Everyone's singing praises of Manawatu impresarios

01:39, Jun 25 2012

When former boxer Monty Betham tweeted Aaron Smith, his message "dynamite comes in small packages" could have a had a double meaning.

Between Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden, they were the All Blacks' impresarios at Hamilton in conjunction with another magician called Sonny Bill Williams. Smith has had three tests of 57, 64 and 60 minutes to show his wares but Cruden has had just 18 and 23 minutes to display his uncanny nose for a gap and an offload.

No bets on one of them being the Manawatu sportsperson of the year. It might take a gold by one of our Olympians to bump them.



Emerging Manawatu rugby star Jason Emery can look forward to being part of the New Zealand under-20 team to France next year.


He was probably New Zealand's best at the junior world championship in South Africa. And it was the forwards' fault for losing the final to the Baby Boks, not the backs'. Emery won't turn 19 until September 21 and was the youngest player in the team. Kia Toa will be keen to see him back.



Manawatu's Emily Naylor has been named among the world's top nine hottie hockey players.

She is in a list drawn up by COED magazine and Emily's photo is an action shot of her playing the game. It is in stark contrast to that of the world's best player, Argentinian Luciana Aymar, who, along with two Dutch players, were obviously too hot at the time of the photo shoot. COED is an American entertainment and lifestyle magazine.



Palmerston North's Shayne Harris, as the MotorSport New Zealand president, has to be ready to travel.

Last week he flew to Paris for about two days for the meeting of the international body.

While there he watched part of the Le Mans 24-hour race but didn't catch up with Brendon Hartley because he was sleeping between drives for the Murphy Prototypes team.

Harris probably spent more time in the air than in France. Soon after he returned he had to fly to Auckland because his presence was demanded at the Rally of New Zealand. Someone has to do it!



Black Stick Cathryn Finlayson can be thankful to the New Zealand coaching staff for her new wedding dress. Originally from Levin, Finlayson was promised a new wedding dress by her grandfather if she made the Olympic squad and true to form, she now has a new one coming after she was named in the Olympic Games team last week.



Central Pulse goal defence Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit would be overworked if she were to play for all the sides that claim her.

Apart from her commitments in the ANZ Championship, she is on the Te Wananga o Raukawa Rahui team sheet in Manawatu premier netball every week, without playing for them, and now she has been named in the Southland Pearls national women's basketball team.

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