Emotional win for Omanu

Sunday, 23 February 2014

A rampant Omanu team sealed a slice of history, running away with the overall title at the Oceans 14 New Zealand under-14 surf lifesaving championships today.

It's the first time in the 14-year history of the event that Omanu has tasted overall victory and they did it in style on the final day with all the team contributing.

Sprinter Flynn Kelly was involved in two of the four final-day golds Omanu picked up, winning the under-14 beach sprint and anchoring the 2km beach relay success, and said the overall win was a sweet feeling.

"It came down to a mix between plenty of hard work, a great team spirit and also a pretty cruisey attitude," Kelly said.  "We really concentrated on enjoying ourselves over the four days and winning the club title was almost secondary to that."

His teammate Ella Pollock, at her fourth consecutive Oceans carnival with one more to come next year, said it was a great way to pay tribute to 11-year-old clubmate Harrison Mundy, who passed away last week.

"We did it for Harrison just as much as we did it for ourselves," Pollock, who backed up her first-day beach flags win with board race victory today, said.  "We talked about it as a team and that meant a lot to us."

Omanu finished on 60 points, 12 clear of neighbours Mount Maunganui, with Red Beach and Papamoa third-equal on 42.

Mairangi Bay jumped to fifth on 35 points, thanks in no small way to one of their smallest competitors, Astaria Te Aukura, who picked up four golds in the under-11 ranks.

She showed incredible variety, taking out the beach flags, diamond race, board race and surf race.

Fitzroy siblings Zac and Sacha Reid helped their club to seventh, winning the under-14 boys and under-12 girls surf race finals within minutes of each other.  The Taranaki club also notched a bit of history, with Zac Reid joining Abby Collins, Cameron Dowsing, Corben Le Breton, Maisie Lundon Moore and Natalie Walsh to win the event-ending under-14 Grand Cameron relay.

Orewa's Grace Kaihau won the under-14 surf race and diamond race, while New Plymouth Old Boys 12-year-old Sam Dingle won the diamond and board races and was second in the surf race.

Among the smaller clubs, Lochlainn O'Connor took out the under-13 surf race for Waihi Beach, Spencer Park's Brad Austin won the under-13 beach sprint and Whakatane's Lauren Henry won the under-14 beach flags/sprint double.

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Waihi Beach's Lochlainn O'Connor on his way to surf race victory in the under-13 boys final at the Oceans 14 New Zealand under-14 championships in Mount Maunganui.  Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services

Final points: Omanu Beach 60, Mt Maunganui 48, Red Beach 42, Papamoa 42, Mairangi Bay 35, Orewa 32, Fitzroy 19, Waikanae 18, Whakatane 16, NPOB 14, Whangamata 14, Maranui 12, Westshore 11, St Clair 11, Lyall Bay 9, Paekakariki 8, Worser Bay 8, Ocean Beach Kiwi 7, Wainui 6, Spencer Park 5, Piha 5, Midway 4, Waihi Beach 4, East End 3, Taylors Mistake 3, Otaki 3, Titahi Bay 2.


Beach Flags 
U11 Boys. Zach Goldsmith (Taylors Mistake) 1, Kian Grey (Papamoa) 2, Angus Henare (Red Beach) 3.
U11 Girls. Astaria Te Aukura (Mairangi Bay) 1, Hannah Cotter (Westshore) 2, Lucia Cook (Omanu Beach) 3.
U12 Boys. Wesley Akeripa (Ocean Beach Kiwi) 1, Colby Brennan (Omanu Beach) 2, Thomas Friskney (Omanu Beach) 3.
U12 Girls. Saffi Vette (Wainui) 1, Hannah Matehaere (St Clair) 2, Anna Manning (Whakatane) 3.
U13 Boys. Xander Cuff (Orewa) 1, Brad Austin (Spencer Park) 2, Levi Ata (Red Beach) 3.
U13 Girls. Ella Pollock (Omanu Beach) 1, Holly Skinner (Orewa) 2, Sophie Hildesley (Red Beach) 3.
U14 Boys. Ishmael Perkins Banse (Paekakariki) 1, Jonathan Thompson (Piha) 2, Rowan Gjaltema (Red Beach) 3.
U14 Girls. Lauren Henry (Whakatane) 1, Maisie Lundon Moore (Fitzroy) 2, Alicia Wilson (Mt Maunganui) 3.

