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Hundreds bid to be king and queen of the mountain Organisers say it was a fantastic day when 351 runners took to the trails of Mt Victoria to take part in the 95th Vosseler Shield event on Saturday. The first major individual interclub cross country races of the winter season saw competitors battle it out across all grades from U11s to Masters for over-70s. First-year senior Maiya Christini from Wellington Harriers Athletics Club (WHAC) took command of the women’s race early on and won comfortably by 38 seconds. She was followed by last year’s winner and clubmate Sarah Drought.

Maiya moved to Wellington last year but ran for her Auckland club last winter season in order to be eligible for the junior team at the New Zealand Road Relay Champs. In the men’s race, Daniel Jones took it to the field and opened up an early lead which extended to over a minute by the finish. He was followed by club mates Niam Macdonald and Harry Burnard, both of whom have recently been selected for the World Mountain Running Champs. Host WHAC retained the Barry Everitt Place for the highest scoring overall club on points.

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LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

Northern United beat Oriental Rongotai 32-15 Petone beat Wellington FC 55-0 Marist St Pats beat Poneke 42-28

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield)

Petone beat Wellington FC 34-27 Marist St Pats beat Poneke 52-10 Northern United beat Oriental Rongotai 34-29

• Women’s (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy)

Wellington FC drew with Old Boys University 24-24

• Les Mills Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy)

Northern United beat Oriental Rongotai 36-32 Marist St Pats beat Twa 25-19

• First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup) Old Boys University beat Marist 42-41

• 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl)

Marist St Pats Bye Northern United beat Poneke 92-0 Oriental Rongotai beat Paremata-Plimmerton 44-10

Wellington FC beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 25-12 Upper Hutt beat Marist St Pats by default

• Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup)

• Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy)

Johnsonville beat Poneke 17-10

• Reserve Grade (JDR Cup)

Poneke beat Upper Hutt 38-26 Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 26-24

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: MEN’S COMPETITION • Central League

Wellington Olympic v Havelock North Wanderers 1-2 Stop Out Sports Club v Miramar Rangers 5-2 Western Suburbs v Wellington Utd 3-0 • Capital Premier Kapiti Coast Utd v Island Bay Utd 3-0 Wellington Olympic v Petone FC 2-3

Rongotai College v Wairarapa 1-2 Hutt International v Scots 1-3 St Pats Wgtn v Silverstream 0-2

WOMEN’S COMPETITION • W League Upper Hutt City Football v Seatoun AFC 4-1 Western Suburbs v Wellington Utd 0-6

• Capital 1

Brooklyn Northern Utd v Naenae Soccer Club 5-0

• Capital Premier Island Bay Utd v Petone Premier 7-1 Brooklyn Northern Utd v Wellington Utd 1-3

• Capital 2

• Capital 3

NW Reserves v Marist 1st Team 4-1 Seatoun AFC v Wairarapa Utd 8-1

• College Premier Youth Grade Wellington College v Kapiti 4-1

Waikanae AFC v Marist 1st Team 0-3

• Kate Sheppard Knock Out Cup Victoria University v Brooklyn Northern Utd 3-1

PREMIER 1 HOCKEY RESULTS  ROUND 6: • Men

Harbour City beat Dalefield 4–3 Hutt United beat Northern United 5–3 Victoria beat Kapiti 3–1

• Women

Dalefield beat Harbour City 4–3 Hutt United and Victoria drew 1–1

Sports talk WHAC club manager Paul Hewitson leads a group during the men’s Vosseler Shield race. Paul was on the course from the early hours of setting up but he still fronted up to run. He finished seventh in the men’s Masters over-50s. PHOTO: Supplied

Marist in the Jubilee Cup semis Marist St Pat’s was a significant winner in a blockbuster match on Saturday at Kilbirnie Park. MSP and Norths both produced top second half performances in beating home teams Poneke and Ories to both book their places in the Jubilee Cup with two weeks to spare. MSP pulled cleared of Poneke to win their Horan-Millar Trophy match 42-28, while Norths beat Oriental-Rongotai for the To’omaga Alex Iona Memorial Cup 32-15. These other two wins mean that OBU (on 47 points), Norths (45), HOBM (43) and MSP (40) can all start preparing for the championship rounds. However, six teams - Petone, Tawa, Poneke, Oriental-Rongotai, the Upper Hutt Rams and

Wainuiomata (mathematically possible) – are still alive chasing the remaining three spots over the final fortnight of the first round. Just Avalon, Paremata-Plimmerton, the Wellington Axemen and Johnsonville are guaranteed to be heading to the Hardham Cup in June and July. In other results on Saturday, Petone beat Wellington 55-0 at the Petone Recreation Ground, Tawa beat Wainuiomata 43-22 at William Jones Park and the Upper Hutt Rams beat Johnsonville 4029 at Helston Park. Swindale Shield Points Table: OBU 48, Nor t hs 45, HOBM 44, MSP 40, Petone 37, Tawa 37, Po n eke 3 4 Ories 27, Wainui 25, UH Rams 25, Avalon 17, Pare-Plim 16, Wgtn 12, Jville 1

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No bolters for ABs Apparently gone are the days of the great All Black bolter. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that the All Blacks first squad of 2018 was as predictable as a Blues defeat. Whether that’s good or bad, is always subjective but when potential new selections are mooted prior to the announcement and then proven to be accurate, it does kill the emotion of the event. Still, there are key talking points to come from this squad to face France in June. Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock could not be ignored as the obvious choice of captain. Even with vice captain Sam Cane in the squad, the rugged Cantab was a popular choice. Steve Hansen and his wise men of selectors have gone with just two hookers. With Dane Coles out, they continued with Codie Taylor and the skittish Nathan Harris and avoided naming a third. Jordan Taufua gets rewarded for three seasons of knocking on the selection door. While his place looks to have come at the expense of the reliable Matt Todd, it appears Taufua could be groomed as the next enforcer of

the All Blacks loose forwards, much like Jerome Kaino was during his tenure. With the overseas departure of Tawera Kerr-Barlow, selectors have picked fellow Waikato scrum half Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi. That’s largely the only surprise in the backline with perhaps one Canes back Ben Lam a touch unlucky to miss selection given his Super Rugby form. But therein lies the evolution of selection. No longer does one stellar Super Rugby campaign make you an All Black that year. Hansen, like Graham Henry before him, has his trusted players, regardless of form. It’s now, more than ever, about fitting into the All Black environment and less about stellar on field performance. To be an All Black requires longevity and solid, reliable performance. If you’re flaky, then you’re out or not even let in at all. Hard to argue with that logic given the decade ranked No 1 on the planet and back-to-back World Championships. Here’s to more success, it’s what we expect and demand after all.

Cook Strait News 24-05-18  

Cook Strait News 24-05-18

Cook Strait News 24-05-18  

Cook Strait News 24-05-18