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30 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 18, 2015 www.times.co.nz SHOWERDOME INSTALLERS Contact Marty – ph 537 4252 mobile 021 653 770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ableandwilling.co.nz 124468-v3 Home and Commercial Renovations and Property Maintenance. Painting Decks Fences Door Locks to Full Renovations, no job too small! HOME HANDYMAN SERVICE – ALL TRADES, ALL SERVICES PHONE NOW! Education FOR ALL AGES 2015/2016 BEACHLANDS Maraetai AFC premier men’s team is through to the second round of the Counties Manukau Knockout Cup after defeating Pukekohe Cavaliers 4-1. BMAFC travelled to Bledisloe Park on Saturday, after being drawn against the Division 9 team in the opening round. Underdogs Pukekohe opened the scoring after eight minutes when a left-footed free kick from the left flank landed in the box, and a gliding header from their striker slithered past goalkeeper Oswaldo Rodriguez. However, the quality gap between the two sides was obvious and it didn’t take BMAFC long to respond. Anthony Schomaker evened the score direct from a free kick in the 20th minute. The visitors took the lead through a penalty five minutes later after James Gibbs was fouled inside the box. Schomaker stepped up to the spot and fired it home. With five minutes of the first half remaining, Jonny Rist weaved down the right hand side to cut in and blast number three past the on-rushing home keeper. The second half saw BMAFC continue to dominate. But, a mixture of poor pitch conditions and driving wind made it difficult to assert themselves fully. With 10 minutes left on the clock Pukekohe gifted the fourth goal to BMAFC after twin brothers Caid and Reid Szopa went on the rampage. A strong run by Reid down the wing saw him pass to Caid, who put pressure on the Pukekohe defence, culminating in a defender slicing it into his own net. Sitting comfortable at 4-1 coach Paul Stephens made changes to his side, switching strikers Bryce Henney and Caid to centre-back, and putting brothers Troy and Brody Cleave up front for the remainder of the game. Coach Paul Stephens says the goal tally could have been higher, but the below par playing field and blustery weather made play arduous. “Conditions were terrible,” he says. “Pitch was heavy and bobbly; grass wasn’t mowed so ball wouldn’t roll; and strong gusting winds added to the issue, making it difficult to keep the ball down to try and play a passing game. “ The conditions made it difficult for us to assert a proper dominant performance.” With a comfortable lead, and Pukekohe not showing any real threat, the BMAFC boss says he made the most of the opportunity to provide the whole squad game time, giving them all a good run out. “ The early rounds of the competition allow interchange substitutions, so I used the system to give everyone at least 60 minutes of game time.” Keeper Rodriguez and brother defence team, Troy and Brody Cleave, played the full 90 minutes. Man of the match was awarded to Reid Szopa. The next round of the competition will be played on July 15, but the team will need to await the draw to discover their opponents. FOOTBALL Advancing in cup BMAFC coach Paul Stephens Photo supplied / claudetherond.com WHAT a weekend for Kiwi racing drivers! Forty-nine years after Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon’s famous victory at Le Mans driving a Ford GT40, a New Zealander has once again has stood on the top step of the podium at La Sarthe. Drivers Earl Bamber (NZ), Nico Hülkenberg (Germany) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) won the coveted trophy in their Porsche 919 Hybrid in the top LMP1 class. But wait, there’s more: Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (Australia) in the sister 919 car placed second, making it a Kiwi 1-2 finish. The same thing happened back in ’66 when Denny Hulme, also in a GT40, came second behind McLaren and Amon. Winning Le Mans was quite an achievement for Porsche as it had only returned to top level endurance racing last year, and both Bamber and Hülkenberg were Le Mans debutants. Approximately 1500 kilometres away another two Kiwis were racing their way into the history books. New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon, secured a history-making, career- best second place at Rally Italy Sardinia. Piloting a Hyundai, Paddon and co-driver John Kennard led the rally outright for 15 stages, the first New Zealanders to lead an overseas WRC event. Porsche’s victory at Le Mans was definitely on the cards, but WRC organisers weren’t expecting to need a New Zealand flag for the podium presentation in Sardinia. A quick ask-around the crowd at the prize-giving ceremony saw a New Zealand rally fan lend their flag to ensure the star Kiwis were properly represented on the surrounding flagpoles. TIME With Alistair Davidson Torque cOLumnisT History repeats Good sorts competition VOLUNTEERS who provide the backbone of community sport can be recognised by those who they work tirelessly for. The AA Insurance ‘good sorts of sport’ competition gives Kiwi kids an opportunity to nominate a volunteer to win a range of prizes. The contest honours people who coach the teams, drive kids to games, and do everything else that keep sports running. “Sports volunteering is a crucial social and community service”, says AA Insurance’s customer relations manager Amelia Macandrew. “Grassroots sports in our schools and clubs wouldn’t be possible without sports volunteers all around New Zealand. According to Sport New Zealand, about 750,000 sports volunteers give over 50 million hours a year. “ We wanted to find a way to give back to those volunteers and celebrate their dedication, time and effort. If you know someone that needs a thank you, you can nominate them by going online and telling us what they do to help out you or your team.” To enter, go to aainsurance.co.nz, say why your coach, ref, or the mum that provides the oranges deserves to win. The grand prize is $10,000 towards sports gear for the nominated school or club and corporate hospitality for a Warriors NRL match at Mt Smart for the volunteer and three friends. There are also 20 $100 Rebel Sport, House of Travel and BP fuel vouchers up for grabs. Champion on debut CLARA Brown has been crowned the Auckland girls snowboard giant slalom champion in her first attempt. Around 200 secondary school pupils took to the indoor slopes at Auckland’s Snowplanet last Thursday to contest the College Sport Auckland Secondary Schools Ski and Snowboard Championships. Clara, who goes to Macleans College, took out top place in a combined time of 39.75 seconds, more than a second ahead of the silver medallist. Surprised by her own success, she says her expectations were “not this good” and in hindsight wished she’d also contested the slopestyle event. Fellow Macleans pupil Holly Du Plessis was third in the girls snowboard slopestyle and Saint Kentigern’s Sophia Furness was third in the ski slopestyle.
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