Kapi-Mana News : September 13th 2011
55 KAPI-MANA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 SPORT Proud supporters of local rugby league 3732829AP 14 Prosser Street, Elsdon, PORIRUA Ph: 04 237 8917 Where Service Is Important Top quality collision repairs and spray painting Guaranteed repairs Repairers for ALL insurance companies Call in for a free quote while you wait Loan cars available Contractors van available for loan Porirua's longest established collision repair shop (since 1963) 2150 741 AA PORIRUA MOTOR BODY REPAIRS LTD Phoenix put on the spot Fun night expected The Sandbar Pub will host a Wellington Phoenix night tomorrow, with the public get- ting the chance to ask questions of Ricki Herbert and his team. The men holding centre stage will be Herbert, striker Leo Bertos and strength and conditioning coach Lee Taylor. Taylor, whose family is coming over from England soon, has been in New Zea- land a few months, staying with mate and Sandbar owner Steve Baker. Taylor plans to buy a house in Whitby. I m doing different pro- grammes with different players [as the new season approaches]. It s been full-on and I m loving it here at the Phoenix, Taylor says in his broad East End accent. A former professional player, he has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Notts County, Liverpool and Bolton, and was eyeing up a move to a Scottish Premier League club before Herbert called. I ve known [Phoenix player-coach] Chris Greenacre for 17 years and when Ricki rang me, the decision was made in five or 10 minutes. The wife said after I got off the phone, Was that about a job? and I said Yep . When I said we re going to New Zea- land she was like, But that s two days on a plane . For my family it s a big change but I think we re going to enjoy the lifestyle here. Baker says the Phoenix night will be a chance for people to hear about the upcoming season and past football experiences of the three guests of honour. Don t be surprised if other Phoenix players infiltrate the audience to ask their own curly questions during the Q & A session, he says. It ll be a fun night. I suggested it to Ricki and he was really keen. I know it s Rugby World Cup time but I m confident there ll be a good crowd along. The evening starts at 7.30pm at the Sandbar. The $10 entry also gets you a free beer or wine. The Phoenix kick off their 2011-12 campaign with an away game against Gold Coast United on October 9. Title winners Kapi Mana Darts Association players were to the fore at the nationals in Nelson last month, coming away with a handful of titles. While local competitors did not feature in the singles finals, five players did make the tourna- ment team of 16 men and 16 women -- Koha Kokiri, Craig Caldwell, Lucas Edwards, Leah Price and Raewyn Davis. Kokiri, one of the country s best darts players, was given two further awards in Nelson -- the Ces Purkis Memorial Personality Trophy for his steady form, and he and Peter Hunt (ranked sec- ond and first in New Zealand) were jointly award the Most Consistent Player prize.
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