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NZC - Takapuna take out Men's Club Final
Monday 16 April 2012, 8:50AM By New Zealand Cricket 

Takapuna have been crowned victors of the National Men's Club Championships with a convincing 141 run win over St Albans in the final at Cornwall Park.
The result brought an end to the six day competition and saw the Auckland based club claim the title from last year's winning province, Christchurch.

Having beaten Takapuna during the round robin, St Albans once again got off to a good start by restricting a talented Takapuna batting line-up to just 92 for four after 23.1 overs.
The home side fought back however, with Jono Sole making a crucial 98 to help get his side to a total of 238 for nine after 50 overs.
St Albans got their chase off to a solid start at 33 without loss, but that was as good as it got for the Christchurch based team, as the Takapuna bowling attack got on top of them and never allowed St Albans to recover.
The match was then wrapped up quickly, with Takapuna tearing through the batting line-up and dismissing St Albans for 97 after 28.1 overs.

It is the first time that Takapuna have won the National Men's Cricket Club Championships.

We'd like to congratulate Takapuna on a great achievement. We hear great things about the club from early development and womens grades right through. A testiment to the good work of the Kanon Bowling Machines we hope :o)

Back Support Belts: 
Are They Material Handling Equipment? 
(As Published in 'Material Handling Equipment')

Companies' efforts to deal with problems such as absenteeism, compensation costs and worker satisfaction are encouraging them to look at a variety of new solutions.
Recently, back support belts have joined more traditional material handling equipment lines, such as lift tables and industrial manipulators, as possible ergonomic solutions to the problem of back injuries, especially CTDs.
"Until recently, I never thought about back support belts as being part of material handling," writes Bernie Knill, editor of Material Handling Engineering. "And I'm sure that the suppliers of back support belts didn't think about their product as material handling equipment," he adds.
"What back support belts do is compress the intra-abdominal muscles, thus providing support to the lower spine," Knill says.

Typically, material handling equipment has included conveyors, overhead cranes and lift trucks. Compared to them, back supports are a relatively new item.
"We in material handling should realize that mechanized systems don't always do 100 percent of the job," says Knill.
"Study after study confirms the concept; case history after case history proves the validity of using back supports in material handling applications," he continues.

Indications that back supports are assuming a new role, according to Knill, are:
The new partnership between material handling and ergonomics.
A focus by industry and OSHA on CTDs as opposed to accidents. 
OSHA's requirement that records be kept related to CTDs. This has extended the scope of investigation, data collection, analysis, Systems design and implementation by industrial engineers to CTD environments.

Knill writes he doesn't understand why it took so long for industry to collect and analyze data about back injuries and CTDs and then do something about it. He attributes some of this new emphasis to the total quality and continuous improvement movement, which contributes to health and safety in the workplace.

Takapuna no one-hit wonders by FELICITY REID  (Article from North Shore Times – April 1st 2011)

Proving they weren’t one season wonders Takapuna Cricket Club is the first to achieve back-to-back Hedley Howarth trophy titles.Last season Takapuna broke a 20-year drought when they easily claimed the Auckland club cricket two-day championship title and coach Neil Fletcher admits there was pressure to retain the silverware.“We snuck through the back door last year. But this season teams knew we were a reasonable side.”Takapuna got their two-day season off to a flying start with two outright victories in the opening two rounds against North Shore and Eden Roskil.We played really well at times and had not so good days in between,” Fletcher says of the nine-round season.With only one match getting any play on a soggy last day of the season, Takapuna held on to their slender lead at the top of the points table and became the only team in the competition to win successive titles.“It is the nature of cricket that days could get washed out during the season at the beginning, middle or the end, but it is the accumulation of points across the season that matter.”Fletcher points to a couple of individuals who played a big part in the team’s success – big hitting batsman Craig Cachopa and fast bowler James Cowell.With the retirement of frontline bowler Paul Hitchcock, Fletcher says Cowell stepped up to lead the attack and was rewarded with a season haul of 51 wickets.Picking up 17 batting bonus points when playing in front of their home fans at Onewa Domain, Takapuna made the most of their short boundaries and flat wicket.Cachopa – Fletcher describes him as having a “stellar season” – cashed in and became the top run scorer in the competition. The premier reserve side also claimed their two-day title with Fletcher saying the club is in good stead.
Is it perhaps no coincidence that Takapuna have two fantastic Kanon Ball Machines?

Gpact II Introduced
Rebound-suppressing gel finds its way into new sport shoes
April 5, 2010
"Our clients include shoe designers and manufacturers who are constantly testing and researching new, more effective materials to protect the feet and legs of their customers" - "particularly young athletes. In response to their quest for ideal shock-absorbing materials in skateboarder shoes, we have developed Gpact II, the next big thing in shoe technology".
Gpact II dramatically reduces rebound and subsequent multiple shock to the heels of skate jumpers. Gpact II is flexible and conforms to the shape of the heel, but stiffens instantly on impact, dissipating the shock impact traveling into the foot. View demonstration here.


U.S.-made Anti-Vibration Gloves
ANSI-certified Berry Amendment compliant gloves
April 5, 2010
Chase Ergonomics will soon provide U.S.-made anti-vibration gloves for sale to the military and government-contract markets requiring Berry Amendment-compliant products. The new line of gloves are based on our successful full-finger AV styles which use patented Gfôm® technology to meet or surpass ISO /ANSI anti-vibration glove testing requirements. Two full-leather gloves and one goatskin/Spandex warm weather glove are now available: Made in the USA of all USA materials. 

New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015