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The winning duos, from left, Di McCarthy, Rete Kydd, John Billingsley and Sam Rainbird. Photo: Supplied.

Low scores mark Rarangi Spectacular

Some superb, and perhaps unprecedented, scoring over two days earned John Billingsley and Sam Rainbird victory in the men’s section of the annual McKendry Honda Rarangi Summer Spectacular golf tournament.

A capacity field took part in the popular event at the immaculately-presented seaside course last weekend.

An accumulated score of 194 shots on Saturday and Sunday saw them crowned as clear winners, finishing with a clear advantage over second-placed Graeme Kerrigan and Jamie Norton on 203. Third were Bruce Curgenven and David Best, also on 203, while Brooke and Ian Hale finished fourth with 204.

The women’s section was won by the experienced duo of Rete Kydd and Di McCarthy, who scored 211. A shot back were Annie Hubert and Mariann Best, with visitors Donna Mitchell and Keriana Scott another shot adrift in third. Sue Lang and Lyn Brice, who were looking for a “three-peat” after winning the event for the past two years, finished fourth on 214 in a close tussle for the top spots.

The event comprised a four ball/best ball nett round on Saturday and a combined nett on Sunday. Play started before 7am both days.

The victorious Renwick side. Back, from left, Jacob Zillwood, Griffin Carter, Andrew Marshall, Rikki Bovey, Michael Anstis, Max Brydon. Front, Sam Clothier-Solly, Hayden Gaudin, Mark Zillwood, Kirk Nicholas (c), Ed Gilhooly and Ritz Suthar. Photo: Supplied.

Renwick second grade side bag trophy

Renwick’s second grade cricketers took out the second grade Twenty20 title at Horton Park on Thursday.

The top qualifiers for the decider won a high-scoring encounter over Celtic Green, prevailing by just four runs.

Both sides batted well. Renwick were first at the crease and an unbeaten 77 from 62 balls from former rep opener Rikki Bovey set the foundation for their very competitive score of 152-4.

Their innings was battling at 9-2 and then 56-3 before Andrew Marshall joined Bovey, the pair putting together a match-winning third wicket 96-run partnership. Marshall finished with 31 from just 13 balls.

Celtic put together a series of handy partnerships during their unsuccessful run chase. Joel Logan scored 22 from 15, fellow opener Ollie Lawson hit 37 from 39 and Jared Bullen 31 not out from 28 to lead the scoring. Needing 10 from the final over for victory Celtic were only able to muster five from Jacob Zillwood’s bowling.  Both Zillwood and Rijvanahmed Suthar bagged three wickets from their four over allocation.

Senior grade

Although the final combatants have been decided, there was plenty of interest in the penultimate round of senior Twenty20 cricket on Wednesday evening.

Celtic, who are locked into a final berth alongside Renwick, beat Marlborough Boys’ College by 41 runs, while Wairau showed signs of a late resurgence with a six-wicket win over Renwick.

Celtic batted first against MBC, their total of 114 continuing the trend of low post-Xmas scores. Former rep player Matt McCormick made a welcome return for the Green and Golds, top-scoring with 29 from 25 balls batting seven. No 9 Tom Turner scored a late 21 to bolster an innings that teetered at 56-6 in the 12th over.

Cameron Collins bagged 2-8 from three overs for the students, Tim Petrie grabbing 2-13 from four overs of spin.

College made a steady start, Petrie and Ben Ivory-McCullum getting them through to 21 before Ivory-McCullum departed. Petrie anchored the innings with a patient 20 from 41 balls, but could not find anyone to stay with him in the middle as Celtic picked up wickets steadily, eventually dismissing the students for 73 in the final over. Josh Poole was the main destroyer with 4-10 from his four overs, while James Croker grabbed 2-6 and veteran medium pacer Greg Hegglun 2-10.

Meanwhile, a top allround performance from Harry MacDonald saw Wairau to a comfortable victory over Renwick. The rep player bagged 4-35 as the Green Machine were restricted to 141-7 from their 20 overs, then blasted 69 from 34 balls to get Wairau home in the 16th over, with just four wickets down.

Joseph Timms scored a quickfire 30 from 13 balls to top the Renwick batting display, while all of the top eight reached double figures to post a competitive score.

Wairau’s reply was based around a superb 98-run third wicket partnership between MacDonald and Tom Rawcliffe, who posted an unbeaten 39 from 38 balls. Cory Golding and Akhil Pant both bagged a brace of wickets for Renwick.

