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Andrews-Paul wins Oceania Championship

Athletics

A strong second lap saw former Wairarapa College athlete Alison Andrews-Paul, pictured right, run to Oceania 800m Championship glory in Suva, Fiji on Saturday.

Australian favourite Carley Thomas led most of the way, completing the first 400m in 60 seconds, but Andrews-Paul, who tracked her closely, made her move halfway around the final bend and powered away to win in two minutes 3.94 seconds, almost a second clear of Thomas, with fellow Kiwi Stella Pearless third another two seconds behind.

The win capped an excellent week for the 26-year-old, who won the invitational 800m the previous weekend in 2:03.79.

Rugby

Wairarapa Wahine Toa’s tough season in the Manawatu Premier Women’s continued with another heavy loss.

The 83–12 defeat was the Masterton-based team’s biggest of the season, as again, they struggled to match it with the first-class player-laden Manawatu sides. It doesn’t get any easier this Saturday when they travel to take on second-placed Kia Toa.

Football

Wairarapa United are sixth in the Capital Football Women’s Division One after a gutsy 4–2 loss to leaders Seatoun away on Sunday. United host seventh-placed Miramar Rangers at the Solway Showgrounds on Sunday.

DV Skulls have a five-point lead in Wairarapa local League Division One after their 5–3 win over Greytown Tremains. Douglas Villa Cam’s Flooring remain second despite going down 4–1 to Carterton Redbacks, while Progressive Engineering Masterton Athletic won by default from Featherston Property Brokers.

Douglas Villa Vets maintained their unbeaten record in the combined second and third divisions with a 5–0 win over Carterton Raiders. Evergreens were 4–1 victors over Martinborough; Reapers won the Carterton derby with the Goal Diggers 3-1; Masterton Lions accounted for Greytown The Offering 4–0; Featherston defeated Greytown Umbrella Group Spartans 3–1, Masterton Ziggy’s Glass Presidents thumped DV Mitre 10 Megabeens 6–1, and Greytown Property Brokers and McAuley’s Masterton battled to a 2–2 draw.

In the Wairarapa Women’s League, DV Mitre 10 Mega Geebeez got the better of Wairarapa United Reserves, winning 5–2, and Carterton Royals dispatched Martinborough 6–2.

Hockey

Comvita Kia Kaha was untroubled in beating Dalefield Dodgers 9–0 in the latest round of Wairarapa Hockey Men’s Division One. Tremain’s Red Star were also big winners, defeating JNL 8–1. Old Boys thumped Feathertson 8–0, and Carterton Vets edged Gladstone Bulls 4–3.

East Coast were too good for Tremain’s Red Star in Women’s Division One, winning 8-1; Gladstone Gold defeated Featherston 4–0, and Dalefield put three unanswered goals past Comvita Kia Kaha.

In Women’s Division Two, Coasties beat Eketāhuna Tuis 5–0, Wairarapa Mitsubishi triumphed 3–1 over Feathertson Foxies, Martinborough defeated Gladstone Heifers 6–0, and Property Brokers easily accounted for Featherston Force 7–1.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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