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Two golds in two minutes vaulted Lyall Bay up the leaderboard on the third day of the Oceans 15 New Zealand under-14 surf lifesaving championships in Mount Maunganui.
Atakura Julian and Luther Maxwell barely had time to catch their breath after snatching victory in the under-14 tube rescue before they turned around to see teammates Alaynah Bettany and Ella Kingi do the same in the girls division.
A jubilant Bettany said the double strike was especially sweet.
“We were yelling pretty hard at them as we were getting ready for our race and it definitely gave us a boost in our race,” she said.
It capped a big day for the Wellington club, with Julien and Maxwell also combining with Oliver Newman to win the under-14 board relay, heading home Papamoa and Orewa. With one day to go, Lyall Bay are sitting fourth on 18 points, behind defending champions Papamoa (39), Omanu (38), and Red Beach (22).
There are still huge amounts of points still to be collected tomorrow, however, and Bettany, Kingi, Julian and Maxwell have made plenty of finals.
Maxwell, who has been coming to Oceans for more than a decade with older siblings Tyler and Karly, said his 30-strong squad had taken time to hit their stride.
“It’s taken us a while to get used to these conditions because we’re not used to this in Wellington but we’re coming right now.”
Papamoa’s cause was helped by twin sprint wins in the under-13 division, with Lewis Farr and Nikki Wright taking titles home in quick succession. Omanu also collected the under-14 girls title (Sophie Sandford) and the under-11 girls through Scarlett Glover but elsewhere, smaller clubs stood strong.
Brad Austin, from Canterbury’s Spencer Park edged his rivals in the under-14 boys, while Jess Harray gave Waihi Beach a prized gold in the under-12 girls. Red Beach’s Ethan Anderson (under-11 boys) and Wainui’s Sam Mason-Green (under-12 boys) were the other gold medalists.
There was time late in the day for a superb piece of surf skill, with Papamoa’s Cooper Gibson pulling his patient Conor McCarthy down a wave to claim the under-12 tube rescue title, heading off Waikanae’s Nathan Proctor and Nick Proffitt and Maranui’s Sam Brown and Logan Philp.
Olivia Andrew and Erika Fairweather took home the under-12 girls tube rescue, edging East End’s Emma North and Sophia Taylor and Edan Wilson and Holly Williams (Waikanae).
U14 Boys Board Relay. Lyall Bay (Atakura Julian/Luther Maxwell/Oliver Newman) 1, Papamoa (Leon Castle/George Mano/Liam Moffatt) 2, Orewa White (Levi Ata/Xander Cuff/Leon Pearson) 3.
U14 Girls Board Relay. East End (Hannah Baker/Reebekaa Robinson/Claudia Kelly) 1, Mairangi Bay Black (Janelle Beamish/Sashenka Reiser/Caprice Thomas) 2, Orewa White (Kara Drinnan/Lucy Makaea/Ayla Hall) 3.
U12 Boys Board Relay. Waikanae (Clayden Hope/Nicolas Proffit/Tom Kregten) 1, Omanu (Tanner Baxter/Thomas Gadsbey/Baxter Kirk) 2, Papamoa (Liam Davoren/Cooper Gibson/Conor McCarthy) 3.
U12 Girls Board Relay. Whangamata Black (Annabelle Gordon/Paige Robinson/Ruby Sussock) 1, Westshore (Hannah Cotter/Orla Jefferson/Mahina Ross) 2, Maranui (Sophie Irving/Bailey Reddish/Tamrah Titcombe) 3.
U14 Boys Tube Rescue. Lyall Bay (Atakura Julian/Luther Maxwell) 1, Papamoa (Liam Moffatt/Tom Wilson) 2, Mt Maunganui (Oscar Bark Riki/Lochlainn O’Connor) 3.
U14 Girls Tube Rescue. Lyall Bay (Alaynah Bettany/Ella Kingi) 1, Orewa Orange (Bernadette Doyle/Lucy Makaea) 2, Mt Maunganui (Isabella Akroyd/Rebecca Barron) 3.
U12 Boys Tube Rescue. Papamoa (Cooper Gibson/Conor McCarthy) 1, Waikanae (Nathan Proctor/Nick Proffitt) 2, Maranui (Sam Brown/Logan Philp) 3.
U12 Girls Tube Rescue. St Clair (Olivia Andrew/Erika Fairweather) 1, East End (Emma North/Sophia Taylor) 2, Waikanae (Edan Wilson/Holly Williams) 3.
U14 Boys Beach Sprint. Brad Austin (Spencer Park) 1, Xander Cuff (Orewa) 2, Jago Dellow (Paekakariki) 3.
U14 Girls Beach Sprint. Sophie Sandford (Omanu) 1, Ella Pollock (Omanu) 2, Lucy Makaea (Orewa) 3.
U13 Boys Beach Sprint. Lewis Farr (Papamoa) 1, Wesley Akeripa (OBK) 2, Mitchell Irwin (Omanu) 3.
U13 Girls Beach Sprint. Nikki Wright (Papamoa) 1, Lily Roper (Mt Maunganui) 2, Hannah Matehaere (St Clair) 3.
U12 Boys Beach Sprint. Sam Mason-Green (Wainui) 1, Trent Clarkson (East End) 2, Zach Goldsmith (Taylors Mistake) 3.
U12 Girls Beach Sprint. Jess Harray (Waihi) 1, Chelsey Whiu (Bethells Beach) 2, Eden Kelly (Papamoa) 3.
U11 Boys Beach Sprint. Ethan Anderson (Red Beach) 1, Grady Forbes (Papamoa) 2, Blake West (Papamoa) 3.
U11 Girls Beach Sprint. Scarlett Glover (Omanu) 1, Lucy Elliott (East End) 2, Kahurangi Moffat (Paekakariki) 3.
Points after day 3: Papamoa 39, Omanu Beach 38, Red Beach 22, Lyall Bay 18, Waikanae 16, Mt Maunganui 14, Orewa 14, East End 12, Mairangi Bay 10, Wainui 7, Westshore 7, Maranui 7, Piha 5, Whangamata 5, Waihi Beach 4, Worser Bay 3, St Clair 3, Bethells Beach 3, Taylors Mistake 3, Spencer Park 3, Ocean Beach Kiwi 2, Fitzroy 2, Paekakariki 2, Otaki 2, Whakatane 2, Waimairi 1.