Northern News : January 21st 2015
SPORT Result to be proud of The Northland Men’s Sevens team returned home after competing at the Bayley’s National Men’s Seven held in Rotorua last weekend. The team finished sixth overall. Although it was not the result they were hoping for, beating Auckland convincingly to reach the plate semifinal was one of the many highlights of the season and tournament. Fast action: Northland Men’s Sevens player Corey Evers, with ball in hand, is supported by Levi Clark to his left and Noah Cooper in background. Second place: Kobie Scutt takes the silver medal for the 11-yearold boys shotput at the 2015 North Island Colgate Games. Silver shine for athletes Over 2000 athletes from all over New Zealand descended on Wellington’s Newtown Track and Field Park to compete in the 37th 2015 North Island Colgate Games held January 9 to 11. Among those competing were four athletes from the Kaitaia Athletics Club and they didn’t disappoint. Kobie Scutt, Mateja Matijevich-Wiki, Kobe Morey and Kilany Morey all came away with personal bests and top rankings in their age groups, in a competition that was intense and extremely competitive. Scutt took the silver medal in the 11-year-old boys shotput, while Matijevich-Wiki won silver in the 11-year-old girls shotput. The club is grateful to family, friends and those who helped raise funds to get the athletes to Wellington. All smiles: Mateja MatijevichWiki won silver in the 11-yearold girls shotput at the 2015 North Island Colgate Games. National sailing and boating day coming Yachting and boating clubs across New Zealand will be buzzing with activity on February 1 as part of the 2015 Volvo National Sailing and Boating Day. The Yachting New Zealand-led initiative is a chance for member clubs to open their doors and showcase what they can offer to the local community from club level sailing to answering questions from those who want to know more about how to get into sailing and boating. Taster sailing opportun- Best of the seniors Top seniors: Kaitaia Church Road Bowling Club claims both senior men’s and women’s centre national club singles. In the centre are winners Cedric Campbell and Jill Phillips, flanked by runners-up Johanna Hood and Barry Allison. See Scores and Draws for results. ities for everyone in both dinghies and keel boats will take place at Opua Cruising Club between 10am and 4pm and there will be a sausage sizzle on the club deck from 1pm. All are welcome, just turn up on the day and register at reception. ❚ Visit yachtingnz.org.nz/1feb for information. Sailing opportunities: Last year many went along to try their hand at sailing at Opua Cruising Club during the Volvo National Sailing and Boating Day. NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 21, 2015 21 Plenty of action at speedway Three meets have taken place since we last reported on the antics at Taipa Speedway. Making headlines on December 21 was ‘‘Mad Max’’ Andresen. A tussle for the lead between saloon racers Andresen and Roy ‘‘Inchman’’ Walker had a minor touch of cars on lap three, sending Andresen for the clay bank which he navigated all the way to the top. He managed to negotiate the ascent before bringing the saloon back down to carry on racing. In the meantime Inchman swept into the lead which he kept to the chequered flag. But it was the last race of January 3, the Feature Saloon All-In that saw most action. Andresen overcooked turn three, stalling his car sideways in the middle of the track. Keith Wilson couldn’t avoid him and a pile-up ensued. Walker added to the mangled saloons piling into the back of Wilson. No drivers were hurt and as Walker drove from the track he was heard to say that he ‘‘didn’t like that bonnet anyway!’’. Last Saturday Taipa proved once again that it is a high speed, high traction racetrack. Among the racing, Wilson had his super saloon out against Walker and Dare. The drag race by Wilson and Walker to the first corner was won by the mega horsepower of Wilson’s super saloon. Taipa Speedway’s next race meeting will be Club Champs Day on February 21 with a 2pm start. Pile-up: Drivers in the last race of the day on January3at Taipa Speedway walk away from their saloons unscathed.
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