Northern News : August 17th 2011
17 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2011 SPORT Kiwis win pressure test Securing the podium in style: Kerikeri's Blair Tuke and Peter Burling take bronze at the international regatta. Supreme sailor Blair Tuke from Kerikeri and his teammate Peter Bur- ling won the 49er medal race and the bronze medal at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 Inter- national Regatta on August 13. The medal came for the NZL Sailing Team on the final day of the Olympic test event and rounds out a solid show- ing from the team which includes four top four finishers in the nine events New Zealand con- tested. In all but two of those nine events, New Zea- land made the top 10, gaining valuable medal race experience. Peter and Blair have sailed well right through the regatta and it was really nice to see them take the medal race win and then stand on the podium,'' team director and 49er coach Jez Fan- stone says. It is a great result for them, but in typical fashion they want to do even better.'' Burling and Tuke secured the podium fin- ish in style, crossing the finish line seven seconds ahead of their nearest rival in the final pres- sure test medal race sailed in 10-11 knot winds. The Kiwis are the youngest combined pair among the fleet includ- ing representatives from the top 24 nations in the world in the men's Olym- pic double-handed skiff, with New Zealand's helm, Burling, the sec- ond youngest sailor in the fleet. The bronze medal is a terrific achievement for the young pair who got together after the 2008 Olympic cycle in which Burling represented New Zealand in Qingdao, China in the men's 470 class sailing with Carl Evans. Tuke's talent was honed in the Splash class with a Splash and a 29er world title among other achievements in his CV. Hard work at cross country event Racers: Cross country racers from Whangaroa, front row: Tallulah Old, teacher Peter Richards, Fairy-Allen Rikihana, Nicole Hughes. Front middle: Tukuwai Lawrence- Samuels. Back from left: Justice Gates, Shakeel Harding, Ethan Poutai, Ngapakia Rikona. Back: Tangaroa Rakena. It was a great cross country course at Totara North Primary School and the year 7 students from around the district felt they had to work hard to achieve their positions. Whangaroa Primary School principal Jack Anderson was pleased with his students' per- formance. The students were great ambassadors for our school on the day,'' Mr Anderson says. There was a wonder- ful supportive atmos- phere the whole day and our kids helped everyone to pack up.'' All students from Whangaroa were placed in the first five home in their groups. Mr Anderson would like to make special men- tion of Tangaroa Rakena who was first in 11-year- old boys, Nicole Hughes who was second in the girls 11-year-old race, Tallulah Old who placed second in the girls 12-year-old race and Ngapakia Rikona who came second in the boys 12-year-old race. The school would like to thank Ms Grey and her husband who put on a sausage sizzle for the students and Mr Mills for helping with super- vision and transport. Swimmers win bronze Swimming success: Kerikeri's Jayne Clarke and Kamo's Ashlee Crane. Swimmers from Bay of Island Swimming Club proved their competi- tive spirit at the 2011 State Insurance New Zealand Short Course Swimming Champion- ships in Wellington from August 6 to 9. Jayne Clarke and Ashlee Crane joined more than 500 competi- tors from 80 clubs including a strong con- tingent from Australia. Jayne, a pupil at Kerikeri High School, and Ashlee, who goes to Kamo High School, swam in the very com- petitive 16-year-old age group. In the finals Jayne won bronze in the 50m freestyle and Ashlee bronze in the 200m butterfly. These were good results for a major championship so early in the season,'' head coach John Clarke says. We now know what we have to do for our next major competition in December.'' A small team is going to the Victorian Age Group Championships in Melbourne. Golfers weather the competition Great golfer: Kadin Neho takes the Citrus Bowl at the Bay of Islands Golf Club. The nippy weather didn't deter 84 eager golfers who turned out for the Men's Citrus Open at the Bay of Islands Golf Club on August 13. The 36-hole tourna- ment is also a North- land trial and was well supported by some the best golfers in the North with handicaps from scratch to 36.4 and players aged from 13 to high 60s. The first set of players finished round one in three hours, 45 minutes. They then had up to 15 minutes to graze before hitting the fairways again. Paul Barnes (5.9 handicap, Bay of Islands Golf Club) and son Joshua (5.8 handi- cap) saw their own tight competition dur- ing the day. Mr Barnes came out on top as winner Net Division One (76 and a 70). But the winner of the Citrus Bowl was Kadin Neho from Whangarei, with a 36-hole total of 141. Cup game tough for Kerikeri side The final of the Feder- ation Cup proved to be a frustrating match for Kerikeri as they failed to score against Ranui Swanson on Saturday. Kerikeri coach Jim Brooks had to shuffle his team around because several key players were missing but right from the start Ranui took a one-goal lead before the new defensive back line could find their feet. Kerikeri finally settled down and dominated the rest of the half with some superb passing football. Damon Lucas con- trolled the midfield and linked up well with Dwain Beesly and Mark Coleman on the flanks. Kerikeri thought they had an equalising goal when a great cross from Tomas Trombik found Felix Schumacher un- marked and he fired in a bullet header which sailed into the top corner but the ref blew for off- side. The setback didn't stop Kerikeri as they outplayed Ranui for the rest of the half but they couldn't equalise. Kerikeri started the second spell much as they finished the first, playing their brand of attacking football and Ranui were happy to soak up the pressure and counter attack with pace, which the Kerikeri back line managed to contain. With 10 minutes left on the clock, Lucas struck a shot from 30 metres out which tested the keeper who could only parry the shot to Beesly. He volleyed the ball towards the bottom corner but the keeper redeemed himself with a save. Kerikeri's next match away to Whangarei is a must-win league encoun- ter. Kick off is 2.45pm at Morningside Park. Opua women sail close to the wind It takes more than gale force winds to put Opua women off their yacht racing. The last two Anne of Craicor women's races at Opua Cruising Club have seen competitors braving gusts of up to 50 knots as they battled their way fearlessly around the marks. The strong winds made for real excitement on the start line, and provided testing con- ditions around the course. But the OCC ladies sailed on, undeterred by the weather. Although a few did comment that it was just as well the fire was going in the club- house when they fin- ished racing. The most recent race on August 14 saw rain or shine' boat Nexus win on handicap, with the Elliot 5.9 Cut Lunch in second. Kantime put in a valiant effort for third place, while Frivolous Fish took fourth and Frantic was fifth. Opua Cruising Club holds the only regular, year-round women's racing north of Auck- land. It is also running heavily discounted sail- ing tuition for women in conjunction with Great Escape Yacht Charters. Visit www.opuacruising club.co.nz for information. Horsing marathon There might be some horsing around at the Kerikeri Half Marathon with the addition of Clydesdale and filly categories this year. The new categories are male and female weight categories. There will be prizes for the Clydesdale and filly categories but people who enter in either category will not be eligible for prizes in the age categories. People must be officially weighed in at the start area between 6.45am and 7.45am. The categories are for Clydes- dale/Men 90-95kg, 95.1-100kg, 100.1kg+, and for Filly/Women 60-65kg, 65.1kg-70kg, 70.1kg+. Clydesdales and fillies must start with the runners at 8am. Harko Brown is the Clydesdale and fillies organiser. Contact him at clydes email@example.com.
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