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Tickets go on sale on Friday for the second
West Coast ‘boxing extravaganza’ on May 16,
as a fundraiser for Life Education Trust West
The Seaside Showdown was first held at
Paroa in 2013, and this year it returns with a
new name — the Downtown Showdown —
and a new location in the Aratuna Freighters
warehouse, in Arney Street, Greymouth.
The drawcard this year will probably be
former Greymouth boxer, Bowyn Morgan,
who is now based in Christchurch and
recently turned professional.
“ We are just waiting on confirmation of an
opponent for Morgan,” Alan Monk, for the
extravaganza organisers, said yesterday.
There are 10 confirmed fights.
Greymouth sportswoman, Bree Cumming,
who competed in 2013, will have a rematch
with Canterbury boxer Megan McLennan,
who she lost to in Christchurch late last year.
Nineteen sporting and business people
from Greymouth, Hokitika and Westport
are training for the action-packed night,
including West Coast rugby captain Troy
Tauwhare, who will step into the ring
against West Coast rugby and rugby league
representative Regan Stanton, who competed
and lost his bout in 2013.
Other confirmed bouts are between Shane
O’Dea and Brendon Russ, Royce Green and
Dan Tauwhare, Ami Vui and Katie Neilson,
Brett Kokshoorn and Andrew Havill, Trudi
McGrath and Hokitika’s Ngahuia King,
Horano Wilson, also from Hokitika, and
Cole Green, Westpac manager Matt Ewen
and Grant King, and Tere Wycliff and Adam
Dunbar, from Westport.
Former Runanga man Jack Boote, who now
runs a gym in Q ueensland, is also returning
for a fight.
Monk urged people to get in quick and
book a table through the Paroa Hotel website.
“ We are selling tables of 10, and there are
75 up for grabs — a gold table costs $2250, a
silver $1750 and a bronze is $1450.”
Gold and silver tables will also receive a
three-course meal and drinks, while bronze
table holders will get nibbles and drinks for
Monk said it was also possible the
entertainment with a live band would
continue after the boxing.
“ We are also seeking sponsors for the
event and people interested can contact me.
Everyone who helps out in regards to some
kind of sponsorship will get priority in
buying a table for the night. ”
Morgan main drawcard for
Coast boxing fundraiser
WEST COAST BOXING
Andy Murray yesterday
outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber
6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in a nearly two-
hour baseline slugfest under
a hot sun at the BNP Paribas
Murray earned the only
two breaks of the third set
and closed out the win when
Kohlschreiber’s forehand went
wide, one of 35 unforced errors
by the German.
Murray moved on to a fourth-
round match against Adrian
Mannarino, who beat 14th-
seeded Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-4 .
Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori
was stretched to three sets
before overcoming Fernando
Verdasco, 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-4.
twice in the final game before
advancing to the fourth round
for the first time in his seventh
appearance at Indian Wells.
John Isner beat 18th-seeded
Kevin Anderson, 7-6 (8), 6-2,
setting up a possible fourth-
round match against top-ranked
Novak Djokovic, who played
Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a
On the women’s side, former
Indian Wells winner and No 4
seed Caroline Wozniacki was
beaten 6-4, 6-4 by 31st-seeded
Belinda Bencic a week after
the Dane won her 23rd career
singles title at Kuala Lumpur.
Bencic earned her first win
over a top-five player and at
18 became the youngest player
to reach the fourth round this
year. Last year in Istanbul,
Bencic failed to win a game off
Jelena Jankovic, who won here
in 2010 and spent 18 weeks at
No 1 in the world, outlasted
Madison Keys, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
despite the Serb having just 13
winners and 42 unforced errors.
Keys, a 20-year-old American
coached by former top-ranked
Lindsay Davenport, had her
chances to take control, leading
3-1 in the final set. She hit 39
winners, but came undone with
a whopping 64 unforced errors.
Qualifier Lesia Tsurenko
defeated 20th-seeded Alize
Cornet, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.
Eugenie Bouchard defeated
CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-2 to
reach the fourth round.
The sixth-seeded Canadian
faced the only break point on
her ser ve of the match in the last
game, but Vandeweghe netted
a forehand. Bouchard hit a
forehand winner on her second
match point. Maria Sharapova
and Victoria Azarenka meet
in an evening match between
former No 1 players.
— New Zealand Herald
Murray wins baseline battle
PICTURE: Getty Images
Andy Murray in action against Philipp Kohlschreiber of
Germany during day eight of the BNP Paribas Open.
