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12 AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
Swim time catches Smith out
Early mornings and endless laps of the
swimming pool have paid off for an
amateur athlete who surprised himself
in the Harbour Crossing on Sunday.
I did a lot better than I thought,
says Jono Smith, who featured in the
Auckland City Harbour News last
During the past year Smith has lost
more than 60kg -- down from 150kg --
and was entered into Ocean Swim
series Harbour Crossing race by his
girlfriend Tina Leafberg.
He clocked in a time of around one
hour 20 minutes, surprising himself
after expecting to push the two-hour
mark in the 2.9km event.
Smith s swim brings him one step
closer to his goal of finishing an
Ironman next year. Meanwhile, the
leading swimmers in the Harbour
Crossing are using the Ocean Swim
series to get one step closer to their
goals of Olympic Qualification.
Kiwi swimmers Kane Radford and
Cara Baker won their respective fields
in the race.
This competition gears them up for
the State New Zealand Open Water
championships in January.
The top two men and women from
that race will move on to the final
Olympic qualifying event in Portugal.
Head to head: Auckland City's Angel Berlanga, left, and Waitakere United's
Luke Adams during the ASB Premiership game at Fred Taylor Park,
Whenuapai, on Sunday.
Photos: SHANE WENZLICK
By JEREMY RUANE
Auckland City maintained their
perfect start to the ASB Premier-
ship season on Sunday, the only
team with a hat-trick of wins this
City s latest triumph saw off
their cross-town rivals, reigning
champions Waitakere United, 3-1
at Fred Taylor Park.
United were all over City in the
early stages of their latest battle
and it was the home team who
opened the scoring for the visitors.
Ross McKenzie turned the ball
into his own net in the 19th min-
ute after an attempted clearance
ricocheted off City striker Manel
Waitakere continued to press --
they had 10 corners in the first
half -- but found themselves two
goals down just after the half-
hour mark, courtesy of another
Tim Myers was the unfortunate
player who put through his own
net as he looked to divert a Daniel
Koprivcic shot to safety.
With the last of their first half
corners, Waitakere pulled a goal
back in the shadows of the
halftime whistle through McKen-
zie.Ivan Vicelich and substitute
Luis Corrales both went close
before David Mulligan curled
home a shot just before the hour
mark to restore City s two-goal
The result marked a good day
for City, with the club s Academy
team moving into second spot on
the Northern Conference
standings in the National Youth
This was the result of handing
Hawkes Bay United a 5-0 drub-
bing at Park Island.
Unfortunately, Auckland s
National Women s Youth League
squad have missed out for the sec-
ond successive season on earning
a top-two finish in the Northern
This is despite defeating the
Northern Region Conference
Development Squad 4-1 at Parrs
Park on Sunday.
Auckland made hard work of
overcoming the youngsters, and
only prevailed thanks to a three-
goal flurry in the second half. It
took half-an-hour for Tayla
Hetherington to engineer the
breakthrough with a deft chip
from the edge of the penalty area.
But while Auckland were still
celebrating, their young rivals
rampaged down the other end and
levelled courtesy of a Steph
Auckland enjoyed ample pos-
session but their play often lacked
composure. Things changed after
Grace Vincent chipped home from
23 metres in the 52nd minute, and
two well-taken Martine Puketapu
goals in the next six minutes
killed off the game as a contest.
Imported pitcher fails to fire
By TREVOR ROWSE
A shortage of top pitching talent
means that Mt Albert Ramblers, one of
the more financial clubs, can afford to
import Australia s world series win-
ning pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick a few
times each season.
Last weekend was a good time as
Ramblers faced tough challenges
against Waitakere Bears and North-
cote, the championship leader in the
Softball Auckland Fastpitch Cham-
Kirkpatrick has to play a set num-
ber of games for the club to be eligible
for play-off matches.
The investment did not pay off on
Saturday when Bears recovered from
2-0 down to snatch the game in a tieb-
reaker with Kirkpatrick conceding 10
hits as Ramblers managed only five.
Bears hit two huge home runs in the
final stages to win 4-2.
But there was joy on Sunday when
Ramblers took out the unbeaten
Northcote team with an impressive 4-0
win to remain in contention for the
title. The team travels to Howick this
Saturday, confident of a win against a
side which has suddenly lost form.
There was no such luck for the
Ramblers women when basic errors
allowed the inexperienced Marist side
to go into the final turn with a three-
Then the Ramblers pressure told
and Marist made three huge errors to
concede two runs and it seemed likely
that Ramblers would snatch the game.
But the batters failed to capitalise
on Marist s nervous spell and dropped
back behind championship leader Wai-
Ramblers will play the ace
Papatoetoe squad at Warren Freer
Park this Saturday
Metro hit rock bottom on Saturday,
defaulting to Howick to give that side
its first win of the season. Metro is due
to play Bears at Ranui this Saturday.
Rain the winner on the day
It was a mixed bag of results for
Auckland cricket clubs on
Saturday, with spring weather
getting the better of some games.
Rain at Cornwall Park ensured
the Cornwall v North Shore Hed-
ley Howarth Trophy encounter
finished early with the visitors
likely to be the more frustrated by
In reply to Shore s 200 last
weekend, the home side were
looking good with Brad Chemaly
at the crease.
However, his 39 was comfort-
ably the top score for Cornwall.
Mark Tulloch did the damage
for Shore, the coach claiming the
impressive figures of 5-12 in an
eight-over stint, three of them
Oliver Allen also picked up a
couple of scalps, but there was to
be no further play possible.
North Shore 200 (R Hira 61, R
Jones 59, J Shantry 4-48) drew
with Cornwall 146/8 (M Tulloch
5-12) on first innings.
Results also reflect the weather
for teams competing in the first
round of the Tom Hellaby Trophy.
The Eden Roskill v Ellerslie
match was supposed to be the
game where one of these sides
broke their victory duck, but rain
means both will have to wait at
least another week.
An evenly balanced game was
cut short with only 38 overs poss-
Eden Roskill 218 (D Peris 61, M
Patel 45, A Abbas 33, A Scott
3-39, M Selby 3-41) drew with
Ellerslie 114/6 (S Venville 49, K
Baker 42) on first innings.
It was a case of just in the knick
of time for Auckland University.
Moments after Vedant Zaveri
caught Darrin Crook off the bowl-
ing of Simon Andrews to claim
first innings points, the rain
which had been falling gently for
almost an hour suddenly became
much heavier and play was aban-
doned for the day.
Auckland University 321/7 (M
Ellison 153, V Zaveri 67, S Wood
41, C Dineen 40) defeated Birken-
head City 207 (N Collins 44, P
Treanor 42, D Crook 31, S
Andrews 3-32) on first innings.
But while many of Saturday s
fixtures were cut short, there was
plenty of action at Victoria Park.
Grafton United wrapped up
first innings points before Waita-
kere City piled on the runs in
their second dig. Daniel Morton
got the ball rolling with 42 from
34 balls before his dismissal
brought Dusan Hakaraia back to
the crease. He wasted little time
smashing a six and 10 fours on his
way to 65 from just 27 balls.
Grafton United 238/8 (M Horne
37, G Coleman 36, H Keast 5-56)
defeated Waitakere City 116 (D
Hakaraia 42, S Rajasekar 5-33, J
Roberts 3-40) & 165-1 (D
Hakaraia 65, A Jeavons 56, D
Morton 42) on first innings.
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