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On a ground that resembled the aftermath
of a war, Kiwi emerged 33-3 victors over
Blaketown at the Westland High School
grounds, in Hokitika on Saturday.
As in trench warfare, the army with the best
artillery generally wins and so it proved when
the Kiwi scrum pounded Blaketown into
submission; great if you are a tight for ward,
not so much fun if you are on the receiving
end of the salvos, as Blaketown so often were.
Halfback Jarrod Ferguson was allowed to
shine behind the Kiwi pack, his three tries
the perfect illustration of their dominance
and translating into points.
The first half was closer than the final score
would suggest, but Blaketown were unable to
take their scoring chances despite holding a
Centre Regan Stanton opened the scoring
with a penalty goal, but crucially was unable
to hold a pass, with the tryline beckoning,
just minutes before the break. It would have
reduced Kiwi’s advantage to a handful of
At the other end of the field, it was a
different story as Kiwi navigated their way
through the morass to touch down twice.
Centre Jamie Kearns scored the first after
hooker Troy Tauwhare and flanker Matt
Olson combined in midfield.
Tauwhare put Olson into a gap and then
backed up to take the return pass, draw the
last defender and send Kearns on his way to
Ten minutes later Kiwi were in again, this
time playing under advantage following a
scrum penalty. From a quickly taken tap
penalty Tauwhare offloaded to put Ferguson
in for his first try, under the posts.
In the second half, Blaketown’s cause was
not helped by a yellow card to flanker Bailey
Stewart, which unfortunately marred an
other wise impressive game.
While Blaketown were a man down
Kiwi piled on the points, with Tauwhare
immediately crossing from a lineout drive.
Ferguson added his second when he won
a 20m race following a kick through, and
then finished off good lead-up work from
fullback Nick Muir, and first five-eighth Dan
Tauwhare to score his third try.
In addition to completing his second hat-
trick of the season, Ferguson was able to
gain maximum territory with his scrum base
The Kiwi inside backs enjoyed the easier
ride they had over their opponents and were
able to dictate terms better.
One position out from Ferguson, Dan
Tauwhare linked well with his outsides and
despite kicking dead once he kept his pack
happy by continually turning the opposition
Providing power up front for Kiwi were
captain Kelly Rasmussen at lock, and props
Dan Foord and Dylan Thompson.
Others to standout were impressive No 8
Courtney Sargeant, who made his presence
felt in the collision area, and flanker Jasyn van
Vliet, who had a big game on defence.
As the game wore on Blaketown’s backs
received limited opportunities, but from time
to time they still looked dangerous.
In his first game of the season, Blaketown
five-eighth Luke Negri was not afraid to have
a go, Stanton featured in several breakouts
and winger Harley Vui was elusive, especially
when Kiwi defenders went too high.
Loose for wards Tom McGirr and Rob
Thomson had their moments for Blaketown,
and lock George Watts toiled hard.
However, much of their efforts were largely
negated by the underfoot conditions, and
the Kiwi pack who adapted better and could
rightly claim to be the “swamp foxes” of the
Fullback Muir made light of the conditions
and was successful with four conversions
from five attempts at goal.
Player-coach Troy Tauwhare said he was
pleased with an all-round team effort, and
in particular with the defensive aspect of his
team’s game, given the conditions, made it
difficult for the players to gain traction.
“O ur players were hungry on defence and
sometimes they were all fighting over each
other to get their tackles in.
“ We took our chance well and building up
a lead, and extending it had been important
because it was hard for them to come back on
a field like that.”
Blaketown coach Brent Aitken said
although he was not happy with the playing
surface, the conditions were the same for
“ We made for too many handling errors
and put ourselves under too much pressure.
We were always playing with backfoot ball,’’
Kiwi 33 ( J Ferguson 3, J Kearns, T Tauwhare
tries, N Muir 4 con), Blaketown 3 (R Stanton
pen). Half-time 14-3.
In another game played on another boggy
ground, Marist missed a handily placed
penalty goal which allowed Wests to record a
25-23, at Walker Park, in Hokitika.
Wests outscored their opponents four tries
to two, and in doing so took the Arthur Fong
Trophy from Marist for the second time this
Fullback Taylor Robinson scored a try to
put Wests ahead with five minutes to go and
that looked to be that.
But Wests have played in some real nail-
biters this season, and when Marist were
awarded the last minute’s penalty Wests
supporters had to endure yet more drama.
Marist coach Andy MacKenzie said it had
been a frustrating day all round, including
two yellow cards.
“ We only played for 60 minutes of rugby
and the first 20 had cost us. It should not
have come down to a last-minute penalty,’’
Wests coach Mike Foster also acknowledged
the good start his team made had been key to
“ We started well. It was good to come away
with the win and everybody in the team
stood up,’’ Foster said.
Wests best performers were flanker Josh
Tomlinson, first five-eighth Jeff Garland and
winger Matt Johnson, who scored two tries.
