Wairarapa News : February 6th 2013
39 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 6, 2013 SPORT Contact us today on 06 370 0060 Ex 26 Genesis Energy Recreation Centre, Dixon Street North, Masterton www.swimmagic.co.nz RECREATION CENTRE Swimming lessons save lives!! swim school Term 1 2013 Start date 4th February BUT STILL NOT TO LATE TO ENROL Pay only $11.50 per lesson per week (conditions apply) 5161476AA Swimmers wait for record verification And they're off: The start of the boys' 200m freestyle relay. The Swimming Wairarapa Short Course Championships produced a record-breaking weekend and some hard-fought competition as dozens of swimmers aged 8 to 19 contested 46 events at the Genesis Energy Recreation Centre. Spurred on by leading swim- mers from Wellington s top clubs, Wairarapa s finest rose to the occasion and unofficially broke a number of Wairarapa Short Course records, both in individual and relay events. These new times will now be verified and applications made for them to be inked into the record books. The meet was the largest ever, attracting 20 per cent more entries than in 2012, which was itself a record year. The climax of the meeting was the Champion of Champions finals, with the seven fastest boys and girls competing for the overall sprint title for 50m freestyle. In the girls compe- tition Carterton s Bella Biggs (29.06 secs) edged out Master- ton s Emma Samuel (29.33) to win the trophy for the fastest Wairarapa female swimmer for the first time at the age of just 13. Joe Hammond (Carterton) enjoyed a slightly bigger margin, with his time of 25.27 beating John McKeefry (Masterton) to the touch as he stopped the watch at 25.92. With close competition between Wairarapa s leading two clubs, the meet became a tale of Carterton s boys against Masterton s girls. The top three male medal winners were all Carterton swimmers: Joe Ham- mond (16 gold, 1 silver), Robert Rossiter-Stead (14 gold) and Dallas Swaneveld (6 gold, 5 sil- ver, 3 bronze). Masterton provided the lead- ing 11-year-old female swim- mers, with Noemi Leinfellner (12 gold, 1 silver) and Kate Sims (5 gold, 10 silver, 1 bronze), while Eternal Thompson col- lected a haul of 10 gold medals in the 9-and-under category. These three girls were among the group of 13 swimmers aged 12 and under who were presented with their Swimming Wairarapa shirts at the end of the meet, as they will be compet- ing in the NZ Junior Champion- ships next weekend in Welling- ton. The full list is Zachary Hullah, Will McMaster, Jessie Parker, Tom Parker, Robert Rossiter-Stead and Dallas Swaneveld from Carterton Swimming Club and Mitchell Cockburn, Oliver Donaldson, Charlotte Hamill-Harris, Noemi Leinfellner, Kate Sims, Eternal Thompson and Mika Tobias from Masterton Swimming Club. The Wairarapa Champion- ships will be completed this Thursday evening with the final two events -- the 800m freestyle for boys and the 1500m freestyle for girls. This will help to deter- mine the age-group winners, who will be announced at the end-of-season Swimming Wai- rarapa prizegiving, with points calculated for each category. Greytown all set to host annual sevens festival Full flight: Greytown Player Tavita Issac lines up his opponent. The water sprinklers have been on fulltime at Greytown s Rugby Foot- ball Club, in preparation for this year s Greytown Sevens. Because the tournament s early on in the sevens circuit we ve got to get the ground back into shape quickly, club chairman Neil Morison says. It s been a bit of challenge this year with the lack of rain, but myself and Tavita Issac have been hard at work every morning and evening to ensure that the grass is the right length and the ground is soft. More than 20 teams from all over the lower North Island will descend on the East St club to battle it out for a prize pot of $1500. The major fund- raising tournament is made up of two competitions -- colts and seniors. It provides the teams with a perfect pre-season opportunity to dust down their rugby skills. The tournament has been going for more than 40 years and is an important part of the rugby club. It s quite hard work getting organised, but it s a great fundraiser for the club, Neil says. It used to be differ- ent, because it was solely Wairarapa Bush teams and it was a pre-season hit-out for all the clubs. It s got more professional now as players come from out of the area and play as part of the sevens circuit. It s probably their fundraiser too, as the best teams go around collecting prize-money. Last year s event drew teams from Wellington, Hawke s Bay and Horowhenua-Kapiti, who lined up alongside seven local entries from the Wairarapa clubs. After some intense competition throughout the day, a Carterton Fijian invitation side defeated Have- lock North to take the senior title, and Havelock North gained revenge in the Colts final with a victory over Upper Hutt. Unfortunately, some of the local clubs have stopped coming, so we ve had to look outside the region. Because to run a tournament you need a certain number of teams to make it viable. Some local clubs are reluctant to put a team in because coaches are now more concerned about player injuries before the main season, especially as clubs struggle with player numbers, he said. A lot of clubs now have a number of 15-a-side pre-season games as well. Without support from local busi- nesses, putting on an event like this would be a challenge. Fortunately this year, both the Greytown Hotel (Top Pub) and Fresh Choice, offered their support and we re extremely grateful, he says. The Greytown Sevens takes place this Saturday, at the East St grounds in Greytown. First game kicks off at 9am. Everyone welcome. Whibley dominates again Pahiatua s Paul Whibley signed off on his off-season break with another winning ride recently, dominating the river race seg- ment of the big annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville. With back-to-back wins in the crowd-favourite races, Whibley showed why he deserved to dis- play the No 1 on the front of his Yamaha, the 34-year-old simply too good for his cross-country, enduro and motocross rivals. Using part of the motocross track, the river race course soon becomes more nasty and nautical rather than dry and dirty as the riders drop off the riverbank and into the water, with the bikes waterproofing almost as important as the riders skills. It may have looked as though I did that easily but the truth is, I nearly lost it, Whibley admit- ted afterwards. The bike got a lung full of water and slowed for a lap while it digested the fluid. Mitch Rowe [of New Plymouth] sensed I was having issues and closed in for the kill. But, with a lap to go, the WR450F cleared its throat and I was able to hold on for the win in the final river race. Affectionately dubbed The Axeman on the motorcycling scene, the former Manawatu forestry worker won two major cross-country titles in the US last season, clinching the Grand National Cross-country Cham- pionships (GNCC) and the Off- Road Motorcycle and ATV (OMA) crown as well. Whibley intends to defend both crowns.
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