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It was a close first half when
Speights Alehouse Cobden B took on
newcomers to the West Coast premier
B netball competition, Reefton Force,
The scoreline at the end of the first
10 minutes said it all when the teams
went for their first break tied up at
The first 10 minutes were a real
tussle, with all players sizing up their
opposites, and there were glimpses
of textbook netball, but also a lot of
turnover ball, which aptly reflected
what happened in the opening
With no changes from either side
at the start of the second quarter, it
was Cobden who opened the scoring
after a nice clean shot from GS Tash
Wynterburn. Reefton brought their
ball through nicely but a missed shot
returned possession to the riversiders
and this time it was GA Jenny Pope
who added to her tally, 6-4 . It was
three in a row for Cobden when
Wynterburn again netted under the
posts, 7-4 .
Talented Reefton Force GA Geneva
Johnson Te Hua was next to score
after a quick passing movement
between herself and her shoorter
Melissa Hampton narrowed the gap
to just three. Cobden GD Hayley
Young was especially strong in this
quarter, creating a multitude of
turnover ball with her close defence.
WD Lara Thomas also impressed
with tight marking of her opposite,
The half-time score showed the
game was still anybody’s with a
margin of five, 13-8.
Reefton made two changes to their
line-up, with GS and GA switching
and GK Felicity Huffman making
the swap with GD, the impressive
Zia Rosanowski. At the whistle,
Reefton turned over the centre pass
but this was nullified when a stray
pass went straight to Cobden centre
Anna Hanley, who was solid in the
midcourt and sent the ball straight to
Wynterburn, who netted easily, 14-8 .
Reefton scored off their centre pass
and seemed a bit more fired up in
this quarter, realising that this was
the quarter to step up and put the
pressure on the Cobden girls, 14-9 .
But once again Hayley Young chimed
in with some well-timed intercepts
and shut down the Reefton circle.
Wynterburn was not missing much
this quarter and shot virtually from
anywhere in the her goal circle and
was well rewarded. Cobden went into
the final quarter eight goals ahead,
The last 10 minutes saw Force GA
and GS swap back to their original
positions. Wynterburn again opened
the ledger 22-13 . This was the quarter
where Cobden were most dominant
and they seemed to score at will —
there was some excellent feeding into
the circle by standout wing attack
Aimee Boot, who played a blinder.
The riversiders restricted the Force
to only three goals, coming out the
victor 30-16 and a true reflection of
Reefton Force player-coach Zia
Rosanowski paid tribute to her team,
who never gave up. They had a few
first-string players missing and their
wing defence Kia-Mia Winhana,
who never looked out of place on the
court, was only 12 years old.
All the team played well in patches
and just need a bit work on finishing.
Stand-in coach for Cobden B,
Ngamora Wakefield, said her team
played brilliantly as a unit and she was
rapt with the outcome.
Inter-centre (premier A): HSOG
A 34, South Westland 18; Old Girls
Black 36, Star United A 25; Lyndale
36, Star United B 16; Speights
Alehouse Cobden A 33, Westland
High School A 19.
Premier B: Tui Central 21, Kotare B
9; Kotare A 30, Grey High School 16,
Cobden B 30, Reefton Force 16; CSC
A 30, Star United C 29.
Senior: Reefton Storm 36, Paroa
A 15; HSOG B 29, Cobden C 13;
Reefton Storm 29, CSC B 23; Paroa
A 28, Kotare C 10; HSOG C 22,
GHS Jnr A 17.
First grade: HSOG Jnr A 40,
Cobden D 20; Cobden Jnr A 22,
CSC C 11; HSOG D 24, Karoro
School A 6.
Second grade: Reefton Tigers 17,
HSOG Jnr B 4; Star United Jnr A 12,
Third grade: Paroa Jnr A 28, Cobden
Jnr B 7; Kotare Jnr A 25, Karoro
School B 8.
Kiwi: Star United Gold 19, Spares
3; Reefton Lions 11, Star United Blue
1; Karoro School 20, Cobden 1; CSC
5, Grey Valley 4.
