This year's Rotax Max Challenge series is going down to the wire in Auckland this weekend with margins still tight in three of the four classes.
With four trips to the Rotax category's 16th annual Grand Final meeting in Spain in November - not to mention spot prizes including Arai crash helmets, Irwin Tools and product from Schwarzkopf, Right Karts and Logitech - still riding on the results there's plenty to fight for.
In the Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Light class Daniel and Mathew Kinsman from Auckland are now separated by just two points after Mathew beat younger brother Daniel at the penultimate round.
Third and fourth places are also close with Daniel Connor from Helensville 35 points behind Mathew Kinsman in third but only seven points ahead of Cambridge's Andy Schofield who is fourth.
Having accepted an invitation to contest the World Junior Karting Championships meeting in Italy this weekend, fast-rising young Christchurch international Marcus Armstrong is, unfortunately, going to miss the meeting, and possibly the chance to again represent New Zealand at the Grand Final (he is the defending Arai Junior Max class winner).
Long-time rival, Dylan Drysdale, who he beat to win the Junior class last year, is in the box seat to win his class at the Auckland final this weekend, but he will have to be careful because not only has Armstrong got a good lead (13 points), Caleb Huston from Taupo (who claimed a breakthrough class win at the penultimate series round at Hastings last month) and Taylor Harte from Mount Maunganui are tied in third place just five points behind Drysdale.
Things are a little more clear-cut in the Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Heavy/Masters class with long-time leader Ryan Urban sitting out the final round thanks to an unassailable lead in both categories. Young gun Zach Zaloum is also safe at the head of the under 32 (the Masters cut-off age) queue. Behind these two though only two poonts separate the next two Masters class competitors, Aucklander Aarron Cunningham and now Christchurch-based British female driver Tiffany Chittenden.
Behind them, meanwhile, there is only ten points between fifth placed Ryan Bailey from Auckland, and former NZ Rotax Max Challenge class winner and representative, Niki Urwin from Tauranga.
There will be racing at KartSport Auckland's Strata Networks track at Rosebank Domain on both days this weekend with qualifying and the first heats on Saturday and the balance of the heats, pre-Final and Final on Sunday.
With the final round of the 2014 Pro Kart Series also being decided at the meeting it will be one of the biggest on the Auckland karting calendar with over 100 karters from across the country competing.
Are you a leader, do you enjoy giving direction, do you love seeing smiles on people’s faces? If so have you considered becoming a Sport Hawke’s Bay programme instructor?
It is an incredibly rewarding role that’s instrumental in achieving the aim of Hawke’s Bay being regarded as New Zealand’s most active and successful region for sport and recreation.
One of the specialist fields is providing high quality, physical activity opportunities for older adults and kaumatua. Programmes which are delivered at a variety of venues throughout the region includes cardiovascular components, strength, balance and flexibility training with flavours of Tai Chi and other fantastic movements to music.
We are currently looking to add to our team of instructors and if you consider yourself to be focussed, energetic and with a passion for physical activity why not join us.
INSTRUCTOR SCOPE INFORMATION EVENING:
WHEN: Tuesday 30 September, 2014
WHERE: Pettigrew Green Arena – Lady Pettigrew Theatre, 480 Gloucester
Street, Taradale, Napier.
TIME: 5.30PM – 7.30PM
The Term 3 Interschool Golf Croquet Tournament promises to be a good challenge for up-coming new players.
It is to be held at Marewa Croquet Club, Whitmore Park, Nuffield Avenue Napier on Sunday 28th September at 9.30am.
This easy to learn sport is rapidly gaining popularity amongst young players since it’s recent introduction into schools via a Kiwi Grant fund. Talented new players are emerging and will have a chance to test themselves against the more experienced players.
Students from 8 or more Hawke’s Bay primary, intermediate and secondary schools will be attempting to outwit opponents while
meeting players from other schools.
Dannevirke and Palmerston North schools may also be competing.
Connor Parkhill from Havelock Nth HS and Natasha Rabe of Tamatea Intermediate shone through at the June Interschool Tournament, both winning their grades, and in the absence of Jez Reeves, Parkhill also took the overall winner’s title.
