Ginny Andersen. Members from other clubs around wellington were also in attendance. With the season now open, games do depend on the weather — but, Lesley says everyone is welcome. Currently there are around 15-20 members involved with Wainuiomata Croquet Club. The club is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Wainuiomata’s own Jake Whitaker gearing up for yet another big season of racing. Though a previous knee injury kept the eight time New Zealand moto-trials champion from placing last year, Jake says he’s ready. “Almost two years ago is when I injured myself. It has been a bit of a setback however, I feel like I’m back to full fitness now,” Jake says. “I’m planning to be battling with the front runners this season and [am] training to win.”

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T he f i rst round of the KT M Extreme Enduro Series is set to be held in Tokoroa over Labour Weekend. “I’m feeling great on the bike and thanks to KTM and TSS Red Barron, I’m lucky enough to be on a really competitive bike.” This year, Jake will be riding a KTM EXC 300. In 2016, Jake placed 13th in the pro class of the Red Bull Romaniacs; he was also named champion of the Waimihard Extreme Enduro, and placed fourth in the Nut Buster Extreme Enduro competition.

Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs taking the first shot of the season.  If you would like to know more or would like to join, call Lesley McSharry on 04 564 5570. Membership is $120 for an adult player and $50 for both non-players and juniors.

Jake Whitaker is a two-times Guiness world record holder. He holds the world record for the fastest over 21 oil drums on a trials bike.

Sports talk

New hydrotherapy pool being put to good use Sport Wellington, in partnership with Hutt City Council, has delivered an eightweek Healthy Lifestyle Programme for Lower Hutt residents enrolled in the Green Prescription initiative. More than 40 participants joined in on weekly classes at the new hydrotherapy pool located at Lower Hutt’s Huia Pool complex from July 29 to September 16. As part of the classes, participants also learnt about nutrition. Delivered by Toshy Rapana, Sport Wellington’s healthy lifestyles co-ordinator, the

collaboration between Sport Wellington and Hutt City Council was very successful as people felt supported to carry on with their healthy lifestyle changes, and work towards their long term health and wellness goals. Toshy says the popularity of the programme reflects the demand and need for a hydrotherapy pool. “Thanks must be given to Hutt City Council and their staff for providing us with an affordable facility that caters for older adults and those with challenging health conditions,” he says.

October yoga classes for all Ever wanted to try yoga? Beginner, friendly community yoga classes are running in Wainuiomata this month. Hutt City Council’s Yoga Flavours is teaming up with Spiritual Graffiti Yoga to lead classes through the different moves for only $5. The classes are held at Wainuiomata Memorial Hall on Queen Street. The next class is on Tuesday, October 17 from 6.45pm. Classes run throughout October and

November. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Spaces for the Wainuiomata classes are limited so organisers advise people interested get in quickly.  Classes are suitable for all ages and levels of experience. For more information, call 04 560 0305. The first class is free.

with Jacob Page

International league eligibility shambles What a rough week it has been for international rugby league. Credibility and loyalty have been thrown out the window as players switch allegiances at the 11th hour throwing the legitimacy of the Rugby League World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosts in a matter of weeks, into disrepair. Kiwi prop Jason Taumalolo has switched to Tonga just days before he was to be named in the Kiwis roster. Former Kiwi players have come out against the timing and the poor communication of the hulking forward’s decision after it became clear he has not returned the call of Kiwis coach David Kidwell. Aussie prop Andrew Fifita was actually named in the Kangaroos squad before pulling out to join Tonga. Warriors hooker Isaac Luke tried to play for Ireland at the last minute after being rightfully left out by Kidwell and Kangaroos prop Sam Thaiday being axed from the international game by Australia without any warning. A myriad of shambolic examples

suggest that these people could not organise a piss up at a brewery. The cliche is that any publicity is good publicity and while there is an element of truth to that, the past week has been damaging to a level of the game which is struggling to legitimise itself amongst its hardcore fans, yet alone draw in casual eyeball. True blue leaguies, myself included, feel that State of Origin between Queensland and New South Wales is the highest echelon of the game and incidents like this validate that point. Until the international eligibility laws in rugby league are tightened to the point where if you play for one country that makes you ineligible forever to play for any other country then people will struggle to get on board with the 13-man international game. Those high up in the game will be begging for the games to begin so the public can focus on the field. A black eye for the game is the best way to describe what has gone on and it will take a mesmerising tournament to make people forget about it.

Wainuiomata News 11-10-17  

Wainuiomata News 11-10-17

Wainuiomata News 11-10-17  

Wainuiomata News 11-10-17