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Suburbs started its 50th-year
campaign in West Coast Rugby
League in style, dispatching a
luckless Waro-rakau 44-0 on
Friday night at league headquarters,
The manner of the win sends a
message that Suburbs are out to
reclaim the premier title in the club’s
The maroons simply made the
most of their opportunities, running
in nine tries in slippery conditions
that tested both camps who were
unable to complete many sets in
Suburbs, though, did have the
more decisive runners, who kept
Waro-rakau defenders scrambling
for most of the 80 minutes.
A little luck went the hornets’ way
with numerous unforced handling
errors, the first from the kick-off.
That opening set the tone for the
Several promising probes inside
the maroons’ half during the game
came to nought, with the ball gifted
to Suburbs. The ‘rub of the green’
definitely did not go Waro’s way
throughout much of the encounter.
The closest the valley boys got to
scoring a try was bombed when
the ball spilled forward over the
line. That really summed up Waro’s
night — much as it tried there was
In contrast, Suburbs improved
as the game progressed, with
some individual straight running
repeatedly carving off many metres
up the centre and out wide.
Both camps, though, were guilty of
far too much one-off running.
With better fitness, Suburbs often
looked likely with constant pressure
on the hornets’ defence with some
strong, elusive runs from the likes
of Ethan and Luke Negri, Kevin
Curtis, Brogan Watt and Jordan
Ethan Negri opened the scoring
from dummy half when he crossed
wide out for a well-taken four-
pointer going the blind from the
play near the 20m mark after 10
minutes. However, it was not a night
for goal kicking early on, as most of
Suburbs’ tries were wide out on the
Second-rower Curtis was in
barnstorming form and capped off
an energetic game with a brace of
tries before the break. Likewise, sub
Brogan Watt also impressed with
some pacy running. The maroons
were up 16-0 at the break.
Normal play resumed after seven
minutes of the second 40 with a
nice kick and re-gather from Ethan
Negri, and quick hands saw sub
Bailey Hibbs sprinting over wide
out to make it 20-0 with a superb
effort. A change of goal kicker saw
Negri’s conversion closer — it hit
Suburbs fullback Jordan Forsyth
finished off a sweeping backline
movement from halfway on the
grandstand side of the field and
sauntered behind the posts to dot
down as Waro’s defence lay sprawled
in his wake. Negri duly bagged the
first conversion of the night to make
it 26-0 with 20 minutes left on the
A further couple of quick tries
followed through the pacy Brogan
Watt stretching out, and a fine 55m
runaway effort saw Jade Coleman
dot down under the crossbar. Both
were converted by Mickey Sweeney
and the score ballooned out to 38-0,
with 10 to go.
Watt bagged his second, following
up after a Waro fumble inside the
20m with time nearly up. Sweeney
converted, making it 44-0.
Waro-rakau were a bit hard done
by with the final scoreline — the
entertaining match-up was closer
For the hornets, scrumhalf Cole
Watson and standoff Nathan Coll
tackled all night, while old hands
Adrian L oe and Dean Thomas,
along with Kiel Johnsen, crashed the
ball up full-on at every opportunity.
Jordan and Hamish Paterson and
Jade McDermott, at dummy half,
never threw in the towel behind a
pack that in the main held their own
until late in the game, when several
simply ran out of gas. Fitness should
only improve as the season and
Suburbs 44 (E Negri
try, conversion; K Curtis 2, B Watt
2, L Negri, B Hibbs, J Forysth, J
Coleman tries; M Sweeney 3 con)
Greenstone Park Speedway
hosted 130 drivers from all over
the South Island and four from the
north, for the traditional end of year
race meeting, the King of the Coast,
Racing also featured the New
Zealand Modifieds GP and the Jim
Bradford Memorial Championship,
which had been postponed earlier
in the season due to weather and
The Percy White Trophy for the
best result for a West Coast driver
was presented to Vinny Spafford-
Pasons for his second overall
placing in the ministocks class.
The first three rounds of the
modifieds were for the King of the
Coast title, and the final points for
the races were used to set the grid
draw for the final modifieds race,
New Zealand Modified Grand Prix.
Racing was tight, with Mike
Gourlay going into the last round
ahead on points, and taking the
win, with most of the rest of the
field grouped closely on points.
After the final round there was a tie
for second between Luke Keegan
and Nigel Nevin, with second place
going to Keegan.
The first Coast driver home was
Brandon Parkinson in fifth place
The last race of the day was the
20-lap New Zealand Modifieds
Grand Prix and was fought out
between the King of the Coast
winners as they had the advantage
of good grid positioning.
The TQ King of the Coast event
was run over the first two races of
the day and the last one was raced
for the Jim Bradford Memorial TQ
Jeremy Webb raced well and is a
regular competitor in Greymouth.
The first Coast driver home was
James Thompson in fourth place.
