Manukau Courier : March 18th 2014
18 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 18, 2014 SPORT Aussie Rules for league player By DAVID LONG Giovanni Mountain-Silbery might have grown up hoping for a career in rugby league but the 16-year-old Papatoetoe schoolboy now looks destined to make it in the AFL. NRL clubs are known for coming over to New Zealand to pick up this country’s best young talent but increasingly Aussie Rules teams are also seeing this side of the Tasman as a potential goldmine. Young Kiwis Kurt Heath- erley, Shem Tatupu and Siope Ngata are all going through the system at Hawthorn Hawks and last week Mountain-Silbery became the latest New Zealand recruit. Melbourne club St Kilda announced he had been given an international scholarship. The teenager will remain in New Zealand for the next two years to finish his education but the club has organised a trainer for him twice a week and he’ll go to Melbourne during the school holidays. ‘‘This whole opportunity is massive, it’s a new experience for me and my family,’’ Mountain-Silbery said after he was presented with a St Kilda jersey at Aorere College. www.stuff.co.nz IN BRIEF Blues triumph The Chiefs development team were beaten 33-27 by their Blues counterparts at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura last Thursday night. Counties Manukau Steelers Sam Vaka started at second five and hooker Suliasi Taufalele came off the bench. Tag defence Big chance: Papatoetoe teenager Giovanni Mountain-Silbery has signed to play for AFL club St Kilda. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA At 1.96-metres and 96kg, Mountain-Silbery has the physical traits to excel. He has played for Counties Manukau in the New Zealand Rugby League’s national competition and had the Rabbitohs showing interest in him. But it was his desire to get better at league that led to his move to Aussie Rules. ‘‘I predominantly live in a league family and they wanted me to use AFL to help with off-season stuff, like kicking,’’ MountainSilbery says. ‘‘So I tried it and that’s where I was noticed by the Introducing Fairfax Marketing Services: The full circle marketing solution for ADWORDS PREMIER SME PARTNER Tops: Strathallan College, winners of the Northern Districts Twenty20 competition for co-ed schools and Counties Manukau representatives in the Gillette Cup. Simon says it simply with sixes Local Leads. Real Results. Business Websites Mobile Search Engine Optimisation Email Marketing Social Media By ALAN APTED A 52-ball century by Simon Lal has propelled Strathallan College into the Northern District 50-over finals in Hamilton starting on March 24. His 115 included 12 sixes and Search Engine Ads Reputation Management Business Listings Newspaper Ads Online Ads 5887969AA p 0800 123 664 e firstname.lastname@example.org w fairfaxmarketingservices.co.nz a 26-run over. The premier club cricketer and middle order bat for Pukehohe Metro hit four successive sixes against Bethlehem College (Bay of Plenty) and saw his team win the Northern Districts T20 Gillette Cup for co-ed schools. The victory earned Strathallan the right to represent Counties Manukau at the 50-over finals where they’ll be up against Gisborne Boys’ High, Whangarei Boys’ High, St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton), St Peter’s College (Hamilton), Bethlehem College, Hamilton Boys’ High and Tauranga Boys’ College. The other seven teams in the final are predetermined. They gained automatic entry, having established themselves over several years as the top cricketing schools from their regions. Strathallan sports director Hugo Fourie says the school is thrilled with the success. ‘‘I’m really pleased with how the boys performed as a team. Their success was built on a ‘never give up’ attitude in the field when bowling and when batting. ‘‘The team showed a belief in each other and always encouraged each other. Now we need to buckle down for the next stage of the competition to get to the Gillette Cup.’’ Bethlehem College set a challenging 201 off their 20 overs. But Lal’s onslaught with the bat saw Strathallan pass their target in the 18th over. They lost just three wickets in the chase. Lal and his team-mates hail from South Auckland. His vice-captain Taine Doug- las is from Drury as is Akashdeep Pabla. The other members of the team are Yavun Khar and Pranay Patel (Manurewa), Benji Cornish (Papakura/ Karaka), Janardan Patel (Takanini), Bailey Kidd (Karaka), Luke Cochran (Papakura) and Balkar Gill (Papatoetoe). AFLNZ trainers and they told me to give it a good crack. ‘‘[League] was definitely a big option for me and my family but the AFL happened to present the opportunity first, which I was happy to take.’’ His signing continues St Kilda’s mission to be the topsupported AFL club on this side of the Tasman. They’re playing the Brisbane Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on April 25, the second year in a row they’ve taken a game to the capital. – Fairfax NZ News Aorere College are defending their junior and senior boys’ titles at the Auckland secondary school tag championship at the Auckland Domain this week. The juniors, Y9-10, play today and the seniors, Y11-13, play on Thursday. Play starts at 9.30am each day. Papakura tops Papakura bowlers dominated the Homai Bowling Club’s open men’s triples tournament in Manurewa. Ian Gordon’s team of Danny Roberts and John Fitzpatrick were first and Graeme Philip’s team of Cass Hakaraia and Barry Hodge were second. The Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club team of Alf Warren, Ron Curreen and Ken Barton were third. Gordon and Philip were also unbeaten in section play.
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