SPORT SHORTS

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Matt Scoles of Alexan­dra tack­les the down­hill race at the MTBNZ na­tional se­ries race at Cardrona on Satur­day. Scoles was third (2:47:1) in the elite men’s event, be­hind Scot­tish pro Greg Wil­liamson (2:45:8) and Hawkes Bay rider George Bran­ni­gan (2:46:2). The women’s elite down­hill race was won by Bri­tish rider Katy Curd. The com­pe­ti­tion’s elite cross coun­try race was won by Kate Fluker of Queen­stown, while An­ton Cooper of North Can­ter­bury won the men’s elite ti­tle. Wanaka rid­ers to fin­ish on the podium were Wanaka’s Phoebe Oliver (fe­male un­der-17 cross coun­try, win­ner); Melissa Ne­wall (masters fe­male 1 cross coun­try, win­ner); Janus Staufen­berg (male un­der-17 cross coun­try, sec­ond); Julius Staufen­berg (male un­der-15 cross coun­try, win­ner); Camp­bell Wright (male un­der15 cross coun­try, sec­ond); Paul Wright (male un­der-19 cross coun­try, third); Kayla Rus­sell (fe­male un­der-19 cross coun­try, third). Queen­stown rider Reon Boe won the male se­nior cross coun­try race. The cup was the first in a se­ries of four races lead­ing up to the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

Eye on the ball

Queen­stown’s Riki McLach­lan only has eyes for his ball dur­ing his round robin game against Jose Statham, of Auck­land, at the Te Anau Ten­nis Open in Te Anau last week. Play­ers at the in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment in­cluded for­mer ju­nior Wim­ble­don cham­pion Wes­ley Whitehouse, of Auck­land. More than $20,000 in prize money was up for grabs with Auck­lan­der Ru­bin Statham over­pow­er­ing Finn Tear­ney, of Wellington, for the win. Statham re­ceived $8000 while Tear­ney re­ceived $5000. About 550 spec­ta­tors took to the court­side to watch the games at the event which boosts be­ing the third big­gest ten­nis event in New Zealand. McLach­lan and his brother Ben played-off for fifth and sixth place with Riki able to take down his brother in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Ar­row­town player Harry James also com­peted in the com­pe­ti­tion fin­ish­ing in sev­enth. Most play­ers who com­peted headed to Auck­land for the ASB Clas­sic and Heineken Open.

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