The final round robin games will be played on Wednesday with the final planned for Friday, February 7.

Standings: Celtic 22, Renwick 22 (played all their games), Wairau 14, Wairau Valley 10, MBC 4.

rowing blades

Medals aplenty at Ruataniwha

Marlborough based rowers claimed a string of podium placings, including four golds, at the South Island championships staged at Lake Ruataniwha last weekend.

Gold medals went to Central RPC’s Tristan Gregory-Hunt, in the men’s premier single, the Wairau women’s club quad of Macey Kappely, Eva Lloyd, Polly Wenlock and Jaimee Bridger, the Wairau women’s intermediate quad comprising Meg Flanagan, Liv Theodore, Maggie Lane, Kelsey Daldorf plus cox Lara Bacchus and the Blenheim men’s intermediate double of Logan Macdonald and Fred Vavasour.

Seven crews claimed silver medals, including the Wairau girls under-17 eight (Flanagan, Daldorf, Lane, Georgia Macdonald, Lily Crawford, Theodore, Cleo Ingram, Paige Materoa and cox Bacchus.

Other silver medallists were the Wairau men’s senior pair of Jack Castle and Will Johnston, the Wairau women’s club pair of Maddi Robinson and Bridger, the Wairau men’s club quad comprising Will Dunkley, Elliot Rose, Lachlan Stevens and Will Samson, Wairau’s Flanagan in the intermediate single, the Wairau premier men’s quad of Harrison Somerville, Sebastian and Rhys Krappe plus Jordan Gasson, as well as the Wairau girls under-16 coxed four of Holly Feltham, Macdonald, Lane, Materoa and Bacchus.

There were also eight crews who managed to bag bronze medals.

They included Central RPC sculler Kobe Miller in the men’s premier single, Wairau‘s Niamh Monk in the women’s senior single, the Blenheim boys under-17 coxed four of Dylan Burton, Rhys Salvador, Sam Feltham, Ashley-James Fitzgerald and cox Oliver Price, the Wairau under-19 women’s coxed quad, comprising Robinson, Olive Smith, Holly Blake, Grace Waring-Jones and cox Maani Gasson, the Central RPC men’s premier double of Miller and Jamie Hindle-Daniels, the Picton intermediate men’s double of Matthais Alexander and Dunkley, the RPC premier women’s double of Phoebe Trolove and Mia Uluilelata, plus the Wairau intermediate double of Blake and Waring-Jones.

Youngster Joseph Sandford-Jury was an integral part of the victorious Renwick tennis team, winning both his singles and doubles matches. Photo: Peter Jones.

Renwick set up breakthrough tennis win

Renwick CPR claimed the Marlborough premier tennis title for the first time on Wednesday evening, downing Rapaura Wairau River Blanc in a thrilling final at Pollard Park.

The two country clubs fought out a thrilling nine-match decider, an encounter which was postponed from last year due to inclement weather.

There were no such issues this time around with the tie played in balmy conditions, top-qualifiers Renwick eventually taking the honours six matches to three.

The evening began with two men’s doubles and one mixed encounter, Renwick making a bold start by winning two of the three.

In the No 1 doubles Rapaura’s Ant Walkenhorst and Lee Harborne defeated Oscar Sanford-Jury and Darren Herd 7-6, 7-5 in a match that was tight throughout, the Rapaura duo prevailing after doing slightly better on the big points.

In the second men’s doubles clash, Renwick bounced back in emphatic fashion, Chris Nott and Joseph Sanford-Jury beating Stephen Dempster and Hiro Kashida 6-2, 6-3.

Renwick sprung something of a surprise by putting the vastly-experienced Dave Sandford in their mixed doubles combination, alongside Meiko Kimura, but it paid dividends. In another closely-fought encounter the Renwick pair came through 7-5, 6-4 against Ben Burridge and Donna Clark.

Rapaura player Lee Harborne lines up an overhead shot while his doubles partner Ant Walkenhorst looks on. Photo: Peter Jones.
Rapaura player Lee Harborne lines up an overhead shot while his doubles partner Ant Walkenhorst looks on. Photo: Peter Jones.

With Renwick leading 2-1 Rapaura needed some early singles success. Harborne got them started, winning a 6-1, 3-6, 10-8 thriller against Oscar Sandford-Jury but Renwick were able to claim the following four men’s ties, giving them an unassailable lead.

