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A record field will take part in the New Zealand
Veteran Golfers Association s 30th annual inter-
national tournament, this year being held at
Napier s Maraenui Golf Club during Art Deco
The week-long 2012 New Zealand International
Seniors tournament will host 152 players, includ-
ing golfers from Scotland, England, Spain, Aust-
ralia, Canada, Fiji, Hong Kong and Singapore,
along with a large contingent from New Caledo-
Half the field are New Zealand seniors with
players travelling mostly from the North Island,
joined by a few Cantabrians.
The tournament, from February 12 to 17,
includes 18 holes of qualifying followed by seeded
match play in groups of 16, consistent with format
of the tournament over the past 30 years.
Hawks stars' dream real
Experience: HBS Bank Hawks coach Paul Henare and his player captain Paora Winitana
have established a basketball academy for promising Hawke's Bay junior players, to
officially open February 20.
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
As team-mates, HBS Banks Hawks coach
Paul Henare and Paora Winitana helped
deliver one of Hawke s Bay s proudest
sporting moments -- the 2006 national
Now the two former Tall Blacks are
intent on delivering Hawke s Bay its next
generation of basketball stars.
The inaugural Paul Henare and Paora
Winitana Basketball Academy will be
officially launched on February 20, with
long-time Hawke s Bay basketball sup-
porter Kevin Atkinson and his company
IMS Payroll on board as the naming
After a number of selection trials, the
region s 36 most promising male and
female basketballers between 12 and 18
years will be announced in the academy s
inaugural intake on February 13.
Twelve players each will be selected
from Napier, Hastings and Flaxmere.
Each group will receive hands-on atten-
tion from the two basketball heroes over
26 weeks in early morning training
sessions at Napier Boys High, Hastings
Sports Centre and Flax Rock adventure
A place in the academy, which aims to
groom players for life on and off the court,
would normally cost $1150 but Henare
and Winitana are covering the costs of all
36 players in the academy s inaugural
We don t want to place any financial
pressure on families, so they won t have
to pay a cent, said Winitana, who is the
new Hawks captain this season.
Their payment is their commitment as
a family to the academy s values and
standards that we ve set [that are] very
high but very achievable, said Winitana,
a Mormon bishop who did not play in the
Hawks grand final loss to Wellington last
year because it fell on a Sunday.
Second-year Hawks coach Henare is
currently finalising contract negotiations
with players scattered around the
country and in the United States for the
Along with Winitana, his only con-
firmed signings so far were Morgan
Natanahira and Ben Hill, with their
opening game only weeks away on March
2. He said the academy would focus on
identifying, developing and keeping
promising basketballers in the region so
Hawks teams will boast more home-
grown talent in future.
That s the hope but there s also the
bigger picture: getting them into the
Hawks, playing for the Tall Blacks or Tall
Ferns or overseas and then who knows,
maybe a big contract in the NBA, he
Henare and Winitana said they were
thrilled with the sponsorship help from
IMS Payroll and Kevin Atkinson, a pre-
vious owner of the Hawks franchise.
Atkinson said he wanted to support
Henare s and Winitana s vision.
The HBS Bank Hawks' first game of the
season is at home at Pettigrew Green
Arena against the Southland Sharks on
Friday, March 2 at 7pm.
side ready for 7s
Raring to go: Some of Havelock North
Rugby Club's women's team set to
compete in the Hawke's Bay Sevens
rugby tournament in Waipukurau later
this month (Front, L to R) Sarah King,
Breone Lay, Jamiee Edwards, (back
row) manager Selena Eastham,
Summer Logan, co-coach Campbell
Johnston, Seraan Logan, and
Havelock North Rugby Club is re-
entering the fray of women s rugby,
starting with this month s Hawke s
Bay Sevens rugby tournament in
Waipukurau on February 18.
It had been at least a decade since
Havelock North last entered a
women s team in the tournament.
The club would also be entering its
first ever women s team in the 2012
Hawke s Bay 15-a-side club compe-
tition, starting in March.
With Havelock North claiming the
Black and White shield for the past
three consecutive years as the Bay s
strongest club, team manager Selene
Eastham said it was only fitting the
club should field a women s team in
Absolutely it is -- it will be great
to get a few more women around the
I don t think we ve entered the
sevens tournament in about 15
years," she said.
The team is being prepared by co-
coaches Campbell CJ Johnston and
Manu Petera. There are also men s
and U20 colts grades at the sevens
tournament inWaipukurau on
Saturday, February 18.
A total of around 40 teams entered
last year, playing nearly 70 games
across three fields.
Action normally started at about
10am with finals played around
6.30pm, he said. The public is wel-
come to attend, entry $5 for adults.
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