It took a while for the 48 Boccia participants to shake off
the holiday lethargy at the annual Cerebral Palsy Society
Holiday Pairs Tournament, held over the weekend at Papatoetoe’s
Allen Brewster Centre-15th & 16th of January.
The skills on the first day could be described as somewhat
rusty with a large dose of enthusiasm. The enthusiasm was
still there on the second day but the skill level had improved
out of sight.
The handicapped system proved a winner, as all games were
evenly matched, especially on the second day where players
qualified for the Cup, Plate or Bowl divisions.
Sean (and his court partner Clare Jensen) gained bragging
rights, in the Stamp family house hold when he beat his father,
Ian and veteran Rodney Art, in the Cup final.
It was girl power all the way in the Plate and Bowl play offs.
Anthea Hurst and Julieanne Preston were a great pairing winning
the Plate final with a lot of panache beating Fay Ngata and
In the Bowl division Kaylene Dobson and Jocelyn Brunt stormed
the field. In fact the final involved another family tussle
with Leonie Brunt and Jeremy Morriss just failing to topple
the Kaylene/Jocelyn combination. (Harvey Brunt faced the ignominy
of coming third in the plate with his partner Shannon Frahm)
The event is labelled a fun tournament and so it proved to
be, but there was per usual the competitive edge amongst the
It was great to have the support of the ASB volunteers who
quickly became part of the Boccia family. They even had a
go at taking on NZ Rep Maurice Toon and Ref co-ordinator Carol
Armstrong. Needless to say the Toon/ Armstrong combination
broke the bank and won the game. (see photos)
At the prize giving Reuben Ngata thoroughly deserved to receive
the Allways Mobility Services “Spirit of Boccia”
award for all his work in the back ground.
Oh yes, I have to mention my playing partner, newcomer Jade
Farrar, who definitely is going places in the Boccia world.
A word of advice though mate, I think you better pick better
support players if you want to further your career. Ha
SECTOR HAPPENINGS CLICK HERE
(updated 17th Jan 2011)
THE NEWS THAT WAS
Hi boccia players and potential boccia players. We are looking
to firm up our plans for 2011 and would appreciate your feedback
via a survey we would like you to complete. To go to the survey
WAIKATO RADIO EXPERIMENT
We are beginning a radio campaign in the Waikato to raise awareness
of the Society for people with CP and introduce them to our programmes.
This will culminate in a presentation at Wintec (City Campus,
Bill Gallagher Room) on Friday the 18th February, beginning at
5:30pm. It will be interesting to see how it all goes. For existing
members who would like to come along, we will be putting up a
registration form on this website in the first week of February.
Invitations to 60th
Celebrations and getThis&That (gTT) Invitation will be in members
letter boxes by the 23rd December. The celebration is in Auckland
on the 12th March 2011. This event will be a formal event, and
the Society will not be holding anything as big as this for another
It has been decided that members outside of Auckland can use their
gTT allocation ($200) to assist with their transport or accomodation
in Auckland. We hope
you can make it!
Click on the Cover to Download the November 2010 CP Review