Waiheke Sport

May 20th 2009
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Welcome to Waiheke Island,

Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand.

36’48” South 174’04” East


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New baseball team chalks up first win

The newly formed Waiheke High School baseball team scored it’s first win in its first away game last week, winning 9-6 against Saint Kentigerns’ field in Auckland. The team is hoping to play through the summer and are looking for some adults to get involved with coaching, umpiring and scoring. Anyone interested should contact Bill Godbout on 371 9000 ext. 311 or 021 0351 365

Waiheke Dirt Track season starts

The Waiheke Dirt Track season started on the Sunday of Labour Weekend with 21 cars racing. The next meet will be held this Sunday from 11am.

Senior Tennis Season Open Day – Sunday 5th September, 9am

Sunday 5th September, 9am. Includes various activities and social double plays. Rain date 12th Sept 9am.

Waiheke Rugby League

Rams Earn Stripes, Sat 2nd July 2010

The Barn Superliquor Waiheke Rams played for Ryan Bartletts memory and his trophy on saturday. They achieved both in a stirring victory in front of a great loyal home crowd 36-14.

In fact as if fate would have it all 4 Rams teams celebrated with victories. Northcote were a well drilled and serious team who had stated to knock over the Rams and in the first 20 mins they took it to Waiheke and led 6-0. cue Reuben Hardie, one of this seasons finds, with great speed and even more etermination would not be stopped from twenty out posting Ram’s first points. The kick was missed by Ryan (that happens as often as I win a NSW bet) 6-4 down. Sam Hammer turned up the wick with his best performance (man of match and a half) this season, his barnstorming runs and brilliant cover tackles including the running down of the Northcote winger (who fair crapped himself) when he saw who was after him. 2 tries for the day and the respect of team mates was his reward. Rams leading 16-6 at halftime had stand in number 7 and inspirational captain and fix it man Josh Bell/Lomas/Quedley laying down the 80 minute law, but……as so often happens Northcote scored the next two tries – one a good powerful effort and one that was a double movement to most.

Time for a touch of brillance to restore order, and only the Rams smallest man with biggest nads could provide (if sbw had his ticker he would be twice the player) Josh Williams showing he does more than scare fat phelan players with class. Meanwhile z.man back from injury for this game was simply playing with the tigers and having a great day out, while the introduction of Jimmi Bobbi Peacock at halftime after 80 minutes of rugby was not to be forgotten as he won Waiheke glass smash of the day for any one of his rib tickling hits.

It takes 17 players to make a team and everyone of the Rams players stood up for our team mate and friends memory. Last word to Sam Hammer who was so good he was given the honour of the last conversion which (of course) he landed. Rams next play Waitemata at Vic Park next saturday (10th July). ambo momo.

Leagues Rising Star

A Waiheke boy will play for the Cook Island Auckland Representative team at the Avaiki Nui Cook Islands rugby league tournament in Rarotonga in September.


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Waiheke Rugby

Sealink Seniors come unstuck in the mud

By Vern Whithead – updated 28.06.2010

The Sealink Seniors travelled to East Tamaki on Saturday fronting up to another unbeaten team in East Tamaki.  Unfortunately for the Waiheke boys, it was East Tamaki who handled the muddy slippery conditions better coming away with a flattering 27-17 scoreline to end Waiheke’s ten game winning streak.  However, all is not lost and the Sealink Seniors have a chance to redeem themselves in front of their home supporters on Saturday when the play Roskill Districts – the side that won the Auckland Senior final from Waiheke last year.  Winning the toss and heading into the wind on a below par field at East Tamaki’s second ground at Ngati Otara Park, Waiheke infringed early and East Tamaki took the three points on offer.  After a promising foray into ET’s territory the ball was recklessly hurled backwards in the tackle but there were only two ET players in the vicinity and one grabbed the ball and went unopposed under the sticks. With the conversion ET were ten nil up.  Waiheke gained dominance in the set pieces as the first half wore on, the lineouts in particular providing easy pickings for jumpers Ryan Gaudin and Kilifi Toai getting their own ball easily and plenty of the opposition’s as well.  Conditions not suiting the open running rugby the Sealink Seniors are so good at, the backs found quality ball hard to come by and combined with the inevitable handling errors [due to the ball caking itself in mud, as well as the wind] it was a hard day at the office for the backs. A penalty apiece ended the first half points with ET leading 13 – 3.  .

