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Saturday was a brilliant day
for racing at Greenstone Park
with the bonus of extra cars due
to racing at other tracks being
cancelled due to the weather.
The feature race of the day was
the Really Swift Parts demolition
derby, with over 20 cars entered.
A street race was also held for
these cars after the first round of
racing, won by Colin Cameron,
followed by Mike Riley and
Ricky Dense third
Sarah Bellis won the
demolition derby after being
runner-up for several years in
It was also Club Championship
day for all the other classes.
Stockcars had a good result
with two of the top three
placings going to West Coast
There was a run-off for first
place between George Watson
and Harley Robb, eventually won
by Robb. This class produced
excellent racing with six cars
going into the final race with
only a few points separating
Bellis was also the first Coast
driver home in the ministocks,
in fifth place, with Christchurch
drivers claiming the first three
Local drivers were again
outraced in the youth ministocks,
with Summar Tasker the first
Coast driver home, in fifth
Greymouth drivers did well
in the production saloons, with
Wayne Stanton first equal and
Ricky Dense third. Production
saloon drivers will feature at the
next meeting on March 4 for
the production saloons feature
Stockcars: Harley Robb
(Blenheim) 1, George Watson
(Greymouth) 2, Tony Oliver
Ministocks: Paul Archbold
(Christchurch) 1, Nic Ross
(Christchurch) 2, Brydon
Lennon (Christchurch) 3.
Ministocks pairs: Nic Dempsey
and Paul Archbold 1; Sarah
Bellis and Emma Burnip 2; Dave
Davies and Monique Tasker 3.
Street stocks: Kieran Skurr
(Christchurch) 1, Cory
2, Jonothan Garthley
Youth ministocks: Taylor
Wakelin (Christchurch) 1, Reece
Skewes (Westport) 2, Wade
Sweeting (Blenheim) 3.
Production saloons: Wayne
Stanton (Greymouth), Ron
Koole (Christchurch) 2, Ricky
Dense (Greymouth) 3.
TQs: Jeremy Webb
(Christchurch) 1, James
Thompson (Greymouth) 2,
Rodney Thompson (Greymouth)
Modifieds: Brandon Parkinson
(Greymouth) 1, Atama Holland
(Greymouth) 2, Iain Whyte
PICTURE: Michael Knipe
Ministocks on the grid wait for a green flag.
Monday, February 20, 2017
The West Coast Rugby League premier grade
kicked off at the weekend with an intense game
by Runanga-Brunner playing Waro-rakau,
ultimately won by Runanga 30-28.
Played in warm summery conditions at
O’Brien Park, Waro-rakau kicked off first and
Runanga set the pace from that first set of six,
with strong runs from Billy Fisher and elusive
running by Lewis Jackman. They ran over the
advantage point and were in a good position to
kick on the fifth.
Waro had to run the ball out deep within
their half and were on the back foot, with
Runanga rushing up with pressure defence.
Waro were forced to kick still within their side
of the 50. It was not a great kick and Runanga
were in a great position to strike early on.
Bailey Stewart had a dominating first half,
directing play and leaving his halves Nik Davy
and Rob Thomson to play what was in front
of them. Stewart set up the first try with slick
hands to Fisher to score under the post. The
score was 6-0 leading into the first drinks break.
Both teams came out firing in the second
stanza, with an arm wrestle up and down the
field. No 13s Jackman and Hamish Patterson
for Waro-rakau were busy on defence.
Runanga attacked up the middle of the park
with their big forwards, which led to a quick
play the ball. Fullback Adam Richardson picked
up and made a burst, which was carried on by
Royce Green. Davy, still on attack, scooped
up the ball from Green’s play the ball to score
again under the post. Converted by Richardson
and Runanga were looking good at 12-0 .
It did take Waro a bit to get into the game,
their kick options were poor and allowed
Runanga good field position. Nathan Coll kept
trying and eventually turned Runanga’s big
pack around with some great footwork. Pattison
was rewarded for his tiring defence with a try
which was on the back of some old-fashioned
rugby league, taking the ball left and opening
up the middle with quick hands.
Pattison was able to skip past Runanga’s
sliding defence to score by the post. It was an
easy conversion for Logan Woodham to get
Waro within six.
Runanga’s forwards dominated throughout
the first half with Fisher, Lewis and Green
leading the way. Green finished off the half
with a big bust up the middle, passed to Lewis
backing up and another try under the post.
First half: 18-6
Runanga started the second half as they
finished the first. Rob Thompson came into his
own and his passing started to stick. Thompson
and Richardson were working well together
with inside passes and eventually Thompson
dummy stepped off his right to go around a
defender, and the ever-present Richardson
scored under the post. Runanga were making it
easy for goal kicker Richardson — all their tries
were under or just by the post, which proved
the difference in the end. Runanga 24-6
At times of the game Waro-rakau looked
flat footed and bunched, which made it easy
for Runanga for wards to defend. When they
started to go a bit wider of the ruck to stand-
off Pete Te Rakau, they started to make good
ground. Woodham, Coll and fullback Mike
Bruhn made good use of their speed and
footwork to step around Runanga’s strong pack.
Runanga’s ill-discipline let Waro into this
game. Te Rakau was too good with all the ball
Waro got in this part of the game and was able
to score a hat-trick. Woodham was able to
convert two of these and Runanga were letting
Waro back in, with the scores 30-16 .
However, with Runanga’s pack tiring and
giving away silly penalties Waro were getting
more confident and stringing together some
The clock was ticking and Waro was trying
to claw more of the points back. They managed
to score one more try, Pattison got the ball off
Woodham, ducked under some tired swinging
arms and offloaded the ball to Coll to score
under the post.
Woodham converted but time had run out.
Full time score: 30-28.
Waro-rakau coach Shaun Egan was happy
with his side’s performance, they lost two
players early on with concussion, and they
played with a lot of effort which is what he
asked of them in the first game. His standouts
were Pattison and Te Rakau. They are getting
good numbers at training and they should have
a good year.
Runanga captain Rob Thomson said they had
a pretty young fresh-faced squad this year and
they had all stood up and played well today. He
thought starting the season early would benefit
all the players.
Runanga-Brunner 30 (Fisher, Davy, Jackman,
Richardson, Dunkirk tries, Richardson 5 goals)
Waro-Rakau 28 (Te Rakau 3, Pattison, Coll
tries, Woodham 4 goals).
In the other game Suburbs thrashed Cobden
Kohinoor 64-10 .
PICTURE: Ann Knipe
Demolition derby tangle at Greenstone Park.
Bellis bridesmaid no more in demolition derby
PICTURE: Bob McAuliffe
Runanga’s Lewis Jackman breaks free from Waro-rakau tacklers in the first game of the season at O’Brien Park yesterday.
Runanga wins cliff-hanger
PICTURES: Trevor Johns
Shane Maxwell, from Albury, ready to enter the arena in the bull riding
event at the Reefton Rodeo, held in warm, dusty conditions on Saturday.
Lily, Luke and Ella Hayston stand with Sapphie ready for the barrel racing.
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