The further I go, the better I get

College Sport Media: Daniel Whitburn loves putting his body through the wringer. The College Sport Auckland Young Sportsman of the Year is an International Triathlon champion and intends taking up Ironman in the near future. Whitburn recalls the time when the appetite for such punishment was non-existent. “When I was in year six, I got last in the school cross country. My parents weren’t impressed so they entered me into triathlon. It wasn’t until Year 10, I realised I actually enjoyed it. I discovered the further I go, the better…

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We are not here to make up the numbers – Zakk Finlay

College Sport Media: “We might not have the best players, but we always seem to make it work,” Zakk Finlay asserts when attempting to explain the success of Rosmini College sporting teams. Despite being smaller than many of their rivals, Rosmini are the National basketball champions and local First XV rugby and First XI cricket title holders. In April, Rosmini stunned Saint Kentigern College in the final of RH Marryatt Cup to qualify for the First XI National cricket finals in Palmerston North for the first time. Rosmini haven’t shown…

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Manurewa High leads Counties Manukau charge at junior volleyball championships

Manukau Courier: Manurewa High School are leading the Counties Manukau charge at the North Island Junior Secondary School Volleyball Championships in Papakura this week. They have four teams among the 48 boys’ and 48 girls’ teams competing in the four day tournament which tips off at the Pulman Park Arena on Tuesday. Others have schools have been limited to one or two. Manurewa High School sports coordinator Maggie Silva says they couldn’t afford to miss the opportunity. “We’re taking advantage of the tournament being held so close to home. We’ve have a boys’ and…

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Young Sportsperson of the Year Winners

The 27th Annual Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards were held last night at Eden Park with nearly 500 finalists and guests in attendance. Melodie Robinson was the MC of a great evening celebrating over 160 outstanding secondary school athletes from all over the greater Auckland area. Current world champion Black Ferns Eloise Blackwell, Sosoli Talawadua, Selica Winiata and Aldora Itunu presented awards throughout the evening and spoke about their successful 2017 Rugby World Cup campaign. Top honours of the evening went to Young Sportsman of the Year, Daniel Whitburn…

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Botany Downs claim NZSS Junior Baseball title

The New Zealand Secondary School Junior Baseball Championships were held this week at Lloyd Elsmore Park. In the final, One Tree Hill College made things interesting early on by scoring first and playing great defence, but Botany Downs Secondary College proved to be too strong as they came back and won 12-2 to claim their second consecutive championship. Taylor Irwin pitched 3 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits to go with 9 strikeouts to earn top pitcher and MVP honours and Ryan Houghton had a triple and…

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Grassroots sport facilities will deteriorate, if Auckland Council reduces investment

North Shore Times: Community sport is facing the “severe risk” of a funding cut from Auckland Council, according to the region’s sports administrators. Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation chief executive officer Sarah Sandley said a “cash-strapped” Auckland Council could reduce investment in the sport sector “to virtually nothing” over the next 10 years, as the council focuses on housing, water supply and waste water, transport, libraries and the arts, in its Long-term Plan. Early next year the council will be holding public consultation on a review of the Long-term Plan, and Sandley is encouraging club…

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Five star netballers chasing rugby glory

College Sport Media: Howick College is a state co-educational secondary school founded in 1974 and located in the eastern Auckland suburb of Cockle Bay. The school has a roll of 2093 students and the motto is Whakamanawahia tētehi hapori o ngā ākonga hihiri – Inspiring a community of passionate learners. Howick has little history as a rugby programme, but they have made rapid strides in their brief existence in sevens. Howick first competed in the YouthTown Condor 7s in 2014 – the year girls rugby was introduced at the college.…

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Waiuku Sports Park ready for action

Improved facilities at the Waiuku Sports Park are now complete. The upgraded facilities are the result of a partnership between council and the community to boost availability of sport and recreation facilities. The Franklin Local Board marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the Blast to the Past event held at the ground on Saturday 11 November. Chair Angela Fulljames said the upgraded facility is an important community asset. “We really want to see the whole community using it and getting enjoyment out of it so we would…

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