Published Wednesday 27 August 2014

The NZ Youth Olympic Games team is nearing the end of competition, closing out day ten with a win in the women's 5-a-side to take home 5th place.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The women’s 5-a-side team won their placement game 5-4 against Uruguay today, giving the team a 5th overall placing in the competition.

It was a tightly contested game, both New Zealand and Uruguay scoring one goal each in the first period.

Casey-Mae Waddell, 17, Levin, scored the only goal in the second period and the game rounded out with three goals a side in the final period.

“The girls showed good character out there,” said Catherine Tinning, 18, Christchurch after the game.

“Even though it wasn’t the result we came for and it wasn’t a medal game, it was still good to finish on a high,” she said. 

GOLF

The New Zealand golf mixed team completed their competition today, with a first equal placing for round three and a 10th place finish overall.

Combined score from Alvarez and Coxon was five under, shooting equal with the top scorers from round three of competition.

Coxon scored the best individual score from all the competitors, shooting 66 from the 18 holes.

Alvarez shot one over, with a score of 73.

One double on hole 16 was the only blemish in a “very solid round,” said coach Karen de Lautour. 

WRESTLING

Merinda Bramley, 16, Papamoa, competed in the women’s 46kg wrestling today, falling in each of her three matches, 4-0.

“She found it challenging,” said coach Scott Boness. “What I do see is potential there for her.”

The three remaining freestyle wrestlers Brahm Richards, 17, Auckland and Douglas Lloyd, 17, Auckland will begin competition tomorrow. 

CANOE/KAYAK

Kensa Randle made it through to the top 16 of the K1 Slalom Obstacle course today, finishing 9th overall and two seconds off moving to the top eight.

“It was a solid run, it felt a bit slow and I know I can definitely go faster,” said Randle after the first run. “I just got tired quite quickly.”

Veering from the traditional whitewater slalom courses, Nanjing opted for a flat obstacle course. Randle’s time of 1:23.22 was the fastest in the repechage and allowed her to move forward in to the top 16.

Her third race was completed in 1:23.709, less than two seconds off moving through to the top eight.

Coach Nikki Whitehead said Randle “had some consistent results” in a competitive field.

“She nailed the start, three out of three,” said Whitehead. “It was a good experience race for her and I think she’s got a lot from it.”