Wednesday May 23, 2018
Harriers motivated, despite conditions
Arnica Lahood followed by Lucy Houlihan both running in the under 13s race. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Hanna Hoffman, Lucy Houlihan, Eden Joyce, Penny Houlihan, Arnika Lahood and Arabella Joyce with their coach and club president, Nikki Braniff-Jones. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wainuiomata Athletic & Harrier Club sent its harriers runners to Paekakariki for a tough cross country race in glorious pre-winter conditions on May 12. The strong winds and looming clouds did not dampen the motivation of the club’s 14 runners, who were determined to wear the green and black singlet and represent Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata fielded a women’s
team for the university relay seeing four of the ladies each take on a 4km course through the challenging terrain. Each of the children’s races at the event had a Wainuiomata runner involved. All involved posted great times and the club is proud to have a second place getter in the girls’ under nine race with Penny Houlihan. Other runners who did well in-
clude Arabella Joyce in the under 11s event, Arnica Lahood and Lucy Houlihan in the under 13s, and Hannah Hoffman, who came third in the girls’ under 15 race. On May 19, 15 of the Wainuiomata Harrier runners took on the notorious Mt Victoria 95th Vossler Shield Challenge. Conditions on the day were superb with light winds. However, the ground underfoot was soft and
slippery due to the heavy rain the night before. The club’s younger runners described it as a ‘mud bath’. Wainuiomata had runners entered in races from under 11s through to Masters 60. Seven of the club’s athletes placed in the top 10 of their events. Honourable mention went to Sam Lightfoot, who placed third in the women’s under 20 3.7km
Another mixed weekend Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club had a mixed weekend with one win and two losses over the weekend. Its premier two team against Upper Hutt Maidstone United four in the first competitive match of the season. Ulalei were ahead in the first two quarters leading by seven goals at half time. Upper Hutt came back in the third quarter taking the lead 42-41. However, Ulalei stepped up in the final quarter to comfortably win 66-54. The club’s senior one side lost to Upper Hutt Maidstone United five, 29-17. “We need to win the next game to avoid relegation in the next round,” says Cerie Milovale, who had a strong game at goal defence. Ulalei’s premier one team played Naenae Collegians United’s top team in a tight contest for most of the match. Naenae eventually took the win, with a final score of 50-40. Despite the loss, the team were in good spirits with captain Sina Tamaalii saying: “In the past, Naenae Collegians United would annihilate us by 20 or 30 goals. Although disappointed at the loss, I am proud of the team’s effort, especially our young girls, and look
Lisa McGrath feeding shooters with the ball. PHOTO: T SAGAGA
forward to meeting them again in the next round.” On a positive note, three young players from Ulalei’s premier one team made the Netball Hutt Valley representative teams. This week, Ulalei premier one take on
Upper Hutt Maidstone United one at 9am; Ulalei senior one team takes on St Orans two at 1pm; Ulalei premier two take on Upper Hutt Maidstone United three at 1.30pm. All games are played at the Walter Nash Centre.
race; Cameron Forsyth, was seventh in the men’s under 18 3.7km race; Georgina Cox and Nikki Braniff-Jones came ninth and 10th respectively in the master women’s 35 5km race. Arabella Joyce was 10th in the under 11 girls 1.6km race, Hanna Hoffman was 10th in the girls under 15s 3.7km race. Don McGowan was 10th in the master men’s 60 5km race.
Unfortunate loss for Wainuiomata Wainuiomata were not able to capitalise a home advantage after falling short of Tawa’s strength on Saturday. Playing for the Chris Stirling Cup in the Swindale Shield competition, Wainuiomata played hard but trailed for the whole game, losing 22-43. The halftime score was 19-7 to Tawa. Wainuiomata’s points came from Nash Fiso-Vaelei, Matt Jacobs, Bevan Clark, and Andrew Mamea who all scored one try each. Matt Jacobs also kicked one conversion. Wainuiomata play Wellington this weekend at William Jones Park. Kick off is 2.45pm. Both teams will be playing for the Bill Jones Cup. Wainuiomata is currently 10th on the points table.
Wainuiomata News 23-05-18