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South Westland received a netball lesson
from Star United A in the southerners’
first foray in the West Coast inter-centre
premier A competition, on Saturday.
Played at the Westland Recreation
Centre in Greymouth, the visitors were
South Westland has not been in the
top grade for a long, long time and of the
seven players who took the court only
two have played premier netball before;
the other five were all schoolgirls.
Star United started off slowly and
worked themselves into the game, and
by half-time had a 20-8 lead, which was
The home side showed they will be a
force to be reckoned with this season,
with all their old stars on court — Mary
Cawley, Aimee O’Dea, Tania Mahuika
— and player-coach Rebecca Crook back
Crook started the game a little
tentatively but as the game moved
along she got better and dropped some
beautiful ball into her shooters.
Goal shoot Megan Wilkins missed
a few, especially in the first quarter, but
once she got her eye in, success was easy.
Two on the side’s younger players
impressed. Wing defence Renee Pizzato
moved well through court but it was
goal defence Ellie Cox who was the
star performer. She picked up any loose
passes chucked into the circle, and pulled
in a good number of intercepts, and also
worked well in the circle with O’Dea.
This will be a formidable pairing as the
season moves on and has the ability to get
the better of the best attackers.
Star United were ahead 9-3 after the
first 10 minutes and took the second
11-5 for what was South Westland’s
best quarter. Star won the third 11-1 and
the final 12-3. Although well and truly
beaten, all is not lost for the southerners.
They played most of the game as a team
but did look a little deflated by the
second half and they were not able to pull
themselves out of the slump.
South Westland player-coach, centre
Sarah Denham, directed play well and
set up some attacking moves, but the
shooters struggled against their more
Standout for South Westland was goal
keep Libby Manera, who was solid and
never gave up.
Speaking afterwards, Crook was happy
and impressed with their “star” of the
game, Cox: “Her defence was awesome.”
The defensive end players all
excelled and the attackers did well, Crook
“ We did all right for our first game, and
we are only going to get better.”
Coach Denham, for South Westland,
said her girls should not be too
disheartened, although she agreed there
was plenty to work on.
“ We need to harden up, snatch hold of
the ball with our palms, not our fingers,
and drive hard on to the ball.”
South Westland were often caught
running away from the ball instead of
driving hard up the court.
Denham said a lot of the side was young
but they would learn and improve as the
Other results.— Inter-centre: Speights
Alehouse Cobden A 27, Star United B
16; Lyndale 40, Westland High School
A 23; Old Girls Black 58, HSOG A 17.
Premier B: CSC A 24, Tui Central A
18; GHS A 31, Reefton Force 31; Kotare
A 25, Cobden B 24.
Senior (first section): HSOG B 19,
Kotare C 6; Reefton C defaulted to
Kotare B; CSC B 21, HSOG C 20.
Senior (second section): GHS Jnr A 43,
First grade: HSOG Jnr A 33, Reefton
Tigers 6; Cobden Jnr A 20, HSOG D 15.
Second grade: Star United Jnr A 5,
Karoro A 18; HSOG Jnr B 22, Paroa Jnr
Third grade: Kotare Jnr A 13, Kotare B
7;CSCJnr A18,CobdenJnr B3.
18-17 win, while Wests were left ruing
the one that got away, in a drama-
filled match played at Hari Hari on
In their first defence of the Arthur
Fong Trophy, Wests were without the
ser vices of their regular goal-kickers,
and ultimately paid the price when
they failed to convert a last-minute try
to winger Cam Day.
In a game which featured a grand
total of seven yellow cards, South
Westland were deser ved winners, their
forward pack gaining the upper-hand
over their younger opponents.
Their efforts were typified just after
half-time when, with three players
doing time in the sin bin, they
controlled possession and slowed down
play as much as possible. Without the
ball Wests were unable to take any
advantage and failed to stretch the
four-point lead they held at the break.
The driving play of the South
Westland for wards was a significant
feature of the game, with veteran loose
forwards Rob Wilson and Ben Monk
leading the way.
Meanwhile, their tight for wards also
got in on the act, with prop Jonathon
Robert and lock Jesse MacRae to
the fore. Their performances were
complemented with another sharp
game from halfback Kip Nolan, who
was decisive around the fringes and
frequently found space when kicking
In open play, however, it was a
different story. Wests looked dangerous
when they created space out wide, and
battled away resolutely to gain the half-
Flanker Damon Subritzky opened
the scoring with a well-taken try, set
up when fullback Nathaniel Hamilton
counter-attacked strongly from a
missed touch-finder. Just before half-
time, with the opposition down to
13 men, second five-eighth Brooke
Robinson broke through with a well-
In between times, South Westland
replied with a Nolan penalty and try
to hooker Sione Mulanga after a string
of penalties resulted in a drive to the
After the break a spilled ball in
midfield proved costly for Wests.
