Thunderbolt strikes down Auck­land’s un­beaten run


Rusty nails pierc­ing jan­dals, al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to sun­screen, sand in the eyes, slips on spilled ice creams, col­laps­ing deck chairs, burns from the bar­bie, and pulled mus­cles from play­ing back­yard cricket.

Th­ese are just some of the ‘sea­sonal’ mishaps that led to ACC in­jury claims last sum­mer.

A to­tal of 439,878 claims were re­ceived be­tween De­cem­ber 1, 2012 and Fe­bru­ary 28, 2013.

That put sum­mer slightly ahead of win­ter (435,125 claims) and spring (420,690 claims) but trail­ing au­tumn (468,648 claims) as the most ‘in­ju­ri­ous’ sea­son last year.

ACC In­jury Preven­tion Pro­gramme Man­ager, Me­gan Nagel, says there are al­ways small num­bers of claims each year that have a dis­tinc­tively sea­sonal flavour.

‘‘Beach-re­lated in­juries tend to be more fre­quent in sum­mer, as you’d ex­pect, while in­juries caused by heaters are more com­mon in win­ter.’’ How­ever, other types of in­juries oc­cur con­stantly through­out the year.

‘‘Falls in the home are the num­ber one cause of in­juries in New Zealand, re­gard­less of what time of year it is.’’

Ms Nagel’s ad­vice to Ki­wis want­ing to see out the rest of this sum­mer safely there­fore in­cludes a mix of sea­sonal and ‘year round’ in­jury preven­tion tips.

‘‘Sum­mer can be a pop­u­lar time for so­cial­is­ing and out­side DIY, so we re­mind peo­ple to be re­spon­si­ble hosts if serv­ing al­co­hol, and pay at­ten­tion to safety when us­ing things like power tools and lad­ders.

‘‘Dur­ing sum­mer, peo­ple also of­ten throw them­selves back into phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity af­ter a less than ac­tive win­ter. Build­ing up your ac­tiv­ity grad­u­ally and re­mem­ber­ing to warm up be­fore ex­er­cis­ing can re­duce your risk of in­jury.’’

At home, Ms Nagel ad­vises Ki­wis to ‘‘pay at­ten­tion to hazards that can cause slips, trips and falls, such as loose rugs, spilled liq­uid on floors and blown light bulbs.’’ An un­beaten run of vic­to­ries for Auck­land City has ended.

Reign­ing ASB Premier­ship cham­pi­ons Waitakere United edged out City 1-0 at Fred Tay­lor Park on Sun­day de­spite be­ing re­duced to 10 men for the last 12 min­utes of the match.

Waitakere got off to the per­fect start when Mak­sim Manko fired home a third-minute thunderbolt and never al­lowed Auck­land to set­tle into their usual rhythm dur­ing a half which saw lit­tle at­tack­ing threat of­fered by ei­ther team.

The Navy Blues fi­nally forced United goal­keeper Danny Robin­son into ac­tion around the hour mark with at­tempts from Dar­ren White and Emil­iano Tade. Waitakere’s re­sponses gave City keeper Ta­mati Wil­liams lit­tle cause for con­cern.

Twelve min­utes from time Waitakere player-coach Brian Shel­ley com­mit­ted his sec­ond book­able of­fence and was sent off, much to his undis­guised angst.

Waitakere then had to see out the match with 10 men against an Auck­land team who were press­ing hard for an equaliser.

But the lev­eller never ma­te­ri­alised and City suf­fered their first de­feat on New Zealand soil since Waitakere won 1-0 at Ki­witea Street in April last year.

Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx’s charges re­main top of the ta­ble de­spite the set­back.

Vic­tory in their next two games, against the bot­tom two teams, would help them to earn a first-place fin­ish in the roundrobin phase of the com­pe­ti­tion.

City face South­ern United at Ki­witea St on Wai­tangi Day, be­fore tak­ing on NZ Wan­der­ers on Sun­day, also at home.


Close call:

Ivan Vicelich of Auck­land City puts Waitakere keeper Danny Robin­son un­der pres­sure.

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