The New Zealand riders celebrate their successful weekend.
The New Zealand riders celebrate their successful weekend.

Kiwi kids clean sweep

THE Kiwis came, the Kiwis saw and, unfortunately, the Kiwis conquered.

Eight young BMX guns crossed the ditch to take on Australia’s best in the three events of BMXtreme at Casinoat the weekend.

The Aussies’ 150 riders were dominated by the Kiwi kids, who made a clean sweep of the Trans-Tasman Test, the scholarship division (for girls) and Mighty 11s.

It was the first time in three years the Kiwis had taken the series, and for the first time it was a girl, Rebecca Petch, who won the Mighty 11s.

So excited were the Kiwis with their victory that the fathers of the victorious team burst into a spirited rendition of the haka during the presentation.

Event manager Sonia Buckley said the war dance sent a shiver down the spine.

“I’ve never seen Kiwis get so excited,” she said.

“It was a shock when the dads – all big blokes – jumped up and just started doing the haka.”

Some consolation comes for the young Australian riders who successfully raced off for a spot in the team that will head to New Zealand for the return match in late October.

NSW riders Cooper Pozniak, Justin Beattie and Jiye Ellis will be joined by Queenslanders Jacob Griffiths and Mitchell Hoad in the boys’ team.

The all NSW girls team is Saya Sakaibava, Chelsea Boylan and Holly Cooper.



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