South Westland hacked the ball down
field and centre June Kitara pounced
for a five-pointer. Nolan missed the
conversion, but made up for it later
when he looked to have the final say
with a try following a quickly taken tap
Down to 13 men it was Wests who
added the final twist to the story,
and suffered the final cruel twist of
fate. They bravely rallied for one final
attack, which ended with Day ’s well-
worked try, and the conversion sailing
After the last-minute drama South
Westland coach Terry McBride said
he was a proud coach, and admitted to
being a relieved man after the game.
“My heartbeat has just come back
into the right rhythm now,’’ McBride
“ To win the trophy means a lot and
keeps us in the top four. I think the
key thing was the training, they trained
really well this week and took their
training on to the paddock today.’’
McBride said he was pleased to get
80 minutes from his veterans Monk
and Wilson, both out of retirement,
while winger Jesse Perin was their
best back and lock Theo Dekker made
a difference when he came on to the
He was less pleased at winning the
yellow cards battle (four to South
Westland, three to Wests), and while
they were handed out cheap-as-chips,
referee Robin Maitland’s disciplinary
exuberance was met with mixed
Most of the offences were for high or
dangerous tackles. McBride said some
of them were 50-50 calls but mostly
justified, while Wests coach Mike
Foster said the referee was consistent
and the players did not seem to learn.
Foster said his team’s good start
worked against them, and to combat
the South Westland forward pack they
needed to use the width more.
“That first try was our own worst
enemy. They thought it was going to be
easy after that.
“And when they were playing with 12
men they slowed it down, even talking
to the referee as much as they could.”
Foster said he was pleased with the
performance of makeshift lock Cam
Henderson, flankers Josh Tomlinson
and Subritzky, and backs Hamilton
South Westland 18 (S Mulanga,
J Kitara, K Nolan tries, Nolan pen)
Wests 17 (D Subritzky, B Robinson, C
Day tries, B Robinson con). Half-time:
Wests 12-8 .
Kiwi 64 Marist 24
In a remarkable turnaround, Kiwi
rebounded from their first round loss
and trounced Marist 64-24, in Ross.
Four players scored a brace of tries
as they powered away to record 12
touchdowns and announce their
Kiwi manager Nui Tainui said as
well as getting some key players back,
knowing their game plan and sticking
to it, even after falling behind was the
key to his side’s massive improvement.
Openside flanker Matt Olson
competed strongly at the breakdown
and constantly disrupted Marist ball,
while first five-eighth Dan Tauwhare
managed to find gaps at will, and fed
his outside backs well.
It was a game Marist would probably
like to forget, and with an Arthur Fong
Trophy game against South Westland
coming up, coach Andy McKenzie
said Marist would have to take a look
at their attitude.
“It ’s back to the drawing board
and we will really have to pull our
finger out against South Westland,’’
McKenzie said. Marist ’s best were
No 8 Isei Lewaqau and Corey Deans,
who contributed 14 points.
Sargeant 2, B Tauwhare 2, T Payne, D
Tauwhare tries, N Muir 7 con) Marist
24 (I Lewaqai, B Tunnicliffe, C Deans
tries, Deans 3 con, pen).
Blaketown 65, Grey Valley 34
Blaketown’s midfield backs continued
to shine in a high scoring game against
Grey Valley at Ikamatua, running out
winners 65-34, and remain the only
unbeaten team after two rounds of the
West Coast club championship.
The midfield pairing of Rob Thomson
and Regan Stanton both scored a hat-
trick of tries, with Blaketown crossing
the line for 11 tries in total.
Blaketown manager John Torrance
said the performance could have been
better if his side had stuck to their
game plan for the full 80 minutes. “At
times we went away from our supposed
game plan and let Grey Valley dictate
terms, and they came away with points.
But overall when you score 11 tries it is
difficult to be too harsh.’’
The midfield aside, Torrance said
Blaketown’s standouts were first five-
eighth Jordan Campbell and openside
flanker Tom McGirr, who was
prominent both on attack and defence.
Despite the loss, Grey Valley manager
Blair Mirfin was still pleased with his
team, which scored five tries of their
own in a good effort.
“I think our for wards did well,
winning a couple of tight-heads in the
scrum so I am reasonably happy. They
just ran through us in the midfield,”
Grey Valley ’s best were prop Simon
Hargreaves at scrum time and around
the park, and winger Joe Johnson, who
put in a good performance.
