Manukau Courier : March 25th 2014
www.stuff.co.nz SPORT MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 25, 2014 Medal haul headed by Mills By ALAN APTED Papatoetoe swimmers made a huge splash at the New Zealand division two championship at Waterworld in Hamilton last week. They finished sixth out of the Public Notification of Meetings In accordance with the provisions in the New Zealand Public Health & Disability Act 2000, Counties Manukau DHB hereby gives notice of the following meeting: Board Meeting – Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 1.30 - 4.30pm Venue:Innovation Lab, Ko Awatea, Middlemore Hospital, Otahuhu, Auckland Hospital Advisory Committee Meeting – Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 9.00 - 12.30pm Venue: Innovation Lab, Ko Awatea, Middlemore Hospital, Otahuhu, Auckland Community & Public Health Advisory Committee Meeting – Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1.30 - 3.30pm Venue: Manukau Boardroom, 19 Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckland Disability Advisory Committee Meeting - Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3.30 - 4.30pm Venue: Manukau Boardroom, 19 Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckland GeraintAMartin Chief Executive 83 clubs taking part in the fourday event with their 10 individual gold medals, two silvers, a bronze and two relay gold medals representing Counties Manukau. It was an eye-catching performance from the team coached by Russian Olympic swimmer Igor Demin. They out-swam two of New Zealand’s most reputable clubs, North Shore (7th) and Howick Pakuranga (9th). The Pukekohe Swimming Club was the only Counties Manukau club that did better. They finished second. The biggest splash of all was made by Michael Mills, a 17-year-old Papatoetoe High School student who’d been back into the pool for three months after a 15-month layoff. He was the undoubted star of the meet, taking home six gold medals and a silver in individual events for 16 to 18-yearolds. The wins were in the 50m Can’t wait to read the paper? Have missed your delivery or just want to pick up another? The following businesses have copies of your favourite local paper. 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Mills’ efforts helped propel Papatoetoe into sixth place, a result that was only bettered by the Papatoetoe team of 2010. That team of eight took Papatoetoe to fifth in the championship. Mills attributes his success to a lot of hard work both in the water and at gymnasium at the Allan Brewster Centre. Golden efforts: Michael Mills of the Papatoetoe Swimming Club won six golds and a silver medal at theNew Zealand division two swimming championship at Waterworld in Hamilton. The strength work was essen- tial because he’d been out of the pool for 15 months after a spinal operation. ‘‘Training hard under good coaches was the secret to my results,’’ he says. ‘‘I had to after being out of the pool for so long. I had a relatively common variation where the spurs from the lowest vertebra are fused with the pelvis. In my case this was not complete so surgery was required to grow them together.’’ He had the operation in August 2012 and only resumed full training in November last year. Mills was as surprised as anyone by his results. ‘‘I’ve very proud of this unex- pected achievement. I was expecting to win only two or three golds,’’ Mills says. He’s now off to the national age group championship in Wellington at the end of April where his goal is to make a final and qualify for the New Zealand open. Jasmine Chan and Connor Stewart were Papatoetoe’s other gold medallists. Chan, a specialist in the breaststroke, won the 50m, 100m and 200m for 13-year-old girls and Stewart won his gold in the 50m butterfly for 14-year-old boys. He was also a member of the two Counties Manukau relay teams that won gold in the 4x50m freestyle and 4x50m medley relay for 14-year-old boys. The members of his freestyle relay were Papatoetoe club- mate Taiawa T Kotlowski and Josh Spence and Jack Hosking of the Howick Pakuranga club. Stewart, Hosking, Spence and Jovarn Broughton of the Papakura Swimming Club were the team that won the medley relay. Stewart anchored both relays. Danielle Laulu was Papatoetoe’s sole bronze medallist. She was third in the 50m backstroke for 15-year-old girls. Papatoetoe’s medal haul contributed to Counties Manukau winning 23 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze medals. There were 46 individual and five relay medals. More than 330 swimmers from 83 clubs from around New Zealand were in Hamilton for the long course event which is swum in a 50m pool. Warriors redeem themselves in style I’m very excited to have received an invitation to see the world champion Black Sox take on Australia in a three-game softball series. It’s on Friday at 7.30pm and on Saturday at noon and again at 3pm, and it’s being played at Rosedale Park. I reckon the Black Sox don’t get the credit they deserve although they did, of course, do very well at the Halberg Awards and rightly so. It was my very great pleasure to copresent them with their trophy with Prime Minister John Key. The Aussies go under the name the Steelers but my money is on the Sox. Sadly I can’t be there because I’m in Wellington with the Vodafone Warriors. But you can be, because it’s open to the public. There’s more information on the series online at softball.co.nz. And I couldn’t be happier that the Warriors ended their twogame losing NRL season start by beating the North Queensland Cowboys up in Townsville on Saturday night. I thought the whole showing was a big step-up from what has been offered so far and the 20-16 win was just what we needed. Our defence, which has pretty much been absent, was outstanding. There was plenty MAD SPORT losses to Parramatta and St George, games in which we were just not competitive. The Cowboys came at us with ON THE 19TH WARRIOR THE MAD BUTCHER of courage and determination on show and I always say that’s the most important thing because the fans will forgive losing as long as it looks like everyone is doing absolutely everything they can. That simply hasn’t been the case until now. It was our first win in Townsville since 2002 and just consider for a moment that Queensland is three hours behind New Zealand so the players not only started the match at 11pm on Saturday our time but finished it close to 1am. The win couldn’t have come at a better time after terrible a late rush but the boys stood firm. I nearly had a heart attack though with a few minutes to go when the Cowboys had a scoring opportunity until the ball squeezed loose. They got it back from our knock-on and their winger dived over in the corner. I couldn’t believe it. But the touchie was spot on – not something you say often about those boys – and ruled he had a foot in touch. No try and we squeaked home. Loads of players had impress- ive figures but I thought the really critical thing was our completion rate – 35 from 43. Pretty darn good in anyone’s reckoning. Next Saturday night’s clash is against the in-form Tigers at Westpac Stadium in Wellington at 5pm. Another good result would be just the tonic us fans need but it will be really tough. The Tigers started the comp poorly, losing to St George 44-24, but they flogged the Titans 42-12 and pulled off a 25-16 upset over Souths at the weekend. The Vodafone Junior Warriors, who smashed the Hold up: Warriors Manu Vatuvei andSamTomkins stop Tariq Sims of the Cowboys from touching down. 23 Photo: GETTY IMAGES Cowboys 50-12, launch the action at 12.40pm, followed by the Warriors New South Wales Cup side, coming off the bye, at 2.40pm. I’ll be hosting a lounge at the stadium. You can get details from Dan Burton at the club on email@example.com. And check out grabseat.co.nz for good packages to get down to Wellington for it.
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