Manukau Courier : January 18th 2011
23 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 18, 2011 SPORT She'll be sweet 18 Going places: Marama Davis in her high school touch colours. Photo: STEVEN NEVILLE -- AUCKLAND SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY By ALAN APTED IN TOUCH Eleven Counties Manukau touch players are in the New Zealand team to play Australia in the youth transtasman test series in Canberra starting on Friday. They include Marama Davis, Charlotte Davis and Talisua Tipelu who helped lead The Manurewa High School girls to a national touch title last month. The three are in the under-19 team. Other teams going to Australia are the under-19 men and the under-21 men and women. They left for Canberra yesterday for the three-test series at Viking Park in Tuggeranong. The other Counties Manukau players are Dion Stevens, Matt Sinclair, Ihaka Watene and Chris Swain in the under-19 boys and Riane Barton and Jordon Rogers-Rhind in the under-21 women and Clayton Ngawharau and Brock Taylor in the under-21 men. Touch fans can follow the series on www. sportingpulse.com or on Touch New Zealand's Facebook page. Marama Davis s 18th birthday can t come soon enough. It s not that she doesn t appreciate being 16, it s just that she can t take the field to play one of her favourite rugby codes -- league. She was old enough and good enough to break into the Auckland women s rugby team, the Storm, last year where she played on the wing alongside 13 Black Ferns. But she couldn t play for her beloved Papakura Sea Eagles at the busi- ness end of the Auckland women s rugby league championship because she was too young. She and teammate Kahurangi Peters had played in some earlier matches but a Sparc rul- ing that open-grade footy players must be 18 put paid to their dream of winning a rugby league title at only 16. I was crushed, Davis says. It was a huge disap- pointment. I was good enough and old enough to play representative rugby for the Storm but I couldn t play league for my club team. The Sea Eagles won and that was great. I ended up as water-girl so I did feel part of it all. Davis is one of south Auckland s special sport- ing talents, in the mould of established names like Rona Peters of Papa- kura, the Kiwi Fern who broke into the national team at 16, and Huriana Manuel, the Manurewa Black Fern who has played in three women s Rugby World Cups. Davis is unashamedly ambitious. I want to be a Black Fern, a Kiwi Fern and make the New Zealand women s open touch team, she says. It s been my dream ever since I was a child. She began playing touch and rugby at Manurewa Rugby Club as a child. For several years she was the only girl in her team and was so good she got picked for the Counties Manukau Goldfields team. Davis has also been a regular in Counties Manukau age-group touch teams. The athletic ability and sporting nous honed from the years of going up against older players was always there. But the thing that sets her apart was her work ethic. Playing and or training nearly every day of the week comes easy for her. I m too busy to party, she says. I sacrifice a lot. I can t hang out with friends as often as I d like or eat what I like. I don t really miss it because this is some- thing I ve been doing for years. I have to do this if I want to achieve my goals. Davis reckons 2010 was a breakthrough year for her. She debuted for the Storm and the Papa- kura Sea Eagles, led The Manurewa High School touch team to its first girls crown at the secondary schools nationals in December, made the secondary schools national touch squad, was a finalist in the Counties Manukau junior sportswoman of the year award and played in a sevens rugby tournament for College Rifles in the Cook Islands. She s starting 2011 on an equally hectic note. She flew to Canberra yesterday with the New Zealand Touch team for a three-test series against Australia. She s one of the lead- ing lights in the under- 19 women s team. And she won t be short of friends. Schoolmates from the champion Manurewa High School touch team Charlotte Davis (no relation) and Talisua Tipelu are also on tour with her. The series starts on Friday. Baseball superstar here for champs It s great to be back. I m a box of birds after a nice Christmas break and plenty of time out on the water kayaking at Wai- heke Island. There is nothing like a Kiwi summer and I love watching all the little ones hit the beach. But while we have all been having a holiday I have been impressed by the incredibly hard- working Ryan Flynn. You could be forgiven for never having heard of the bloke but let me tell you, he has pulled off