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Papakura Courier : May 18th 2011
Loss of Kerr hurts Karaka Here: Ardmore Marist's Jeremiah Fatialofa slips a pass to Suliasi Taufalele as Manurewa players Darryl Wihape, left, and Setu Savea try to take him down. Photos: RICHARD SPRANGER By ALAN APTED Stepped: Cody Martin scored one of Ardmore Marist's seven tries. Karaka have lost first five- eighths Baden Kerr for the five most important games of the season. Kerr broke a bone in his left hand at training last week and will miss games against Pukekohe, Patu- mahoe, Waiuku, Ardmore Marist and Manurewa, the heavyweights of Counties Manukau club rugby. Coach Craig Hill says Kerr's absence is a blow to the competition leaders. The next five weeks are going to be crucial to us mak- ing the semifinals,'' Hill says. We're up against the five strongest teams in the compe- tition and being without your regular first five isn't going to be easy. Baden is a key member of the team. He has a great all round game. He has long kicking game, he has a good running game, he is a great organiser -- and he can kick goals. We will miss him,'' Hill says. Tino Halalilo filled in for Kerr in the 49-5 win over Onewhero last Saturday and had a solid game, Hill says. It was Karaka's fifth win on the trot and avenges the embarrassing 23-19 loss to Onewhero in round one. Karaka now top the standings. Playing Pukekohe at Colin Lawrie Field in Pukekohe is going to be Karaka's first big test without Kerr. But Pukekohe are smarting. Not only did they lose 20-15 to a resurgent Patumahoe at home last Saturday they slipped two places in the standings as a consequence. Hill says Patumahoe did his team no favours by beat- ing Pukekohe. They will be smarting and out to prove a point,'' Hill says. Defending champions Wai- uku have rediscovered their winning form and moved into second with their comfortable 45-10 win over Bombay. They have another easy match against Onewhero at Onewhero on Saturday. Manurewa's playoff amb- itions are on shaky ground. They were thrashed 48-10 by Ardmore Marist at Bruce Pulman Park last Saturday and face a recharged Patumahoe on Saturday. The blue and golds have overcome a disappointing start to the season and have strung together fives win in a row together. They've beaten Waiuku and Ardmore Marist on the way to overcoming Pukekohe last Saturday. Ardmore Marist overtook Manurewa in the standings with their win last Saturday. they will want to cement their fourth spot when they take on lowly Bombay at Bombay. Kick-off is at 2.45pm. Sea Eagles hope luck will change By ALAN APTED In a contest of last playing first the Papakura Sea Eagles face the Otahuhu Leopards in a Fox Memorial Trophy match at McLennan Park in Papakura this Saturday. In recent seasons that would have been highly anticipated by the Kura faith- ful but the way their Sea Eagles having been playing of late, it is anything but. Their 34-32 loss to the Northcote Tigers at Birken- head War Memorial Park on the North Shore last Saturday was their third straight loss in the Fox. It has seen them anchored in last position without a point as the pacesetters Otahuhu, Howick, Glenora and Northcote build them- selves a handy lead as the competition nears the half- way point. But as the disappointed faithful start voicing their concerns at the losing streak, club spokesman Trevor Mit- chell is calling for patience. The second half perform- ance against the Roosters gave a hint of the Sea Eagles' ability, Mitchell says. We were down 28-6 at halftime with the potential of having a cricket score posted against us. I don't know what was said at halftime but it was a completely different team that came out for the second half. They played some of their best football of the season and showed they could have easily won the match if they hadn't done so poorly in that first half.'' Mitchell says the first half statistics tell the story. The Tigers had 21 sets for 20 completions. The Eagles had 11 sets, completing only seven. Despite all of that, Mitchell says the players were upbeat about the way they performed in the second half. It's going to be a tough contest. Otahuhu are starting to hit their straps after a slow start to the season,'' Mitchell says. The reality is if our players play to their potential we will be more than a match for them.'' The Leopards