Northern News : August 1st 2012
17 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2012 SPORT Broken ribs don't hold champ back No 1: Mitchell Nield with his Gas Gas EC 300cc 2 stroke enduro bike, at the National Enduro Championships. Originally from the Hoki- anga and now living at Pakaraka, Mitchell Nield has won the National Enduro Championships held in Taupo on July 21, making him New Zealand's No 1 top enduro rider for the over 201cc open class. Mitchell rode despite nurs- ing two broken ribs which were strapped up. I just have to suck it up if I want the title,'' Mitchell says, and that's exactly what he did. It's Mitchell's third national title. He won the over 200cc class last year and the first New Zealand title in 2006. Mitchell has previously won both silver and gold medals at the Australian 4 Day Enduro and this year won the No Way in Hell con- test as well as the Te Puke Enduro Cross. He placed second at the NZ Crazy Cross Enduro Cross and tenth in The Roof of Africa Enduro in Novem- ber 2011 -- the list goes on. Mitchell is planning to represent New Zealand in the Australian 4 Day Enduro in October. Four generations in tourney Diamond Jubilee: Elaine Bledisloe Golf Tournament celebration. From left: Members Ave Morris, Ailsa Murray, Rae Ensor and Jo Bonnington. The 60th jubilee of the 72-hole Elaine Bledisloe Golf Tournament was held at the Waitangi Golf Course on July 28 and 29. The tournament was first held in 1952 and has been a popular event ever since. The club welcomed back Jo Bonnington from Wellsford, who won the cup in 1971. Her mother Molly Bain- bridge won the cup three times -- 1959, 1960 and 1962. Also competing were Jo's daughter Robyn and grand- daughter Sjanna. Four gen- erations of the same family competing in the same tour- nament must be a record. This year Sjanna was beaten on the final hole by Stacey Tate of Huapai, a two-time winner in 2004-2005. Teams travel to tournament Dedication: The weather couldn't deter year 5 players in teams Shooting Stars in red and the Riverview Firecats. Four Kerikeri netball teams braved the wild, wet and windy weather on July 22, travelling to Whangarei to play in the Whangarei Junior Netball Tourna- ment. Despite the bad con- ditions, enthusiasm wasn't dampened and there was some good netball played with many Kerikeri sup- porters on the sidelines to spur their teams on. In year 5 KKPS Shooting Stars won by two goals against the Riverview Fir- ecats who were runners up. Riverview Sapphires were runners up in the year 6 competition and in years 9/10 KKHS Xtreme beat Tikipunga 11-4. Big entry anticipated for half marathon National interest: 2011 Clydesdale and Filly prizegiving from left: Harko Brown, Clydesdale & Filly co-ordinator, Jessie King winner 65kg division, Jaimee Kingi 70kg, Rusty King 95kg and event organiser Hayley Overton. The Clydesdale and Filly weight categories in the Kerikeri Fullers GreatSights Half Marathon is set to attract its biggest field yet on November 17. Event organiser Hayley Overton says four months out entries are already flood- ing in. The women's three weight divisions start at 60kg and the men's three divisions at 90kg. There are divisions in every sport which enable people to be included, com- pete fairly and to have their performances assessed equably so it is about time that distance running joined the 21st century in this area,'' Dr Andrew Dickson of Massey University says. Dickson will be competing in the trailblazing Kerikeri event. Clydesdale and Filly ath- letes can enter their respect- ive weight categories on the official entry form. Contact Harko Brown on 021 113 8164 or email email@example.com. Polocrosse club welcomes new members Young talent: Kaikohe Polocrosse Club members from left: Danny Vanish, Mimi Zielinski, Kayley Treadwell, Kyla Zielinski, Brooklyn Zielinski, Kayla Murray and Ty Murray. The Kaikohe Polocrosse Club is always looking for more players, so if you've got a horse and you'd like to have a go at this fantastic sport, you are most welcome. Practices resume at the end of September on the fields at Taheke Rd, Kai- kohe. All inquiries to Car- men 09 405 3929. The club would like to gratefully acknowledge the business community for all its support. Kickboxer fighting to get to Russia Imagine the excitement of being selected to represent New Zealand at the World Muay Thai Kickboxing Championships in Russia in September 5-14. Then the disappointment to be told that because of fin- ancial hardship of the national sporting body, rep- resentatives are not funded to attend the event. This is exactly what has happened to Janna Vaughan from Moerewa who is the current New Zealand title holder in her weight division and placed third to receive bronze medals at the 2006 and 2008 World Champion- ships. Janna and her family are holding a fundraising Rus- sian dinner this Saturday at the Te Punawai Centre, Moerewa and all are wel- come. The evening will include spot prizes and an auction for a carpenter for a day, art- work, mechanic services, professional haircuts and much more. For information contact Janna on 022 173 6299 or email janna.vaughan@ttoh. iwi.nz.
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