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Hutt Men Take Their First Points in National League
Keri's Enjoying Hartwick College in US
Did You Recieve the Hutt Water Polo E-News ?
WANTED: Team Managers and Coaches
Becky's First Day of Teaching Today
Melanie, Megan, and Rachel in NZ Team to Italy
A New Year and a New Training Schedule
Fletcher Settled in the UK
Return of the King - A Royal Success
Under-14 Girls Grab Bronze Medal at Champs
Under-14 Boys Win Plate Section
Scott Selected as Assistant National U-15 Coach
Hutt Player to Captain National Womens Team
Four Hutt Boys in National Schoolboys Team

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Hutt Men Take Their First Points in National LeagueTop of Page
  23 Feb 2004, 8:52amitem # 88

Last Saturday saw a much improved senior mens' team take it to BOP Dolphins at their third National League game in Rotorua.

The team was down to 9 players for the first of their away games, however the return of Chris Naylor in the goal was a huge boost to the team both in moral and in defence.

With head coach Liz Burman overseas for refereeing commitments the replacement coach Glenn Benge led the guys through a methodical game plan that paid dividends from the opening quarter. Much emphasis was placed on defence leaving a frustrated BOP side unable to place the ball effectively in the hole. It was Chris Naylor's first appearance for several weeks having been sidelined with an injured hand, and he improved constantly throughout the game to return to his former strength as a top class goalie.

The Hutt team were firmly in front at the end of the first quarter at 4 goals to 1, however BOP were able to slot in 2 more goals from out wide in reply to an extra one from Hutt leaving the score at 5 goals to 3 in Hutts favour at half time.

During the third quarter Hutt placed the first goal of the quarter on the board to lead 6 to 3, however BOP rallied for the remainder of the quarter to put three more balls into the net to draw the score. Hutt placed another goal before the end of the quarter to leave the score marginally in their favour on the sound of the siren. A run of ejections during the quarter did not help Hutts efforts to maintain the lead.

Going into the final quarter, the team were primed by Glenn in the defence message again after a lapse in concentration during the previous 7 minutes and this time the message seemed to stick  with Hutt effectively shutting down every attempt by BOP to get within effective shooting distance. Only a lone outside attempt managed to slip pass Naylors hands in reply to a further 3 goals from Hutt to seal the game at 10 to 7 at full time.

Time out was called by Glenn at 35 seconds to go with Hutt possession in an effort to run in one more ball and close down the bonus point for BOP however a valiant attempt went astray with a wayward pass and it was not to be.

The following morning a return match was played and although it did not count for league points it was a well-contested game and gave Glenn the opportunity to refine some of the defence manoeuvrers used the night before. Chris Naylor by now had well and truly bedded in his goal keeping skills and deflected a number of attempts by BOP to net the ball. The game finished in Hutt's favour at 12 goals to 6.

Overall the team played superbly for what must surely be the youngest side in the league, demonstrating constant improvement to their skills and co-ordination. There will be  tough games ahead however we can expect to see some close and exciting play from this side over the next 2 months.

Goal scorers, Saturday 21st Feb.

Rotorua Aquatic Centre: Hutt 10 (B Pye 4, P Morrison 2, E Lui, E Flaunty, B Hudson, M Luttrell) BOP Geyser Dolphins 7 (R Williams 2, B Law 2, T Mutu, K Ruri Gardiner, L Olsen)

Keri's Enjoying Hartwick College in USTop of Page
  8 Feb 2004, 7:30amitem # 85

Hutt's Keri James is now studying at Hartwick College in up-state New York - the same college where Megan Thomson had previously been attending.

Keri was kind enough to send us a little note saying how things are going ....

Yeah I'm doing really good over here, just about to head out to California on Thursday with the team to play our first games of the season in San Diego and Los Angeles!!

I'm absolutely loving the polo here and it's gearing up to be a top season for us as well. Have been training really hard since last September when I first got here, preparing for the season!!!

I see heaps of Megan; she is my assistant coach here at Hartwick. As far as school goes, I'm currently just one of the many undecided freshman at the moment but looking in to the sociology and psychology fields. Haven't decided at the moment.

I love the school and the people here and am having a blast. Looking forward to coming home in June and playing the tournaments once again for Hutt!!!
Did You Recieve the Hutt Water Polo E-News ?Top of Page
  28 Jan 2004, 1:50pmitem # 81

Today, the first "Hutt Water Polo E-News" newsletter was emailed to everybody that we have email addresses for.

Did you recieve it ?

If not, drop an email to Glenn Benge and he'll send you today's E-News and ensure you receive future editions with no hassle.

