Kapi-Mana News : August 7th 2012
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T.A.P $7,990 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 was $9,990 NOW $8,490 was $9,990 NOW $8,750 was $11,990 NOW $10,490 $13,250 $6,995 37 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 7, 2012 SPORT Tonks is the rock SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Chris Ineson, who ran the Sports Foundation through the 1990s, made one enduring contribution to New Zealand sport, and it's still paying dividends. When Rob Waddell was starting to win world single sculls titles, some of the major rowing nations began to cast an eye at New Zea- land and wonder who the master- mind behind his successes was. They settled on coach Dick Tonks and there were some tempting financial offers for him from overseas. Ineson worked hard to put an attractive package in place to retain him. It worked. Tonks stayed with the Karapiro-based elite New Zea- land rowing squad, coaching some crews himself and overseeing the entire programme. New Zealand has had phenom- enal success over the past 12 or 15 years, and it culminated last week at the London Olympics, when the rowers won five medals, three of them gold. New Zealand has had plenty of Olympic rowing success before, but we've never won more than three medals at one games. To win five, and have more crews in finals, was incredible. The New Zealand rowing squad was the talk of the rowing frater- nity at Eton Dorney. The question that was asked repeatedly was: how does such a small country produce a conveyer belt of champions? Obviously it's crucial to have great athletes. But it takes more than that and Tonks is a key fig- ure in the rowing programme. An Olympic rowing medallist himself in 1972, Tonks has guided dozens of champions since the early 1990s, when he began his coaching career in Whanganui. The most famous members of the recent rowing squads have been Waddell and the Evers- Swindell twins -- now retired -- and gold medallists Mahe Drys- dale, Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen of the current Olympic team. But there have been many more world champions. Since single sculler Darcy Had- field won the first Olympic medal for New Zealand, in 1920, our rowers have won 21 medals, nine of them gold. It's revealing that the two great eras, in the late 1960s-early 70s, and from about 1997 to now, have been built around champion coaches in Rusty Robertson and Tonks. Neither man fits the more recent image of a professional coach -- showy, talkative and enjoying the spotlight. Tonks doesn't say a lot, but his rowers hang off every word. There are several professional'' sports teams in New Zealand -- the All Blacks, the Warriors, the Phoenix, the men's cricket team. None are even close to matching the rowers in terms of profession- alism, discipline, meticulous prep- aration and achievement. Competing in what is close to a global sport, they have built an astoundingly successful record. The rowers work closely together, get on well, and enjoy each other's successes. They should be the role model for all other New Zealand sports teams. Vikings disappoint in league final By KRIS DANDO The Porirua Vikings will not con- test the premier club rugby league grand final for the first time in five years after they were defeated by Wainuiomata 32-28 in Sat- urday's semifinal. In front of a good crowd at Fraser Park, the Porirua side will forever rue their sluggish start on the soft track, which saw Wainui race to a 22-6 halftime lead. By the time his team got going in the second spell, coach Peter Rikiriki says the damage had been done. "We made more mistakes and Wainui hit our fringes really well. We didn't really try to push things until well into that second half, and we didn't have enough time left. We got close when it was 22-16, but they kept pulling away.'' Down by four points with time nearly up, the Vikings broke through the line but a crucial ankle-tap saved the day for Wainuiomata. Rikiriki says his charges were disappointed, but thoughts were already turning to next season. "We have some great young players coming through, ready to take that step up to the premier level. Some of the older guys, like Jay Bolstad, are really key, he's a major asset." Rikiriki expects Randwick to be too strong for Wainui in the grand final at Porirua Park this Sat- urday, 3pm. Win record broken By KRIS DANDO Determined: Northern United winger Timoci Seruwalu does his best to break the MSP line during Norths' semifinal loss on Saturday. Photo: RUSSELL POTTS/CHAINSAWPHOTOS Northern United's premier women's rugby side carry the hopes of silverware for the club after their male counterparts were knocked out of the Jubilee Cup on Saturday. The premier men were well- beaten, 33-6, by Marist St Pat's at Evans Bay Park. It was only 7-6 to the home team at the break, with both sides having a player sin-binned, and the second half was mostly an even contest. The turning point was with 13 minutes left, when Norths gained a penalty in front of MSP's posts. Down just 15-6, three points might have been the best option, but a quick tap was taken and No 8 Mana Faraimo, who had a whale of a game otherwise, knocked on. MSP took full advantage and they never had their goal-line threatened again. They would score two tries and two drop goals in the last 10 minutes to send them through to the final against Oriental-Rongotai. Although MSP were well- beaten the last time these two sides met, they were defensively stronger and deserved the win. Hurricanes players Victor Vito and Jeff To'omaga Allen were key in MSP's big forward effort. The loss meant Norths' record of win- ning the Jubilee Cup every second year since 2004 has been broken. In the women's premier grade, Norths will meet Wainuiomata in this Saturday's Victoria Tavern Trophy final after they beat Old Boys-University 29-15 at Porirua Park.
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