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There was plenty of action at the
Greenstone Speedway on Saturday
with the main event the Youth
Ministocks King of the Coast, for
drivers aged from nine to 16.
There was a good mix of entries
from all over the South Island with
the class dominated by Nelson
drivers, with Shawn Pomoroy
taking out first place in the first
two heats. Greymouth driver
George Watson was first across the
line in the last race and also the
first West Coaster home to take
A coin toss was held to decide
second and third places.
The Mainland Ministocks were
also contested by mostly local
drivers. First place went to Dylan
Clarke from Westport who raced
to two first placings.
The stock car racing did not
produce as many crashes as
spectators are used to with the
class being evenly matched and
first placing in the heats were won
by Tony Oliver, Dave Houston jnr
and D wayne Honey.
Street Stocks raced on the track
for the first time this season with
two Westport cars helping bolster
The New Zealand Modified
GP will be held at the track
on Saturday, March 28 and
Greymouth modified drivers
are out on the track as much as
possible in preparation for the
The annual IMAX demolition
derby was also contested with
$1000 in prize money up for grabs.
The track was littered with broken
cars and pieces of cars by the time
the final five cars were battling
it out along a shortened track
The last two cars were Brandon
Parkinson and Hari Hari Motors’
entry driven by Mike Riley, but
Parkinson’s car kept going the
longest and won the prize. A non
contact street race was also held
earlier in the day and was won by
Results were. —
Youth ministocks King of the
Coast: Shawn Pomoroy, 50 points
1, Josh Nell 42 points 2, Brayden
Couper 42 points 3. Mainland
ministocks: Dylan Clarke 1, Vinny
Spafford Parsons 2, Sarah Bellis 3.
Stockcars: Dylan Clarke 1, Vinny
Spafford Parsons 2, Sarah Bellis 3.
Production saloons: Keith
Martin 1, Chris Wilson 2, Suzie
Quinton, Wayne Stanton 3 equal.
Streetstocks: Adrian Troy 1,
Kerry Lester 2, Grant Whitley
3. Property Brokers TQ: James
Thompson 1, Sean Brown 2,
Ryan Coll 3. Modified GP: Steve
Thompson 1, Iain Whyte 2,
Brandon Parkinson 3.
Some of the action during the demolition derby held at Greenstone Speedway in Cobden on Saturday.
The Greymouth Dragon Boating team in action at the South Island championships on Lake Hood,
near Ashburton at the weekend where they bagged three silver medals. The Greymouth High School
team competed in the 250 and 500m events, plus the 2km race. In the 250m the school team put in a top
effort and were beaten to the top spot by Hillmorton High School. In the 500m the Greymouth team
were leading all the way only to be overtaken metres out from the finish line by Hillmorton High School
again. A silver medal in the 2km race was a bonus for the team, which did not get a good start.
DRAGON BOAT RACING
Greymouth dragon boat team bag three silvers
Greymouth junior athlete Ben Mokomoko shows plenty of class in the long
jump while competing at the Canterbury Children’s Athletic Championships
in Timaru at the weekend. A team of Greymouth athletes attended the event.
Greymouth athlete shows class
PICTURE: John Bisset
After an enthralling period of pool
play, the Cricket World Cup heads into
the knock-out phases this week.
The quarter-finalists were finally
determined yesterday after the West
Indies beat the UAE and Pakistan
ended Ireland’s hopes.
The eight teams to make it through are
New Zealand, Australia, South Africa,
Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan
and the West Indies.
South Africa take on Sri Lanka in the
first match in Sydney on Wednesday,
while New Zealand will play the last of
the quarter-final games against the West
Indies in Wellington on Saturday.
Here are the match-ups to look
for ward to in the coming days:
Wednesday, 18 March:
South Africa vs Sri Lanka, SCG,
Thursday, 19 March:
India vs Bangladesh, MCG, 4.30pm.
Friday, 20 March:
Australia vs Pakistan, Adelaide O val,
Saturday, 21 March:
New Zealand vs West Indies, Westpac
The Black Caps’ form suggests they
will be too strong for the West Indies,
although stranger things have happened.
If they do win that game, however,
Brendon McCullum’s men will face the
winner of the South Africa v Sri Lanka
match at Eden Park on Tuesday, March
The winners of the other two games
will face each other on Thursday, March
26 at the SCG.
The final will be played at the MCG
on Sunday, March 29.
The Black Caps have been in great
form during the Cup so far, winning
six from six to finish top of pool A. The
West Indies, on the other hand, have
been patchy at best.