Dave Sanford downed Walkenhorst 6-1, 6-2, Nott accounted for Dempster in another thriller, prevailing 6-2, 6-7, 12-10 to rack up a crucial point, Joseph Sandford-Jury overcame Kashida then Herd beat Burridge 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in another tight encounter.

The women’s single went the way of Rapaura, Clark getting the better of Kimura 6-1, 6-1, but it was not enough to stop Renwick getting their hands on the silverware for the first time since it was introduced in 2008.

Next week a new competition, the Summer Series, kicks off.

 

Results from the WK+ Presidents Grade, 28 January 2020

Division 1: Grovetown Grove Tavern Top Shelf 2 (31) Rapaura Masters 2 (21); Rapaura Wairau River 3 MTC Power 1; Rapaura Just Move 2 (33) MTC Chilli 2 (27).

Division 2: Renwick Netsetters 2 (29) Rapaura Pinot 2 (26); MTC Volleyeurs 3 Rapaura Newhawkes 1; MTC Swifts 3 MTC Roger Townley Construction 1; MTC Swallows 3 Renwick Mighty Four 1.

Division 3: Rapaura Chardonnay 1 MTC Bjorn Again 3; Rapaura Matadors 2 (29) Renwick Rebels 2 (27); MTC Tennis the Menace 3 Renwick Rookies 1.

Division 4: Rapaura Shiraz 4 Renwick Racquets 0 Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 2 (29) Rapaura Vines 2 (24) Renwick Serve us a Double! 4 Renwick Raiders 0.

Prabodha Arthavidu and Matthew Stretch were the leading contributors during Marlborough’s first innings. Photo: Shuttersport.

Rep cricketers book place in zone final

A revised game plan, built around an inspired team effort, saw Marlborough’s rep cricketers book a place in the Hawke Cup zone three qualifying final on Sunday.

They were too good for Nelson over two days on a testing Ngawatu pitch, claiming an outright victory by 175 runs.

Batting first, Marlborough reached a handy total of 250 from 71 overs, then ripped through the youthful Nelson batting line-up, bowling them out for 107 in 35.3 overs to claim vital first innings points.

Marlborough decided not to enforce the follow-on, not wanting to bat fourth, and were 15-1 at stumps on Saturday.

On Sunday they battled to a respectable 162-8 before declaring with 60 overs remaining, meaning Nelson needed to score at more than five an over from the outset. In the end they never threatened, another top bowling and fielding effort seeing the home side dismissed for 130 in the 37th over.

Marlborough coach Jarrod Englefield said that although his side had lost the toss and were inserted, they would have batted anyway.

“It was a good couple of days … we had a strategy to play things a bit different. The last couple of times we have played against them they have outplayed us, so we decided on a different approach.

“We wanted to play a faster style of two-day cricket. Try to get some momentum, get some runs and build the run-rate up … we got some good partnerships going, ran well between wickets, got a pretty good total, then the boys bowled well and set the game up on Saturday.

“The guys knuckled down in the second innings, Matthew Stretch batted well as did young Cooper Roberts on debut and Chris Turkington. In the end we were able to declare at a total we felt pretty comfortable with. Their batsmen had to go at it pretty hard and then we built pressure and with Nick Weaver bowling well again we got the job done.

“It was Nick’s third five-wicket bag for Marlborough, he’s so much fitter this year which is a credit to him. It was a big effort in hot conditions. Matthew Stretch also had an outstanding game, 40 in the first innings, 60 in the second, plus three slip catches and a wicket.

“But all the lads did well … there were contributions from everyone.”

Sunday’s result means Marlborough top the zone three table with 20 points, Canterbury Country have 13 and Nelson 10. The only game still to be played is at Horton Park next weekend, when Marlborough meet Country to effectively decide where the zonal final (on February 14-16) will be staged.

On day one the visiting side’s medium pacers did the job, Tarin Mason and Weaver removing the dangerous Zohrab twins, who opened the Nelson innings, plus top order batsmen Paddy Howes and Finn Restieaux with just 40 runs on the board.

From there wickets fell regularly, Jerrym Lamb and Chris Turkington cleaning up proceedings with three scalps apiece. Mason finished with 2-14 from six, Weaver 2-21 from eight, Lamb 3-18 from seven and Turkington 3-12 from four.

