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The Speights Coast to Coast
largest field in five years, which
organisers say is a clear indication
that changes to this year’s event
have reignited interest in the
Competitors in the two-day race
will leave Serpentine beach early
on February 13 and the one-day
athletes the following morning.
New event director Richard
Ussher says the increased numbers
confirms that the changes were
the right ones.
“ We listened to the competitors
and those with a long history
of involvement in the Coast to
Coast and introduced range of
new initiatives, including a new
final bike leg, an event app, GPS
tracking so we can have live
updates during the racing, and
refinements have been made to
some of the transitions,” Ussher
A reduction in the entry fee was
He said he had been “extremely
encouraged ” by positive feedback
received from competitors,
sponsors and stakeholders saying
they were on the right track.
“This is the first year the
event has been run with a new
management team and we’re
definitely in a rebuilding phase.
“ We expect will take a year of
two to build towards the vision we
have, but we’re happy with where
it sits, with two weeks to race day,”
The 30 teams entered in the new
tandem event was a great example
of increased interest and he had
been encouraged by the inquiries
coming from overseas events
and was keen to work on ways to
make it easier for international
competitors to come to New
Zealand to compete.
“ We are focused on making it
accessible and have worked hard
on making it easier to follow the
progress of competitors,” Ussher
“The tracking technology and
new event app will really bring
the event to life and will take
the whole experience of both
competing and following the
Coast to Coast to a whole new
He was especially pleased about
the “real depth” in the men’s
and women’s one-day world
championship longest day event
that would have both of last year’s
winners, Wanaka’s Jess Simpson
and Braden Currie, on the start
line — on Valentines Day — to
defend their titles.
“There will be some real
competition and some serious
challenges for both Jess and
Braden, which will make for an
exciting day,” Ussher said.
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
Tas Bentley, left, stretches for a shot during his game against Marshall Hore
in the West Coast Senior Open on Saturday at the Greymouth United Tennis
Club. Bentley went on to win 9-3 in the open singles game.
Dave Ashton won the men’s singles
and Suzanne Spencer the women’s
singles in the Nelson Building Society
West Coast Tennis Open, in
Greymouth at the weekend.
Peter Hynes teamed up with Lee
Coram to take the men’s doubles title,
while Kerrie Ling and Sharon Morris
won the women’s double.
Coram was in the winning circle a
second time when he teamed up with
Ling to win the mixed doubles.
Despite numbers being down in the
101st West Coast Open Men’s Fours
this weekend, quality players will
return to battle it out for the Usher
These include Roger Glendinning ’s
composite team which won in
2012 and 2014, the 2013 winner
Adrian Robins (Belfast), Lance
Pascoe (Blaketown), who has won a
number of times, and John Lynch,
Steven Sail (both composite), along
with Keith Wright (Greymouth),
Mike Jacobs (Blaketown), Merv
Pascoe (composite) and Ken Smythe
(composite) all having won
Some previous winners have a
number of different players included
in their teams.
In the running for honours this
year are Ian O’Neill (composite),
and Bill Johnsen (Greymouth), who
were runners-up in the previous
two tournaments. Alan Wright
(Bowls Hornby) and Ethan Kelleher
(composite) could also make their
presence felt, along with Lionel Shaw
(Westport RS), R Parker (Birkenhead)
and D Urquhart (Hawea), a new entry
Play over the first two days will be
at the Hokitika, Blaketown, Karoro
and Dobson greens, with the finals
on Sunday at the Karoro green.
Blaketown and Cobden will host the
consolation events, also on Sunday.
In the women’s West Coast Open
Fours, from February 10-12, 44 teams
have entered to fight for the Jubilee
Carolyn Wadsworth’s composite
team has returned and will be hoping
to take the trophy once again after
winning last year.
Verna Veint (Beckenham), winner in
2012, is also among the entries, along
with Jenny Hamilton (composite),
who won in 2004 and 2005, and
Helen Beckman (Beckenham) a
winner from 2006.
Teams that should be in the running
are skipped by Diane Gutberlet
(composite), Val Hantz (composite),
Janice Reynolds (Stoke), Barbara
McGregor (composite) and Dawn
Guy (Wanaka). A number of new and
old faces should make the tournament
On the local front, seven teams are
there, with teams skipped by Sandra
Skates (Cobden), Dorothy Dowell
and Marie Pollard (both Hokitika),
and Jeannette Keith (Blaketown)
likely to make inroads into the visiting
The greens for the women will
be Hokitika, Karoro, Dobson and
Blaketown for the first two days,
with the main event being at the
Blaketown green, on the Thursday.