Cobden B storms home over gallant Reefton Force
A dominant performance
Blaketown was rewarded with a move
up the points table, and possession of
the Arthur Fong Trophy, when they
defeated Wests 33-10, at McLean Park
In a game of stages, Blaketown took
control of the game from the kick-off
and settled into a pattern of play that a
lacklustre Wests were unable to combat.
Blaketown’s entree was standard, with
two Regan Stanton penalties followed
by three tries as they dined out and
displayed an appetite for much more.
But with their foot firmly on Wests’
throat and half-time approaching, the
game then entered its second phase, a
stage of colours.
Over the next 20 minutes three
Blaketown players were given yellow
cards, for wards Bailey Stewart, Tom
McGirr and Matt Kersten all spending
10 minutes in the naughty boys’ room.
Although that put the brakes on the
scoreboard, Blaketown did well to
deny their opponents any points while
playing with a numerical advantage.
Or perhaps it was a case of Wests
playing abysmally and failing to score
Blaketown coach Brent Aitken said
he was pleased with the way his team
held out while they were reduced to 14,
then 13, and for a time 12 players.
“We had a game plan and stuck to it
for the first 30 minutes, but just before
half-time we started to get a bit loose,”
“Then when we went down to 12 men
our senior players took charge and we
just defended for 20 minutes. It took a
lot out of us, and that had an effect on
the game, but I was proud that we kept
them out,” Aitken said.
With the door held wide open
for Wests, they simply did not take
advantage of a golden opportunity to
get back into the game. Twice their
scrum was pushed off the ball when
they were in prime attacking positions,
and worse news was just around the
Just as an epidemic of ‘yellow fever’
had inflicted Blaketown, a ‘red mist ’
then descended over Wests. Substitute
Bailey Thompson was sent off for a
striking offence, but then the sting went
out of the game as it entered its final
Despite being a man down Wests
finally started to play with more
cohesion, and went about their business
well enough to score two tries.
Meanwhile, Blaketown came back
in the final minutes to claim a bonus
valuable point, the hard work being
done in the first half on the back of solid
set piece work from their for wards.
Invariably the ensuing play from a
lineout or scrum would feature No 8
Rob Thomson, who ‘lived’ at first-five
and repeatedly made inroads into the
Hokitika defensive line.
Lock Dave Houston was another
who excelled in this role, as did hooker
Marc Whitehead, along with Stewart,
McGirr and Kersten, when they were
on the field. Inside backs Nik Davy
and Luke Negri controlled proceedings
well, and fullback Logan Woodham
was sharp on attack.
But the main threat came from centre
Regan Stanton, who made play, made
territory and contributed 23 points.
Blaketown’s first two tries came from
set piece plays 5m out — Stanton from
a short pass by Negri off a scrum, and
Thomson from a lineout drive.
Their third was fortuitous, as this time
it was Wests who were attacking 5m
from the tryline. However, a rushed pass
was intercepted by Whitehead, and he
had enough gas to run 80m before the
cover defence caught up. When he was
tackled the ball was quickly recycled
and Stanton strolled in for his second
Wests’ refusal to kick for points was
curious, and left coach Lynn Ross
scratching his head.
“ We were slow to get started and you
could see they were getting frustrated
because they couldn’t get their hands on
the ball,” Ross said.
“It’s not a given things are going to
happen, and you still have to do the
fundamentals. You can’t stand back and
wait for the opposition to come to you,
and not use the top two inches.”
Despite the odd handling error, Wests
props Nathan Cook and Chris Lord
were the hardest working for wards and
displayed more energy than the rest of
Substitute, Jesse Ormsby, also lifted
the tempo and added impetus when he
was brought on at half-time.
Blaketown 33 (R Stanton 2, R
Thomson, J Forsyth tries, Stanton 2 con,
3 pen) Wests 10 ( J Ormsby, S Meldrum
tries) Half-time 25-0.
Marist defeated South Westland 17-
10 in a closely fought encounter that
was not without controversy, at Hari
South Westland coach Terry McBride
was furious with referee Robin
Matiland after his team was disallowed
a try at a critical part of the game.
“It was a shame our season was
defined on a controversial call that cost
us the game,” McBride said.
“ We played well as a team and in the
last 15 minutes when we had them
under pressure, and they conceded a lot
“For a guy who has handed out a
lot of yellow cards this season, I don’t
understand why there were no cards
On the other hand, Marist coach
Andy MacKenzie was happy his side
won a difficult assignment.
