Red Beach, Omanu hold Oceans lead

Friday, 24 February 2012

Omanu narrowly missed taking the outright lead after the second day of the Oceans under-14 New Zealand championships in Mount Maunganui today.

Only two finals were held as organisers got through a huge number of heats and semifinals, making the most of clearing skies after yesterday's miserable weather.

The first final of the day saw Omanu's Libby Moore and Jess Gadsbey take out the under-14 girls board rescue, holding off Katie Trott and McKenzie Radovanovich (Paekakariki) and Lyall Bay's Tori Watt and Kate Nota.

Omanu could've had the double, with Sam Pasley and Kane Sefton crossing first in the under-14 boys board rescue, only to be disqualified.

That elevated Orewa's James Scott and Taine Johnston into first, with Jake Morgan-Kemp and Izaak Scheib (Red Beach) and Whangamata's George Sussock and Thomas Lowe filling the minor places.

It also meant Red Beach and Omanu ended the day equal on 19 points, with Orewa vaulting ahead of Paekakariki into third on 11.

Tomorrow's action sees tube rescue, board relays and mixed beach relay finals decided, while the finale of the Sonic race series - featuring the top 18 open ironmen and ironwomen in the country - will be held during the lunch break of the Oceans competition.

Board rescue:
Under-14: Boys: Orewa (James Scott/Taine Johnston) 1, Red Beach (Jake Morgan-Kemp/Izaak Scheib) 2, Whangamata (George Sussock/Thomas Lowe) 3.  Girls: Omanu (Libby Moore/Jess Gadsbey) 1, Paekakariki (Katie Trott/McKenzie Radovanovich) 2, Lyall Bay (Tori Watt/Kate Nota) 3.

Points (after day 2): Red Beach 19, Omanu Beach 19, Orewa 12, Paekakariki 11, Mt Maunganui 6, Lyall Bay 6, Mairangi Bay 6, NPOB 6, Papamoa 5, Wainui 4, Whangamata 3, Mangawhai Heads 3, Waihi Beach 3, Worser Bay 3, Waikanae 3, East End 2, Muriwai 2, Fitzroy 1.

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Orewa's James Scott and Taine Johnston head past Red Beach's Jake Morgan-Kemp and Izaak Scheib to win the under-14 board rescue title at the Oceans under-14 New Zealand championships in Mount Maunganui today.  Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Journalism.