Feilding Herald : January 12th 2012
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PHOTO: MANDAHL PHOTOGRAPHY Professor title honours Dave Local martial art teacher and sixth degree black belt jiu jitsu master Dave Miller was honoured at the 2011 New Zealand Martial Art Hall of Fame Awards held late last year in Auckland. As part of the awards ceremony he was awarded the title of professor by the International Soke Insti- tute New Zealand, which is headed by Professor Steve Heremaia. Heremaia, a grandmaster, 10th degree black belt in jiu jitsu with more than 50 years experience in martial arts, the award recognises Dave s outstand- ing contribution to jiu jitsu and martial arts in gen- eral over 35 years and acknowledges his continued contribution to the arts. Miller is co-founder of the Hall of Fame and has been the national president for the past 11 years. He was inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame in 2000 and two years later was inducted into the Australasian and World Karate Union Halls of Fame. He teaches in the Manawatu/Wanganui regions. He says he is as passionate today as he was when he began the journey many years ago. No wins, but they came home winners By GEORGE HEAGNEY Despite not winning any games on their tour of the United States, the Feilding High School boys basketball team had a valuable learning curve on their first overseas tour. They recently arrived back from the Poly- technic Varsity Boys basketball tourna- ment in Los Angeles where they lost to Polytechnic School 57-47, Rosemead High School 66-33, Burroughs High School 50-41 and Holy Martyrs Armenian High School 61-53 at the tournament. They also lost a one-off game against Don Bosco High School 71-48. Team manager Jemma Lawton said they managed to hold their own after some people were expecting a total blowout. If you re looking at the fact that we did lose. . .butwewereinitoftenuntil halftime, and the boys did lose it a little bit [but] the game is slightly different here and the boys did take a while to get used to it. Coach Darron Larsen and Manawatu Jets coach Ryan Weisenberg organised the trip and the level of competition. Lawton said it took them a while to adjust but it wasn t as different as they thought it would be. It s not what you would expect to see in the NBA. A lot do have a false impression of American basketball, Ms Lawton said. They often do the press and the transition with the fast break was a little quicker than the boys are used to. A lot of the schools at the tour- nament were private schools, but weren t light years ahead of the New Zealanders. The thing was that we didn t lose by a lot, score-wise. Sometimes it looks worse than it actually is. [It was] a good experience that the style of game was different and our boys did actually develop in the time we were in the States. The core of the team will be returning to school next year so they will be able to use their experience in the local competition. This year the team was made up of one year 10 student, one year 11, and the rest are year 12. Ms Lawton said the cultural mixture in the American teams were incredible. While there, the Feilding team watched two college teams train, the University of Southern California and the University of California Los Angeles. Making tracks: Feilding High School First XI enjoyed the hospitality and sponsorship from Norwoods in Palmerston North late last year when they were presented with kit bags for their up-coming England tour. Photo: TRACEY SHARPLES First XI tour in March By SANDRA CROSBIE The momentum towards the FHS First XI s 20-day football trip to England is building. Prior to Christmas local businesses have shown their support to the travel- ling team, and fundraisers have been working furiously. The team of 15 students and six adult supporters leaves for England on March 3, led by coach Steve Whalley who is making his first return to his home turf since moving to Feilding. The cost for each player for the tour is $6000, with each individual having to personally raise $2500. The remainder is being raised by group efforts including firewood sales, security and marshalling at local events during the past 18 months. Mr Whalley said they have appreciated the sponsorship and support they have received which also includes tracksuits from the Flight Centre, T-shirts from Bun- nings and further baggage from City Fitness. As well as fundraising, the boys have been training hard over sum- mer with regular 6km runs and start this week on working on their ball skills. The team will be visiting profes- sional football clubs including one Mr Whalley was associated with. They will play four competitive games against local teams on large arenas. Other areas on interest on the tour will be visiting Manchester United s Theatre of Dreams, watching a game -- Stoke on Trent v Everton -- and touring Wembley Stadium in London. Fifteen days of their tour is in the Midlands, and they have two days in Los Angeles. Kick off Christmas kilos with kickball SPORTM ANAWAT U SERENA GOULDING Now that Christmas and New Year are done and dusted it s time to get back into some exercise and work off that Christmas feast. I hope you all kept active over the break. I sure did, enjoying time in the water, running, playing some netball and learning a new game. I learnt how to play kickball, a really cool game that you can play with your family and it s really easy to learn. If you ve played baseball before then you ll pick this game up really quickly. The rules are closely related to baseball, the difference is instead of playing with a bat and ball you play with a big round rubber ball. Kickball is played on a field with four bases arranged on the corners of a diamond-shape, just like base- ball, and players are positioned on the field in a similar way. The basic rules of the game are as follows: the ball is rolled towards the kicker (instead of batter) who has to kick the ball strategically so as not to get caught or tagged out. If the ball is caught in the air, the kicker is out, and if they are touched on a base they are out. You can also get out if the ball is thrown at you and hits you while you are running to a base. Once a team gets three outs -- whether that s caught out, being hit with the ball or not making it to the base -- then the teams switch sides. Points are scored by having a run- ner make it all the way around the bases and back to home base. The obvious benefits of kickball are playing in a team and getting active!. The running, kicking and catch- ing promote movement and cardio exercise without the boredom of other types of exercise. Kickball can help expand your social circle and it s a great way to get out and enjoy some fun with friends or even the family. The game s simple rules make it easy for anyone to play, all you need are basic kicking, passing and catching skills. I give kickball a 10/10. I thought this was a really cool game and so easy to pick up. If you are interested in playing a new sport, there are a number of teams or clubs in our region that you can join. For information visit sportman- awatu.org.nz/findasport. Serena is Manawatu recreation adviser for Sport Manawatu, providing support for sport and recreation in Manawatu with the aim of getting everyone active every day. Phone 06 323 6900 or drop into 131 Manchester St, Feilding. Editor's note: The Feilding Herald wishes Serena all the best for her wedding this weekend to Jake Rata.
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