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Thursday June 14, 2018

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Wellington divers snatch world champs final spot Wellington sychronised divers Yu Qian Goh and Anton Down-Jenkins have qualified for the FINA world champs. PHOTO: Supplied

Silver Fern Katrina Grant with pupils at Brooklyn School. PHOTO: Supplied

Call for applications to help netballers achieve goals

Wellington’s Anton Down-Jenkins and Yu Qian Goh combined on Sunday at the World Cup in Wuhan China in the 3 metre mixed synchronised diving event to finish in 12th place. In doing so, Yu Qian and Anton have earned New Zealand a position in the final at the 2019 FINA World Championships in South Korea. Yu, of Kaiwharawhara but now based at the University of South Carolina, and Anton, of Seatoun, came from behind with their last

dive, scoring 262.92 to take the last place on offer to next year’s premier international meet. They edged out Canada’s powerful team by 24 points. Diving New Zealand convenor of selectors, Simon Latimer says: “This is further good news for the sport in New Zealand following the Commonwealth Games and shortly before a team of five new representatives leaves for the World Junior Championships in Ukraine in July.” Wellington’s Arno Lee is among those five.

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat Marist 29-22 Northern United vs Poneke Match postponed Premier 2 (Hardham Cup) Wellington FC beat Avalon 22-20 Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Northern United vs Poneke Match postponed Oriental Rongotai beat Marist St Pats 26-25 Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Cup) Wellington FC beat Avalon 48-43 Women’s (Rebecca Liu’ana Trophy)

Marist St Pats beat Poneke 69-5 Oriental Rongotai beat Avalon 86-24 Les Mills Under 21 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup) Poneke beat Old Boys University by default Wainuiomata beat Oriental Rongotai 22-20 Avalon beat Wellignton FC 29-28 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl) Avalon beat Marist St Pats 50-3 Wellington FC Bye Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy) Marist St Pats beat Old Boys 46-31

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: MEN’S COMPETITION CENTRAL LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Building King Havelock North Wanderers 2-4 Wellington Olympic v Waterside Karori 2-1 Napier City Rovers v Miramar Rangers 3-1 CAPITAL PREMIER - VENUS SHIELD Island Bay AFC v Lower Hutt Utd 4-1 CAPITAL 1 Miramar Rangers v Brooklyn Northern Urd 2-7 CAPITAL 2 Seatoun FC v Waikanae AFC 1-4 Marist v Upper Hutt 4-1

COLLEGE PREMIERSHIP - TREVOR RUGBY CUP Wellington College v Rongotai 0-3 Silverstream v Scots College 4-1 Wairarapa College v St Pats Town 0-1 WOMEN’S COMPETITION W LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Palmerston North 8-0 Seatoun AFC v Wairarapa Utd 1-3 PREMIER LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v Kapiti Coast Utd 0-3 Brooklyn v Waterside Karori 2-4

The ANZ Premiership is back for a second season and the sponsor is asking what Wellington’s netballer fans and supporters need to achieve their netball aspirations. ANZ is calling for applications for assistance that will help Wellington netball fans achieve their netball aspirations. The bank says support is not limited to kit; it could be anything big, small or off-the-wall. In the past it has included netball gear, expert coaching, and court and club makeovers. St Francis de Sales School in Island Bay was one such recipient. Last year it applied for assistance because their courts doubled up as a church car park at the weekends, resulting in constant wear and tear to the lines. They received a court makeover

including freshly-painted court markings, new goal posts, new gear bags and match balls. Over the past five years ANZ has supported teams, clubs, schools and players all over New Zealand to the value of nearly $500,000. “We are proud to support netball at every level, from grassroots right up to the elite ANZ Premiership and Silver Ferns.,” Sue McGregor, ANZ Head of Sponsorship, says. “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve your goals, so we are committed to helping as many netball fans as we can.” Wellington netball clubs, teams, players and fans can say what they need to help achieve their netball goals at anzcourtside.co.nz.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The generational sporting hero There’s something about the players of your youth that seems to make it difficult to be objective. That debate of the greatest ever in a chosen sport is always subjective and depends on the impact that player had on you and what period of life you were in. Generally, the younger and more impressionable you are, the more fondly you remember a player. That classic debate is raging in America as the NBA’s current best player, LeBron James loses another finals series to the Golden State Warriors. Those over 30 generally believe Michael Jordan is the best basketballer ever, based on his impact, spectacular play and undefeated 6-0 finals record in the 1990s with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s six rings are held up and the reason LeBron is, at best, No 2’s because, despite him having most ingame statistics in his favour, he only

has three championships in nine finals appearances. For me, growing up, my three favourite sportsmen were Black Cap veteran Chris Harris, All Black first-five Andrew Mehrtens and Canterbury rugby captain Todd Blackadder. All three were incredibly reliable but, in my more realistic moments, each had their weaknesses. Harris never was a test match regular, Mehrtens wasn’t a great defender and Blackadder had a mediocre All Black career. However each of them were instrumental in me loving sport. The same will be happening with kids looking at Beauden Barrett, Ross Taylor and Kieran Read. It’s simply a generational thing. There’s no right or wrong answer, only fodder for friendly debates for years to come.

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