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The St Bede’s College in Christchurch
raised $122,000 for Canteen after the
school held its recent Run for a Life
campaign around the South Island,
including the West Coast.
About 160 students and staff set off
from various South Island destinations,
with two teams having stopovers in
Greymouth in the course of a week,
running 100km daily to raise money for
Canteen, a group that supports young
people with cancer.
The mission was to raise as much
money as possible for Canteen, while the
students also learned to ser ve and help
This year’s total was the second highest
amount raised by the college.
Two years ago the St Bede’s team
Westport teenager Charlotte Elley
was last night rewarded for her sporting
prowess at the 2014 Zonta Secondary
School Sporting Awards, in Christchurch.
Elley was named best all-round young
sportswoman who had achieved in more
than one sporting code.
The Year 13 student at St Andrew’s
College, in Christchurch, was the vice-
captain of the New Zealand secondary
schools netball team this year. She was
also a member of the New Zealand
under-20 girls’ basketball team.
Elley is a member of the St Andrew ’s
senior A netball team as well as the
school’s basketball and touch sides.
This year’s senior netball side won
entry in the New Zealand secondary
schools tournament after finishing fifth
at the South Island secondary schools
tournament — the best ever performance
by a St Andrew ’s side. At the New
Zealand tournament St Andrews finished
a creditable 10th.
West Coast Black Powder Club members and
enthusiasts converged on the Kopara Village over
Labour Weekend for the North versus South
competition. The competition attracted 16 shooters and
was won by the South team. Freelance photographer
MICHELLE COTTON caught up with the action
amid the gunsmoke.
Cassandra Cotton has her first shot with a black powder rifle.
Firing an old cannon.
The club’s oldest member Brian Kelly fires his Flintlock rifle.
Shooters lined up during the competition.
The North and South teams pose after their shoot-out.
of the New Zealand Herald
Fresh legs and fresh faces are everywhere
in the team to play the USA but the
troops at Soldier Field have been charged
with delivering an old-school All Black
The selectors have picked what would
have to be considered a young and
experimental XV that is as much about
preparing the All Blacks for the coming
years as it is about defeating the USA on
First test starts have been handed to
Nathan Harris, Patrick Tuipulotu and
T J Perenara while Charlie Faumuina,
Sam Cane, Victor Vito, Sonny Bill
Williams and Charles Piutau are in the
starting XV for the first time in 2014.
Daniel Carter has been named on
the bench and is expected to feature:
for how long will depend on the team’s
performance, but ideally he will be given
at least 20 minutes, if not longer.
Kieran Read captains the team in the
absence of the resting Richie McCaw
and it is easy enough to wind the clock
forward to 2016 and see the guts of this
team being first-choice All Blacks.
“ We have got to grow our team and this
is a great opportunity to give some people
some game time and give some other
people a bit of a breather because it has
been a busy schedule,” All Black coach
Steve Hansen said.
“It wasn’t that hard to select and there is
an expectation that this group goes out to
play and gives a high-class performance.
That is what we are preparing to do.”
Hansen, who always has an intuitively
good feel for how his players are travelling
mentally and physically, is genuinely
confident that energy levels are higher
than they have been at the corresponding
time in previous years.
The excitement of being in the USA
has invigorated the squad, while he also
suspects that the players are now more
used to the ordeals with which they are
presented in the back half of the season.
There is now a level of familiarity with
the routine of playing in Argentina,
South Africa and Australia ahead of the
Some of the enthusiasm is also being
injected by the fact there are so many
players named to take on the USA who
have had limited opportunity this season.
Physically, there is no reason to believe
the run-on team should have any concerns
about fatigue. The likes of Faumuina,
Harris, Tuipulotu, Cane, Vito, Perenara,
Crotty and Piutau have not played much
in the past eight weeks. They bring fresh
legs, while they also know they have to
capitalise on the chance they have been
given with an accurate and cohesive
When a similarly young and
experimental All Black side played
against Japan last year, they failed to get
much going. Hansen is hopeful this year
will be different because the side, while it
may not initially appear so, does in fact
have a depth of experience.
“Charlie Faumuina in the front row
has been around for a wee while now,”
“He hasn’t started a lot of test matches
but he has been in the environment
for a while. Jeremy Thrush is a fairly
experienced rugby player and he has been
in and out of the environment for the last
couple of years.