one of the sporting coups of the year in a sport that gets virtually no pub- licity -- baseball. The young man who works his socks off at Baseball NZ has secured Curtis Granderson, the New York Yankee, for a visit. That s like NZ soccer getting Wayne Rooney over here or Lance Arm- strong coming to ride his bike here. Granderson is a super- star of the game at the Yankees and it s a huge even for a sport that is nearing its most import- ant week in New Zea- land. Granderson will be here for the Oceania 16-and-under champion- ships -- which, inciden- tally, will be shown live on Sky Sports -- against Guam and Australia. The Yankees super- star arrives on Thursday and will appear at clinics, a Major League Baseball Roadshow for the kids, plus a cocktail reception at SkyCity. He ll also be at the tournament for the open- ing day and ceremony on January 25. Baseball is going great guns in a land dom- inated by softball and that s terrific. I love the Black Sox but there is always room for any game that gets the kids on to the sports field. The American import is providing oppor- tunities for players around the country. The opening day of the tournament will feature three games at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Paku- ranga and the game s top coaches and players will be profiled in front of numerous professional scouts and Major League Baseball officials from across the world. There will be Amer- ican baseball food, the Major League Baseball Road Show, top coaches from across the nation and just a general base- ball flavour. For nine days Gran- derson will run clinics, media events and fund- raisers to promote the game and raise aware- ness of all the sport is doing here. Granderson is one of the true superstars in major professional sports in the United States and he ll take time out to meet the All Blacks, the Black Sox and even play cricket with members of the Black Caps. He ll also sign auto- graphs before he heads back to training in the Bronx in New York. I ll be at the park. There are only so many chances to see genuine sports superstars and I ll be grabbing this one. Batter up! Church Notices Public Notices Sale of Liquor Act 1989 Section 9(4) Bula Ba Ltd. 40 Overton Rd., Papatoetoe, Manukau as Property Developer, has made application to the District Licensing Agency at Manukau for the grant of an On Licence in respect of the premises situated at 2/25 Fairmall Otara Town Centre, known as Bula Ba Ltd./ Hiptonix Bar. The general nature of the business to be conducted under the licence is Tavern. The days on which and the hours during which liquor is sold under the licence are: Monday - Sunday 8am to 1am. The application may be inspected during ordinary offices hours at the office of the Manukau District Licensing Agency at Manukau Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the grant of the application may, not later than ten working days after the date of the first publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the District Licensing Agency, Manukau. This is the first publication of this notice. Public Notices Find out more: phone 09 355 3553 or visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz Proposed temporary road closure Miller Road (between Wallace and Mountain roads), Wallace Road (between Boyd Road and Muir Avenue), Kapuka Road (between Wallace and Mountain roads), Mountain Road (between Miller and Kirkbride roads) and Kirkbride Road (between McKenzie and Mountain roads), Mangere, between 8am and 1pm on Sunday, 27 February, for the Real Women's Duathlon. This closure applies to all except authorised and emergency vehicles. For more information, please phone Auckland Council 09 301 0101. OTAHUHU COLLEGE Phone: 963 4000 START OF SCHOOL 2011 WEDNESDAY 2 February: Years 9 & 13 only. Assemble on Front Lawn at 8.45am in full school uniform, bring pen & paper. THURSDAY, 3 February: All students School starts at 8.45am, full school uniform, bring pen & paper. ENROLMENTS Enrolments will be taken only at these times: Wednesday - Friday, 19 - 21 January: 9 - 3.00pm Tuesday - Friday, 25 - 28 January: 9 - 3.00pm No appointment necessary, but a parent must bring the child who is to be enrolled, and the following documents: • student s Birth Certificate or Passport if NZ born • relevant Passport if student born overseas • most recent school report • recent bill to show home address. From Tuesday, 1 February enrolments will need to make an appointment with the school by ringing 963 4005 UNIFORM SHOP Opens on Monday, 17 January, 9 - 3.30pm NB: Payments by cash and EFTPOS only.
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