Roger Childs Writes…

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The Kapiti Independent is pleased to offer you a new feature — a summary of some of the most exciting sports news on the Kapiti Coast by Roger Childs.

Roger is well-known on the Coast, and further afield, as a veteran athletic all-rounder, teacher, historian and  Census organizer…among other things!

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 By Roger Childs

·        Kelly Wilson and Brooke Malone picked to represent New Zealand in the Ten Pin Bowling “Olympics’ in Las Vegas in August. As with most smaller sports, competitors have to raise the money cover travel and accommodation costs, so Kelly and Brooke have a Quiz Night at the Jolly Pub in Mazengarb Road on Thursday 25 July at 7pm.

·        Levin hosting the Hurricanes and Crusaders last week before a large crowd. Even though both teams were minus their considerable number of All Blacks, it was an entertaining, open game with the local franchise winning 38-17. It’s a pity that the weather was dismal, unlike the superb conditions for the pre-season Brumbies – Hurricanes clash a few years ago in Levin. On that occasion is was a sell-out crowd as was the case in New Plymouth for the All Blacks – France test on Saturday. Such support shows that it is well worth while hosting top line sport fixtures out in the provinces.

·        local senior walkers doing well in the 10km at the weekend in Wellington. Paekakariki’s David Humfrey was first in the men’s 70-99 grade while Sandra Smith took second place in the women’s section. Wendy Eglinton was second in the women’s 60-69 grade. All of these podium finishers are members of the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers.

·        an opening date announced for the Coastlands Aquatic Centre: Saturday 10 August. The project has had its share of detractors over the years and recent problems, notably rescheduling after the collapse of construction company Mainzeal and the unholy row over access for the disabled. However, now the fund raising efforts of thousands of people and the vigorous support of KCDC sees this long overdue facility coming to fruition. Everyone from toddlers to the disabled and elderly will benefit from the multi-faceted complex.

·        the dynamic duo of Paris and Alani Dalrymple-Mortleman taking titles at the Wellington age-group squash championships. Older sister Paris won the under 17 title and Alani the under 11. Both were also runners-up in their respective higher grades.

·        Dane Coles being groomed to take over the number one All Black hooking position. Coles has had cruel luck with injuries this year, the latest of which kept him out of the recent New Plymouth test. However he played well as the run-on rake in the first two matches in the series and his scrummaging and speed around the field impressed. In the second test it was his crucial inside pass to Savea which led to a spectacular try by Ben Smith.

Showing confidence in his future prospects in the country, Coles has recently signed up for a another three years with the New Zealand Rugby Union making himself available for Wellington, The Hurricanes and The All Blacks.