Wednesday December 13, 2017
Pukeatua School celebrates a full year of sport Pukeatua School pupils tread a new path this year making the most out of the opportunities that have arisen through sports. The Wainuiomata primary school is part of the Wainuiomata primary school’s sports cluster and recently celebrated a sport-filled year. One of the most recent opportunities pupils had was walking out with Fiji at the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals in Wellington. Pukeatua School has also been represented at netball and hockey Saturday leagues, with students in year one and two, and year four to six taking part. Teams made up of year three to six pupils also represented the school at Thursday afternoon miniball competitions this year; as well as year seven and eight pupils playing in Friday afternoon touch tournaments.
Black Cap Trent Boult with Luke Dale, an aspiring young cricketer. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
In October, Pukeatua School also had two senior boys, Angus Thompson and Kahukura Te Rauna, compete in the 2017 National Chess Tournament in Hamilton. Events organised by Leigh Rangiwhetu at the LHPSSA, have also provided the school with opportunities to get the students into competitions around the wider Hutt Valley. Pukeatua School also joined with Kohanga o te Ra, the rumaki unit from Naenae Primary School, for a day of sports recently. Pukeatua’s Te Whanau unit invited Kohanga o te Ra to come together to share and celebrate our language Te Reo Maori. About 70 students arrived to play many different sports including touch and ripper rugby for the senior students, and cricket and tee-ball for junior students.
ANZ helps kids with cricket ANZ is giving keen cricketers from Wainuiomata a helping hand to get on top of their game this summer. The programme will give New Zealand cricket fans the chance to get the help they need to improve their game. Whether it’s getting new team uniforms or replacing tired old gear, giving a pitch and clubrooms a makeover or the chance to get a one-on-one coaching session with a Blackcaps or White Ferns player, ANZ is supporting cricket at every level this summer. Since 2009, ANZ has been supporting aspiring cricketers, their teams, clubs, schools and casual fans as they set out to make the most of New Zealand’s favourite summer game. Head of sponsorship Sue McGregor, says that
ANZ is proud to support cricket at all levels - whether it’s the Blackcaps or White Ferns representing our country on the international stage, or the next generation of players battling it out at the local grounds every Saturday. “We want to give players and fans the support they need. Whether that’s with a new set of cricket gear, something for the club that will make a difference, or making it possible to meet one of their heroes for some inspiration or motivation,” Sue says. “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve, so we are committed to helping as many cricket fans as we can.” Applications are now open at anzcricketworld.co.nz.
Players encouraged to represent their club Wainuiomata Croquet Club members are being encouraged to get out and play the sport they love over summer with an inter-club competition scheduled for January. Although there is no one from Wainuiomata registered yet, the club has taken part in previous years – that said, club president Lesley McSharry says they could have players in the 2018 competition. The competition is a memorial event recognising the late Arthur Ross and sees clubs from all over Wellington compete. The 2017/18 season opened in Wainuiomata during October, with the club also celebrating its 24th anniversary at the same time. There are around 15-20 members involved with the Wainuiomata club, which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The competition has been run for a good number of years and Lesley says if there are players from the club wanting to take part they can.
Pukeatua’s Gwendoline Lambert-Moses playing hockey. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
with Jacob Page
Up to England to ignite lame duck Ashes series The Ashes series had better find a spark soon or it could be a long summer for cricket fans. The reality is the 2017 versions of Australia and England aren’t that good and the dizzying heights of the quality series between the two nations more than a decade back seem a lifetime ago. Each team has its weaknesses Australia their fragile top and middle order, England their top and middle order and the fact they have a spinner who can’t buy a wicket. Aussie captain Steve Smith has so far outplayed his counterpart Joe Root and the pace bowling has been edged by the Australians in their home conditions.
Besides the battle of the captains, the other area Australia are earning the upper hand is through off spinner Nathan Lyon. Lyon has taken 11 wickets compared to just two for England’s chief spinner Moeen Ali in the first two tests and the Australian cult hero dubbed “Gary” by teammates is a key reason along with hundreds by Smith and Shaun Marsh as to why the team is up 2-0 in the five year series. England are yet to have a batsman score a century in the series and Root aside, it’s hard to see where one could come from. Veteran Ashes hero Alastair Cook looks like Father Time has passed
him by and the new crop of English batsmen seem to go weak in the knees at the pivotal moments. Flashy 50s are never as memorable as gritty tons. Not even a recall for bad boy Ben Stokes would be enough at this point. Stokes hasn’t set the world on fire in New Zealand’s domestic competition with bat or ball in three appearances so far but it is undeniable that on his best day he can give the English team the balance it is currently sorely lacking. Expect a mediocre Aussie whitewash and a forgettable one at that, unless England can play with the passion currently only being displayed by the Barmy Army in the stands.
Wainuiomata News 13-12-17