Manukau Courier : January 14th 2011
7 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 14, 2011 SPORT NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST Coach is humbled by New Year honour By ALAN APTED AND RHIANNON HORRELL Coaching career: Black Ferns coach Brian Evans says he's humbled to receive a New Year honour for his contribution to women's rugby. Photo: JASON OXENHAM De La Salle College will have an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit on its staff when school opens next month. Hewon'tbeanewface-- every one except this year's new students will know him. He's the man who guided De La Salle to the greatest sporting moment in its his- tory: Winning the rarest of schoolboy rugby doubles, the Auckland and New Zealand Secondary Schools champion- ships back in 2008. He is none other than their deputy principal Brian Evans. Evans, 47, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year honours list for leading the Black Ferns to victory at the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup in Surrey, Eng- land. It's a milestone that also made him a finalist in New Zealand Rugby's coach of the year awards alongside All Blacks coach Graham Henry, New Zealand under-20s coach Dave Rennie, New Zealand Maori coach Jamie Joseph and the eventual winner, New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens. Evans is humbled by the New Year honour but is quick to acknowledge the role the De La Salle first 15 had in its genesis. They did so well to win the rugby titles, it definitely helped my chances of becom- ing a national coach for sure.'' Evans just as quickly acknowledges the role of the Black Ferns. He wouldn't have got the honour without them, he says. The award is probably more recognition of the team, I think. It's fantastic because the Black Ferns have won four world cups and all they get is a few days recognition after each one. But this time around we've done really well because the captain Melissa Ruscoe was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. The Black Ferns also got team of the year from the New Zealand Rugby Union, so I hope people recognise what they've really achieved. It has been an exceptional year for them.'' Women bring some interes- ting traits to rugby, he says. The team culture is some- thing special. It's unbelievable how they pull together -- they run the team really. Women pay more atten- tion to detail, they are keen to learn and also a lot of women have not played rugby for their entire sporting careers so they can be fresher. Our athletes are very good -- many have touch or netball backgrounds -- and at the world cup I could tell we were head and shoulders above the others. A world cup is bloody hard to win. It's a great feeling see- ing everything fall into place.'' Before his stint with the Black Ferns, Evans coached the Auckland Women's National Provincial Cham- pionship team to an unbeaten championship victory in 2007. Fourteen of the players from that team were selected as Black Ferns that year. Evans also acknowledges the work of trainer Byron Thomas, team manager Hannah Porter, physiothera- pist Jacinta Horan and team analyst Daniel Cron. He's not sure what's next on his plate. He knows he'll be able to give the De La Salle first 15 and their coach Andrew Va'a some grizzled advice when the rugby season starts. Otherwise he's marking time until the right project comes along. Papatoetoe look for form By ALAN APTED Their backs might be to the wall in their two-cricket day match against Takapuna but Papatoetoe were counting on a mid-week twenty20 match against Howick Pakuranga to put the fire back in their bellies. Wicketkeeper Shane Singe says Papatoetoe face a mammoth task in chasing down the home side's first innings of 404-9 declared and will need to bat all day to be suc- cessful. They resume on 28-1 with one of their leading run-makers Sarvajith DR dismissed in the final over of play last Saturday. But he was counting on a good performance in their opening twenty20 match against Howick Pakuranga in Papatoetoe to give the team some momentum. We trained well this week and the team is keen,'' Singe says. We're sort of hoping we can get some momentum from the change of format. Hopefully it will ignite us and get us going.'' Dropped catches were costly against Takapuna. Craig Cachopa was dropped on nought and went on to score 142. His brother Brad rubbed salt into the wound with an unbeaten 126. Singe says the scores are a true reflection of the Papatoetoe effort on a ground with shortish bound- aries on the leg side. We came back really well,'' he says. They were 270-4, then we had then 336-9. Unfortunately they ended up getting another 60-odd runs after we dropped another vital catch when they were in the 340s. It could have been a totally dif- ferent day if we'd taken our chances. Unfortunately we didn't which has been the story of our season. But we know what's needed. We've got no other option but to back ourselves to try to bat the whole day.'' Plays starts at 11am at Taka- puna Northcote Ground. Scoreboard: Takapuna 404-9 dec (Craig Cachopa 142, Brad Cachopa 126 not out. Bhupinder Singh 4-106) v Papatoetoe 28-1. Leading the way Nine young people from Otara, Papatoetoe, Mangere and Manurewa graduated from the inaugural AMP'd leadership programme. They were identified from the AMP'd drop-in programme which provides free after-school sport and recreation for 11 to 17-year-olds in Manukau parks, and have completed a year-long leadership course. David Laume, Huitoa Simeki, Jesse Tuigamala, Mahalia O'Connor, Mel- ody Katipa, Tayla Paraha, Nick Tauiliili, Paula Marshall and Nerry Kahi gathered with friends and family at the former Manukau City Council building to receive their certificates. AMP'd team leader Teina Rima says the programme's like chipping away at dirt to reveal gold underneath. There's goodness in everyone but not all of these young people were choosing to reveal the gold' in them when we first took them on. Over time they've let the dirt' slip away and now they're keen to actively contribute to their community.'' AMP'd is delivered by Manukau Leisure and is made possible by the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation. It aims to get local youth active and encourage positive social behaviour. It started with providing free sport and rec in parks on week nights but has quickly evolved to become much more to the youth,'' programme man- ager Peter Caccioppoli says. AMP'd youth leaders volunteer alongside staff to deliver the parks programme and various community events on Saturdays.''
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