On Helena Bay Hill, the charming road meanders to harmonized ocean views. Salt air wind-psalms move, tickling aromas of home.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.8.12~
Sports Watch News: Kiwis in action on day 13 of the Olympics in London, Thursday night to Friday morning NZT.
7.30pm Men’s hockey play-off for ninth (Black Sticks v Argentina)
8.00pm Men’s decathlon 110m hurdles (Brent Newdick)
8.55pm Men’s decathlon discus (Newdick)
11.55pm Men’s decathlon pole vault (Newdick)
5.30an Men’s decathlon javelin (Newdick)
8.20am Men’s decathlon 1500m (Newdick)
9.35pm K2 500m final (Lisa Carrington, Erin Taylor)
11pm Women’s 470 – medal race (Jo Aleh, Olivia Powrie).
Cycling – BMX
1500 Quarter-finals – men (Marc Willers, Luke Pickard)
List: NZN-3. Good luck. Go hard!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.8.12~
Top Ten Most Popular Topics:
2. Sports Horiwood
3. New Zealand
4. Sports Psychology
5. Sports Talent Management
6. World News
8. Entertanment Celebrity News
9. Olympic Games
(Ridiculous, cos I’m really not that sporty!).
[Most downloaded image: Miley Cyrus & Bret Michaels: Cowboy Hats recording sessions flow. Studio City, California].
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
7. Andy Murray
Sports pick: Best gymnist in the world. Aly Raisman of Needham Massacheusetts, USA. Piers Morgan feature.
Ten Trending Themes:
1. Prince Harry
2. Dwayne The Rock Johnson
3. Taylor Lautner
4. Serena Williams
5. Taylor Kitsch
6. “All Black” Chandelier
7. “Kiwi models”
8. Lisa Marie Presley
9. “Mt Tongariro”
10. Celine Dion
New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale.
New Trends Online:
1. Aly Raisman & Usaine Bolt-WashPo
2. US women’s basketball team-Chicago Tribune
3. Misty May-Treanor-USA Today
4. Marvin Hamlisch–New York Times
5. Alex Morgan–USA Today
6. Kirani James–Reuters
8. Andy Murray–WashPo
9. McKayla Maroney–USA TODAY
10. Lolo Jones-ABC7Chicago
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.8.12~
New Zealand drew with Germany in the hockey. The draw was enough to advance the Kiwi team in London.
The NZH writes: “Nobody outside of New Zealand seriously contemplated that the New Zealand black sticks women’s hockey team would advance from a group including Argentina, Germany and Australia.
“The sport has built up over this past week and non-hockey people are watching it and it’s great for the sport and great for New Zealand,” Kayla Sharland said.
On balance, Germany were the better side in their 0-0 draw, but a huge helping of grit and a dash of good fortune kept New Zealand in it. Bianca Russell played her part too, making 11 saves.
“It is the best, touchwood, we have defended at a tournament,” Hager said.
“It would be more pleasing if we could put our chances away up the other end and take a bit of pressure off our defence, but at this stage our defence is doing well.”
The match started at 8.30am local time. Hager said he planned to let the girls “stay on a high” for the rest of the day before he brought them back down to earth to start preparing for either the Netherlands or Great Britain on Thursday (NZT).
For interest sake to this team’s branding and sports endorsements prospect ahead on their return back to New Zealand.
The no.1 athlete from New Zealand that’s rated on the website today in terms of global popularity is Charlotte Harrison. If that kid doesn’t get a sports endrosement deal or three on her return, there’s something seriously wrong with sports finding the right star endorsers in this country.
Though I do like Kayla’s grunt on the field. One of my mates when I was a youth worker was Janine Reid many years ago now. Neenie, was so committed to hockey she breathed the sport in her sleep and lived for the next bruise. Weird fun!
Maybe a new fruit and vege distribution company from New Zealand’s agricultural sector, can throw Harrison a contract, to sell produce into Germany and Europe, and give Turners and Growers a run for their buck, when exporting NZ produce. Now there’s a thought! :)
Also how can Harrison and Sharland parlay their star profiles to spread their media glow across their fellow team mates at this time. You know, kinda create a team of ‘individual’ stars too. :)
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Headlines making a blast at this time too, back home are: Tongariro erupts, alert level raised. & Olympics: Valerie Adams safely through in shot put.
[Captain Fanny Rinne of Germany and Charlotte Harrisonof New Zealand challenge for the ball during the Women's Hockey match between Germany and New Zealand on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Riverbank Arena Hockey Centre on August 6, 2012 in London, England. August 5, 2012
- Source: Daniel Berehulak - Getty Images Europe].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.8.12~
Apparently, we have “marked August 3rd 2012 as a golden Olympics moment of New Zealand sport for the history books.”
It has been a magical day on the water for our rowing athletes. On the global stars front, Whangarei City’s Charlotte Harrison was popular today too, shimmying her way into the top ten twice today!
