Home' Greymouth Star : February 11th 2017 Contents Greymouth Star
8 - Saturday, February 11, 2017
*Discount is off our usual retail price. Exclusions, fees, terms and conditions apply. See in-store or visit smithscity.co .nz
SHOP YOUR WAY Delivered to your door or pick up instore
0800 SMITHS (0800 764 847)
Cnr Boundary & Herbert Sts, GREYMOUTH
on furniture $1299 & over*
on everything $499 & over*
WAS $1699.99 NOW
43"WAS $2699.99 NOW
• Patented 2 Tier RadialTM
cyclones for powerful
• Self-rights when toppled.
• Hygienically ejects the dirt
• Engineered to be suitable
for all floor types
• Includes three Dyson tools
• Narrow motorised head
cleans all floor types
• Converts for handheld
• Powered by the Dyson
digital motor V6
BIG BALL VACUUM
55'' UHD SMART T WIN
TUNER LED TV
ARIZONA CHAISE LOUNGE SUITE
Rug, throw, coffee table and accessories sold separately.
Cushions not included.
27 LITRE STAINLESS
WAS $1099.99 NOW
WAS $1249.99 NOW
WAS $399.99 NOW
WAS $4099.99 NOW
WAS $799.99 NOW
WAS $549.99 NOW
WAS $2999.99 NOW
on laundryy && kkiittchheenn
• IPS LED Super Bright Panel
• Firefox OS
MASSIVE HOME DEALS STOREWIDE
Design, Docket books, Invoice books, Business
cards, Letterheads, Books, Rack cards, Brochures,
Photocopying, Perfect binding, Large format printing
Mackay Street, Greymouth, P: 03 769 7929
AT LOW COST.
Time may be running out but New
Zealand Warriors coach Stephen Kearney
is still hopeful Kieran Foran will play next
month’s NRL season opener.
The stars are aligning for Kearney ’s first
season at the Warriors, with new skipper
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and playmaker Shaun
Johnson back to full fitness.
The pair will feature in Kearney ’s first trial
as Warriors coach — today ’s clash with his
former club Melbourne on the Sunshine
Now Kearney is keeping his fingers
crossed for another big name comeback
ahead of their round one home clash against
Newcastle on March 5. Foran signed a one
year Warriors deal in September but is yet
to be registered by the NRL after a troubled
2016 season with Parramatta.
Kearney believed it was a matter of time
before Foran got the NRL green light and
was hopeful it would be sorted by round one.
“I am but if it isn’t round one, we will get
him back when he gets back,” Kearney said.
“ When that exact time is I couldn’t tell
you. But after every week and day it gets a
bit closer — he has had that mindset. I think
he is handling it as well as he possibly can.”
Former Kiwi test five-eighth Foran was
released from his lucrative Parramatta deal in
July last year as he addressed mental issues
and was also troubled by a shoulder injury.
Foran cut a relaxed figure when he trained
with the Warriors yesterday after travelling
with the trial squad to the Sunshine Coast.
He may be an observer today but the thought
of Foran forming a halves combination with
former Golden Boot winner Johnson this
season clearly has Kearney excited.
“I wouldn’t be complaining about it, put it
that way,” he smiled.
Johnson will play the first half of today ’s
trial against Melbourne after sitting out the
Auckland Nines with a groin complaint.
“He has pulled through the week’s training
really well — he will be good to go,” Kearney
Meanwhile, Tuivasa-Sheck is finally back
from a season-ending knee injury suffered in
April 2016, and will take over the captaincy
from veteran Ryan Hoffman.
Asked if there were any lingering doubts
about his knee, Tuivasa-Sheck said: “I put a
lot of work into it — now I have to trust that
and just go out there.” — NZN
A Johnathan Thurston masterclass has
orchestrated an Indigenous All Stars
34-8 rout of the World All Stars in
Man of the match Thurston turned the
game early in the second half, scoring a
key try before laying on an inch-perfect
kick for Dane Gagai to seal the result
last night in front of 20,241 fans at
McDonald Jones Stadium.
After Mel Meninga’s World team
scored two tries in the shadows of
halftime to make a game of it at 16-8,
the Indigenous side found another gear.
First, Parramatta speedster Bevan
French, who looks set to build on his
standout rookie year, put in a curling
chip off the side of his boot which
bounced up for Thurston.
Thurston then outshone his younger
team-mate with an even better kick,
putting the ball in between two
defenders for Gagai.
