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West Coast Rugby League president Peter Kerridge looks over plans for an extension of the Wingham Park car park.
The West Coast Rugby League proposes
enlarging the car park alongside Wingham
Park, on State highway 6, 11 days after a
little girl was struck by a car outside the
park during the junior finals day.
League president Peter Kerridge said they
had harboured safety concerns with the
State highway running next to the ground
and grandstand, for years.
“There is no easy fix because it is a State
highway, however we are extending the car
park beside the grounds in an attempt to
alleviate parking problems,” Kerridge
The league had taken precautions over
the years to avoid accidents, with signs near
the entrance gates reminding players and
spectators of the traffic danger, and single
file entry and exit of the grounds.
Even the ball boys at games had an adult
with them if they had to retrieve a ball that
had bounced on to the road.
He noted that motorists generally slowed
down when travelling past the grounds.
One of the difficulties in getting people
to use the off-street car park was that there
was marked parks outside the grounds and
people were “entitled” to use them.
Often the current car park had plenty of
spaces in it, but people still parked along
the roadside, he said.
The league had previously investigated
having the 100kph speed limit around
Wingham Park lowered.
“The relevant authorities, which control
State highways, prefer as few restrictions as
possible to the State highways,” Kerridge
Of the 18 years he has been involved in
rugby league management, he said there
had been only one other instance where
someone had been hit by a vehicle outside
Wingham Park, although there had
also been a number of “close shaves and
The league would press on with extending
the car park over summer.
“ Hopefully, it will help avoid another
tragedy,” Kerridge said.
League addresses Wingham Park safety
Waka ama racing is rapidly
developing on the West Coast
after the region sent its first team
to compete in the upper South
Island winter series, held at
Kaiteriteri, Nelson, on Sunday.
A strong rotating team of seven
from the Mawhera Waka Ama
Club powered their way to the
finish line, coming second in the
5.3km race and third in the 1km
Mawhera club organiser David
Gunter said he felt the team went
well considering it was the first
time they had taken part in a
Experienced waka ama racer
and coach Lizzie Aihi-Galo said
the other teams were surprised
at how well the Mawhera club
raced, considering it was their first
The 5.3km race was a close and
the team was “neck and neck’’ with
the winning Motueka club.
Waka ama is a Hawaiian form of
outrigger canoe racing.
Aihi-Galo has been paddling for
10 years and has represented Papua
New Guinea: “It is my passion and
I am out there all the time.’’
The team trained twice a week
leading up to the event and Aihi-
Galo said the team trained hard
and would practice going up the
Grey River against the current and
out to the sea and back, when the
water was flat.
“Some people might think it is a
lot of arm work, but you are using
your legs and stomach as well.’’
As well as arm strengthening
with weights on the land,
endurance exercises such as
sprinting up hills were emphasised
for focusing on stomach and leg
muscles, she said.
“ We need the endurance to be
able to pull the water away from
the waka ... otherwise we will get
stuck, or it will flip and that will
be the end of it,’’ Aihi-Galo said.
Gunter said the most challenging
aspect of waka ama racing was
learning how to paddle properly,
but he highly recommended the
“It is very social but it is also a
great sport for getting out there
and meeting people. It is low
impact but keeps you fit and
Aihi-Galo said anyone of any
age could join and the sport was
often suitable for people who
could no longer play physically
demanding sports such as netball
“ Whoever wants to come and
learn, I will teach them.’’
The Mawhera Waka Ama Club
is now preparing to compete in the
Waka Tasman 2015 competition in
Kaiteriteri in a challenging 10 and
21km race, on November 13.
Aihi-Galo is also hoping the
team will compete in D unedin’s
Icebreaker Challenge in May 2016,
with tough competition and races
of 10, 18 and 21km to choose
“I did not train them to be
novices,’’ she said.
The Mawhera Waka Ama team, right, in action in the Upper south Island winter series at Kaiteriteri at the
Waka ama’s rapid rise
The Black Caps have lost
the third ODI to South
Africa in Durban and with
it the series.
Captain AB de Villiers’
rapid 64 from 48 balls
provided the impetus
in South Africa’s 283-7
batting first at Kingsmead.
New Zealand briefly
threatened that total before
three quick wickets in the
middle order sent the Black
Caps from 141-3 to 156-6.
They never recovered.
Allrounder David Wiese
took 3-58 for South Africa — including
two of those crucial mid-innings wickets
to end his first ODI series strongly.
Legspinner Imran Tahir had 2-33.
Opener Tom Latham continued his
good form with a steady 54 at the start
of New Zealand’s chase, but no one else
settled as the tourists fell well short to be
bowled out for 221 in 49.2 overs.
South Africa’s victory separated the
teams after they drew the Twenty20
series 1-1 and were level going into the
last day of the tour.
The win was scant consolation for
South Africa following New Zealand’s
thrilling victory in the semi-finals of
this year’s World Cup, but it did pick
the Proteas up after losing their previous
ODI series in Bangladesh.
New Zealand was still competitive
throughout after resting a string of
front-line players, including regular
captain Brendon McCullum, for the trip
to southern Africa.
“O verall this tour has been of great
benefit to the team as a whole,” stand-in
skipper Kane Williamson said.
Veteran Morne Van Wyk hit 58 at the
top of the South African innings and
Hashim Amla made 44, but it was De
Villiers’ typically adventurous innings
that swung the momentum the way of
the home side.
