Liam Lamb . PHOTOS/SUPPLIED
SECONDARY SCHOOLS SPORT
Wairarapa College athlete Liam Lamb could be in line for national selection after a top 20 finish in the national secondary schools senior boys’ cross-country championships in Timaru.
Lamb was a respectable 14th in a field of 195. His time of 20 minutes, and 53 seconds was 58sec slower than the winner Liam Back [Whanganui Collegiate] but may be enough to earn him selection in the New Zealand team to contest the Australian secondary schools championships.
Rathkeale’s Kosta Mills finished 103rd in the same race.
Waicol’s Jack Hunter had an outstanding run in the Year Nine boys’ race, finishing second, only five seconds behind Cameron Maunder of Westlake Boys’ High School.
Jack Lewington, from Kuranui College, won the para senior T37 event, and Waicol’s Josh Taylor was fourth in the para senior T20.
Amelia O’Connell [Kuranui] was 98th in the senior girls’ race, William Larkin [Waicol] was 32nd and Alex Wyeth [Rathkeale] was 36th in the junior boys. Felicity Wills [Waicol] was 52nd in the junior girls’ race, and Kayla Watt [Waicol] was 41st the Year Nine girls’ competition.
Wairarapa teams went on goal-scoring sprees in the Wellington secondary schools premierships.
St Matthew’s put nine unanswered goals past Kapiti College to retain the lead in girls’ Premier One, and Waicol had a 7-0 win over Samuel Marsden Collegiate to remain third.
St Matthew’s will play sixth-placed Queen Margaret College and Waicol will take on fourth-placed Wellington East Girls’ College in tomorrow night’s games.
In boys’ Premier One, Rathkeale continued their winning streak with a 6-0 defeat of Scots College and Waicol beat Tawa College 3-1. Rathkeale lead the competition and Waicol are in third place.
In Monday night’s games, Waicol should wrap up another win against struggling Scots College. Likewise, Rathkeale should be too good for Tawa College.
Rathkeale are in the top three of the Wellington championship after a 2-2 draw with St Patrick’s Silverstream. Josh Rudland and Zander Edwards scored Rathkeale’s goals.
The draw moved Rathkeale to within two points of joint leaders, Scots College and Hutt International Boys.
They will play fourth-placed St Patrick’s Town in a crucial game for their top four prospects on Saturday.
Wairarapa College are still searching for their first win, falling to a 3-6 defeat to Scots College.
It doesn’t get any easier for Waicol, up against HIBS on Saturday.
Wairarapa College’s chances of making the top four in the Wellington Premier One championship have been dealt a blow – in the protest room.
The result of the Scots College-Rongotai College game, won by Scots, was overturned because Scots had fielded an ineligible player.
That leaves Waicol in fifth place, eight points behind Scots and Rongotai.
Waicol did get their second win, scoring seven tries in dispatching HIBS 43-20. They will play joint leaders St Pat’s Town on Saturday.
Rathkeale have their best chance of a win when they host Hamilton’s St John’s College in a bottom-of-the-table match on Saturday.