Southern View: July 30, 2019

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Medal haul for amateurs

• By Jacob Page

WOOLSTON BOXERS won five

gold medals at the Central North

Island amateur championships

in Rotorua last Sunday.

Woolston coach Holly Sullivan

sent her biggest team ever with

10 boxers competing and each

coming home with a medal.

“I’ve been coaching 10 years

and each year I’ve sent a team

from Woolston just to get some

more experience,” she says.

“For me as a coach, it’s

a marker event for me to

assess where my boys and

girls are and whether they are

capable and in the mix for

Canterbury team selections later

in the year.”

Byron Antal won the 80kg+

junior male class with a unanimous

points decision over Tauranga

Te Kehu Kerr.

“I was really impressed with

how (Byron) adapted,” Sullivan

said.

“He threw a few upper-cuts

which isn’t a common punch for

some reason and just kept jabbing

against a bigger opponent

and kept scoring points.”

Azury Ormsby won the under-

54kg junior male novice title

winning against Dan Larby from

Gisborne’s Patu Tahi.

“I was really impressed with

Azury, he just out-skilled his

opponent and it showed in the

fight,” Sullivan said.

Eleven-year-old Bobby Brown

won the under-34kg male cadet

title with victory over Rotorua’s

Kauri Hay.

“Bobby is quite strong for his

size and he never takes a backward

step,” Sullivan said.

“He fought a boy who really

wanted to win and you could see it

in the final round, so he did well.”

Blake Henderson won the

under-75kg elite male title unopposed,

and Neve Enright won

the under-70kg junior novice

title in the same fashion but lost

on points after stepping up to

fight an opponent with eight

more fights and a 2kg weight

advantage.

Sullivan said Ryley Sutherland

was unlucky to finish runner-up

in the under-50kg male cadet

class after leading his bout for

the first two of the three rounds

on the judges’ scorecards.

Hamuera Tainui in the

under-63kg junior male, Brent

Mikulicic in the under-64kg

TALENTED:

Woolston

Boxing Club

came back with

10 medals from

the Central

North Island

championships

in Rotorua.

PHOTO: HOLLY

SULLIVAN ​

elite male novice and Oliver

Bristowe in the under-81kg elite

novice male also all earned silver

medals.

Philippa Hancox earned a

bronze medal in the under-75kg

novice title.

The team will now train

towards two events on

August 23 – the Canterbury

Championships at the Cashmere

Club and the Australian Golden

Gloves in Brisbane.

SPORT

Teen selected

for national

3x3 team

• By Jacob Page

CASHMERE HIGH School

basketballer Thomas Webley is in

a race against time to represent

his country.

The talented teen

has been selected

to represent the

New Zealand

under-18 3x3

basketball team

at the Asia Cup

but has just had a

cast removed after

breaking his arm

five weeks ago.

Thomas

Webley

The injury forced him to miss

the Steven Adams Invitational a

fortnight ago.

The Asia Cup will be held in

Cyberjaya, Malaysia, on August

22 to 24.

The men’s team will be defending

their 2018 gold medal.

The team is ranked 28th in the

world and are grouped with Mongolia

(eight) and Sri Lanka (46).

The Kiwis’ goal will be to win

and generate as many FIBA 3x3

ranking points as possible, which

go towards federation’ points and

count when attempting to qualify

teams for World Cups in each age

group.

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