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Runanga School pupils take off after the start of the school’s annual Coal Creek challenge run yesterday. The challenge has been running for 11 years now
and the champion runner wins the Coal Creek Challenge Trophy.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Runanga School pupils face Coal Creek challenge
RUGBY WORLD CUP
give Japan a
Mark Bennett scored two tries
and captain Greig Laidlaw kicked
20 points as Scotland destroyed
World Cup giant-killers Japan
Japan’s heroics beating South
Africa 34-32 left them exhausted
and after a bright start with a
brilliant Amanaki Mafi try, they
just could not keep up with the
Leading 12-7 at half-time,
Scotland took complete control
after the break.
Two tries by Bennett one each
from flanker John Hardie, Tommy
Seymour and Finn Russell on his
23rd birthday crushed the spirited
Scottish skipper Laidlaw gave
a clinical display of kicking on
his Gloucester home ground,
packed with 14,354 people for the
The Scots did not make the
same error as Springboks skipper
Jean de Villiers as Laidlaw opted
to go for goal with their first
penalty rather than kick for touch.
The Scottish captain slotted over
for a 3-0 lead after two minutes
and soon added a second.
Japan stayed true to their
attacking instinct. Star fullback
Ayumu Goromaru kicked right
into the corner from a penalty and
from the ensuing throw in No 8
Amanaki Mafi drove over for a
brilliant try to get Japan back into
Goromaru, scorer of 24 points
against the Spingboks, added the
conversion for 7-6 but Laidlaw
added two further penalties
to take it out to 12-7 . Japan
repeatedly got on the wrong side
of Irish referee John Lacey.
Lacey ’s patience ran out at
persistent infringements and
flashed a yellow card in the 23rd
minute at Japanese wing Kotaro
Matsushima for ripping the ball
from Scottish opposite number
Sean Lamont after tackling him.
Laidlaw missed the resulting
penalty and despite being one
man down the Japanese kept the
Scots largely inside their own half.
They might even have reduced
Goromaru sent a penalty just
wide of a post and Mafi looked
to be due his second try but the
25-year-old Tongan born back
row for ward was adjudged to have
taken the ball from a forward pass.
Maft then tried a novel way of
going over the tryline by leaping
NFL style over the massed bodies
but came up short.
Goromaru produced a heroic
tackle on the stroke of half time
to stop Tommy Seymour scoring a
near certain try.
The Japanese came bursting out
of the blocks in the second-half
Mafi bullocking his way deep
into the Scots’ 22 before being
brought to ground and had to be
stretchered off with a leg injury.
Goromaru kicked a penalty —
the Scots having gone offside
— to move the Japanese to within
two of the Scots at 12-10.
However, Hardie stretched the
lead as fed by Laidlaw he went
over after a rare fluent backline
movement which saw Matt Scott
held up just short of the line. It
was Scotland ’s first World Cup try
since their first match of the 2011
tournament against Romania.
It was game over just after the
hour mark as Seymour this time
made no mistake, intercepting a
Japanese pass inside the Scots 22
and just had the legs to evade a
couple of Japanese defenders to
touch down — Laidlaw converted
for 31-10 .
Somewhat undeser vedly from a
Japanese point of view the game
turned into a rout as their weary
bodies failed to stop Bennett
going over for his second try —
Laidlaw added the conversion.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Mark Bennett of Scotland goes over to score.
The finalists for the West Coast Sports
Awards have been announced with the
winners to be crowned at an awards
dinner at Shantytown on Saturday,
There are three finalists for the big
award of the night — the sportsperson
of the year.
Hokitika hockey player
Henderson, who represented New
Zealand in the 65-plus men’s hockey
team and was a member of the winning
Canterbury team in the men’s 60-plus
division at the 2015 Zealand Masters
Hockey tournament, has made the final
cut, along with 20-year-old Alex King
for his achievement in waterskiing.
King is a member of the New Zealand
team and finished ninth in the under-21
World championships in July. He
is ranked sixth in the World for the
under-21 jump. King has a long list
of achievements which include being
named in the New Zealand open ski
team to winning national titles.
The other finalist is Greymouth squash
player Paul Coll who represented New
Zealand at the Commonwealth Games
last year, took out the Australian Day
tournament in January as well as winning
the open in Paris and the Northern
Territory open. He is number one in the
Canterbury team and was named PSA
player of the month in May.
In the team of the year category, the
finalists are the John Paul II High
School mixed hockey team, the West
Coast 2014 under-15 boys hockey team
and the West Coast Rugby League 17s
The finalists in the coach/administrator
of the year section are Grant Hipson,
who has been involved with football
as a player, coach and administrator,
Runanga’s Kelly McBride, a boxing
coach who has worked tirelessly for more
than 15 years, Joel Thompson, who has
dedicated much of his time to football
on the West Coast, and Max Winter,
who coached the 2014 under-15 West
Coast boys hockey team which won the
national second division tournament in
Greymouth Amateur Swimming Club
member Mark Crashley is a finalist in
the referee-umpire section.
The finalists in the achievement
in sport (men and women) are Ben
Aynsley, a New Zealand champion long
distance runner, Hokitika’s Kristy Havill,
who has won national recognition in
clay target shooting, top West Coast
axewoman Anna Liddell and Debora
Pederson-Gould, the medal-winning
Black Powder shooter.
The Greymouth Star has been a
sponsor of the awards since they began
50 years ago.
West Coast Sports
Gymnastics has been a
large part of 15-year-old
Keeley Stewart’s life, and
next week the Greymouth
teenager heads to Auckland
as a member of the Top of
the South gymnastics team
to compete at the nationals.
Stewart took up
gymnastics as a three-
year-old and has been
competitive since she was
At nationals, Stewart will
compete in the team events
as well as in the individual
She had to compete at a
number of events and gain
top scores to enable her to
attend the national event.
Throughout the season
she has been performing
well on the floor, vault and
has also gained some good
placings on the beam.
She expects to produce
some top performances at
the event and is hopeful of
producing medal winning
Stewart is coached by
Hokitika woman Melanie
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth teenager Keeley Stewart gets in some
gymnastics training in preparation for the nation-
als in Auckland starting on Tuesday.
Keeley ready for nationals
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