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Sports Awards voting closes

Sports Awards

Voting for the 2022-23 Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards closes at 4.30 pm today. There has been a phenomenal response, with public votes likely to surpass last year’s tally of more than 16,000 votes across all 15 categories. The new categories – Youth Sportsman, Youth Sportswoman, Senior Sportsman, and Senior Sportswoman – have drawn large numbers of votes. All category winners will go forward for the Supreme Award. There is also a People’s Choice Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners will be announced at a gala function on Thursday, June 8, at the Carterton Events Centre.

Hockey

Comvita Kia Kaha are the only unbeaten team in the Wairarapa men’s championship after ending Gladstone Bulls’ unbeaten run with a 6-2 victory. Other results were Carterton Vets 12 JNL 1, Old Boys 2 Tremains Red Star 1, Dalefield Dodgers 6 Featherston 0. Gladstone Gold won the feature women’s division one match, defeating Dalefield 2-0. Comvita Kia Kaha were untroubled in their 9-0 defeat of Featherston. In women’s division two, the results were Coasties 1 Ekethauna 1, Property Brokers 6 Featherston Foxies 3, Wairarapa Mitsubishi 3 Martinborough 1 and Gladstone Heifers 1 Featherston Force 0.

Athletics

The annual Anzac Day charity run raised $1000 for Life Flight. Darius Simpson ran away with the 10km race recording a time of 37 minutes, and four seconds, with Dylan Cooper second and Gavin Champion third. Brooke Miller won the 5km event in 21:11sec, eight seconds ahead of dad, Corey. The Duffy family [Lachie, Brooke, Sally and Mack] excelled, taking four of the next five places. Marshall Liverton was fastest over 2km, finishing in 12:36sec, just one second ahead of Ryan McNeilage. The Kosena family [Bella, Ioasa and Jackson] took the next three places.

Indoor Bowls

Alex Butler will represent Central Wairarapa at the Central Zone playoffs after winning the Hensilite champion of champions singles at the Hogg Crescent Complex on Saturday. Twenty players took to the rinks, with Butler, Elva Simonsen, Muray Larkin, and Donald Leighton progressing to the semifinals. Butler beat Simonsen, and Larkin got the better of Leighton. Butler beat Larkin 15-9 in the decider. This weekend will see the first representative fixtures of the season. On Saturday, Wairarapa will take on Bush-Ruahine and Horowhenua in the Horn Trophy in Pahiatua. On Sunday, they will defend the Burton Bates Trophy against a strong Upper Hutt side.

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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