Webb took top honours, Matthew
Leversedge was second and Ben
The last race for the TQs was for
the Jim Bradford Memorial, where
grid positions were calculated from
the final results of the King of the
Coast. Thompson was second and
as a regular competitor for many
years his name features extensively
on the trophy. Webb took out first
place and Gareth Bindon third.
The stockcar field was a large one
and there was plenty of action in
all the races with many cars forced
into early retirement with extensive
Coast drivers featured well and
made up about a third of the
entries. The first Coast driver was
Tony Stanton, in fourth place.
The ministocks were won by one
of the North Island entrants with a
great showing of two first placings
and one second place. The second
and third places went to Coast
drivers Spafford-Parsons and Sarah
Spectators were treated to some
exciting racing in the super stocks,
which is only contested when the
King of the Coast is on.
The streetstocks attracted a good
field and featured New Zealand
No 1 David McSherry, and after
a tough fight with Kieren Skurr,
McSherry only managed second
place overall, with Skurr taking
top honours. Best Coast driver was
The production saloons also
attracted good fields, with cars from
Christchurch taking out most of
the top placings.
The first Coast driver home was
Wayne Stanton in seventh equal
Modified: Mike Gourlay 1, Luke
Keegan 2, Nigel Nevin 3.
New Zealand modifieds Grand
Prix: Luke Keegan 1, Mike Gourlay
2, Nigel Nevin 3.
Stockcars: Jay Huggies Holtham
1, Murray Tapp 2, Royden
Ministocks: James Malia 1, Vinny
Spafford Parsons 2, Sarah Bellis 3.
Super stocks: Jared Gray 1, Dale
McKenzie 2, Trevor Lineham 3.
Streetstocks: Kieren Skurr 1,
David McSherry 2, Kirk Aldridge
3. Production saloons: Nik Fraser 1,
David Filius 2, Steven Watson 3.
COOK STRAIT SWIM
COOK STRAIT SWIM
Vinny Spafford-Parsons with the Percy White
Greenstone Trophy for the best performance by a
West Coast driver.
PICTURES: Michael Knipe
1. Dwayne Honey forced up the wall in the stock car racing at Greenstone Park.
‘King of the Coast ’
A former Grey Main School
pupil has been selected to take
part in a New Zealand Football
national talent programme.
Ignacio Junca played football in
Greymouth for the school team
and was a member of age group
West Coast football teams.
His father, Carlos, was the sports
co-ordinator at Greymouth High
School until the family moved to
Wellington three years ago.
Ignacio will take part in the
talent programme which runs
from tomorrow until Friday.
NZ Football said his selection
was a reflection of his hard work
over the past season in Wellington.
Junca in NZ Football talent programme
The newly combined Runanga-
Brunner premier rugby league side
got off to the best possible start
on Friday night with its first time
together, coming out on top 25-18
in a keenly-fought tussle against
Cobden-Kohinoor, at O’Brien
The combined side had the
better of the first 40 and looked
comfortable on the scoresheet, but
the riversiders never gave up and
clawed their way back with some
good catch-up football to narrow
the margin right up in the second
half to be within striking distance
heading for home.
However, a late try in the final
quarter gave Runanga-Brunner
some breathing space and it hung
on for the victory.
Former Kiwi, Glen Gibb, who is
helping out with the coaching of
the combined side, said after wards
there was plenty to work on but
overall he was impressed with what
“ It was a good hit-out first up, we
worked our interchange well,” Gibb
“There’s something to work with
and heaps of improvement to come
but the fitness was pretty good.”
Gibb praised the Brunner club
youngster Bailey Stewart and
Hamish Hodson, who deser ved
their side’s players of the day efforts.
Royce Green gave an honest effort
first out in the backline, before
changing to the for wards.
Cobden-Kohinoor coach Barry
Furness was generally happy with
the performance of his charges.
“The play-patterns will improve
with session work and there’s plenty
of promise and talent to work with.
“As a first up effort I was pretty
happy really — they’ll improve.”
Players to impress for Cobden-
Kohinoor were loose for ward
Ethan Long, who “tackled his heart
out ” and made some good breaks;
Blake Hodgson at hooker gave
100%, while winger Patrick Urlich
gave a good account in defence
and on attack. Another player who
impressed was fullback Bradley
wins tight tussle
PICTURE: Paul McBride
1185 lengths complete ‘strait swim’
The Grey District Aquatic Centre was the scene of a ‘ Virtual Cook Strait ’ swim on Saturday as seven community teams completed 1185 lengths of the
Greymouth pool — the equivalent of swimming the strait — in a unique fundraiser. Event co-ordinator Lynnette O’Connor said the community got right behind
it. “I was thrilled with the response with all the businesses coming on board and the charities involved recruiting teams. It was a great family event, which is why
we held the event during the school holidays.”
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