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PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
All Blacks, Lions memorabilia on display
Alf Harrisons Menswear owner John Gilshnan beside a display of All Blacks and British Lions memorabilia in the window of his
Greymouth store, ahead of the first test match this weekend. After a local woman offered some memorabilia for a display, Gilshnan
combined her scarves, mascots and badges from the last tour, with loaned memorabilia from his son Adam, the West Coast ’s No 1
rugby fan. The additional memorabilia includes an old All Blacks jersey signed by Buck Shelford and Sir Colin Meads, an old British
Lions jersey signed by team members, and photo frames with information and photos from the 1959 and 1983 tours when the
British Isles played West Coast-Buller and West Coast teams. Gilshnan says he has already received a lot of feedback for the display
window from locals and visitors.
The old days of a 20-plus match tour of
all the outlier provinces in New Zealand by
an international rugby team like the Lions
and Springboks, are but sweet memories for
places like Greymouth and Gisborne under
the modern regime.
The irony is in the fact that the oligarchs
of world rugby are flat out pushing the game
into ‘global’ mode through international
tours to non-rugby outliers, while the
provinces of New Zealand are mostly a
three-hour drive from Lions’ games on this
Second tier city Whangarei is an exception.
Here, 20,000 turned out for the provincial
Barbarians game there and the place rocked.
While most of the Lions’ fans do not
arrive in the country until the eve of the first
test, Whangarei hosted fans from all over
the place, with many Australians doing the
Barbarians/Blues double as a road trip.
After all, there is not much about their
boys to travel for.
Their DNA means the more they swallow
the louder they get and it is a treat to hear
their loudly spoken opinions in the rugby
One Aussie in Whangarei had his fellow
patrons in a complete trance as he tipped out
winner after winner in the TAB bar for the
locals at the Saturday Aussie races, barely
managing to keep up with the jugs of reward
for his efforts.
The publican was so impressed he
tipped out two locals from the pub van to
accommodate the Aussie tipster and his
mate for the ride to and from the match.
Back to Auckland from Whangarei on
the Sunday and is was the new Headquarters
Bar at the Viaduct that cornered the
Aussies. The ‘pop-up’ bar is an innovation,
erected seven days earlier on a two-year
consent, preceding the building of a
Mine host is former Greymouth man Leo
Molloy. Educated at that ‘University of
Life’ on Alexander Street, Marist High
School in the 1960s and 1970s, Molloy,
while not a big man certainly has the big
personality, ideal for hosting global rugby-
Clearly reflecting his Marist roots, the
menu features dishes named ‘Loaves and
Fishes’ and ‘Fat Bastards Doner Kebab’.
The menu also invites patrons to make a
donation to the City Mission: ‘Drop five or
ten bucks with us and we’ll send it to them
— God bless you if you do.’
The Blues game was a total contrast
compared to the Crusaders match for the
travelling fans, with the Blues winning and
the Crusaders losing.
The Blues fans had The Viaduct rocking
where the losing Lions’ fans were equally big
into their solace of choice, Guinness pints.
Contrast this to the Fan Zone after the
game in Christchurch and the teams of
Lions’ fans in their tailored, specially-made
striped blazers totally dominating the after-
Canterbury-ites were never good losers, as
we all know.
Dunedin’s outstanding stadium had the
Highlanders delivering the perfect result
on the perfect stage for Otago-ites. The
problem was that you must go home after
the final whistle and being indoors for
rugby, conveniently overlooks the fact that
100kph, horizontal frozen sleet awaits your
departure from the ground.
One ex-Coaster, now living in D unedin,
boasted that he still had bags of Strongman
stored in his shed and has never seen the
need to use it. Yeah, right!
Each of the venues sported the usual
memorabilia stalls but nothing like
the multi-coloured pom-poms that us
Greymouth kids sold outside Rugby
Park in Marlborough Street for the 1965
The pom-pom economy has certainly
vanished in the provinces.