Since Clubs opened their membership to juniors about 4 years ago, Hawke’s Bay has already produced National Development Squad members in the Reeves brothers Liam and Jez, with younger brother Guy a future contender.
Liam has been selected to compete in the Golf Croquet World U21 Championship event in February along with 13 other young New Zealand players now on the world Ranking List.
One of these 13, Edmond Forsythe from South Canterbury, recently won the National Arthur Ross Handicap Association Croquet Trophy against the current National Golf Croquet Champion this year at only 13 years old.
In March 2015 there should be at least three Secondary Schools from Hawke’s Bay able to have teams of four entered in the National Secondary School Championships to be held at Palmerston North.
Last year Havelock North High School’s L and J Reeves, C Parkhill and J Chamberlain represented Hawke’s Bay in this event and finished in 3rd place overall.
Hawkes Bay will be coming out with all guns blazing this Saturday when Bay of Plenty get a rare crack at the Ranfurly Shield.
It has been 10 years since the Steamers last held the shield and they are determined not to waste the opportunity.
Bay of Plenty however know the size of the challenge ahead after Hawke's Bay annihilated Otago last weekend at their home ground in Napier.
The Steamers are currently 6th in the second tier championship standings but have already beaten the Magpies this year 35-0 during a pre-season match.
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Will the Magpies have another emphatic win this weekend? Get down to McLean Park in Napier and find out for yourself as they defend the shield on Saturday. The battle of the bays where the mighty Magpies take on rivals Bay of Plenty. Get your tickets now.
When: Sat 20 Sep 2014, 2:35pm–5:00pm
Where: McLean Park, Latham St, Napier
Restrictions: All Ages
Ticket Information: Buy Tickets Here.
Surprise Hawkes Bay signing Robbie Fruean shared his heart surgery story with the Heartbeat Programme at the Pettigrew Green Arena yesterday.
Central Vipers have continued their turnaround season in the Pirtek NZRL National Premiership, with a resounding 74-16 win over Northern Swords at Wanganui.
After travelling through the 2013 competition without a win, the Hawke's Bay/Taranaki/Manawatu/Wanganui combination have now registered two wins this year, having accounted for Wellington two weeks ago.
By contrast, the Swords now have one hand on the wooden spoon, still winless through four rounds.
The equivalent fixture 12 months ago provided the Vipers with the best result of their schedule - a 40-22 loss - but they were quickly on top this time, running in seven tries to lead 36-4 at halftime.
They never let up and their winning margin represented a 76-point improvement against the same opponents from last year.
Flying winger Jo Ratu led the charge with three tries, while Che Barlow and Cruze Rauner bagged a pair each. Fullback Aaron Whitikia chipped in nine goals.
Centre Waipu Sione had a double for the northerners.
Meanwhile, Counties Manukau have put daylight between themselves and their rivals so far this season, building on their superiority with a 68-0 romp over Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions in Tauranga.
Unbeaten through last regular season, but knocked over in the final, the Stingrays seem to be on a mission to erase that memory, accounting for their opponents by an average of 55 points.
Wai-Coa-Bay came into the contest off the back of a comeback victory over Wellington last week, but were never in contention, trailing 32-0 at halftime.
Eko Malu scored three tries and is now a clear competition leader in this category, with seven for the season. Team-mates Filipine Jacob Aki, Tomas Aoake and William Stowers secured doubles, wwith Stowers also kicking nine goals to become the points leader.
Counties Manukau now face a grand-final rematch against Akarana Falcons next week and still have the premiership's other unbeaten side, Canterbury Bulls, left on their schedule.
