Manawatu Jets' new recruit has date with haka
New Manawatu Jets import Paul Jones needs to brush up on his New Zealand culture before he arrives next month for the NBL basketball season.
Jones, of Seattle, did know New Zealand was below Australia and had a 21-hour time difference from the United States, but he missed a trick when asked if he had ever seen a haka. "To my knowledge I have never met a haka," he said.
It might be up to Jets captain and naturalised New Zealander Nick Horvath to teach Jones a few things.
■ The widow of Bulls Bowling Club life member Ray Hazelwood said at his funeral on Saturday that he died with a smile on his face. Still an active bowler at 88, he had been with the club since 1951 and the club's pavilion was named after him.
He had also watched Bulls win the champion-of-champions triples last Sunday, the club's first men's centre title since it started in 1918. Sadly, he died suddenly the following day. He had been the greenkeeper at Bulls forever, a Manawatu doyen, and was runner-up at the 2012 Bowls New Zealand awards.
■ About 500 orienteers will come to Manawatu at Easter. The national championships will be staged during four days at venues as diverse as the Ohakea Air Force Base, Waikawa Beach, Santoft Forest and even a night event at Mt Lees. A year ago the Oceania World Cup orienteering carnival was held in Manawatu and Horowhenua.
■ Manawatu's Winter Olympian Shane Dobbin competes in his second and final event at Sochi in the early hours of Wednesday morning. This time it is the 10,000m speed skating in which the skaters go in pairs and are ranked on times. Dobbin held his lap times throughout the 5000m, which should bode well for the longer distance. He would be very happy with a top-10 finish.
■ Just when we figured we had heard of most sports, along sprouts another for the trivial pursuiters.
Coming to the oak trees at Mt Lees near Feilding next month is the regional tree-climbing competition in which New Zealand has the world champion, a woman from Hawera. There will be 30 climbers in action in five events - work climb, aerial rescue, throwline, footlock, and speed climb.
■ A Wellington sports team has done it again - left the trophy behind in the capital. Yesterday the Manawatu cricketers won the Tararua Shield final and the Hutt Valley team arrived without the shield. That's reminiscent of Wellington bowls and golf teams that have committed the same sins in the recent past.
■ Spotted caddying at the LawnMaster Golf Classic was none other than former international triathete Kris Gemmell. He was carrying the bag for North Shore golfer Brad Kendall, son of former Manawatu legend Owen. Gemmell had intended to caddy for Masterton pro Ben Campbell, but he diverted to Asia after qualifying for the final stage of Q School at Hua Hin in Thailand.