One feature of the Fan Zones at the games
was the Black Boot Legends Gallery of old
All Black photos of players doing things off
the field that today ’s stars would likely be
charging a king’s ransom for as appearance
A team photo of the 1972-73 All Blacks in
Vancouver, en route to the United Kingdom,
had a caption that summed up neatly the
difference between the black boot days of
yesteryear and the pink and yellow boots
era today: “A team photo after arrival in
Vancouver. The men with bald heads in
the middle row are manager Ernie Todd
and coach Bob D uff. Th at was the entire
management team for a four and a half
month, 32 game tour.
“ When the All Blacks went to the World
Cup in Britain in 2015 they had a manager,
an assistant manager, a team ser vices
manager, three coaches, a selector, a skills
coach, a scrum coach, two conditioning and
strength coaches, a doctor, a physiotherapist,
a manual therapist, a logistics manager, two
performance analysts, a nutritionist, and two
Bring back the pom-pom economy,
perhaps on a government subsidy to play
matches in the Greymouths and the
Gisbornes of New Zealand.
Ex-Coaster, Gerry Morris, was captain
of the Marist first XV at school and a
regular West Coast schoolboy league
representative. He played one game at senior
rep level — West Coast versus Western
Suburbs from Sydney — prior to moving to
Wellington. He has the distinction of being
ordered off in both codes for dissent.
Lions fans in full voice on ‘Sing Low ’ in the Christchurch fan zone.
Provinces miss windfall
from Lions’ fans
The British and Irish Lions
have picked up the first mid-
week win of their New Zealand
rugby tour, outclassing the
Chiefs 34-6 in Hamilton.
The hosts barely had a sniff
on home soil last night as a
supposedly second-string Lions
squad — missing most of the
players who will play the All
Blacks on Saturday — picked
them apart at will, running in
four tries and dominating from
first to last.
Despite their struggles, the
Chiefs remained within touching
distance until early in the second
half, when blindside Mitchell
Brown was sent to the sin bin for
helping collapse a maul on his
own line and conceded a penalty
try to boot.
They then gave up breakaway
five-pointers to Jack Nowell
who had earlier bagged one
and the New Zealand-born
Jared Payne to end the contest.
The Lions will press on to
Saturday ’s first test in Auckland,
where coach Warren Gatland may
have fresh selection headaches
after positive performances from
Nowell, Dan Cole, C J Stander
and Dan Biggar.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, will
retire to lick their wounds — and
assess the condition of injured
winger Toni Pulu — before
returning to Super Rugby in July.
Sloppiness at the set-piece
brought about much of the
Chiefs’ undoing, with the hosts
squandering three lineouts and
a trio of penalties at scrum time.
Yet while the Lions enjoyed
most of the first-half territory
and possession, they struggled
to convert into points, with few
genuine try-scoring chances.
Nowell’s 25th-minute first
was secured via a leaping effort
from a pick-and-go before the
floodgates opened for the Lions
in the second stanza.
Lions outclass Chiefs
PICTURE: Getty Images
Lions Jack Nowell dives over to score his try last night against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Strangled once already by
the British and Irish Lions, All
Blacks lock Sam Whitelock says
discipline is the key to not letting
it happen again in the first test.
Whitelock and the likely All
Blacks starting front row in
Saturday ’s first test were all part
of the Crusaders side beaten
12-3 by the dogged tourists in
Employing a formula the Lions
are expected to emulate at Eden
Park, their near-test lineup
defended stoutly and kicked
adroitly to lower the flag of the
Super Rugby leaders.
Whitelock admits the tactics
were frustrating but highly
The veteran test for ward says it
is crucial the All Blacks stick to
some basic principles against a
Lions side gathering momentum
following stirring wins over New
Zealand Maori and the Chiefs.
The most important of them is
not conceding penalties, which
he says gives lifeblood to the men
“Our discipline in the Crusaders
game was not anywhere near
what it had been throughout the
year and we suffered because of
it,” Whitelock said.
