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Culture Kicks showcases Wellington’s football diversity Team of Roy’s has won the right to represent Wellington at this year’s New Zealand Communities Football Cup after winning the annual ‘Culture Kicks’ tournament at Newtown’s Te Whaea sportsfield March 18. Over 220 players and 24 teams contested the 2018 tournament. Team of Roys were victorious after a 1-0 win in the final. First played in 2006, Culture Kicks is a five-a-side football tournament that celebrates football’s ability to bring people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds together for the love of the beautiful game. It is supported by Wellington City Council, and teams representing cultures as diverse as Eritrea, Indonesia and Somalia entered, with Team of Roy’s having English football heritage on their side. New migrants and refugees are encouraged to take part, and tournament organiser Tony Morrison says the tournament is an important avenue for different cultures and communities to find common ground through football. “Culture Kicks has got a real festival

atmosphere. We love to see the passion people bring to the game and the different styles of football that come out on the day.” The final’s only goal was scored by Team of Roy’s player and Tournament MVP Martin Packer. He says the experience had been ‘unbelievably good’. Originally from Leeds, but now a Hataitai resident, Packer said the team’s strategic approach had centred around ball possession and the team was ecstatic to achieve victory. The victory was all the more unlikely due to an early loss and a draw which saw Team of Roy’s make the quarter finals on goal difference alone. He looks forward to the New Zealand Communities Football Cup in Auckland, which would be contested by other regional winners. Developed by the New Zealand Police in 2008, the New Zealand Communities Football Cup connects diverse communities, celebrates success and encourages positive social change.

Martin Packer, of Hataitai, holds aloft the SportZone Champions Trophy, backed by Team of Roy’s (from left), Amaar Ali, Sam Gillespie, Khalid Razouk, Jonty Bilderbeck and, Billy Scott. PHOTO: Michael Welsh

An extreme Easter Weekend on Wellington harbour Wellington Harbour will hold New Zealand’s premier extreme water-sports event this weekend. “Waterbourne” brings together in one three-day competition national-level races in kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding. Based in Eastbourne, Waterbourne will include the New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Na-

tionals, the Kite Big Air Nationals, SUP racing, the Waterbourne Ocean Clash, and the charity Paddle for Hope. Waterbourne organiser and professional windsurfer Laurence Carey says Wellington is the perfect place to hold the extreme water-sports event and has received entries from across New Zealand and the Pacific.

“Wellington’s harbour winds provide the perfect opportunity for wind surfers and kite surfers to race, as well as creating an awesome sight for spectators,” Laurence says. “More than 60 competitors have registered for the competition this year, coming from all over the country and Pacific. Everyone is thrilled to be competing in the

coolest little capital in the world.” Professional kitesurfer Marc Jacobs says he can’t think of a better place in New Zealand to hold Waterbourne and the Kite Big Air Nationals. “It’s great to have the Kite Big Air Nationals held in the windiest place in the country this year. “With Big Air becoming such a popular discipline, I think Wel-

lington is the perfect place to put competitor’s skills to the test.” The Waterbourne event will run from March 30 to April 1, including a free beach party this Saturday at Eastbourne’s Bishop Park which will feature live music acts, food and drinks, market stalls and the Paddle for Hope cancer fundraiser.

Sports talk EBIS pupils dive on to a water mat during last year’s Fun Run. PHOTO: Supplied

Evans Bay Intermediate to put fun into fundraising Evans Bay Intermediate School is gearing up for a major fundraising project - the EBIS Fun Run. Deputy Principal Wikus Swanepoel says the annual event gives students the opportunity to be sponsored to complete a run or walk through a series of obstacles. This year the Friends of EBIS committee is aiming to collect $100 000 to be used for building a much needed basketball court. It will be used in school time for skills coaching and learning and by students who play in the basketball teams to practice for their games. “The basketball court would also provide a flat

space suitable for use by Kimi Ora Students for using wheelchairs and taking part in physical activities with physios and occupational therapists,” Wikus says. The school has also created a Givealittle page and the public can donate any amount to this worthy course. Wikus says people who want to find out more about the school and their fundraising projects are more than welcome to contact him at wswanepoel@ebis.school.nz. The Fun Run will take place on Friday, May 11 at the school.

Local rugby results for March 24: Premier (Swindale Shield)

Marist St Pats beat Wellington 25-16 Tawa beat Oriental-Rongotai 39-26 Poneke beat Upper Hutt 32-17

Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Marist St Pats beat Wellington 53-19 Tawa beat Oriental-Rongotai 19-10 Poneke beat Upper Hutt 29-19

with Jacob Page

Vile act from Smith, Australia a new cricket low The Australian cricket team’s ball tampering sums up why they have such a poor reputation globally as players. Aussie captain Steve Smith has apologised for getting team mate Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during the third test of a spiteful series against South Africa. What makes the situation worse is the plan was signed off by the Australian leadership group, meaning not only was it a premeditated shot at ‘The Spirit Of The Game’ but it was signed off by the very players in the team who should know better. But wait there’s more. That same leadership group used their youngest teammate in Bancroft to do the dirty work. The opener is fighting for his place in the team and he could very well be an easy scapegoat. Ultimately it is Smith who must resign as captain. He cannot lead a team in the international arena. He has lost all integrity. This will also continue Australia’s

slide down moral high ground that only they think they’re on. Sadly the Aussies have always had the reputation of cricketers who were happy to dish out the banter but could rarely take it on the chin when the tables were turned. David Warner is the perfect example of a player of this calibre. The boys, I say boys not men, in baggy green are being outplayed in South Africa and according to Smith the plan was hatched out of desperation. Why his team can’t take a loss on the chin in 2018 is beyond me. Smith gets the tiniest bit of credit for coming clean but for many it will be too little too late for the cocky captain from ‘The Lucky Country’. This is a dark day for Australian cricket that can only be rivalled by the underarm incident. This is deplorable and hurts not only Australia but the entire game. Steve Smith, arguably the best batsman playing today, has tarnished his career irreversibly.

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