Kapi-Mana News : August 9th 2011
35 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 9, 2011 SPORT 2591780AB Service Centre "We care about people" Fetu Rakesh Dylan Graham Tom BOOK NOW PHONE 237 7979 or online www.poriruamotors.co.nz WE SERVICE ALL MAKES & MODELS WE ALSO PROVIDE AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SERVICES Richard Brad Jos Mel Tony 12 NORRIE ST, PORIRUA OPEN 6 DAYS An experienced team you can trust Full vehicle diagnostics, starters & alternators Warrants Of Fitness while you wait 3939341 • Long or short term storage available from only $3.35 per day ($1226 per year) • 24 hour, 7 day a week easy access to your boat • Ramp access pass included -- value $125 • Secure, fully fenced, locked compound only metres from the boat ramp • 24 hour a day, 7 day a week recorded video security system to monitor access to the compound to protect your vessel plus random security patrols by staff and Armourguard Security • Marina staff on site 7 days • Access to the men's and women's toilets, showers and laundry on the ground oor of the marina of ce • Place your boat rubbish in the marina waste bins • Temporary marina berth for as little as $16 per day to store your boat if you need to do some maintenance or repairs to your boat trailer • Daily internet weather forecasts available in the Marina Of ce Call us on 04-568 3736 to book your trailer park www.seaviewmarina.co.nz Running out of Space at Home? Let us look after your trailer-boat --- worry-free and with total security 3 minutes walk to Kenepuru Station • Spraypainting •panelbeating WE ARE APPROVED REPAIRERS FOR THE MAJORITY OF INSURANCE COMPANIES PHONE 237 5898 www.autocrash.co.nz 45 KENEPURU DRIVE,PORIRUA 3559923AA Success with selector By KRIS DANDO Hockey reps: Matt Symonds and Taelar Samuel will likely don their country's colours against Australia later this year, after both caught the selector's eye during the nationals last month. Taelar Samuel and Matt Symonds admit making their respective national under-18 hockey squads was the easy part -- now the hard work really begins. The duo are among just a hand- ful of Wellington players to make the grade following the recent under- 18 national tour- nament. While Samuel's young Wellington side came 10th, below their own expectations, Symonds' team played out of their skin, narrowly losing to Auckland in the final. Although he plays in the tough centre-half position, he says being part of a team that was performing well did his chances the world of good. Earning New Zealand selection was not at the forefront of their minds, more of a reward after excel- lent seasons. It's not something I was really thinking about a lot, but I was pretty happy when I found out,'' Symonds says. They actually announced it on the [NZ Hockey] website, so I was getting texts about it before I even knew myself.'' Both will go to a training camp in Christchurch in October, where numbers will be culled before a test series against Australia. Making the New Zealand team was the easy part, now we have to work hard to keep our spots,'' Samuel, one of three goalies selected, says. Neither can wait to take on the Aussies, pitting themselves against a country that regularly produces world champion hockey sides. The former Plimmerton School pupils, now at Mana College (Samuel) and Wellington College (Symonds), will spend the rest of winter playing club and school hockey, with a training regime in place to ensure they stay at the top of their games. Samuel is already a Wellington representative, while this is the next goal for Symonds. Kickboxers get the chance to shine Champion kickboxer: Muay thai kickboxer Nato La'auli, who is trained and mentored by Rex Redden, with his two New Zealand belts. He will not be defending them this Saturday, but will be in the corners of some of Porirua's up-and-comers. By KRIS DANDO Nato La'auli knows all about having the big-match tempera- ment, and he wants to pass his experience on to the next group of fighters coming through. The muay thai kickboxer and mainstay of Rex Redden's gym in the old Porirua Hospital grounds has been spending plenty of his own time and money organising the next fight night. It takes place this Saturday, with doors opening at 5.30pm. There will be 11 fights on the card, with varying ages and weight classes represented. La'auli, who holds two New Zealand titles and is gunning for a third in Napier next month, will not be taking to the ring himself, but says it is important the young fighters get exposure to this type of atmosphere. There will be lots of people; they'll be nervous but they've trained hard and it's about testing yourself,'' La'auli says. Training three times a week is all well and good but they need to come up against guys that have trained hard and are mentally ready too. Everyone's really looking forward to it.'' Although most fighters in the event are from Porirua, there will be kickboxers from Wairarapa, Wellington and even Whakatane. It's going to be a great show. There will be a lot of skill out there and it's something differ- ent for people to see. Muay thai is not just about taking someone's head off; you have to outpoint your opponent and use kicks, punches, knees and elbows.'' La'auli says on an average'' night they have 15 to 20 people attending the gym for training, from beginners to more advanced fighters. As a non-profit organisation, he says they are not there to make money, but to help people with fitness and confidence. By learning muay thai prop- erly you will learn how to pro- tect yourself if you can't safely walk away from a situation, but also get fit and healthy. We don't train to fight; it's important to realise that. I'm hoping we can get some new members but it's really about giving our boys the opportunity to show off what they've learnt. There's a dedicated few that do muay thai in New Zealand and we want to give the sport some exposure.'' Tickets $25. Door sales only.
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