They lost to associate nation Ireland in
their opening match, before bouncing
back to hammer Pakistan by 150
runs in Christchurch. They then beat
Zimbabwe, with their talisman, Chris
Gayle, scoring a whopping 215. There
followed losses to heavyweights South
Africa and India before they managed to
clinch a place in the last eight by beating
the UAE in Napier yesterday.
Gayle did not play in yesterday’s
match due to a back injury, but it looks
as though he will be fit for the New
Zealand game on Saturday.
West Indies captain captain Jason
Holder said Gayle’s injury has been an
“ He has good days, he has bad days,
you know. Obviously he is a key player
for us and his fitness is key going into
the quarter-final. I’m sure he’s up for
it, even if he’s not 100% he will push
— New Zealand Herald
World Cup quarter-f inal spots confirmed
CRICKET WORLD CUP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Jordan Zunic of Australia holds up the New Zealand Open trophy after win-
ning the New Zealand Open.
We should have seen Jordan Zunic
coming right from the start.
A 23-year-old Australian youngster
who turned professional six weeks ago
and almost saw his career — and his
life — derailed after a bad car accident
18 months ago?
Of course he was going to make a
birdie on the final hole to win the $1
million New Zealand Open at The
Hills ahead of 139 other professionals
with vastly more experience.
Zunic provided a huge gallery with
a heart-warming story under the
scorching sun when he claimed a
stunning breakthrough win with tears
in his eyes.
He banked a $171,000 cheque with
a 21-under-par total of 266, adding
three rounds of 66 to his opening 68
and finishing a shot clear of veteran
compatriot David Bransdon.
He became the fourth Australian in
a row to win the Open, a week after
finishing tied for eighth at the New
Every day has been a win for the tall,
lean golfer from Wollongong since the
day he and two others were involved
in a nasty smash in the United States.
Zunic was in hospital for a week with
injuries that included a bad elbow
fracture and significant blood loss.
“It was tough coming back from that.
I didn’t know whether I’d be able to
play golf again,” Zunic said.
“Since then, it’s been a bit of a
rollercoaster ride. I’ve played good,
and then not so good. When I started
playing again, I just felt so grateful
to be breathing and out there playing
golf. I could have easily died.”
Of the other leading Australians,
rising star Cameron Smith had a
stunning weekend, carding 64 and
66 to climb to 17-under, alongside
2011 New Zealand Open champion
Brad Kennedy. Daniel Fox matched
Bransdon’s 64 to finish at 16-under,
and the ageless Peter Fowler carded a
fourth consecutive round in the 60s to
end at 15-under.
— Otago Daily Times
NZ Golf Open
The Crusaders managed to do what
the Blues could not and actually beat
the Lions, but they did not set the
world on fire in the process.
but about 80% of their work was
forgettable. For 60 minutes, the
Crusaders were disjointed, inaccurate
and guilty of looking like the Blues in
The big red machine still was not
firing properly. Not until late in the
piece, anyway. It was all cough, cough,
splutter, splutter until then. The
scoreline did not reflect the laboured
nature of much of the Crusaders’ work.
It took them the better part of 60
minutes to find any kind of rhythm.
There were not many boxes for the
Crusaders to tick. In truth, it was their
work in one specific area that won
them the contest.
The scrummaging was impressive —
properly impressive that is — with the
Crusaders destroying the Lions’ set-
piece and reducing it to rubble.
The Lions suffered the indignity
of not only conceding a penalty try
because of their failing scrum but
also having a man yellow-carded for
The opening try also came from
a scrum and there is no doubt the
Crusaders have that part of their game
exactly where they want it. That is not
something they can say about the rest
of their game.
Their basic pass-and-catch was poor
— exc eptionally poor at times — and
it is the backs who continue to be the
biggest problem for the Crusaders. It
was not their running lines yesterday
that let them down, although they
were a contributing factor. It was their
Laboured passing has become their
thing and the unforced errors were
simply too many.
But, and this has been the Crusaders’
way for the last few seasons now, there
were signs of things coming together.
They have all their players back now.
Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock
made their first appearances of
the season and played exactly as
expected. They turned in solid, good
performances that reflected both their
lack of game time and world-class
talents. They will both be better for
having 80 minutes under their belts
and watch them work through the
gears in the coming weeks. The same
was true of Daniel Carter, who looked
more composed and confident than
he did in his only other outing this
season. Playing at second-five suited
him. He was able to unburden himself
from much of the decision-making
and focus more on running into space
and contact. It was not an electric
performance but there was more than
enough in it to be confident he is far
from a busted flush.
