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Hosea ready for big punch up
UKRAINE BOUND: Hosea Watson
has won New Zealand selection for
the junior world boxing
championships after Golden Glove
titles in both islands.
WAIKUKU BOXING Club athlete
Hosea Watson has been selected
to represent New Zealand at the
junior world championships.
The 14-year-old will travel to
the Ukraine in September for the
It will be a proud time for the
The event will be the first time
Hosea has represented New
Zealand, but he is also the first
national representative out of the
Waikuku Boxing Club where his
father Nick is the head trainer.
Hosea knew he was in the mix
after after a stellar two weeks of
It started with victory at the
South Island Golden Gloves
hosted by the Waikuku club at
Kaiapoi Working Mens Club on
Seven days later he backed it up
with a win in the North Island
Golden Gloves in Taupo, to
become the unofficial king of the
52kg junior open division in either
island. As it stands, Hosea is the
only South Islander in a seven
strong New Zealand team selected
for the world championships.
Despite being selected to
represent his country, Hosea will
need to raise $1,1000 for him and
his trainer to attend.
Another obstacle in his world
championship build-up will be
finding opposition game enough to
step into the ring with the
Gaining fights over the past 12
months has been hard enough,
but two golden glove titles are set
to make it even more difficult to
find worthy opponents.
In an effort to find quality
opposition and press his claims for
New Zealand selection, Hosea
travelled to Queensland two
weeks ago but did not fight, after
both entries withdrew due to
illness on the eve of the compe-
Mr Watson said it was the
nature of boxing, adding Hosea
had at least gained valuable
experience training in some of the
best Australian boxing gyms.
Australia-bound: Caleb Cross is taking part in the Queensland state titles.
Drivers all ready to take
on competition in races
THREE YOUNG North Canter-
bury motorsport drivers have big
challenges ahead of them this
Rangiora s Caleb Cross has the
furthest to travel, as he makes his
Australian debut at the annual
Queensland state titles meeting in
The 12-year-old go-kart ace is
fast building his own legacy and
stepping out of the shadow of his
father, former karting champion
Caleb Cross is rated New Zea-
land s top junior restricted 100cc
Yamaha class karter after win-
ning the South Island title last
year and several other titles.
The championship has more
than 260 entries.
As there is no direct equivalent
of New Zealand s junior restricted
100cc Yamaha class, Cross will
contest the ultra-competitive jun-
ior national light class, the most
popular Australian junior div-
Although realistic about their
chances, Hamish is adamant they
are not crossing the Tasman just
to make up the numbers.
On the one hand it s a toe-in-
the-water exercise, but on the
other, Caleb is the reigning New
Zealand champion so we re treat-
ing this the same way we would
treat a trip to the nationals or
Also in action this weekend are
North Canterbury rally drivers
Marcus van Klink and Matt Sum-
Both are heading to the Mana-
watu for the Daybreaker Rally.
The defending New Zealand
Open 4WD champion will be part-
nered by co-driving sister Nicole
in their Subaru Impreza.
The pair are seeded seventh in
the 4WD grade.
Racing his Mazda RX7, van
Klink is confident the axle prob-
lem, which has plagued his team
in the first two rounds of the
season, has now been rectified.
Rangiora misses the spot
but carries on regardless
DOUBLE DELIGHT: Craig Stockwell crashes over for one of his two tries in the
win over Burnside.
PHOTOS: TRUDY MCKAY
HAIR RAISER: Daniel Wills leaves
Burnside defenders grasping at thin
RANGIORA HIGH School has
narrowly missed securing a top
eight spot in The Press Cup com-
petition for the first time.
After a tough start to the first
XV schools rugby competition --
with four straight losses -- Rang-
iora weathered the storm to finish
with three straight wins over St
Andrews, Shirley Boys and Burn-
side High School.
The sole North Canterbury side
finished fifth in the central pool,
just one point off fourth position
and a spot in the top eight.
Rangiora will carry over its
points into the bottom eight plate
section and before a game is
played, sit second on the table,
just two points behind Timaru
Boys High School.
Rangiora starts its plate cam-
paign with a home game against
Nelson s Nayland College at
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