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Two new patrons were
appointed at the Coast
recent annual meeting.
Karamea’s Bill Simpson
along with Tony Dense
from Reefton were
named patrons and
join the association’s
two other patrons,
from Ngahere and Dan
Gilsenan from Reefton.
At the prizegiving,
Michael Simpson took
out three trophies
for the men this year,
Shannon Hodgetts took
out the two trophies for
the women and Eilish
Morgan won the junior
Award winners were. —
and sawing: Shannon
Hodgetts. Most points
Simpson. Noel Walker
Simpson. Most points
overall underhand and
Most points sawing:
Tony Dense. Ron
Hartill Standing: Logan
Tinomana. Roger Thain
Trophy: O wen Wratt.
The association also
held its annual meeting. Officers
elected were. —
President: Tommy Daly. Vice-
president: Michael Simpson.
Secretary-treasurer: Barry Chalmers.
Publicity: Anna Liddell, Tommy
Daly. Points officers: Barry Chalmers,
Tommy Daly, Charlie Morgan. Team
selectors: Ed Tinomana, Michael
Simpson. Southern delegates: Barry
Chalmers, Tony Dense, Michael
Simpson. Newspaper reporter:
May Chalmers. Patrons: Denis
McLaughlin, Dan Gilsenan snr, Tony
Dense, Bill Simpson.
New patron Tony Dense presents Shannon
Hodgetts with her trophies.
Tony Dense, left, with the trophy for most points
he was presented with by Denis McLaughlin.
Marist made it three in a row in the West
Coast senior rugby competition on Saturday
with a 26-20 victory over Blaketown in a
willing encounter played at McMillan Park, in
Not only did the victory enable Marist to
retain the Arthur Fong Trophy and Matthew
Hodgson Memorial Cup, it also denied
Blaketown the New Forest Cup, which was
awarded to Kiwi after they defeated South
Marist ’s victory was secured the old-
fashioned way, as a biting southerly forced
both teams to use up the middle close-quarter
play, into the wind.
Playing with first use of the elements, Marist
built up a 16-5 lead and then adopted the
same method of playing into the wind as
Blaketown had before half-time.
However, it was Marist ’s refusal to kick for
goal that provided the game’s two pivotal
moments, during the second spell.
On the first occasion when hot on attack,
Marist turned down three kickable penalties
and instead resorted to using their set-piece.
But they came up empty and the decision
proved costly, as Blaketown secured a turnover
and booted the ball downfield.
Marist did manage to get defenders back to
retrieve the situation but a terrible clearance
was pounced on by halfback Nik Davy, who
touched down in the right-hand corner and
reduced the deficit to 16-10 .
Very brave for Marist to roll the dice again
when, on the back of a string of penalties, they
found themselves camped deep in Blaketown
territory as the game reached its critical stage.
Once again penalty attempts were declined,
and although another Blaketown breakaway
could have been critical, this time Marist ’s
decision was rewarded and it was hardworking
prop Greg Crampton who crashed over the
line after a succession of rucks and mauls.
Marist kept the opposition under the pump
with another spell on attack, and a yellow card
to flanker Bailey Stewart further hampered
The pressure eventually told, and Marist ’s
Fijian connection combined nicely, with No 8
Isei Lewaqai working a move off the back of
the scrum to put fullback Maleli Mudu in for
a well-worked try.
Two late tries to fullback Harley Vui
softened the blow for Blaketown, and if
they had been able to gain a fairer share of
possession when they had the wind advantage,
the score could have been very different.
The threat posed by Vui, No 8 Rob Thomson
and outstanding centre Regan Stanton was
evident from the start. Any player who can lift
the pace of the game is always dangerous, and
it was Stanton who created the first try with a
midfield burst that caught the Marist defence
Flanker Ethan Long received Stanton’s
pass to score, and at 5-3 ahead into the wind
Blaketown were handily placed.
The response from Marist was just as
impressive when, opting not to use the wind
and kick for territory, Lewaqai made a break
and shrugged off a handful of defenders on a
determined 40m run.
Just when it looked like he would go
the distance, L ewaqai was blindsided by a
covering defender, but he still managed to
flick up a pass and put first five-eighth Corey
Deans in under the posts.
Deans converted and added three penalty
goals, including a beauty from halfway
which nearly launched itself into orbit after
smacking into the cross-bar.
Although Deans’ boot extended the lead,
sometimes a lack of precision in general play
meant Marist did not take full use of the
wind advantage, just as a lack of possession
thwarted Blaketown in the second half.
Twice Blaketown were gifted possession in
Marist ’s half when Deans kicked out beyond
the dead-ball line, and incredibly once again
into the wind in the second-half.
Despite letting in two late tries, Marist
coach Andy MacKenzie was happy with what
was his team’s most significant win so far this
“Gutsy was the word we used at half-time. It
was a 20-point wind and we were conscious of
that, and we had to hang on to the ball.
“It ’s all about turning up with the right
attitude and it ’s all I could ask for.”
Blaketown coach Brett Aitken said he
thought his side had adapted well to the
conditions in the first half, but were shut out
in the possession stakes in the second.
