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Locals named in national teams

Hockey

Good news for Hockey Wairarapa with two players chosen to represent New Zealand at the Masters World Championships later this year. Ana-May Gudsell has been selected for the women’s 40s masters team that will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, in October, and Dave Murray will play in the men’s 45s hosted by North Harbour in November.

Softball

Further international recognition for rising softball star Maggie Shields. The Wairarapa College student, who represented New Zealand at the under-15 Women’s World Championships in June last year, has been named in the under-18 team to travel to Brazil in July for the World Cup qualifying series.

Racing

The Wairarapa Racing Club is one of three country finalists for the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing [NZTR] Club of the Year Awards. The club are joined by West Coast club Kumara and Southland club Riverton in the Country Club section. The winner will receive $5000 and go up against the winners of the Metropolitan and Provincial Awards for the Overall Club of the Year and another $10000 prizemoney. The winners will be announced at the NZTR Industry Development Day on March 26.

Cycling

Ari Scott and Tom McCallum took the championship honours in the ACM Two Up Time Trial held on Tuesday night. Scott and McCallum cut out the 40km out and back course on Bideford Road and Whangaehu Valley Road in 59 minutes 29 seconds, just 15 seconds quicker than runners-up Dominic Green and Dave Drummond. Derek de Zwart and Eric D’Arbois were third in 1:03:28. The penultimate club race of the season, the Individual Time Trial Championships, will be held on Tuesday night.

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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