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
1. Kofi Annan
2. Blacks Sticks vs Argentina hockey match
3. Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson
4. Carly Ray Jepsen
5. Charlotte Harrison
6. Rugby football’s Daniel Carter
7. China’s Ye Shewin
8. Hockey’s Charlotte Harrison
9. Hope Solo, Ryan Loche, Serena Williams – Vogue cover
10. Rower Mahe Drysdale
~Photo – Brett Phibs. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.8.12~
[Photo caption: Black Sticks players Anita Punt, Cathryn Finlayson, Charlotte Harrison and Samantha Harrison are ready for their close up. Ye-ah! Photo: Peter Meecham - Fairfax Media, courtesy of Stuff]
In Olympics hockey sports news, Cathryn Finlayson of the Black Sticks Women’s hockey team struck the win against Australia. Final score 1-zero to New Zealand.
Canoe Slalom: Tauranga’s Mike Dawson advances to the semi-final @ Lee Valley. Cycling: Linda Villumsen -18th place in the 140km road race. Equestrian: Mark Todd to lie third overall on 39.10 points in dressage. Andrew Nicholson is 21st on 45.00 points. Caroline Powell on Lenamore - 52.2o penalty points to sit tied for 43rd. Football: Chris Wood: Olywhites 1-1 with Egypt at Old Trafford. Rowing – Lightweight double scullers: Storm Uru and Peter Taylor finish second in their heat to make the semi-final. Woot! Julia Edward and Louise Ayling are third in their fast heat and must contest Tuesday’s repechage. Sailing: Finn sailor Dan Slater lies seventh at racing in Weymouth. Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner sit 13th. Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt win one and lose one. Swimming: Lauren Boyle is off the pace in the 400m freestyle final, swimming a much slower time than the NZ record she posted in qualifying to finish eighth. Swimming: Backstroker Gareth Kean last in 100m semi-final. Qualifying 14th. Daniel Bell finished 30th with shoulder injury. Matthew Stanley doesn’t qualitfy in the 200m freestyle semi-finals, although recorded the 18th fastest heat time. Who doesn’t love Melissa Ingram in the pool too? Tennis: Marina Erakovic‘s had rain delays against Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak.
Good luck to our Kiwi athletes. And thanks TVNZ for keeping us up with the play.
More Cathryn Finlayson news at The Hindu. Best morning news reporting: Pippa Wetzell. She’s got the smarts and the Te Reo friendly excellence all going on too. Too much Kiwi Model Citizen-ness fierce onscreen all humbly disguised and downplayed, as Te News! Love it. :)
Good luck to our Stormy Taylor peoples!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.7.12~
At the moment, New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, is the no.1 most voted athlete on the blog.
Also kicking in to do their bit for New Zealand’s bid at the London Olympics 2012 are Northland’s Harrison whanau of The Black Sticks. The sisters from Ngapuhi Iwi are pretty spesh.
Give it the Northland herbs! Good luck. :)
Andrew Saville has the coverage.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.7.12~
While high profile Maori leaders like Sir Eddie Drurie and also their own people, are battling to export their water products to the world from specific water sources (and fix their leaky taps situation), Charlotte Harrison and Sam Harrison are prepping for an Olympics show down.
The stunning Northland family of top athletes are Olympics fit for the New Zealand’s Black Sticks hockey team.
Sign us all up for the Harrison fan club of the Ngapuhi Iwi Maori tribe of NZ. And go Te Taitokerau and Kiwi athletes in London 2012 representing Aotearoa New Zealand with their fun team.
Harrison smart water on the hockey field? That would work in the USA.
The Harrisons are from Te Tai Tokerau Northland, their waka is Ngatokimatawhaorua. Their home is the birthplace of a nation, the place where New Zealand’s founding document was signed. Good ambassadors are these girls of that. Good luck! :)
News reel, Te Karere News team. Photo: The Black Sticks Women’s Hockey Team 2012, Photosport.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
A good interview this morning on local TV was beautician and star hockey player bombshell, Charlotte Harrison on the Good Morning Show. The show’s promo blurb says: Two of New Zealand’s young Olympic hopefuls, Black Stick hockey team’s Charlotte Harrison and decathlete Brent Newdick, are in the studio to talk about their sports, their dreams and the nervous wait.
Go represent! Good luck. Click on pic to view video.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.
If you walk into any cornerstore dairy you will see that rugby football players have little cardboard demi-god cutouts made out in the sporting likeness selling icrecream… like hokey pokey trumpets, for example.
Well… lads, step aside, because the girls of New Zealand hockey are about to take over the icecream sales market, Rachel Hunter styles I think. Check out these three. Left to right – sisters Charlotte and Samantha Harrison celebrate their bronze medal win over Korea with team mate Anita Punt.
Reporting by Kristen Edge notes: “When Northland’s six history-making hockey girls return home they’re expecting a hard time at Customs – they may get a frisking from security when they set off metal detectors with their haul of medals.
The victorious Black Sticks side claimed bronze at the Champions Trophy international women’s hockey tournament in the Netherlands yesterday morning (NZ time) thanks to a last-minute goal from Northland’s Charlotte Harrison.
Miss Harrison’s buzzer-beating strike saw the Black Sticks steal a 3-2 win in the bronze medal playoff against Korea, the first time a New Zealand team has medalled at the sport’s major showpiece outside of the Olympic Games.
Taking a break from celebrations yesterday in Amsterdam, 21-year-old Miss Harrison told the Northern Advocate the win was sinking in. (more…)