“I take my hat off to Marist. We stuck to our
game plan but they did the same to us in the
second half. They starved us of the ball.”
On a day for the forwards, Blaketown’s
Thomson and Stewart were in the thick of
it and received good support from tight-
forwards Matt Kersten, Dave Houston and
But the Marist pack took control when it
mattered, with locks Gabe Waipouri and Finn
Stanbridge-Hammond, and props Olly Varley
and Greg Crampton to the fore.
Marist 26 (M Mudu, G Crampton, C Deans
tries, Deans con, 3 pen) Blaketown 20 (H Vui
(2), E Long, N Davy tries). Half-time: 16-5.
The first round honours of the West Coast
senior club championship went to Kiwi, who
claimed the New Forest Cup with a 39-17
win over South Westland, at Ross on Saturday.
Kiwi manager Nui Tainui said that when
results from elsewhere filtered through to their
changing room, the outcome was a bit of a
shock; an unexpected, but good shock.
With a number of regulars absent for the
day, Kiwi had to call on the services of several
veterans, but he said a good open game of
rugby resulted and was played in good spirit.
Two of the older brigade to slot in for Kiwi
scored a try - loose forwards Jeremy Muir and
the ever-green Tim Scadden.
South Westland made the most of a
determined forward effort to fight back in the
second half, with tight-for ward Jesse MacRae
featuring strongly, and midfield back Mark Le
Lievre playing well on defence and attack.
Coach Terry McBride said his team had
made some crucial errors in the first half
which were costly, but with their forwards
laying a good platform they played with more
urgency in the second.
Kiwi 37 (P Te Rakau 2, J Kearns, J Ferguson,
T Scadden, J Muir tries, N Muir 2 con, pen),
South Westland 17 ( J MacRae, M Le Lievre,
M Spencer tries, J McKenzie con).
Three red cards were handed out when Grey
Valley rediscovered the winning touch, a close
game with Wests going their way 36-34, in
Grey Valley ’s Luke Patu and Jesse Huffman,
and Wests’ Brooke Robinson were given their
marching orders after a scuffle broke out just
In a game seen as a contest between the
Grey Valley pack and the mobile Wests team,
Grey Valley built up a 29-10 lead and then
held on as Wests finished strongly.
Grey Valley manager Blair Mirfin was
pleased with his team’s performance,
particularly playing a man down.
“It was a good all-round team game to get
our season back on track,” he said.
Wests coach Mike Foster said his team had
just left their run too late.
Standouts for Grey Valley were prop Casey
Beech and second five-eighth Luke Hughes,
while Wests best were backs Jeff Garland and
Nathaniel Hamilton, and skipper Matthew
Slaven at lock.
Grey Valley 36 (L Hughes, N Waghorn,
D Lineham, J Huffman, R Davy, A Steel
tries, Steel 3 con), Wests 34 (N Hamilton,
J Tomlinson, C Henderson, M Breen, T
Robinson tries, Robinson con, L Ross 2 con,
Monday, May 22, 2017
The two West Coast senior football
games yesterday had plenty of action,
with a total of 12 goals scored.
The key game was Marist versus
mathematically confirming them-
selves as winners of the men’s First
Round Trophy. Either a win or
draw would have seen them finish
as outright winners on points, above
Kieran Russell got Paroa off to a
great start scoring his first goal shortly
after kick-off, following some great
touches through the midfield. Clint
Blanch kept up the pressure with
some great runs and was rewarded
with a goal of his own, along with
Paroa’s player of the day. Steven Eden
made sure Paroa finished the first half
in a dominant position after heading
in following a great delivery from
Har vey Rubbo.
The second half was more even, with
both teams scoring once.
Russell, the league’s top scorer,
showed some great ball skills before
finishing strongly for his second.
Josh Furze scored Marist ’s only goal
of the game. Furze and Will Payton
linked well in midfield all game, and
Payton’s performance earned him
Marist ’s player of the day.
Once again Paroa’s midfield trio of
Martin McDonald, Har vey Rubbo
and Marcus Zintl stood out.
Marist ’s defence worked hard,
especially Gavin Collins, who played a
solid 90 minutes. Marist kept up their
nice passing all game, but just failed
to capitalise on their chances. Paroa
With 12 points from four games and
a goal difference of plus 15, Paroa were
the dominant side in this year’s first
round. They will certainly be looking
to add to their trophy haul before the
season is finished.
In the other men’s game, in Hokitika,
Westland United beat bottom side
Grey United, 6-1 .
Grey United have put in some solid
performances this season, but with
absences and injuries were forced to
start the game with 10 players, with a
significant reshuffle, including regular
goal keeper Franko Horridge playing
in the outfield.
The game was open from the start
with both teams getting chances in
the first half.
threatening and scored twice through
Aiden Carpenter and Jeremy Green
to lead 2-0 at half-time.
