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West Coast Cricket is facing a bleak
future with a lack of players and
administrators willing to step up to
President Therese Gibbens said the
situation was critical.
“If people would like to see the
cricket continue it is imperative they
attend the annual general meeting
on Sunday, November 15 at 7pm,”
Gibbens said, noting that the future
of cricket on the West Coast was “on
the line. ”
“ We have tried everything over
the last three or four years to get
cricket going again, but we have been
In its heyday, hundreds of senior
and junior players and parents were
engaged in the sport.
Up until a couple of years ago there
were four senor teams playing in a
Saturday competition — three from
Greymouth and one from Hokitika.
Last year they resorted to playing
Friday night 20-20 cricket, which
included high school age players with
the aim of tempting players back to
“It was pretty casual and more often
than not we still struggled to get
enough players. We have gone from
playing regular 50 or 40-over one and
two-day games, to almost no play at
all,” Gibbens said.
Representative cricket had also
been bowled out, she said.
“ It’s heart-breaking. ”
No senior representative matches,
under-17 or under-15 cricket was
played last year. The only team
playing for West Coast was a primary
Sport West Coast had joined
forces with West Coast Cricket to
encourage young players, however,
unless parents got involved as well,
the region would lose the sport.
“ We need parents to fill many roles
from administration to coaching
and managing teams — West Coast
Cricket cannot run itself.”
A committee of four — including
treasurer Tim Brownlee, groundsman
Gary Cumming and Luke McNeish
was currently propping up the
sport, and Gibbens said they were
desperate for more help.
“ We want more involvement and
don’t want to see another sport lost
to the West Coast. If people don’t
turn up to the annual meeting I don’t
know what we are going to do.”
A trio of Greymouth High
School students will be spending
their Christmas holidays training
for the Coast to Coast.
The 2016 event will be opened
up to school teams for the first
time, a move officially sanctioned
by the New Zealand Secondary
School Sports Council.
Already, the Greymouth boys
have been putting in plenty of
training. Ben has been running
to school from Notown — about
20km — Blake has been training
in the kayak on Lake Brunner,
and George has been undertaking
regular 70km bike rides.
George and Blake said it was
Ben’s idea to enter the event. He
asked them if they were keen and
before thinking about it too much
they said ‘yes’.
They are looking for a manager
with some Coast to Coast
The boys have also made contact
with nine-time Coast to Coast
winner Steve Gurney to see if he
can give them some advice on
how to best prepare.
They have also raised the $750
entry fee and are looking for
sponsors to support them with
food, travel and some equipment.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth High School students Ben Williams, left, Blake Robertson and George Rubbo take time
out from studying, to train for the next Coast to Coast.
Students in Coast to Coast training
COAST TO COAST
Coast ’s cricketing future on line
If tonight’s 98-88 shoot-out between
the Breakers and Adelaide is indicative
of the new ultra-competitive Australian
NBL, two things are certain.
First, the defending champs, who
walked away winners after a wild night
at the NSEC, are in for one hell of a
fight to retain their crown, and second,
the play-off-like intensity of these
ostensibly everyday games will be certain
to make for a heart-stopping season.
In easily the most entertaining of the
Breakers’ seven outings this season, the
New Zealand club advanced their record
to 4-3 in the face of some unrelenting
The game swung back and forth for 37
of the 40 minutes, with leads changing
hands and fans given whiplash from
following the fast-paced action. Then,
as the clock began to tick down, the
Breakers finally took control.
Their winning run, naturally, was kick-
started by Corey Webster, who drained
a trio of triples in little more than a
minute. Along with Webster, coach
Dean Vickerman credited backcourt
mate Cedric Jackson for taking charge at
the key moment.
“ We put the ball in Ced’s hands,”
Vickerman said. “He made unbelievable
decisions in that fourth quarter to get
people open looks. Then Corey came out
that got us the margin we needed.”
Webster’s late flurry, part of 20
encountering the tightest coverage
he has faced this campaign. Jackson,
meanwhile, dished out 13 assists in an
influential display of ball-handling,
chiming in with 11 points to record a
That effort was equalled by fellow
import Charles Jackson, who limited
his foul problems to grab 21 points and
10 rebounds in his best performance for
the Breakers. But the key contribution,
especially in the absence of injured
skipper Mika Vukona, came from Tai
Wesley. Following up his offensive
explosion in last week’s win over Cairns,
the big man matched his personal-best
of 26 points and pulled down eight
boards in a fine all-round display.