Marlborough’s batting was very much a team effort, five players passing 20 but only Prabodha Arthavidu (56 from 109 balls) going on to a half century. Stretch contributed 41 from 81, Lamb 39 from 71 and Harry MacDonald a hard-hit 32 from just 27 deliveries.

A 76-run second wicket partnership between Ave and Arthavidu and 61 for the sixth wicket between Lamb and MacDonald were the best combined efforts.

Despite the loss of Ave before stumps on Saturday, Marlborough continued to bat positively, Stretch’s 66 from 84 balls anchoring the innings as they kept the scoreboard ticking over through small partnerships.

The 37-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Stretch and Roberts (19 not out) was the best of the innings.

Nelson’s run chase never really got off the ground as wickets fell continually.  Nelson had no choice other than have a crack, but the visiting bowlers were not to be denied.

Weaver’s 5-39 from 11.5 overs was the outstanding performance, while all his fellow bowlers performed with control and energy, MacDonald, Boyce, Stretch, Turkington and Lamb picking up a wicket apiece.

Englefield said that as the wicket was hard to bat on they were intent on scoring, rather than batting to occupy the crease.

“We were trying to take the game away from them. We were prepared to play four innings, got momentum and from there just controlled the game.

“We also bowled a lot straighter than them, getting lbws, bowled and caught behinds. The boys just played bloody good cricket.”

Scores:

Marlborough 250 (Prabodha Arthavidu 56, Matthew Stretch 41, Jerrym Lamb 39, Harry MacDonald 32, Ma’are Ave 30, Felix Murray 4/79, Max Mannering 2/3, Thomas Zohrab 2/53) Nelson 107 (Thomas Zohrab 26, Nic Clark 21, Chris Turkington 3/12, Jerrym Lamb 3/18, Tarin Mason 2/14) Marlborough          162/8 dec (Stretch 66, Thomas Zohrab 2/29, Josh Newport 2/36, Jarrod McKay 2/38) Nelson 130 (Paddy Howes 39, Nic Clark 30, Nick Weaver 5/39).

Marlborough won by 175 runs

Tony Azevedo, a five-time Olympian, and captain of the silver medal-winning USA team, shared his knowledge with some of the country’s rising water polo talent. Photo: Peter Jones.

US water polo star lends his expertise

The man widely acknowledged as the United States’ greatest male water polo exponent has been in Blenheim for three days, sharing his unique knowledge with a group of young players.

Tony Azevedo, a five-time Olympian and silver medallist in Beijing, held a three-day camp at Stadium 2000 from Monday to Wednesday, attended by 46 young players aged 14-17, many of who had travelled a long way to attend.

Twenty participants hailed from Marlborough, where the sport is growing at a rapid rate, the others coming from Manawatu, Wellington, Canterbury, Dunedin, Southland, plus one lad from Australia.

Tony has previously staged two camps in Auckland, but this time ventured south.

Marlborough Water Polo Club chairperson Martyn Birch was instrumental in getting the 38-year-old to Blenheim.

“Last year our coach took three kids to his camp in Auckland and it cost them a fortune, so we discussed the idea of bringing him here. Our head coach Alistair Keay talked to the Seawolf club in Auckland, who organised Tony’s previous visit, and came to an arrangement.

“Basically any profits go to them, we get to showcase our great facilities and our parents/kids save money and get to train under one of the sport’s best players and now a top coach.”

Tony, who in 2015 was named the Pac-12 Conference water polo athlete of the century, was only too happy to set up camp in the Mainland for the first time.

Lunch at Lochmara Lodge, waterskiiing in the Sounds, visits to wineries and whale watching in Kaikoura have served to grow his appreciation of what the top of the south can offer.

“It’s my first trip to New Zealand with my family [wife and two children]. My son waterskied for the first time in the Sounds, I was, like, co-pilot when we went whalewatching and the wine tasting of course, it’s been amazing.”

Tony has been impressed by the physical capabilities of the young athletes in his camps, both north and south.

“You have girls here who are taller than me and you have guys that are shooting the ball harder than me … then when you get to that 16, 17, 18 year-old competition you really need to be exposed to higher level competition.

“But what our company [6-8 Sports] emphasises is that anyone from anywhere, if they are doing the right thing and have the fundamentals, then all they have to do is work hard, swim hard and play higher-quality games and they can be as good as anyone else in the world.

