Kapi-Mana News : March 20th 2012
42 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 20, 2012 SPORT Before you buy your next car come and see your local car dealer Ph 04 237 4975 1998 Daihatsu Charade 1300cc, Alarm, Very Tidy, Airbag. 2003 Mitsubishi Diamante Auto, NZ New, Air bags, Cd Player, A/C. 2000 Ford Laser LXI NZ New car, 88ks, 1600cc, Alarm, Airbag, A/C, Radio CD. 1999 Subaru WRX 5 Speed, Alloys, Sunroof, Airbag, Radio/CD player. $5,990 $3,995 $5,990 $8,990 $8,990 $9,490 Great selection of People movers, Mazda Demios, Toyota Vitz and Commercial Vans Corner Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua City (next to Pak 'n Save Fuel) www.poriruamotors2009.co.nz 4380259AB $60 Weekly 1997 Nissan Pulsar Auto, Alloys. Airbags, Radio/CD, Very tidy. 1994 Nissan Cefiro 5 Speed, 2000cc, Airbag, Great second car, Alloys. $60 Weekly $90 Weekly $90 Weekly $90 Weekly Checking out our hot Olympic medal chances SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Barely four months out from the 2012 London Olympics, how is our team shaping? Peter Miskimmin, the Sparc boss, told me: There aren't many bolters now. We have a good idea how we'll go in London based on lead-up form, especially in the preceding year.'' On that basis, New Zealand should fare well in London. Rowing, cycling, hockey, triathlon, equestrian, track and field and kayaking have given us particular cause for optimism. In recent Olympics we have won four medals, including one gold, at Sydney in 2000; five medals, including three gold, at Athens in 2004; and nine medals, including three gold, at Beijing in 2008. New Zealand Olympic Com- mittee secretary-general Kereyn Smith is hopeful of improving even on the impressive medal haul in Beijing, saying recently she expected New Zealand would finish in London with more medals than they won in Beijing. Given the massive emphasis on the Olympics these days by countries such as Britain, Germany and France, plus the surge in top-quality performances by Asian and Eastern Europe athletes, that would be some achievement. It's difficult to tell with Olympics. In 1960, a virtually unknown Peter Snell, ranked 26th in the world in the 800m, left Rome with a gold medal around his neck. On the other hand, single sculler Mahe Drysdale was a strong favourite going into Beijing in 2008, but became ill and had to strive manfully just to win a bronze. From this distance, here's who I regard as our strongest medal contenders for London: Valerie Adams, shot put. Big Val is unbeaten since 2010, is the world champion and defending Olympic champion. Mahe Drysdale, single sculls rowing. Drysdale is the great single sculler of the 2000s. It would be fitting if he capped his career with an Olympic gold. Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, men's pair rowing. Three times world champions, they look solid gold medal material. Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sulli- van, double sculls rowing. Double world champions. Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown, women's pair rowing. Double world champions. Mark Todd, three-day event, equestrian. This will be the eighth Olympics Todd has been selected for, stretching back to 1980. He won Badminton last year on Land Vision, so even at 56 must be a strong medal chance. Sarah Walker, BMX cycling. Walker, only 20 at Beijing, went within a whisker of a medal. Since then she has established a domi- nance in her sport. Lisa Carrington, K1 200, kayaking. The world champion in this go-for-bust sprint, Carrington is a hot medal prospect. Andrea Hewitt, triathlon. Hewitt leads the New Zealand triathlon pack. She was second in the world championship standings last year, the only New Zealander in the top 15. Jon Paul Tobin, windsurfing. When you have to beat out the defending Olympic champion to gain selection, as Tobin did, you must be considered a serious medal contender. From this elite group, I am hopeful of nine or 10 medals, up to five of them gold. Below them, our men's and women's team pursuit cyclists, our two hockey teams, the three- day eventing team, single sculler Emma Twigg, and men's light- weight double scullers Storm Uru and Peter Taylor seem most likely to add bonus medals to the New Zealand haul. Tawa in the top spot By KRIS DANDO Hitting out: Tawa College's Bounty Senadeera returned the excellent figures of 3-19 against Aotea College, even if batsman Corey Saunders did smash a few boundaries off him. Tawa College's 1st XI cricket side will be flying the flag for the Porirua basin when they battle for a Gillette Cup spot against the best in Wellington from this weekend. On Saturday Tawa convincingly overcame Aotea College to secure second spot in Premier 2 and thus qualify for the Gillette qualifying tournament at Karori Park. Batting first, Aotea were rolled for 110, with No 11 Corey Saun- ders top-scoring with 18 not out. Aotea recovered somewhat from 67/8 and were helped by Tawa's 26 wides. Daniel Rose was the star with the ball, taking 5-23 from his 10 overs, while Bounty Senadeera nabbed 3-19 and James Everett 2-21. Tawa knocked off the runs in 29 overs, for the loss of one wicket, with Conal McKie (44 not out) and Yatesh Maisurua (36 not out) cruising home. Tawa manager Suresh Sena- deera says they will be ranked eighth of the eight teams at Karori Park -- with Wellington College, Hutt International Boys School and St Pat's Town in their pool -- but will approach the tour- nament with confidence. The win over Aotea was com- prehensive and we have wicket- takers, a good batting order and definite match-winners in our team. They will be practising hard [this] week and who knows what will happen?'' A white ball and powerplays are two things Tawa will need to adapt to quickly if they are to compete, Senadeera says. Aotea's manager Richard Clarkson says they have been happy with their season's effort, especially considering they had been promoted from Premier 3 and had lost several experienced players from last year. Meanwhile, in Pearce Cup play, North City secured a win on first innings over league-leaders Kar- ori at the completion of their two- dayer at Linden. After scoring 314 (Nick Walters 96, Ben Jansen 51) and restricting Karori to 249/9, Norths made 183/8 declared. Karori finished 13 runs short of their target at stumps on day two. The result, which comes after Norths' defeat of Onslow on first innings in the previous round, has secured them a safe fifth position in the table, with one match remaining.
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