North Shore Times : February 19th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 31 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 SPORT IN BRIEF Volleyball Rangitoto College's Anna Afamasaga and Delphi MacDonald are national champions after winning the senior girls title at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Beach Volleyball Championships held at Mt Maunganui this month. Westlake Girls' Zoe Cronin and Bethany Hayman finished third in the same event. A record number of 125 teams took part in the championships. Canoe North Shore Canoe Club's open women finished second in the K4 200 at the national sprint championships. Ben Fouhy took the silver medal in the open K1 1000 and combined with Hawkes Bay's Scott Bicknell for silver in the K2 1000. Caitlin Ryan won the under- 23 K1 500 and was second in both the under-23 K1 200 the open K1 200 second final. With Teneale Hatton, Ryan finished third in the K2 500. Hatton was third in the open K1 500. Kayla Imrie won the under-23 K1 200 and with Jamie Welch she was third in the open K2 200. North Shore's under-16 K4 girls finished third in 500 Final Libby Bell and Stefanie Crncevic were third in the under-16 K2 200. Crncevic was also third in her K1 500 final. Karl McMurtrie won the under-16 K1 200. Nick Leask in the combined K1 500 finished third. Jack Wilson was third in the K2 500. Samalulu Clifton and Sarah Lockwood combined for third place in the under-14 K2 200. Carl Maskell in the novice K1 200 had an overall placing of third. Bernard Kimble finished third in the over-45 K1 200. Indoor Bowls Takapuna Indoor Bowls Club are back in action on Tuesday nights at Sunnybrae School, Sunnybrae Rd, from 7.15pm. Contact Heather Smale on 410 3966 for information on joining the club. Mairangi Bay Indoor Bowling Club offers full tuition for all levels and abilities on Tuesday nights at Wairau Intermediate school from 7.30pm. Netball Individual registrations for the 2013 Netball World Series Tournament to be playedonMay2and3atthe AMI North Harbour Netball Centre are now open. The tournament is for school years5,6,7,8,9and10for players of all abilities. Two full days of netball, play eight games and have the chance to play in a world series team like Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia to name a few. Registrations close April 1. Email netballworldseries@ xtra.co.nz or contact Hiria 027 436 3638 or Ruth 021 174 2923 to register. Takapuna on top of final four CLUB CRICKET TRIPLE TRIUMPH BECKONS East Coast Bays moved one step closer to a triple crown when they comprehensively dumped Auckland University out of the one-day competition and booked themselves a spot in the final against Parnell on March 3. University's confidence was high going into the match after they comfortably defeated defending champions Takapuna in the play-off round, but the semi-finals proved to be a bridge too far as they could only muster a total of 69 batting first. Bays' Stuart Lipshaw claimed 4-24, while his skipper Brad Schmulian returned the outstanding figures of 4-11 before his side wrapped up the victory with eight wickets to spare. After winning the twenty20 competition earlier this season Bays are now just one limited overs victory away from lifting their second trophy, whilst they currently sit less than seven points off the pace in the two-day major championship with three rounds still to play. The four teams to compete for this season's Hedley Howarth Trophy are now confirmed. Current competition lead- ers Takapuna, East Coast Bays, Parnell and defending champions Suburbs New Lynn will chase the premier title with three rounds to play. Takapuna are once again on top of the pile in the major championship despite suffering a reverse outright at the hands of Howick Pakuranga at Onewa Domain. After racking up 321-9 on day one the hosts knew the key to first innings success would be to dismiss visiting skipper Andy de Boorder in the early stages. The former Aces batsman began day two on 36, but after adding 10 runs to his overnight tally de Boorder was dismissed by Greg John- son and with their score at 164-6 the visitors decided to call time on their pursuit and concede first innings points. With both sides intent on searching for outright points there was plenty to play for as the home side batted for a second time and, after reach- ing 90-1, they declared their innings to leave the visitors a target of 248 for a reverse outright victory. Opening his side's second innings de Boorder struck a pair of sixes and 14 fours as he raced passed 50 before becoming the first player to reach the 1000 run milestone in just his 20th innings. Despite de Boorder (111) once again snatching the headlines he wasn't fighting a lone hand. He and David Winn added 188 for the sec- ond wicket, a partnership that proved to be the match winning combination. Winn remained at the crease after his skipper s departure and fittingly ended the match on 102 not out as Howick claimed the reverse outright. East Coast Bays secured their spot in the top four with a dramatic first innings victory over Suburbs New Lynn at Windsor Park. The visitors looked to be in total control of the game at 74-2 at the beginning of day two as they pursued Bays first innings total of 161. Sachin Variath began the day on 39 not out and the youngster looked well set to lead his side to victory when he brought up his third con- secutive half century. But the Suburbs opener began to lose partners with alarming regularity and when Variath was eventu- ally dismissed for 69 he was the third wicket in eight balls for Bays as the visitors suddenly found themselves in trouble at 135-7. Stuart Lipshaw had been the chief architect of their collapse, returning the out- standing figures of 4-34 from 21 overs, and it was fitting that he was involved in the final wicket, claiming a