Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
60 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 19, 2013 SPORT CONGRATULATIONS Alice Ropata Winner of the FAMILY PACK Including 2 Adult tickets & 2 Kids tickets to home game 2 Fan Packs and a Netball signed by The team Corrina Perenise Runner - Up 2 Tickets to home game Fan pack Melanie & Candace Ioane Runner - Up 2 Tickets to home game Fan pack Kuini Daniels Runner - Up 2 Tickets to home game Fan pack 5251722AA Vikings looking good Revving up: Porirua Vikings' A J Akavi fends off a Randwick defender last season. The Porirua side had no trouble scoring tries -- it was on defence they were found wanting in 2012. By KRIS DANDO There is a buzz around Porirua Vikings' senior training as the new rugby league season draws near. Players don't need to be remin- ded that the highly-fancied club has not won a title since 2010, coach Peter Rikiriki says. They've been working hard, we've had a few playing flag foot- ball [over summer], but the numbers at training have been better than they were this time last year. You can see the work's been put in, some of our big boys have dropped a few kilos. Losing to Wainui in the semifinal [last season] hurt, especially after we beat them all year, so we're not lacking motivation.'' Rikiriki did not let his charges touch a ball for the open weeks of training, just running and circuits'' were the order of the day. Getting systems, teamwork and the fitness up is crucial at this point, he says. They put their pre-season work into practice in front of a good crowd at Creekfest on March 9, walloping their St George Dragons counterparts 66-18 on a hard and dusty Cannons Creek Park. Porirua will play to their strengths this season, Rikiriki says, utilising pacy backs and a massive forward pack. Defence has become paramount. Our tackling around the edges [of rucks] was not good last year, other teams targeted our fringes and we are working to fix that. We have the wood on most packs so we'll play to that strength -- this club has some great forwards and there are players coming through, creating competition too.'' Rikiriki intends to unleash some teenagers, including one young player from the SG Ball competition who will play in the second row or centres. Along with youth, the core of the Vikings pre- miers will be fronting up once again, including Jon Masaga, Rocky Masoe, Greig Dean and Va'a Kirisome. The attack will again hinge around standoff Anton Wereta. Rikiriki says the club has en- dured some frustrations in the off- season, with NRL clubs enticing a handful of promising youngsters across the ditch. But that is part- and-parcel of premier club rugby league and Rikiriki does not dwell on the losses, rather he is thank- ful for the talent he has. We lost two guys, to Melbourne and the Bulldogs, and it is a double-edged sword. We are devel- oping them, we want them to be turning out for the Vikings, but we certainly don't want to stand in their way when these chances come up.'' The new season kicks off with a double-header at Porirua Park on March 28. In the 6.30pm game the Dragons take on Petone. The Vik- ings face University at 8pm. Wind wranglers: There was plenty of Porirua influence on Auckland waters at a secondary schools sailing regatta won by HIBS. From left, Paremata Boating Club members Francis, Dan McDowall, Callum Pritchard, and George Gautrey from Muritai. Sailing triumph Three young Porirua sailors helped Hutt International Boys' School claim the Harken Secon- dary Schools Sailing Regatta in Auckland recently. Jonathan Francis, Callum Prit- chard and Daniel McDowall, who all sail at Paremata Boating Club, were part of a four-person crew led by George Gautrey at the regatta, hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The boys sailed particularly well on the first day, March 9, winning four of the seven races, creating an almost unbeatable lead. Though not quite as domi- nant the following day, the crew finished in the top five in all races to win by a significant margin from Kerikeri High and King's College. HIBS have been invited back to defend the title next year, and with all the team returning to school they should have a great chance of a repeat in 2014.
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