Pi­rates run ram­pant in win­ter comps

The Northland Age - - Sport -

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.

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