U11 Boys. Jack Hitchfield (Papamoa) 1, Cooper Gibson (Papamoa) 2, Oliver Gordon (Whangamata) 3.
U11 Girls. Sophie Irving (Maranui) 1, Olivia Andrew (St Clair) 2, Astaria Te Aukura (Mairangi Bay) 3.
U12 Boys. Max Wolf (St Clair) 1, Sean Register (Maranui) 2, Max Millington (Papamoa) 3.
U12 Girls. Isabella Akroyd (Mt Maunganui) 1, Sasha Reid (Fitzroy) 2, Joy Mitchell (Omanu Beach) 3.
U13 Boys. George Mano (Papamoa) 1, Atakura Julian (Lyall Bay) 2, Lochlainn O'Connor (Waihi Beach) 3.
U13 Girls. Lucy Makaea (Orewa) 1, Bernadette Doyle (Mairangi Bay) 2, Ella Pollock (Omanu Beach) 3.
U14 Boys. Zac Reid (Fitzroy) 1, Mitch Cowdrey (Papamoa) 2, Conor Bradding (Whangamata) 3.
U14 Girls. Grace Kaihau (Orewa) 1, Ruby Adsett (Westshore) 2, Hana-Tia Ross (Westshore) 3.

Board Rescue 
U14 Boys. Mt Maunganui A (Daniel Miller/Benjamin Rowe) 1, Red Beach A (Hamish Gledhill/Sam Readman) 2, Mt Maunganui B (Oscar Bark Riki/Taituna Woller) 3.
U14 Girls. Waikanae A (Kate Falloon/Lauren Pickett) 1, Red Beach B (Tania Denvir/Jade Tuilaepa) 2, East End (Reebekaa Robinson/Isabella Kelly) 3. 

Mixed Beach Relay 
U14. Papamoa A (Sophia Boudanovas/Mitch Cowdrey/Mackenzee/Aidan Smith) 1, Whangamata Black (Matthew Bond/Mayah Coleman/Madelaine Gordon/Max Wilson) 2, Red Beach A (Conor Donovan/Hamish Gledhill/Emma Clarke/Jade Tuilaepa) 3.
U13. Omanu Beach A (Denali Amerson/Colby Brennan/Ella Pollock/Ben Blackwell) 1, Orewa White (Xander Cuff/Brandon Pearson/Lucy Makaea/Holly Skinner) 2, East End A (Hannah Baker/Charlotte Godwin/Fletcher Moles/Robson Old) 3.
U12. Omanu Beach A (Colby Brennan/Mitchell Irwin/Joy Mitchell/Zoe Mihailof-Townsend) 1, Piha Black (Molly Brittenden/Sophia Clark/Benjamin Gregory/Joseph Vujcich) 2, Ocean Beach Kiwi A (Wesley Akeripa/Max de Groot/Zoe Grupp/Laura Johnson) 3.
U11. Papamoa A (Eden Kelly/Chanelle West/Cooper Gibson/Kian Grey) 1, Omanu Beach A (Dominic Piceno/Brooke Batters/Lucia Cook/Baxter Kirk) 2, Waikanae A (Nicolas Proffit/Holly Williams/Edan Wilson/Harry Allan) 3.

