New Zealand Pinestars have had a convincing victory over the Australian Bushrangers at the Oceania Championships held over Easter weeeknd. NZL were victorious on all four days winning Friday’s sprint at Unitec by 119-81, the long distance on Rototoa by 118-81, the relay by 105-80, and the middle distance in the rocks of Pongaroa Road by 120-78, giving a final margin of 462-320. AUS were dominant only in W21E where they has wins on the first 3 days. In contrast NZL were particularly strong in M20 where they filled 5 of the top 6 places in the long and 6 of the top 7 in the middle distance!
Oceania titles for Gene Beveridge in the long distance and Nick Hann and Renee Beveridge in the middle also mean that these three now have individual places at these distances in the 2017 World Championships to be held in Estonia in early July. As well as 3 and 3 in the sprint, NZL will now have a total of 3 men and 3 women in the middle distance and 3 men and 2 women in the long distance. Other top NZL performances at Oceania came from Ross Morrison, winner of M21E in the sprint, Matt Ogden – 2nd M21E in both the long and middle, Lara Molloy – winner of both the long and middle in W20, Kayla Fairbairn in W20 took two 2nd places and a 3rd, and Devon Beckman who was runner-up in M20 in all three individual races.