catch off Donovan Deeble s bowling to secure a thrilling four-run first innings victory margin for Bays. The result ensured that Bays, who began the day in fourth position, consolidated their placing in the leading quartet for the remainder of the season, and they went on to reach 154-9 in their sec- ond dig with Suburbs on 4 without loss when time was called on the match. In the minor champion- ship North Shore lost their grip on the top spot when they suffered a first innings defeat at the hands of Auck- land University at Devon- port Domain. After losing two wickets in the four overs before the close of play on day one the hosts were always going to be up against it as they gave chase to University's total of 351. Shore were rolled over for 145. With University sitting in third position on the ladder prior to the game they then looked to force an outright result in an effort to catch up with the competition leaders. They declared their second innings on 19-0 after just three overs to leave their hosts a target of 226 in 33 overs in the final session. Having already conceded first innings points Shore played as if they had nothing to lose in their second dig and maintained a healthy scoring rate for the first half of their innings, but in their pursuit of quick runs they also lost wickets at regular intervals. Matt Selby kept his side in the hunt with a quick 32 from just 19 balls but once he was dismissed the home side elected to abandon their quest, batting out the day to finish on 135-8 with Ollie Allen finishing unbeaten on 29.The result saw Shore slip to second place. Birkenhead City reclai- med top spot in the minor championship when they comprehensively defeated Eden Roskill outright at the Birkenhead War Memorial ground. Birkenhead went into the second day with a command- ing 179 run lead and with skipper Terry Crabb just 10 runs short of a century. The former Auckland bats- man wasted little time com- pleting his second triple fig- ure score of the season and, after his dismissal for 109, he declared his team s innings with the score on 309-6. It then took less than 28 overs for the home side to complete their task as Bir- kenhead coach Tazz Satti got amongst the wickets again. The former first-class player from Pakistan backed up his first innings five wic- ket haul with a six wicket bag in the second as only one Roskill batsman reached the 20s. Satti finished with match figures of 11-68, and he now has 40 wickets to his name for the season after spear- heading his team's return to the top of the rankings. Competition putting fun in swimming By FELICITY REID Youngsters will learn the ins and outs of competi- tive swimming when the North Shore primary school swimming cham- pionships make a comeback on March 15. North Shore Swimming Club will once again take over the running of the event which will pit swimmers from across the Shore against each other at Takapuna's Leisure Centre. Organiser Helene Helms says the championships are a valuable experience which will expose the children to new opposition as well as the rules of a structured swim meet -- although no one will be disqualified. ''We want to encourage schools to get the kids to swim and have fun in a competitive environment, give the kids something to be proud of,'' Mrs Helms says. Pam Loeffen says she remembers when her now- adult children were competitors and the championships attracted 26 schools and the fun they had. So she has signed on to help revive the competition which caters for casual swimmers through to club level competitors. ''If you can't swim you miss out on so many opportunities like flipper ball, water polo and rowing,'' Mrs Loeffen says. Upper Harbour Primary, Coatesville Primary, Albany Primary, Takapuna Primary, Kristin School, St John's School, Campbells Bay Primary, St Mary's School and Sunnybrae Normal are all taking part this year. Events at the championships are 33 metres, 66m and 100m freestyle. Each student will have a seed time and will be placed in a lane accordingly. The first three finishers in each event will receive medals and there is a 100m freestyle cup as well as an overall points cup for the top-placed school. Quick swim: Action from race eight of the Orca Swim Run Series. Photos: SCOTTIE T PHOTOGRAPHY Tight struggle in swim series Take the lead: Emily Pearce won the women's race. Race eight of the Orca Swim Run Series was short, fast and closely contested. The 500 metre swim and 3km run along Takapuna Beach was always going to ensure those who gave others a lead out of the water were going to struggle to catch them on the shorter run. Race three winner Nick Berry led out of the water and a group of five swim- mers were in hot pursuit of last year's winner of the St Heliers Stroke and Stride series. But Berry showed good speed on the sand and gradually pulled away from the chasing pack. Race sponsor Henry Barfoot, son of the legendary Garth, exited the water in second place and desperately tried to hold on, but his leg speed deserted him. Leon Roper was one ath- lete who did profit over the short run. He ended up taking second place with a time of 19:18, just five seconds behind win- ner Berry. In the women's race, series leader Alana Lythe was always going to be hard to beat. But fellow youngster Emily Pearce backed up a solid swim with a great run, and ended up winning by more than 30 seconds. Lythe, who beat Pearce in the previous race, had to be content with second. Despite being beaten, Lythe is still the overall series leader. Men's series leader Stephen Farrell showed fam- ily comes first as he accom- panied his 11-year-old daughter throughout her first race and crossed the line with her down the field. The next, and penulti- mate, race of this summer's series is a 500m swim and 5km run on February 27 at 6.15pm.
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