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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday July 23 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, July 23, 2015 — 23 123240-V22 We specialise in custom-sized kitchens designed and built to a wide variety of budgets. From left, Angela, Caroline, Lesley and, seated, Frances and Liz. Jag Kitchens – Inside Danske Mobler, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 days. Ph 271 3131. www.jagkitchens.co.nz Custom-sized Kitchens AT JAG KITCHENS Sancta Maria S1 Premier squad Georgia Dance, Kate Harris, Leilani Jamieson, Tinielle Kerwin, Charli Milne, Danielle Palmer, Katie Ralph-Smith, Siobhan Ryan, Alice Stonehouse, Samantha Teinakore, Nicola Vercoe. Coach Temepara Bailey; manager Kathryn Stonehouse. Photo supplied Sancta Maria take the win THE Sancta Maria S1 Premier team narrowly beat Mellons Bay S2 21-19 in last weekend’s Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre clash. HPNC Premier Game Results ➤➤ Saturday, July 18: Pakuranga United S1 49, Timbertown Shelly Park S2 30; Mellons Bay S1 53, Waka Aranga S1 38; Timbertown Shelly Park S1 46, Pohutukawa Coast S1 31; Howick United S1 32, Mellons Bay S3 23; Willowbank S1 35, Timbertown Shelly Park S3 32; Sancta Maria S1 21, Mellons Bay S2 19. HPNC Premier Draw ➤➤ Saturday, July 25: 10.00am Waka Aranga S1 v Pohutukawa Coast S1; 10.30am Sancta Maria S1 v Howick United S1; 12.30pm Mellons Bay S1 v Pakuranga United S1; 12.30pm Mellons Bay S3 v Willowbank S1; 2.00pm Timbertown Shelly Park S1 v Timbertown Shelly Park S2; 2.00pm Mellons Bay S2 v Timbertown Shelly Park S3. THE most pleasing aspect of the All Blacks 39-18 win against Argentina last Friday was that several Desperate Dans took their opportunity at the Last Chance Saloon. Prominent among them was Dan Carter, Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Dagg and Luke Romana who all lifted their games enormously from their Super Rugby championship dross in rewarding the national selectors faith. It was Carter, Williams and Dagg’s best game in two years and easily Williams’ finest since his return from rugby league this year. In fairness, all had had injury issues. But, once again, the improvement in form upon coming under the guidance of the All Black coaches has been remarkable. In attacking the line, Carter restored faith he can actually regain his status as our best first five-eighths following strong Super 12 performances from Lima Sopoaga, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade. With his all-round kicking game on song and his body finally sound after so many crippling injuries over the past four years, Carter is regaining confidence. In executing four glorious offloads and several crunching tackles, Williams oozed absolute class in what was his best game in the black jersey. Dagg was brave under the high ball and ran with a confidence and zest not seen from him all season, though injuries had undisputedly handicapped him. It was also wonderful to see No 8 Kieran Read return to something approaching his best, regaining the ball from Carter’s kick-offs and showing his class as both a runner and distributor. The front row of Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu and Owen Franks tamed the renowned Pumas scrum and replacements Wyatt Crockett, Codie Taylor and Nepo Laulala maintained the pressure with hooker Taylor scoring a try on debut. Brodie Retallick, Richie McCaw and Jerome Kaino maintained their high standards and halfback PJ Perenara offered Carter a snappy service. Centre Ma’a Nonu bullocked his way across for a try to cap a strong game and left wing Charles Piutau was once again fearless under the high ball and a strong runner. Sadly, a broken leg in Waisake Naholo’s debut test has ended his year and World Cup hopes after he broke Jeff Wilson’s Super Rugby season try-scoring record for the Highlanders and looked ready to join Julian Savea as a lethal All Black wing. It is a cruel blow for a gifted young athlete and one which could tempt the selectors to play Ben Smith on the right wing and Dagg at fullback when naming their top starting XV for major games. With Ben Smith, Dagg and Savea certainties for three of the World Cup squad fullback/wing berths, it would seem Piutau and the exciting Nehe Milner-Skudder are left to battle it out for the other. Meanwhile, the All Blacks can expect a much tougher test of their mettle against South Africa in Johannesburg this weekend after they were unlucky to be pipped at the post by the Wallabies in Brisbane. It was a game the Springboks should never have lost after leading 20-7 before their coach threw it away by replacing his front row and seriously weakened his pack. It is a mistake he is unlikely to repeat as his team seeks to upset the All Blacks applecart before their own ardent fans in their bid to remain in the Rugby Championship race. OPINION Desperate Dans delivered ANGLE With Ivan Agnew Agnew’s BMAFC stand up to leaders BEACHLANDS Maraetai AFC’s Conference League men’s team really showed how far they have come when they were up against league leaders, Waitemata, on Saturday. The league has been a one horse race this year, with Waitemata 15 points clear at the top with two games in hand, having scored 74 goals so far, only conceding seven. Their scoring record this season has averaged at more than six goals per game. ut, they had to fight hard for the 1-nil win when they came up against BMAFC at Te Puru Park, taking till the last five minutes of ordinary time to grab a late winner in what they described as their toughest game this year. The match was fast paced from the onset, with BMAFC putting the visitors under pressure early on. With less than 10 minutes before the final whistle, Waitemata broke into a counter attack.
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