Two former fierce rivals on the rugby league
paddock, Runanga and Brunner, have walked
down the aisle in a marriage of convenience
that will see their premier teams combine
for the 2015 West Coast Rugby League
The decision to merge the two senior sides
was made due to difficulty faced by both teams
in mustering a team for the approaching
Brunner Rugby League Club secretary
Roslyn Murcott said today neither club had
enough players to field a senior team on their
Runanga had a number of players who had
retired — including premier grade star player
James Ward — five had left the district and
three others had gone back to their old club,
Waro-rakau returns to the senior
competition this season after a couple of years
out in the wilderness.
Murcott stressed that the Brunner and
Runanga clubs had not merged, just the
Brunner Rugby League boss Brian Aynsley
was optimistic about the merger.
“It’s now up to the players as to how it works
out,” Aynsley said.
“It is an interesting one, but the players
appear keen and everyone wants it to work —
there’s a good vibe from the players, too.”
Both senior teams were in the same
predicament of losing premier players, some
leaving and others heading back to play for
“ We need the team in the premier
competition, but it’s a pity both clubs have
had to suffer. We are all doing out best to keep
a team in the top competition.”
Ansyley said everyone agreed at Brunner’s
recent annual general meeting that the only
option for the future was to join forces with
“ While it may not be an ideal situation,
everyone gets a team in the contest.”
Two stalwarts of West Coast Rugby League,
former Kiwi Geordie Menzies (Runanga) and
Mike Casserly (Brunner) were disappointed
to see the teams having to merge, but were
resigned to the fact that if Coast league was
to continue it needed to be done.
Menzies, who had his first senior league
match at 16 and went on to play 29 tests for
the Kiwis, wished the team well.
“It boils down to not having enough players
to spread around all the teams, and if it keeps
the game going, good on them — they have
just got to make do.”
Casserly said it was a shame the two premier
teams could not keep their identities, recalling
past years when Runanga and Brunner “hated
each other’s guts”.
“(But) with numbers declining, I suppose
this is a way of getting on with it.”
Casserly said he believed modern technology
was part of the problem.
“ Young people these days spend more time
on their iPads and phones than they do
playing sport. In my day, we were out there
playing five days a week, but what will be will
The combined team will wear the Brunner
jersey one week and the black and whites of
Runanga the next.
Casserly said changing the jerseys each week
was not a bad idea, but he suggested they find
a sponsor and get a new strip to recognise
West Coast Rugby League president Peter
Kerridge said clubs had combined before for
a couple of seasons and it had worked “just
Brunner and Suburbs had previously joined,
and in more recent times Cobden and Waro-
Kerridge said Suburbs and Runanga
had always been the top teams and maybe
combining Brunner and Runanga would
square things up.
He was pleased both sides had managed to
keep a team going, especially with 2015 being
the centennial year for West Coast Rugby
Rivals combine for
2015 league season
The six boats competing in the Volvo
Ocean Race have set sail from Auckland
cheered on by fans three days later than
But the delay caused by Cyclone Pam
did not appear to have dampened spirits as
the sailors jumped on board the yachts this
Camaraderie was high as the teams set
off one by one into Auckland Harbour to
start the next leg — which will take them
through the Southern Ocean, around Cape
Horn to Brazil.
Each team cheered each other as they
pulled away from the dock at the Volvo base
alongside the Viaduct Events Centre at
Auckland ’s Viaduct Harbour.
Around 100 people lined the footbridge to
watch the start of the fifth leg, cheering and
clapping as the boats set sail. New Zealand
sailor Daryl Wislang, part of team Abu
Dhabi, said the atmosphere in Auckland had
made for “a great stopover”.
“Auckland ’s turned it on and the weather
has obviously been amazing, apart from
the cyclone delaying us, that was a bit of a
shame,” he said.
“But the public’s been awesome. They ’ve
had something like 350,000 people through
the village or something like that so the turn
out ’s been absolutely amazing.
“And having a lot of time with family
and friends has been pretty special.” The
atmosphere when the boats arrived in
Auckland was “absolutely amazing”, he said.
Mr Wislang described the fifth leg as
“ We’ve had a delay from Cyclone Pam,
and it was a safety concern from Volvo, and I
think they made the right decision,” he said.
“ We were talking 8m waves and up to 70
knots, so you can’t sail in that.
“So it ’s going to be a slightly slower
leg than maybe it was looking to be, but
certainly a lot safer, and I think we’re going
into it with a vision of obviously winning,
but not being outside the top three for our
overall goal.” — New Zealand Herald
Volvo Ocean Race heads off
PICTURE: Getty Images
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet leaves Auckland.
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