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PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Fast cars on Hokitika runway
Dave McMillan, of Greymouth, burns some rubber as he gets off the mark during the time trial event held on the Hokitika Airport runway on Saturday
afternoon. The event attracted petrolheads looking to break the fastest times. It was open to all vehicles and included motorcycles, hotrods, muscle cars, rally
cars and even the standard family car. A large number of spectators turned up to the event to enjoy the fumes, noise and excitement.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Suburbs celebrate their 40-24 win in the Monteith’s Brewery West Coast Rugby League grand final against Waro-rakau, at Wingham Park yesterday afternoon.
New Zealand remained unbeaten in
pool play, and without conceding a goal,
after their 2-0 win over hosts Belgium at
the World League hockey tournament in
Goals from captain Anita Punt after
11 minutes and Gemma Flynn, just after
the second half began, set the world No 4
Black Sticks up for a quarter-final against
16th-ranked Japan early on Wednesday.
The four pool B games produced 21
goals and New Zealand’s defence has
impressed in keeping a clean sheet
throughout the tournament.
Punt ’s goal came after her shot from
the first of New Zealand’s two penalty
corners was blocked and the rebound
gave her a second chance, which she took
with a firm shot.
Belgium’s defence did not make life easy
for New Zealand, despite them having an
over whelming advantage in possession
(73%) and circle penetrations (20-7).
Flynn’s seventh goal of the tournament,
after a strong drive into the circle and
powerful shot, gave New Zealand the
cushion they needed.
A third goal could have come right
at the end when Kirsten Pearce did
well to intercept a loose ball but her one-
on-one shot was blocked by Belgian
goalkeeper Aisling d’Hooghe, in her
“ We had a few chances but it was
pretty even throughout the game,” Flynn
“ We pride ourselves on our defence
so it is really good to walk away from
these pool games having kept a clean
World No 2 Australia finished second
in the pool after a 4-2 win over India,
and now play Italy; Belgium face Korea
while world No 1 the Netherlands, who
thumped the Italians 9-0 today, will face
The top three finishers at the tournament
automatically qualify for next year’s Rio
— New Zealand Herald
All NZ final
Suburbs got home in the end against
Waro-rakau for what seemed to be a
comfortable victory at 40-24 to clinch
the West Coast Rugby League crown in
the club’s 50th jubilee year.
However, the scoreline was really
no indication of the contest and the
celebration was marred somewhat with
a serious injury to hooker Ethan Negri,
who left the field after only seven minutes
of play after an innocuous tackle.
The final lived up to the pre-match
hype and its see-sawing nature for three-
quarters of the game meant the result
could have gone either way.
In the end, though, Suburbs had more
in the tank and finished the stronger of
Easily the best game of the season, the
skill level was high, despite the greasy
conditions. The pre-match downpour
cleared and the large crowd was
entertained with some free running and
solid defence from both camps.
Suburbs opened the scoring, against
the run of play, through a try to winger
Harley Vui close to the corner flag.
Prior to this breakout, Waro-rakau was
firmly camped in Suburbs danger zone,
but could not break the defence despite
Some class from loose for ward Logan
Woodham, though, with a kick and chase
re-gather, had him in under the crossbar.
The conversion was a sitter to have the
hornets ahead 6-4 after 22 minutes.
With seven minutes to half-time
Suburbs replied with a smart try of their
own to centre Regan Stanton following
a nice cut-back pass from fullback Phil
Stanton always posed a threat with his
strong running — a hat-trick of tries
With a minute remaining to half-time
a Suburbs error proved costly as the
resulting possession had Waro-rakau
winger Nick Birchfield across wide out
to put the valley side ahead 10-8 at the
Suburbs came out firing in the second
40 and Kevin Curtis at pace was over
under the cross-bar and the maroons
were back in front, 14-10 .
Waro-rakau responded in kind through
a try to busy standoff Nathan Coll to have
it locked up at 14-apiece, but went ahead
18-14 with another shortly after wards.
Another Suburbs try wide out locked
it up a couple of minutes later and
another to fullback Phil Thomson, who
converted, pushed Suburbs out to some
comfort at 28-18 with 20 to go.
At this stage the hornets were starting
to fall off tackles and another Suburbs
try followed to make it 34-18 . With 15
minutes to go Suburbs looked safe.
Player of the day Luke Negri capped
off a fine running and directional game
with Suburbs’ final try, legging it on the
last from 15m out; there was no defence
to stop him.
Thomson converted from out in front
to bring up 40 points.
Waro-rakau finished with a flourish
with a smart individual try to Nathan
Coll that closed up the margin. Coll’s
pace split the maroons from 20m out
and he cruised in behind the posts.
Woodham converted for the final 40-24
It was an even contest up front, though
Suburbs’ better skills wide out eventually
found the gaps.
For the hornets, Jade McDermott
tackled all day and there was good
support from the likes of Ashley Black
and Harrison Mahuika.
Suburbs had its work-horses up front
in the likes of props Brogan Watt and
Kiel Johnsen, but for the maroons it was
really a team effort that got them home
in the face of some stiff opposition from
Suburbs 40 (R Stanton 3, H Vui, P
Thomson, B Alexander, K Curtis and
L Negri tries, P Thomson 4 cons) beat
Waro-rakau 24 (N Coll 2, L Woodham,
N Birchfield and H Mahuika tries, L
Woodham 2 cons).
