Wednesday October 3, 2018
Hall of Fame recognition for Casley By Dan Whitfield
Skipper Rhys Casley, left, completed a miraculous comeback from injury to provide a winning three-run homer and lead his Black Sox to their sixth title at the World Softball Championship in Auckland in 2013. He’s pictured above celebrating with Thomas Makea and Daniel Milne. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wainuiomata’s Rhys Casley has been inducted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame. Testament to his outstanding achievements comes from his hard work both in New Zealand and overseas. That said, it is his Black Sox career, when he captained the national softball team to a World Championship victory in 2013, that sees him recognised as one of the greats. “It’s a special moment,” Rhys says. “Like most sports there are certainly a few players you look up to. One of mine was coach and mentor Eddie Kohlhase; it’s quite humbling to be in the same hall of fame as him,” he says. Rhys made his debut for New Zealand in the early
2000s and was an outstanding fielder with huge range, coupled with the ability to also play in the outfield. He was made captain after the team won the silver medal at the 2009 World Championships and completed a miraculous comeback from injury to provide a winning three-run homer and lead his team victory at the World Softball Championship in Auckland in 2013. “I put a lot of time into the sport; I used to play a season in New Zealand then travel to America to play over there. So I’m really happy,” Rhys says. Rhys’ roots are definitely in Wainuiomata. He grew up playing for Wainuiomata and says the acknowledgement “is a reflection of the support my family gave me over the years.”
On top once again By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata Primary School has come out on top to win a rippa rugby tournament once again. The school played hard in all its games, defeating teams from Pukeatua, Fernlea, Konini, Arakura and St Claudines to lift up the Piri Weepu Cup with honour. This was not the first time Wainuiomata Primary School has won the competition and shows the dominance of the sport at the school. The competition was held at Wainuiomata High School towards the end of last term and co-organiser Sarah McIntyre says it continues to be a fun tournament for children in the community. “It’s about getting them out and active,” Sarah says. “It’s a really awesome thing for our community and gets the schools together.”
Wainuiomata Primary School’s winning team holding their trophy high. PHOTO: DARYL NEW
Tasman Mako take down Wellington Lions The Tasman Mako held on for a narrow 28-22 Mitre 10 Cup premiership win over the Wellington Lions at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. The win, which lifted Tasman to the top of the premiership table, was built very much around a disciplined forward effort as they held a clear edge up front. While the two sides were even in a lot of facets of play, it was Tasman’s ability to strike at key times that also gave them their overall advantage. The visitors driving play also put the home side under pressure for periods as they were well organised and ruthless in the right parts of the field. It was a huge credit to the character of the Lions, especially on defence, that they kept themselves in the game as Tasman dominated possession for long periods.
The Lions also gave themselves a chance at victory late in the match when replacement and Wainuiomata’s very own Thomas Umaga-Jensen crossed out wide. However, the Mako held on through their ability to hold on to the ball as the seconds ticked away. On a tricky night to play with a blustery and swirling wind, the sides looked to be heading into the break locked at 10-10. However, a late penalty gave the Mako a 13-10 lead at halftime and they extended that lead when they scored early in the second half. The Lions closed the gap with a try to captain Galo Taufere but could not stop the Mako going over again before Umaga-Jensen’s late five pointer. The Lions now prepare to face Auckland back at the stadium on Thursday night.
Statistics: Tasman 28 (Finlay Christie, Solomon Alaimalo, Jacob Norris, John Akau’ola-Laula tries; Mitch Hunt con, 2 pen) Wellington 22 (Xavier Numia, Galu Taufale, Thomas Umaga-Jensen tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 2 con, pen). HT: 13-10.
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Jack of all trades the best midfield option I love Ryan Crotty but Jack Goodhue is the best midfield option for the All Blacks. Goodhue appears to be a generational talent, like Brodie Retallick was after the 2011 World Cup. The reality is, that Crotty is a tremendously reliable player. The 31-year-old is not a flashy player, but like Ben Smith, he’s a safe pair of hands who rarely makes a mistake and has excellent game awareness. Goodhue, from Northland, but playing for the Crusaders appears to have the silky skills to handle one of the busiest positions in rugby and he’s only 23-years-old. Goodhue has taken to the international game like a proverbial duck to water. The All Blacks’ 35-17 road win against Argentina made it clear that Goodhue is
the long-term midfield answer. Crotty’s best days appear behind him, not only through age but injury as well. Sonny Bill Williams has and always will be a pet project but he too is hanging on for next year’s World Cup in Japan. SBW continues to give you what you expect - the odd brain fade and a few magical off-loads. Williams has reached his peak, as has Crotty and I’d suggest Goodhue is already better than them both. Goodhue is physically confronting on defence, well organised and has a deft slight of hand which can cause havoc on attack. The next 10-year All Black is here and he’s a boy from Northland.
Wainuiomata News 03-10-18