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A piece of West Coast coal
history has been restored and
will be used at the inaugural
New Zealand Rural Games, in
Queenstown this weekend.
A coal shovelling timing
machine that has been in storage
for 36 years has been restored
and will be used for the coal
shovelling competition, featuring
Runanga’s Cole Green and his
brother Royce, who will team
up with Greymouth world
champion coal shoveller Brian
The competition equipment,
with weights and a timing
machine, has been in a shed
since 1979 and was specially
restored for the Q ueenstown
event by Roa Mine workers Terry
Donaldson and Norm Holly.
Coghlan is managing the coal
shovelling event and decided
to use the old equipment after
he learned that the gear he had
planned to take to Q ueenstown
had already been secured for the
Inangahua A and P Show, also
Coghlan holds the two-man
coal shovelling world record with
Piet Groot, of Greymouth.
The Q ueenstown event
is the inaugural
along with teams
will be vying for the
title to become New
Zealand’s first ‘Coal
There will also be a
the top coal shovellers
and some famous
rugby, cricket and
In setting the world
record in 2004,
Coghlan and Groot
shovelled half a tonne
of coal into a hopper
The Rural Games
will also host a
number of other
traditional country sports
event including competitive
woodchopping, sheep shearing,
sheep dog trials, Young Farmers,
speed fencing and speed
Another feature will be the
Highland Games heavy events
and a festival programme
including live music and
entertainment, fun audience
participation events like cow
pat throwing and cherry stone
spitting and children’s activities,
plus speciality food and market
NZ Rural Games founder and
trustee, Steve Hollander, said the
event had been a dream of his for
a long time.
“My background is in farming
and rural sports. D uring the
2011 Rugby World Cup, I helped
showcase these as part of the
Real New Zealand Festival. It
was a huge hit with domestic and
overseas fans and gave me the
idea to create an annual event,”
The two-day celebration of all
things country takes place on
Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tall tales are sure to be told at the end
of the 10th annual King Kahawai fishing
competition on the Grey River this Sunday.
Fishing will begin from daylight, with the
weigh-in between midday and 2.30pm.
Greymouth Fishing Club secretary
Sharron Wright said entries had been a little
slow this year, but she reminded people they
could still buy tickets up to noon on the day.
“All we need now is the right river and
weather conditions on the day,” she said.
If the weather is not right on Sunday
the competition will be postponed until
Those who buy their tickets before midday
on Sunday will go in the draw to win a
Last year the competition drew 244
entries and the club was hoping for a similar
number this year.
Kahawai are the only fish that will be
accepted and they must be caught on a hand
line or rod, without using steel trace.
A limit of one kahawai per person may be
weighed in, with the fish to be whole, not
There are cash prizes of $500 in both the
senior and junior categories. Entry fee for
seniors is $10 and juniors (under-17) is $5.
People are able to fish from a boat or the
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth Fishing Club secretary Sharron Wright and club captain Ivan Wilson check out the Grey River before the 10th annual
King Kahawai fishing competition on Sunday. They are hoping it will lure plenty of eager anglers.
King Kahawai hunt on
Organisers will be hoping
for top sailing conditions on
Lake Brunner tomorrow and
Saturday for the Lake Brunner
Yacht Club’s signature event,
the Lake Brunner Regatta.
The annual event has
attracted yachts from around
the West Coast as well as
Nelson, Christchurch and
Timaru, making for one of
the most competitive fleets
seen on the lake in some
A prizegiving and barbecue
on Saturday night at the
clubhouse will complete the
weekend of boating.
Lake Brunner commodore
Dave Cross said a good
turnout of boats made for a
top weekend of yachting.
“ We always hope for, but
can never guarantee, great
weather but when it is, there
is no better place to be,” Cross
Racing starts at 1.30pm
tomorrow and Cross said it
promised to be a colourful
“If you like sail boats or
fancy yourself a sailor, come
along for a look, there may
even be space on a boat or two
as well,” he said.
Top fleet in Lake Brunner Regatta
The Wellington Phoenix will play against
the Fijian national team as part of their pre-
season preparations in June.
Phoenix head coach Ernie Merrick said it
was a good opportunity for his players ahead
of the 2015-16 A-League season.
“ We will have had only about 10 days
training but it will be a great work out for
the players,” Merrick said. “It is always good
to play against an international team as you
have to raise your standards and it will be a
challenge that early in our pre-season.”
The Phoenix’s academy side will also meet
the Fijian under-23 team during the trip.
The Phoenix and Fiji Airways unveiled a
commercial partnership last night that had
made the tour possible. More details were
expected to be released in the coming weeks.
Last year, the Phoenix hosted English
Premier League outfits Newcastle and West
Ham as they looked at ways to boost the
club’s coffers and break up the grind of their
lengthy off-season .
Fijian striker Roy Krishna, who has enjoyed
a strong campaign for the Phoenix during the
2014-15 season, said he was pleased he would
have an opportunity to play in his homeland
again. “Being at the Phoenix has been an
amazing adventure but it is always nice to go
home. I can’t wait to show my country to all
my friends at the Phoenix and to share Fijian
culture with them.”
Rajesh Patel, president of the Fiji Football
Association, said the national team was
looking forward to playing the Phoenix at
“It will be wonderful for Fijian football fans
to witness their own stars play against a truly
professional visiting team,” Patel said.
Wellington are fourth on the A-L eague
table in the ongoing season and are in a strong
position to make the play-offs for the first
time under Merrick. — N ZM E
Phoenix to play in Fiji in June
Coasters vying for
‘Coal Black’ title
Cole Green will be competing at the Rural Games along with his brother
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