Wednesday July 4, 2018
Wainuiomata’s dominance continues By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata continue to dominate the Hardham Cup following an impressive win over Petone on Saturday afternoon. The men in green have been on the up in recent weeks, winning three out of four games in this round. The other result ended in a draw. Wainuiomata won convincingly against Petone. The final score set at 29-15. Played at in front of a home crowd at William Jones Park, Wainuiomata played hard and got the result they wanted. The win sees them remain at the top of the Hardham Cup leaderboard on 17 points. Second on the table is Johnsonville with 14 points; Petone is third on 10 points. Uale Mai, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Jalan Farris, and Bevan Clark crossed the try line for one try each. Matt Jacobs managed to slot three of four conversions, and one penalty. Wainuiomata has a bye in round five next weekend. The team’s next game will be in round six on Saturday, July 14 against Johnsonville. It will be played at William Jones Park. Kick off will be at 2.45pm.
Wainuiomata’s Marvin Karawana plays halfback on the Petone try line. PHOTO: Daryl New.
Young rugby players selected for regional team By Dan Whitfield
Three rugby players from Wainuiomata High School have been given the chance to represent Wellington in the sport they love. Andrew Sa’u, Levi Smith and Zane Humphrey were selected for the 2018 Mick Williment U16 coaching week, giving them the chance to train with the region’s best. The coaching week will act as a platform for the three players to show off their skills on the rugby field and hopefully be selected for the Wellington under 16 A or development team. This is the first time Andrew and Zane have made the coaching week. They both had successful trials. Levi, also performed well and after being a member of the development squad last year, is looking to crack the A team. The boys were among six sent from
Wainuiomata High School. Jacob Renor, Tim Heremaia-Waru, and Coby Wood were also selected but however, missed out on a spot in the coaching week. Andrew, Levi and Zane learnt on-field and off-field skills that are set to prepare them as players. The skills will allow them to contribute more effectively when playing for their school teams as well as for the the representative teams. Though successful at this stage, the players will participate in further trials ahead of the final teams being named. Future sessions this year including a handful led by current and ex-professional rugby players and top coaches from around the Wellington region. Around 100 players have been invited to the week, but only 48 will be selected for the rep teams.
with Jacob Page
Back, from left, Zane Humphrey, Tim Heremaia-Waru, Andrew Sa’u, Front, from left, Coby Wood, Jacob Renor and Levi Smith. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Another winning round for Ulalei
Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club had a winning weekend, with all three of its teams going home victorious. The young guns of the club’s senior one team sported their new playing dresses sponsored by Design & Build Homes Limited and had a good a win against Naenae Collegians United four. The final score was 31-22. Ulalei’s premier two team welcomed new player Nykala Toheriri to their team with another strong win. The team posted a new high score for the season, this time against newcomers to the grade, Te Tai Timu. The final score was 84-44. Ulalei’s premier one team had a good
win against Convent Old Girls 1. The final whistle revealed a 52-44 victory for Ulalei. “Our defence was dominant again today with young Alofa Aberdein-Tapuai having her best game this season. We had assistance from team two players Alicia Hina and Ali Colledge in the mid-court and shooting circle who easily combined well with the team”, says co-captain Rachel Savelio. “We are very grateful to Craig Foster and Melissa Warman from Design & Build Homes Limited, for their generous sponsorship enabling us to provide two teams with player bags and a playing uniform for team three,” says club president, Alannah Laban. This weekend’s games will be from 12pm onwards at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita.
Underrated Kaino passes the torch to the willing The past, present and future of New Zealand rugby was on display when the Blues beat the Reds at Eden Park last Friday. Jerome Kaino got to farewell his home ground with one last win while brothers Rieko and Akira Ioane showed just how talented they are. Many may have forgotten just how talented Kaino was as a loose forward in his prime. For much of his 83 appearances for the All Blacks, he was an automatic selection and considered the enforcer of the team, such was his uncompromising and physical approach. His peak was the 2011 World Cup where he was Graham Henry’s most reliable player under the intense scrutiny of a home tournament with fans desperate for a title. The 35-year-old may well have passed the torch onto Akira for that role, much like his brother Reiko took Julian
Savea’s barn-storming winger tag. Akira has already been ear-marked for national honours for many years and with the All Blacks mulling their loose-forward options, Akira looks to be the next long term option. The brothers Ioane were the best players on Eden Park, chewing up the run metres and busting tackles. Rieko, starting at second five, seemed to thrive on getting his hands on the ball more often. His performance was reminiscent of his Blues coach Tana Umaga who moved from the wing into the midfield in the latter stages of his career. The Blues showed, against a terrible Reds side, there is talent in the franchise. Fans can be rightly frustrated, maybe 2019 will be their year? With the Ioane brothers, they have two weapons that could make that a reality.
Wainuiomata News 04-07-18