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Greymouth junior athletes medalled and
produced personal best performances at the
South Island Colgate Games in Dunedin at
This three-day event had 900 athletes
competing from all around New Zealand
The Greymouth team was Layk Scowen,
Sami Donaldson, Charlotte Sweney, Brynne
Gordon, Neveah Haronga, Sophie Love,
Seth Wilson and Lucy Boere.
They had the opportunity to speak to
former Hokitika woman Holly Robinson, a
Paralympian, during the march past at the
beginning of the event, and she reminded
them that she had competed for Greymouth
as a youngster.
Twelve-year-olds Sami Donaldson and
Charlotte Sweney both won medals.
Donaldson won silver in both the 200m
and 400m and bronze in the discus, all
with personal best performances. She was
also 0.02s off winning bronze in the 100m,
eventually placing fourth. Sweney won
bronze in the shot put with a personal best
throw of 9.33m and was fourth in the discus.
Donaldson and Sweney together showed
that they can potentially dominate the discus
event in the South Island, with the silver
and gold medal winners from the North
Layk Scowen (14yrs) ran impressively in
all his track events, gaining personal bests
and top eight performances in the 800m and
1500m. His most outstanding performance
was the 1500m where he ran fifth in a time
of 4.36.47, slaughtering his personal best
time by almost 30 seconds.
Scowen will go on to compete for
Canterbury this weekend in Christchurch
in a national age group competition for
14-18 -year-olds. Queensland will also be
attending this event.
Seth Wilson (10yrs) gained top eight
finishes in all the events he entered — the
100m, 200m, shot put, discus and long jump.
On the track he gained huge personal best
times with a 13.98s in the 100m and 29.68s
in the 200m.
Eleven-year-old Brynne Gordon and
Sophie Love competed in the 800m and
1500m events, with Gordon also in the
400m. Both of them improved by large
margins on their personal best efforts.
Nevie Haronga (11yrs) competed in the
sprint events. She progressed through to the
semi-finals in the 100m, and despite injury,
ran personal bests in both the 100m and
Lucy Boere’s (9yrs) best achievement was
a well earned bronze in her division for the
long jump. She also competed in the 100m,
200m and shot put.
All athletes represented the West Coast
with great sportsmanship.
Their next big event will be the Canterbury
Championships at the new stadium in
Christchurch, Nga Puna Wai, during the
weekend of March 16-17.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Brendon Hibbs will be flying the flag for
Greymouth at the New Zealand Burnout
Championships at Ruapuna Speedway this
Hibbs has competed in two burnout
competitions previously, and won the
Kaikoura Hop last year with his 1961 Ford
He purchased the Anglia last year but the
engine “detonated” after his second outing. It
has since been rebuilt and modified to run on
a 377 stroked Chev, with all the top running
gear. It now pulls around 550hp.
His team, the Burnout Brogans with pit
crew of Neil Griffin and Craig Hewison,
called on the help of welder Dave Terris,
mechanic Steve Lane and the support of
N J Mechanical from Nelson, Badboy
Graphix and ITS Greymouth to get the car
Ruapuna will be his first outing with the
Hibbs has always been into all things cars.
He competed in a season of speedway in 1995
and after that he was keen to get back into
motorsport so decided to try the burnout
Burnout Brogans are managed by David
This weekend Hibbs will compete in the
V8NA (naturally aspirated) class in the
Southern Smokefest Burnout competition —
the first burnout series to be held in the
South Island — and he is looking for a top
In one event last year he finished fifth out of
At least 80 cars from all over New Zealand
and Australia are expected at Ruapuna this
weekend and Hibbs said he was “proud” to be
flying the burnout flag for Greymouth.
Next they will head to the two-day Muscle
Car Madness competition in Rangiora.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the team
can make contact through their Facebook
page ‘Burnout Brogans’.
Greymouth’s Colgate Games team --
Layk Scowen, Lucy Boere, manager Sue
Donaldson, Nevaeh Haronga, Sophie Love,
Brynne Gordon, Sami Donaldson,
Charlotte Sweney and Seth Wilson.
After nearly pulling off one of the
gutsiest comebacks of his career, Andy
Murray faces an agonising decision
between surgery on a chronic hip injury
or a farewell match at his beloved
The five-time Australian Open finalist
most likely played his last match at
Melbourne Park — and perhaps ever —
after going down 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-7
(7-4), 6-2 to 22nd seed Roberto Bautista
The 31-year-old Scot had the crowd
on their feet as he mustered a rousing
fightback from two sets down in an
absorbing contest lasting over four-
Murray came close to confirming it
was his last Australian Open, telling the
Melbourne Arena audience he would
“maybe” see them again.
He now faces a call that could end or
extend his career.
“I have basically like two options.
One is to take the next four-and-a -
half months off, then build up, play
Wimbledon,” Murray said.
“But having an operation like that,
there’s absolutely no guarantees I’d be
able to play again. That is the decision
that I have to make. It will improve my
quality of life, I’ll be in less pain doing
normal things like walking around and
putting your shoes on.”
Murray said he had left nothing on the
court after nearly claiming a memorable
victory from two sets down.
