Feilding Herald : January 26th 2012
9 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 SPORT 9 Goodbehere Street • Feilding 323 6442 takenote.co.nz 44 stores nationwide. Call 0800 825 366 for a store near you. ConTact ConTact ConTact ConTact ConTact ConTact $299 each $249each $199each $149each $449 each $399 each Holographic & Metallic Book Covering 1m x 450mm. 9414228621021/9414228687201 Crazies Book Covering 1m x 450mm. 9414228621212 Tints Book Covering 1m x 450mm. 9414228621069 Book Labels Pack 16. 9414228635097 Warwick Homework bags Large or extra large size 9414952187152 Sparklers Book Covering 1m x 450mm. 9414228624121 Illusions Book Covering 1m x 450mm. 9414228623056 Pencil Cases Designs will vary between stores 9417035651113 $ 149 each from hotprice $349each from hotprice 4094240AA 2012 stationery essentials school and study SAVE when you shop at Take Note! SAVE 4¢ when you spend $25 per litre at BP or Caltex* SAVE 10¢ per litre at BP or Caltex* when you spend $50 Not an AA Smartfuel Cardholder? Get your card at the counter today, FREE! on fuel r Young gun selected for New Zealand By LAURA WALTERS On the ball: Bunnythorpe teenager Tawhirimatea Fielding-Richardson has been scouted for the New Zealand under-14 softball team. Photo: LAURA WALTERS Batter up: Tawhirimatea Fielding-Richardson shows his style. Tawhiri, 13, powerful and versatile A Bunnythorpe 13-year-old has been selected for the under-14 New Zealand softball team. Tawhirimatea Fielding- Richardson has two months to per- fect his pitch, gather funds and pack his bags for a training camp and tournament in Sydney in March. Tawhiriwas scouted for the national team at an under-15 national tournament while rep- resenting his club, the Manawatu Huias. The Bunnythorpe teenager had been playing softball since he was old enough to throw a ball. His father, Shane Fielding, said his son had been playing tee ball since he was four, and softball since the age of six. He just spent every summer of his life at the ball park. As the youngest of four children, who all played softball, it was inevi- table Tawhiri would get into the game, Mr Fielding said. This could be the start of some- thing really big. Tawhiri was not sure whether he wanted to make a career out of the game, but he was enjoying the ride for now. Mr Fielding said scouts picked young players for national teams with the aim of training them up over four or five years to have them ready for the under-19 team. Four other players from the Manawatu club had been picked for the junior national side. The young players would travel to Australia, where they would be trained, and compete in the tourna- ment before flying home. The trip would cost $3000, which families had to fund independently. The squad was named two weeks ago and the team would fly out on March 17. Two months was not much time to gather the money, even with the club organising fundraisers, Mr Feilding said. The trip would also be Tawhiri s first time on a plane, and he was looking forward to the whole experi- ence. Despite the high cost, the family was going to make sure the promis- ing pitcher and shortstop made it across the ditch. Tawhiri, who practised at home nearly every day, could pitch up to speeds about 90kmh. But his strong point was his versatility. Mr Fielding said most pitchers threw the ball as hard and fast as they could but Tawhiri used a var- iety of pitches to rattle the batter. However, the family s constant practising had ended in broken planks on the deck and a broken window. Sonya Fielding-Richardson, Taw- hiri s mum, said her son could buy her a new one when he was famous.
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