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A team of Greymouth coal
shovellers provided a popular
display of the sport at the Rural
Games, in Q ueenstown last
World record holder Brian
Coghlan, a coalminer at Roa Mine,
was joined by fellow shovellers
Royce and Cole Green, with Rose
Green acting as timekeeper.
Mrs Green said no records
were broken but taking up the
Queenstown invitation was
well worth the effort in terms
of exposing the sport to a wider
“ It was a competition but it was
aimed at demonstrating.”
Also on the stand was Australian
coal shovelling champion Stuart
Turner, who took out the singles in
32.46 seconds last weekend.
Coghlan came second at 38.5 sec,
followed by Cole Green at
The pairing of Coghlan and
Royce Green in the doubles saw
them win with a time of 19.26 secs.
They were followed by Cole Green
paired up with the Aussie visitor
Stuart Turner at 20.21 secs.
In third place was Royce Green,
who was joined by another visitor
Karl Barkley (29.49 secs).
Saturday, February 14, 2015
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Coast junior touch module
Blaketown player Bailey Magon throws a pass in his team’s win against Rogues,
in the West Coast Junior Touch Module competition, played at the Suburbs Rugby
League Club ground, in Greymouth on Thursday afternoon. This year’s
competition, which was now in its the third year, has expanded from 10 to 20
teams made up of players from schools and clubs throughout Greymouth.
Results.— Karoro Boys 5, Cobden I 1; Rogues 8, Blaketown 0; GM Green 2, GM
Red 3; Cobden III 2, Karoro Junior A 3; Paroa Junior 5, GM Blue 6; Pacers 2, GM
Black 6; Cobden II 2, Karoro Mixed 1; Runanga 2, Karoro Girls 6; Marist 6, GM
White 0; Karoro Junior B 1, Cobden III 7.
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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Royce Green, left, and Brian Coghlan compete in the New Zealand Coal Shovelling Championship at the
Rural Games last Saturday.
If Todd Blackadder thought the
Crusaders could only improve in the
second half of their opening match
against the Rebels in Christchurch,
he needed only wait 20 minutes or
so after the re-start and the almost
inevitable injury to Dan Carter.
Carter appeared to tweak his right
calf when fielding a wild pass on
his dead ball line, but for whatever
reason stayed on despite favouring
it, and his charged-down kick led to
the try which effectively won it for
At 20-10 to the visitors with 13
minutes remaining, the Crusaders
were in deep trouble, but with Colin
Slade on the park at fullback, it was
a complete mystery as to why Carter
remained on until the 74th minute.
To compound matters, just as
the Crusaders were launching
their comeback against a 14-man
Rebels, prop Owen Franks lost the
ball on the line. This year marks
the 20th Super Rugby season, a
significant anniversary perhaps,
but for the traditionally slow-
starting Crusaders, some things do
not change. There are some ship
graveyards less rusty and better
organised than the men from
Christchurch last night.
Led by hard-nosed Wallaby Scott
Higginbotham, the Melbourne-
based team recruited well in the
New Zealander Mike Harris
from the Reds, and the Crusaders
for whatever reason have always
struggled against them. They are a
team not usually renowned for their
defensive steel — they are better at
the high-octane attacking stuff, but
at AMI Stadium they needed only
make their tackles and wait for the
inevitable Crusaders mistake.
There was a sense of inevitability
around that error on halftime — the
Crusaders, playing with a strong
southerly at their backs, were in
possession but gave it away but
lost a man to the sinbin and gave
away three points for good measure.
Halfback Mitchell Drummond,
who was steady other wise, was
shown a yellow card by referee Nick
Bryant, who had a busy night.
Blackadder’s team struggled in
their pre-season matches, but the
common consensus was that with
the added quality of Richie McCaw,
and playing at home, they would be
far too good for the visitors; in fact,
a bonus point for scoring more than
four tries might even be a possibility.
In the end they did not even get a
losing bonus point.
Whitelock, Kieran Read or Israel
Dagg, the Crusaders struggled to
get anything going. Even their set
piece, put under pressure by the
Reds last weekend, needs a huge
amount of improvement.
They managed only three points
during the time halfback Nic
Stirzaker was sinbinned for his
alleged early stomp on McCaw,
which resulted in a reversed penalty,
and the home side would have been
disappointed by the ease in which
lock Lopeti Tomani stretched out.
