Johnsonville youngsters storm to victory Brothers Brady and Logan Amer have created history by becoming the first brothers ever to win the prestigious Bowls Wellington Men’s Open Pairs, played for since 1933. The pair went through the tournament unbeaten with eight straight wins against the best Wellington had to offer. The final was a hotly contested affair with the Amer brothers down 10-0 after the sixth end. Brady and Logan then began to peg back the other finalists of Adam Turner and Graeme Ricketts from the Silverstream Bowling Club. Both bowlers were still trailing 10-14 on the 15th end but stormed home over the final three ends picking up three shots on the 16th and 17th ends, and two shots on the final end to secure a well deserved and remarkable
comeback victory 18-14 . Brady is in his second year with the Johnsonville Bowling Club and he teamed up with his brother Logan who joined at the beginning of this season. The Men’s Open Pairs win gave Brady and Logan their first centre title, an amazing achievement for two young promising bowlers. The tournament was also a big success for Allan Brider and Dave Carr who reached the Men’s quarter finals in a brilliant effort. Johnsonville’s two successful women’s teams of Dawn Neill and Tannith Potgieter, and Paula Meredith and Janet Nehemia reached the women’s quarter finals. With many of their young bowlers coming through the future looks bright for the Johnsonville Bowling Club.
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Wellington U19s win national title
The victorious Wellington U19 side. PHOTO: Wareham Sports Media
Brady Amer bowling towards victory. PHOTO: Allan Galbraith
with Jacob Page
Cricket is entertainment, give us our best New Zealand’s national cricket selectors need to realise resting players are only for the tired. Captain Kane Williamson and test match vice captain Tim Southee will both miss matches during the current one day international series against the West Indies. This, according to selector Gavin Larsen, is to manage workload ahead of a summer which sees a series against ‘Ashes bashed England’ loom in the latter stages of the summer. Firstly, neither player should need a rest just two test matches into a home summer, secondly their absence robs New Zealand fans of watching two of our best players live and thirdly there is not the depth to warrant such a move. In 2017, there is the desire to rest and rotate to create depth. This was started by the All Blacks in the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The difference between rugby and cricket in this country is depth - namely rugby has it and cricket never will. Like netball, cricket has a core of players capable of contributing to the international game but when stretched for resources, we will be found out. There is no major campaign this summer, no World Cup, so no need for these silly test tactics.
Williamson thrives on batting and being involved and in his mid 20s, he shouldn’t need a break from a home summer campaign. Southee could do with a refresh given he’s been below his best the last couple of years but the home summer is not the time. Supporters should feel rightly aggrieved by the move. The West Indies are a rabble of a side though the return of Chris Gayle for the coloured clothing matches does offer a little spice. If I had tickets to a match where Williamson or Southee were now rested, I’d be considering a refund. Sport in 2017 is now more than ever an entertainment masterpiece. The public have plenty of options in terms of where to spend their money and if New Zealand Cricket continue to undervalue that fact, then crowds will stop turning up. It’s never been easier to turn down a ticket to a sports match in favour of your comfortable couch and your drinks that you can get from the fridge as opposed to line up and overpay for. Give me the best players and you’ll get my money more often than not. Treat fans with disdain and many, like me, will stay at home and save our money.
The Wellington Men’s Under19 cricketers bought home the National U19 title last week, ending a long drought for the capital’s age group side. Although the final against Auckland was rained out, Wellington were deserved winners having topped the table after pool play and shown their strength in the knockout stage. Cricket Wellington Pathway Manager Chris Nevin was delighted with the result. “We knew at start of the tournament, when you looked at the players that didn’t make the cut, that we were taking a strong squad to Lincoln. “It showed the character and depth of the side that when faced with some difficult situations, different players stood up day in and day out to get the team across the line.” The strength of the squad was evident in their win over Central Districts to reach the final, where Luke Georgeson hit a powerful century at the top of the order before others contributed as they amassed 306 for 4. Haydon Smith then led the bowling unit with a five-wicket bag as CD fell 58 runs short. Haydon, Nick Greenwood, and Rachin Ravindra were impressive with the ball throughout the tournament, with Rachin
finishing as the second-highest wicket-taker. Nick and Haydon were economical and effective in their wicket-taking with both bowlers topping the strike rates and averages for the tournament. While the side’s coaches, Rhys Morgan and Sri Krishnamurthy, rotated players through various postions in the batting line-up, they found a winner in their opening pair of Luke and Jakob Bhula whose partnerships in both the semi and rained-out final passed 100. “The players had been preparing for the tournament since June; from early morning fitness sessions with Firebirds trainer Andrew Smith and specialist sessions with Firebirds’ pace bowler Hamish Bennett, to training throughout the winter and in the lead-up with team coaches Rhys Morgan and Sri Krishnamurthy,” Chris says. “That preparation is something we need to replicate to ensure quality players continue progressing through the pathway. It was also highly beneficial to be able to train on the grass nets at the Basin Reserve since September. “We were also lucky to have high quality management and selection to support the coaching and thanks to Jeremy Sprott and Keith Bitchener for providing this.”
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Independent Herald 20-12-17