Lampp's sports comments
We can now confirm that Palmerston North's New Zealand cricketer Jacob Oram and Mara Tait-Jamieson are husband and wife.
The nuptials took place at Longwoods, a country lodge near Greytown on Saturday. We hear it was a small, private wedding for family members and close friends.
You won't be seeing photos splashed across a women's magazine. The high-profile pair have been engaged since June 2006, have known each other seven years and always said they'd keep their private lives private. Mara was Miss Manawatu in 2003.
They have a honeymoon week before Jacob heads to a fitness session in Christchurch. Then he heads to Chennai, India, before the Black Caps' tour of England.
We understand his hip injury is nicely on the mend after missing the last test against England.
* Manawatu's last remaining chance of a Beijing Olympics swimming team berth, freestyler Te Rina Taite, has dipped out because of something out of her hands.
When the fourth contender didn't reach the qualifying standard for the 4x100m relay, Swimming New Zealand couldn't pick the other three swimmers. Taite was runnerup to national record-holder Hayley Palmer in the 50 and 100m freestyle at the trials in Auckland.
Taite's times were good enough, including those she swam with the Canterbury club relay team (because Manawatu couldn't field a relay quartet). Now she'll likely return to Bath University, in England.
* Palmerston North Boys' High School keeps chalking up the cricketing accolades after its Year 9-10 team came back from Taupo with a national title on Saturday.
The team coached by teacher Jack Siebert was in a competition that included 150 schools. At the eight- team finals, Boys' High beat Scots College, defending champion Otago Boys' High School and Rosehill College (Papakura) in pool play and the surprise finalist, Ashburton College, by 17 runs in the 40-over final.
Ashburton beat Christ's College and Christchurch Boys' High School en route to the finals.
Watch for Boys' High captain Robbie Yule in the future. Boys' High's previous best was runnerup in 2004, the competition's first year.
* Cyclist Jesse Sergent went all the way to England only to be left out of the New Zealand team that rode to fourth in the pursuit at the Manchester world championships.
The return of Hayden Roulston from professional road cycling might have put an end to the Feilding rider's Olympic dream. Sergent might yet be selected for Beijing, but he is likely to be a reserve.
* Netball New Zealand must be doing well from its washing machine sponsorship if the installation of Sky Sport at the McCausland-Durie residence in Palmerston North is any indication. Apparently Netball NZ will be picking up the tab for the pay-to-view channel so New Zealand under-21 coach McCausland- Durie can keep an eye on the ANZ championship this winter.
- Manawatu Standard