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Greytown pair’s runaway win in Targa rally

Malcolm Fleming and Gina Jones show off their trophies for winning time trial section of the Targa Rally. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

SPORTS ROUNDUP

MOTORSPORT

Greytown couple Malcolm Fleming and Gina Jones scored a runaway win in their MG Midget sports car in their division of this year’s Targa Rally.

Theirs was one of three Wairarapa entries in the two-day Vintage Car Club [VCC] time-trial section of the Targa.

The time trial is not a speed event but rather an exercise in precise driving and timekeeping to maintain a set average speed for five to six stages each day on closed roads between Whanganui and Havelock North.

The other Wairarapa entrants were Mike D’Alton and Ian Stewart in a 1934 Bentley roadster, who were third overall, and Willie James and Simon O’Hara in an MG Magnette.

Fleming and Jones completed the event with just 38 demerit points, an amazing 811 points ahead of second place and over 1000 ahead of the “Vigorous Veterans”, D’Alton and Stewart, with a combined age of 174 years, in third.

The pair’s 38 demerit points across the two days was also the best of all 36 VCC competitors. — KEVIN BALL

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

St Matthew’s retained the prized Dunce Cup with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Wairarapa College in the Manawatu intercity girls division one championship.

Waicol took the honours in the boys first XI clash with Rathkeale, winning 1-0.

Last night, Waicol played Whanganui High School, and St Matt’s took on Feilding High School in the girls competition, and Rathkeale met Whanganui Collegiate, and Waicol faced the Palmerston North Boys High School first XI in the boys.

A weakened Waicol were well beaten 51-10 by St Patrick’s Wellington in the opening round of the Wellington Premier Rugby Championship. It doesn’t get any easier for Waicol with an away game against perennial title contenders Wellington College on Saturday.

Rathkeale lost 7-47 to Feilding High School in the Central North Island first XV championship.

They were due to play Whanganui Collegiate on Wednesday, and host Wesley College tomorrow.

Rathkeale qualified for the Wellington premier football competition with a 4-1 win over St Patrick’s Wellington.

They play St Patrick’s Silverstream away tomorrowy in a match that doubles as a national tournament qualifier, with the winner to progress to the premier national tournament.

FOOTBALL

Carterton Redbacks opened a nine-point lead in Wairarapa division one with a 4-1 defeat of DV Skulls.

Tremain’s Greytown beat Property Brokers Featherston United 6-4, and Douglas Villa fall Protect thrashed Masterton Ziggy’s Glass Presidents 8-0.

In division two, leaders Property Brokers Greytown beat Douglas Villa Mitre 10 Megabeens 3-0, The Offering Greytown had a 6-0 win over Carterton Goal Diggers, Douglas Villa Drake eased past Greytown Spartans 7-0, Carterton Reapers defeated Martinborough 8-3, and Masterton Lions held on to beat Evergreens 3-2.

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