Central Leader : April 6th 2011
27 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 6, 2011 SPORT Eden out of cup competition Charging forward: Eden number eight Moana Mausia is tackled by Waitemata blindside Michael Wilson. Slipping away: Eden openside Siaosi Fine slips past Waitemata first-five Paul Brown in the Pollard Cup semifinal at Gribblehirst Park on Saturday afternoon. Photos: JASON OXENHAM Getting by: Waitemata halfback Fred Tavita scampers past Eden's Sean Fletcher in the Eden and Waitemata club rugby match. Wrapped up: Waitemata second-five Tom Toailoa is wrapped by Eden mid-fielders Jeff Tiatia, left, and Luke Fonoti-Gates. Eden dropped out of conten- tion in the Pollard Cup pre- season premier club rugby competition on Saturday, losing 20-13 to Waitemata at Gribblehirst Park on Saturday. Waitemata scored three tries to Eden's two in the second-tier championship. Meanwhile, last year's Gallaher Shield finalists Pon- sonby and Grammar Carlton have both had mixed starts to the season. After winning first round matches in the top tier Waka Nathan Cup, both sides failed to make the competition's semifinals. This sees both sides playing ordinary pre-season matches, as are Te Papapa- Mt Wellington, until the start of the Alan McEvoy Trophy on April 16. Lack of grounds delays season opening for teams By JEREMY RUANE The opening day of the 2011 Lotto Northern Premier League season dawned fine in Auckland on Saturday, but it may as well have been raining cats and dogs as far as four teams were con- cerned. The lack of ground avail- ability prompted the postponement of matches between Metro and Three Kings United and reigning champions East Coast Bays and Bay Olympic on the opening day of the season. The two central Auckland teams which did get their campaigns under way on time endured contrasting fortunes. Onehunga Sports went down 2-0 at Porritt Stadium to Hamilton Wanderers. But Central United scored an emphatic 5-0 victory over Forrest Hill-Milford United at Kiwitea St, despite losing defender John Chisholm to a broken leg in the 25th min- ute. The visitors were reduced to 10 men following that inci- dent and paid the price. Hopefully, all 10 premier teams will take to the field this weekend. Metro are scheduled to take on Waita- kere City at Albie Turner Field on Friday evening, with the other matches set down for Saturday. Bay Olympic and Central clash at Olympic Park, while Onehunga Sports entertain East Coast Bays at Waikaraka Park and Three Kings travel to Forrest Hill- Milford. In first division action Onehunga-Mangere United copped a 5-0 hiding at home from Birkenhead United, while Lynn-Avon United bottled a two-goal lead at half-time in drawing 3-3 at Ellerslie. Onehunga-Mangere head to Matamata this Saturday, while Lynn-Avon host Manu- rewa at Ken Maunder Park. Mt Albert-Ponsonby estab- lished their intentions to bounce back in their first attempt on the opening day of second division action, thrashing Cambridge 9-1 at John Kerkhof Park, while Western Springs went down 2-0 at Papakura City. Mt Albert-Ponsonby enter- tain Papakura on Friday evening at Anderson Park from 7pm, while Western Springs head to Waiuku on Saturday. Meanwhile Amber Hearn marked her return to North- ern Premier Women's League action by scoring the 10th hattrick of her Lynn-Avon United career at Ken Maun- der Park on Sunday. Unfor- tunately for the prolific markswoman, she starred on a losing team, as reigning champions Glenfield Rovers prevailed 5-3 in a remarkable match which saw both teams celebrating goals inside the opening three minutes. Lynn-Avon are at home again this Sunday against Three Kings United at Ken Maunder Park.
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