Manukau Courier : November 23rd 2010
16 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 SPORT • NZQA Accredited Programmes • Career Planning • Work Based Training • Supportive environment with strong leadership ENROL TODAY! *Enrolment criteria applies. FIGHT 4 our youth Achieve qualifications, confidence, life skills, good jobs and careers with BEST Youth Academy CAMPUSES AT MANUKAU & WAITAKERE • Computing • Travel and Tourism • Freight Operations • Sport • Business Administration • Employment Skills • Performing Arts BEST YOUTH ACADEMY NO FEES Tertiary Education for 16 -- 18 year olds* Improving Auckland's rail network Newmarket Station Saturday 27 November, 10am - 3pm Changes are coming to Auckland rail -- what's happening and how will it affect you? If you use the train, or live or work near the rail corridor, these projects will affect you. To find out more, please drop by our information open day: We have a busy summer construction programme planned and from next year the rail corridor will start looking very different. KiwiRail and Auckland Transport are working hard to build the new infrastructure for electrification and improve commuter rail services. Lighting unbeaten in 8th division title By ALAN APTED The Manurewa Lighting football team has done it again. Jorja Nathan, Caleb Stone, Cory Dickson, Mathew Danbury, Micaiah Papa, Jaylen Rodwell, Jak Robinson, Taine Kolose, Joel Clissold and Sean Bright went unbeaten in defence of their Counties Manukau eighth div- ision title. Few opponents stood a chance against a team who was as potent in offence as they were miserly in defence -- it scored 137 goals and conceded just seven. While that win was satisfying, win- ning the Three Kings and Western Springs eight grade tournaments and making the final of a ninth grade tour- nament in Whangarei was icing on the cake for the team of nine boys and one girl. But it took them a while to find their feet in tournament play. They were knocked out of the first two tournaments they entered. They were pipped on penalties by Bay Olympic at a Manurewa tournament and beaten in extra time by a Beachlands team at another in Clendon In both games players had done everything but score. The strikers finally started finding the back of the net in the Three Kings tournament. They went through unbeaten and without conceding a goal. The Lightning backed that up by capturing their very next seven-game tournament at Western Springs. They started poorly, losing two of their pool games but then won five in a row to pick up the title. Papakura denied them a third when they beat them 2-1 in the final of the tournament for ninth graders in Whangarei. Manager Florence Rodwell says the effort in Whangarei was exceptional because most other players were a year older. We are extremely proud of the team's achievements this year,'' she says. We are blessed to have such an awesome bunch of talented young players. They really stepped up, building and furthering themselves from the success of last year.'' The coaches are father and son Martin and Vic Rodwell. Martin won the Manurewa Football Club's overall coach of the year. Bright won the junior grades' most consistent player of the year award and Kolose took the goalkeeper of the year award. The team's next assignment is a Futsal tournament in Christchurch over Easter. To keep fit over the summer they'll be playing junior touch at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura.
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