Manukau Courier : December 3rd 2010
11 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 3, 2010 SPORT The presidents: Denis Currie, left, and Gary Troup. Photo: SIMON WATTS Presidents from the same club By ALAN APTED The Papatoetoe Cricket Club now boasts the presidency of the country's two largest cricketing bodies, the Auck- land Cricket Association and New Zealand Cricket. Gary Troup, 58, is Auck- land Cricket's new president, and Denis Currie, 68, has been re-appointed president of New Zealand Cricket for another 12 months. It is the first time that two of the club's life members have held the presidency of Auckland and New Zealand Cricket simultaneously. The role of president might be ceremonial but both Troup and Currie say having Papatoetoe players in those positions is an honour for the 105-year-old club. Troup says he's looking for- ward to the job. It's an exciting time for Auckland Cricket with all the changes that are happening at Eden Park.'' Troup went to Papatoetoe Intermediate School -- later changed to Kedgley Inter- mediate -- and Aorere Col- lege. He's had a distinguished career with Papatoetoe, Auckland and New Zealand. He played 15 tests and 22 one-day internationals for New Zealand and spent 14 years with the Auckland Aces. Currie, an old boy of Papatoetoe Central School and Saint Kentigern College, is a seasoned administrator and was wicketkeeper for Papatoetoe when Troup made his premier debut. He began playing at the age of five and retired at 50. He has been on the board of New Zealand Cricket for 19 years. He's also a member of the New Zealand Cricket National Coaching Com- mittee, director of Eden Park Management Board and a member of the New Zealand Cricket Foundation Com- mittee. He was Auckland Cricket Association chairman for six years and was one of 50 New Zealand recipients of the ICC Centenary Medal for volun- tary service to the game. But Troup and Currie aren't the first from the Papatoetoe club to serve both Auckland and New Zealand. That honour is held by the late Ken Deas, a right- handed middle order bats- man who played for both Papatoetoe and Auckland between 1948 and 1961. The Otahuhu pharmacist was chairman of Auckland, president of New Zealand and a national selector. Deas was also a life mem- ber of Auckland Cricket. By ALAN APTED Trophy honours late 'gentleman of cricket' The late Tom Hellaby, a cricketer who played for both Papatoetoe and Auck- land, now has a trophy named in his honour. The Tom Hellaby Trophy will go to the team that wins Auckland's premier men's minor two-day champion- ship. Hellaby's Papatoetoe club- mate Gary Troup says the tribute is deserving of one of the real gentlemen of Auck- land cricket. It would have been the last thing that he would have thought he deserved but that summed him up really,'' Troup says. Tom was self-effacing but also an intense competitor on the field and there was no man more committed to the fortunes of his team, his club and his association,'' he says. Auckland Cricket chief executive Andrew Eade is delighted to be able to honour such a worthy indi- vidual. Tom was a highly respected player and intensely committed to his club, both qualities that every cricketer should aspire to and that we feel should be embodied in this trophy,'' he says. With the teams in the major championship already competing for the Hedley Howarth Trophy it is extremely satisfying to have two such iconic figures asso- ciated with our premier competitions.'' Eade says Hellaby's fam- ily is thrilled with the decision. Hellaby died last year at the age of 50. The King's College old boy joined Papatoetoe straight out of school. Hellaby was a middle order bat and right arm medium fast bowler who went on to play 50 first class and one-day games for Auckland. Brothers return to the attack By ALAN APTED Papatoetoe will welcome the return of the Shaw brothers Gareth and Lance for the final day of their Auckland club cricket two-day match against Cornwall at Hunters Corner tomorrow. They need the first-class experience of the two medium pacers to break the hold Cornwall has on the match. Cornwall took advantage of the brothers' absence on day one last Saturday and batted themselves into a command- ing position. They will resume on 101-2. Papatoetoe scored 192 in their first innings. Coach Thushan Dod- ampegamage says Gareth and Lance will add venom to their bowling attack. We certainly missed our first-class bowlers on the opening day,'' Dod- ampegamage says. It wasn't as if our bowlers bowled poorly. They did all that was asked of them. But the experience of Gareth and Lance would have been invaluable on the first day.'' Dodampegamage says they have many runs to play with and will need a few early wickets to get them back into the game. The key wicket will be that of English profes- sional Darryl Mitchell who is unbeaten on 63. Scoreboard: Papatoetoe 192 (Sarvajith DR 66, Gurwant Singh 64. Todd Hewitt 3-30) v Cornwall 101-2 (Darryl Mitchell 63 n/o). Schools get RWC education support Every Auckland primary and intermediate school pupil will have the chance to learn from the Rugby World Cup after the launch of the city's edu- cation programme last week. Auckland mayor Len Brown launched the RWC 2011 programme at Kelston Primary School yesterday. Mr Brown says all primary and intermediate school principals will receive infor- mation on the programme over the coming days and he's encouraging each one of them to get into it. RWC 2011 is about much more than what happens on the field and this is a fantas- tic opportunity for all school- children to participate in and learn from this global event. I urge all primary and intermediate school prin- cipals in Auckland to embrace this programme and ensure their students have the opportunity to be a part of RWC 2011.'' Education resources for the programme, which targets years 1 to 8, are being offered to all Auckland schools free of charge. Auckland's goal is for RWC 2011 to be an event that all Aucklanders can participate in and be proud of and com- munity engagement initiatives such as the schools programme are a vital part of the event, Mr Brown says. Auckland RWC 2011 co- ordination group chairwoman Rachael Dacy says the learn- ing opportunities in the pro- gramme are a key part of the legacy international major events can provide to the city. The comprehensive RWC 2011 based education pro- gramme comes with tailor- made classroom resources, sport development resources, festival activity and training and support. Education units in English, mathematics, social science, health and physical edu- cation are included and schools will receive wor- kbooks, videos and other materials. They'll also get rippa rugby sets and rugby balls free of charge as part of the sport development sec- tion. Schools can choose what they want from the resources, Ms Dacy says.
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