“We are always wary when we go to
play down there. It was a gritty game
and we spent the second half defending.
“I was more proud of this win than
any other this season, because we were
under the pump and withstood the
pressure. We were just fit enough.
“It was a shame our season was
defined on a controversial call that cost
us the game,” McBride said.
No 8 Isei Lewaqai made a welcome
return to the pack, and second five-
eighth Wayne Ryan had a big game in
the midfield for Marist.
South Westland youngster Billy
Norton was another to shine in the
midfield, and experienced for ward Rob
Wilson was outstanding in the heart of
the scrum for the home team.
Marist 17 (I Lewaqai, G Fahey tries,
C Deans 2 con, pen), South Westland
12 (C Nolan, J Perrin tries, J McKenzie
Competition front-runners Kiwi
marched onwards and upwards with
a nine-try romp over Grey Valley, in a
one-sided game at Ikamatua.
Honours were even up front, but Kiwi
took advantage of the firm conditions
and released the ball to their eager back
That proved to be the difference as
Kiwi created space out wide to create
plenty of scoring opportunities.
Courtney Sargeant continued to
impress in the Kiwi pack, particularly
on defence, and centre Jamie Kearns
had a good game on attack and defence.
Props Sam Rist and Casey Beech
formed a powerful front-row for Grey
Valley and were more than a match for
Nathan Waghorn at second five-
eighth was the best of the backs for
Kiwi 57 (C Andrews 2, J Ferguson 2,
J Kearns, T Tauwhare, D Tauwhare, D
Bishop, N Muir tries, Muir 6 con) Grey
Valley 10 (A Steel, T Oates tries).
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Blaketown hooker Marc Whitehead moves in to help front-row colleague Matt Kersten tackle Wests winger Matt Johnson, during
their rugby clash at McLean Park on Saturday. Blaketown won 33-10.
Veteran German driver Timo
Bernhard led Porsche to a
dramatic third straight win at
the 24 Hours Le Mans race to
prevent a huge upset win for the
lesser category Oreca team.
After a series of mishaps to
pre-race favourites Porsche and
Toyota, the LMP2 category
Oreca suddenly found itself
in the lead with 19-year-old
Frenchman Thomas Laurent
behind the wheel three hours
from the end of the gruelling
But the 36-year-old Bernhard,
racing in the faster and more
powerful LMP1 category
Porsche 919 Hybrid, overtook
the Oreca with about 1 hour
As the Porsche No 2 crossed
the finish line, there were scenes
of relief in the Porsche garage as
team members danced around
holding up t-shirts with “hat-
trick 2015, 2016, 2017” written
“ Well done everybody,” an
exhausted Bernhard said over
team radio. “ You’re the best.”
New Zealand team-mate
Brendon Hartley, who had done
much of the hard work to drag
Porsche back into the race, was
“It was unreal. This race is
always a roller coaster,” Hartley,
who won it for the first time,
said. “It was an incredible team
effort. I’m going to remember this forever.”
Hartley and fellow New Zealander Earl
Bamber rushed over to jump on the
No 2 car as the co-drivers celebrated
wildly. Bamber also won in 2015 alongside
F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg.
Bernhard finished about one minute
ahead of the Jackie Chan DC Racing team
car, owned by the famed action movie star.
Another Oreca LMP2 car — driven by
Nelson Piquet Jr, the son of the famed
Brazilian F1 driver, finished in third place
for the Vaillante Rebellion team.
Bernhard also won the race in 2010
when driving for the dominant Audi team.
It was a fantastic comeback win
considering that the Porsche No.2 was
held up for more than one hour due to
technical problems earlier in the race and
at one point was in 56th place.
“It was absolutely crazy. When I heard it
(the engine) go ‘Bang’ I thought 100
per cent our race was over,” Bamber
“The guys turned it around. We
thought we would finish in the top five.
But this race really chooses you when it
wants you to win.”
Porsche entered only two cars in the
race, compared to three for Toyota.
After losing to Porsche on the final
lap last year, Toyota encountered
further drama at the Circuit de la
Chasing a first victory, Toyota’s hopes
were raised after former F1 driver
Kamui Kobayashi broke the lap record
in qualifying. Deep into the night,
Toyota’s woes began with Kobayashi
cruising in the lead.
