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Axes were flying at the weekend
when axemen from all over New
Zealand took part in the two-day
Three memorial chops were run on
Saturday. The Bill Liddell Standing
Memorial was won by North Islander
Neville Bowen, who also went on to
take out the David Evans Underhand
In the David Balderstone Invitation
Memorial Standing chop, another
North Islander, Jessie Whitehouse, was
to the fore.
The big event on Sunday was the
Darcy Seymour Underhand chop,
which had a full field of four heats.
The final was cut between the 12 best
axemen and won by Marlborough’s
The under-16 championship was also
contested, won by Owen Wratt, while
Finn Sloan ruined an axe cutting his
log when a chunk of steel broke off his
Several awards were presented over
the weekend. Eddie Fawcett and his
grandson Quintin presented three
awards to young axe people for all the
work they do for their clubs. Anna
Liddell, and Jackson Simpson, both of
the Grey Valley Club and Finn Sloan,
of Marlborough, were presented with
a voucher for a $600 axe from Tuatahi
Axes in Masterton.
Gaylene and Graham Liddell were
awarded honorary life memberships of
the Grey Valley Club for all their work
for the club.
Ilish Morgan and Anna Liddell sawing, helped by Tony Dense and Emma Rae wedging.
Reweti shines in Timaru
Former Greymouth Swimming Club member Nyah Reweti had success at the recent
New Zealand Juniors Festival competition in Timaru recently, winning silver medals in
the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke in her age group. She has been with the
Nelson-based Tasman Club for two years, and next season will return to the Greymouth
Two Greymouth Swimming
Club members produced personal
best times last week at the
National Division II Swimming
Competition, in Rotorua.
A total of 480 swimmers from
around New Zealand competed at
the four-day event.
Berry made it into the finals
for his breaststroke races and was
placed fourth in the 100m, sixth in
the 50m and seventh in the 200m.
Arthur competed in the 100m
Greymouth club members also
achieved good race times and
placings at meetings around the top
of the South Island.
Seven Greymouth and Hokitika
swimmers attended a meeting
in Nelson and competed against
120 other swimmers from
seven Nelson-Marlborough and
All Greymouth swimmers
achieved personal best times.
Taylor Berry was first in the 50m
breaststroke and 200m breaststroke,
fourth in the 100m medley and fifth
in the 100m backstroke. Kurt Berry
was third in 100m backstroke, while
Cameron Ioanides won the 100m
butterfly, was fourth in the 100m
medley and sixth in 50m freestyle.
Angelise Ioanides was fourth in the
100m freestyle, with Emma Arthur
third in 100m medley and sixth in
At another meeting in Blenheim,
Taylor Berry, Cameron Ioanides
and Emma Arthur gained
qualifying times for the national
division II competition.
Angelise Ioanides also attended
the New Zealand Juniors Festival,
in Timaru, involving 300 swimmers
from clubs throughout the country.
She was placed ninth in 50m
freestyle, 10th for 50m backstroke,
10th for 100m freestyle, and 11th
for 50m butterfly in the 11yrs girls’
Visitors to fore at Ikamatua
Taylor Berry and Emma Arthur, from the Greymouth Swimming Club, attended the
National Division II Swimming Competition, in Rotorua last week.
Coasters hit personal bests in Rotorua
Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-
Barlow will join a lengthy list of
test stalwarts in French rugby after
signing with La Rochelle.
The 25-cap All Black will head to
south-western France at the end of
the 2017 Super Rugby campaign,
making this year’s British and Irish
Lions tour his last chance to pull on
the black jumper.
who ser ved as Aaron Smith’s
understudy in the 2015 World Cup,
has signed a three-year deal with
Kerr-Barlow, having fallen to
third in the test No 9 pecking order,
had reportedly come in for interest
from a number of French clubs,
“ It was an extremely hard decision
to make but I feel it’s the right
one for my family and myself,” the
“ Ultimately the opportunity to
play rugby with La Rochelle and
experience the French culture with
my family was the right decision
for me. It has been a privilege to
represent my country.”
