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On the line was a spot in the MUPC World Finals playing against 19 teams from football’s glamour clubs, such as AC Milan, Real Madrid, Arsenal and the hosts. “If we don’t win this game, we don’t get any- thing,” remembers coach Hiroshi Miyazawa. “If we win, it’s an unbelievable prize.” Jones says: “I was defnitely feel- ing the pressure. I had a feeling it was going to get to that point.” The central midfelder had rea- son to fret over the kick, after a number of botched attempts in his last rehearsal. The Mancunian, who came to New Zealand when he was eight, is also constantly being reminded of his home coun- try’s record in penalty shoot- outs. “The English always fail on penalties,” says Miya- zawa. “We always joke with Billy about it. “The day before the fnal, we had penalty training and he couldn’t score. “He missed one, and normally you want to fnish with confdence, so we made him take it again. He missed that one too. “I said to him afterwards, ‘I don’t care. You have to take the fnal kick’. “I’d already made up my mind. I know his technique is there, which is important, but also his head and heart are strong.” Jones hit the back of the net to seal Onehunga Sports’ place for the tour- nament at Old Trafford starting on August 6. “We went crazy. I can’t really describe it,” he says. The Howick College pupil is joined in the squad of 16 by Sean Cooper, of Mellons Bay, and How- ick’s Ben Payne. “Ben is your typical centre-back, very disciplined,” says Miyazawa. He has good size and is very relia- ble. Throughout qualifying he was one of the most consistent players. “Sean is one of the most improved players of our campaign. Bytheendheisoneofourkey defenders.” There are no doubts about who will be over the ball for the fnal penalty if any games go to a shoot- out in Manchester. “Billy is our dynamo on attack,” says Miyazawa. “He has the strong- est heart in the team. With him, the team has different energy.” Spot kick for place in cup DREAM EXPERIENCE: Ben Payne, left, and Sean Cooper will line up against glamour clubs such as AC Milan, Arsenal and Real Madrid next month. Times photos Daniel Silverton Two titles in a week PAKURANGA Athletic Club runner Rachel Penney claimed both the North Island and Auckland cross-country ti- tles in the space of seven days earlier this month. Penney won the women’s 40-44 age group at the North Island champs in Taupo on July 6, setting a new record time of 19 minutes 8 seconds over the 5000-metre course. Pakuranga runners also took out the top two spots in the 3000m boys’ 14 years race, with Jesse Weldschidt winning in 9m 52s, six seconds ahead of clubmate Flynn Palmer. Weldschidt and Penney repeated their results at the Auckland cross-country champs at Barry Curtis Park on July 13. Penney defended her women’s 35 years title, fnishing the 6000m in 25m 47s. Last year’s boys’ 14 years winner Weldschidt comfortably won the 4000m boys’ 15 years race in 14m 18s. Other club runners to win their division were James Trathen (B9), Joshua Brown (B11), Johan Van Hoovels (M35), John Baty (M60) and John Robinson (M65). The national cross-country championships are in Hamilton on August 3. RACHEL PENNEY MENTALLY STRONG: Billy Jones faced intense pressure ahead of taking the final penalty kick for a place in the Manchester United Premier Cup.
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