Eastern Courier : January 6th 2016
Sport stuff.co.nz BEN HILL firstname.lastname@example.org Logan Kinnear and Steph Tabaillou may share an address but they differ on where their Aussie Rules loyalties lie. The flatmates play for rival clubs in the Auckland Australian Football League, Kinnear for Pakuranga and Tabaillou for University. University is one of the league’s more established clubs, having won the competition last season, while fledgling Pakuranga was founded four years ago and are in a development phase. Both men agree the rivalry is good-natured. ‘‘It’s pretty good having him around actually,’’ Kinnear says. ‘‘It’s handy because you can ask questions of a guy who has coaches with a bit more experience and plays in a good system and then you can learn from it.’’ Kinnear jokes his flatmate should ‘‘just come play for us’’. Tabaillou has a soft spot for Pakuranga given it’s where he plays rugby in the winter. ‘‘I do have some allegiance to them, and I’ll go down if they’re playing earlier than us and see how they’re going.’’ He believes there is an increas- ing parity in the Auckland club competition. ‘‘Some of the traditionally lessdominant clubs have really stepped up, they’re always showing up with young guys who are keen to learn the game and that pushes the likes of us and Waitakere.’’ Kinnear says Pakuranga’s biggest block to competing at a higher level is getting enough players regularly involved. ‘‘Last year we beat Waitakere ‘Therapeutic’ sport for Rani Nor-west News editor Rani Timoti whips into learning her next sport - Disc Golf. She loves the sociable side of chatting to other players as she learns the techniques of the challenging yet cruisy recreational pursuit. A Kiwi tradition of throwing a frisbee around is catching the flight of my fancy. I’ve taken on the growing sport of Disc Golf, aka Frisbee Golf. Unlike golf where my most enjoyable experience was walking the greens, I find this sport therapeutic. Maybe because I’m still walk- ing some picturesque parks and getting fresh air, but not lugging around a bag of golf clubs – just a few discs. The Auckland Disc Golf Park, part of the Woodhill Mountain Bike Park, is surprisingly still a workout though – it’s got twists, turns and spins – but you go at your pace. No-one is breathing down your neck if you’re trying to hit a golf ball down the fairway – everyone we meet encourages you, has a laugh and even stops to give technique tips. The bonus is the sociable sport brings thrills for all age groups and abilities. Everyone was just doing their own thing, waiting until their turn for the baskets and pointing out the next tee off for newbies. My husband Trevor is now hooked and so far has bought 19 discs from Woodhill, regularly playing up there. A life-long avid sportsman of anything and everything, he is a perfectionist. He’s even scored an ace, like a hole-in-one, in his short spell. ‘‘I like watching the disc fly. When you get it to the right spot and then have the right throw it’s awesome,’’ he says. I’m no perfectionist, so I’m pretty hopeless. But I’m having a good time and actually seeing some improvement after two 18 hole games. If it was the usual golf I’d be looking for a feed and a cuppa after the 9th. Haydn Shore of Waimauku is a player, coach and organiser of disc golf events. ‘‘All Kiwis played with frisbees at some time in their lives,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a Kiwi tradition.’’ when we had a full team, but it’s hard when you don’t have reserves or you have guys that have never played before and you’re trying to teach them the game right before you play.’’ AFL New Zealand community manager Tom O’Keefe says get- ting the game into schools is a key factor in increasing participation. ‘‘From our point of view we’re creating a pathway where players can come into that league. ‘‘After playing in high school when they turn 18 they can then slot nicely into the Auckland AFL competition.’’ The past two seasons Tabaillou has played for the Auckland representative team. But now he’s put himself forward for a new national competition – the AFL New Zealand Premiership – beginning next year. Flatmates Logan Kinnear, left, and Steph Tabaillou play for rival Auckland Australian Football League clubs. PHOTO: BEN HILL/ FAIRFAX NZ JANUARY 6, 2016, EASTERN COURIER 11 Aussie Rules rivalry starts at home There are disc choices galore from drivers to putters to progress Rani Timoti’s Disc Golf game. The other beauty is it’s free to play on all NZ disc golf courses. At Woodhill, there are four dis- tances for beginner, intermediate, long course and extreme levels, complete with pars, tee boxes, maps and baskets. They also cater for varying attention spans. The discs are also specially designed to be used as drivers, putters, fairway drivers and cost as little as $20. There are discs to hire from only $5 at the onsite shop. A bag and some discs and you’re away for a game of disc golf- an easy and accessible sport to play at free disc golf parks.
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