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Cobden Bowling Club members
got their hands dirty last week
repairing the green after damage
from the Easter storm.
Pieces of metal were left
embedded in the green, club
greenkeeper Stuart Oliver said.
However, a donation had
enabled the club to begin $10,000
of repairs to bring the surface
back up to playing standard.
A machine planed the soil
surface to re-level it, and the
excess soil was cleared off.
“ Hopefully, when it’s all done
we come out with a perfectly level
green. I would say there’s going
to be about 1000 barrow loads of
soil we have got to come off the
green,” Oliver said.
The club was hoping to turn
muck into brass by selling the
topsoil at $25 a trailer load.
Oliver said that once the green
was level, a hydro seeder — which
mixed grass seed with emulsion
and sprayed the mixture on
the green — would go over the
“ Hopefully, we’ll be playing
bowls on here towards the end of
That was six to eight weeks later
than the usual playing season,
which normally got under way in
As well as mucking in with
the work he has also been busy
trying to drum up extra workers
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Jack Cassidy works the planing machine which was re-levelling the green at the Cobden Bowling Club,
while club members clear topsoil.
Cobden bowling green revamp
Lauren Boyle created history last night
with her third medal on the final night
of pool action at the Pacific Swimming
Championships on the Gold Coast.
The 26-year-old finished second to
American Katie Ledecky in the women’s
1500m freestyle to go with her medals
in the 400m and 800m freestyle, making
her the first New Zealander to win
three medals at a single Pan Pacific
This surpasses the efforts of Danyon
Loader, who twice won two medals at the
Pan Pacs in 1993 and 1995, with Boyle’s
tally of three now second only to the four
earned by Loader.
“I am really happy to be on the podium
three times here,” Boyle said.
“I didn’t realise or think about that (my
results). For me it works best if I focus
on one race at a time. It’s been a long
campaign and I am happy with how it ’s
Boyle tried to go with the 17-year-
old Ledecky through 200m until the
American upped the ante and cleared
out, pushing her way to a world record
15:28.36, some six seconds inside her
It was her second world record and her
fourth individual win this week, claiming
all freestyle titles from 200m to 1500m.
The New Zealander pushed through
the 800m in 8:27.04 but paid the price for
her brave endeavours, forced to fight hard
to come home in 15:55.69, two seconds
clear of Canada’s Brittany MacLean.
“I knew L edecky would be pretty much
ahead of the field but I didn’t want to race
for second place,” she said.”I need to be
able to have some good speed at the front
end of my races so it ’s been good to have
a focus that I have been able to work on
at this meet.
“I went out as hard as I could to try and
stay in contact and it really hurt at the
“I felt more true to myself that I didn’t
just try to come second. It was a tough
race. I knew it would be tough but I am
happy with my effort.”
It brings to an end a challenging month
for Boyle, with gold and silver medals in
the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
and now three medals behind the
phenomena that is Katie L edecky at the
Pan Pacific Championship.
“ Two big international competitions
on top of each other has been quite
emotionally draining but at the same time
quite strengthening for the people who
are really able to embrace the challenge.”
It is not over quite yet for Boyle, who
returns home with the New Zealand
team to compete in the national short
course championships in Wellington
starting on 2 September.
Boyle’s team-mate Emma Robinson
finished eighth in the 1500m freestyle in
Also in action, Mitchell Donaldson
finished seventh in the A Final of the
200m individual medley in 2:01.34, a
fraction outside his previous best.
North Shore’s Laura Quilter was
seventh in the B Final of the 50m
freestyle in 26.10, under her entry time
but a tick slower than her heat swim.
— New Zealand Herald
Westland United Football won the
West Coast Rebel Football L eague
Shield in a close game in Hokitika
The Hokitika team drew against 2013
league shield holders Westport but
took the shield for the first time since
1992 based on the points differential
for games played throughout the second
round. The win leaves the other leading
team in the league, Greymouth, to play
a knock-out final against Westport next
Westland United coach-manager Pete
Te Rakau said the game against a tight
Westport team, which got in early with
the first goal, could have gone either way.
“ We were down early but we always
knew we had goal scorers and we never
panicked. We took the one chance we
got, and the rest is history,” he said.
The fast paced game certainly required
stamina, with a few Westland players
really standing out.
Sheldon Bainbridge shone at the front
of the field with “an incredible work
Matthew Slaven proved to be a solid
goalie, doing a sterling job
to keep Westport at bay, while Ezra
Davies provided “heaps of gusto” off the
bench, Te Rakau said.
PICTURES: Brendon McMahon
Westland United’s Pete Te Rakau comes a cropper in a tackle by Westport ’s Eden Sinclair.
Boyle wins third Pan Pacific medal
A star soccer player has died
after he was hit in the head by
an object thrown from the crowd
during a game in Algeria’s top
The Confederation of African
Football says 24-year-old striker
Albert Ebosse of Cameroon died
in the hospital on Saturday night.
