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Waikanae retain Ralph Morse Memorial Shield in Gisborne surf lifesaving championships

Waikanae retain Ralph Morse Memorial Shield in Gisborne surf lifesaving championships

RESCUE SKILLS HONED THROUGH COMPETITION: Waikanae surf lifesaving athletes (from left) Genna Robertson, Emily Horne, Libby Briant, Maddie Wilson, Georgie Pitkethley and Briana Irving compete in the under-17 tube rescue in the Gisborne senior club championships at Midway Beach. Waikanae dominated the points race to retain the Ralph Morse Memorial Shield, symbol of Gisborne club supremacy at the senior level.

Kaiaponi Farms Waikanae racked up 355 points to retain the Ralph Morse Memorial Shield, symbol of local club supremacy at senior level.

Dawson Building Midway finished runners-up on 111 points, and Riversun Wainui had 65.

“The final day of competition, on Waitangi Day, produced neat racing,” Hutchings said.

“Athletes from all three clubs delivered some outstanding performances across the board, swim, ski, ironman and beach events.”

The championships resumed on Tuesday night with board and tube rescue events, and the rest of the programme was concluded on Wednesday.

In the first phase of the championships last month, Waikanae scored heavily in the large-craft events to carry 129 points into the second phase of the championships this week.

Midway started with 32 points and Wainui were on zero heading into the main day because they did not contest the canoe and double ski events.

“The 355 points Waikanae scored overall was very satisfying,” Hutchings said.

“But from a coaching point of view it was more about getting some quality racing for the athletes in the lead-up to the New Zealand championships at Mount Maunganui next month.

“Everyone in our team did multiple races. They all had a great attitude and got really involved in the champs.

“So from that point of view I feel it would be unfair to single out any particular individuals.

'As a club, we were stoked with the outcome'

“As a club, we were stoked with the outcome.”

Midway head coach Matt Sutton said he was proud of the results his charges achieved.

“However, I know that Midway have a huge amount of work to do to seriously challenge for such an important trophy in the future.

“I was disappointed with the size of the margin between us and Waikanae.”

He said what was encouraging was that in the events Midway athletes contested they were always at the front of the field.

“But we lack the numbers to compete that way across all facets of the competition at this stage.”

Like Hutchings, Sutton was not prepared to single out any particular competitors.

“They all raced with passion every time they stepped up to the start line.”

Wainui head coach Dion Williams said he felt his club did really well in the events they contested.

“The surf was up and again our kids showed how much they love it.”

The waves were running at more than a metre and, before the arrival of the southerly conditions, were clean.

“Clearly Ava Smith is matching the best there is.

“She ran to the finish line in the women’s board race final shoulder to shoulder with the quality that is Olivia Corrin from Midway.”

Corrin won the open division and Smith won the under-17 section, with both sections run together.

“Likewise in the surf race,” Williams said.

“Ava won it outright, again against Olivia, which was a fine achievement. She held a wave all the way to the beach.”

Williams said the club produced some quality results in teams events, too.

“Our wins in both the men’s and women’s board relays were highlights.

“Overall, we just love the camaraderie between all three clubs. It’s the best I have ever seen.”

Kaiaponi Farms Waikanae racked up 355 points to retain the Ralph Morse Memorial Shield, symbol of local club supremacy at senior level.

Dawson Building Midway finished runners-up on 111 points, and Riversun Wainui had 65.

“The final day of competition, on Waitangi Day, produced neat racing,” Hutchings said.

“Athletes from all three clubs delivered some outstanding performances across the board, swim, ski, ironman and beach events.”

The championships resumed on Tuesday night with board and tube rescue events, and the rest of the programme was concluded on Wednesday.

In the first phase of the championships last month, Waikanae scored heavily in the large-craft events to carry 129 points into the second phase of the championships this week.

Midway started with 32 points and Wainui were on zero heading into the main day because they did not contest the canoe and double ski events.

“The 355 points Waikanae scored overall was very satisfying,” Hutchings said.

“But from a coaching point of view it was more about getting some quality racing for the athletes in the lead-up to the New Zealand championships at Mount Maunganui next month.

“Everyone in our team did multiple races. They all had a great attitude and got really involved in the champs.

“So from that point of view I feel it would be unfair to single out any particular individuals.

'As a club, we were stoked with the outcome'

“As a club, we were stoked with the outcome.”

Midway head coach Matt Sutton said he was proud of the results his charges achieved.

“However, I know that Midway have a huge amount of work to do to seriously challenge for such an important trophy in the future.

“I was disappointed with the size of the margin between us and Waikanae.”

He said what was encouraging was that in the events Midway athletes contested they were always at the front of the field.

“But we lack the numbers to compete that way across all facets of the competition at this stage.”

Like Hutchings, Sutton was not prepared to single out any particular competitors.

“They all raced with passion every time they stepped up to the start line.”

Wainui head coach Dion Williams said he felt his club did really well in the events they contested.

“The surf was up and again our kids showed how much they love it.”

The waves were running at more than a metre and, before the arrival of the southerly conditions, were clean.

“Clearly Ava Smith is matching the best there is.

“She ran to the finish line in the women’s board race final shoulder to shoulder with the quality that is Olivia Corrin from Midway.”

Corrin won the open division and Smith won the under-17 section, with both sections run together.

“Likewise in the surf race,” Williams said.

“Ava won it outright, again against Olivia, which was a fine achievement. She held a wave all the way to the beach.”

Williams said the club produced some quality results in teams events, too.

“Our wins in both the men’s and women’s board relays were highlights.

“Overall, we just love the camaraderie between all three clubs. It’s the best I have ever seen.”

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