Day 1 of the 2 day test match held in Naseby, saw mixed results for the Australian Schools Team. Australia scored a win in the junior boys but was beaten by New Zealand in the other three categories.
Kurt Neumann ran through the junior boy field to take a convincing win on what was difficult gold mining terrain. Kurt won in a time of 26:23, 3min 37sec clear of 2nd place Ian Lawford (Aus) followed by Oliver Poland in 30:09. Best placed New Zealand runner was Alistair Richardson in a time of 32:42.
Michele Dawson from Aus had a strong run in the junior Girls to place third in a time of 40:26, 8min behind the eventual winner Laura Robertson of NZ.
The senior Girls category provided close competition with the first 3 place getters being within 27secs of each other. Krystal Neumann won in a time of 41:21 closely followed by Belinda Lawford in 41:28 and Kate Morrison (NZ) 3rd in 41:48
Lachlan Dow was our only strong performer in the Senior Boys event with a 2nd placing (47:43), 1min 26 behind eventual winner Toby Scott (NZ). The other Aus team members struggled in the gold mining terrain.
Day two’s area was the more intricate detail of Naseby. Winning times were predicted to be 30min which by the way the first leg runners went was thought to be a little ambitious. 3 runners were only able to achieve times in the 30-40min range. The relay was showing that slower speeds and constant map contact would produce results.
The Australian junior boys consisting of Ian Lawford, Max Neumann, Oliver Poland and Kurt Neumann produced another awesome result winning the Junior Boys after a tight tussle with the NZ team. The lead changed throughout the race making it a very exciting event.
The New Zealand Junior Girls lead runner unfortunately had trouble putting the Australian girls in a commanding stage, with the Australians ending up a whole leg in front. The winning Australian team consisted of Rebekah Sunley, Jackie Doyle, Katie Doyle and Michele Dawson, with Michele Dawson having her best 2 runs of the carnival at the schools events.
The Australian Senior Boys team consisting of Joshua Blatchford, Joshua Neumann, Patrick Watts and Lachlan Dow battled hard against the New Zealand Team but eventually fell short of a win.
An unfortunate incident left the Australian Senior Girl lead runner, behind the NZ team by over 15mins which turned out to be to difficult to overcome throughout the race. Sarah Buckerfield, Lilian Burrill and Krystal Neumann put in an excellent effort but fell short of a win.
New Zealand Secondary Schools Team took the Test match win 5-3 with Australia taking consolation in trouncing New Zealand in the Curling Saturday Evening.