Waiheke kicked off the second half keen to pick up their game, play for territory then to use their forward’s weapon, the rolling maul, to get them to ET’s red zone. Ten minutes in, against the run of play, ET once again pounced on a loose ball and had the pace to beat the cover defence. The score now 20-3.   Waiheke came storming back up to 5 metres from the opposition’s try line but they kept infringing to keep Waiheke out conceding some 8 or 9 penalties before banstorming midfield back Ropati Fesuluai crashed over. Henry added the extras. 2

20-10. This got the Waiheke boys fired up and a short time later after another rolling maul had gained plenty of yards, big lock/loosie Iliesa Finau broke off the back and crossed the line, with the extras added the deficit was narrowed to just 3 points – 20-17, with time running out.  Trying to clear the ball from a ruc,k the ball was impeded by an off side opposition player but was unseen by the ref and from the ensuing scrum the ball went wide and they scored to deny Waiheke the bonus point they deserved.

Next up is top team Roskill Districts this Saturday (July 3) in what promises to be a very good game of rugby on the great surface at Onetangi Sports Park. Rest assured Waiheke will be back and are looking forward to the mighty challenge from this very good Roskill side at 2.45pm.

All other games – junior, High School and Under 85s – were cancelled last Saturday.

This weekend, Waiheke’s Aqua Water Pirates play Ardmore Marist in the curtain-raiser to the Sealink Seniors at  OSP, at 1.15 pm.

By Vern Whithead

Sealink Seniors score another great win

The SeaLink Seniors maintained their 100% winning record for the season when they overcame a tough challenge from Manukau in a pulsating rugby match at Onetangi Sports Park on Saturday.

The Waiheke Seniors fought their way back from a 10 point deficit to score a 22-15 win – three tries to two.  With a number of key players out with injuries and flu, the Sealink Seniors were really tested by a combatitive Manukau side, but in the end character and composure won the day for Waiheke.  Black shorts and armbands were worn by the Waiheke players as a mark of respect for coach Ken Gloyer’s father who passed away on Friday.  The next two weeks will really test the Sealink Seniors as they put their unbeaten record on the line against the two toughtest teams in the competition – East Tamaki (off-island, June 26) and then the team which took the championship final last year from Waiheke, Roskill Districts, on July 3, before Waiheke’s home supporters at OSP.

Aqua Water Pirates score another bonus point win

The Aqua Water Pirates maintained their unbeaten record in Auckland Rugby’s Under 85 Bowl Competition when they downed Ponsonby Pirates 22-7 on Saturday.   A large vocal crowd at Onetangi Sports Park cheered the local boys as they scored another bonus point win. After winning 95-0 against Varsity Babas the previous week, the Aqua Water Pirates are shaping as real title contenders in only their second season. Outstanding for the Waiheke side were wings Scott Aylet, who ran good lines and put in some big hits, and James Gaga. At fullback, Vinny Harpur was was usual cool self under pressure. Jimmy Peacock at second-five put in some hard hits and constantly threatend the defence. Up front, ‘veteran’ Nat Upchurch and Damon Neal worked hard throughout, while lock Eddy Reyners rallied the pack when the going got tough. Try scorers for the Aqua Water Pirates were Jack Leslie, Damon Neal, Vinny and Johnny Henry, on loan from the Seniors. Ponsonby scored a soft consolation try before the final whistle. This Saturday the Pirates are off-island against the Ponsonby Ponies.