In the under-18 final Suburbs beat
Hokitika 24-8 .
Suburbs hooker Ethan Negri suffered
a neck injury in the opening minutes of
the senior league grand final yesterday
and was waiting to be transferred to
Bur wood Hospital today for treatment
of a suspected cracked vertebrae.
The young hooker came off the field
after being involved in a tackle and
was taken to Grey Base Hospital as a
precaution, Suburbs spokesman Phil
“Ethan actually jogged off the field
complaining he was sore and had pain
down his arm following a tackle. He was
taken up to the hospital after the pain
persisted when ice had been applied. He
apparently cracked a vertebrae and has a
hairline fracture,” Campbell says.
Negri cracks vertebrae
in league final
Steve Hepburn and Damian
of the Otago Daily Times
The team from the smallest
catchment, with the smallest
budget and the fewest All Blacks,
is only one win away from Super
The Highlanders flew into
Dunedin to a tumultuous welcome
from about 150 fans just after
9 o’clock last night, after a smash
and grab raid across the Tasman
which catapulted the side into its
second Super rugby final.
flags, scarves and face paint lit up
Dunedin International Airport
in blue and gold, cheering the
Highlanders home after Saturday
night’s 35-17 Super rugby semi-
final win against the Waratahs in
Cheers, whistles and shouts of
“Highlanders” greeted the first
victorious players to emerge at the
airport — co captains Ben Smith
and a patched up Nasi Manu.
Hooker Liam Coltman was taken
aback by the reception.
“It ’s pretty unbelievable to be
honest — it ’s absolutely amazing.”
Coltman was hopeful the team
would get similar support when it
played the Hurricanes in Saturday ’s
final in Wellington.
“It ’ll be a packed stadium up there
and will no doubt be invaluable to
have a few home supporters up
“They were awesome on Saturday
— you heard them when we had a
few decisions going our way and it
certainly lifts the boys.”
The Highlanders outmuscled, and
more importantly out thought, the
defending champions on Saturday
It was a sensational effort from
a team which has just three
current All Blacks — albeit with
another two named in a 41 man
squad announced last week — an
unheralded for ward pack and a
couple of Fijian fliers out wide.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph
and his assistants have stitched
them together and come up with a
After the match, the former All
Black was candid about how the
team has been regarded — perhaps
by everyone except its fans: “It still
In many ways it seems that we’ve
fooled the rugby community —
they still don’t quite believe in us.
What else can these guys do?”
Highlanders face one
The perfect swansong is nearly
complete for two of the most iconic
Midfielders Ma’a Nonu and
Conrad Smith, the two most
capped Hurricanes with more than
240 appearances for the franchise
between them, have reunited in the
capital this season and never looked
Both are in their 30s but have
enjoyed impressive campaigns,
Nonu especially, and Hurricanes
coach Chris Boyd could not have
imagined they would go this well
when he welcomed Nonu back to
Wellington. The second-five had
spent the past three years in exile
bouncing between the Blues and the
Highlanders after he fell out with
former coach Mark Hammett in
Nonu is settled off the field and the
results have shown on the paddock
and he produced another dynamic
display during the Hurricanes’ 29-9
semi-final win over the Brumbies at
Westpac Stadium in Wellington last
night. Hurricanes veterans Jeremy
Thrush and Ben Franks will also
leave the franchise at the end of the
The Hurricanes have never won
a Super Rugby title and Smith,
who has spent 12 seasons with the
side, would love to go out on the
highest of notes in Wellington next
To do that, they will need to beat
the surging Highlanders who have
toppled the Chiefs and Waratahs in
knockout games recently to make
their way to the decider.
“I’d love to play an all-Kiwi final,
it ’d be something special,” Smith
One thing you can count on
will be a full Westpac Stadium on
Saturday. There was 33,460 people
in attendance at the semi-final and
the sell-out sign should go up again
for the final.
At the start of the season, the
Hurricanes talked about winning
their fans back and finishing at the
top of table and earning home-field
advantage for the play-offs helped
“It ’s a reward for the consistency.
We knew that if we put ourselves
in that position on the table that
that ’s the reward and we knew the
numbers would turn up,” Smith said.
“It ’s brilliant to know we are going
to have it again next week. It’s pretty
The Hurricanes will be nursing
some battered bodies during the
next couple of days after a physical
semi-final where the Brumbies did
not back down.
Hurricanes openside flanker Ardie
Savea limped from the field in the
second spell and his knee will be
“He’s pretty sore but the medical
team will do everything they can
to get him across the line for next
week,” Hurricanes coach Chris
Manawatu’s Callum Gibbins
is waiting in the wings for an
opportunity if Savea does not come
Outside back Nehe Milner-
Skudder only got through 40
minutes last night before he was
pulled after his hamstring tightened
The 24-year-old, who looked
dangerous on attack during the first
spell, did not want to leave the field
but decided it was the safe play.
“The team comes first so I made
the call based on that,” Milner-
He is another who will be
monitored closely this week but he
said he should be available for the
final. — NZME
Nonu, Smith nearing
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