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Netballers buzzing with proud achievement By Jamie Adams

They might not have won, but Miramar Christian School’s Year 7 and 8 netballers did their school proud at Sportsfest last week. The team, known as Pulse, finished second in the junior regional sports tournament last Wednesday. The 16-team competition saw Pulse take a win against Maidstone, a draw against Queen Margaret’s College and a loss against the dominant Te Kura o Maori Porirua Mura in their pool. That was enough to get them into the semi-finals where they managed to sneak past QMC Blue 12-11. However they were outclassed by TKMP Mura 19-4 in the final. MCS Pulse were nonetheless all smiles with their runner-up trophy afterwards. Coach Mary-Jane Simeona with players, from left, Bhoomi Bhjandari, Axella Tsegai, Joanna Glen, Jessica Singh, Anna Simeona, Elizabeth-Jin Pearcy, Wanessa Singh and Ella Anderson. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Junior badminton players court success By Jamie Adams

There was success for Wellington at a recent junior-level badminton tournament. Jessica Tsai was crowned Girls Singles champion at the

Wellington Regional Under 15 Open. Tsai, a member of the Wellington North club, defeated Isabella Chen 21-16 21-18 in the final. Sean McGregor, a member of

the Wellington Central club that incorporates the area south of Ngaio Gorge, was the winner of the Plate Boys Singles, beating Anthony Ye Cheng Cater in the final 21-19 21-18. There was further success

More members qualified to save swimmers’ lives

for Wellington Central in the Plate Consolidation Boys Singles, with Pakorn Putthapipat comfortably dispatching Toby George Massam 21-16 21-7 in his final. Wellington Badminton has a

busy couple of months ahead, with players set to participate in four national junior championships around the country. The Hataitai-based association will be hosting the Under 13 tournament on October 11-13.

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Jack Malin and Josh Harvey were among the Worser Bay Lifesaving Club members who attended the IRB exams earlier this month. PHOTO: Supplied

Worser Bay Lifesaving Club had five people sit their Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) driver and crewmen exams in Paekakariki on August 12. Millie Malin of Lower Hutt, and Jess Mellsop of Seatoun gained their IRB crewman’s qualification, while club captain Tessa Bruin of Miramar and Elis Hickson-Rowden of Island Bay obtained their IRB drivers qualification. Lower Hutt’s Jack Malin, who obtained his IRB instructors qualification, and Churton Park’s Josh Harvey, who is the club’s Power

Craft Officer and a current IRB examiner, helped out throughout the exam. The surf during the exam was messy with two-metre swells challenging the candidates. Worser Bay Life Saving Club’s IRB team trained hard throughout summer and winter to gain these qualifications, Tessa said. “Our club has a strong IRB squad with a mix of experienced life guards and juniors progressing through training to sit these qualifications which provide the knowledge and skills needed for rescues and patrols.”

It’s hard to describe how sublime the first 50 minutes were of the Bledisloe Cup match last weekend. Equally though, the last 30 from the men in black was some of the worst rugby from the national team in the 21st century. Going into the game, I felt Steve Hansen’s men had lost a bit of their all-conquering aura after the drawn British Lions series and the leaked four tries in the last half an hour made me feel vindicated in that worry. Make no mistake about it, rugby is now a 23-man game. Being an impact player off the bench is now a specialist position in the team. The All Blacks still have the best starting lineup on the planet by some way but their are some serious cracks in the men riding the pine. Each of those reserves failed to fire

in spectacular fashion. Granted, the game was well and truly over as a contest by the time any of them got on the field, but the massive slide in standards and sieve-like defence will be concerning to the coaching staff. Yes, the Wallabies are at a low point in their history, but the All Blacks failure to be ruthless when they had every opportunity to be so, is a sign this is a new era of the All Blacks. On a side note, Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty are the keys in the backline while Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are the best locking combination in the world. Take any of those four players out of the team and other nations have a sniff of toppling us. Rest in Peace Pinetree. You were a credit to the mantle of the greatest All Black in history and an even more stellar gentleman off the field.

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