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Napier flex muscle

Wairarapa College’s Corban Parker, left, in action against Napier Boys’ High School. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

COLLEGE SPORT

JAKE BELESKI
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Napier Boys’ High School flexed their sporting muscle in their exchange with Wairarapa College on Wednesday.

Napier came away with a clean sweep of wins in the football, hockey, rugby and basketball matches.

The First XI football clash at Memorial Park in Masterton was competitive for the most part, but some late goals gave Napier a 4-1 win.

Waicol coach Aaron Perkins said it was always going to be a tough match-up against the team that was eighth in New Zealand last year, but one that they needed.

“That’s the level we’ll be playing at this year so it’s good for us.

“Jackson Burling scored a great goal and we showed a lot of fight.”

It was a day to remember for Flynn Everingham as he played his 100th game for the First XI.

First XV rugby hooker Adam Gordon also brought up a special milestone at Waicol on Wednesday, playing his 50th match for the team.

Unfortunately, they came up against a strong Napier outfit who are always one of the powerhouse teams in the Hurricanes region.

Napier were on a roll from the start and raced to a 26-0 lead inside the first 30 minutes.

Napier’s lead was 50-5 in the closing stages, but Waicol had the final say when captain Sam Smith ran a strong line off his first five-eighth to burst through the defence and score under the posts.

The First XI hockey clash was the most evenly contested match of the day, with Waicol rallying from 4-0 down to close the gap to 4-3 at fulltime.

Waicol had a day to forget in the senior A basketball clash with Napier cruising to a 113-22 win.

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