“ Victor is an experienced player, Kieran
Read is obviously world class and Sam
Cane is in the leadership group. Aaron
Cruden is in the leadership group.
“Sonny is coming back but he’s been a
professional rugby/league player for years
and C J (Cory Jane) has a lot of experience.
So there is a lot more experience than we
probably think when we first look at it.
“They might be young, but there is a lot
of experience and over the years we have
brought these guys along to the point
where we have complete trust in them.”
Joe Moody, Nathan
Harris, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy
Thrush, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Vito,
Sam Cane, Kieran Read (captain), T
J Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Charles
Piutau, Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan
Crotty, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg. Reserves:
Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Ben
Franks, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam,
Augustine Pulu, Daniel Carter, Julian
of the New Zealand Herald
Jesse Ryder’s return to the New
Zealand Cricket set-up has been
Ryder has been named in a group
of 13 New Zealand A players for
a series of 50-over games against
World Cup-bound associate member
countries Ireland, Afghanistan and
the United Arab Emirates in the
UAE next month.
Ryder has been sidelined by NZC
since being dumped from the test
squad early this year for late night
Otago wicketkeeper Derek de
Boorder is the only player in the
squad who has yet to play ODI
cricket for New Zealand.
NZC general manager national
selection Bruce Edgar said the
trip, which dovetails with the New
Zealand series against Pakistan in
the UAE, is a chance for selectors
to look at some of the players who
are on the fringe of World Cup
“The squad for (the World Cup) is
named on January 8 so we want to
ensure every player in contention is
given a chance on the international
stage,” Edgar said.
“ We need to know we’ve left no
Ryder, 30, has been included
to evaluate his progress in an
international touring environment,
He stressed Ryder has been chosen
only for NZ A — “nothing more,
“It’s an important step for Jesse
but it is only a first step and we’re
anxious not to get ahead of ourselves.
Like everyone else in the squad, his
future prospects will depend on his
performance, on and off the field in
Auckland veteran seamer Kyle
Mills will captain the A side, which
also includes returning left arm
spinner Dan Vettori, and three other
seamers, Matt Henry, Mitchell
McClenaghan and Adam Milne.
The NZ A squad: Kyle Mills
Anton Devcich, Jesse Ryder,
Dean Brownlie, Colin Munro,
Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan
McCullum, Derek de Boorder, Dan
Vettori, Adam Milne, Mitchell
McClenaghan, Matt Henry.
Ryder given another NZ cricket lifeline
Greymouth teenager Jordan
Pinnock, who was set to begin his
professional rugby league career with
the Newcastle Knights, has changed
his allegiance and has signed with
the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Pinnock’s dad, David, told the
Greymouth Star today that the
change of clubs came after the
Knights’ recruitment manager Peter
Mulholland was offered a position
with the Dragons, and “he wanted to
take Jordan with him”.
David Pinnock said that after
Mulholland received Jordan’s signed
contract he sat on it for a while.
“He then approached Jordan to ask
if he would consider going with him
to the Dragons. Jordan had turned
down a contract offer from the
Dragons in May, as he was on track
After some soul searching, and
the fact Jordan had built a close
association with Mulholland, he
agreed to go to the Dragons.
Pinnock is earmarked for
the Dragons 20s Holden Cup
competition and will start pre-
season training when he heads to
Sydney at the end of November. The
competition kicks off in March.
The squad will start training soon
and Pinnock will complete his level
three exams before packing his
Next year he will attend the
University of Wollongong to study
At the time of signing the contract
for the Knights, Pinnock’s agent
Frank Endacott touted him as a
player who would make it all the way
to the top.
of the New Zealand Herald
Issac Luke will be back leading
the Kiwis pre-match haka against
Samoa in Whangarei tomorrow
but this time he will be wearing
The 29-test veteran will make
his long-awaited return from
suspension for a lifting tackle on
Sonny Bill Williams in last month’s
preliminary final last month,
which robbed him of a grand final
appearance and a place in last
Saturday ’s win over the Kangaroos.
The crafty Rabbitohs No 9 is
chomping at the bit to get back on
the park and to have his first taste
of international football this year,
after injury ruled him out of April’s
Luke fronted the haka in
Brisbane and was a conspicuous
sight in his bare feet, but there was
an explanation for his casual look.
