North Shore Times : February 21st 2103
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 SPORT Salt water in winner's veins Many medals: Surf life saver Danielle McKenzie is making an impact on the record books this season and is proving to be the one to beat on the board and the ski. She won 10 gold medals at the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Championships. By FELICITY REID Danielle McKenzie was the talk of the beach at the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Championships. The Mairangi Bay Surf Club member won medals in 17 of the 18 races she entered over two days of competition in Ruakaka -- in what is thought to be a record-breaking haul. She won gold medals in the under-19 and open board races, the under-19 ski, under-19 iron person, both the open mixed double and under-19 mixed double ski, the open women s double ski, under-19 double ski with her younger sister Kayla, open taplin relay and open ski relay. She picked up silver in the under-19 taplin, under-19 ski relay with Kayla and cousin Alica, under-19 board relay, open women s board relay and under-19 board rescue, as well as bronze in the open board rescue and open iron women. So many events across two age- groups forced McKenzie to race in back-to-back timeslots. After coming third in the open iron woman event, which involves just under 15 minutes of racing, McKenzie headed straight back out for the under-19 iron woman which she won. McKenzie says a hectic race schedule at regional champion- ships is all part of the plan as she builds up for nationals in March. For years McKenzie has been juggling triathlon training and surf life saving but focusing on the beach sports this season is paying off.She won the board and ski races on overall points in the New Zea- land Sonic Series, which pits open age group elite athletes against each other across four carnivals. McKenzie will have little time to dwell on her stellar performance at the Northern Region champs as she has qualified for the New Zealand iron woman finale. Starting tomorrow at Mt Maun- ganui, McKenzie will come up against the other top-10 iron woman athletes in a three-round eliminator series which will decide the New Zealand title holder. This is McKenzie s last year in the under-19 competition and with regular podium finishes to her name she thinks she is ready to compete for the first time in the Australian championships at the Gold Coast in April. While in Australia McKenzie plans to follow the lead of many New Zealand surf athletes and find an Australian club to represent in their competition. Westlake win by 6 wickets SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET Westlake Boys High School's decision to bowl first again in the fourth round of the premier A competition had the opposition in trouble early with St Peter's College reduced to 28/4. A century partnership then ensued to give St Peter's a respectable total, but two wickets in two balls removed both Jack Parsons (53) and Liam Landon (51). St Peter's amassed 191 as Tamati Harris returned the best figures of 3/26 after knocking off the top order. In reply Nic Montgomery, with a composed 56, and a responsible knock of 70 not out by Mitchell Atkins led Westlake to a comfortable six-wicket win. Rosmini College won the toss and put Sacred Heart in to bat on a pitch that offered some movement for the seamers and would also take turn as the game progressed. Rosmini's opening bowlers Jake Fitzgibbons and Connor Ridge exploited the lively deck to leave Sacred Heart reeling at 43/6. A partnership between Myles Driscoll with 43 and Pierce Fletcher with 54 not out resurrected the flagging innings and boosted Sacred Heart to a total of 203 all out. Early strikes pegged back Rosmini early, and then Conrad Benefield claimed the prized scalp of Rosmini captain Ridge. Off-spinner Hugo Fletcher extracted some turn from the track to derail the Rosmini innings and claim 5-24 off 10 overs as Rosmini were bowled out for 112, earning Sacred Heart a 92-run win. Rangitoto College are on a roll. They got their first win in a year in the previous round and with that confidence they secured back-to-back victories when they downed defending champions Kings College. Batting first Rangitoto put 188 on the board with Ulrich Boschoff top-scoring with 51 and Jackson Tredray supporting him with 34. In-swing bowler Oscar Shepperson continued the seamer dominance of the weekend, picking up 3/29. Kings' innings fell three runs short as all-rounder Charles Bevin top-scored with 51 and captain Mitchell Murray scored 35, but neither could stay till the end and the vital two competition points disappeared over the Harbour Bridge. Sporty youngsters: The littlest entrants are among the biggest growth area for the State Beach Series. Photo: SCOTTIE T PHOTOGRAPHY. Youngsters keep coming for series STATE BEACH SERIES More and more children are hit- ting the beach for organised sport. On February 12 Takapuna beach saw 147 children walk, run or swim in the State Beach Series, the largest number of junior entrants to date this season. Children as young as 4 years old are participating in the series, which has seen the number of jun- ior entrants grow exponentially each season over the past five years. Overall, the series attracts around 600 participants a week. Event organiser Scott Rice says that the series offers several bene- fits for our young athletes. It s all part of getting kids into good habits, encouraging them to enjoy their running and swim- ming. Some of them are quite competitive, and others are trying their events for the first time -- 2.5km can be quite a long way for a youngster to run! One of the magic elements of the series, says Rice, is the chance for children and their siblings, parents and friends to participate in an organised sporting event. It s not often that you get the opportunity for parents and oth- ers to run alongside the children on such a regular basis through- out the summer. I absolutely love seeing the families down on Taka- puna Beach; parents and siblings running with the younger kids, and the older ones gaining the confidence to complete the course independently. Go to beachseries.co.nz to find out more. North Harbour team sets out to defeat giants of the green The North Harbour women s rep bowls team has struck a fearsomely tough draw for the national inter- centre championship being hosted by Auckland and North Harbour starting tomorrow. In Harbour s pool are Waikato, which won the event in 2011, Canterbury, headed by New Zealand representative Jan Khan and Taranaki, led by national sing- les champion Val McEldowney, plus Manawatu and South Canterbury. It s going to be a challenging weekend for singles player Gail Dick, although she s experienced. The draw has been a little kinder to the North Harbour men, who have only one of the main conten- ders for the title, Nelson, in their section. Their other opponents are South- land, Counties Manukau, Whanganui and Wairarapa. The top two teams from each sec- tion will progress to the quarter- finals, scheduled for late Saturday afternoon, with the semi-finals and final set for Sunday at Howick. The national inter-centre is being conducted under a new for- mat this year, with all 24 centres participating in sections of six. Previously, elimination tourna- ments were staged a regional level. The North Harbour Open reserve teams also compete this weekend at Whangarei. The North Harbour teams are: Men's Open Singles: Colin Rogan. Pairs: John Walker, skip, Steve Cox. Fours: Ross Haresnape, skip, Bart Robertson, Lance Tasker, Brian Wilson. Women's Open Singles: Gail Dick. Pairs: Elaine McClintock, skip, Vickey O'Connor. Fours: Gayle Melrose, skip, Ruth Lynch, Denise Samuel, Wendy Jensen.
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