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PICTURES: Craig Baker
Colin Cameron (107) and Ricky Dense (16) battle it out in the production saloons race.
Spectators were treated to a good day of
racing at the West Coast speedway opening
day on Saturday, at Greenstone Park.
A good field of TQs got in some
track time before the South Island TQ
championship on January 9.
The points for this meeting that go
through to the final club points at end of
the year are doubled for this meeting.
West Coast drivers James Thompson and
Sean Brown raced well to take second and
third place overall, but were beaten on the
day by Jeremy Webb.
A close encounter with the wall put paid
to a few drivers on the day.
In the stockcars event, there was the
usual great display of racing from the local
drivers. All of the fans of this class will be
looking for ward to the teams race against
the Crushers and the South Island Stockcar
Championship in January.
The production saloons have started the
season well, with a good field and more to
Production saloons: Shane Olsen 15
points 1, Colin Cameron 13 points 2,
George Watson 11 points 3.
TQ: Jeremy Webb 42 points 1, James
Thompson 36 points 2, Sean Brown 31
Stockcars: Tony Stanton, Logan Tomlin
19 points 1 equal, Dave Houston Snr 3.
Modified: Steve Thompson 12 points 1,
Iain Whyte 8 points 2, Atama Holland 6
Ministocks: Sarah Bellis 11 points 1,
Justin Grey, Paul Baines 8 points 2 equal.
Youth ministocks: Ollie Speers 6 points 1,
Jazmin Anderson 2.
The next meeting will be held on
November 7, at 4pm.
In car No 9, Vinny Spafford-Parsons and James Thompson (82) race around a corner
on the Greenstone Park track.
Coast Speedway season rips into action
The Breakers are not happy about the
fact they have more defeats than wins
so far this season and it might have
been a reason practice on Monday was
a little testy.
Rather than call for calm, coach Dean
Vickerman liked what he saw from his
players ahead of tonight’s visit of the
Cairns Taipans to Vector Arena.
“I think so,” he said when asked if it
was a good sign.
“It was one of those ones where we
wanted to go longer. We just wanted
to play and whenever you do that, and
you get people fatigued, we see how
they react to different situations. Some
people got heated, but it didn’t go over
“It was just the boys showing they are
ready to go and are pushing each other
every day. That is what we do at this
organisation — challenge each other to
The Breakers need to improve. They
have a two win, three loss record but
were not helped by a hectic schedule
that saw them play four games in 10
days, including trips to both Townsville
They have since had a week off to
help rest sore bodies and minds in
preparation for a game that is being
billed as a grand final rematch. The
Breakers famously beat Cairns 2-0 in
last season’s grand final series, capped
off by Ekene Ibekwe’s miracle two-
pointer on the buzzer, to claim their
fourth title in five seasons.
Many teams would roll out the line
that tonight ’s encounter is “just another
game” but the Breakers are happy to say
there will be extra spice.
“There is a little edge there for sure
and so there should be,” Vickerman
“They are obviously very disappointed
with how last season finished over here
and are on the back of a long road trip.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the second or
third game of a road trip, the team that
has come in the most desperate has
come out successful. We expect them to
come in very desperate.”
Cairns have an identical two win,
three loss record, with both of their
wins coming at home. The Breakers
have won both of their home games.
Breakers captain Mika Vukona will
play, despite a hamstring niggle, and
Alex Pledger has so far come through
his return to playing well after six
months out after foot surgery.
Meanwhile, Breakers general manager
Richard Clarke expressed his sympathy
for the Wellington Phoenix, whose
involvement in football’s A-League is
in doubt after the FFA offered them a
four-year extension to their operating
licence only rather than the 10 years the
“I would (take the four years on offer)
because while you are in the game you
are still in the game,” he told Radio
Sport. “ You would have a chance to
continue to build and show what you
have got. Once you are out, you are
out and don’t have any shots to fire.