Ben Funnell responded from a
lineout drive for the Crusaders,
but rather than kick on, they went
into reverse, the Rebels assisted by
those constant errors. Styrzaker’s
opportunist try, when he sprinted
away after captilising on Carter’s
charged-down kick, was a good
reward for his team’s grit and nous.
They hardly missed a beat despite
the second-half sinbinning of Sean
McMahon. — NZ ME
Hannah Norton and Nathan Jones know
they have to pull out their best kayaking
efforts to retain their leads built after day one
of the Speights Coast to Coast two day event.
Jones expressed surprise to find he was the
first individual competitor to cross the finish
line at Klondyke corner while Aucklander
Norton says she hopes a summer gaining
more confidence in the kayak will see her hold
off her training partner from Christchurch
Ainslee Roughan, who lies just under five
Both women realise they will have to
hold off third placed strong kayaker Olivia
Spencer-Bower during today ’s 67km kayak
leg which is followed by a 70km cycle to New
Brighton in Christchurch.
Things are tight at the top of the individual
men’s event with just over a minute separating
Jones from O wen Warburton with Kevin
O’Donnell three minutes further back after
yesterday ’s short run off Kumara Beach, 55km
cycle leg and 33km mountain run.
Jones, from Canterbury, entered the run as
part of a breakaway cycle group which quickly
broke up as they heading up towards Goat
Pass. He passed four individuals on his way
down the Minga Valley knowing he still had
two competitors in front of him, but unaware
they were the runners from two teams.
Two day team favourites Tim Pearson and
Ryan Kiesanowski stamped their mark on day
event to carry a 17 minute lead into today ’s
Pearson said he thought today ’s conditions
for the first bike leg ‘couldn’t have been more
perfect ’. “ I didn’t feel the wind; it wasn’t too
hot and we had a really good group that
worked well together.”
Kiesanowski said that he enjoyed the
run, and even faced with a head wind and
conditions that heated up towards the end,
recorded the day ’s fastest run of three hours
and fourteen minutes.
Pearson will do the kayak leg with
Kiesanowski, brother of professional cyclist
Joanne Kiesanowski, riding the final bike leg.
Nick Hirschfeld won the mountain run
event for the second time, taking three hours
of twenty seven minutes, 11 minutes ahead of
Defending champions Braden Currie and
Jess Simson face a number of multi sports
established and rising stars when the one day
World Championship Longest Day event
that started at 6am today.
The first two day competitors are expected in
New Brighton at 2pm today with the leading
one day men due at 5pm followed by the first
one day women at 6.45pm.
COAST TO COAST
Norton, Jones lead first day
Coal shovelling a winner
At last it is on, and amen to that.
All the pre-World Cup talk, the build-
up and conjecture can be put where
it belongs, starting today when New
Zealand meet Sri Lanka in the opening
match at Hagley Oval.
Brendon McCullum for one cannot
wait. He rates this New Zealand squad
the best of the four he’s been involved in.
“The style of play is something we’re
comfortable with,” he said yesterday.
“ We’ve got a nice mix of youth and
experience and a team that I’m really
comfortable taking into the World Cup
and we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”
But all the huff and puff masks one
important point: “ Whether you go into
a tournament as underdogs, dark horses
or favourites, it ’s all irrelevant once the
game starts,” the New Zealand skipper
“ It drums up energy, anticipation and
expectation, and that ’s great. But once
the game actually starts it’s about the
event in its purest form. Someone wins,
someone loses. ”
He has not detected much edginess
in his camp, but expects there will be
some, and that ’s fine, be in the “ loud and
bolshie” kind or the quiet, hunker down
New Zealand are as ready as they can
be. Boxes have been ticked. It does not
mean New Zealand are bound for glory.
There’s no guarantees. But they are good
Pin him down on a major fear he has
in playing terms and McCullum, when
asked who he fancied after the three top
picks — Australia, South Africa and his
own team — preferred to dwell on the
individual game breakers.
“They can turn a game in blink of
an eye. You’re dominating a game, in a
position of authority and one of those
matchwinners comes out and takes game
away from you. So you respectfully look
at every team as a definite threat. ”
And what of the skipper, on whose
shoulders so much rests and who has
done sterling work for the last year? How
will he have slept last night? — NZME
PICTURE: Speights Coast To Coast
Braden Currie puts pressure on in the Longest Day cycle leg early this morning.
Black Caps ready to roll
Carter injur y adds to
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