Kapi-Mana News : April 23rd 2013
42 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 23, 2013 SPORT FRIDAY 13TH APRIL 2013 OLE FOOTBALL ACADEMY TURF OPENING DECLAN EDGE, DESMOND MITCHELL NATE WINKEL, DAVE WILSON OLE FOOTBALL ACADEMY PLAYERS AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES MAYOR NICK LEGGETT OFFICIALLY OPENING TURF Bat-girl rules crease By KRIS DANDO Top of the order: Amelia Kerr has plenty of cricketing influences close at hand, and their work with the capable opener saw her shine this summer. Amelia Kerr doesn't let a bit of ribbing from the boys affect her game too much. The Tawa 12-year-old had an outstanding cricket season, par- ticularly with the willow, averag- ing 49 opening the batting for the Tawa junior club side. She also plays for the North City reps, Wel- lington under-15 girls where she joins talented sister Jess, Welling- ton under-13 boys indoor cricket, is in the Future Blaze set-up and turns out for her Tawa Intermedi- ate side. For the latter, she scored two centuries in the Milo Shield com- petition. What is significant about Kerr's Tawa junior club performances is that she is the only girl in the team, and also captain. She is wicketkeeper, opens the batting and is occasionally called on to bowl some leg spin. The sport is in the blood, with family occasions often centred around cricket. And she loves playing with the boys. It's fun, everyone's excited when we're out there and they [boys] are better at fielding, they throw it to the keeper harder,'' she says. Now and again someone will say something [when she is bat- ting] like I smell a barbecue, think there's a duck on it', but that's normal.'' Before this year Kerr battled at first drop or No 4, but is enjoying tackling the new ball at the top of the order. She may not have the power to whack it over the infield but is becoming adept at finding the gaps along the turf. Kerr puts her skill down to the coaching of North City's Neeraj Chawla, father Robbie and guid- ance from other senior cricketers. She ranks locally-based White Ferns player Sophie Devine as an inspiration. With winter approaching, her thoughts have turned to football, but indoor cricket will continue. Her ambitions in the game know no bounds and she will be likely to start by trying to make Tawa College's 1st XI soon. I want to play for New Zealand by the time I'm 20 and be captain one day.'' Hitting it up: Vikings' hooker Haize Alatipi hits the line during his side's big win over Upper Hutt on Saturday. New plan delivers By KRIS DANDO Porirua Vikings have bounced back from their opening round loss to Randwick in the Welling- ton rugby league competition, securing their second straight win on Saturday. After defeating perennial foes Wainuiomata in week two, Upper Hutt were expected to be no match for the Vikings. But on a dark and wet afternoon at Wha- katiki St, turnovers in the first 15 minutes cost the visitors dearly. Down 12-0, the Vikings showed the resolve and spirit with relent- less runs up the middle wearing down their opponents. After being 22-12 up at halftime they piled on the pressure, run- ning away 40-16 victors. Coach Peter Rikiriki sees plenty of positives after the opening three rounds. We're a bit patchy in places and we have four or five key players out but we have a new game plan going for this season. It gives [halfback] Anton [Wereta] more room to play and look at what's in front of him, rather than a set of plays. The older guys are enthusiastic because it's new and the younger players are feeding off that,'' he said. The tireless Rocky Masoe led the way against Upper Hutt and was named player of the day. St George, meanwhile, who opened their season with a 30-0 win over Petone, suffered their second loss on the trot on Saturday, going down 52-16 to Wainuiomata at Wise Park. This week sees the two Porirua outfits face each other at Cannons Creek Park. Kickoff is 2.30pm.
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