He smacked eight fours and a six, and
combined for 86 runs off just 10 overs
with David Miller. Farhaan Behardien
added 40 from 28 balls for good
measure, with 30 of his runs coming
Ben Wheeler was New Zealand’s best
bowler with 3-71.
Latham set his sights on anchoring
New Zealand’s chase and despite losing
opening partner Martin Guptill early,
the plan showed promise.
His stand of 84 with captain
Williamson was broken when Tahir beat
Williamson to clatter a delivery into his
Seamer Wiese bowled George Worker,
and then had Grant Elliott — New
Zealand’s World Cup semi-final match-
winner — caught in the deep to see
South Africa take complete control.
— New Zealand Herald
of the New Zealand Herald
Bay of Plenty have continued their
impressive start to the ITM Cup
season, with a strong second half
showing leading to a 26-10 victory over
Southland last night.
After a win over North Harbour and
a competitive showing against Tasman,
the Steamers have moved into third on
the Championship ladder on the back
of two second-half long-distance tries,
making up for a first half deprived of
Poor discipline plagued Southland
in the first period, racking up seven
penalties in the first 25 minutes.
However, Steamers pivot Nick Evemy
could not convert on his multitude of
shots at goal, slicing three penalties
to the left of the upright as part of
a 3/6 showing with the boot before
he was dragged at half-time for Dan
Some sloppy play from the
Southerners meant they could not
convert on the missed opportunities
however, with Bay of Plenty taking a
9-3 lead at the half.
The dreary proceedings were replaced
by free-running rugby after the break,
with the match roaring into life in the
After an early Hollinshead penalty,
it was Southland who crossed for the
first try of the game, through number
eight Bill Fukofuka. Winger Tauasosi
Tuimavave busted two tackles on a
30m dash, before recycled ball from the
breakdown saw a Willis Halaholo cut-
out pass find Fukofuka, who crashed
over in the right hand corner.
That was the closest Southland would
get, with the 12-10 margin quickly
increasing to 26-10 through two long-
range Steamers breakaway efforts.
First, a blocked Stags kick led to
Steamers fullback Te Rangi Fraser
pulling off a kick and chase from
halfway, winning the race to dot down
and immediately push back out the lead
to a nine point margin.
The hosts then increased the lead to
an insurmountable margin with 15
minutes remaining, with winger Chase
Tiatia picking up a Southland knock-
on, shedding weak tackles on a 50m
dash to the line to notch his third try of
All Black flanker Sam Cane had an
efficient game for the Steamers, making
several turnovers at the breakdown,
while Southland hooker and former
New Zealand U17’s representative
Dillan Halaholo had an excellent
performance, showing impressive
mobility and a strong workrate.
Bay of Plenty 26 (C Tiatia, T Fraser
tries, N Evemy 3 pens, D Hollinshead 1
pen, 2 con), Southland 10 (B Fukofuka
try, A Moeke pen, con).
of the New Zealand Herald
Joseph Parker plans to follow in the
steps of the All Blacks and take his
talents to Samoa.
The world’s sixth-ranked heavy-
weight is lining up a fight in Apia in
Parker (15-0 with 13 KOs) was
born in Auckland but has a strong
connection to Samoa, where he is a
national sporting hero. Such is Parker’s
status that in his last trip to the
island nation in December he and his
promoter David Higgins were made
They met Samoan Prime Minister
Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono
Sailele Malielegaoi to discuss staging
a bout in the homeland of his parents,
Dempsey and Sala.
“The dream was that their son might
one day fight for the heavyweight title,”
Higgins said. “ Right now, that seems to
be on track and they are watching their
dream come true. In terms of giving
back to Samoa, they ’d love to have a
fight up there.”
The inspiration for the fight came
from having worked with former
contender David Tua ahead of his 2012
victory over Shane Cameron in the
Fight of the Century, Higgins said.
“It became apparent to me truly how
big boxing is in Samoa. That fight
stopped the nation.”
Higgins said Samoa would rate as
the finest boxing nation on the planet
in terms of fighters produced per head,
but — much like the All Blacks until
earlier this year — the island had not
staged a major international boxing
event. “Forgive the pun but Samoa
punches massively above its weight in
the world of boxing. But despite that
they ’ve never had a major international
promotion there. David Tua did not
fight in Samoa as a professional.”
The fight would be beamed into New
Zealand, Australia and the United
States, where Parker is gaining a
Staging a fight in Samoa would be
significantly more expensive than
in New Zealand but Higgins was
optimistic D uco’s corporate partners
would help make it happen.
“An average fight night can cost
a million dollars and then to do it
offshore the cost goes up. It’s a matter
of getting our partners together and
everyone making it happen.
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Black Cap’s Grant Elliott appeals for the wicket of
South Africa’s AB de Villiers.
Steamers pick up
Parker taking bout
All Blacks legend Jonah
Lomu has pulled off the
perfect prank at a pub in
As part of a Heineken
promotion, pub patrons
answered questions on a
prize machine such as ‘who
is the greatest player of all
time, Jonah Lomu or Jon
If they answered Lomu,
each person received a
personally signed rugby ball
from the star of the 1995
and 1999 World Cups,
with messages like ‘love the
beard’, much to their shock.
Lomu was actually
hiding inside the machine,
unbeknown to the fans.
Not until Irish great
Shane Horgan arrived to
replace Lomu from his
duties, did the people in
the pub realise that the
former All Black was in the
machine the entire time.
— New Zealand Herald
Lomu’s pub prank
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