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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 10, 2013
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Kaiapoi dominant force
By MAT KERMEEN
A CLEAR top four has emerged
as semifinal favourites in North
Canterbury Netball Centre's
Unbeaten Kaiapoi continues
to run away with the compe-
tition, but second placed Ran-
giora High School is also
assured of making the finals --
courtesy of a four goal win over
Ohoka last Saturday.
Clarkville and Central are not
100 per cent guaranteed to play
semifinal netball, but it looks
likely they will.
Rangiora's 34-30 victory over
Ohoka at Dudley Park was one
of the students' most important
wins of the season and took
them to 20 competition points.
Ohoka's loss has relegated it
to sit three wins outside the top
four on just six points.
The fifth placed team will
need to win its three remaining
games and hope either Clark-
ville or Central -- which have 18
points -- do not register so much
as a bonus point in their last
Ohoka showed promise on
Saturday after being down 12-18
at half-time. It fought back to be
behind by just one goal at three-
quarter time, but Rangiora was
composed in the final quarter
and closed out the match.
Central bounced back from
last week's thrashing at the
hands of Kaiapoi to beat the bot-
tom of the table Hurunui 51-44
and move it to 18 points, tied
The Kaiapoi juggernaut rolled
on, demolishing Clarkville 51-26
to move to a maximum 28 com-
The table toppers take on
Hurunui today, while Ohoka has
a must-win clash against Cen-
tral and Clarkville take on Ran-
giora High School.
SERIES LEADER: Rangiora's Jake Lewis has taken the lead in the European Junior Cup.
PHOTO: ANDY MCGECHAN, WWW.BIKESPORTNZ.COM
Rangiora rider's red
hot streak in Europe
RANGIORA MOTORCYCLE ace
Jake Lewis could be on his way
to international stardom if he
can continue his red hot form in
the European Junior Cup.
Lewis rode to victory in the
latest round of the series at
Silverstone in Britain last week-
The series is the entry-level
class to the World Superbike
Championships and is open to
motorcycle riders from around
the world aged 14 to 19.
Lewis is the first rider to win
two rounds this season, and now
leads the series after five of the
The rider who eventually wins
the series earns a paid-up ride in
a 600cc superstock world cham-
pionship team. All competitors
in the European Junior Cup ride
identical Honda CBR500R bikes
and the series is considered a
stepping stone to the top level.
After qualifying in eighth pos-
ition on the Silverstone grid, the
determined North Cantabrian
led at the end of the opening lap
before being involved in a titanic
fight with 13 other riders for the
next six laps.
There were no less than eight
different leaders, but halfway
around the final lap a collision
including several of the leading
bunch brought out the red flags.
The race win was handed to
Lewis after the result was taken
from the previous completed lap,
where Lewis had been the leader
across the line. That was a
great race,'' Lewis said. I was
leading, but got passed and then
we all went down.''
Lewis competed in half of the
series last year, but has entered
all eight rounds this season and
is on the verge of making history
with a massive opportunity at
his feet if he can hold his series
He is under no illusions that
there is a long way to go and
plenty of hard work yet.
These European riders are
just so fast.
It is such a big jump in the
level of competition (compared
to racing in New Zealand).''
Lewis is desperate to hold his
series lead and secure his ticket
to the big time when he contests
the next round in Germany on
GIRL POWER: Rangiora's girls first XV rugby team celebrate their dominant win.
Rangiora High win
three key matches
SECOND-HALF WIN: Rangiora's second XV after
they defeated Cashmere in the midweek final.
A GRITTY 14-9 victory over
Lincoln High School last
Saturday earned Rangiora
High School's first XV rugby
team a Press Cup plate semi-
final in Nelson today.
Rangiora will go up
against Waimea College for a
spot in the plate final.
Last Saturday's close win
was a near thing, with
Makea Tupa and Travel Tua-
puta the only players to
break the Lincoln defence.
Rangiora led 7-6 at halftime and
their strong defence in both halves
was a feature in closing out the tight
Rangiora High also enjoyed a stel-
lar day of rugby on Wednesday.
Three of the school's teams lined
up in the Canterbury Rugby Union
midweek finals and all three finished
up lifting the silverware.
The second XV battled Cashmere
for much of the first half, and were
trailing their town rivals 7-12 at
A strong second half enabled the
home side to fight back and eventu-
ally get on top with a 19-12 win.
The girls' first XV were also in the
thick of the action with a 77-0 win
over Avonside Girls High School to
win the midweek girls competition.
The Rangiora team -- which also
includes players from Kaiapoi High
School -- were in a class of their own
in the one-sided affair.
The Rangiora High School junior
boys completed the hat-trick of titles
when they scored a comfortable vic-
tory over a combined area schools
team. Among several strong perfor-
mances, captain Hamish Rutherford
led his side with strength.
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