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SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday July302019 9 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.