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Thursday May 3, 2018

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Evie on her way up Partnership to propel youth in rowing teams

Evie Bond, who coxed the North Island under-18 girls’ four and eight crews in the recent North vs South Island regatta. PHOTO: Supplied

For 16-year-old rowing crew member Evie Bond of Lyall Bay, her recent Maadi Cup performance as coxswain of her school’s under-18 girls’ team started a course of events that is seeing her move up the ladder in the rowing world. A few weeks after the Maadi Cup, the Samuel Marsden College student had the chance to trial for the u-18 North Island girls’ team, in preparation for the annual North-South regatta. Her selection wasn’t just about coxing in a boat. “We also had an interview about ourselves, our personality and where we wanted to go in rowing,” says Evie. She was successful and coxed the North Island u-18 girls’ four and eight crews, though sadly not to victory. “The South Island beat us in terms of points but it gave us the chance to bond as a crew and to meet people from all over New Zealand. It was an amazing experience and

I’ve made lots of friends.” “And we are all keeping in touch through Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook – things like that.” She is in year 12 at school, but was Evie’s last year in the u-18 level as there is a strict eligibility criteria and she turns 17 before the end of the year. Her ultimate aim is to make the elite New Zealand team, though she has another year at school, where the director of rowing is former British gold medal rower Rachel Gamble-Flint. She’s just amazing,” says Evie, who started rowing at the school in year 9, when she was 16. Evie also said she owes a lot to Catherine Duffin, who coached her in her second season. Keeping fit during the winter is not an issue for her. “Mum’s a really good runner. She does lots of it, so I go with her.”

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

Poneke beat Oriental-Rongotai 37-24

Anzac Day matches: Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Poneke 29-22 Wellington FC beat Avalon 28-19 Marist St Pats beat Petone 50-22 Upper Hutt beat Oriental Rongotai 36-34 Saturday matches: Poneke beat Oriental Rongotai 28-26 Marist St Pats beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 28-26 Old Boys University beat Wellington FC 40-29

• Women’s (Rebecca Liu’ana Trophy) Oriental Rongotai beat Poneke 132-0 Northern United beat Marist St Pats 44-19

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Anzac Day matches: Oriental Rongotai beat Upper Hutt 45-14 Poneke beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 32-7 Marist St Pats beat Petone 37-22 Wellington FC drew with Avalon 31-31 Saturday matches: Marist St Pats beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 65-11 Old Boys University beat Wellington FC 40-14

• 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl)

• Under 21s (JRD Cup)

Poneke beat Avalon 40-15

• Under 21s (Paris Memorial Trophy)

Marist St Pats beat Oriental Rongotai 26-24

• First Grade (Tomson Memorial Cup) Marist St Pats beat Poneke by default

Old Boys University beat Wellington FC 19-15 Eastbourne beat Marist St Pats 26-10 • Reserve Grade (Mike Copland Trophy) Poneke Ruffnuts beat OBU Righteous Brothers 97-7 Johnsonville beat Marist St Pats 69-20

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: • Central League

Miramar Rangers beat Western Suburbs 1-0 Stop Out beat Western Olympic 7-2 Napier City Rovers beat Wellington Utd 3-0

• Capital Premier (Venus Shield) Island Bay beat Tawa 3-2

• Capital One

Brooklyn Northern Utd beat Waterside Karori 3-2

• Capital Two

Seatoun beat Marist 4-2

• Women’s Kelly Cup 1st Round

Western Suburbs beat Brooklyn Northern Utd 8-0

• Women’s Executive Plate 1st Round Marist drew with Naenae 1-1 Island Bay Orcas beat Stokes Valley 1-0

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) and Scouts New Zealand are proud to announce an update to their partnership, which will give young people aged between 14 and 25 the opportunity to complete two prestigious youth awards simultaneously. Under the updated Memorandum of Understanding, activities completed as part of Scouting’s award scheme may be cross-credited towards the achievement of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. “Scouts will gain twice the recognition for the efforts they put in,” explains Karen Ross, the Award’s National Director in New Zealand. “Being able to add the Award to their résumés will demonstrate to employers, education providers and

others in the community that they have met an international standard in youth development.” By working together, both Scouts New Zealand and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award will benefit from the added reach of their respective award schemes, helping more young New Zealanders to reach their potential as a result. “The Award programme is a natural fit with Scouting,” says Joshua Tabor, Chief Executive at SCOUTS New Zealand. “Our schemes are well-aligned, and our organisations have very similar aims and values, so it makes sense to work together. We both want to empower young people to lead lives that make a positive difference.”

Local colleges to battle it out in First XV Festival Last year’s Wellington Premiership top four colleges return to the top grade by right to take part in the Tranzit Coachlines-sponsored 1st XV Festival over the next three weekends. Among the four at Memorial Park in Masterton this Saturday are Scots College, who will be taking on Gisborne Boys High School, and Wellington College – the only Wellington school to play in all six of these series – who are up against Palmerston North Boys’ High. St Pat’s Town will face local school

Rathkeale College, with the Central North Island competition side filling in this week while national champions Hastings Boys’ are at the Sanix tournament in Japan. Hastings return for the last two legs with the first on home turf and the last in Wellington at Jerry Collins Stadium. The Silverstream vs Gisborne match will feature in a television slot as the curtain raiser to the Hurricanes match against the Reds on the Friday night.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Bumbling Blues a sign of the times As a child, the saying “When Auckland rugby is strong, New Zealand rugby is strong”. No more. That was 1996, the Auckland team were still the provincial benchmark and the Blues were on their way to being the first Super 12 champions. How times have changed. Calling the Blues a shadow of their former selves would be insulting to shadows. Their latest home loss, 20-13 to Argentina’s Jaguares will do little to promote goodwill for the team which now has a generation of fans which don’t know what success looks like. The other four Kiwi franchises have all won the Super Rugby title in the past five years. All Black rugby has been the global measuring stick for the past decade. The 2018 Blues have been hampered by injuries to key players but in reality don’t have the fi repower to be competitive in a tough Kiwi conference. Coach Tana Umaga seems to have his hands tied. Yes, he is as accountable as the players for the effort on the field but Blues

fans must realise he doesn’t have the cattle to create positive change. T he Auck la nd fra nch ise have chopped and changed coaches looking for the right forecast to blow the winning winds of change through Eden Park. It is time they find quality players and invest in them long term. They need a quality No 10 and a leader or two in the forwards. They also need help mentally. Winning is as much a habit as losing is. The Blues don’t know how to win and panic when the game is tight. Rumours the franchise is keen to re-sign Umaga to another contract. Despite the results, that seems like a logical thing to do. No other coach stands out as an obvious replacement at this stage. There is no solution that will quickly satisfy the thirst for winning the fans have. The reality is, the Blues stink but throwing the baby out with the bath water has been tried and it failed. Best to stay the course and look for brighter days.

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