Pirates run rampant in winter comps
The Kaitaia Pirates Rugby and Sports Club celebrated a prolific presence in junior winter sport at its end-of-year prizegiving last month.
The club was represented with two teams, under 7s and 9s, in Mangonui JMB rugby, with the U9s winning their knockout title; six teams participating in Mangonui Netball Centre competition, Year 1/2, Y3/4, Y5/6 (two teams), Y7/8 and seniors; and two sides in Kaitaia miniball in the U11s and U13s divisions.
Club stalwart Kelly Larkins said it was pleasing for everyone behind the Pirates organisation to see junior membership so strong this year.
“It’s actually been a really good year!”
Winners of the trophies were as follows.
NETBALL. Pirates A awards, MVP: Kassidy Murray, Sportsmanship: Stevie Hudson, Best Attack: Khalia Murray, Best Defence: Chilli Rameka and Amelia King Paopao Most Improved Attack: Rachele Craig, Most Improved Defence: Jade Yates, and, Fair Play: Jacey Pure.
Pirates B, MVP: Kashana Murray, Sportsmanship: Ayla Petera, Best Attack: Ariana Larkins-O’Connor, Best Defence: Manaia Lisle, Best Midcourt: Aria Reed, Most Improved Attack: Mihiora Tan, Most Improved Defence: Olivia Smart, Most Improved Midcourt: Kahra-Lee Erstich, and, Fair Play: Rosemary Mahia.
Year 7 and 8, Fair Play: Sky Harris and Harmony Busby, Best Attack: Manaia Dodds, Best Defence: Justyce, Best Midcourt: Kahu Busby, Most Improved: Jayde Erstich, MVP: Ashley Tipene, and, Sportsmanship: Nardine Rice.
RUGBY. U7s Player of the Year: Rikaarn Parker, Rippa of the year: Heremaia Paparoa, MVP: Quincy Maxwell, Most Outstanding: Reihana Still, Coach’s Choice: Piri Ericksen and Jackson Rogers, and, Most Improved: Tamehana Wi Rimene.
U9s: Player of the year: Chasyn Maxwell, Tackler of the year: Toa Rimene, Most Outstanding: Hemi Mahia, Sportsmanship: Kaiden Craig, Rookie of the year: Tamaturua Wi Rimene, Most Improved: D J LarkinsO'Connor.
BASKETBALL. Most Valuable Player awards went to Chasyn Maxwell and Ariana LarkinsO’Connor (U11s), and Bailey Foster and Marshal Masters (U13s). KAITAIA VETS. The group of 25 Kaitaia vets which turned out for the weekly outing at Ahipara on Monday last week (October 1) were treated to a cool breeze but no rain.
The day’s report noted the course is drying out, “so the run is getting better.” Results were, men: Jim Gardner 32, Terry Shaw, John Doolan 31, Travis Tahana 28, ladies: Elaine Hammond 32, Glenys Rogers 29, Elaine Knightbridge, Brenda Muller 28. Also nearest the pin for Brian Hamilton Smith (men) and Lynn McCarthny (ladies), while the lucky chicken draw went to Audrey Mulcahy.
The group are preparing to visit the Whangaroa vets on Monday, October 29, interested players being reminded to make sure to put their name on the list in the clubrooms.
KAITAIA LADIES. The Kaitaia ladies enjoyed perfect conditions on Wednesday, October 3, so much so that the weather caught some unawares and caused a bit of sunburn.
The format was “hidden holes” where stableford points were doubled on those holes, and the day’s best scores were Raewyn Shaw 43, Anne Squire, Elaine Knightbridge 41, Marj Duncan 38 and Val Yates 36.
HOUHORA. The final round of of the Houhora club strokeplay championships were played on Sunday and the winners were Neil St George (intermediate), Louis Kemara (juniors), Ivor Bates (D-grade) and Cynthia Shailes (silver ladies).
Each of these players now progress to represent Houhora at the Northland Champion of Champions tournament at Hikurangi on Sunday, October 28.
Elsewhere, visitors from Wellington and Auckland swelled numbers for last Wednesday 9-hole haggle.
A gross personal best by Richard Thompson resulted in first place with 24 stableford points from Warren Rogers with 22, then Shaun Daly 20.
And, Sunday’s haggle was won by Bates with 68 nett followed by Cecilia Daly 71 then Shaun Daly 72.