From triathlon to waka ama

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - KRIS DANDO

Sport in Porirua and Tawa never sleeps.

We could al­most fill a news­pa­per each week with the sport – from school to elite level – that comes across our desk, and 2015 was an­other bumper year.

The stand­out was Daniel Hil­lier.

His list of tro­phies and ac­co­lades is long and there is op­ti­mism the 17-year-old Aotea Col­lege stu­dent can keep it go­ing in 2016.

He was the young sports­man of the year at the Porirua Sports Awards and nar­rowly missed out to out­stand­ing triath­lete Ngarama Mil­ner-Olsen for the over­all ti­tle.

An­other high-pro­file sports per­son­al­ity was darts player Craig Cald­well, from Ti­tahi Bay. He won the tele­vised SkyC­ity tour­na­ment in July and that really set him on his way.

It was a mixed sea­son for the win­ter codes – North­ern United’s women’s side won the club rugby ti­tle, but their male coun­ter­parts did not make the sec­ond-tier Hard­ham Cup semi-fi­nals.

Tawa, mean­while, fell ag­o­nis­ingly close to making the Ju­bilee Cup fi­nal, but could be rea­son­ably happy with their sea­son.

In rugby league, premier re­serve side Ti­tahi Bay Mar­lins out­shone their Porirua premier coun­ter­parts by making their fi­nal, and may be look­ing at premier sta­tus next sea­son.

Two sports sto­ries that also graced our news pages in­volved Porirua City Coun­cil – its takeover of the man­age­ment of the Bernie Wood Turf, and the Porirua Sports Awards.

Else­where, Porirua City United sit atop the Welling­ton soft­ball stand­ings go­ing into the Christ­mas break, Tawa Col­lege were crowned the na­tional sec­ondary school girls cricket cham­pi­ons and 16-year-old Aye­sha Leti I’iga and three other Norths play­ers made rugby’s Black Ferns.

Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst’s men’s ten­nis side are top of the in­ter­club stand­ings, Mila Reuelu-Buchanan and Whit­ney Souness con­tinue to make great strides in net­ball and Pau­ata­hanui Golf Course opened its new holes to gen­eral ac­claim.

Steve Kent and Marty

YEAR IN RE­VIEW

McDow­ell dom­i­nated in surf life­sav­ing and kayak­ing, Aotea Col­lege girls and Bishop Viard boys won their re­spec­tive rugby com­pe­ti­tions and Judge­ford’s golf team were out­stand­ing in their first tilt at the premier level.

Marama Elk­ing­ton was bril­liant at the waka ama na­tion­als and, just as im­pres­sively, Kayla Im­rie booked her spot in the K4 team at next

year’s Olympic Games.

PHOTO: GETTY

Craig Cald­well’s win at the SkyC­ity tour­na­ment in July was a sport­ing high­light in 2015.

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