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24 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 www.times.co.nz FOLLOW US ON www.stemsfromhome.co.nz Our Educators are ready for the new child restraint laws. Are you? Please contact Emma on 536 7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org We'd love to chat to you today! Local childcare organisation Stems FROM HOME is destined for greater heights, having passed its recent national review with flying colours. The report said: "They are focused on providing a high quality service and developing a strong community of learners that includes children, parents and educators." With thousands of childcare networks around the country, standing out can be as tough as finding a needle in a haystack. However, it's a different story for one local 'stem'. Home-based childcare and educational organisation, Stems FROM HOME recently proved it has what it takes to stand head and shoulders above the other straws in the bale as shown by a glowing report from the Education Review Office (ERO). 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When selecting an Early Childhood Service for your family it is essential you check out the current ERO reports available to ensure you have done your research well to find the best childcare option for your family http://www.ero.govt.nz/ Early-Childhood-School-Reports FREE Pre-School Play-pack for each family* - call now! *Beginning care for their under 5 year old for a minimum of 12 hours per week before November 30 2013 with Stems 123974 IVAN AGNEW: Having finally made himself available for the Kiwis at the 13th hour, Sonny Bill Williams' greatest value to them could be at centre if they're to successfully defend the Rugby League World Cup. ➤ Page 23 By Daniel Silverton AT JUST 14 and facing opponents aged up to 18, Jacqui Hand has been named the most valuable player (MVP) of the New Zealand secondary schools girls’ football tournament. Jacqui, of Half Moon Bay, is a striker for Mt Albert Grammar School (MAGS) First XI, which won the national title in Nelson last month. MAGS went unbeaten in its six games, beating Hamilton Girls’ High 2-1 in the semi-fnal and defending champions Rangitoto College 1-0 in the decider. “It was a really close semi-fnal,” Jacqui told the Times. “We were trying our hardest and getting close when we were given a penalty [to win 2-1]. “The fnal was an even closer game. We worked our butts off to not let them pass in the fnal 10 minutes. When the fnal whistle went we all jumped on each other. It was a great feeling. “I played as hard as I could and did everything I could for the team, so being named MVP was amazing, especially in year 10.” Jacqui has been a mainstay in the First XI since starting at MAGS last year, which was also the beginning of coach Paul Mar- shall’s tenure. “That was good for me because he hadn’t seen anyone play, so I could make an impression,” says Jacqui. Marshall was an instant fan and used the rookie in “just about every minute of every game”. “She’s an outstanding talent and a very good athlete,” he says. “She’s not only quick, but she’s got great endurance, so her ftness levels are really high. “She had a great national tour- nament. She was good up until the quarter-fnals, as they all were, then she just went the extra mile. “That’s the difference between a good player and a great player. A great player has the ability to step up when it’s required against the best opposition.” Jacqui is profting from working under the highly suc- cessful coach, who won last year’s ASB Premiership with Waitakere United, in a new role up front as well as her usual centre-midfelder position. “I like striker a lot more than centre-midfeld now that he’s put me there,” she says. “I really enjoy [Paul] as a coach. I’ve learnt a lot from him.” The MVP award is the latest in a long list of feats Jacqui has achieved, including being MAGS junior athletics champion and rep- resenting New Zealand in her age group at touch rugby, and that’s just this year. She was also named player of the year for her club team, Three Kings United premier reserves. She scored 34 goals in the Auck- land women’s conference league, despite giving away a lot of size and experience to her opponents. “It’s scary sometimes,” she says. “They’re quite a bit bigger, so I’ve been knocked over a bit. I had to get used to that. It’s fun though. “Sometimes playing with girls my age isn’t challenging enough, so I enjoy playing up a level.” Determination and a support- ive family are what drive Jacqui to constantly punch above her weight. “All my brothers played foot- ball and I’d see them in the back- yard and want to join in,” says the youngest of four siblings. “Encouragement from par- ents, too. I’m competitive, so I always like to do well. I don’t want to come off the feld and feel I didn’t give 100 per cent.” Jacqui hopes to follow in her brother Matthew’s footsteps and earn a college scholarship in the United States when she fnishes at MAGS, and is on New Zealand Football’s pathway for the 2016 under-17 world cup. “She’s better than [NZ Football] even know,” says Marshall. “She’s got all the tools to go a long way in the game.” Youngster wins MVP prize Half Moon Bay teen Jacqui Hand scored the most goals of any women player at the Three Kings United club this year. Photo supplied Teens to fill in for stars THERE is no quick x for Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club after posting its lowest score in recent memory last Saturday. The club's premier team was dismissed for a paltry 53 against East Coast Bays at Lloyd Elsmore Park in round four of Auckland Cricket's one-day competition. Howick Pakuranga was unbeaten in the Je Crowe Cup going into the match, but was without Black Caps Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenaghen and Auckland Aces Colin de Grandhomme and Donovan Grobbelaar for the rst time this season. Batting rst, Howick Pakuranga was in trouble early as skipper Andrew de Boorder was gone for 8 in the third over. Wickets then fell regularly as East Coast Bays all-rounder Richard Lane ripped through the home side's line-up. Lane nished with gures of 7-21, including a hat-trick, as Howick Pakuranga's innings ended in the 27th over. "It was just one of those days," says Howick Pakuranga coach Dipak Patel. "It was very poor batting by us. Their guys just bowled straight and we either missed it or played bad shots. Everything we tried didn't work. I can't recall ever being in that position in the time I've been at the club." In reply, East Coast Bays chased down the total in the 17th over for the loss of two wickets. Patel is facing the prospect of elding teenagers when the Hedley Howarth Trophy two-day competition starts this weekend, with up to 14 players unavailable due to representative duty or university exams. "It makes it hard for us, but it opens another door for those players coming in," he says. Howick Pakuranga is up against Suburbs New Lynn at Lloyd Elsmore Park this Saturday from 11am.
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