Northern News : February 13th 2013
21 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2013 SPORT Competition fierce at speedway Battle warrior: Ray Jordan wins the first race of Hussey Saloons Challenge Trophy. Fast start: Roy Walker was first out of the blocks in race one, but to no avail. It was an exciting finish to the Hussey Saloons Challenge Trophy at Kaikohe Speedway on February 2. All 10 V8 muscle saloons of the teams from Taipa and Kaikohe clubs turned out to contest the second and final day of the Trophy Challenge. Roy Inchman Walker got the jump out of the starting blocks in the first race and led the deter- mined veteran Ray Jordan for the first laps. Jordan stayed hot on Walker's tail waiting for a passing oppor- tunity which came when Walker went wide on turn four. Jordan took the inside gap and went into the lead all the way to the chequered flag. Super saloon drivers Keith Wil- son and Shirl the Girl Andresen led the closely chasing pack in the sec- ond race. Tony the Stig Cree found his way inside Andresen to hold second place with just two laps to go but the real action was happening from the back of the field. Walker and Jordan who had started from the last grids, were dodging and weaving and swapping positions in a real battle for supremacy as they made their way through the pack. The spectacular action had the spectators on their feet. With just one lap to go, Walker moved ahead and passed Andresen to secure third place. In the final tally of points over the two rounds at both Taipa and Kaikohe speedway tracks the indi- vidual drivers' points were: Taipa team: Roy Walker 42, Ray Dare 34, Terry Grigg 33, Shirley Andresen 22, Tony Cree 13. Kaikohe team: Ray Jordan 38, John Hussey 33, Keith Wilson 27, Nick Caldwell 9, Geordie Inglis 7. Taipa Team emerged the victors with a tally of 144 points to Kai- kohe's 114. Husband and wife team of Rex and Didi Roycroft won the men's and ladies' production saloon races. Dargaville's Aaron Johnston won the first race of the B-grade saloons trophy but heavy drizzle descended on the track and the second and third races were postponed until March 3. Carnival a success despite weather Hard play: Sarah Gorman of Kaikohe and Paige Valley vie for the ball at the Kaikohe Polocrosse chukka carnival. Photo: LEE GAMBLE Kaikohe Polocrosse Club held its annual chukka carnival at Kaikohe Showgrounds on February 2 and 3. Despite the less than perfect weather everyone had an enjoyable weekend. Players travelled from as far south as Otorohanga as well as from Counties and Pouto. A hangi on Saturday evening gave players and organisers a good chance to relax and socialise. The club would like to thank all those involved in the event and are grateful for the contributions from our sponsors. For full results see Scores and Draws. Juniors show good sportsmanship Junior champs: The Okaihua team took out the Junior Interclub Bowling Competition. From left: David Haynes, Tony Turoa, Shaun Richards, Margaret Wildbore, Maudina Milner, Derek Wano and Sam George. In Bowls Far North, the junior -- one to five year bowlers -- interclub bowling competition was held February 3 at Coopers Beach Bowl- ing Club. Teams from Kerikeri, Russell, Opononi, Coopers Beach and combined players competed. Each team was made up of sing- les, pairs and triples with a format of a round robin, singles 21 shots, pairs and triples 18 ends or a time limit of 1hr 45 mins on wins, points, difference. The bowlers seemed to revel in the overcast conditions showing good sportsmanship. Senior bowlers came to support their clubs, instilling confidence in the junior players. The Okaihau (2) composite team of Shaun Richards, Tony Turoa, David Haynes, Maudina Milner, Derek Wano and Sam George proved too strong on the day taking out the prestigious Chips and Mar- garet Wildbore Trophy with seven wins, 14 points, 145 shots +9 over the Kerikeri team who were runners-up. Other placings were Coopers (1) 6 wins, Combined (2) 5 wins, Coo- pers (2) 5 wins, Russell 5 wins, Okaihau (1) 4 wins, Combined (1) 3 wins, Opononi 3 wins. Claiming the Cups Golfing champions: Tera Rameka and Dayle Thompson celebrate their wins at Rawene Golf Club. There's a lot of history at Rawene Golf Club and the golfers were out on February 3 battling for the men's President's Cup and women's Puikehuia Cup, which both date back 80 years. The men's champion was Dayle Thompson, with a nett 70 and the women's champion was Tera Rameka, with nett 67. See Scores and Draws for full results. Game for a good cause A charity tennis match was held on February 2 to raise funds for the Northland Cancer Society -- Relay for Life. The event was very successful with 32 entrants and raised several hundred dollars for the Cancer Society. Winners were Julie and Murray Wright with runners up Mike and Gladys Grimshaw. The organisers would like to thank local businesses who donated prizes, The Lifesavers for providing catering and Kerikeri Tennis Club for its facilities.
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