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The Greymouth Harriers Club is chasing
other groups to help share their under-
utilised clubrooms at Anzac Park.
At the club’s recent annual meeting
co-president Murray Hay said some hard
decisions needed to be made on whether
the club continued renting the clubrooms
or began looking for more economical
Hay said the harriers, like many
other clubs and organisations on the
West Coast, was faced with falling
“It is increasingly hard to attract new and
“Back in the club’s heyday of the 1960s
through to the 1990s there was not the
same amount of alternative activities as are
“ We have an amazing facility upstairs in
the Anzac Park complex which is under-
utilised, meaning we have to make a hard
decision whether to stay or to walk away.
If we decide to stay in this building we
need to find other groups to help us use
the building to its full capacity.”
Hay said groups interested in making use
of the Anzac Park facility would be best to
get in contact with him.
The club has been based at Anzac Park
for many years and Hay said he would be
happy if they stayed.
Meanwhile, this season the club will
trial Sunday morning runs, however the
opening run for the year is on Saturday, at
Sunday running will be tested later in
the season as many members have other
commitments on Saturdays.
Runners interested in pounding the
streets with the harriers club should turn
up at the clubrooms at Anzac Park at 2pm
Hay said new and old runners, walkers
and even mountainbikers were invited to
join in the weekly events.
A barbecue and cup of tea will be
available to all competitors after the run
“This weekend ’s course has not been
confirmed yet so I can not give any
directions where you will be heading,
but it will not be too demanding, we just
want to get the legs moving again and run
off all that chocolate everyone had last
weekend,” Hay said.
The club had some of the “old favourites”
runs returning to the programme this
year, including the Mount Sewell run, and
some exciting new courses, along with the
popular ones from previous years.
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Former Westport chopper Ivan
Smith, now of Seddon, continued
his winning way to take out four
events at the two-day Ikamatua chop
Smith won the Bill Liddell 275
standing, the David Evans 325mm
underhand, the Darcy Seymour
350mm underhand as well as the
250mm standing, winning him the
Peter McLaughlin Memorial for
most points over the two days.
Smith’s dad Bo Smith took home
the gold for most points in veterans
Anna Liddell continued her good
form, taking out most points in the
David Balderstone’s son Mackay
also had a good weekend, winning
the 300mm underhand as well as
Former Runanga man Bill Nichols
won the 300mm underhand.
Others to do well included Neil
Hateley, Chris Heath and his
daughter Ashlee, who won both of the
women’s underhand championships.
Hokitika’s Adam Lowe won the
David Balderstone 300mm standing
In the recent Methven competition,
Anna Liddell continued her good
form to win top spot in the restricted
events from O wen and Adam Wratt.
Luke O’Connell gained several
placings, including a second in the
325mm standing chop.
Tom Daly won the 350mm
underhand and cut third in the
double saw with Tim Garlick, from
Timaru. Lowe won the standing
championship and Tony Dense
gained several placings in both the
chopping and sawing events.
At the Oxford chop, Dense was the
star performer, gaining a place in all
events, both chopping and sawing.
Liddell was third in three events
and second in the Jack and Jill sawing
Daly cut third in 325mm underhand
and combined with Rangi Bowen to
win the double saw.
This weekend is the Karamea
meeting where the winner of the
Liddell Challenge will be decided.
This event started at Bruce Bay and
continued at each of the West Coast-
Buller meetings, where points are
awarded in each underhand event
and choppers with the top 12 points
will cut off.
Smith cleans up in Ikamatua chopping event
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth Harriers Club co-president Murray Hay outside the club’s under-utilised Anazc Park clubrooms.
Former New Zealand lock Brad Thorn is
retiring at the end of the season following
a glittering 21-year career in which won the
biggest prizes in rugby league and union.
The 40-year-old started out in league
with the Brisbane Broncos, represented
Queensland in the state of origin and won
three caps for Australia.
Thorn moved back to New Zealand in
2001 and joined the Canterbury Crusaders,
playing 12 tests for the All Blacks.
He went back to rugby league with the
Broncos from 2005-07 but returned to union
and the last of his 59 All Blacks appearances
was the 2011 World Cup final in which they
beat France 8-7.
Thorn helped Ireland’s Leinster lift the
2012 Heineken Cup, becoming the first
man to play in victorious World Cup, Super
Rugby and European Cup teams.