Kerr-Barlow also hoped he could
round off his time with the Chiefs
with a third Super Rugby crown,
having previously won the gong in
2012 and 2013.
He will join fellow ex-test players
Victor Vito and Jason Eaton at La
Rochelle, who are currently at the
summit of the Top 14 competition.
Chiefs boss Dave Rennie said Kerr-
Barlow could be summed up in two
words: caring and competitive.
“ It’s his work ethic and leadership
around defence that make him
world-class,” Rennie said.
“ Tawera is in the form of his life
(and) we wish him well.” — NZN
have plagued Billy
Slater ahead of his long awaited
NRL comeback from injury but
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith
has backed the veteran fullback to
return to his best.
Slater will finally end his year-long
wait to return from second shoulder
reconstruction in tomorrow night’s
clash with Brisbane at AAMI Park.
The 33-year-old has been restricted
to eight games in two years due to
ongoing — and at one stage career-
threatening — shoulder dramas.
“I’m excited. I’d be lying if I didn’t
say I was ner vous a little bit. I feel
like it’s my debut all over again,”
Slater said yesterday.
Slater is confident he’s done
enough preparation for a successful
return but admits his expectations
may be lower than some obser vers.
“I understand there’s a lot of
expectation, a lot of hype, no matter
when I return,” he said.
“My expectations are just to get out
there and get through the game. My
expectations probably aren’t as high
as everyone else’s but I’m sure the
competitiveness in myself will take
over when I get out there.”
Smith said a quick chat with
Slater yesterday revealed just how
anxious the veteran was before his
“I caught up with Billy over a cup
of tea. There’s no doubt he’s got some
ner ves there getting back into the
game,” Smith told Fox Sports.
“ We are talking about a guy
who has had consecutive shoulder
reconstructions, not played since
round one 2016. And it wasn’t
minor surgery. It was an operation
that could really affect his life after
However, Smith did not expect
Slater to succumb to ner ves once he
crossed the white line.
“He is the type of guy, once he gets
out on the field he doesn’t worry
about his body, he plays at 100%,”
Smith was keeping his fingers
crossed that Slater got through
Wednesday ’s final training session
“I want to see Billy Slater back as
much as anyone else. It would be
great for rugby league and the fans,”
he said. — AAP
North Queensland’s for ward
crisis has deepened after Jason
Taumalolo was found guilty of
a shoulder charge by the NRL
judiciary, rubbing him out for two
Taumalolo pleaded not guilty
to a grade one charge for a hit on
Brisbane’s Alex Glenn but was
suspended for the next fortnight
and will miss the Cowboys’ clashes
with Manly and Gold Coast.
The Kiwi wrecking ball’s loss
will be sorely felt after co-captain
Matt Scott was ruled out for the
rest of the season with a torn ACL,
stretching the Cowboy ’s for ward
He would have only missed one
game with an early guilty plea but
unsuccessfully rolled the dice at the
judiciary at Rugby League Central
Scott, though, was found not
guilty of a shoulder charge on
Korbin Sims, clearing him of
a possible suspension. But the
result was inconsequential after he
suffered a serious knee injury in the
same game. Taumalolo’s suspension
all but squashes his chances of
winning back-to-back Dally M
The 23-year-old, who was the
co-winner of the game’s highest
individual honour alongside Cooper
Cronk last year, will be deducted six
points, effectively ruling him out of
The judiciary panel of Bob
Lindner, Sean Garlick and Tony
Puletua took nearly 30 minutes to
deliberate on their verdict before
finding Taumalolo guilty.
It was the first test of the NRL’s
shoulder charge rules after the
interpretation was simplified in the
wake of criticism and accusations of
inconsistencies by the match review
panel last year.
The NRL fine-tuned the laws
to remove any mention of the
arm being tucked. Under the new
rules, a hit is considered a shoulder
charge if a player does not attempt
to use their arms to tackle and there
is forceful contact.
