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The Hurricanes campaign, Team NZ taking on Oracle in the America's Cup and a school athletics competition are just some of the stories that interested dompost.co.nz readers in 2013.

Here are the 10 most popular online sports stories of the year:

1. Play by Play: Crusaders v Hurricanes

Wellington rugby fans once again backed their team to the hilt. The most read story this year was our live blog of the Hurricanes second-round match against the Crusaders. Fairfax reporter Ben Strang blogged in a lively manner throughout the Hurricanes' Super Rugby season, but it was the game against the Crusaders that really brought in the readers. The Hurricanes were in fine form and the game was close, but Crusaders took it out 25-17.

2. Boats back on the water tomorrow

It was the boat racing series that brought the country to a standstill. Within the space of a week everyone was a yachting expert, and there were sleepless nights and late starts to the day as Wellingtonians parked themselves in front of televisions to watch Team NZ go up again Oracle. 

Team NZ were up 8-1, but Larry Ellison's Oracle turned it round to win 9-8.

3: St Pat's Town defend 2013 shield

The annual McEvedy Shield athletics competition - competed for by Wellington College, St Patrick's Town, St Patrick's Silverstream and Rongotai College - is a highlight in Wellington's sports calendar. The fiercely-fought competition was first held in 1922, and Wellington College tops the table, having won the title trophy more times than any of the other competing schools. 

However, this year St Pat's Town was triumphant.

4: St Pats Silverstream fastest on the water

The popularity of dragon boating continues to soar. This year Wellington put on a stunning weekend for the annual dragon boat festival, which attracted thousands to the waterfront. 

5: Capital sports fans don't feel the love: Stadium gets a kicking

Australian A-League captains rated the Westpac Stadium as the worst in the league for atmosphere.

It came as another blow for the stadium, which faced low turnouts at rugby and football matches, and the admission that it could no longer rely on big concerts or many sellout test matches to help foot the bills.

6: Pulse hang of first win of the season

It felt like forever waiting for the Central Pulse to win a game in this season's trans-Tasman Netball League, but they finally did, on April 8, beating the NSW Swifts 55-49 at Wellington's TSB Bank Arena. The Pulse went on to finishs fifth this year's competition, an improvement of last year's placing of seventh. 

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7: Steve Adams drafted to the NBA

In an awesome year for young sports stars, basketball phenomenon Steven Adams, 19,  began his NBA career after being drafted to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

8: Lions vs Canterbury in the final (Live Blog recap)

This was the year we were hoping the Lions would win the NPC Premiership title. They came so very close. Alas, they lost to Canterbury in an exciting final.

9: Wellington Coll beat St Pat's Town

College sport rivalry was also metered out on the rugby field. Wellington College defeated St Pat's Town for the seventh year in a row in their traditional rugby match. The long-standing rivalry between the two schools was played out for the 129th time at Evans Bay Park in May, with Wellington College beating underdogs St Pat's Town 38-20.

10: Hurricanes sign son of Samoan great

In October, Southland midfielder Cardiff Vaega,  son of Manu Samoa international To'o Vaega, claimed a spot in the Hurricanes squad for 2014.


- © Fairfax NZ News


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