Karoro and Cobden will host the
consolation events also on the
Two Greymouth teenage bowlers,
along with one each from Nelson and
Christchurch, have won spots in the
National under-21 Kittyhawk finals to
be played in Auckland in April.
Ethan Kelleher (Cobden), Jordan
Campbell (Blaketown), Max Nalder
(Richmond, Nelson), Ben Alsop-ten
Hove (Leeston, Canterbury), and Nick
Inch (Oxford, Canterbury) battled it
out in the regional contest held at the
Cobden green last weekend, for the
four spots in the national tournament.
Kelleher came up trumps to take the
overall win, with Nalder second,
Alsop-ten Hove third, Campbell fourth
and Inch fifth.
Kelleher and Nalder both finished
with three winsc each out of four
matches, however Kelleher took the top
place on a count back.
The girls representing the region
are Katelyn Inch (Oxford) and Cait
Bassett (Allenton). Because they were
the only entries they did not need to
The Kittyhawk national singles has
many of New Zealand’s best young
bowlers on show. The tournament
has been the launching pad for
many bowlers who have continued
their success in the New Zealand
development team or even the national
team, the Blackjacks.
New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens
has no fear around giving young players an
opportunity to perform under the spotlight
of the home crowd in Wellington and this
weekend’s tournament will be no different.
The long-time national mentor has named
four potential debutants — Dylan Collier,
Rieko Ioane, Jack Goodhue and Beaudein
Waaka — in his 12-man squad as they look
to defend their Wellington title, starting on
The likes of Victor Vito and Declan
O’Donnell shot to the minds of the New
Zealand rugby public after their exploits
in the capital in years gone by and that
opportunity is now in front of the latest crop
Collier comes in following a stand-out
performance for the champion Waikato
team at the recent National Sevens. He was a
member of the Waikato ITM Cup squad in
2013 and 2014.
Ioane is the brother of former New Zealand
sevens player Akira Ioane who also made his
debut at Wellington last year.
Waaka is an inside back and a member
of the Taranaki ITM Cup squad, while,
Goodhue, a for ward, has been in the national
squad before but is yet to take the field.
“It’s always good having new and exciting
youngsters coming into the side,” Tietjens
“Reiko is a very quick and agile player with
a great step and vision. He has lots of pace
and has really impressed me. Dylan really
excelled at the nationals. He is a big for ward,
has great offloading skills and is very fit. He
is new to the game, but has still performed
“Beaudein Waaka also has a great step.
He is very exciting to watch and I think he
will open a few eyes this weekend. Jack has
improved over the last 12 months at a huge
rate. He is very fit and a great defender so will
add real value.”
New Zealand come in to the Wellington
tournament, the fourth of nine in the world
series, in need of a good showing given
they ’re in third place on the overall standings
behind South Africa and Fiji. New Zealand
need to finish inside the top four this season
to ensure they automatically qualify for next
year’s Rio Olympics.
“ We are defending champions in
Wellington so there’s a lot to play for and it’s
always exciting to come to Wellington with
the support we have here,” Tietjens said.
“ To perform well is top of our agenda. We
got beaten by South Africa in South Africa
in the last tournament. But we are on the
improve and I would like think we can really
nail it at this tournament.
“ Winning Wellington will go a long way to
adding a few more points to the ladder and
towards qualification for the Olympics.”
New Zealand trained in wet conditions
at Porirua Park yesterday, which is the
sort of weather that could greet the sides
this weekend, according to the long-range
New Zealand sevens squad. —
Collier, Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, Sam
Dickson, D J Forbes (captain), Jack Goodhue,
Rieko Ioane, Gillies Kaka, Tim Mikkelson,
Sher win Stowers, Beaudein Waaka, Joe
Webber. — NZ ME
It was a weekend of thrills and
spills at the 31st Gold Nuggets
Moto-X held at Waipuna, where
around 300 riders, including two
from Australia, battled it out in
the various classes.
Australian riders Jay Wilson
and Jacob Wright, carrying the
colours of the Althem JCR
Yamaha Racing Teams, were in
Wilson won the feature race,
the Gold Nuggets, and was
second in the MX2, while
team-mate Wright was leading
his class until he crashed out
and was unable to ride for the
remainder of the weekend.
One of New Zealand’s top
riders, Josh Coppins, was also at
Waipuna but did not compete.