Waiheke Whales (over 35s) draw with Papatoetoe Power

Waiheke Rugby’s third senior men’s team drew a gret match with Papatoetoe Power. The visiting President’s Grade teams love visiting Waiheke and experiencing some real island hospitality and Saturday’s game (and after-match function) was no exception.

Waiheke High Fourth Grade 12, Green Bay HS 13

Green Bay put on a formidable display of counter rucking during the initial stages of this weekend’s fourth grade off-island clash with Waiheke. Unaccustomed to this level of sustained pressure at the breakdown, Waiheke struggled to settle into any rhythm against this well drilled and particularly mobile side. Consequently the home team were rewarded mid-way through the first half with a converted try after several well organised phases of play. This seemed to shock the Waiheke forward pack into action and they began to play with the conviction demonstrated in previous matches. Both teams were locked in a vicious competition for possession and field territory until Nick McCann found space that oreviously had not existed. Loose forwards and backs linked well, and after being narrowly denied in one corner Waiheke moved the ball quickly to the opposite wing and McCann crossed the line with apparent ease. Waiheke were unable to add the much needed conversion – and the first half ended with the visitors trailing by five points after a penalty awarded for ill discipline in the ruck was sent sailing between the uprights. Waiheke began the second half well and managed to generate possession and territory but were unable to capitalise on it. Further penalties allowed Green Bay to regain lost possession and territory before providing an additional three points for the home side.

Green Bay remained tireless on defence during the second half and managed to almost entirely contain the Waiheke backline; that was until Yuki Kurokawa received the ball in broken play and went the length of the field in a brilliant display of speed, agility and power. The converted try took Waiheke to within one point of Green Bay: 12-13. Frustratingly this was to remain the final score. Man of the match Julion Wright was the backbone for a dominant Waiheke scrum and provided strong opposition in lineouts. In addition he worked tirelessly to claw back territory and possession in rucks and mauls. The Waiheke players, management and supporters would like to reiterate their thanks for the outstanding level of hospitality shown by Green Bay High School. Ben Alexander

Waiheke High Fifth Grade won by default

Waiheke Under 8 Sharks 50 Pakuranga Keas 15

Rooster park was alive with cow bells & screaming fans as Waiheke Under 8 Sharks rugby team took on the lads from Pakuranga. A hard fought and evenly contested opening stanza was busted open by a stunning first ever try for Jonny Evans. Shortly after, he surged thru the defence again creating space for Josh Baxter, who scored a beautiful try – diving over in the corner.

Cory Cormack who had been tackling like a demon smashed through the defensive line, this forward momentum flowed through fast hands and ended in a flurry of red hair as ‘mad’ Max Lowe scored a super try – which was an approriate gift for his “old man” Vaughn on his fortieth birthday.

Liam  James continued on his try scoring extravaganza with another couple of touch downs being just rewards for the huge hits & jinking runs for which he is famous.  Another super tough red head – Finlay Patton – was knocking the Pakuranga boys off their feet relentlessly. He was rewarded for his defensive prowess with tackler of the day.  Later Saturday afternoon, Fin fell off his mates’ horse & ended up in hospital after the horse stood on him. Hope he is around next Saturday to shore up the Sharks defensive line. Get fit quick Fin – we need ya!

Jayden Lewis ran rings around the Paka lads & slid over for a well deserved try. George  Fredrichberg tackled round the ankles & found himself really close to the line after a huge run up the sideline. Beau Coxhead carved up the opposition with ball in hand & linked nicely with his forwards. Oli Meadows & Josh  Baxter worked real hard in the tight turning over loose ball & driving the opposition back.  This gave position & possession which Will  Jackson turned into points with a stunning individual run. Will won coach’s choice award for his big tackles, his ability to steal the ball & carve up the opposition with his lightning runs.  Jonny Evans won player of the day for the second week in a row – he was at the bottom of every ruck scrapping for the ball & made some super runs.   The Waiheke Sharks are hunting for competition victory! Grab your cow bells or vuvuzela & come down & cheer ‘em on next week.

