Mon, Dec 27, 2021 7:46 AM

Year in sport: Ingham notches ton, Delaney’s dominance.

Nelson Giant Tom Ingham brought up one hundred appearances for his beloved franchise against the Bulls in July. Photo: Shuttersport

Jonty Dine

Another year disrupted by a global pandemic however there was still plenty of sport played in 2021. Sports Reporter Jonty Dine looks back at some of the season highlights.

1.Fan favorite reaches century
Nelson Giant Tom Ingham made his 100th appearance for his beloved franchise during their 119-85 win over the Franklin Bulls in Nelson in July.
“As a kid in the stands watching the Giants for all those years and then to celebrate 100 games with my own family and friends in the stands was pretty special. This club means a lot to me.” Born and bred in Nelson, Tom grew up idolising the likes of Phil Jones and Ed Book.
“I have so many memories sitting in the stands of Phil Jones dominating to a Tony Ramden tip in on the buzzer to beat Wellington and obviously the 2007 championship. I was their biggest fan before I was a player that’s for sure.”
After 100 games Tom is hopeful to play 100 more and of breaking a 14-year championship drought.

Zohrab’s secure second crown
Athletic College Old Boys won back-to-back Tasman Premier League titles in 2021, following superb all-round performances from the Zohrab twins. ACOB cruised to a six-wicket victory at Saxton Oval against the Marlborough Falcons. Batting first, the visitors found themselves a in a deep hole at 53/6, before the tail wagged just enough to give the Falcons something to bowl to. After almost single handedly winning the 2020 TPL title with his stunning spell of 5/19 in 2020, Thomas Zohrab backed that up this season with another dominant display. He was incredibly economical, conceding just 12 runs from his 10 overs and picking up two wickets. Twin brother David was equally difficult to get away, just 18 runs coming from his ten overs. The Zohrab's inflicted further pain with the bat, each scoring half centuries and sharing a 92-run partnership. David would finish unbeaten on 60 as ACOB reached the target of 142/4 in 37.4 overs. The Zohrab’s say they thrive when batting together, with their mutual game understanding highly in-sync.

Thomas and David Zohrab in action for Athletic College Old Boys during the 2021 TPL final. Photos: Chris Symes/Shuttersport
Thomas and David Zohrab in action for Athletic College Old Boys during the 2021 TPL final. Photos: Chris Symes/Shuttersport

Mako come agonisingly close
The Tasman Mako had its quest for a hat-trick of titles foiled at the hands of Waikato in November going down in the Premiership final, 23-20 in a thriller. It began with a fairytale season, an unbeaten run to an inaugural premiership title in 2019. The Mako followed this up with a gritty effort against a highly-favoured Auckland side to go back-to-back last season. However, a third consecutive crown has eluded the side in a season where the squad was ravaged by injury and depleted through All Blacks duty. Not to mention the constant uncertainties and disruptions as a result of Covid-19, the Mako can be proud of its stellar season. Written off by many after being soundly defeated in the shield challenge and only just scraping into the playoffs, the Mako peaked at the perfect time, producing two near-flawless performances against Wellington, Hawke's Bay before falling to the Moo-loo's.

Blind bowler goes back-to-back.
Steve Delaney from the Stoke Bowling Club defended his national blind bowls title in January. Steve won the National B3/B4 Singles title for vision-impaired players edging out Dunedin’s Kerrin Wheeler 21-18 in a titanic final at the Sunnybrae Bowling club in Glenfield. To win he had to break an 18-all deadlock and achieved it in the next end by scoring a three at the Summerset National Singles and Pairs Championships. The victory backed up Steve's 2020 win over 84-year-old Heather Smale in a fiercely fought three-hour final in Hamilton. Steve suffers from a genetic disorder called retinitis pigmentosa. While a normal eye will have 120 degrees of vision in each, Steve's is down to less than ten. He was diagnosed at just 26-years-old and there is no cure. Despite the adversity, Steve is setting his sights on representing the Blindjacks national blind bowls team.

Stoke bowler Steve Delaney with his guide dog Sally. Photo: Jonty Dine.
Stoke bowler Steve Delaney with his guide dog Sally. Photo: Jonty Dine.