The Indigenous side had plenty of
standouts including Gold Coast half
Ash Taylor and Cronulla pair Andrew
Fifita — who ran for 175m — and
The game was played in 33degC
heat with the likes of Blake Ferguson
and Mitchell Moses coming off in the
second half after the stifling conditions
took their toll.
Canberra are facing a ner vous wait
after skipper Jarrod Croker was taken
from the field in the 50th minute with
what appeared to be a left knee injury
after having his leg pinned under him in
a three-man tackle.
He cried out in pain and slapped the
turf in frustration before being taken up
the tunnel with what is believed to be a
medial ligament injury.
The Indigenous All Stars shot out
of the blocks to a 16-0 lead at the
quarter-time break before the World
side reeled them back in with a dubious
four-pointer to David Mead and a Nene
MacDonald try in the shadows of the
However, the Indigenous side proved
too strong in the second half.
Greg Inglis provided the highlight of
the game when he received a hand off
from Fifita and went on a bulldozing
run downfield, flattening three defenders
including Tepai Moeroa.
Meninga said Croker’s knee injury did
not appear to be structural and while
he would be sent for scans, it was not
believed to be serious.
Laurie Daley in his role as NSW coach
has been on the wrong end of Thurston’s
brilliance many times over the last three
Daley, coach of the Indigenous side,
was full of praise for Thurston’s skill and
the manner in which he rubbed off on
his team-mates. “It seemed like a very
fast game and the skill level from our
guys was great,” Daley said.
“The kicks were landing in the right
spot and when we controlled the ball, we
looked dangerous. It was a really good
performance, I’m very proud.”
Meninga said the Indigenous side
turned up switched on and inspired,
and his team did not find the energy to
“That ’s the whole thing about the
concept, they ’re passionate and come
ready to play,” Meninga said. “ They
want to put a show on for their people
and we have to prepare for that. They
were white-hot tonight. We gave them
opportunities but at the end of the day
the scoreline reflected how much ball
they had and how well they played.”
Retirement is still not on Cameron
Smith’s radar despite fellow NRL veteran
and good mate Johnathan Thurston’s
decision to wind down his career.
Thurston will quit representative
football at the end of this year in order
to dedicate what looms as his final season
with his NRL club North Queensland in
The end-of-year Rugby League World
Cup is set to be 33-year-old Thurston’s
Test and Queensland skipper Smith —
also 33 — made his State of Origin debut
two years earlier than Thurston in 2003,
amassing a record 39 games in maroon.
However, Smith said Thurston’s rep footy
retirement had not made him reassess his
own future. The evergreen Smith did not
rule out playing a few more seasons in a
move that would ensure another record
book entry. Smith surpassed Maroons
great Darren Lockyer’s 36-game Origin
game record this year.
The 335-game Storm veteran may
soon have his sights set on eclipsing
ex-Brisbane skipper Lockyer’s NRL
milestone for most matches — 355.
Asked if Thurston’s rep retirement had
made him think about his own future,
Smith said: “Not really. It doesn’t change
my outlook on rep footy or my career.
At the moment I feel good playing
representative football and backing up for
the club. I haven’t put too much thought
into it to be honest on whether I am
going to finish up soon or I play on for a
few more years.”
Smith was not surprised by Thurston’s
rep footy call.
“It is John’s decision. We have had
discussions around that the last two
seasons and what he has been thinking.
It ’s his choice and I respect his decision.
He wants to concentrate on Cowboys in
2018 and that is an admirable thing.”
Brett Stewart and Steve Matai are on
the cusp of retirement, with the club
confirming they are seeking medical
retirement clearances from the NRL.
Stewart has long battled issues with his
knee, while Matai has also suffered neck
pain in recent seasons and have been
unable to train this pre-season .
“The Sea Eagles are working closely
with the NRL, the RLPA, and the
players’ respective managers George
Mimis (Stewart) and Gavin Orr
(Matai) to give the players a dignified
and respectful exit from their brilliant
careers,” Manly said yesterday. — N ZN
Warriors hopeful of
Foran’s round one return
PICTURE: Getty Images
Indigenous All Stars Johnathan Thurston is tackled by
World All Stars Jarrod Croker in last night’s clash at
McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
Manly’s Stewart, Matai on verge of retirement
No letting up for Storm’s Smith
Links Archive February 10th 2017 February 13th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page