He joined English Premiership club
Leicester last year and has helped the Tigers
climb to fourth in the standings, and became
the oldest captain in the club’s history earlier
“My goal was to play top-level rugby at 40
and to play well, and I’ve done that,” Thorn
told the BBC.
“I ’ve been part of all these teams and it’s
been awesome but I just think maybe I
should do something else.
“I had a few niggles but other wise I’ve been
really pleased with how I’ve played here and
my body feels really good,” he said.
“But it’s just got to a stage where mainly I’m
just playing here because I want to play. ”
Thorn has long stuggled with the idea of
retirement, and recently told the Leicester
Mercenary that he could not even say the
word. “ The hard part about discussing the
‘R Word’ is that my body is not broken. I
am really enjoying my rugby and feel like
I am really contributing. So it’s not easy.
When your body is broken and you are not
performing, it must be easier. ”
Brad Thorn’s 21-year career
1994: Makes debut for rugby league side
2001: Switches codes and joins Crusaders.
2002: Takes a year out of the game before
rejoining Crusaders and making his All
Blacks debut a year later.
2005: Goes back to league, rejoining
Broncos and making 70 more appearances
for the club.
2008: Switches back to union again in 2008
and wins the World Cup with New Zealand
2014: Joins Leicester Tigers, becoming
the oldest captain in club history against
2015: Announces retirement aged 40.
— New Zealand Herald
Thorn hangs up boots
Harriers chase boarders
‘Hot shot ’ swimmers
are being asked to
come along to the Grey
District Aquatic Centre
to fundraise for charity
The centre will be
hosting a “ Virtual Cook
Strait’’ fundraiser to raise
money for West Coast
Lynnette O’Connor said
the idea was for eight
teams, each with their
own lane, to swim the
distance of the Cook
Strait, 1185 lengths, the
equivalent of 29km.
Ms O’Connor said
there would be spot
prizes throughout the day
and a special lane
for hot-shot swimmers.
She said all ages could
take part by joining
any of the eight teams,
including, the Blue
Penguin Trust, Life
Education Trust, Cancer
Society, St John, SPCA,
Breast Cancer Cure,
Surf Life Saving and
Ms O’Connor said
it was important to
create an opportunity
for charities to raise
“I am really thrilled
with the businesses who
have come on board. ’’
Cara Sibsten, who
has previously swum
the Cook Strait, will be
swimming for the Life
The event will be held
on Saturday from 12pm
The Brumbies’ double-dip visit to
Eden Park is on hold. The Australian
conference leaders want to inflict
further misery on their Blues hosts but
plans to assess Jimmy Cowan’s halfback
credentials are in limbo.
Cowan is on the Brumbies’ radar as a
replacement for their Wallaby halfback,
Nic White, who is taking up a French
contract at the Montpellier club next
The Canberra Times says Cowan is
being looked at as a substitute with
Springbok Fourie du Preez and French
utility Frederick Michalak. However
Cowan is off duty tomorrow for the
birth of his second child, with Jamieson
Gibson-Park starting and newcomer
Jamie Booth on the bench.
White is a key part of the Brumbies’
style and much of their play revolves
around his decisions. He has a strong
pass and mixes that with a busy running
game and powerful tactical kicking game.
Cowan’s game does not match the range
of White’s skill, but he is a proficient
halfback whose experience helps him
compete at this level. He returned to
Super Rugby this year after two seasons
The Brumbies have won five of their
seven matches this season, losing to the
Chiefs and Waratahs, and seeing off the
Rebels, Force, Cheetahs, and the Reds
It is not a results sheet that yells danger
overload for the Blues, although the
Brumbies are competent, well-drilled
and organised. They have played in bursts
and coach Stephen Larkham is looking
for better work tomorrow.
Their defence has yielded just six tries
this season, and they have notched 21
but missed too many for Larkham’s
liking. “O ur attack is a week-to-week
proposition and we’ ll attack differently
.. . against the Blues. O ur defence is the
constant and I’m happy with that.”
The Brumbies have a very competitive
pack of for wards led by an all-test front
row of Scott Sio, captain Stephen Moore
and Ben Alexander with strong lineout
targets, while former Wallaby skipper
David Pocock is returning to strong form
after his dreadful injury run.
— New Zealand Herald
Cook Strait swim
— in Greymouth
Cowan’s tour of duty with
Brumbies on backburner
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