Thursday, 26 December 2013

Amazing Queenstown

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This years journey south to Timaru involved a change of route through Queenstown. The first time we had been there as a family since Jack was a baby.  We only had 4 days but they massively enjoyed – all agreed we needed to put QT on the regular visit roster.  There was much debate about what the boys would forgo to get back here more regularly.

The Luge and Shotover jet were obvious favorites.. but just hanging out around the town was fun in itself.  Boys had a couple of swims in the lake which at around 7 degrees C would have been quite refreshing. 

We did some cool walks and drives which I’ll post about separately.

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Monday, 2 December 2013

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Takapuna J3 vs Northcote Aug 03, 2013

A very very tense game today against the arch-rivals Northcote. Both teams 4 tries a piece and only separated by conversion. Win to Takapuna. Phew.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Another Foot

Another weekend of school sport behind us..  with narrow loss to Westlake. 

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Takapuna Football Year 10


Jack sends a great long range shot across the goal mouth which just misses the left post.. it would have been great goal. For me this was the highlight of Takapuna's 3 - zip loss today against local Northcote College. It was good to see Jack back on the football field where he is definitely more at home than he was at than rugby.  Takapuna have a great coach and I'm looking forward to seeing how the season progresses.



Monday, 27 May 2013

James' Hockeying

My parents, Ray and Ros, met through their shred interests in hockey.. As a young kid I remember spending many a weekend causing mischief on the sidelines while mum or dad were playing.  This never materialised into an active interest in the sport for me so I was quite amused and even a little moved when James decided this year that he wanted to play hockey through his school, Northcote Primary.

Have to say that as a parent is a pretty nightmarish experience with some 200 or more kids playing every 30 minutes at Rosedale park right on the Auckland rush-hour peak. Hopefully this will get better as he gets older.  Even so James is hooked and claims Hockey is favourite sport at the moment

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Rugby Seasion 2013 Kicks Off

Rugby Season has started and this year both Henry and James are in the same team.. its a weight thing. Makes life easy for games and training.  Jack has gone back to football for his winter sport.. he seems to think it will fit better around his rowing prep.. we'll see.  So far we had good start to the season but don't think that Takapuna J3 will have as easy a run as they did in J4 last year.  Let the fun and games begin.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Maadi Cup History

The Maadi Cup is the prize for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Boys' Under 18 Rowing Eights. More colloquially, it is the name given to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Regatta, at which the Maadi Cup is raced. The regatta is the largest school sports event in the Southern Hemisphere and is held alternatively at Lake Karapiro in the Waikato region, and Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel.
The top prizes at the regatta are the Maadi Cup, Springbok Shield, Levin Jubilee Cup, Dawn Cup and Star Trophy.
During World War II, members of the 2nd NZEF based at Maadi Camp in Egypt competed in regattas on the Nile against local Egyptian rowing clubs. At a regatta held on 20 November 1943 the Maadi Camp Rowing Club "Kiwi" oarsmen beat the Cairo River Club by 11 points to six to win the Freyberg Cup, which they then gifted to the competitors. In return, as a token of friendship, Youssef Baghat presented the Kiwis with a cup. Youssef Baghat's cup was offered to the NZARA (now NZRA) as a trophy for an annual boys' eight-oared race between secondary schools and was brought to New Zealand at the end of the war.
Only 14 schools have ever won the cup, with Wanganui Collegiate School the most successful, having won it 17 times.