“The problem is that we are playing so many games we are missing out on some of the fundamentals … that’s what I have emphasised. How a kid picks up the ball, how they hold the ball, how they follow through … a lot of these kids are doing really well and if they can continue with the small changes [to their technique] I think they can be great players … there is so much talent here.”

Tony suggests that what separates a great water polo player from the rest is the ability to be humble and confident at the same time.

“Confident, because you can’t go into a game or practice thinking ‘oh man, I’m never going to score’, but humble because it is the players who make their team mates better that are the best players. The ones that are humble enough to continuously learn.

“And also humble enough to take all the failures that you are going to have, and there will be a lot of them … you are going to get scored on, make mistakes. Are you humble enough to learn from those mistakes and get better as an athlete or are you not even going to try to fix those mistakes and never grow?

“The biggest barrier to success is your fear of failure … instead of realising, ‘I’m gonna get scored on, it’s OK as long as I learn from it.”

Tony also emphasised the fun aspect of his chosen sport.

“After the 2008 Olympics they did a survey of all the sports and asked ‘if you could hang out with one sport which would it be?’ And water polo won.”

When asked why he thought water polo was voted the most fun sport, Tony recalled his teenage years.

“Before the age of 18 I mowed the lawn in speedos, I ran a marathon in speedos and I went out to a date in speedos … there’s something about us having to wear this tiny little thing that gives us that bit of confidence, right?

“Why I think water polo is so great is that it’s a team sport, which I’m a huge fan of in general because you learn how to interact with others, how to build each other up and leadership. Also, the fact that if you play our sport you are going to be in shape. So physically you are going to become more confident in your body, in yourself.

“It’s the third or fourth-fastest growing sport in the United States because all the parents want their kids to go to universities and there are so many opportunities at good universities, through scholarships or just getting in because you play water polo and have good grades.”

Martyn is hopeful that Tony’s visit inspires the participants to encourage other kids to play water polo.

“We see polo as a sport that could help kids develop their off-season fitness for other sports and also improve their throwing abilities, if you can throw a ball in the water, then you’re going to be able to throw a great ball standing on the ground. It also raise’s water confidence.

Our MGC team is current NZ tier two champions and Marlborough under-16 girls are tier two national silver medallists, but we are keen to have more kids try polo.

“We live in a region that has so much involvement with the water, we need to ensure our kids have the highest level of water confidence.  The next Tony Azevedo could be going to a Marlborough school now, so the more opportunities we provide hopefully the more kids will give the sport a go.”

Just for the record, Tony confirmed he no longer mowed the lawn at his Long Beach, California home in his speedos.

“I don’t even mow the lawn any more, I’ve got a guy that does it now,” he added with a broad grin.

If you are interested in playing water polo, term one starts on February 5. Anyone from 7 to 70 is welcome to come down and give it a go. Contact Petra at Stadium 2000, email [email protected] or drop in and see reception at the stadium.

The five Marlborough-based players in the under-15 boys Upper South Island softball team, with coaches Darren Aldridge and Marshall Rawiri. Photo: Supplied.

Young softballers take on the best

Five Marlborough softballers were members of the Upper South Island (USI) team which contested the under-15 boys national tournament held at Te Atiawa Park, Paraparaumu from January 9-12.

USI, who includes leading players from Marlborough, Nelson and the West Coast, was among the 17 teams who contested the nationals.

This year’s USI side comprised five boys from Marlborough, five from Nelson, plus one pick-up player from both Dunedin and Christchurch.

The Marlborough representation consisted of: Luke Aldridge (2nd base), Willem Hayton (3rd base), Jaymie Blake (catcher/outfield), Kayden Burdon and Ryan Jamieson (both outfield). Both team coaches, Darren Aldridge and Marshall Rawiri, were from Marlborough as well as the co-manager, Geoff Blake.

The team were pulled together quite late in the piece and, while the majority managed three or four combined trainings, the entire team didn’t get together until the afternoon of January 8 in Paraparaumu when they met the two pickups who flew into Wellington.

USI had a tough introduction to the tournament, meeting a strong Wellington combination first up.

They then took on Tairawhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Mid Canterbury and North Harbour (eventual second place-getters, over the first two days.

On day three the teams were split into pools based on performances to date, with USI, Auckland Development, Southland, Tairawhiti and Horowhenua being put together.

USI scored two wins in their pool, beating Tairawhiti and Horowhenua and enjoyed close matches against both Auckland Development and Southland.

