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Harcourts finish on high by beating Carterton


Harcourts took bragging rights over another top-four contender in the feature game of the last round of the Netball Wairarapa Holmes Construction Premier One games on Friday night.

Harcourts ran out comfortable 49-33 winners over Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Maroon to confirm their third placing after the first round. Unbeaten Celtic United were pushed hard before sealing a 35-32 win over Opaki Vixens, and Wairarapa College won the battle of the colleges holding on for a 45-37 defeat of St Matthew’s Collegiate.

The competition will now split into top four and bottom four sections, with the championships to get underway after the school holidays.


Carterton Redbacks were untroubled in extending their unbeaten run to 28 games in the Wairarapa Local League, handing clubmates the Reapers a 9-0 thumping. DV Skulls maintained second place in the combined division one and two competition, with a 10-0 demolition of Masterton Ziggy’s Glass Presidents, Greytown Tremains won the Greytown derby over Property Brokers 6-2, and Douglas Villa Cams Flooring defeated McAuleys Masterton 3-1.

In division three, Douglas Villa Mitre 10 Megabeens were 2-0 winners over Carterton, Evergreens thrashed Greytown The Offering 13-0, Carterton Goal Diggers edged Masterton Lions 2-1, and Greytown Umbrella Group Spartans defeated Martinborough 4-3.

The Local Leagues will take a break this weekend, with the first round of the Wairarapa Cup knockout competition to be played.


Gladstone Gold hold a comfortable lead in Hockey Wairarapa Women’s Division One after a 7-0 defeat of Featherston, remaining unbeaten in nine games this season, while Comvita Kia Kaha won a tight clash with Tremains Red Star 2-1.

Only two games were played in men’s division one, with JNL on the wrong end of another big score, going down 13-1 to Old Boys, and Tremains Red Star easily dispatching Featherston 9-0. In women’s division two, Property Brokers retained the top spot with a 5-1 win over Gladstone Heifers, Featherston Foxies beat Martinborough 5-1, Featherston Force had a 3-1 victory over Eketahuna Tuis, and Coasties got the better of Wairarapa Mitsubishi 3-1.


Wairarapa’s Donald Leighton returned from the national indoor championships with a third placing in the Masters Singles.

Leighton also combined with his wife Janice in the Masters Pairs, qualifying for post-section play but failing to make it past the first round of playoff matches.

The Leightons capped off a good tournament by joining with John Duncan in the Masters Triples and progressing to the last eight.

Last weekend, Wairarapa hosted the zone finals for the NZ mixed fours, mixed pairs, masters fours, and Henselite singles.

The home team of Donald and Janice Leighton, Duncan, and Tina Patrick won the masters fours on a countback of ends from Hawke’s Bay and progressed to the national finals. The Manawatu combo of Tim Veale, Bruce and Sarah Meyer, and Anne-Marie Redmond won the mixed fours, and the Meyers claimed the mixed pairs. Anthony Mason from Bush Ruahine won the singles.

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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