Tube Rescue 
U14 Boys. Whangamata Black (Conor Bradding/Oscar Williams) 1, Papamoa A (Mitch Cowdrey/Liam Moffatt) 2, Mt Maunganui A (Daniel Miller/Benjamin Rowe) 3.
U14 Girls. Mt Maunganui A (Tessa Bradley/Georgia Clement) 1, Westshore A (Ruby Adsett/Hana-Tia Ross) 2, Mairangi Bay Blue (Bernadette Doyle/Tahlia Rawle) 3.
U12 Boys. NPOB Yellow (Sam Dingle/Jonty Hughes) 1, Red Beach C (Blake Readman/Jonathan Selman) 2, Omanu Beach A (Kiahi Horan/Loui Schuler) 3.
U12 Girls. Mt Maunganui A (Isabella Akroyd/Lily Alton) 1, Mt Maunganui B (McKeelie Van Lye/Charlotte Wyatt) 2, Mairangi Bay Red (Tayla Dalton/Caprice Thomas) 3.

Board Relay 
U14 Boys. Red Beach (Hamish Gledhill/Kees Kramer/Sam Readman) 1, Omanu Beach A (Mitchell Hooker/Flynn Kelly/Mack Petrie) 3.
U14 Girls. Red Beach (Anika Mittendorff/Emma Hildesley/Jade Tuilaepa) 1, Mairangi Bay Red (Ashleigh Phillips/Tahlia Grace Rawle/Tiana Williamson) 2, Omanu Beach A (Grace Elisara/Claudia Pasley/Ella Pollock) 3.
U12 Boys. Omanu Beach A (Thomas Friskney/Kiahi Horan/Thomas Scott) 1, Waikanae A (Charlie Dods/Travis Mitchell/Tom Van Kregten) 3.
U12 Girls. Whakatane Green (Emily Julian/Francesca Kay/Anna Manning) 1, Mt Maunganui A (Isabella Akroyd/Lily Alton/Charlotte Wyatt) 2, Mairangi Bay Blue (Nadine Lees/Astaria Te Aukura/Caprice Thomas) 2.

2km Beach Relay 
Omanu Beach A (Sophie Sandford/Flynn Kelly/Colby Brennan/Brooke Batters) 1, Worser Bay A (Tessa Hunt/Oliver Newman/Kirstie Rae/William Roff) 2, Fitzroy Z (Ethan Matuku/Hannah O'Connor/Sasha Reid/Zac Reid) 3.

Surf Race 
U14 Boys. Zac Reid (Fitzroy) 1, Taituna Woller (Mt Maunganui) 2, Benjamin Rowe (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U14 Girls. Grace Kaihau (Orewa) 1, Olivia Corrin (Midway) 2, Aimee Daniels (NPOB) 3.
U13 Boys. Lochlainn O'Connor (Waihi Beach) 1, Atakura Julian (Lyall Bay) 2, Liam Moffatt (Papamoa) 3.
U13 Girls. Bernadette Doyle (Mairangi Bay) 1, Tania Denvir (Red Beach) 2, Caitlin Clarke (Titahi Bay) 3.
U12 Boys. Sean Register (Maranui) 1, Sam Dingle (NPOB) 2, Loui Schuler (Omanu Beach) 3.
U12 Girls. Sasha Reid (Fitzroy) 1, McKeelie van Lye (Mt Maunganui) 2, Isabella Akroyd (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U11 Boys. Daniel Shanahan (Mt Maunganui) 1, Cooper Gibson (Papamoa) 2, Matthew Wagstaff (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U11 Girls. Astaria Te Aukura (Mairangi Bay) 1, Sophie Irving (Maranui) 2, Olivia Andrew (St Clair) 3. 

Beach Sprint 
U14 Boys. Flynn Kelly (Omanu Beach) 1, Ishmael Perkins Banse (Paekakariki) 2, Bevan Spragg (East End) 3.
U14 Girls. Lauren Henry (Whakatane) 1, Katie Oolders (Worser Bay) 2, Tessa Hunt (Worser Bay) 3.
U13 Boys. Brad Austin (Spencer Park) 1, Xander Cuff (Orewa) 2, Ben Blackwell (Omanu Beach) 3.
U13 Girls. Lucy Makaea (Orewa) 1, Ella Pollock (Omanu Beach) 2, Sophie Sandford (Omanu Beach) 3.
U12 Boys. Wesley Akeripa (Ocean Beach Kiwi) 1, Colby Brennan (Omanu Beach) 2, Mitchell Irwin (Omanu Beach) 3.
U12 Girls. Hannah Matehaere (St Clair) 1, Tayla Dalton (Mairangi Bay) 2, Saffi Vette (Wainui) 3.
U11 Boys. Angus Henare (Red Beach) 1, Jack Plummer (Paekakariki) 2, James Stavert (Whakatane) 3.
11 Girls. Eden Kelly (Papamoa) 1, Brooke Batters (Omanu Beach) 2, Jessica Jenkins (Titahi Bay) 3.