will be confi- dent. Their 42-38 win over the Manurewa Marlins at Mountfort Park last weekend was a close call but they remain the only unbeaten side in the Fox after three rounds. They lead the compe- tition from the Howick Hornets, the Tigers and the Glenora Bears by a point. The sixth-placed Marlins are away to the Hornets at Paparoa Park in Howick. Papakura's premier reserves and open age restric- ted teams both had wins. The reserves beat the Tigers 22-8 and the open aged restricted beat the Mar- lins 38-12. In the Sharman Cup, the Mangere East Hawks scored a morale-boosting 38-36 win over the Te Atatu Roosters, the Otara Scorpions pipped the Richmond Bulldogs 34-32 and the Manukau Magpies were beaten 38-32 by the Pt Chevalier Pirates. The Papatoetoe Panthers are still unbeaten in the Phelan Shield after a 34-24 win over the Ponsonby Ponies. Double blow Papakura's 4-1 Chatham Cup loss to Waitemata AFC has been compounded by the departure of midfielder Stephen May. May, who manager Peter Cooper described as a rock, announced after the match that he will be going to play for Warkworth. It came as quite a shock,'' Cooper says. But it's under- standable. Stephen lives in Warkworth and is finding it difficult having to travel to play for us each week.'' Cooper says the mood is dark in the City camp after a dismal performance against Waitemata. It was very disappointing. We just didn't turn up. A lot of soul searching needs to be done if the players are to stand up and be accountable.'' Cooper says the team is playing well below its poten- tial. Papakura are at home to Fencibles at McLennan Park this Saturday. 19 PAPAKURA COURIER, MAY 18, 2011 SPORT Scores and standings Premiers: Northcote 34 Papakura 32; Manurewa 38 Otahuhu 42; Glenora 20 Mt Albert 24; Marist 10 Howick 46. Standings: Otahuhu 5, Howick 4, Glenora 4, Northcote 4, Mt Albert 3, Manurewa 2, Marist 2, Papakura 0. Reserves: Manurewa 22 Otahuhu 40; Northcote 8 Papakura 22.Sharman Cup: Otara 34 Richmond 32; Bay Roskill 34 East Coast Bays 24; Te Atatu 36 Mangere East 38; Pt Chevalier 38 Manukau 32. Standings: Pt Chevalier 6, Te Atatu 4, Manukau 4, Bay Roskill 4, Mangere East 4, Otara 2, Richmond 0, East Coast Bays 0. Phelan Shield: Ponsonby 24 Papatoetoe 34. Standings: Papatoetoe 22, Ellerslie 18, New Lynn Stags 18, Glenfield 14. SCOREBOARD Premiers -- McNamara Cup: Pukekohe 15 (Peni Buakula, Sione Fifita tries. James Semple con, pen) Patumahoe 20 (Viliami Fihaki, Tekori Luteru, Ilaisa Maasi tries. Sean Reidy con, pen). Karaka (Counties Power Cup Holders) 49 (Osaiasi Koloamatangi, Sione Leru, Nicholas Denz, Reynold Lee-Lo 2, Tipiloma Kivalu, Uini Atonio, Taavili Patea tries. Patea 2 con, David Halalilo con, pen) Onewhero 5 (Heremia Tupaea try) Waiuku 45 (Simon Lemalu, Sam Cole, Dominic Olson, Sio Petelo, Jamie Baker, Kirisome (Ray) Laulala, Falemaka Tatafu tries. Laulala 3 con, Tatafu 2 con) Bombay 10 (Conall Bromwich, try. Ioane Ioane pen). Ardmore Marist 48 (Lolohea Loco 3, Cody Martin, Suliasi Taufalele 2, Karl Ropati tries. Dean Cummins 4 con, pen) Manurewa 10 (Ahsee Tuala try. Faiga Vaega con, pen). Premier Reserves -- Bob Chandler Memorial: Pukekohe 66 Patumahoe 13; Karaka 55 Onewhero 3; Waiuku 13 Bombay 10; Ardmore Marist 15 Manurewa 8. Division 2 -- Sid Marshall Shield: Te Kohanga 10 Weymouth 34; Maramarua 3 Manurewa 39; Te Kauwhata 7 Drury 15; Papakura Black 7 Puni 14. Under-21 -- Massey Cup: Ardmore Marist 26 Karaka 31; Pukekohe 8 Bombay 11; Manurewa 25 Papakura 0; Patumahoe 22 Waiuku 21. Under-19 -- Bright Cup: Ardmore Marist 5 Weymouth 14; Karaka 36 Patumahoe 22; Onewhero- Farmlands 12 Waiuku 20; Papakura 32 Hauraki North 18. Womens: Pukekohe 5 College Rifles 77. Standings: Premiers: Karaka 34, Waiuku 31, Pukekohe 30, Ardmore Marist 23, Manurewa 22, Patumahoe 20, Onewhero 12, Bombay 2. Premier reserves: Karaka 39, Ardmore Marist 34, Pukekohe 31, Bombay 23, Waiuku 21, Manurewa 19, Patumahoe 9, Onewhero 0. Division 2: Weymouth 33, Papakura Red 23, Te Kohanga 20, Drury 15, Manurewa 24, Papakura Black 11, Puni 4, Te Kauwhata 0, Maramarua 0. Under-21: Patumahoe 18, Manurewa 16, Bombay 14, Ardmore Marist 12, Pukekohe 10, Papakura 4, Waiuku 2, Karaka 2. Under-19: Waiuku 28, Pukekohe 23, Karaka 20, Patumahoe 15, Ardmore Marist 14, Hauraki North 9, Papakura 6, Weymouth 5, Onewhero 0.
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