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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, September 24, 2012 --- 23 111862 GOOD things are coming in threes for Saint Kentigern College’s First XI boys’ hock- ey team. Like their First XV rugby coun- terparts, which won Auckland, Blues region and national titles for the frst time this year, the hockey side also completed their maiden treble in 2012. They won the Auckland second- ary schools open grade in June, defeating King’s College 1-0 in a tense fnal. St Kent’s sport manager Lynne Scutt says the last time the college was crowned Auckland champions was in 1988. Next up was the intercity com- petition, contested by the top school teams from Counties to North Harbour. A month-long unbeaten streak, which sealed a semi-fnal berth, was ended with a 1-4 loss to West- lake Boys’ High in the fnal pool game. A third win of the season over King’s in the semi booked a rematch with Westlake in the decider. “The game stepped up a level from their previous encounter, with Matthew Lieshout scoring the only goal of the game midway through the frst half,” says Scutt. “Both teams had penalty corners and shots on goal in the second half, but were unable to capital- ise on these chances. Outstanding contributions came from Lorenz Bartsch and the defence team led by captain Leonard Powell.” The 1-0 victory gave St Kent’s their frst intercity championship since the competition started in 1994. They scored 63 goals for and conceded seven in the Auckland and intercity tournaments. The team then travelled to Puke- kohe during secondary schools sport tournament week to contest the second division India Shield. Scutt says after winning the prestigious intercity title, it was disappointing not to be vying for the frst division Rankin Cup, which entry into is based on the previous year’s form. “After winning the two Auck- land trophies, the aim was to win the India Shield and get promoted back up to the top tier.” On the frst day, Whangarei Boys’ were edged 1-0 and Rotorua Boys’ dispatched 7-1, but a narrow 2-3 loss to New Plymouth Boys’ in pool play meant a tougher route through the play-offs. “They were up to the task, defeating three of the top Wellington schools on their way to a 3-1 victory over Scots Col- lege in the fnal.” Like the intercity victory, it was St Kent’s frst time lifting the India Shield. It also promotes them into the Rankin Cup for 2013, won this season by King’s, who they’d had the wood on all year. Richmond Lum and Bartsch were leading goal scorers, with the latter being named player of the tournament. “Goalkeeper Bryan Schofeld had a great tournament. His cru- cial penalty-stroke save in the 6-5 semi-fnal win against Wellington College saw the team through to the fnal,” says Scutt. “This completes a perfect sea- son, the frst ever boys’ side to have won the treble.” Scutt says the most successful boys’ hockey season for the col- lege is credit to coach Chris Dow- dle and director of hockey Ramesh Patel. “Chris is a young but very dedi- cated coach who has put so much into the boys’ team over the last two years. “[Patel’s] contribution to the hockey programme has defnitely shown through with the boys’ results and also the girls’ division win at tournament week.” n St Kent's boys' First XI 2012: Lorenz Bartsch, Brad Cooke, Richmond Lum, Sam Jimmieson, Leonard Powell (c), Craig Kamins, Sanjay Keshaw, Marika Laing, William Loudon, Matthew Lieshout, Daniel Guthrie, Mathew Barlow, Bryan Scho eld, Hayden Johnson, Jayan Kesha, Jeremy Kincaid. Saints' hockey prize treble TURF PRIDE: Saint Kentigern College premier boys' hockey team celebrate winning the intercity championship, the most prized of the three titles they won this year. Photo supplied Juniors join world stars ENTRANTS in this year’s Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon will have the added bonus of kicking off festivities for one of the sport’s biggest races for 2012. The junior multisport event takes place at St Heliers on Sunday, October 14, and will double as the opening event of the Barfoot and Thompson world triathlon championship series grand fnal. Running from October 14-22, the grand fnal will bring triathlon superstars from more than 20 countries to New Zealand. The St Heliers leg of the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon will be a one-off world champs special. Sanitarium general manager Pierre van Heerden says: “The world champs Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon event gives kids a unique chance to be part of a world championship event. “Sanitarium has been running the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon series in New Zealand for the past 20 years, with the emphasis being on completion rather than competition, and enjoying the experience as part of an active lifestyle. “Everyone that participates in the world champs Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon will receive a medal, as well as the chance to meet some of their sporting heroes.” Many of the country’s triathlon champions have been past participants in the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon events, including Andrea Hewitt, who fnished sixth at the London Olympics, and Dannemora ironman Cameron Brown. The St Heliers event is staged at Vellenoweth Green, with races divided into age-groups starting from 9am. Swim legs range from 50 metres to 200m, with cycle legs either 4km or 8km and each entrant running 1.5km. Trained volunteers are stationed throughout the course, while lifeguards are on hand to assist with the swim leg. Entries for the world champs Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon are open to kids from the ages of seven to 15. Go to www.tryathlon.weetbix.co.nz to register before October 11.
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