Waiheke Under 6 Sharks 12, Marist Blue 9

The Sharks played away to Marist Blue and were deserved winners in what was a free running game.  Without a doubt this was the Sharks best game of the season, mainly due to fantastic teamwork and commitment all game. Two tries coupled with excellent ball handling skills cemented Kiyen Jacomb’s name on the player of the day trophy this week. Tackler of the day was Robert Blazek-Bhana who was outstanding on defence amassing nine rips, which is testament to the amount of running he did all day. First coaches choice for this week was the Shark’s newest player, Joe Driver, whose skills have improved in each of his three games for the club. Leroy Lewis also picked up a coaches choice award for his general tenacity and high work rate all season.

Waiheke Under 10s 4, Marist East 15

The Waiheke Under 10s were outclassed in a tough game off-island against Marist East. The Waiheke boys are looking for a much improved effort in front of their home supporters this Saturday.

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Waiheke Rugby League

Waiheke Rams thump Howick Stingers – Sat 19th June 2010

The Barn Super Liquor rams thumped a hapless Howick Stingers 70-0 on saturday 19th June in a seriously one sided game. The Rams showed no mercy and no sympathy as they dominated every area of the game. Led from the front by the Hodgetts brothers who have the old school hard running prop mentality, and backed up by outrageously skilled players like Tamati Keremete, Troy Lomas and Reuben Hardie who carved off yards at will. Fine defence from Zhar, Dunc and Daniel, the speed and flair of Steel Williams and the best for last – Roachie, Haza and Josh q Lomas, again running riot. As usual the freakish ability of goal kicker Ryan Walton. As always everybody played their part – that’s the Rams way, no superstars just hard grafters. Home game next week (Sat 26th June) for all so come out and have a look at all the 4 games at the club. Finally a big ups to DEANO – always there helping Nick and myself and we really appreciate that cuz old school rams player (dont kick it deano) . Final word to the juniors – what a pleasure to watch the u8s give everything against a very good team and u13/14 with only 11 players go down 40-32 to the top team, East Coast Bays. There’s a win in you boys!  shane smith




Rams are masters of rugby league 2008Wednesday, 10 September 2008Rams’ grand Final cheerleadersIn a game fitting for a grand final, Waiheke VideoEzy Rams beat Howick Hornets 40-18 on Saturday to become Auckland Masters of Rugby League 2008.More than 400 Waiheke supporters joined the team at Cornwall Park for an afternoon of welcome, fine, spring weather and 80-minutes of scintillating football.The only sad news before the start was that season-long right-winger Jake McCook was injured at training and would not be in the line-up. That brought young Josh Williams into the starting 13, and he was to prove an able replacement. Rams kicked off and Hornets made reasonable use of their first set in possession before putting up the high kick into Rams’ red zone.  More here



Waiheke Soccer

Waiheke Dirt Track

An afternoon spent with a NASCAR nation pastime. We even got hot dogs and beer! Two of the contestants were young women–they are both 16.

Waiheke Disc Golf


Waiheke Tennis


Onetangi Sports Park


Waiheke Mountain Biking

WMBC is a nonprofit organisation, we are here for creation and strategy of Mountain Bike single track throughout Waiheke for use by residents and visitors to Waiheke Island. The club is made up from volunteers from the local community, to date the track building team has put many hours in the bush with lots of trees, sun, sweat, tears and some great riding. The WMBC is a very go ahead volunteer group for the community recognised by the Auckland City Council.

We encourage the community to get out and enjoy the spaces around Waiheke Island whilst doing a positive exercise for the body. This is a first for the Waiheke community and with thanks the Auckland City Council for providing funding and support for the development of the tracks at the Onetangi Sports Park.  Part of the development funds were set aside for planting trees which the club had now funded and planted over 150 native trees which has been landscaped into the family track. More here ..

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Waiheke is a great place to visit if you want a revitalizing break. This place has so much to offer to tourists such as breathtaking scenery, excellent accommodations, exciting activities and more. So take budget flights to New Zealand and go here now!