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Junior surf lifesavers among best in country By Jamie Adams

Several young members of the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club have a cluster of medals to show off after helping their team finish second at the U-14 New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships. A total of nine competitors won 29 medals, including 14 gold, in the under 11-14 championships, known as Oceans’ 18. The standouts were u-13 competitor Pippa Nicoll with three golds, three silvers and a bronze, along with u-14 clubmate Sterling Maxwell with three gold, two silver and a bronze. Events the nine juniors won medals in included surf races, paddleboard races and beach flag runs. They also competed in board relays and, for the under-14s, Grand Cameron. Oceans team co-ordinator Hari Titcombe says the result was very impressive given it involved 900 competitors from 45 clubs. “Our training for this started in August last year. They would train five or six times a week.” Hari puts a lot of the club’s success down to the Oceans team coach Karly Maxwell, who had herself had competed for the club at a national level as a junior. “She has a lot of experience. The kids were able to hold their focus and all really wanted to do well for themselves.” Competing at the national champs wasn’t just about aiming to win, Hari says. “It’s about becoming a competent and confident lifeguard. Medals are a bonus.” Coach Karly agrees. While the club has

won national junior competitions before, it was a “pretty huge achievement” given the quality of upper North Island clubs who typically had more days of fine weather for training as well as more members. “I’m blown away. I knew they had potential, but didn’t know we get second overall,” Karly says. “We could’ve come first if it wasn’t for the weather cancelling the last day of competition.” Karly, whose father Walter is the head coach, says her goal now is to ensure the Oceans team maintains a top three position in the country. The club’s success came after the under 8-14s took out last month’s junior regional (lower North Island) championships, in Foxton.

Carson defends national 1500m title

Hamish Carson crosses the finish line in the 1500m at the national championships in Hamilton. Fellow Wellingtonian James Preston follows him in second place. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington’s Hamish Carson successfully defended his national 1500m title at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships at the weekend. Hamish Carson, just back in the country after competing in the 3000m at the world indoor championships, won his sixth 1500m title and his tenth overall, crossing the line in front of fellow Wellingtonian James Preston.

Hamish Carson went into the mens 1500m final having won five of the last eight championship titles, so it was no surprise when he emerged with another gold. It capped off a great championship for Wellington runners, with all three medals in the men’s 400m going to Wellington. Alex Haye clocked 47.63 seconds with Josh Ledger just behind. Rounding up the trio was Jacob Matson in 48.08 seconds.

ABOVE: Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club athletes, from left, Sterling Maxwell, 14, William Lambie, 14, Sam Brown, 14, Tamrah Titcombe, 13, Annabelle Stirling, 11, and Maisie Day-Ellis, 11 with their medals from the U-14 New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships (Oceans’ 18). PHOTO: Jamie Adams LEFT: Ella Court and Pippa Nicol who also won golds. PHOTO: Supplied

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.

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