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Success for young lifesaver By Glenise Dreaver

Thomas Mahoney from Raroa Intermediate came away from the Oceans 18 New Zealand Surf Lifesaving youth nationals (10-14 years) with two medals. He won silver in the beach sprint in his Under-11 section and a bronze in the U-11 beach flags event. The Titahi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club he belongs to sent a 30-strong team of 10-14-yearolds says their head coach Lizzy Bunckenberg. The club’s under-12 girls’ board relay team also picked up a bronze and Emma Herbert from Khandallah was ninth in the run swim

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run. It was a huge financial commitment that entailed a lot of fundraising to get them all to Orewa Beach in North Auckland. It wasn’t just transport, there was accommodation too, as that wasn’t arranged for them. “Families came and just did their own thing,” Lizzy said. It also involved a lot of commitment. “They had to train three times a week to be able to attend and race in local and regional events in preparation too.” The event attracted 850 competitors from all over New Zealand competing in water and land based events, “... all our future surf life guards” says Lizzy.

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Thomas Mahoney of Raroa Intermediate taking silver in the beach sprint at the Oceans 18 National Surf Lifesaving Championships held at Orewa from March 1-4. PHOTO: Supplied

Young cricketer sets her sights high By Glenise Dreaver Maddie Porteous with her cricketing inspiration, her mum Rachel. The gear she was given on coin toss day – cap, shirt and shorts - are prized possessions. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

England show they are favourites for 2019 Cricket World Cup England must now be the biggest threat to claim the Cricket World Cup next year on home soil. Their destruction of New Zealand in the fifth and deciding ODI at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval typified how the two teams have gone in opposite directions since the previous tournament three years ago. That time, Tim Southee dismantled England with seven wickets which saw them on a plane without progressing past the group stages. New Zealand carried on to the final. How times have changed. England now have a clear identity in coloured clothing. Destructive top-order batsmen, genuine match-winning all rounders, tenacious quick bowlers and spinners who can take wickets and restrict runs in the middle overs. Such a powerful line-up, combined with home conditions, should make them hard to beat next year. As for New Zealand, well, they’re a shambles in the 50-over game. Devoid of plans once Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are dismissed and with a pace attack in Southee and Trent Boult who seem to be regressing with every start.

Inconsistent players like Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme still command regular spots such is the lack of depth in the team. England have different players across tests, ODIs and Twenty20 formats. It is time New Zealand followed suit. Realistically we’d have to build the depth to have 30 players capable of playing international cricket when we only have half that at present but it would be worth it. Boldly, Mike Hesson is bound to be looking for an exit strategy from his coaching position and when that happens we could introduce different coaches for each squad. For arguments sake, Stephen Fleming could coach the shorter forms and someone like Hesson could coach the test matches. The Black Caps may have lost the series 3-2 but had it not been for some decent knocks from Williamson, Taylor and Mitch Santner, the series could have been far more one-sided. The time for change has come. Players need defined roles and depth must be created. Adapt and survive, stay stubborn and stumble - those are the options for the stuttering Black Caps team.

Twelve-year-old Maddie Porteous from Raroa Normal Intermediate School had a dream come true when she joined Captain Kane Williamson on the pitch for the coin toss before the Blackcaps v England match on February 13. The chance to meet every single Blackcaps player at the same time was also special. “It was awesome getting to meet them all and hand Kane the coin.” The honour came about purely by luck. Her father had signed up to an online invitation from ANZ and he put her name down. She won, and the opportunity couldn’t have come to a more appropriate candidate. The young bowler plays for the Wellington Representative Under-13 team as well as for

the Onslow Junior Cricket Club. She also has every intention of going as far as she can with the game, her sights set firmly on the White Ferns. Maddie says her inspiration is her mother Rachel, a Kiwi and also a bowler, who played for the Canadian Women’s Cricket team in 2009. “I’m going to try to do just as well as she did.” Rachel is modest about her achievement, pointing out that while she played a number of matches representing Canada internationally, and the level of coaching was excellent, on the day of their final big match in the ICC tournament she ended up as twelfth man. “I didn’t make the field!” She has, however, been able to pass the benefits of that coaching and international experience on to Maddie.

Independent Herald 14-03-18  

Independent Herald 14-03-18

Independent Herald 14-03-18  

Independent Herald 14-03-18