Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
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AMAZING! 4303041AA Phone Steve 237 9027 for all enquiries Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.pauatahanuigolfclub.co.nz • SPECIAL FOR FIRST YEAR MEMBERS ONLY $500.00 • MID WEEK PLAYERS ONLY PAY $348 A YEAR 4306985AA Special conditions apply Paddlers chase success at Karapiro Primo paddlers: The junior PCKC paddlers at the venue for the junior 'turou' (welcome), at Ngatangiia Sports Club, in Rarotonga. Porirua Canoe Kayak Club (PCKC) is among a number of local clubs participating in the waka ama sprint nationals, which got underway yesterday on Lake Karapiro in the Wai- kato. To test themselves against the world s best, PCKC sent a contingent of junior and adult paddlers to compete in the annual Vaka Eiva waka ama (outrigger canoeing) compe- tition in Rarotonga in late November. Kiwi paddlers were up against the best from Aust- ralia, Tahiti, Canada and the Cook Islands. PCKC paddler Marianna Hodges won the women s 12 kilometre and the open women s team won a silver medal in the 500 metre lagoon sprint race. The junior PCKC paddlers achieved several podium finishes and came home with a haul of medals. Their suc- cess in the junior events included a gold in the J14 mixed 2km race, along with four silver medals and four bronze. Six families made up most of the 34 paddlers for PCKC, with one family con- tributing 14 paddlers. SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Hats off to Guptill for his attitude Martin Guptill is a throwback to when cricket was an amateur game and representing your country with honour was what really counted. The Auckland opening batsman has confirmed he s not chasing a lucrative IPL Indian Twenty20 contract. He wants to concentrate on first-class cricket, so he can play better test cricket for New Zealand. This is not the attitude we expect from our leading cricketers. These past few weeks, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and, more recently, Nathan McCullum, have been building up air points zipping back and forth across the Tasman playing in both the Aust- ralian and New Zealand Twenty20 competitions. They re not upsetting their sleeping patterns because they feel they need more cricket. It s about chasing big paydays. Fair enough. They re professional sportsman. There s money to be earned and they re grabbing it. We got an insight into the new world order of cricket in 2008 when New Zealand toured Eng- land, playing test and one-day series. Vettori, the captain, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills missed the first fortnight of the tour -- all the buildup games -- to play in the IPL. Their priorities were clear: money first, New Zea- land second. Reserves had to be drafted in at the start of their tour but the cap- tain and his senior team-mates shrugged their shoulders. That s what New Zealand cricket followers have come to expect. Until now. Guptill has broken ranks. It s not all about money, he explained. My priority is performing for New Zealand and it s going to be that way right throughout my career. I m looking to get my test game back up to scratch. That s the reason for going to England and not putting my name in the IPL auction. My test game isn t quite there yet. Only first-class cricket is going to improve that. If I can nail my test game then down the track ImayputmyhandupfortheIPL auction. So while New Zealand team- mates Taylor (who earned $1 million last IPL season for less than two months work), Vettori and co race off to India, Guptill is heading back to the English county cricket scene, to play for Derbyshire and hone his skills. He is already a talented player, a beautiful striker of the ball and a superb fieldsman. It would be nice if every New Zealand cricketer cared so much about performance.
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