Grey United, now with 11 players,
started the second half strong. After
some fine passing and an excellent
through ball from Lester Hayman,
14-year-old Daniel Horridge beat the
Westland offside and outpaced their
defence to coolly slot home his first
goal for the club.
throughout, however, as it opened
up in the second half, when the trio
of Pete Te Rakau, Callum Cadigan
and Jeremy Green took control and
Aaron Williams, despite injury,
put in a great performance in the
Grey United goal and Raven Brown
scrambled well and made several
important intercepts and clearances.
By the end, Jeremy Green had added
three more to his tally and Te Rakau,
despite hitting the woodwork several
times, did eventually get one for
himself. Cadigan earned Westland ’s
player of the day for his hard work
throughout the game. Horridge had
a great battle with Westland’s defence
and earned Grey United’s player of
Westland United will be happy to
get a few wins and a few goals under
their belt before they face Paroa in the
quarter-final of the men’s knock-out
This game kicks off at Arthur Fong
Park at 2pm on Sunday. The last time
these teams met Paroa ran away with
a 9-1 win, however it will be expected
that this game is a much tighter affair.
All other men’s teams have a bye
Action will resume on June 11 with
the start of the Main Championship.
The women’s Main Championship
kicks off on Sunday, with Goblins to
face the Dragons at 12pm.
Westland United will be against
at 1.15pm. Westland
narrowly pipped Comets to the
women’s First Round Trophy, so both
teams will be aiming for a head start
in this competition. No games will be
played for either the men or women
over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Marist ’s Wayne Ryan is tackled by Blaketown’s Adam Richardson.
Dominant Paroa wins First Round Trophy
Three generations of axemen -- new patron Bill Simpson presents his son
Michael Simpson, right, with his trophies with Michael’s son Jackson holding
one of his dad’s trophies.
New axemen’s patrons
Marist rolls Blaketown,
retains silver ware
Wellington has lost the New
Zealand leg of the rugby sevens world
series, with Hamilton confirmed as
host for the next two years.
Once one of the most popular
events in New Zealand sport, poor
crowds in recent years have ended the
event ’s 18-year history in Wellington.
About 10,000 were on hand for
both days over the weekend for this
year’s edition in February but in its
heyday, the 34,000-capacity venue
sold out in minutes.
New Zealand Rugby’s chief strategy
and operations officer, Nigel Cass,
says it is time to start a new chapter
for the tournament in New Zealand.
“ We delivered 18 years of good
times and great tournaments in the
capital,” he said.
“I have nothing but praise for
all those who contributed to the
Wellington Sevens for almost two
Cass said Hamilton offered a world-
class stadium built for rugby fans, a
central location for travelling fans
and a rugby-mad host community.
looking for ward to
introducing international sevens to
the local community and for visiting
fans to experience the heart of rugby
in New Zealand.”
He said hosting a New Zealand
leg of the world sevens series was
important for NZR, particularly
given the inclusion of sevens at the
Next year’s event will be held on
There’s no hard feelings from
Wellington mayor Justin Lester
after the announcement, but the
Wellington Chamber of Commerce is
calling it an “extremely disappointing
Lester said the decision is a chance
for Wellington to refresh its events
calendar. — NZ N
Hamilton to host NZ sevens leg
New Zealand cyclist George Bennett
will not be lingering too long in
celebrating his Tour of California victory.
The 27-year-old Nelson rider became
the first New Zealander to win a World
Tour stage race when he defended the
yellow jersey on the final day of the
seven-stage race yesterday.
Bennett has little time to savour his
result, or the Lexus RX Sports Utility
that he was awarded.
His Lotto NL-Jumbo team fly
immediately to Europe, and Bennett is
eager to turn his focus towards a second
start in the Tour de France in July.
“I hope I take a lot from this, in
confidence and backing from the team
and things like that,” he said. “ I want
to build on this, I want to take it back
to Europe and keep racing in the same
manner.” Bennett says there’s a lot of
work to do if he wants to compete
against riders of the calibre of three-time
Tour de France winner Chris Froome
and Vuelta a Espana winner Alejandro
“ In Europe you have the likes of
Froome and Valverde, which is a huge
step up. That ’s the next goal, to starting
chipping away and work at getting closer
to those guys.”
Bennett ’s Tour of California win
was set up by a blistering time trial on
Saturday, where he clocked 28 minutes
45 seconds on a flat 24km course at
Big Bear Lake to take the overall lead
from previous tour leader Rafal Majka
He still had to work hard over the final
125km stage, which was won by Evan
Huffman, part of a five-man breakaway
that sur vived to the finish in Pasadena .
Bennett protected his 35sec overnight
lead to finish in the chasing group
22sec behind, holding off Majka of
Poland and American Andrew Talansky
(Cannondale) to claim the yellow jersey.
Bennett, who duelled with Huffman
early in the final stage, said it had not
been difficult to stay focused.
“Only when I rode under the banner
for the final three kilometres did I know
that I had won,” he said.
“ I was a bit under pressure, but the
team was awesome today — they
showed some seriously good legs. ” Team
LottoNL-Jumbo didn’t have a free ride
to Pasadena, and Bennett said they
worked had to repel a series of attacks.
“It was a very hectic day — we thought
everything was under control, but then
the attacks began. We had to fight for
100km.” — NZN
Tour of California
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