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PICTURE: Viv Logie
School rugby player
attempts to get the ball
away before a Nelson
scrambles to get it, in
the annual Matt Gunter
played at Rugby Park, in
The visitors notched up
an easy win against the
Former skipper eyes Rio return
internationals Kayla Whitelock and Emily
Naylor are on track for a return to the national
team before next year’s Rio Olympics.
The pair took time out after last year’s
Commonwealth Games but returned to play
for Central in this week’s national league in
In Whitelock’s case, she went to Japan with
her rugby-playing husband George, and their
first baby, Addison, arrived just over four
In their absence, New Zealand, ranked
fourth in the world, qualified for the
Olympics and has produced quality
performances. Whitelock and Naylor, with
their accumulated hockey wisdom, would be
positive additions to the mix.
Whitelock is eyeing a return, possibly
in time for December’s World League 4
tournament in Argentina, but her desire to
make the Olympic squad is strong. However,
first the world-class midfielder has to get
herself up to speed, fitness-wise.
“It ’s not too bad, but not where I need to be
in terms of playing at this level,” Whitelock,
who was the Black Sticks skipper until taking
her break, said.
She damaged the AC joint in a shoulder in
Central’s game on Thursday but thinks it is
more of a niggle than serious.
“I started training at the end of June, had
two warm-up games then into it, so it hasn’t
been a great build-up. But each game I’ve
played I’ve felt better and better, getting more
She had a chat with national coach Mark
Hager before the NHL began, and again
yesterday — “ just sussing out the programme
and where I’m at in terms of level of fitness.
We’ve started the ball rolling”.
Next month’s Oceania Cup in Stratford
against world No 2 Australia is “way too
soon” for a comeback. Whitelock insists she
is not at the standard needed for that level
However, her good mate, and fellow
29-year-old, Naylor — the most-capped
Black Stick with 256 internationals, 27 more
than Whitelock — could be a different story.
“ To be honest, Emily could probably go
straight back in. Probably having a year off
has been great for her. She’s always been
naturally fit and she’s playing the best I’ve
seen in a long time. ”
On one point Whitelock is adamant: she
will not return to the New Zealand squad
“ I don’t want to go in underdone, to make
up numbers. If I’m back in that squad I want
to be at 100%.”
Finalists at the NHL will be decided
today, with top qualifier Canterbury playing
host Northland and defending champion
Auckland facing an in-form Midlands team,
which boasts the K Cup’s leading scorer,
Gemma Flynn, with eight.
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I have done a fair bit of
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I admit the response
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It is hard sometimes to gauge
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Now that the soil is warming up, as seen in the
growth of weeds, work can begin on sowing for the
Most vegetables are grown as annuals, although
many – such as carrots and parsnips – are, strictly
speaking, biennials, which means they take two
years from the time seed germinates until they
produce ripe seed heads.
There are several perennial vegetables that
can be grown from seed and generally patience is
required to get them to start producing reasonable
crops. A couple are speedier performers.
They are globe artichokes and cardoons, closely
related plants whose flowers resemble huge Scotch
thistle heads. Cardoons are grown for their celery
like stalks, while the heads (‘globes’) of artichokes
are eaten before any flower colour can be seen.
Artichoke seed sown over the next month will
produce heads that can be harvested in summer or
autumn, while stems of cardoons can be cut when
the plants are about the size of fully grown celery.
Avoid over picking cardoons unless it is planned
to treat them as annuals and sow more next season.
Globe artichokes and cardoons will grow 1.5m to
2m tall, so place them 1m apart.
If not grown as vegetables, they are fine plants
for the back of a flower bed, where the large, silvery
leaves and tall flower stems can be an impressive
decorative feature. As well as being grown from
seed, both these vegetables can be increased by
dividing existing plants.
To give plants such as clematis added calcium
without making the soil more alkaline, as happens
when lime (calcium carbonate) is added to the soil,
gypsum (calcium sulphate) is the answer.
Mined from ancient seabeds, gypsum dissolves
more readily than lime and, if available, coarse
gypsum is a slow release form useful for trees and
shrubs. When gypsum dissolves, it releases equal
proportions of calcium and sulphate, which increase
Although there are gypsum deposits in this
country, New Zealand has no commercial industry
of its own and we import more than 300,000 tonnes
annually, mainly from Australia.
This is used principally to make plasterboard.
Gypsum is also useful when planting trees and
shrubs, a task that should be completed as soon as
It is invaluable for breaking up heavy clay, so
after digging a hole for the tree, put a layer of
gypsum 1cm 2cm thick at the bottom and cover
with compost or soil, so the roots will not come in
contact with it.
The first tomato plants will soon be available
in garden centres, if they are not already on sale,
but many gardeners still like to grow their own from
With dozens of varieties, both heritage and
modern hybrids, on the market, it can be difficult
to choose. Two southern favourites are Russian Red
and Sweet 100, notable for their reliable cropping,
even in dismal summers.
Despite the name, Russian Red was bred
in New Zealand and was first released in the
1940s, while American bred Sweet 100 was
developed in Minnesota by the Northrup King
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Prune spring bloomers immediately
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Roses are at their best in spring.
Enjoy the flowers, but don’t forget
to begin protecting new leaves
with a systemic fungicide such as
the one in Yates Rose Gun (Super
Shield is more suitable for larger
Once the soil is warm, sow summer
veggies such as beans, sweet corn,
pumpkins, zucchinis (courgettes),
cucumbers and melons. Plant
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Feed the lawn to encourage new
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Remove weeds from the lawn with
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Watch for weeds springing up as
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weeds in garden beds (avoiding
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Surrender will remove moss from
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Start a new herb patch. This is the
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Geraniums (pelargoniums) give
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