Manukau Courier : April 4th 2014
www.stuff.co.nz SPORT MANUKAU COURIER, APRIL 4, 2014 11 Players swallow bitter pill with loss By ALAN APTED Papatoetoe will use the agony of defeat to lift themselves against Ponsonby in round two of Auckland club rugby championship at the Papatoetoe Recreation Ground in Hunters Corners tomorrow. Their side is gutted at having come so close to upsetting defending champions Pakuranga only to lose 21-15 in the dying minutes of the match last Saturday. Assistant coach Dave Usu says it was a bitter pill to swallow. SCOREBOARD Otahuhu 20 (Richard Faamatuainu, T Auleua tries, Jason Roache con, T Sila con, 2 pen) Maungarua 6. H/t: 6-0 Pakuranga 21 Papatoetoe 15 (Junior Poluleuligaga, Sitanilao Nansen tries, James Faiva con, pen). H/t: 8-8 ‘‘That has got to be one of the worst defeats I’ve ever tasted in my five years coaching premier rugby. ‘‘We were all gutted because we thought we’d RUGBY Manukau Rovers 31 (Salesi Sete, Mike Leasu, Melani Vai, Shirley Halasima, Aki Kaumavae tries, Melani Vai con, S Halasima 2 con). East Tamaki 17 (Manu Laumea, Maile Faaui tries, Siueva Vili 2 con, pen). H/t: 12-3. Draw: Papatoetoe v Ponsonby, deserved the win. ‘‘We played so well and our preparation during the week was spot on. ‘‘It’s disappointing but we’ve got to move on.’’ Team spins its way to respectable end By ALAN APTED Papatoetoe overcame their early season blues to finish Auckland club cricket’s twoday championship in fifth place. They sealed their place with a first-innings win over Birkenhead City at the Papatoetoe Recreation Centre in Hunters Corner last Saturday. They rode home on the shoulders of Navdeep Aujla whose 6-40 saw the visitors fall for 194 in reply to Papatoetoe’s first innings of 385. It was an incredible fightback for first-year coach Gareth Shaw and his players after they finished the oneday championships in 13th place. Suburbs New Lynn secured the Headley Howarth Trophy with an outright win over East Coast Bays and Takapuna were second. Auckland University won the Tom Hellaby Trophy for the bottom eight teams. They will take the place of Grafton in next season’s championship for the top eight teams. Papatoetoe Recreation Ground, Hunters Corner. Otahuhu v Waitakere City, Sturges Park, Otahuhu. Waitemata v Manukau Rovers, Waitemata Park. Suburbs v East Tamaki, Shadbolt Park, New Lynn. Kickoff: Premier reserves 1pm. Premiers 2.45pm. Usu says the coaching staff are asking the Papatoetoe players to keep the bitter taste of defeat in their mouths. ‘‘We want them to remem- ber the taste and how bitter and disappointing it was and use it as motivation for the Ponsonby game.’’ He says Ponsonby were convincing in winning the Waka Nathan Challenge Cup and will be hard to beat. ‘‘It’s going to take a mass- ive effort on our part to beat them. ‘‘But it’s a challenge the boys are looking forward to,’’ he says. The Papatoetoe match is one of two premier matches that will be played in South Auckland tomorrow. The other is between Otahuhu and Waitakere City at Sturges Park in Otahuhu. Otahuhu scored a 20-6 win over Maungarua last Saturday and will hit the ground running against a Waitakere City side that had a bye last week. The Manukau Rovers and East Tamaki are both away. Manukau beat East Tamaki 31-17 last Saturday and face Waitemata tomorrow. East Tamaki are away to Suburbs at Shadbolt Park in New Lynn. Big prize: The boots worn by Benji Marshall in his last game for the Kiwis are up for grabs. Photo: GETTY IMAGES Top man: Papatoetoe spinner Navdeep Aujla took 6-40 and helped crush Birkenhead in the last game of the season. Photo: PHOTOTEK CRICKET SCOREBOARD Papatoetoe 385 (Stephen Money 72, Navdeep Aujla 68, Ollie Pringle 55, Arminder Sohal 46, Nathan Hattingh 39, Luke Istead 38, Stuart Money 34) bt Birkenhead City 194 (Navdeep Aujla 6-40) on first innings. Final Hedley Howarth Trophy standings Top four: Suburbs New Lynn 220.12, Takapuna 192.5, Parnell 185.94, East Coast Bays 184.12. Bottom four: Papatoetoe 187.24, Birkenhead City 144.84, Howick Pakuranga 136.48, Grafton United 135.46. Good finish: First-time coach Gareth Shaw and his team will be pleased with the way they ended the season. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA League booty found at charity luncheon Here’s a chance to rub shoulders with some rugby league personalities and raise money for a great cause. The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is hosting a fundraising luncheon for the League 4 Life programme at the Ellerslie Events Centre on May 9. A charity auction will take place and items going under the hammer include the boots worn by Benji Marshall in his last game for the Kiwis. Whoever successfully bids for a signed Vodafone Warriors jersey will also get the chance to meet his or her favourite player. League 4 Life is a support network for league players, affiliates and their families facing financial difficulties and hardship. Among those it aims to help are former players in need of rehabilitation or special assistance because of injuries sustained during their playing days. The guest speaker will be Vodafone Warriors head coach Matt Elliott and the MC is trustee and League 4 Life ambassador Sir Peter Leitch. All attendees will receive Vodafone Warriors supporter membership and anyone who purchases a table will receive two tickets to the Warriors game against the Raiders the next day at Eden Park. Tickets cost $100 each. The cost of the tickets includes a three-course meal. ❚ Call 571 3863 or 021 532 483 or email Philippa Ivory at firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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