Best of all, he threw himself about
and nothing was broken. Like
Whitelock and Read there will, almost
certainly, be a steady rise in Carter’s
contribution over the next few weeks
and, with it, the Crusaders should start
to come together and play the sort of
rugby that enabled them to make the
final last year.
No doubt coach Todd Blackadder
would not want it to be like this. He
does not want to see his side take an
age to find their form and polish but
perhaps that is the consequence of
having a side chock-full of senior All
Blacks who all drift back in at different
And as a final reason to be content
with his lot — Blackadder should be
thankful that his side can play nowhere
near their potential and still collect five
points in the process.
Look at the Blues — they played
nowhere near their potential against
the Lions and lost.
Crusaders 34 (A. Ellis, penalty try,
K. Fonotia, K. Read tries; D. Carter
4 cons, 2 pens) Lions 6 (E. Jantjies 2
pens). Half-time 13-3 .
— N ZM E -Herald On Sunday
The GCSB have plenty on their
hands at the moment but they better
venture south, because something
mysterious is going on around this
They are somehow winning
matches which they have no right to
Last week against the Chiefs, the
Highlanders somehow grabbed a
win despite having no territory, no
possession and a scrum which was
badly in need of some first aid.
This weekend, they came up against
a Waratahs side which looked to be
working their way into some form.
They were stacked with class
operators all over the paddock and,
for the first 20 minutes, looked to
have the wood on the men from
the south. But once again the
Highlanders found a way.
They rely heavily on their key men
Ben and Aaron Smith, Malakai
Fekitoa and Nasi Manu — and
goodness knows what is going to
happen when they have to be rested
but they are only part of the
equation for a team that now has
three wins from four.
There is plenty to admire from a
collection of players not well known
outside the south. The engine room is
a mixture of solid grafters and honest
toilers — a South African veteran, a
bushy-bearded hooker who is trying
to get back on the national radar and
a couple of honest-as-the-day-is-
“ To me they are unheralded,” Ben
Smith said. “ They just show some
real heart. Week in, week out they
put their bodies on the line and
give it their all for the team. It is
inspirational to watch those for wards
put their bodies in places where they
It was Fekitoa, though, who changed
the game and gave the Highlanders
some much-needed self-belief. He
took the dangerous Israel Folau
in a ball-and-all-tackle and, after
stripping the ball, offloaded to flying
Fijian winger Waisake Naholo who
sprinted 60m to score.
Highlanders then put together a
quick one-two punch which Joseph
Parker would have been proud of.
Smith ran a great angle off a ball from
Lima Sopoaga and broke through a
couple of ineffective tackles to score.
Three minutes later he was involved
again in a sweeping move instigated
by big winger Patrick Osborne.
Smith broke down the field and,
after the home side moved the ball
a couple of phases, Osborne got
the ball and broke through jagged
Waratahs defence to score the bonus
“There are certain moments in a
game when you just have to take your
chances,” Smith said. “I think we did
“ We didn’t got off to a great start
but I think we stuck to the game plan
and that was to run their big boys
It also helped that visiting prop
Sekope Kepu managed to get offside
twice within a few seconds and
was swiftly shown a yellow card
by referee Craig Joubert. From the
resulting scrum, lock Tom Franklin
went over to score the first try. That
got the Highlanders’ ball rolling. It
did not stop.
Highlanders 26 (T. Franklin, W.
Naholo, B. Smith, P. Osborne tries;
L. Sopoaga 3 cons), Waratahs 19 (N.
Phipps, M. Carraro, S. Hoiles tries;
B. Foley 2 cons) Half-time: 14-12.
— N ZM E-Herald On Sunday
Highlanders hang on to down champions
PICTURE: Getty Images
Kieran Read runs in to score a tr y after an intercept.
Palm Harbour (Florida)
Australian Open champion Jordan
Spieth’s world-class short game has
paid off big again with a playoff
victory in the United States PGA
Tour’s Valspar Championship.
The young American holed a par
putt on the 18th hole at Innisbrook
to join a three-man, sudden-death
playoff with Patrick Reed and Sean
O’Hair then won on the third extra
hole by making a 30-foot birdie putt.
Spieth now climbs to No 6 in the
Reed made a 10m birdie on the last
hole that got him into a playoff, and
he made two improbable par saves
in the playoff until Spieth beat him.
O’Hair was going for his first win
since 2011 and had a birdie putt on
the second playoff hole that caught
Spieth saved par on his final three
holesfora69. — AP
Spieth wins in PGA playoff
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