PIRTEK NZRL NATIONAL PREMIERSHIP
Sunday, September 14
Cooks Garden, Wanganui
Central Vipers 74 (Jo Ratu 3, Che Barlow 2, Cruze Rauner 2, Tyson Young , Sione Sifa, Travell Ngatoko, Jarrod Morfett, Wiremu McSeveny, Josh Kerr & Gordon Karaitiana tries; Aaron Whitikia 9 goals) Northern Swords 16 (Waipu Sione 2 & Tetuhi Tipene tries: Joel Freeman 2 goals): HT: 36-4
Vipers: 1-Aaron Whitikia, 2-Jo Ratu, 4-Che Barlow, 3-Vailoa Kereti, 5-Tyson Young, 18-Dylan Hall, 20-Cruze Rauner, 10-Kele Kose, 9-Travell Ngatoko, 8-Sione Sifa, 11-Jarrod Morfett, 12-Wiremu McSeveny, 13-William Schuster, 19-Josh Kerr, 15-Gorden Karaitiana, 16-Ale Feaunati, 17-Richard Gillies
Swords: 1-Chris Mellar-Reynolds, 2-Tumoana Halkyard, 3-Waipu Sione, 4-Ross McFarlane, 5- Rikki Tarau, 6-Daniel Fulop, 7-Dean Schreurs, 8-Chris Apoua, 9-Joel Freeman, 10- Elliot Pomare, 11-Manu Tuhoro, 12-Patrick Tane, 13-Kelsin Harding, 14-Moses Cooper, 15-Sam Henry, 16-Andre Lennox, 17-Te Tuhi Tipene
Referee - Kena Waikai Touch - Sonny Whakarau & Rodney Haines
Counties Manukau Stingrays 68 (Eko Malu 3, Filipine Jacob Aki 2, Tomas Aoake 2, William Stowers 2, George Edwards, Mapa Tuipolotu & Terrence Phillips tries; Stowers 9 & Jacob Aki goals) Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions 0; HT: 32-0
Stallions: 1-Hohepa Monk, 2-Mounga Molisi, 3-Hamiora Mihaka, 4-John Koko, 5-Isaac Robinson, 6-Johnson Peri, 7-Hayden Karena (capt), 8-Hone Love-Henry, 9-Raureti Grace, 10-Shaquille Jakeman, 11-Terry Kopua, 12- Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano, 13-Peter Letoga, 14-Raynard Haggie, 15-Riki Collier, 16-Mosese Mafi, 17-Callin Tereu
Stingrays: 1-George Edwards, 2-Lafu Feagaiga, 3-Mapa Tuipololotu, 4-Filipine Jacob Aki, 5-Tomas Aoake, 6-Carlos Hotene, 7-William Stowers, 8-Jamel Hunt, 9-Jethro Friend (capt), 10-Siona Zion Tesese, 11-Dion Snell, 12-Sione Feao, 13-Eko Malu, 14-Terence Phillips, 15-Joseph Price, 16-Palu Tapuevalu, 17-Afatasi Collins
Referee - Chris McMillan Touch - Tai Hepi & Henare Chadwick
NZ Rugby League would like to acknowledge and thank naming-rights sponsor of the NZRL National Premiership - Pirtek fluid transfer solutions - who is also major sponsor of the NZ Kiwis. In addition, Pirtek supports league through its NRL association with the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium.
- Hawkes Bay defend the Ranfurly Shield with an emphatic win against Otago.
- Rising Hawkes Bay netball stars perform well at the AIMS games.
- Napiers International Childrens Games athletes are ready to make history.
- Hawke's Bay triathlete leads team to world champs
- Hawkes Bay Unison Medal recognises junior rugby excellence
- Fast rising young karters gear up for the Blossom Sprint in Hawkes Bay.
- Former Hawkes Bay Magpie Zac Guildford is sidelined following an unprovoked attack.
- Hawkes Bay Secondary School Sports Week Results.
- Support the Hawkes Bay Magpies as they defend the shield.
- Iron Maori success story a hot topic at Hawkes Bays Tu Kaha Conference.
- Hawkes Bay rider finishes fifth at the world champs.
- Hastings streaker ticks one off her bucket list but fails to impress All Blacks coach.
- All Blacks vs Argentina match statistics from Napiers' McLean Park.
- Well behaved All Black fans thrill Hawkes Bay Police.
- Hawkes Bay Magpies lose to Northland in extra time.
- Hawkes Bay players join the Vipers in a ground breaking win.
- The Blossom Sprint in Hawkes Bay, just keeps on keeping on.
- The All Blacks test match in Napier is a sell out
- The All Blacks name their test team to play Argentina in Napier.
- New challenges for entrants in unique Hawkes Bay event