His team, JS Kabylie, was playing
USM Alger in the northern city of
Kabylie says the for ward was hit
at the end of the game in which
Ebosse had scored in the 2-1
Ebosse was the leading scorer in
the Algerian league last season.
Kabylie says a police
investigation will be opened. - AP
Football player dies after being struck by object
of the Ashburton Guardian
Mid Canterbury rugby fans would
have been wondering where their
championship team had got to on
Saturday as the teams left the field
at half-time 27-13 down in their
Heartland match against West Coast,
The home team made a dreadful start,
in which they lost possession from
their own first two lineouts, and in the
third gained possession but handed it
up to a charging Coast No 8, Rowan
O’Gorman, who promptly set up a try
for the visitors.
Losing star flanker Gary Redmond,
injured in the first half, did not help the
The Coasters were putting in some
clever kicks from a wealth of possession,
and after the sides exchanged penalties
the home side found itself defending
on the line. Tukulua Tolu was given a
yellow card for a professional foul, and
the pressure told when Nick Makea
Dwayne Burrows kept Mid
Canterbury in the game, breaking three
tackles in a run to the line, and Murray
Williams landed a penalty to close the
gap to three, but on the stroke of half-
time the Mid Canterbury defence left a
yawning gap for prop Lolesio Lavea to
gallop 25m untouched.
Mid Canterbury were looking down
the barrel of a 14-point deficit starting
the second half, and with only 14 men,
again with Peni Manumanuniwila
in the bin, but after five minutes the
backline began to show their true wares.
Andrew Letham raced through a
gap to score from 30m out, then his
team-mates poured on the pressure and
Dwayne Burrows went in under the
posts to get within two points of Coast.
The Hammers’ for wards were slowly
gaining some parity, and a tighthead
on their own line was a mental turning
point for them, as they started to take
control of rucks, and in the last quarter
of the match they were repeatedly
shoving the red-and-whites off their
After a series of rucks in the Coast ’s
22, Burrows landed his hat-trick try,
coming from way back and smashing
through five tackles to put Mid
Canterbury in front for the first time in
West Coast came back and spent
several minutes hard on attack, but
superb defence kept them out, and
when play went up the other end of the
paddock, Seta Koroitamana received a
nice inside pass to cut through and dot
down under the sticks. Two minutes
later he was in again, this time out wide
as the Hammers took complete control
of the game.
There was another penalty to
Williams, whose all-round kicking
game was again near-perfect, and then
Brenton Connell finished off another
period of sustained pressure, with a try
in the last act of the game.
Mid Canterbury had come from 27-
13 down, to finish commanding 52-27
Mid Canterbury 52 (Dwayne
Burrowes 3, Andrew Leathem, Setariki
Koroitamana 2, Brenton Connell
tries; Murray Williams 4 con, 3 pen);
West Coast 27 (Lolesio Lavea, Sean
McClure, Nick Makea tries; Tim Priest
3 con, 2 pen).
Other results on the opening day of
the competition were: Thames Valley
19, Horowhenua-Kapiti 19; South
Canterbury 31, Whanganui 18; King
Country 32, Wairarapa Bush 13; Buller
17, North Otago 9; Poverty Bay 52,
East Coast 12.
PICTURE: Tetsuro Mitomo, Ashburton Guardian
Coast ’s Brad Houston tackles Mid Canterbury’s Andrew Letham in their game
in Ashburton on Saturday.
Mid Canterbury hammers Coast in second half
The West Coast Chargers are
ruing another slow start in their
second South Island premier
rugby league competition match
on Saturday which saw them go
down to the Southland Rams,
Coach Dean McGrath says he
starting so slowly.
“ When we get going we are
not playing bad footy, but the
slow starts are really costing us,”
Southland was a handy
opposition that was “quite slick”.
“ We were playing catch-up
football and at one stage we were
McGrath said Coast did well to
come back to within six in the last
“I ’m not sure what we are going
to do to remedy the slow starts. It ’s
something we will be talking to the
players about at training tonight.”
Coast needed to find some
balance or middle ground to their
“O ur defence up the middle was
also a little but disappointing, but
we did scramble nicely in defence
at times. ”
In Coast ’s first two games they
have been there or thereabouts —
“ we are not getting thrashed, but
playing catch-up league is far from
ideal,” McGrath said.
West Coast player of the day was
prop Billy Fisher.
On Saturday, West Coast will
have their first away game against
the Otago Whalers, in D unedin.
Results: West Coast Chargers
34 (Regan Stanton 3 tries, 5 con;
Bernard Alexander, Tayla Eason,
Luke Negri 1 try each) lost to
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
West Coast ’s Bernard Alexander evades the tackle of Southland’s Maka Mohi, as Southland captain Chee
Turuwhenua lines him up at Wingham Park on Saturday.
Chargers slow start costly
of the New Zealand Herald
All Blacks fans will have to
settle for fireworks after the
whistle in home games for
the rest of the season.