Two more yellow cards were handed
out in this game, and it appears the
referees are following instructions
handed down from the New Zealand
Rugby Union to penalise offenders
making high and dangerous tackles.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Paroa continued their impressive
start to the West Coast football
season with an emphatic 9-1 win
over Westland United yesterday.
Westland have been one of the
dominant sides of West Coast
football in recent seasons and are the
current holders of the senior men’s
first round trophy, but yesterday they
were no match for Paroa.
Westland opened the scoring early
with Callum Cadigan converting a
penalty, however Paroa soon found
their rhythm and began dominating
in the midfield. By half-time Rob
Orr had scored three times to give
Paroa a solid lead.
The second half saw a changed
Westland team, with Peter Te Rakau
relinquishing the goalkeeping jersey
and moving further into attack.
Paroa opened the scoring, and
Kieran Russell was finally rewarded
with his first goal.
While the game was firmly in
Paroa’s hands, Westland were still
dangerous on attack and only a
determined clearance off the line
from Steve Eden kept the score at
4-1, preventing any sort of Westland
Paroa kept dominating the
game around midfield and Martin
McDonald, a second-half substitute,
chipped in with two goals, one of
which was a great strike from well
outside the Westland box.
Har vey Rubbo capped off his man
of the match display with a goal of
Westland United will feel their
overall possession and man marking
was poor. However, with Paroa’s
solid defence, possession, passing in
midfield and speed and confidence
up front, any side would have
This game was a clear ‘changing of
the guard’ moment in West Coast
In both of their games, Paroa have
displayed their strength and depth
and they will be a hard side to beat.
They are in the dominant position in
the first round competition.
Westland United and Grey United,
last year’s top two teams, both lie at
the bottom of the table without a
point between them.
Paroa now have a week off, before
they face Grey United on May 14.
In the other game, Westport Cos
faced Marist, in Westport. Westport
have always been a hard team to
beat at home, especially now they
are the current holders of the Sarah
Clear water Trophy, which is played
for every time the holders play at
The conditions were terrible, with
rain and hail making play difficult,
however Marist picked up from last
week with a great volley from the
edge of the box from David Lowe
finding the net, to give them an early
Jamie Floyd pulled one back for
Westport, to level the score at half-
Westport had most of the
possession, but Marist worked hard
and their defence scrambled well
and held strong. Ethan Kelleher,
Marist goalkeeper, put in a good
performance, with lots of saves.
Unfortunately for Marist and their
defence, Laurie Ward scored a goal
from distance, right at the death to
clinch a 2-1 victory and retain the
Next weekend Paroa have a
bye, giving the rest of the teams
a chance to catch up. After two
good performances, Marist will be
optimistic they can get a positive
result against Westland United, in
the early game at 12.30pm at Arthur
Fong Park. Grey United will be
looking to get off the mark and get
their first goal of the season against
Westport Cos, at 2.30pm.
The women’s league had a bye
at the weekend, however action
resumes on Sunday.
Westland United put in a great
performance last week with only
seven players, so they will be hoping
that with a full quota of players they
can get a result against the Dragons
in the early game 12pm at Arthur
In the later game at 1.15pm
Comets will aim to continue their
early form against the Goblins.
Paroa and Westland United in action in senior West Coast football yesterday.
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Flanker Damon Subritzky scores Wests’ first try in their hard-fought
encounter with South Westland, in Hari Hari on Saturday. South
Westland won a nail-biter 18-17.
South Westland wins nail-biter over Wests
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Star United A wing defence Ellie Cox gets an intercept in Saturday’s game
against South Westland in an inter-centre West Coast netball match played at
the Westland Recreation Centre, in Greymouth.
Star United lesson for southerners
New Zealand ’s Lydia Ko withdrew
from the LPGA tournament in
Texas because of an eye infection
and could lose the No 1 ranking she
has held for 79 straight weeks.
Ko was one-over after the first two
days and pulled out before yesterday ’s
third round of the Volunteers of
America Texas Shootout. Her agent
said in a statement that Ko has a
swollen eye from an infection, likely
caused by allergies that have been
bothering her all week. A doctor
advised Ko not to wear contact
lenses until she got better.
Ko could be overtaken in the
Rolex Rankings by No 2 So Yeon
Ryu or No 3 Ariya Jutanugarn. Ryu
becomes No 1 if she finishes first
or second. Jutanguran started the
second round a stroke behind leader
Haru Nomura and becomes No 1 if
she wins. — AP
Eye infection sidelines Ko
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