Marist centre Wayne Ryan had a good game
on attack and defence, and Gabe Waipouri
was their best for ward.
Wests 25 (M Johnson 2, D Subritzky, T
Robinson tries, J Garland con, pen), Marist
23 (I Lewaqai, G Fahey tries, C Deans 2 con,
South Westland were quick out of the
blocks and then held on to beat Grey Valley
26-24, at home in Hari Hari on Saturday.
In a tight battle it was the home side that
started both halves well, and that proved the
difference between the teams on the day.
No 8 Simon Cameron had a good all-round
game for South Westland, and fullback Jason
McKenzie impressed with his positional
Grey Valley had their chances to win, but in
the end they could not peg back the 16-point
lead built up by South Westland. Lock Ryan
Davy turned in a good performance in the
for wards for Grey Valley, and Matthew
McInroe was the best of their backs.
A happy South Westland coach Terry
McBride said his team had started the game
with a bit more energy, and backed it up after
“ It was a bit like a test match, a tough game
and it was real ding-dong battle,’’ McBride
South Westland 26 ( J Perrin, D Norton,
K Nolan, J Robert tries, J McKenzie 3 con),
Grey Valley 24 (D Crouchley, C Beech, L
Hughes tries, A Steel 3 con, pen).
Westland United took on Paroa
yesterday as the men’s football
competition for the Knock-out Cup got
under way, at Arthur Fong Park, with
Paroa winning 4-3 .
Straight from the kick-off the game
was competitive, with great hassling from
both sides early on. Steve Eden had the
best opportunity to open the scoring
with a free-header after a perfectly
placed corner, but aimed straight at Nicki
Emery in the Paroa goal.
Westland played somewhat cautiously
to begin with, keeping numbers in
defence and leaving Callum Cadigan
isolated up front on his own, even for
Westland corners. Pete Te Rakau kept
the pressure on Paroa by dropping short
from his for ward role, to pick up the
ball between the Paroa midfield and
This paid off after a perfectly weighted
through ball from Te Rakau to Cadigan,
which Cadigan calmly finished past the
keeper to open the scoring.
Paroa kept up the pressure at the other
end, especially through Kieran Russell,
who made some great runs including one
that ended with a dangerous ball right
across the face of the Westland goal.
Paroa finally drew level after a through
ball from Martin McDonald cut the
Westland defence in half, straight to
Harvey Rubbo, who finished well despite
the Westland keeper getting a hand to it.
Cadigan made sure Paroa were on their
toes in defence, chasing on to several
long balls straight from Matt Slaven, the
Westland keeper. Cadigan almost had his
second goal, but the Paroa defence were
able to clear off the line.
Westland were to rue this missed
chance, as shortly after at the other end
Matt Wakeford put the Westland centre
backs under pressure, winning the ball at
the edge of the box before finishing well
for Paroa to take a 2-1 lead into half-
Early in the second half, Paroa took
control of the tie going 4-1 up.
After some pressure from the Paroa
for wards, a lofted ball back into the
Westland box caused some confusion
in defence, allowing Marcus Zintl to
time his run well before heading the ball
over the keeper into the net. Then, after
another Paroa corner, Westland managed
to clear the ball twice, but could do
nothing when on the third attempt it fell
to Rubbo at the edge of the box.
Rubbo picked his spot in the top corner,
leaving the keeper no chance.
Westland did not drop their heads, kept
working hard though did not
throw caution to the wind chasing the
lead. Te Rakau drew another great save
from Emery with a well-hit left-footed
Aiden Carpenter put pressure on the
Paroa defence, working well Cadigan on
the right wing, after which Cadigan was
able to bundle the ball past a few Paroa
defenders before finishing into the far
corner for his second of the day.
Cadigan had a chance to make it a hat-
trick after finding himself one-on -one
with the Paroa keeper, but Emery pulled
of a great save to keep him out.
Te Rakau had another great chance
after he was put clear, but Rubbo
provided great defensive cover to make
the interception and clearance.
Westland finally made it three after a
clearance from Sam Thomson sent
Te Rakau chasing.
Te Rakau just managed to beat Emery
to the ball, rounding the keeper before
finishing, setting up a tense end to the
Steve Eden nearly put Paroa further in
front after another header from a corner
that whistled past the post.
Paroa held on for a 4-3 win, though
they had to work hard. Har vey Rubbo
was Paroa’s outstanding player and
should be credited for his great defensive
work, not just for his goals and assists.
At the other end, Sam Thomson had
a commanding performance in the
Westland United defence, earning their
player of the day.
Paroa, Grey United, Marist and
Westport Cos now await the draw for the
semi-finals on July 23.
There will be no play at Queen’s
Competition resumes on July 11.
Hokitika’s Beachfront Old Girls Black
enjoyed a ‘feast ’ of possession against the less
fancied Star United B in the premier A West
Coast inter-centre netball clash, 48-12, in
Greymouth on Saturday.