Board Race 
U14 Boys. Hamish Gledhill (Red Beach) 1, Mitch Cowdrey (Papamoa) 2, Taituha Woller (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U14 Girls. Jade Tuilaepa (Red Beach) 1, Grace Kaihau (Orewa) 2, Alicia Wilson (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U13 Boys. Thomas Hart (Waikanae) 1, Liam Moffatt (Papamoa) 2, Tamarau Kipa (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U13 Girls. Ella Pollock (Omanu Beach) 1, Lucy Makaea (Orewa) 2, Aneka Mittendorff (Red Beach) 3.
U12 Boys. Sam Dingle (NPOB) 1, Thomas Scott (Omanu Beach) 2, Neo-Tama Hargreaves (Worser Bay) 3.
U12 Girls. Caprice Thomas (Mairangi Bay) 1, Stella Smith (Wainui) 2, Lily Alton (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U11 Boys. Tom van Kregten (Waikanae) 1, Oliver Gordon (Whangamata) 2, Max Jones (Paekakariki) 3.
U11 Girls. Astaria Te Aukura (Mairangi Bay) 1, Orla Jefferson (Westshore) 2, Sakura Gardiner (Red Beach) 3.

Diamond Race 
U14 Boys. David Long (Lyall Bay) 1, Oscar Williams (Whangamata) 2, Mitch Cowdrey (Papamoa) 3.
U14 Girls.  Grace Kaihau (Orewa) 1, Olivia Corrin (Midway) 2, Ruby Adsett (Westshore) 3.
U13 Boys. Liam Moffatt (Papamoa) 1, Atakura Julian (Lyall Bay) 2, Tamarau Kipa (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U13 Girls. Bernadette Doyle (Mairangi Bay) 1, Lucy Makaea (Orewa) 2, Hannah van Kampen (Worser Bay) 3.
U12 Boys. Sam Dingle (NPOB) 1, Patrick Makgill (Red Beach) 2, Damien Doyle (Otaki) 3.
U12 Girls. Emily Julien (Whakatane) 1, Daisy Davis (Otaki) 2, Charlotte Wyatt (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U11 Boys. Tom van Kregten (Waikanae) 1, Cooper Gibson (Papamoa) 2, Daniel Shanahan (Mt Maunganui) 3.
U11 Girls. Astaria Te Aukura (Mairangi Bay) 1, Sophie Irving (Maranui) 2, Sakura Gardiner (Red Beach) 3.

Grand Cameron Relay 
U14 Mixed. Fitzroy (Abby Collins/Cameron Dowsing/Corben Le Breton/Maisie Lundon Moore/Zac Reid/Natalie Walsh) 1, Mt Maunganui A (Caitlin Burns/Georgia Clement/Alicia Wilson/Hoani Lawrence/Daniel Miller/Benjamin Rowe) 2, Orewa Black (Grace Kaihau/Lily Taylor/Liam McMullen/Xander Cuff/Brandon Pearson/Lucy Makaea) 3.
U12 Mixed. Omanu Beach (Kiahi Horan/Loui Schuler/Brennan Colby/Joy Mitchell/Molly Shivnan/ Zoe Townsend-Mihailof) 1, Mairangi Bay (Wynton Brick/Tayla Dalton/Matthew Fairburn/Samuel Poching/Andie Quirke/Caprice Thomas) 2, Red Beach A (Alexsia Bingley/Sakura Gardiner/Angus Henare/Blake Readman/Flynn Southcombe/Freya Dooley) 3.