Surf & turf

Different surfaces but the same goal . . . victory. Gisborne’s Finn Vette is pictured above on his way to a round 3 win in the under-16 boys’ division of the National Scholastic Surfing Championships in Raglan. Vette advanced to the quarterfinals of this hotly-contested age group. And in the following picture in this gallery, there’s determination written all over the face of Poverty Bay’s Pae Wilcox-Taylor in a Rawleigh Trophy under-13 girls’ hockey tournament on the LJ Hooker Turf in Gisborne. The game ended 0-all but the home team went into today still in the hunt to win the tournament. Surfing pic by Cory Scott/NZ Surfing Magazine, hockey pic by Paul Rickard

SURFING

Gisborne under-16 boys’ surfers stayed in the title hunt on moving day at the National Scholastic Surfing Championships in Raglan yesterday.

Finn Vette and Hue Cowie advanced to the quarterfinals of what is shaping into an intense battle among the remaining 16 competitors.

Vette won his round 3 heat with a score of 12.75 out of a possible 20 for his two best waves, with Aucklander Sam Charlesworth (11.7) the other surfer to advance.

Cowie (9.35) was second in his heat dominated by Christchurch’s Myka Black (15.25). Cowie pipped third-placed Jacob Buckle of Whangarei by just 0.35 — the top two progressing.

Surfers had to make the most of the smallest waves so far in the week-long champs at Manu Bay.

Waves were below the one-metre mark although conditions were glassy and straight swell made it highly contestable.

The champs ended for several other Gisborne competitors yesterday.

Asia Braithwaite copped a priority interference call in her under-14 girls’ semifinal and finished third on 5.65, just 0.2 behind second-placed Amelie Brady of Mount Maunganui.

Gisborne’s longboard challenge was extinguished. Jay Ryan-Emerre (4.85) was eliminated in his round 2 heat, and Georgie Sawyer (6.5, third) and Moss Patea-Taylor (4.0, fourth) were knocked out in the same semifinal.

Mahia’s Riku Gordon, having won his round 1 requalifying heat with 12.75, was third with 3.9 in round 2.

Vette and Cowie were among several Gisborne surfers still alive heading into day four.

Gisborne were sitting seventh on the team points standings led by Auckland.

HOCKEY

Poverty Bay hockey teams were chasing titles today at under-13 tournaments in Gisborne and Napier.

The PB girls’ side had a draw and a win in round-robin tier play on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve yesterday.

It was close but no goal-scoring cigar for either side in PB’s clash with Hawke’s Bay, a tense battle ending 0-all.

It meant PB had to win their afternoon game against Wairarapa.

And they responded with a 3-2 win, with Keeley Smiler scoring two goals and Nasya Battin the other.

That result and Wellington’s 1-all draw with Hawke’s Bay in the afternoon meant today’s final round of games would go down to the last two clashes.

PB, on 13 points, faced Rangitikei in the penultimate game, followed by Wairarapa (13) and Wellington (14).

The formula was fairly simple for PB — win and hope the honours were shared in the Wairarapa-Wellington match-up.

Poverty Bay boys made it a perfect six wins from six games at the Curtis Cup u13 tournament in Napier yesterday.

They proved too good for Taranaki, winning 6-2. William Matthews got a hat-trick and there was a goal apiece to Charlie Henry, Bjorn Haraki and Cody Dyer.

The PB boys had what manager Nick Scanlan described as “an off game” against Manawatu but still won 1-0, courtesy of a Matthews goal.

PB have scored 33 goals in six games and were determined to finish the tournament in style today in what is essentially a final against Wellington.

SURFING

Gisborne under-16 boys’ surfers stayed in the title hunt on moving day at the National Scholastic Surfing Championships in Raglan yesterday.

Finn Vette and Hue Cowie advanced to the quarterfinals of what is shaping into an intense battle among the remaining 16 competitors.

Vette won his round 3 heat with a score of 12.75 out of a possible 20 for his two best waves, with Aucklander Sam Charlesworth (11.7) the other surfer to advance.

Cowie (9.35) was second in his heat dominated by Christchurch’s Myka Black (15.25). Cowie pipped third-placed Jacob Buckle of Whangarei by just 0.35 — the top two progressing.

Surfers had to make the most of the smallest waves so far in the week-long champs at Manu Bay.

Waves were below the one-metre mark although conditions were glassy and straight swell made it highly contestable.

The champs ended for several other Gisborne competitors yesterday.

Asia Braithwaite copped a priority interference call in her under-14 girls’ semifinal and finished third on 5.65, just 0.2 behind second-placed Amelie Brady of Mount Maunganui.

Gisborne’s longboard challenge was extinguished. Jay Ryan-Emerre (4.85) was eliminated in his round 2 heat, and Georgie Sawyer (6.5, third) and Moss Patea-Taylor (4.0, fourth) were knocked out in the same semifinal.

Mahia’s Riku Gordon, having won his round 1 requalifying heat with 12.75, was third with 3.9 in round 2.

Vette and Cowie were among several Gisborne surfers still alive heading into day four.

Gisborne were sitting seventh on the team points standings led by Auckland.

HOCKEY

Poverty Bay hockey teams were chasing titles today at under-13 tournaments in Gisborne and Napier.

The PB girls’ side had a draw and a win in round-robin tier play on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve yesterday.

It was close but no goal-scoring cigar for either side in PB’s clash with Hawke’s Bay, a tense battle ending 0-all.

It meant PB had to win their afternoon game against Wairarapa.

And they responded with a 3-2 win, with Keeley Smiler scoring two goals and Nasya Battin the other.

That result and Wellington’s 1-all draw with Hawke’s Bay in the afternoon meant today’s final round of games would go down to the last two clashes.

PB, on 13 points, faced Rangitikei in the penultimate game, followed by Wairarapa (13) and Wellington (14).

The formula was fairly simple for PB — win and hope the honours were shared in the Wairarapa-Wellington match-up.

Poverty Bay boys made it a perfect six wins from six games at the Curtis Cup u13 tournament in Napier yesterday.

They proved too good for Taranaki, winning 6-2. William Matthews got a hat-trick and there was a goal apiece to Charlie Henry, Bjorn Haraki and Cody Dyer.

The PB boys had what manager Nick Scanlan described as “an off game” against Manawatu but still won 1-0, courtesy of a Matthews goal.

PB have scored 33 goals in six games and were determined to finish the tournament in style today in what is essentially a final against Wellington.

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