Goal keep Doris Tagaloa jumping high to defend shot. PHOTO: T SAGAGA
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Clean sweep for Ulalei Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club had an impressive weekend, exerting their dominance in the Hutt Valley netball competition Three teams, three wins. Ulalei premier one had a close encounter against Naenae Collegiate United two for much of the game before pulling away in the last quarter for a comfortable victory, winning 51-43. “Our circle defenders Pou Oloamanu and Rachel Savelio had excellent games putting plenty of pressure on the Naenae shooters which forced numerous turnovers to keep us in the game,” says shooter Sina Tamaalii. Ulalei premier two continued their winning ways, beating Naenae Collegiate United three, 68-48. This was despite playing the majority of the last quarter with only six players due to a knee injury for Shaunee Page-
Smith. She was forced to leave the court for the remainder of the game. Ulalei senior one celebrated their first win of the season in emphatic style comprehensively beating Convent Old Girls four. The score was 42-24. Coach Tunis Cook was pleased with the whole team’s performance throughout the game, with excellent defence, through-court play and shooting. “It’s a great feeling to finally have a win and it was down to a full team effort,” says Doris Tagaloa, who had an outstanding game at goal keep. All games were played at the Walter Nash Centre on May 12. This weekend, Ulalei will play on Saturday, May 19. Games for Ulalei premier one and two will start at 10.30am; Ulalei senior ones will play at 2pm.
Any victory celebrated By Dan Whitfield
A win for one of Wainuiomata Football Club’s masters teams was enough to celebrate on Saturday. The masters five side were able to overcome North Wellington Football Club, 3-2. “Any victory is celebrated in Wainuiomata,” says Alan Broadhurst, president for the Wainuiomata club. “They’re [the masters five side] are a very good club team and keep the social side of things going. Most of them also play 20/20 cricket, so they’re people that stick together,” he says. This is game six out of 13 for the Wainuiomata teams. This was the side’s first win in 24 games. The Wainuiomata masters two side lost 2-nil to Porirua; the masters four side lost 1-nil to Petone.
ABOVE: The Wainuiomata masters five side won their first game in 24 matches and celebrated with a beer together. PHOTOS: DARYL NEW
Another win for Lions Round six saw the Wainuiomata Lions of the Wellington rugby league Premier competition take on the Petone Panthers in a game that many thought would be a straight forward win. The Lions were first equal at the top of the table and Petone was at the bottom. However, head coach Donovan Maxwell knew too well what teams are capable of when playing on their home ground in front of loyal fans and supporters, and named the strongest team available to him due to injuries. His prediction was spot on as the Panthers came out firing in the first half taking the Lions on up front and holding them to a 12-all draw at halftime.
The arm wrestle for dominance continued into the second half, but once fatigue from all the physical contact started to kick in, the Lions’ superior fitness came through and they started to run away with it. The final score was 38-18 to Wainuiomata. Stand-out performers for the Lions were player of the day Pat Tanoai and forwards Lokeni Saumolia and Johnny Skinnon, who went all day creating the platform for the rest of the team to work off. Lokeni Saumolia, Bree Henderson, Zane Wilson, Tyrone Tihore, Pat Tanoai, Nesta Waitoa all scored tries throughout the game. Conversions were kicked by Tyrone Tihore and Xavier Seal.
Close, but not close enough It was a battle of the middle of the table as Wainuiomata came up against Oriental-Rongotai on Saturday. Though Wainuiomata unfortunately lost 20-26, it was a close and hard fought game. Wainuiomata’s Sam Aliiva’a, Andrew
Mamea, and Nash Fiso-Vaelei all scored tries on the day. Justin Wilson kicked one penalty and one conversion. This weekend Wainuiomata host Tawa at William Jones Park. Kick off is at 2.45pm. Both teams will be playing for the Chris Stirling Cup.
with Jacob Page
Aussies will be vulnerable for Boxing Day test The Black Caps being given a Boxing Day test against Australia in 2019 couldn’t have come at a better time. New Zealand, while not at their 2015 peak, are likely to be very competitive against an Aussie side bogged down in turmoil of their own creation when they play in the glamour match for the first time in 32 years. New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has a few issues to juggle. Not only does he have to keep on field performance high and the winning culture the Aussie public expects, but he also has to breed a better on-field culture. Doing all those things while getting used to his own role and assisting new captain Tim Payne won’t be easy. The Australians were easily cast aside by South Africa in their last test series and with Steve Smith, David Warner and to a lesser extent Cameron Bancroft all unavailable for the foreseeable future, these are shaky times indeed. Aussie’s best pace bowler Mitchell Starc is also battling injury issues.
New Zealand is reliant on captain Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor to score the runs and Trent Boult and Tim Southee to take the wickets. A series win over England should give the group plenty of confidence. The team has areas of improvement it needs to address but also the players who can make those improvements. Tom Latham has shown glimpses of being a quality year opener, Henry Nicholls scored a big ton in the Eden Park win over England and Ish Sodhi is becoming more consistent with the difficult art of leg spin. If the team can get an all rounder like Corey Anderson or Jimmy Neesham fit, then all of a sudden depth would be created. Day one of a Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the event of the year. It’s a chance for the Black Caps to earn international respect and come 2019 they should be in a prime position to upset the form guide.
Wainuiomata News 16-05-18