“There’s a bit of meaning behind
why I took my shoes off. Us Maoris
don’t do hakas in shoes, only in
boots,” Luke explained. “I know
because my sister is hardout into
her Maori culture and I grew up in
kapa haka with the family. I would
have got a kick up the backside if I
had left my shoes on.
“I (also) didn’t want to disrespect
the Aboriginal native land because
I know they do their war dance in
bare feet as well. Boots are all right
I reckon but shoes would look a bit
“I missed the one at the Anzac
test and Mooks (coach Stephen
Kearney) goes ‘why didn’t you go
out for it?’. So I said I’ll make sure
I go out for the next one.”
The Hawera-born rake admitted
it was difficult having to leave the
pitch once the formalities were
complete but was pleased with
what unfolded without him.
“(It was) different actually. It was
good, I managed to give as much as
I could and the boys managed to
do a great job and came away with
“I ’ve been waiting, getting itchy
feet every week. I’ve just been
trying to hold out my best, as much
as I could but I did struggle. In
saying that I had the right people
around me to pull me through, my
wife and kids and now I’m ready
for this week.”
Luke is predicting a fierce contest
at Toll Stadium and believes
players on both sides will have a
point to prove.
“I know this will be a massive test,
probably the biggest one out of all
of them. I know a few of the boys
and Frankie Pritchard is in there,
ex-Kiwis and all the boys that
wanted to make the Kiwis as well. I
know it will be a big game for them
and a massive game for us.
“ We’re going to do our best to try
and contain them. They really gave
England a run for their money and
they ’ve got some big boys in there
and I play with a lot of them. We’re
going to have to really muscle
up, tick all the boxes and get our
Luke believes the Kiwis will
have their hands full restricting
the running game of his opposite,
Pita Godinet, who has worked his
way into the Samoan starting side
after his two-try exploits against
Aside from wanting to build on
last week’s win, Luke says the Kiwis
are intent on putting in a proud
effort for Whangarei hometown
hero Adam Blair.
ALL BLACKS IN USA
Austria’s Matthias Braendle set a new
one hour record of 51.85km today, the
International Cycling Union said.
The 24-year-old, riding at the World
Cycling Centre in the Swiss town of
Aigle, beat Jens Voigt ’s mark of 51.11km
which was set on September 18 in nearby
Braendle was ahead of Voigt ’s mark by
more than 50 seconds at the halfway point
and managed to break the record despite
a few wobbles in the last 10 minutes.
“Things went well for the first 30
minutes, then in the middle of the race,
it was really tough and I suffered,” he told
Austrian media. “Fortunately, there were
lots of people there to support me. It got
better near the end and I could enjoy it.
Towards the end, the pain went away.”
Austrian sets new hour record
Dragons sign Pinnock
Elley’s sporting prowess rewarded
St Bede’s Run for a Life raises $122,000
Luke to lead haka
before guiding team
If everything goes to plan on
Sunday, Daniel Carter will return
in an All Black jersey.
The coaches want to give him at
least 20 minutes. Preferably 30.
They are not expecting miracles.
Carter isn’t either and nor should
If, and most likely, when Carter
gets on he will be looking to do
nothing more than ease his way
into the test arena.
He is fully fit. He is not suffering
any ner ve pain and has been
running freely at training.
But he has only played 40 minutes
since he broke his leg in early
August and before that, he had only
managed a handful of games since
returning from his sabbatical.
It would be foolish to believe he
can set the world on fire on his first
outing. Just as foolish to then say,
when he does not, that he is not the
player he used to be.
Judgment on that will have to
wait. Wait for Carter to get back
into the groove and get himself
He plays in a position where
so much is about timing, feel
and vision. Even a great such as
himself needs a little bit of time in
the saddle for the old instincts to
sharpen. Even Carter needs time
to get into his flow and find his
rhythm. Soldier Field will be a start.
It should enable him, if nothing
else, to forget about his leg entirely.
Inevitably, when any player
returns from a serious injury, they
carry an element of trepidation
about whether they are truly fixed.
They worry, somewhere in the back
of their mind, that the damaged
part won’t handle the collisions.
Getting rid of that mental clutter
is an important step and so too will
be getting through the test without
It has been a while since Carter
managed to get through any
game of rugby without health
consequences. — NZ ME
Carter easing his way back
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