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Sports talk with Jacob Page... Warriors win NBA battle, lose war

Reuben Va'a, Esi Komaisavai, Karl Brownlie and Denny To'o have been selected for the Hurricanes Under-18 Coaching Camp

Squad chosen for Hurricanes coaching camp Some of Wellington’s rising rugby stars have been selected for the upcoming Hurricanes Under-18 coaching camp. Sixty players will attend the camp, which will take place in Masterton from July 10. The four-day camp will include sessions with a range of top provincial coaches as well as the Hurricanes Investec Super Rugby coaching staff headed by Chris Boyd and John Plumtree. The squad chosen for the four-day camp represents a wide spread of talent from across the Hurricanes region. Nineteen students from across schools in Wellington will be represented, including four boys from Rongotai College, three from St Patrick’s College Town, three from Wellington College and three from Scots College. Hurricanes Under-18 convenor of selectors Darren Larsen said it was an extremely tough job trying to sort through 257 nominations. "We are very lucky with the amount of

talented young players in the region and we've been impressed by the quality of the rugby we've seen this season, but it certainly makes it tough for the selectors. "Every provincial union in the region has a selector and I am confident they've been very thorough in identifying our best young talent. "But I would also say that this squad is only one pathway and history has shown that players who miss out at this stage can still achieve their goals and make it to New Zealand representative teams or Super Rugby by continuing to push their case on the field. Following the camp, 23 players will be selected to travel to Christchurch to play the Crusaders Under-18s at AMI Stadium on Saturday, July 16 as the curtain raiser to the Hurricanes-Crusaders Investec Super Rugby match. "It's also worth noting that players who do not attend the camp can still be selected in the final team."

It's fair to say the Golden State Warriors will feel like that impatient girlfriend waiting for a proposal from a clueless boyfriend. For all of their time, effort and sacrifice in 2016, it doesn't mean a thing if you haven't got that ring. A history-making 73 wins and nine losses evaporated into obscurity after they failed to win the title on Monday, losing a seven game finals series to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's the first professional sports title for Cleveland since the 1960s. The city is a proud sporting hub but it's sports fans have been subjected to choke acts and bad luck for half a century. That was until Monday.

Golden State Warriors were the best NBA team in history – now, not so much. How can you be when you don't win the championship? Instead those championship rings go to Cleveland, a team who timed their run to perfection to beat the perfect team. The best team goes back, in my opinion to the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls. They lost one more regular season game than the Warriors but ultimately won the championship. Sport is about winning battles, but more importantly, wars. The Golden State Warriors won 73 battles but lost the one war they needed to win most.

Sports inbrief Poneke Fundraiser The Poneke Colts Rugby team will be holding a fundraiser this Saturday. The Horse Racing Fundraiser will kick off at 6.30pm on July 2.

Head along to watch the exciting Hurricanes vs Blues Game on the big screen at the Poneke Club Room and support your local sport.

Upcoming Netball It will be an exciting Monday for WelTec’s Division One netball in the city with Wellington Girls’ facing off against Wellington East at 4.30pm. The regional draw has the two teams battle it out at Wellington East. It will be a tough game for Wellington Girls after sitting on one draw and one loss three weeks into the season.

Wellington East is sitting at the top of the table with eight points along with St Mary’s and Sacred Heart. The leaders had a convincing win against St Oran’s in the first week with a 45-22 finish. But it was a nail biting finish when East played Aotea last week, finishing just one point ahead with a 29-28 result.

Surfs up in Kilbirnie The Wellington Regional Lifeguard Competition was held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie on Saturday. The Tawa Titans took out this year’s event,

qualifying to represent the Wellington region in the New Zealand National Lifeguard Sports Competition in August 2016.

Wakefield Park users urged to take care By Nikki Papatsoumas

Users of Wakefield Park in Island Bay are being warned to be cautious, after an 8-yearold boy was involved in an accident earlier this month. Junior club captain at Island Bay United Football Association Gary Scott, said the young child was involved in an accident with a car, while

trying to cross the road after training at the park. He said while the young child was fine, it served as an important reminder for people to be careful around cars when using facilities at Wakefield Park. Gary said there were 55 junior teams at the club and on a busy weekday night there could be between 150 and

200 children using the park. On a Saturday morning there could be as many as 300 kids using facilities at Wakefield Park, he said. “It’s a difficult environment around Wakefield because of the number of kids and adults trying to get in and out of the park,” Gary said. “At peak times people need to be really cautious, both

motorists and users of the park and be aware of the difficulties that exist there.” Moving for wa rd, Ga r y urged people to use designated crossing areas surrounding Wakefield Park. “It happens all over the city people are just crossing where they are standing. It’s not always safe and it’s not always sensible.”

He said they were now in discussion with Wellington City Council about the potential of installing formal pedestr ian a reas a round Wakefield Park.  Do you think there needs to be more formal crossing areas around Wakefield Park. Send us an email at news@ wsn.co.nz

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