NRL counsel Peter McGrath
argued that Taumalolo satisfied both
criteria under the interpretation —
that he had made forceful contact
and not attempted to wrap up the
ball runner. He pointed out that
Glenn was knocked sideways by
the impact and Taumalolo’s left arm
was tucked and his fist clenched as
“There is no attempt to wrap or
grab hold,” McGrath said.
Cowboys coach Paul Green, who
represented Taumalolo via video
link from Townsville, unsuccessfully
argued that his No 13 showed a
duty of care to Glenn and was
trying to affect a tackle.
“It ’s a one-on -one tackle and you
can actually see (Glenn) spins out
of the tackle,” Green argued. “He
was unable to get a grip. ”
Former Canberra back-rower
Shaun Fensom is now a chance
to make his club debut for the
Cowboys against the Sea Eagles at
1300 Smiles Stadium on Saturday.
Scott successfully argued he
inadvertently made contact with
the shoulder in an attempt to avoid
a head clash with Sims.
He said he turned his body after
Sims stepped late and was trying to
preser ve himself and the Broncos
prop. — NZN
New Zealand’s left arm swing
bowler Trent Boult is out of the
second test against South Africa,
starting at the Basin Reser ve
Boult has picked up an injury to
his upper left leg and took no part
in training today. He is expected to
head home to Tauranga for some
rehabilitation later today.
No decision has been made on
his replacement, but senior seamer
Tim Southee is sure to return after
being dropped for the first test in
Dunedin to allow New Zealand to
field two specialist spinners.
Canterbury seamer Matt Henry
is the leading candidate to come
in and form a three-pronged seam
attack with Southee and left armer
Neil Wagner, while two spinners at
the Basin is extremely unlikely.
That means one of left armer
Mitchell Santner or veteran
offspinner Jeetan Patel will sit the
Patel has never played a test on his
home ground but there were signs
that may change tomorrow.
The Wellington man spent
time on his own beside the test
pitch bowling at a stump, as if
visualising how things might pan
Three Super Rugby teams are
set to get the axe when Sanzaar
announce the new competition
structure for next season, according
TVNZ’s Andrew Saville is
reporting that two South African
franchises and an Australian side
will be axed as Super Rugby will be
reduced to 15 teams.
Chief executives from all five
Australian franchises were briefed
on recent developments by senior
Australian Rugby Union (ARU)
officials yesterday, just hours after
a report emerged claiming an
Australian team is to be cut.
The Force, Rebels and Brumbies
are considered the local sides under
In South Africa it looks likely the
Southern Kings will be dropped
from the competition along with
one other franchise.
All five New Zealand franchises
will remain in the competition.
Yesterday Harold Verster, chief
executive officer of South African
team the Cheetahs, told media he
understood one Australian team
and one of South Africa’s six teams
will go, with the competition to be
reduced from 18 teams to 16 for
That followed the meeting of
governing body Sanzaar in London
last week which discussed detailed
proposals to fix the unwieldy and
unbalanced competition, driven by
financial pressure and disillusioned
fans. — New Zealand Herald
Lydia Ko has moved into third on
the all-time list for the most weeks
as the number one ranked player in
Ko has held the No 1 spot for
a total of 92 weeks, joining Inbee
Park in joint third-placed on the
Mexican great Lorean Ochoa
holds the record at 158 weeks,
while Taiwan’s Yani Tseng sits in
second on 109 weeks.
The 19-year-old New Zealander
first became world No 1 in February
2015, aged just 17. Her reign at the
top was briefly halted by Park until
Ko reclaimed the No 1 ranking in
October 2015 and has not given it
Ko’s current run as world No 1 is
now 73 weeks.
Ko finished ninth at the HSBC
Women’s Champions event in
Singapore last week for her second
top 10 finish of 2017.
— New Zealand Herald
Three teams to
Kerr-Barlow off to France
Ko third in all-time rankings
Boult out of second test
Taumalolo ruled out for two games
Anxious Slater back
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