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Wednesday June 28, 2017



Gold medal for Cameron Forsyth at cross country nationals By Dave Crampton

Young Wainuiomata athlete Cameron Forsyth loves running, and says his latest performances are ‘not too shabby’. He has come away from his first New Zealand Secondary School Cross Country championships with his first ever athletics gold medal. Cameron, a Year 9 student at St Bernard’s College, has not even won an athletics gold medal at regional level let alone at a national level. He was in the Wellington relay team with Wellington’s fastest Year 9 runner Will Anthony, along with Henry Beleveau, Liam Wright, and Jack Julian, and led his leg of the relay from start to finish. T he cha mpionsh ips were held in Christchurch on June 17 and 18 with the individual events on the Saturday and the relays on the Sunday. Both Wellington’s senior and junior girls also won their relays for a good finish to the championships for the Wellington team. Cameron came a creditable 9th in his 3k individual event. “I was 4th at one point – I was trying to catch up to them,” he said. In the relay, he ran the fourth leg, setting up Jack Julian to finish off the job in the final

relay leg. Significantly, Cameron also ran the third fastest individual time of all relay runners in his event nationwide. However, he had no idea that he had done so until he got back home and the results were out. “I didn’t find out until Monday – I`m pretty proud of myself,” he said. “I think I ran pretty well.” Cameron also had a good start to the cross-country season coming 6th in the U15 section of the 3km Dorne Cup at Trentham on June 6, with just three seconds separating 4th to 6th places, and 4th in the 3km Vosseler Shield at Mt Victoria in May. He is increasingly catching up to his top competitors – he has his sights on Jack Julian, who he has beaten twice, and Will Anthony, and is closing the gap between his times and these competitors. In the 2016 Vosseler Shield there was a 1 min 3 second gap between Cameron and winner Will Anthony; this year the gap dropped to 30 seconds. In 2015 he came 10th in the Vosseler Shield, 8th in 2016 and 4th this year. This weekend Cameron has the North Islands Cross country champs in Taupo and is aiming for a top three placing. He is also targeting a top five placing at the tougher Wellington cross country champs later this year. ABOVE: The Year 9 winning Wellington team, with Cameron Forsyth second from right. PHOTO CREDIT: Jane Anthony RIGHT: Cameron Forsyth with his gold medal from the National Secondary Schools cross country champs. PHOTO CREDIT: Dave Crampton

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Wainuiomata would love to play in Jubilee Cup final this year.

Jubilee Cup final to be held at the Petone Rec Wainuiomata’s top rugby team will be hoping to play at the Petone Recreation Ground on the afternoon of August 5. The Petone Rec will play host to a day of Wellington club rugby finals that day, including the Jubilee Cup. There will be six club finals, featuring both men’s and women’s teams, with the Jubilee Cup final at 2.30pm on the No.1 ground. It will be the first time the Jubilee Cup final has been played at the Petone Rec since 2011 when Oriental-Rongotai won their maiden title. The finals were also played there in 1998 when Western Suburbs won its only Jubilee Cup. Wellington Rugby chief executive Steve Rogers said it was a great chance for the rugby community to come together and celebrate the 2017 season.

“Our new competition format has created the opportunity to bring four of our grades together and with four high quality fields all in one place the Petone Recreation Ground was the ideal venue for a true Finals Day.” Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said it would be fantastic to have club rugby finals back in Lower Hutt. “It’s great news for Lower Hutt and even better that we can provide facilities to attract and support such large events. I’m hoping there will be at least one Hutt club in the finals and our many visitors enjoy a great day.” Last year’s Bartercard Jubilee Cup final was hosted at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua where Tawa became the fifth different winner in six years, with OrientalRongotai in three of these finals.

Lions’ roar more like a whimper after game one Saturday night was the British Lions’ only chance and they blew it. They created enough chances but like all other teams, they couldn’t sustain the effort for 80 minutes. The charm offensive from the men in red during this tour seemed to have worked a treat. Yes, the All Blacks were pushed but only in parts and parts, simply isn’t going to cut it against this champion rugby team. A score of 30-15 flattered the Lions, who scored one of the best test tries in recent memory but lacked the ability to finish at key times. If you can’t take your chances you won’t win a game of rugby against New Zealand. Potential doesn’t pay the bills. The All Blacks matched the physicality and dominated at scrum and

the breakdown and once their scrum got smashed 15 minutes into the second half and the game was over. Yes it was competitive but only in patches and only based on this dominant period of All Black rugby. I hope the home team wins this year’s series 3-0 and I maintain that’s how it will go. The Lions had all the momentum, 70 per cent of the supporters in Eden Park, and they bottled their chance. The All Blacks suffered injuries to key players Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty and still won by 15 points. At some point there must be a realisation that we are witnessing the most golden of eras of New Zealand rugby. Who knows when the golden goose will stop laying the eggs but this is an era worth enjoying.

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