Having played nine games over four days the USI lads played a lot of softball and, according to team management, “improved out of sight”.

They were involved in some tough battles, proving very competitive, including holding North Harbour scoreless for three innings.

“The boys did themselves proud, particularly for a team that came together at the last minute,” said co-manager Blake.

The victorious Wairau side. Photo: Supplied.

Wairau take out second grade cricket crown

Wairau are the Marlborough second grade champions after claiming the 2019-20 second grade 40-over title on Saturday.

They downed Celtic Green by 58 runs at Horton Park, turning in a convincing performance with both bat and ball.

Batting first Wairau reached 184-9 from their 40 overs, a testing target on a pitch that kept low at times.

Celtic Green struggled to get some batting momentum in reply, being dismissed for 126 in the 33rd over.

Leading the way for Wairau was Cameron Collins who produced a top all-round effort. He anchored the Wairau innings, scoring a patient 69 from 106 balls, with help from Aiden Lavender (24), Max Armstrong (26) and Alex Kennedy with a late 20. Logan Robinson (2-28) and Tom Turner (2-23) were the most successful of the Celtic bowlers, who were backed up by an energetic fielding display.

However, the batting effort was not so positive, Hunter Ruffell (2-16) and Matt Deaker (2-18) knocking the top off their innings, leaving them precariously poised at 43-4. Brad Pope with 21 and Turner with an unbeaten 26 did their best, but Collins bagged three wickets and Kennedy two to ensure there would be no late heroics.

 

Twenty20

Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening round eight of the SBS senior Twenty20 competition was contested.

Renwick consolidated their position at the top of the standings with two rounds remaining, tipping over Wairau Valley by six wickets. In the other match Celtic all but booked a place in the February 2 final by beating Wairau, also by six wickets.

Again scores were low, with bowlers taking charge, Valley only managing 98 batting first while Wairau could only muster 103. Tom Rawcliffe (24) and Chris Turkington (20) were the best of the Wairau batsmen, Ben Blackman and Jaden Adams bagging three wickets apiece.

In reply Celtic opener Josh Poole took control, the former rep allrounder scoring 69 from just 49 balls to ensure the match was over in the 15th over. Turkington’s 3-26 was comfortably the best of the Wairau bowling.

On the adjoining pitch, Valley opener Tim Abrahams with 27 from 30 balls, plus tail-enders Paul Hickman (12) and Michael Dillon (17) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Akhil Pant continued his recent golden run, snaring 3-28, while Rikki Bovey and Ed Gilhooly picked up a brace apiece.

Pant led the reply, scoring a rapid 31, while Joe Timms sealed the deal with 29 from just 11 balls at the end. Matt Stretch and Simon Muir snared a couple of wickets each.

The penultimate round is on Wednesday, January 29.

Josh Harris won both the singles and doubles in the 10-and-under boys’ grade. Photo: Nigel Perry.

Tennis tyros gather in Blenheim

Young tennis players came from far and wide to take part in the 2020 Marlborough Junior Summer Open, sponsored by Clarke Construction, on January 17-19.

Over 90 players combined for a total of 200 matches from Friday to Sunday with local competitors enjoying plenty of success across the various grades.

In the 8-and-under boys grade the top two players battled their way to a super tie third set. Jamie Waugh from Fielding won, but local player Charlie Clark could be one to watch for the future. Visitor Meg Inwood won the 8-and-under girls title.

The 10-and-under boys’ field included 16 players, with an all-Marlborough final, between Josh Harris and Oliver Clarke, eventuating. Harris prevailed 4-0, 4-1 and added the doubles title in combination with another local, Alex Herd. They defeated Liam Howes and Max Sowman in a tense battle, coming down to an 11-9 third set super tie breaker.

The 10-and-under girls’ singles final was an all-Canterbury affair, Marijia Filipovic beating Aliyah Daly in the final. They then combined to take out the doubles title.

Local player Sid Yank made a bold showing in the 12-and-under boys’ grade. In a strong 16-player draw, with a great mix of Marlborough and out-of-town players, Yank had one of his best tournaments, eliminating the first and third seeds on his way to the final, where he tipped over fourth seed Tasman Daly from Christchurch, 6-3, 6-4. The top seeds in the doubles, Louis De Lautour and Daly were victorious but didn’t have it all their way taking it out 7-6, 6-4 against Issac Boomer and Connor Edmonds.

