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The Greymouth Pony Club head
away to Whangarei tomorrow to defend
the national eventing championship title
they won a year ago in Christchurch.
The team of six plus reser ves and seven
horses will make the trip
Manager Deb Magner said it was
a long trip with seven horses, and
expensive: “It wouldn’t be possible
without all our sponsors.”
A number of West Coast businesses
support the club to help with their travel
The national team is aged from 13
to 18 years and includes two boys,
and while the team competes as
Marlborough-Tasman-West Coast it is
made up entirely from the Greymouth
Greymouth has won a number of
titles this year including South Island
Pony Club showjumping — the club’s
second in three years — as well as Top of
the South eventing and the Abel Tasman
Monday, April 10, 2017
Greymouth’s international squash star
Paul Coll claimed another big scalp
when he took out his childhood hero
and former world No 1 James Willstrop
at the weekend to book a place in
the quarter-finals at the El Gouna
International, under way this week in
Coll won 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 in a
His win against Willstrop is the latest
of a growing list of top players who have
fallen to Coll, dubbed by some on the
circuit as ‘Superman’.
Playing on a side court, Coll took
advantage of the bouncier conditions
and reverted to his trademark game,
retrieving everything Willstrop threw at
him, courtesy of his electric pace before
finishing off any openings courtesy of
solid, straight hitting.
He now faces Mazen Hesham or
Gregory Gaultier for a place in the last
“ I’m extremely happy right now,” Coll
said after the match.
“ I grew up watching James (Willstrop)
so just to be competing at the same level
as him is special — but to beat him is
amazing, I’m ecstatic.
“ When we played in New York he
outplayed me and I learned a lot from
that one. I got sucked into playing his
pace and his lines — and he’s the best
in the world at that. It was a lesson and
I went away and made the changes that
I needed to make sure I improved,” Coll
“ I didn’t feel comfortable on court at
the British Open and had a great chat
with my coach after that to re-evaluate
“ I was reading a lot of comments
and maybe expecting that I should
be winning every match but I’m still
learning from these guys at the top. ”
Greymouth Pony Club members
gather at the Paroa showgrounds on
Saturday ahead of their big trip.
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Greymouth Pony Club off
to defend national title
Brayden Nell won the Youth
Ministock King of the Coast title
after a run-off when points were
tied for first and second at the
end of racing at Greenstone Park
Speedway, Cobden, on Saturday.
Good fields were entered, the
feature races being the Youth
Ministock King of the Coast and
the Mainland Ministocks.
The youth event is a series run
annually by West Coast Speedway
to encourage younger drivers.
Racing was competitive and ended
with a tie on points for first and
second placings, and another tie for
third and fourth placings, requiring
The day began with a minute’s
silence to remember those drivers,
supporters and staff who have
passed on, and the day’s racing
started with the Remembrance
Championships in all classes.
In the Mainland Ministocks — a
West Coast speciality run annually
for all South Island ministocks —
Christchurch drivers took a clean
sweep of the placings.
The first local home was Sarah
Bellis, in fourth place by one point.
Local stockcar driver numbers
grown all season and are putting on
exciting racing for the spectators
as the points changed dramatically
after each race.
TQs is another class that is
attracting good numbers and
support from Christchurch
In the street stocks, drivers
from Nelson and Christchurch
raced with the local drivers, with
Greymouth’s Grant Whitley the
best local in this class.
Youth Ministocks King of the
Coast: Brayden Nell 1, Hamish
Carter 2, Wade Sweeting 3.
Mainland Ministocks: Ethan
Rowlands 1, Nic Ross 2, Emma
Stockcars: Colin Cameron 1, Tony
Oliver 2, Tony Stanton 3.
TQs: Kyle Glover 1, Jeremy Webb
2, Gareth Nixon 3.
Street stocks: Steve Soper 1, Cody
McCarrison 2, Grant Whitley 3.
Production saloons: Darryl
Bridges 1, Ricky Dense 2. Keith
The next meeting at Greenstone
Park will be the King of the Coast
on April 22, starting at midday.
Greymouth driver Dale Buckman (65GM) heads off Christchurch driver Nic Ross, and two Greymouth racers Sarah Bellis (18GM) and Dave Davies (55GM).
Greymouth’s Sean Brown leads Christchurch’s Kimberley Yeatman, Greymouth’s James Thompson and Jeremy Webb (Christchurch) in the TQ race.
Greymouth driver Jazmin Anderson (46) heads the field.
Run-off decides Youth Ministock King of the Coast title
Two sides were unable to field teams in
the West Coast Rugby League premier
contest at the weekend so no matches
Waro-rakau defaulted on Friday night
to Brunner-Runanga, and yesterday
Cobden-Kohinoor were a no show in
their clash against Suburbs.
West Coast Rugby League president
Peter Kerridge said the double defaults
He was aware Waro-rakau were
struggling with numbers and were not
going to play on Friday, but he was
surprised to see Cobden-Kohinoor also
He hoped it was not a sign of things
“ We are coming to the end of the
season, the competition is in the middle
of the final round and I hope we will see
a lot more footy yet,” Kerridge said.
The clubs had asked to play the
competition early in the season and he
hoped they would see it through until
Teams were always going to have
some players dragged away due to other
“The early season was only a trial and
how good it works will be assessed after
this year’s grand final. ”
Kerridge said he was aware the clubs
were also struggling due to injuries.
Double defaults disappoint
Prime Minister Bill English has
weighed in on Sonny Bill Williams’
decision to cover up a bank sponsor’s
logo during a game, saying it is hard to
understand why one player would act
differently to the rest.
Williams put himself back in the
news by taping over the BNZ logo on
his Blues jersey in his Super Rugby
comeback on Saturday night.
It has been seen as a religious stand by
Williams, a Muslim, who was playing
his first match in the 15-man game
since the 2015 World Cup final after
recovering from a ruptured Achilles
tendon suffered at the Rio Olympics.
Asked about it today English reluctantly
weighed in. “ It is hard to understand
that one guy has to behave differently
than the rest. I don’t understand all these
professional contracts, but if you’re in
the team, you’re in the team. You wear
the team jersey ... But they ’ll sort it out,”
While the NZR was unaware that
Williams planned to plaster over the
logo on his collar in Saturday’s loss to
the Highlanders, a spokesman said it
would not be a misconduct charge and
it was an issue for the Blues to handle.
Blues assistant coach Steve Jackson
said the matter would be addressed with
Williams’ management during the week.
A BNZ spokeswoman said the bank
did not have a problem with Williams’
action. “He’s entitled to have religious
beliefs and customs around that and it ’s
really between him and the Blues,” she
PM joins SBW logo cover-up
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