One of the standout performers was old
girls’ goal attack Addie Keast, who dined out
on turnover ball and converted almost at
If the pre-game warm-up was anything to
go by it looked like Star United B would be
in trouble from the outset, but this was not
the case at all in the first half as they were
competitive at every turn and enjoyed their
fair share of ball.
Star started strongly with the centre pass
off and brought the ball down quickly to the
circle. GA Brenda England missed her first
attempt to open the scoring and the turnover
went to Old Girls, but a stray pass brought
the ball back to Star’s end and GS Annalaise
Fletcher drew first blood, 1-0.
Old Girls replied with a clinical display of
attack, and GS Maxine Birchfield was quick
to reply, 1-1.
Great defensive work by Hokitika wing
attack Charlie Pearson turned over the next
Star pass, then an excellent pass by centre
Kirsty Flavell went straight to Birchfield
who scored again, 2-1 .
Old Girls scored again with Birchfield
dominant finding space close in, 3-1, then
Fletcher replied with a clean shot of her
own, 3-2 .
The game was tight but the rest of the first
quarter was marred by passes not finding
their mark and at the end of the first 10
minutes, Old Girls were ahead 10-5 .
No changes were made to Star at the
start of the second quarter but an injury to
Hokitika’s GK Steph Rae saw coach Kathy
Paul move WD Tamara Reynolds to that
position, and Amber Blacktopp was brought
on at WD.
It was a slowish start to this quarter and a
tad scrappy at the onset but Old Girls were
starting to settle and Keast scored next.
Fletcher replied with a confident shot of
her own, 11-7, but the Hokitika girls had
their feet on the accelerator and started to
dominate, scoring the next three goals in a
row before Fletcher sank another, 14-8 .
A ‘speculator’ — but spectacular — pass
from the classy Old Girls’ centre went
straight to Keast, who made it look easy,15-
Star still worked hard to get the ball
back and once again Fletcher scored and
kept her team in touch,15-9 .
It was here, however, that it started to fall
apart for the Star team as Fletcher went
off with an injury, which necessitated some
changes from Star coach Jill Crawford —
Lisa Brewer came on for Fletcher and it
took time for her to settle.
The teams went to half-time with Old
The third quarter started and finished
with Old Girls dominant and Star had no
answer to a ruthless display, but they never
gave an inch and fought for every scrap of
But dominant was the word of the quarter
and the southerners kept Star scoreless this
quarter and the blue and golds headed into
the last quarter behind, 31-10.
The last 10 minutes saw the fitness level
of the Hokitika side come to the fore
and it was this quarter when Feast scored
relentlessly — it was a sublime performance.
Star GA England never faulted in going
forward and was a standout for her gallant
side, but it was all Old Girls to the end.
Winning coach Paul was happy with the
performance but said she had things to work
Beware that the southern side is looking
top notch early on and they will only get
Counterpart Crawford was rapt with the
way GS Fletcher handled her big step-up
and is improving with every game.
Star played well in patches and Crawford
has a lot of potential to work with and we
may yet see an upset or two headed her
To get on my soapbox — coaches are the
lifeblood of any game where people give of
their time freely for no reward except for the
betterment of the sport they love. To hear
a coach being unnecessarily berated on the
sideline is an ugliness we can do without.
There is a time and place to voice displeasure
and it is not on the sideline on game day —
it upsets the team, the coach, the player/s
involved, the umpires, the game as a whole.
It is not acceptable. Sermon over, Kilkelly
Premier A: Star United A 23, Speights
Alehouse Cobden A 22; Lyndale A 48,
HSOG A 15, Westland High School A 30,
South Westland Diamonds 24.
Premier B: Kotare A 44, Tui Central A
13; CSC A 34, GHS A 23; Reefton Force
defaulted to Star C; Cobden B 31, Kotare
Senior: Cobden C 30, GHS Junior A 10;
Reefton Storm 19, HSOG B 18; HSOG
Reefton Storm 37, GHS Junior A 14.
First grade: HSOG D 26, Cobden D 22;
Cobden Junior A 33, Karoro School A 11;
HSOG Junior A 21, CSC C 17.
Second grade: Reefton Tigers 6, CSC
Junior A 2; HSOG Junior B 8, Star United
Junior A 5.
Third grade: Paroa Junior A 27, Karoro
School B 2; Kotare Junior A 16, Cobden
Junior B 6.
PICTURE: Bill Phillips
Westland United’s Pete Te Rakau
controls the ball as they took on Paroa
for the start of the Knock-out Cup
competition at Arthur Fong Park
Paroa hold out Westland
PICTURE: Bob McAuliffe
Star United B centre Nadia Turnbull passes the ball to goal attack Kylie Werthmuller as Old Girls Black defenders Sarah Bateup
and Tamara Reynolds guard the post.
Old Girls dominate Star B
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Kiwi flanker Jasyn van Vliet attempts to tackle Blaketown No 8 Rob Thomson during
their clash at the Westland High School grounds, in Hokitika on Saturday.
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