“He played a lot more minutes
tonight,” Vickerman said, “And he did
a great job getting his post catches, but
also his rebounding and screening in the
fourth quarter. ”
It all added up to the ultimate team win,
with almost every Breaker needing to be
near their best to see off an Adelaide side
who thumped the champs in round one
and began with every intention of doing
Wesley had 11 in the opening quarter
to help the Breakers rein in their red-
hot opponents, who took the slimmest
of advantages into the major break. Led
by lightning quick point guard Jerome
Randle, the 36ers retained their one-
point lead in a half that saw the lead
change hands 12 times.
It was a trend that continued in the
third, with a last-second triple from
Randle seeing the visitors ahead by
three heading into the fourth, before
Webster’s deep ball sparked his side to a
well-deser ved win. — N Z ME
of the New Zealand Herald
New Zealand were mauled at the
Gabba yesterday and their hopes and
aspirations for the first test may also have
been irreparably damaged.
They are now left, barring a spectacular
comeback today, facing the prospect
of having to scrap to save the opening
match in the three-test rubber.
Australia will start the second day
at 389 for two, with Usman Khawaja
having completed his maiden century,
102, and Steven Smith, 41, making it all
look too easy.
New Zealand, having lost the toss, were
simply not effective or consistent enough
on a pitch expected to quicken up in the
next two days.
Just the right time, then, for the
Mitchells, Johnson and Starc to be
zinging the ball at New Zealand’s
batsmen, at a significantly faster pace
than their batsmen faced yesterday.
With the exception of Tim Southee,
New Zealand’s bowlers leaked like a
dodgy tap. That said, David Warner and
co were outstanding.
Warner’s demeanour and utterances
may not be to universal taste, but he
played it smart yesterday.
There was the occasional scare, almost
yorked by Trent Boult early, then twice
beaten comprehensively by the same
bowler just after lunch. But once he had
his eye in, and the measure of the bowlers,
he was remorseless in compiling his 13th
test hundred, and second against New
Zealand. It took a one-handed stunner
at first slip above his head by Ross Taylor
to cut Warner off with a maiden double
test ton in his sights.
New Zealand had seen Joe Burns and
Usman Khawaja as potential weak links.
Burns 71, Khawaja 102 not out. So that
plan worked a treat.
Burns, stocky and with a liking
for cutting and pulling, which New
Zealand seemed slow to recognise, was
circumspect and beaten twice early by
Southee. But he quickly developed a taste
for Mark Craig’s offspin, as did Khawaja
later, and has now made half centuries in
his last three innings.
Khawaja looked more organised after
a two-year absence from the test team,
his footwork an asset. No Chris Rogers,
Shane Watson or Michael Clarke? No
problem, on yesterday’s evidence anyway.
With the possible exception of the
injured Corey Anderson, this is New
Zealand’s best test lineup, so there’s no
Yesterday’s events threw a harsh light
on New Zealand’s bowling depth.
Take out Southee and Boult, who
looked underdone, and New Zealand are
staring at long hours in the field in this
Craig had a chat to former Australian
oddball allrounder Greg Matthews in
the middle of the Gabba on Wednesday.
It did not do much good yesterday.
If things are not going your way, the
bowling group must be able to at least
tighten the screw, make the batsmen
work for their runs. Collectively that did
not happen yesterday.
No catches were spilled and while
Brendon McCullum rattled through
his bowling options, all six having been
used by the 26th over, it was largely
perspiration rather than inspiration.
— New Zealand Herald
Javelin throwers Rory McSweeney and
former Hokitika athlete Holly Robinson
boosted New Zealand’s medal tally to
four as the International Paralympic
wrapped up in Doha yesterday.
McSweeney won silver in the T44
javelin, while Robinson snared bronze in
the F46 javelin.
Their medals followed the efforts of
fellow Otago athletes Jess Hamill and
Anna Grimaldi last week, who won
silver in the F34 shot put and bronze in
the T47 long jump respectively.
While it was a step back from the silver
medal she won two years ago in France,
Robinson produced a personal best
throw of 38.18m on her way to bronze.
The Taieri-based athlete produced two
fouls with her first three attempts, before
producing her best effort with her fifth
throw. She will now turn her focus to
next year’s Rio Olympics.
— Otago Daily Times
Robinson bags bronze in Doha
Black Caps mauled
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