At around 1am Kobayashi seemed to
have a gear box failure and was reduced
to crawling around the track at 60kph. A
short time later, he was forced to abandon
the race, climbed out and waved to the
fans. — AP
Timo Bernhard drives the winning Porsche
LMP Team 919 down the pitlane with his
co-drivers Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber on
top after victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race at
Circuit de la Sarthe.
The winning Porsche LMP Team 919 of
Brendon Hartley, left, Earl Bamber, and Timo
Bernhard on the Le Mans podium.
PICTURES: Getty Images
NZers win Le Mans
The verdict is in from
the Maori All Blacks —
their test cousins have a
job on their hands next
week against the British
and Irish Lions.
Colin Cooper’s troops
came off second-best
in their tussle with the
Lions on Saturday, going
down 32-10 in Rotorua
after halfback Tawera
Kerr-Barlow ’s second-
half yellow card swung all
momentum towards the
Down by just five
points at Kerr-Barlow ’s
sin-binning, the Maori
conceded two quick tries
— both on the back of set
pieces — to kill off the
Their ill-discipline at
the breakdown also hurt
them, conceding 15
penalties and six penalty
goals to the reliable boot
of L eigh Halfpenny.
Cooper told reporters
his side simply could
not overcome the Lions’
with strategic kicking
keeping them pinned
back — and did not have
any complaints about
Kerr-Barlow ’s yellow
card, saying it was ill-
He predicted the
Lions would make life
difficult for the All Blacks
in next weekend’s first test
at Eden Park, but only if
they stick to the bustling,
up-the-guts style that has
worked for them so far.
“I don’t think there’ ll be
much change on what we
experienced out there —
the good scrum, lineout
drive and aerial attack,”
“ We made too many
under the high ball,
and gave them the
opportunity inside our
half (so) we were under
pressure. I guess when you
go a man down and (they)
have kickers like that, and
the pressure they were
bringing, we had to fight
Maori skipper Ash
Dixon, affiliated to Ngahi
Tahinga, agreed with
his coach and said the
All Blacks would face a
genuine battle up front
His side had attempted
to go toe-to-toe with the
much-vaunted Lions tight
five, only to be squeezed
out of the contest at
scrum and lineout time.
They spent too much
time camped in their own
“They played to their
strengths and that ’s what
you’ve got to do at this
level, so I think next
week is going to be really
contested,” hooker Dixon
said. “ We spent too much
time in our 22 and it just
Cooper also said he
hoped New Zealand
Rugby would organise
an end-of-year tour for
the Maori in 2017, with
at least three northern
match-ups. — N ZN
British and Irish
Lions boss Warren
Gatland aimed a jovial
jibe at New Zealand
Hansen as he returned to
home turf to prepare to
face the Chiefs.
Gatland coached former
All Blacks playmaker
Stephen Donald in his
early days at Waikato,
and the two will go head
to head tomorrow.
warned his players
not to let Donald sell
them a dummy, before
congratulating the 2011
World Cup winner on
Gatland joked “I do
have my sources” when
quizzed on how he knew
of Donald’s impending
nuptials — in a clear
reference to Hansen
refusing to reveal how
he knew the Lions were
calling up six players as
early as last Thursday.
“I was lucky enough to
coach Steve (Donald)
for a few years,” Gatland
said of New Zealand’s
2011 World Cup final
“ New Zealanders either
loved him or loathed
him really but he’s a
fantastic individual, a
great team man and it’s
nice to see him play.
“ Twelve months ago
when we were here with
Wales I said, ‘ Whatever
you do, don’t take a
dummy from Stephen
Donald’, and the first
thing he did was throw a
dummy and score.
“So that will be the
message again for
Gatland, who coached
Waikato from 2005 to
2007, was delighted
to be back on his old
stomping ground and
of the support of the
“If you cut me open
I probably bleed red,
yellow and black; I’m
very proud of my roots,”
“It’s a great place to
have grown up. Waikato
people are incredibly
loyal. The amount of
support I’ve had is
“ We experienced that
in the 2011 World Cup.”
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