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Barnfield 10th at worlds
Ready for action: Leah Barnfield
competes in the International Triathlon
Union long-distance triathlon world
championships in Vitoria-Gastiez Spain.
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
Former Gore woman Leah Barnfield
represented New Zealand in a
triathlon in Spain recently and
Barfield competed in the Inter-
national Triathlon Union long-
distance triathlon world champion-
ships in Spain, finishing 10th in her
age group in the gruelling event,
which included a 4km swim, 120km
bike ride and 30km run.
More than 1000 triathletes competed,
and given Barnfield's mere two
years of competing in triathlons,
coming in 10th was quite an
''I have always done running and
team sports and then people
encouraged me to participate in a
triathlon,'' she said.
To qualify for the Spanish triathlon,
Barnfield had to compete at the Port
of Tauranga half-ironman in Janu-
ary, which included a 2km swim,
90km bike ride and 21.1km run.
She was one of about 50 Kiwis in
Spain for the world champs.
''To represent my country is pretty
cool,'' said Barnfield, who now lives
in New Plymouth and has been
training twice a day.
''I put in about 20 hours a week,'' she
final loss to the
Red Devils in
Now there are doubts Southern Stampede will be able to field a team in 2013, Elysia Tilbrook reports.
from Gore, has
been left ''gutted''
at his team's con-
troversial loss in
the New Zealand
Stampede lost to
Red Devils in
after a penalty
goal shoot out,
which was orig-
inally ruled out
by the referee
nearest the net.
The Devils players didn't realise
the goal had been denied and
stormed onto the ice to cel-
Officials quickly got together
and reversed the call, making it
a 5-4 victory to the Red Devils
after the extra time thriller.
Reid said it was really tough to
tell if the shot should or should
not have been counted.
''The thing that irks me is that
the ref said no to the goal
without hesitation,'' he said.
Reid believes the referee's
decision was obviously
''swayed'' by the celebrating Red
''But I think he should have
stuck with his original
decision,'' he said.
The whole final has been
marred with further contro-
versy with the Red Devils goalie
being arrested later that night
for allegedly assaulting a boun-
cer in Queenstown.
Reid said reports about drinks
being thrown around by Red
Devils fans during the game
went unnoticed by him.
Now Reid has concerns about
fielding a team for 2013 because
they still need at least six strong
New Zealand players to field a
team due to other players
moving or retiring.
''There is plenty of talent, the
problem is getting them to
commit,'' he said.
If a team is fielded for 2013, Reid
will be keen to coach again.
Pupils aim to be kings of chess
Checking in: The pressure will be on teams competing
in the Chess Power Interschools National Finals in
Auckland next week. Northern Southland College lines
up in the year 9 to 13 section.
By ASHLEIGH REID
Country will meet city
when students from
College compete in a
national chess compe-
tition in Auckland next
College will compete in
the Chess Power Inter-
schools National Finals
senior division for year
9 to 13 students at
Trusts Stadium on
Northern Southland is ranked
fourth out of the seven teams
participating at that level.
Other Southland schools have
also qualified for the national
finals, which includes a year 5
and 6 section.
And it is certainly an exciting
event for Northern Southland,
which got interested in the sport
after an email from
Chess Power organisers
selling giant boards last
Grant Newcombe said
the school bought a
giant chess set for the
library and held a
Up to 40 students
A team then competed
in and won the Inver-
cargill Chess Power
This win qualified them for the
national competition in Auck-
Ashleigh Reid is an SIT journalism student
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