Thursday June 28, 2018
Top award for supremely talented yachtie
Olympian and America’s Cup team member Josh Junior, of Lyall Bay, is the Wellington Sports Awards Supreme Winner for 2018. PHOTO: Supplied
By Jamie Adams
A long-time member of Worser Bay Boating Club who helped Team New Zealand win back the America’s Cup was named winner of the Supreme Sports Award at the Wellington Sports awards last Wednesday. Josh Junior, who sailed in almost every race in both the Challenger Series and the America’s Cup finals, also took home the Sportsman of the Year Award from a strong field of finalists including Beauden Barrett, Joel Evans, Lewis Clareburt and Stephen Jenness. The awards cap off a glorious past year of recognition for Josh. Team New Zealand was named team of the year at the Halberg Awards, and Josh also won the
sport section at the Wellingtonian of the Year awards in December. Josh was unable to collect his award as he is currently competing in Europe, however his mother Heleen Visser claimed it on his behalf. Worser Bay Boating Club Commodore Dean Stanley says the club is “delighted” with the honour. “It is well deserved recognition for years and years of effort that Josh has put in to make it to the top of sailing in the world. We could not be prouder.” In a celebration of the diverse sporting talent within the greater Wellington region, a total of 25 sports were represented on the night, with finalists from 11 sports winning awards. Kelsey Smith, a member of the
Capital NHL and Black Sticks women’s hockey team, was named Sportswoman of the Year. Kelsey was selected in every Black Sticks event over the past 12 months, including the Commonwealth Games where the team won gold. New Zealand Para cycling champion Kate Horan was named the Cigna ‘Disabled Sportsperson of the Year’ after winning a silver medal at the 2018 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships. Mountain running champion Melissa Moon, former Black Stick Suzie Muirhead and squash champion Stuart Davenport were inducted into the Sports Legends of Wellington, along with Softball great Kevin Herlihy posthumously.
Premier (Hardham Cup) Petone beat Wellington FC 31-17 Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Northern United beat Poneke 63-20 Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 34-21 Oriental Rongotai beat Hutt
Old Boys Marist 46-38 Poneke beat Tawa 21-16
Poneke beat Wellignton FC 43-14
Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Cup) Petone beat Wellington FC 62-17
First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup) Petone beat Marist St Pats 33-17
Women’s (Izzy Ford Cup) Old Boys University beat Poneke 46-5
85kg Restricted (JC Bowl) Johnsonville beat Wellington FC 37-5
Under 21 (John E Kelly Memorial Cup) Northern United beat Marist St Pats 27-25
Reserve Grade (Paul Donoghue Memorial Cup) Johnsonville beat Poneke 29-19
Under 21 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat Johnsonville 38-3
Presidents Northern United beat Poneke By default
LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS Men’s CHATHAM CUP Wellington Olympic v Wairarapa 0-5 CAPITAL 2 Marist v Waterside Karori 4-3 Seatoun AFC v Island Bay Utd 8-1
COLLEGE PREMIER St Pats v Hutt International Boys College 1-5 Rongotai College v Tawa College 2-1 Wellington College v Silverstream College 3-0 Scots College v Wairarapa
College 6-3 Women’s PREMIER LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v Wellington Utd 0-2 KATE SHEPPARD CUP Waterside Karori v Wellington Utd 0-7
PREMIER 1 HOCKEY RESULTS ROUND 10 Men Northern United beat Dalefield 3-2 Hutt United beat Naenae 6-3 Harbour CIty beat Kapiti 4-3
Award for local coaches a first for Futsal Earlier this month, Capital Football Futsal, in conjunction with NZF Futsal, delivered the first Futsal Level 2 Coaching Award. Callum Homes and Todd Bryant from Capital Football and Josh Margetts from NZF Futsal captivated the 16-strong class for two theory and practical-based sessions on their way to the accreditation. “It was an exciting step to be the first federation to deliver the NZF Futsal Level 2 coaching award,” Todd commented at the end of the inaugural course. “Capital are in a fortunate position to have the support of a strong network of coaches who want to develop. “We were excited to be able to offer them the Futsal Level 2 Coaching [Award]”. The exponential growth of Futsal in the capital has been the driving force behind the development of support structures and opportunities for both players and coaches in the community space. “The next step for these coaches is the Futsal NZF/OFC C licence which is likely to be offered at the end of the year. My goal is to get these coaches from the region ready for this next step on their coaching pathway”.
Poneke romp home in second-half blitz Poneke held Tawa scoreless for an hour to score a thumping 44-10 win in the Jubilee Cup, their first of the competition. After about 50 minutes, Poneke led 17-10 when fullback Michael Sage retrieved a shallow defensive clearance and sailed through the visitors’ defence to touch down under the posts. Already scrambling to stay in contention, Sage’s solo effort was the nail in the Tawa coffin. Poneke first-five Pakai Turia chipped over two penalties to make it 30-10, before two more tries, the last well taken by rookie wing Johannus Taankink, ensured a blowout. Turia finished with 17 points, slotting seven goals from eight attempts. Poneke started with aggression and polish and when captain Greg Foe steamed into a hole it was 17-3 after 20 minutes. Tawa fullback PJ Iosefo inexplicably dashed 30 metres untouched from a scrum a short while later to make it 17-10, but Tawa was never in the hunt. Tawa remain winless after two rounds, along with Marist St Pat’s who fell 26-35 to Old Boys University at Nairnville Park.
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 35-26 Northern United beat Poneke 27-23 Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Oriental Rongotai 42-37 Poneke beat Tawa 44-10
Women Harbour City beat Victoria 4-1 Hutt United beat Kapiti 4-1
with Jacob Page
Perspective on Phil’s golf faux pas Phil Mickelson’s US Open meltdown revealed more than just one man’s frustrations. The 48-year-old, multiple-time major winner hit his moving ball on the 13th green during round three at the difficult Shinnecock Hills course. Mickelson was well out of contention by the time he did it and he wasn’t the only one to fall victim to a windy course with lightning fast greens and needlessly difficult pin placements. The reaction to Mickelson’s error showed how out of touch golf is. Pundits called for him to apologise to the game of golf for his actions. This seemed to be a massive overreaction. Tournament officials need to admit they made the tournament dull. Ordinary people don’t want to see the professionals forced to grind out four rounds of a tournament. Brooks Koepka won back-to-back titles with a one over par total.
They should be the ones apologising. Phil is also a victim of his own stature in the game. His popularity with the public is not matched amongst his fellow golfers. There is no way there would have been the level of outrage if golf’s golden boy, Tiger Woods did it that would stop the cash cow from milking. Mickelson didn’t harm the sport like Mike Tyson’s ear- biting incident did to boxing or Lance Armstrong’s drug cheating in cycling. Golf purists merely live in their own bubble. That’s why youngsters aren’t taking up the game. The old guard won’t get out of their own way. Phil’s actions were silly, done out of frustration but they weren’t game destroying. Not even close.
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