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Wednesday May 16, 2018

SPORT

Supreme female athlete from Karori The Athletics Wellington awards were held at Newtown Park last week. Marathon athlete Ruby Muir from Karori, who runs for Scottish Harriers, took out the top female athlete award and the award for the senior female cross country and road athlete. The country’s top-ranked trail runner, who won both the Wellington marathon and halfmarathon, she was competing in the latter for the first time. She was also third in the Auckland marathon. Sprinter Alex Haye from Hataitai, from Wellington Harriers Athletic Club, was the senior male sprinter and the overall best male athlete. He was a member of the winning Athletics

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Marathon runner Ruby Muir, of Karori, crowned Wellington’s best female athlete for the 2017/18 season. With her is sprinter Alex Haye from Hataitai. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington 4x100m male relay team at the National Track and Field championships and won the 400m event in 47.63 seconds and came third in the tough 200m event. He also won two golds in regional sprint events. Fifty-three awards were presented at the on May 9 awards dinner, covering track and field, cross country and road events for both junior and senior athletes, masters, coaches and volunteers in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. A special leadership certificate, recognising outstanding contribution to the development of athletics in the region was awarded to Jo Murray for her work as a volunteer as well as her work as the Athletics Wellington’s Sport Development Manager.

Karori sisters stand centre court with heroes Two young Karori netballers, Ella and Paige Jago, 12 and nine respectively, won the chance to lead the Premiership captains out on to the court and high five the players before Monday night’s match at TSB Stadium. Then they stood side by side with Pulse captain Katrina Grant and Tactix captain Jessica MacLennan in front of all the fans. The girls had entered the ANZ Future Captains competition. Ella attends Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and plays netball for the Marsden Silver team. She has been playing netball for more than two years and hopes to

play professionally one day. “My favourite part was seeing the players in person and seeing how fast they can run. I also liked being on court with them and high fiving them. Katrina Grant is my favourite player because she is really strong and fast.” Paige attends Karori Normal School and plays netball for the Karori Nikau team. She has been playing for more than two years and is netball-mad, hoping to be a Silver Fern when she is older. “My favourite part was being on court with the captains and seeing how tall they are in real life.”

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with Jacob Page

Aussies will be vulnerable for Boxing Day test Future captains Ella Jago (left) with sister Paige Jago during Monday’s ANZ Premiership netball match between the Pulse vs Tactix . PHOTO supplied

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

Old Boys University beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 48-16 Petone beat Johnsonville 65-0

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield)

Old Boys University beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 33-14 Johnsonville beat Petone 25-24

• Women’s (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy) Petone beat Old Boys University 17-7

• Under 21 (JRD Cup)

OBU Black beat OBU White 47-7 Wainuiomata beat Johnsonville 19-15

• Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy)

OBU Green beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 38-14

• First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup)

Petone beat Old Boys University 22-16

• 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl)

Western Suburbs beat Johnsonville 25-24 Upper Hutt Rams beat Old Boys University 24-0

• Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy) OBU Pink Ginners beat Upper Hutt J8s 46-15 Western Suburbs beat OBU 69ers 29-21 Paremata-Plimmerton beat OBU Righteous Brothers 19-7 Marist St Pats beat OBU Teddy Bears 39-14

LOCAL HOCKEY RESULTS: • Men

Hutt United beat Harbour City 5-1 Victoria drew with Northern United 2-2 Dalefield beat Naenae 4-3

• Women

Hutt United beat Karori 2-1 Harbour City beat Kapiti 5-0 Dalefield beat Victoria 3-2

The Black Caps being given a Boxing Day test against Australia in 2019 couldn’t have come at a better time. New Zealand, while not at their 2015 peak, are likely to be very competitive against an Aussie side bogged down in turmoil of their own creation when they play in the glamour match for the first time in 32 years. New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has a few issues to juggle. Not only does he have to keep on-field performance high and the winning culture the Aussie public expects, but he also has to breed a better on-field culture. Doing all those things while getting used to his own role and assisting new captain Tim Payne won’t be easy. The Australians were easily cast aside by South Africa in their last test series and with Steve Smith, David Warner and to a lesser extent Cameron Bancroft all unavailable for the foreseeable future, these are shaky times indeed.

Aussie’s best pace bowler Mitchell Starc is also battling injury issues. New Zealand is reliant on captain Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor to score the runs and Trent Boult and Tim Southee to take the wickets. A series win over England should give the group plenty of confidence. The team has areas of improvement it needs to address but also the players who can make those improvements. Tom Latham has shown glimpses of being a quality test opener, Henry Nicholls scored a big ton in the Eden Park win over England and Ish Sodhi is becoming more consistent with the difficult art of leg spin. If the team can get an all rounder like Corey Anderson or Jimmy Neesham fit, then all of a sudden depth would be created. Day one of a Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the event of the year. It’s a chance for the Black Caps to earn international respect and come 2019 they should be in a prime position to upset the form guide.

Independent Herald 16-05-18  

Independent Herald 16-05-18

Independent Herald 16-05-18  

Independent Herald 16-05-18