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IVAN AGNEW: Having beaten mighty India in the first two games of the current One- Day Internationals to give Australia the No 1 ranking, New Zealand is punching well above their weight as the No 8 ranked nation at test and ODI level. ➤ Page 19 Outstanding all-rounder A MAN-of-the-match performance by all- rounder Donovan Grobbelaar cemented Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club's top-two nish in qualifying for the one-day Je Crowe Trophy. Grobbelaar, with 85 o 97 balls, was involved in a 114-run third-wicket partnership with Shawn Hicks (91 o 104) as they took to the North Shore bowlers at Devonport Domain last Monday. Howick Pakuranga scored 271 in their 50 overs. Grobbelaar then bagged 5-21 from 7.1 overs and took two catches as North Shore were routed for 150 in 43.1 overs. Captain PJ Cairns chimed in with a miserly 3-36 from 10 overs. The victory con rmed second place in their pool for Howick Pakuranga, behind Suburbs New Lynn. Quarter- nals are on Waitangi Day. The draw is yet to be con rmed, but on present standings, Howick Pakuranga will travel to Ken Maunder Park to take on Suburbs, with the winner straight into the March 2 semi- nals. Howick Pakuranga take on second- placed Takapuna at Onewa Domain in the two-day Hedley Howarth Trophy this Saturday and Sunday. Buzz roars into second PETROLHEADS rejoice, the 2014 motor racing season opened with the V8 Utes in action at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell last weekend. East Auckland's sole driver Mike "Buzz" Lightfoot stormed into action with top- three nishes in the three races. While visiting Aussie Kris "Killa" Walton dominated all three races, Dannemora's Lightfoot nished second in Saturday's six-lapper, third in the eight-lap race two, and second in the slightly longer race three of 10 laps. SPORTS BITES Year of highs and lows SAFEGUARD: Howick Pakuranga goalkeeper Devon Manchester has cemented his place in the Black Sticks national men's hockey squad. Times photo Daniel Silverton By DAVID MCPHERSON THE World League Finals in India pro- vided both the high and low of goalkeeper Devon Manchester’s fedgling Black Sticks’ hockey career. “If you’d told me before I left that we’d come home with a medal, I would have been over the moon,” he says. “But to lose the fnal 7-2 to the Netherlands was dis- appointing,” says the Howick Pakuranga Hockey Club shot stopper. “It wasn’t so much the score, but the way we played.” Manchester says the Dutch played well, but part of that was the Black Sticks letting them play. “We didn’t put enough pressure on them. We let ourselves and our fans down.” The Black Sticks played six games in eight days at the tourna- ment, a tough ask in any sport. “Often at major tournaments we have to play every day, so manage- ment has a great set of protocols in place to make sure we take care of ourselves,” says Manchester. They include cool-downs, ice baths, nutrition and hydration. “The morning after a game we usually have pool and stretch- ing sessions to make sure we’re ready to play the next match, often within 24 hours.” Manchester says the players know what’s required and that it’s part of the team philosophy. Most of the national reps are Auckland-based and get together for weekly trainings between events. “Those from outside Auckland try to get up here for monthly get-togethers, but it’s not always easy.” The Black Sticks go into a train- ing camp starting on February 10 as they gear up for a very busy year. “We have three tests against Japan in Tauranga in March and then the Champions Challenge Tournament in Malaysia in April. “That tournament is the quali- fer for the Champions Trophy.” The World Cup, in the Nether- lands from May 31-June 15, follows and is one of the most important events of the year. “We have to fnish at least sixth to retain Hockey New Zealand’s funding from High Performance Sport NZ,” says Manchester. “We know we have to perform well there.” The World Cup will be ideal preparation for the Common- wealth Games in Glasgow, in July and August. Manchester says the Black Sticks will be after a medal. “We’re ranked sixth in the world and the top three are not members of the Com- monwealth, so we have a good chance of a medal.” Manchester has 23 full caps under his belt after making his debut at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne in December 2012. The 24-year-old says mak- ing his debut in Melbourne is a moment he’ll never forget. “That was a real highlight.” Before getting the nod from Black Sticks coach Colin Batch, Manchester had spent four years in the NZ Hockey programme, some of that as a member of the Junior Black Sticks under Batch. Manchester has been Howick Pakuranga’s premier team goal- keeper for the past eight seasons and has represented Auckland, with the exception of under-15s, since making the intermediate-age Hatch Cup rep side. “So [making the Black Sticks] was been something I’d been working hard at for a long time. It didn’t just come overnight.” At the same time, the consult- ant could not play at international level without the generous support of his employers Ernst and Young. He started with the company last February, worked a week and was then away for three represent- ing New Zealand. “They’re really supportive. All they ask is that I give them plenty of notice.” 125598 Be in to win 1 of 6 iPad minis with every purchase of frames or complete glasses. Visique of Howick Optometrists 100 Picton Street, Howick | Phone 09 534 5565 *Competition runs between 20 January - 1 March 2014. Terms and conditions apply. Ask your local Visique or visit www.visique.co.nz for further details. NEW YEAR. NEW LOOK. NEW IPAD MINI* .
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