Being involved is better than not being
involved.” — NZME
The growth of
multisport at secondary
school level has seen the
Coast to Coast officially
sanctioned by the New
School Sports Council
The council co-
ordinates, promotes and
protects secondary school
sport for all students,
with a focus on schools,
various sporting codes and
events all best meeting the
needs of students in a safe
director Garry Carnachan
said the sanctioning of the
Coast to Coast reflected
the rapidly growing
popularity of adventure
racing and multisport at
secondary school level in
“ We were more than
happy to sanction such
a high quality event,”
Carnachan said. “Kids
love the opportunity
to pull on their school
colours in their chosen
sport and there’s no doubt
multisport is featuring
more and more as a
growing sport of choice at
secondary schools level, so
the Coast to Coast was an
obvious event to sanction.”
The Coast to Coast
had to ensure costs to
schools, students and their
families were fair and that
the timing of the event
and its health and safety
procedures all met the
needs of the students.
Coast to Coast race
director Richard Ussher
said the NZSSSC’s
sanctioning of the event
was about “growing the
future of multisport ”.
“ We are really keen to
grow participation from
schools and younger aged
competitors so getting
endorsement from the
NZSSSC really helps
with that,” Ussher said.
The official schools
teams category consists
of one cyclist, one runner
and one kayaker, with
the minimum age being
lowered to 14.
Ussher said the event
also had reduced entry
fees for the official schools
category — $750 for a
team of three.
Competitors still need
to be 18 for the one-
day Longest Day world
championship event and
there were different age
restrictions for other
categories in the two-day
New Zealand wicketkeeper
B J Watling rates his team “a
good chance” to topple Australia
in their three-test series starting
in Brisbane next week.
It has been 30 years since
New Zealand, spearheaded by
Richard Hadlee’s 15 wickets,
beat Australia at the Gabba.
Australia have built a formidable
record at the Brisbane venue.
However Watling, relishing
the prospect of three tests in
Australia, reckons New Zealand
are in good shape.
“ We’ve definitely got a good
chance. We’ve got a settled side,
but we know they are a quality
opposition,” Watling said today.
“They have quality players and
we need to play well against
them, need to be at our best
to challenge them. We did
manage to beat them at Hobart
four years ago, but a three-test
series here is brilliant and we’re
looking for ward to stepping
Watling said, amid speculation
that Australia will push for the
pink ball test in Adelaide to be
changed back to a traditional
red ball, that preparations from
the New Zealand end will
continue for the inaugural pink
“ We’ ll prepare as if the
schedule stays the same. We’ll
worry about it if it changes a bit
later but we can’t do much about
Watling does not believe
Australia will be particularly
vulnerable, even though they are
in a transition stage, especially
in their batting department.
“The Aussies know their
conditions, how to bowl and bat
on them. We’ve got to be on our
game and make sure our plans
are right for the Gabba.”
Watling ruled out any lifting
the intensity of the on-field
verbals as any sort of payback
for the Australians attitude
during the World Cup final in
Melbourne where, led by retired
wicketkeeper Brad Haddin,
they dished out unwanted
advice during the match, won
comfortably by Australia.
“I don’t think so. We’ ll keep
playing the way we play and
deal with situations at the time.
Australia will play their way. We
were obviously disappointed
to lose it (the final) but it’s
test cricket now, not one-day
— New Zealand Herald
Black Caps ‘a good chance’ to topple Australia
on edge for
Coast opens to
New Zealand gymnasts
have secured two spots
at the Rio Olympic test
event next April.
old Courtney McGregor
placed 17th in the
vault discipline at the
in Glasgow with a
routine worth 14.249.
Then 24 hours later,
North Harbour’s Misha
Koudinov produced an
allround score of 84.031
to finish 48th in a field of
182 to earn NZ a second
place at the test event.
His best discipline was on
the parallel bars, where he
scored 15.266. — NZ ME
Two Rio spots secured
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