Club members and their families are welcome to recieve this regular update via email.
WANTED: Team Managers and CoachesTop of Page
  28 Jan 2004, 1:43pmitem # 80

The Club is still looking for managers of various teams. We'd like to appoint people to these roles as soon as possible so the preparation can start early for the very busy year ahead.

The committee - most of who are current or past team managers - are well aware of the requirements and issues with this important role. So as a manager you will be well supported with:

  • Buddying: where less experienced managers are paired with an experienced manager to shorten the learning curve

  • Cost Templates: These are currently being developed and will outline all the types of costs that can be incurred on any team trip. In addition, our experienced team managers have got together to produce approximate budgets for team tournaments that may be held in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.
    These tools will be a great help for a manager when budgeting team costs.

  • Manager Coordinators: The committee has appointed two Manager Coordinators. They, John Wootton and Cheryl McGuinness, are very experienced team managers in their our right, and what they don't know about the role is not worth knowing. Check out John and Cheryl's Contact Details if you want to ask any questions before committing yourself

Ideally we'd like a "primary" manager as well as an assistant manager for each team. Also, when a team travels, it's best to have a couple of extra parents to help with transport, food and general player welfare. So there's no need to dive into the "deep end" as there are various roles under the umbrella of team management that you may want to consider.

The club is also looking to fill the gaps in a couple of coaching roles. If you're more suited to this type of role, then we'll happily consider your application as a coach.

Contact any of the Committee Members for a application form (manager or coach)
Becky's First Day of Teaching TodayTop of Page
  27 Jan 2004, 10:35pmitem # 82

Display image in the 2003 5th FINA Junior World Women's Water Polo Championships gallery.
Becky, with NZL Junior Women Calgary, Aug 2003
Becky McGuinness - one of Hutt's colourful characters and current NZ Womens representative - capped of 3 years of study today by starting her first day teaching at Nae Nae Intermediate.

Becky attained her Bachelor of Education at the Wellington College of Education and after her first day on the job she says she's enjoying the challenge.

Unfortunately Becks had to withdraw from the NZ Womens Team, that will be travelling to Italy in February, as the required 3 weeks off from her new class would've been unfair on her students.

Welcome to the workforce Becks and good luck at Nae Nae - where incidentally one of our Manager Coordinators on the committee, John Wootton, spent time teaching before taking on the Principal position at Korokoro school.

Melanie, Megan, and Rachel in NZ Team to ItalyTop of Page
  22 Jan 2004, 1:32pmitem # 74

Three Hutt players have been selected in the National Womens team that will participate in the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament from 23 ? 29 February 2004 in Imperia, Italy:

 * Melanie von Hartitzsch
 * Megan Thomson
 * Rachel Coulter

Hutt's Liz Burman has been selected as the NZ referee to attend the tournament.

In December last year, the NZ team lost a test series against Australia which decided the continental representative from Oceania for the Athen Olympics. But we have another chance to qualify at the Italian tournament, where we'll be competing against Spain, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands and Russia.

The NZ team's first game is against Italy on 23rd Feb and need to finish on the top 4 to qualify for Athens.

Big conragts on your selection ladies and good luck in Imperia.

See full details of : 2004 Womens Olympic Qualification

A New Year and a New Training ScheduleTop of Page
  21 Jan 2004, 2:17pmitem # 75

* * * Happy New Year * * *

.. and to welcome the new year, Head Coach Liz Burman has devised a new Training Schedule for all age groups - starting February 9th.

The new program features:

  • Separating the under-14 and Junior Development Squads with JDS being moved to Sundays
  • Training times allocated for the Senior Teams (mens and womens) competing in the National League.
  • Other age groups allocated appropriate practice sessions to maintain their skills and fitness

Check out the Practice Times page for full details.

Fletcher Settled in the UKTop of Page
  24 Dec 2003, 10:34amitem # 73

ex-Hutt player, Fletcher Goldsworthy sends the following message:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from the United Kingdom's newest
permanent resident!... well I say newest, there were about 200 other people in the queue on Friday - Kiwis, Aussies, Indians, Afghans, Somalis... budge up Britain!

So my end of year report card this year will unfortunately say under
communication: 'must try harder' - but I will and I hope to see or speak to you all very soon. Have a good holiday!

Lots of kisses, love, and hugs to most, and strong manly handshakes to the rest!

See you real soon.
Return of the King - A Royal SuccessTop of Page
  23 Dec 2003, 8:18pmitem # 72

2003 LOTR Return of the King Screening

Last night a major club fundraiser was touted a huge success.