Organiser Tracy O’Connor
said that the the conditions were
perfect for the event.
“There were a couple of crashes
where riders were airlifted to
Grey Base Hospital in the
NZCC Rescue Helicopter. No
one was seriously injured, with
the riders taken to hospital as a
precaution,” O’Connor said.
Riders came from all over New
“The event is a good family
weekend as there are camping
facilities as well. There was also a
class for young riders (4-12yrs)
who have there own mini-track.”
The weekend of racing was a
“great success” and there was
plenty of action packed into the
two days, she said.
King of the Nuggets senior
feature: Jay Wilson 1, Micah
McGoldrick 2, Mason Wilkie 3.
Junior feature: Reece Walker 1,
Sam Robinson 2, Ethan Waters
3. Senior invitation: Jacob
Wright 1, Dylan Miles 2, Micah
McGoldrick 3. Junior invitation:
Reece Walker 1, Bailey Banks 2,
Sam Lamborn 3.
MX1 and Senior 125cc:
Mason Wilkie 1, Dylan Myles
2, Hayden Wilkenson 3. Senior
125cc: Liam Kerr 1, Jay Wilson
2, Ethan Bruce 3. MX3: Toby
Christan 1, Josh Pugh 2, John
Page 3. 8 -10 years 85cc: Grason
Veitch 1, Marshell Philps 2,
Lexy Bell 3.
Enduro and ladies: Daniel
Morton 1, Caitlin Ryan 2, Skye
Edwards 3. Enduro: Daniel
Morton 1, George Holland
2, Richard Leacock 3. Ladies:
Caitlin Ryan 1, Skye Edwards 2,
Grace Soeters 3.
12-14 years 125cc: Archie
Ruitenberg 1, Hayze
Shuttleworth 2, Trent Garland
3. 14-16 years 250cc: Ryan
Mason 1, James Doherty 2,
Brodie McManaway 3. 15-16
years 125cc: Reece Walker 1,
Ethan Waters 2, Sam Lamborn
13-16 years 85cc: Jack Hardy
1, Hayze Shuttleworth 2,
Mitchell Stocker 3. 35-45
years vets: Bryan Heaphy 1,
Greg Baynes 2, Ben Ferguson
3. 45 years plus vets: Moston
Wadsworth 1, Ricky Trompettor
2, Scott Power 3.
PICTURE: Katie O’Connor
Bailey Banks, of Reefton, riding in the 12-14yrs 125cc class at
the Gold Nuggets Moto-X, at Waipuna.
Aussies take Gold Nuggets honours
COAST TO COAST
Tietjens names four newbies for Wellington
Ashton, Spencer win titles
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Jordan Campbell and Ethan Kelleher take stock during the under-20 bowls,
played at the Cobden bowling green on Saturday.
Greymouth teens off to Kittyhawk finals
returning for Coast
men’s fours honours
COAST TENNIS OPEN
COAST TENNIS OPEN
Cycling New Zealand yesterday
named an 18-strong squad which
includes newcomers Alex Frame,
21, and Regan Gough, 19.
Dylan Kennett, 21, has won a
recall after missing recent World
Cup events after an eye catching
performance at the national
CNZ high performance
director Mark Elliott said the
clear focus is looking ahead to
the 2016 Rio Olympics. “ We
have been tracking the progress of
our developing riders in light of
where we believe they can be in
18 months time,” Elliott said.
Frame, Gough and Kennett are
part of the endurance squad to
join 21-year-old Pieter Bulling,
who has developed into a key
contributor in the engine room,
and double Olympic medallist
Marc Ryan who will provide the
key leadership and experience.
The women’s endurance squad
is unchanged after encouraging
performances at the opening two
world cups, ranked third in the
Olympic nations rankings.
The jewel in the crown is the
men sprint with all five current
high performance squad riders
included with Matt Archibald and
Simon van Velthooven to provide
cover for the world champion trio
of Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell
and Eddie Dawkins. The team
train at the Avantidrome before
flying to Paris next Monday
ahead of the championships on
February 18-22 .
New Zealand team. —
Endurance: Pieter Bulling, Alex
Frame, Aaron Gate, Regan
Gough, Dylan Kennett, Marc
Ellis, Jaime Nielsen, Racquel
Sheath, Georgia Williams. Men’s
Sprint: Matt Archibald, Eddie
Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell, Simon
van Velthooven, Sam Webster.
McKenzie, Katie Schofield.
Youth gets nod for Paris championships
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