Video tributes for the three-time major
winner from the likes of Roger Federer
and Novak Djokovic were played on the
big screen after the match.
“If it was my last match, look, it was a
brilliant way to finish,” Murray said.
“I literally gave everything that I had
on the court, fought as best as I could. I’d
be okay with that being my last match.”
One of the hardest trainers on the ATP
tour, Murray said he regretted pushing
his body to the brink and if he had his
time over would do things differently.
“It’s also been a flaw of mine. Some
people might say, It’s a positive thing
that Andy worked really, really hard.
“But I also often didn’t stop myself
when I was being told to do things.
I would always kind of just go along
with what I was being told. That was a
Humbled by the outpouring of support
from the Melbourne crowd, Murray said
it would be up to others to judge his
“There’s matches here, for example,
that I would love to play again, have
another opportunity to do that,” he said.
“I don’t know what it will be, but I have
tried my best.” — AAP
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Burnout Brogans driver Brendon Hibbs, left, and team manager Dave Hewison are ready for the New Zealand Burnout Championships at Ruapuna this Saturday after the car received a
full engine refit.
Burnout Brogans ‘fired up’ for Ruapuna
Sami Donaldson heads for the finish line in
Greymouth athletes in the medals
Roger Federer believes he might just ser ve
and volley his way to another Australian
Open title, such is the strength of his
The six-time champion sealed a simple
passage through to the second round last
night, defeating Denis Istomin with ease.
Federer downed the world No 101 6-3,
6-4, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena; his 59th
consecutive first-round win at a major, a
run dating back to the 2003 French Open.
Since that loss against Peruvian Luis
Horna, Federer has claimed a world-record
20 grand slams, hoping to gather a 21st at
Melbourne Park by month’s end.
Against Istomin, champion Federer laid
warning signs for the rest of the field.
The 37-year-old took one hour and 57
minutes to dispatch the Uzbek, doing so
without facing a solitary break point.
The Swiss great said he believed he had
found terrific rhythm on his ser ve, which
was the basis for the rest of his game.
“I think I can trust my second serve in
particular. When you trust your second
ser ve, you can go after your first serve,” he
“If you don’t get broken much, or hardly
ever, not at all, you have so little pressure
on the return games, you can really try out
“I started to feel that mid-way through
the first set already that it was going to be
difficult for Denis to get into my ser vice
“That relaxes you from the baseline. Then
good things really happen.”
That included a number of ser ve-volley
rushes in the later sets, which Federer
attributed to his Hopman Cup outing.
“I think also mixed doubles, to be quite
honest, helped me because I ser ved and
volleyed in the mixed doubles all the time
and spent a lot of time at net,” he said.
“I feel really good about it. My body is in
good shape. Maybe it’s dangerous when you
ser ve and volley. I only did it in selective
“We’ll see who I play and if it can be of
good use. I’m happy I have it in the bag.”
Federer is next in action tomorrow
against British qualifier Dan Evans, who
shocked on his way to the fourth round in
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal has dispelled
lingering fitness concerns in dispatching
local hope James D uckworth in straight
Playing his first tour match since the
2018 US Open, the Spanish powerhouse
won 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in a match that lasted
two hours and 15 minutes on Rod Laver
Nadal pulled out of his US Open semi
against Juan Martin del Potro due to knee
pain before undergoing ankle surgery in
“It’s not easy to come back after a lot of
months ... especially against a player who
is playing super-aggressive,” Nadal said
“It’s always very difficult to start after the
The 17-time major champion had 38
winners and only 11 unforced errors
against the luckless D uckworth, who has
undergone countless bouts of foot surgery
in recent years.
The 26-year-old Australian won last
month’s Open wildcard play-off to earn his
way into the main draw.
He has now crashed out at the first hurdle
at the past four majors, each time to much
higher-ranked opponents in Marin Cilic,
Alexander Zverev, Andy Murray and now
Reigning Australian Open champion
Caroline Wozniacki has marked her return
to Rod Laver Arena with a win, defeating
Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in straight
The Danish world No 3 won 6-3, 6-4 last
night, her first match on Melbourne Park’s
centre court since she lifted the Daphne
Akhurst Memorial Cup last January.
While Wozniacki was a picture of
concentration for much of her clash, the
emotion flooded in after her first-round
“Last year I had some incredible memories
from here ... it’s such a special feeling. I love
playing back here,” she said.
“I’m going to start crying and I never cry.”
Wozniacki needed an hour and 33 minutes
to get past the Belgian world No 52.
Her ser ve and overall consistency was the
Wozniacki was never broken, facing just two
break points, while recording just 16 unforced
errors against a “very tricky” opponent.
“ I think she played very well. The first set
was especially a high level,” she said.
“ I’m was happy to get that early break (in
the second ser ve and then) I was trying to stay
focused to win my ser ves. ”
For Van Uytvanck, 24, it was a fifth-straight
Australian Open appearance where she has
lost in the first round, including a 2015 loss
to Serena Williams and a double-bagelling by
Victoria Azarenka in 2016.
Wozniacki’s next assignment will be
Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, with a possible
blockbuster against Maria Sharapova looming
in the third round.
Fed Express, Nadal keep rolling
Wozniacki eases into
second round at Melbourne
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