The club secured a pre-Christmas session for a showing of The Return of the King - the third of the Lord of the Rings movies - at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington.

Hard working committee and club members sold over 700 tickets resulting in a full house of eager movie goers anticipating a special night as we mingled in the foyer of the recently renovated Embassy.

With 100mm film format, a huge screen and a world class sound system, the Embassy didn't hold back in delivering 3 hours and 15 minutes of pure entertainment. The audience erupted into spontaneous applause as the end credits rolled - testimony to the quality of what we just witnessed.

In the words of Gollum/Smeagol:
"master, we's thinks the Hutt Clubs did good works, we's do"

Under-14 Girls Grab Bronze Medal at ChampsTop of Page
  15 Dec 2003, 10:47pmitem # 77

The Hutt Girls team grabbed the bronze medal at the recent National Under-14 Championships held in Christchurch.

Hutt were the title holders in this event from last year and this year's girls played well against a very competitive field with 15 teams entered from throughout the country.

With wins over Waitakere (10-2) and BOP Rotorua (7-4) and a loss to Harbour City (2-3), the Hutt girls went into the cross-overs finishing 2nd in their group.

On day 3 they lost their next two games against the two eventual finalists - Northsport A (1-6) and Marist Red (1-6). In the Bronze medal match our girls easily accounted for QE II A 5-2.

Well done girls :-
Jessica Fabish, Brooke Pye, Caitlyn Duffy, Jade Enoka, Lauren Millar, Hannah O?Shea, Michele Gunn, Georgia Logan, Aimee Ross, Roxanne Taggart, Becky Wainwright, Charlotte Wainwright.

Lauren Hudson coached the team, with Managers Angela Enoka, and Judith Millar. Glenn Benge accompanied the team as the club referee.
Under-14 Boys Win Plate SectionTop of Page
  15 Dec 2003, 10:02pmitem # 78

Our Hutt boys - a team filled with raw talent - finished a credible 9th by winning the Plate Section at the recent Under-14 National Championships.

With previous tournament wins over both Harbour City and Maranui (who both finished in the top 8), our boys were unlucky to finish 9th. Big improvements were demonstrated throughout the tournament with all the boys benefiting from the match-ups against tough opposition.

Guys, keep up the good work:
Tamati Morrison, Adam Pye, John Gatfield, Liam Gilmer, Jordan Wairau, Sam Pomare, Isaac Taggart, Tom McGuinness, Mike McJorrow, Stephen Macris, Sam Turner, Andrew Davidge, Travis Edwards

Coach: Scott James
Manager: Linda Pye
Asst Manager: Linda Morrison
Scott Selected as Assistant National U-15 CoachTop of Page
  10 Dec 2003, 11:11pmitem # 79

Hutt's Scott James was selected as an assistant coach to travel with the two National Under-15 Boys teams who start a short tour of Queensland next week.

Scott has been a dedicated coach within the club over the last 4-5 years and has progressed his coaching through our junior teams. This recognition at the national level is well-deserved for his hard work.

He'll bring back valuable experience that'll be applied to his next team coaching assignments within the club.

Well done Scott !

See full details of : 2003 NZ Under-15 Queensland Tour

Hutt Player to Captain National Womens TeamTop of Page
  10 Dec 2003, 5:00pmitem # 71

Our own Megan Thomson has been named captain of the NZ Womens team that will play an Olympic Qualification series against current Olympic champions Australia in Auckland this coming weekend.

Megan has travelled home from New York - her base for the last 3 years - to play in the series. She believes that the New Zealand Women will be competitive against the Australians:

"We have to believe in ourselves and know that we can foot it with them.  We desperately want to go to the Olympics and will be giving it everything we've got".

Three other Hutt members are also playing in the national team - a fantastic achievement for the club:

  • Rebecca McGuinness
  • Melanie von Hartitzsch
  • Rachel Coulter

All three tests are being played at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health in Albany, Auckland.  The first test is on 12 December at 7:30pm.  The second test Saturday 13 December at 7:30pm and the third test Sunday 14 December at 12:00noon.

The winner of the series will be the Oceania continental representative at the Athens Olympics, the losing team has a second chance to qualify at a further tournament in Italy, February next year.

Four Hutt Boys in National Schoolboys TeamTop of Page
  1 Dec 2003, 11:01amitem # 70

For the first time ever, four Hutt members have made the NZ Schoolboys team - a huge congratulations to:

  • Ben Pye
  • Paora Morrison
  • Chris Naylor
  • Eamon Lui

The team will participate in a tri-series against their Australian and South African counter-parts, in Sydney 16 - 22 Dec 2003.

Well done guys and good luck in Sydney.

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