The 12-and-under girls’ final featured two locals, Jemimah O’Donnell beating Poppy Parkinson 6-2, 6-3. O’Donnell combined with Lilly Walkenhorst to take the doubles final against Poppy Parkinson and Ana Eradus.

The Open 1 Division Boys section sees older players and those with higher points doing battle and, with the top seed Oscar Sandford-Jury injured, the tournament was wide open. Two Canterbury players battled out the final with Blake Cullen taking the win over Pavle Filipovic 6-2, 6-2. It was almost an all-Marlborough affair in the doubles final with top seeds Jay Geris and Oscar Sandford-Jury meeting former Marlborough player Lucca Wiseman and Joseph Sandford-Jury. Joseph was eventually able to claim bragging rights over his older brother and he and Wiseman took it out 6-4, 7-6.

Liam Donaldson from the West Coast claimed the Open 2 Division Boys crown, beating Nelson-based Sean Hillberg.

The Open Division Girls final saw Canterbury-based Nishitha Maarka take on local Lily Parkinson in the final, winning 6-3, 7-5 despite Parkinson making a strong come back in the second set. Parkinson then combined with fellow local Ella Sowman to comfortably take out the doubles title.

The team on Honk n’ Jack work hard to keep the boat on the go. Photo: Karmyn Ingram Photography.

Varied conditions test sailing regatta participants

The Marlborough Sounds delivered a complete set of wind conditions for the Giesen New Year regatta and Friday’s First National invitation race.

Principal Race Officer Viv Butcher delivered a great course for Friday’s invitation race in steady sea breeze of 12-15 knots enabling most crews to display their spinnaker or gennaker handling skills.

In Division 1 Waikawa boat Honk n’ Jack took the race ahead of Loco from Worser Bay Boating Club with Simply Irresistible third.

Division 2 saw Abracadabra, the Young 88 from Naval Point Yacht Club in Christchurch take the win ahead of local Farr 1020 Prime Suspect with Legacy 2, another Naval Point Young 88 third.

In Division 3, local boat Midnight distanced the field to finish first on line and handicap, with fellow Waikawa boats Sequin and Khamsin second and third respectively.

Division 4 saw another Waikawa trifecta with Satu taking the win ahead of Waipunga II and Playwright.

Saturday dawned for the race fleet of 36 with little sign of the forecast nor’westers. After a 90 minute delay racing got underway at midday in eight knots of patchy breeze. From light airs in race one to challenging gusty conditions in race two, the fleet were able to display a wide range of skills.

Sunday brought heavier winds with some concern that racing might be cancelled due to the conditions. However racing got underway with the long harbour divisions headed for Onahau while divisions 1 and 2 took on the challenging conditions on a windward-leeward course near Allports Island. With wind strength consistently in the 20-30 knot range there was certainly no lack of motive power for the fleet, many crews enjoying the exhilaration of high speed spinnaker and gennaker runs.

As wind gusts grew stronger and more unpredictable the call was made to abandon the final race for Divisions 1 and 2, the regatta being decided over five races while Divisions 3 and 4 got their full quota of four races on the long harbour courses.

The Division 1 title went to Simply Irresistible, the Young 11 producing consistent performances to head off the flying Thompson 750 Honk n’ Jack with overall line honours winner Loco placing third.

Division 2 was hotly contested, the title going to Overspray, the Naval Point Yacht Club Elliott 780 taking the line and handicap double ahead of Waikawa Farr 1020 Prime Suspect while Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club boat 88% Proof took third, the best of 4 Young 88’s in the division.

Division 3 went the way of Raconteur, the Waikawa based Hanse 400 continuing a recent run of good form to lead a local trifecta completed by Sequin, the Jenneau 36 taking second on countback ahead of Beneteau 456 Khamsin. Divisional line honours went to Midnight the Davidson 45 compiling a record of three wins and a second.

Division 4 went to Lotus 950 Satu ahead of Settimio, the Raven 26 second on countback ahead of Waipunga II. Line honours in the division went to Playwright  the Wright 10 assembling a perfect record with four wins from four races.

Waikawa spokesperson Duncan Mackenzie said “despite the absence of several well-performed boats committed to the Round North Island race and others due to mechanical issues the regatta was a great success. A wide range of wind conditions gave everyone the opportunity to shine in their preferred conditions and all division winners were worthy title holders. Best of all, we didn’t break any boats or people”.

The regatta was raced on January 10-12.