“It allowed them to kick for the
corners, kick for penalties, and
they built scoreboard pressure
because of it.
“They really suffocated us and
put pressure on us. ”
Whitelock says other insights
have been passed on to All
Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who
will have noted the Lions’ ability
to win penalties at scrum time.
Their ball retention has also
been impressive, prompting
Whitelock to call for a
the breakdown rather than
risking penalties by attempting
“If you’re unsure if it’s the right
action, it ’s probably not, so you’re
probably better off to bail out
and get into the defensive line,”
“If we stay clean on the penalty
side of things, hopefully we can
use their strength against them.”
The All Blacks’ premier ball-
pilferer, flanker Sam Cane, agrees
excitement needs to be kept in
He can sense the public
excitement surrounding the
series and that is reflected among
the players themselves, who have
stepped up in intensity following
the 78-0 rout of Samoa.
He says Hansen is ensuring
nobody is getting carried away.
“ You can’t throw in some special
things you haven’t done in other
weeks because it’s a special game.
“ You’ve got to trust what you’ve
always done to set yourself up to
play well.” — NZN
Lessons heeded, says Whitelock
West Coast under
18 boys hockey
side scored a
record fourth win
Stirling Cup on
Cup is a battle
came up against
Buller in the first
game in a tough battle in the
first half, with West Coast
scoring twice through an Iraia
De Goldi field goal and well
executed Liam Hopper drag
West Coast went into the
half-time break leading 2-0 .
West Coast started playing to
their potential and the goals
started to flow, due to some
good ball distribution through
Matt Gardner and Angus
Winter, who were both solid in
Hopper dominated in the
midfield scoring five goals,
while De Goldi picked up a
hat-trick and Thomas Thwaites
and Thomas Coates both scored
Max Rubbo had a strong
defensive game, which he
continued throughout the
Josh Morgan found some
good space on the wing and
linked well with the other
for wards. The final score saw
West Coast win 10-1 .
Next West Coast came up
against Marlborough, a game
which proved to be their
performance of the tournament,
producing a score not seen in
West Coast hockey for some
time, beating their opposition
West Coast were on attack
from the whistle and soon
found the back of the net with
another Hopper drag flick, with
his second coming not long
after with a field goal.
Har vey Rubbo was on form
and was constantly getting
around the opposition and
ended up bagging himself a hat
Angus Wallace was impressive
on both attack and defence,
feeding the for wards some
good balls and helping Thomas
Thwaites to pick up a hat trick
on the wing.
Coast went into the break up
eight nil but wanted to keep
the pressure on, which they
achieved scoring another six
goals in the second half.
Other goal scorers were Matt
Gardner, George Rubbo and
Josh Morgan who worked hard
all game. Liam Hopper scored
four goals. Final score 14-0.
West Coast ’s last game
against Nelson was a tighter
affair with Nelson scoring first.
West Coast never panicked and
were soon level after a Hopper
Coast went into the lead
towards the end of the first
half after a well worked penalty
corner had George Rubbo
sending a thunderous shot into
Coast went up 3-1 midway
through second half after a
field goal to Iraia De Goldi,
following a string of passes
thorough the midfield.
Coast defence was solid with
captain Fergus Wallace and
Thomas Coates cutting down
many of Nelson attacks.
Euan Coates made some
good saves in goal but
eventually Nelson managed to
pull one back making it 3-2
to Coast with 15 minutes to
De Goldi then put the game
out of doubt when he picked up
his second field goal.
Sam Wallace produced a good
supporting game which led to
several of the goals.
The final score was 4-2 .
The coach and management
team were happy with the solid
defence, letting in only three
goals for the tournament and a
high standard finish, scoring 28
goals in the three games, which
was brought about by
the distribution from the
The team will compete in
the national tournament in
Christchurch on July 9.
The West Coast under-18 hockey boys’ team celebrates winning the Stirling Cup for the fourth time in a row.
Stirling Cup stays in Coast hands
“Thinking about that next Car?”
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