SportslineBy Sports Editor Roger Childs
Kāpiti’s new All Black, Dane Coles, is likely to get his fourth test cap on Sunday.
With Keven Mealamu under an injury cloud and Andrew Hore likely to be suspended for his swinging arm attack in the Wales match, Coles could get his first test as the starting hooker.
If this happens, he will be one of the few players to feature in all four tests on the northern tour.
Coles, who’s a former student of Paraparaumu College, has acquitted himself well in coming off the bench in the three tests so far. His throwing to the lineout has been first class. He is quick to acknowledge the help the two front line hookers have given him.
They are legends,” he said of his mentors. “They’ve done the jersey proud. I’ve been trying to feed off them and get into their brains to see if I can pick up things. They’ve been very good to me.”
If they win against England at the weekend, the All Blacks will complete an unbeaten run in 2012 with twelve wins and a draw. However there were signs of team fatigue in the last quarter of the Welsh test when the All Blacks failed to score.
With the finish line in sight, Assistant Coach Foster is keen to ensure the All Blacks don’t fall at the final hurdle “We like our processes, what we go through, so we can’t afford to skip too many of those during the week,” he said. “Certainly the focus is more on the mind and the body, making sure they’re sharp for Saturday, rather than intensity.”
Popular summer 5km series kicks off
The first of the Kapiti Running and Tri Club summer 5km events starts in Waikanae on Monday December 3. Entries will be taken in the garden bar at the Waikanae Hotel from 5.45 pm.
It’s $5 to enter, with the walkers starting at 6.15 and the runners at 6.30. As usual there will be plenty of spot prizes, including vouchers provided by the hotel. Other local sponsors for the series include Stirling Sports and Boundary Tap and Kitchen.
The likely contenders in the men’s run are Mitchell Rutter (Otaki Triathlon winner), Andrew Smith, Craig Edwards and Daniel Hedifen.
Amongst the women last year’s champion Claire Gold is unlikely to be competing, so Deb Finn is a potential winner. She was second woman in the first two races last year and first equal in the third Waikanae race. Kate Jenkins will also be competitive.
There are eight events in the series, every fortnight on a Monday. After three in Waikanae, the focus shifts to Otaki Beach and then the series winds up with three more races in Raumati Beach in February and early March. For more information refer to www.sportsground.co.nz/kapitirunningandtriclu
Kapiti Joggers and Walkers in new gear
After having a number of different tops in its 41 year history, the group now has flash new singlets and t shirts. They are made in a lightweight, dri-fit fabric which is really easy to wear. The logo is sublimated onto the front and back – so it’s designed into the fabric and is not a transfer.
The group goes out every Sunday from a venue somewhere on the Kapiti Coast and walk or run for about 75 minutes. There are also regular social events during the year such as a Christmas breakfast paid for by the club which this year is at No 6 on Sunday.
For more information contact Gail Daniel 905 4040 or John Granville 902 3536, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On top of the world in men’s golf and tennis
“What an unbelievable way to end an unbelievable year!!!” Rory McIlroy wrote. “Couldn’t be happier!! Thank you to everyone for their support throughout 2012! ”
And he said he’d love to take her to every tournament with him because it makes him play well.
“I always win when she is with me,” he said after his sensational performance last Sunday when a round of 66 took him to 23 under, two clear of his closest rival, the Englishman Justin Rose.
ATP World Tour Finals in London
In the ATP World Tour Finals in London Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 to retain his number one ranking in the world. It was a fitting climax to the 2012 season, however Djokovic had to work very hard to beat the at-times dominant Federer who was determined to retain the title he won last year.
The Swiss maestro broke Djokovic’s service at the start of both sets, but over the course of two hours and 14 minutes the Serb fought his way past the 17-time Grand Slam champion showing incredible focus and determination.
“He’s somebody that’s aggressive and likes to finish his points very quickly,” said Djokovic. “But I managed to gets lot of his shots back into the court, being passive, a couple of metres behind the baseline, coming into an aggressive position. That was one of the goals tonight, to always try to get him into the long rallies where I think I had the better chance.”
Djokovic started the year as number one, but lost the ranking to Federer after the latter won Wimbledon and reached the Olympics final. However Djokovic’s victory in the US Open and the London Masters has taken him back to where he belongs: numero uno in the men’s tennis world.