The NZRU has canned
planned displays against
Argentina and South
Africa after pre-kick-off
pyrotechnics at Eden Park
on Saturday injured three
Chief executive Steve
Tew said displays for the
All Blacks games against
the Pumas in Napier on
September 6 and Springboks
in Wellington the following
week were on hold pending
The injured trio were sitting
in Eden Park’s southwestern
stand. A woman was taken
to Auckland City Hospital
with head injuries and was
discharged later in the night.
Mr Tew invited the other
two victims on to the field
for the presentation of the
Bledisloe Cup. One took up
the offer with his friends.
All Blacks wing Cory
Jane said he heard the
fireworks but did not see the
“There was a big bang. I
was watching the Aussie
guys and they started
shaking because it was loud.”
The display was created
by Van Tiel Pyrotechnics,
contracted to the NZRU to
provide part of its pre-match
Owner Dr Martin Van
Tiel said the company
was extremely distressed
by the incident, which
was unprecedented in its
20 years. “ We sincerely
apologise to the spectators
that got hurt.”
The company is working
with Worksafe New Zealand
and the NZRU to find out
what went wrong.
Eden Park chief executive
David Kennedy said all
pyrotechnic displays at
the ground were on hold
pending the outcome of the
Lydia Ko never got
going in Canada.
The New Zealand
to this week’s Canadian
Open in Ontario as a
champion but she never
looked like making a run
at a hat-trick of titles.
She eventually finished
in a share of 55th at one-
under after a final round
76 today, which could
have been a lot worse after
she dropped seven shots
during her first six holes
before making a couple of
birdies on the back nine.
Ko was a whopping 22
shots back from winner
So Yeon Ryu (-23) and
while Ko was steady most
of the week, the leaders in
the field were able to pick
up shots regularly.
Ko earned US $6017
($NZ7206) for her
week’s work and she was
projected to hold firm
in third place on the
Race to the CME Globe
standings, which is the
season-long points race
on the LPGA Tour.
Meanwhile, Danny Lee
has kept his season alive
on the PGA Tour, despite
a poor fourth round of
73 at The Barclays today,
which saw him slide to a
share of 38th.
Lee began the final
round of the PGA Tour’s
opening play-off event
in a share of 16th but
endured a poor back nine
as he made five bogeys
and a birdie, which took
away from a promising
front nine, which saw him
pick up two shots.
He entered the
tournament in 116th
place on the FedEx Cup
Standings but his top-40
finish saw him jump to
The All Blacks are aiming to make the most of their
week off as they seek to somehow improve on their
record-breaking Bledisloe Cup performance against
Australia before they take on Argentina in Napier.
They will be without the impressive Ryan Crotty
at McL ean Park in a fortnight, the midfielder out
for four weeks after fracturing a jawbone in the 51-
20 six-tries-to-two Eden Park romp which put the
Wallabies firmly back in their place after the Sydney
The likely return of Ma’a Nonu from a shoulder
injury to partner Conrad Smith in the midfield will
boost Steve Hansen’s team, who, if the vibes from the
coach yesterday are any indication, will not be getting
carried away with the victory despite its dominant
For them it appears to be business as usual. The
Bledisloe Cup is wrapped up for another year, the
desired response found after the disappointing draw
at ANZ Stadium.
For Ewen McKenzie’s team, who came to Auckland
determined to overturn a hoodoo stretching back to
1986, they must now turn their sights on resurrecting
their Rugby Championship after a beating which
is likely to leave mental, as well as physical, scars.
They will face the Springboks in Perth in a fortnight
without hooker Nathan Charles, who has a chest
problem, and wing Pat McCabe, who has another
Crotty apart, the All Blacks’ injury list is much
less serious. Beauden Barrett rolled an ankle after
replacing Cory Jane early in the second half but
played on. Jane got a knock to a knee which also isn’t
serious. First-five Aaron Cruden hurt a chest muscle
but will also be fine.
Hansen, proud of what he called a special
performance from his team at Eden Park, was level-
headed yesterday as he considered his next challenge.
Discipline apart — and two more needless yellow
cards to Richie McCaw and Ben Franks are likely to
be talked about over the next fortnight — there are
few obvious areas where the All Blacks can improve,
but improve they must, Hansen said.
“The big thing we want to do is try to get better
every time we play,” he said. “ We clearly don’t do
that every time but that ’s what we want to do and
that ’s what ’s driving us every time, to be better, better,
better, better. If we do that we know it ’s going to take
a really good side to beat us.
“ We’ve got a lot of motivated older athletes and
a lot of motivated younger athletes and we’re all
working well together on that point. And when you
have a group working together and they ’re cohesive
and they ’re talented, then you’ve got the opportunity
to achieve the vision that you have.”
Australia felt they were on the verge of creating
history at Eden Park.
In order to change things up it is understood
coach McKenzie issued a directive that they stay at a
different hotel. — APNZ
Ko fails to fire
NZRU cans pyrotechnic
displays at matches
Hansen wants ABs to
lift bar — again
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