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Thursday July 12, 2018

SPORT

Clareburt stars as Wellington cleans up at swimming awards

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LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Wellington FC beat Johnsonville 15-5 Premier (Hardham Cup) Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Marist St Pats 24-7 Poneke beat Old Boys University 17-14 Oriental Rongotai Bye Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Marist St Pats beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 48-0 Poneke beat Old Boys University 17-15 Oriental Rongotai Bye Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Cup) Wellington FC beat Johnsonville 29-17 Women’s (Tia Passi Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai Bye Women’s (Izzy Ford Cup) Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Poneke 43-12

Under 21 (John Kelly Memorial Cup - Div 1) Marist St Pats beat Upper Hutt 21-10 Under 21 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup – Div 2) Poneke beat Old Boys University 26-0 Oriental Rongotai beat Avalon 64-8 Wellington FC beat Johnsonville 36-10 First Grade (Johnsonville Centennium Cup) Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 50-5 85kg Restricted (Tony O’Brien Shield) Johnsonville beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 31-7 Western Suburbs beat Wellington FC 7-0 Marist St Pats Bye Reserve Grade (John Davies Cup) Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 69ers 34-7

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS:

Lewis Clareburt was the recipient of Swimmer of the Year for 2018. PHOTO: Supplied

Saturday night in Auckland saw the annual Swimming New Zealand Awards - and Wellington swimmers had a great evening taking out the majority of the major awards. Roseneath’s Lewis Clareburt, who won bronze at the recent Commonwealth Games, won international swimmer of the year. Emma Robinson was named domestic swimmer of the year and Gary Hollywood, Lewis’s coach, won coach of the year. Lewis, Emma and Gary are all from Capital Swim Club in Wellington. At the finale of the evening Lewis also took out the supreme award and was named Swimmer of the Year for 2018. This award acknowledges the great

progress he has made in his swimming career this year. At only 18 he is said to have much potential on the world stage. Rounding out the Wellington regional representation of award winners was Chelsey Edwards, from Naeanae-based Swimzone Racing, who won Best Emerging Swimmer from the All Stars Zone which encompasses the southern part of the North Island. Martyn Newman-Hall, general manager of Swimming Wellington, congratulates the region’s “fantastic” swimmers and coaches. “There are some 5500 to 6000 competitive swimmers in New Zealand and Wellington has 770. Whilst not the biggest, on a per capita basis we are the

leading region,” Martyn says. “This would be the first time in many years that our region has dominated the national awards and reflects the achievements of our leading swimmers over the past 12 months.” Martyn says Swimming Wellington is fortunate that Lewis continues to live and train in the city. “His presence is an inspiration and assists the development of our up-and-coming swimmers.” All three swimmers are to represent New Zealand at international competitions in August. Lewis and Emma will compete at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo and Chelsey will be going to the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji.

National Age Group Swimming Championships returning to Wellington After being held in Auckland this year the National Age Group Swimming Championships will return to Wellington in April 2019. This is the largest national swimming event and provides one of the best opportunities for our swimmers to set national records on their journey towards representing New Zealand on the international stage. Some 750-plus swimmers, 200 coaches and team managers, and over 400 supporters

will converge on the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC) in Kilbirnie for five days of intense competition where club, regional and national honours will be at stake. Martyn Newman-Hall, general manager of Swimming Wellington, is “delighted” the region will be hosting this important event. He says WRAC is a great facility and it will provide an ideal atmosphere for both the swimmers and spectators.

“Wellington’s geographic position in New Zealand and WRAC’s proximity to the airport mean that it is a very cost-effective option for swimmers arriving from out of our region,” Martyn says. “The support and encouragement from WRAC, the Wellington City Council and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency to help bring this event to the city has been tremendous. We look forward to a great championship.”

MEN’S CAPITAL PREMIER AND CENTRAL LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v North Wellington 1-5 Miramar Rangers v Wellington Olympic 1-4 Island Bay Utd v North Wellington AFC 1-5 CAPITAL 1 Victoria University v Brooklyn Northern Utd 3-4 Miramar Rangers v Stokes Valley 2-3 CAPITAL 2 Seatoun AFC v Wellington Olympic 4-1

Marist v Victoria University 0-2 Island Bay Utd v NW Reserves 2-5 COLLEGE PREMIER St Pat’s v Tawa College 1-2 Rongotai College v Silverstream 2-0 Wellington College v Wairarapa College 5-0 Scots College v Hutt International 1-0 WOMEN’S W LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Upper Hutt 7-1 Seatoun AFC v Palmerston North 3-1 DIVISION 1 - ROUND 2 Wellington Utd v Tawa AFC 2-1 Island Bay Utd v Stop Out 3-0

PREMIER 1 HOCKEY RESULTS  ROUND 12 Men’s Hutt United beat Harbour City 3–2 Dalefield beat Naenae 4-1 Northern United drew with Victoria 2-2

Women’s Harbour City beat Kapiti 7-3 Dalefield beat Victoria 2-0 Hutt United beat Karori 1-0

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Three Lions thrive on free-flowing football Pressure — it’s something intangible that’s easy to see. It does strange things to sports people and sports teams alike. Some thrive with it, while others take a dive. The All Blacks generally handle pressure well. But that thirst to win is often quenched. Our cricketers, hockey teams and swimmers have often come up short in big moments. Pressure can’t be touched but it can be felt and seen on someone’s face. It’s ironic English football has had its best World Cup campaign in more than two decades simply because the pressure of expectation has not been on them. Past teams have had so much expectation that they’ve often cramped up under the scrutiny and bowed out before their talent level suggests they should have. Having spoken to my few English friends throughout football’s biggest tournament, many were just happy to see the ‘Three

Lions’ get out of the group stage. One mentioned to me he was happy to see them make the knockout games and commented that they seemed to be playing with a freedom he hadn’t seen in his 30 years of watching the game. It was an interesting observation from someone who’s seen more than his share of English football heartache as the national side looked for their first World Cup since 1966. Past tournaments have been littered with funny stories of how the English messed up campaigns. Whether it be a David Beckham red card or a missed penalty, the English seemed to find new and bizarre ways to exit the tournament. Free of pressure and with limited expectations already exceeded, this team is not burdened by the past, they are not a laughing stock. No pressure, just pride.

Cook Strait News 12-07-18  

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Cook Strait News 12-07-18  

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