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Wednesday January 31, 2018



Cleaning up the bays for event day Sport Wellington staff spent an entire afternoon cleaning up the shoreline along Shelley Bay Road and Massey Road last week in the preparation for the 2018 Cigna Round the Bays fun run. Starting at Frank Kitts Park and ending at Kilbirnie Park, Cigna Round the Bays will see thousands of participants take part in the event scheduled for February 18. Cleaning up the beach side course for event day was a high priority for the eco-conscious event team.

Event director Anna Carrington had been for a drive around the course. “Some of the little beaches around Shelly Bay were just litter havens. It was very sad, so we are doing something about it,” Anna says. The cleanup crew worked in groups to pick up rubbish along the coast where the half marathon course takes place. Broken glass and plastic were the main items found but there were a number of spots where people had dumped bag loads of

rubbish. Helpers were treated to afternoon tea compliments of the Chocolate Fish Café as a thank you from the local business for their efforts. Since its inception in 1979 with just under 4000 participants, Cigna Round the Bays has grown from strength to strength over the last 40 years. Last February saw over 14,300 registered participants take part in running or walking around Wellington’s scenic waterfront. Sport Wellington prides itself

on delivering an event that has reduced barriers ensuring a wide range of the community is able to participate. Having a low entry fee, a range of distances, and providing a festival atmosphere at Frank Kitts Park and Kilbirnie Park, Cigna Round the Bays encourages people to take part in active recreation and celebrates their achievement.  Registrations for the event can be made online at with the earlybird rate being available until January 31.

Trophy-Winning Weekend for Wellington Clubs It was a brilliant day at Alex Moore Park on Sunday where a great surface allowed for some fantastic cricket with big scores and a very good attempted run chase. Batting first, Onslow amassed 303 for 8 as their captain, Sean O’Connor, picked the perfect occasion to score his first century. He was well supported by Calvin Harrison (64) and some late hitting from Sam Keegan (36). The ever-present Luke Woodock lead the way with the ball for Johnsonville, taking 3 for 43. In reply, Raki Weerasundara (98) and Hareen Silva (80) led the reply before Johnsonville were bowled out for 240. Johnsonville were worthy hosts, putting on a fantastic event which the big crowd enjoyed. Commiserations to Ivan Tissera and his Johnsonville team on getting so close. After winning the Rothbury Ewen Chatfield Trophy, Onslow will represent Wellington at the National Club Championships in Auckland in April. Onslow 303/8 (O’Connor

107, Harrison 64, Keegan 36, Ringrose 3/63, Woodcock 3/43) beat Johnsonville 240 (Weerasundara 98, Silva 80, Mudgway 31). Another match saw Karori take out the Premier Reser ve O ne -Day Tit le. Karori and Petone Reserve sides were lucky enough to contest their final at Karori Park on the same strip the Wellington Blaze had played on the previous two days. Having the Blaze use the field before the final meant the teams were able to have the sightscreens left up and the use of the boundary rope. In a low scoring game, Simon Baker’s 54 at the top of the Karori innings was the difference as his side won by 4 wickets. And finally, Victoria University became the Second Holders of the Cook Shield on the weekend. The Cook Shield was originally awarded for winning the Wellington Men’s Senior Championship for 70 years through until 1995 but was discontinued when Wellington amalgamated with Hutt Valley.

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The Shield was reintroduced for competition in 2008 and runs much like rugby’s Ranfurly Shield with clubs having to beat the holders outright over two days to win it. As defending Pearce Cup two-day champions, Eastern Suburbs held the shield initially with Taita getting the first challenge when it was reintroduced.

Since Eastern Suburbs were awarded the Shield, they have held it for 10 years and through 53 challenges. An incredible run comes to an end and big congratulations to University for managing to win the shield. Their first defence will be against Johnsonville, starting this weekend.

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Women return serve at Aussie Open The women’s tennis at the Australian Open has been of high quality and may signal a resurgence for the women of the sport. After 15 years of men’s tennis dominating the landscape thanks to such surnames as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, it seems like that era may be coming to an end. The women’s final between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki was absorbing tennis across three sets between the

two highest ranked players in the world. Wozniacki prevailed against a tiring top seed Halep who had survived match points and epic three setters earlier in the tournament. Halep’s tenacity had seen her win many admirers over the fortnight and I’m not ashamed to admit she was the reason I tuned into the women’s side of the draw. Wozniacki in her own right finally delivered on years of

being the bridesmaid and never the bride. The duo look set to lead the women’s game into the next chapter while an ageing Serena Williams lurks in the background as she makes her return after becoming a mother late last year. It was refreshing to see compelling tennis that didn’t involve the big four. I’ve long zoned out of women’s matches at grand slams because of the vast number of champions

at the top level over the past decade and the seemingly one-sided shorelines that have become the norm. The men’s is set to have a golden era end very soon and the time is right for the women to take the momentum and go with it. On a side note - Federer at 36-years-old is phenomenal. Goes to show you that Father Time can be slowed if you are smart and manage your playing workload and don’t punish your joints too much on court.

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