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With just under a week before
11 athletes from the Greymouth
Junior Athletic Club head south
for the Colgate Games, some top
performances were given at the
Charlotte Sweney (7yrs) was in
good form to send out the tape to
6.08m when she put the shot put.
Her e ort bettered Maggie Kelly's
record set in 2010, of 6.03m.
Big brother Preston Sweney was
also in form being just 9cm o the
shot put record for his age grade.
Others close to records included
Samantha Donaldson (7yrs) who
was 20cm o the long jump record,
when she leapt 2.98m, while on the
track Riley Foster was again just
.27s o the 60m record.
Athletes to stand out on the
track were L Donaldson, M Kelly,
N Prendergast, A Donaldson,
S Donaldson, E Phillips and P
Bradley-Kee, and on the track
A Clark, R Kelly, H Pinnock, D
Sollitt and H Foster.
60m.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster
1, A Perchig 2, 15s. Boys: N
Prendergast 1, 13.10s. Girls, 7yrs: S
Donaldson 1, M Prendergast 2, E
Coates 3, 11s. Boys: L Donaldson
1, M Molloy 2, R Meek 3, 10.88s.
Boys, 8yrs: Y Perchig 1, G omas
2, 10.56s. Girls, 9yrs: S Bergin 1,
11.62s. Boys: R Foster 1, D Moles
2, P Sweney 3, 9.44s. Girls, 10yrs:
A Donaldson 1, 10.32s. Boys:
P Bradley-Kee 1, C Donaldson
2, J Watts 3, 9.56s. Girls, 11yrs:
M Kelly 1, 9.56s. Girls, 13yrs: R
Kelly 1, D Sollitt 2, 9.28s. Boys: H
Pinnock 1, 9.94s.
100m.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster
1, A Perchig 2, 23.85s. Boys: N
Prendergast 1, 22.10s. Girls, 7yrs:
S Donaldson 1, M Prendergast
2, E Coates 3, 18.53s. Boys: L
Donaldson 1, C Moles 2, M
Molloy 3, 17.88s. Girls, 8yrs: T
Morgan 1, 19.62s. Boys: Y Perchig
1, G omas 2, 17.44s. Boys, 9yrs:
R Foster 1, D Moles 2, P Sweney 3,
15.76s. Girls, 10yrs: A Donaldson
1, 16.63s. Boys: P Bradley-Kee 1,
J Watts 2, C Donaldson 3, 15.94s.
Girls, 11yrs: M Kelly 1, 15.63s.
Boys: F Sharp 1, 17.66s. Girls,
13yrs: R Kelly 1, D Sollitt 2, 15.12s.
Boys: E Phillips 1, H Pinnock 2,
200m.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster
1, A Perchig 2, 51.38s. Boys: N
Prendergast 1, 47.76s. Girls, 7yrs:
S Donaldson 1, M Prendergast
2, E Coates 3, 37.56s. Boys: L
Donaldson 1, M Molloy 2, T Sharp
3, 38.72s. Girls, 8yrs: T Morgan
1, 42.82s. Boys: Y Perchig 1, G
omas 2, 37.44s. Girls, 9yrs: S
Bergin 1, 44.10. Boys: R Foster 1, D
Moles 2, P Sweney 3, 34.60s. Girls,
10yrs: A Donaldson 1, 33.97s.
Boys: J watts 1, P Bradley-Kee 2, C
Donaldson 3, 33.76s. Girls, 11yrs:
M Kelly 1, 33.12s. Boys: F Sharp
1, 37.12s. Girls, 13yrs: R Kelly 1,
D Sollitt 2, 30.79s. Boys: E Phillips
Shot put.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster
1, 1.90m. Boys: N Prendergast 1,
2.84m. Girls, 7yrs: C Sweney 1,
S Donaldson 2, M Prendergast 3,
6.08m. Boys: L Donaldson 1, K
Atkinson 2, M Molloy 3, 5.59m.
Girls, 8yrs: T Morgan 1, 3.66m.
Boys: G omas 1, Y Perchig 2,
4.07m. Girls, 9yrs: S Bergin 1,
4.78m. Boys: P Sweney 1, D Moles
2, R Foster 3, 9.11m. Girls, 10yrs:
A Donaldson 1, 5.25m. Boys:
A Clark 1, C Donaldson 2, P
Bradley-Kee 3, 7.95m. Girls, 11yrs:
M Kelly 1, 8.74m. Boys: F Sharp 1,
6.22m. Girls, 13yrs: R Kelly 1, D
Sollitt 2, 8.85m. Boys: H Pinnock
1, E Phillips 2, 6.71m.
Long jump.--- Girls, 6yrs:
H Foster 1, 1.86m. Boys: N
Prendergast 1, 1.45m. Girls, 7yrs:
S Donaldson 1, M Prendergast
2, C Sweney 3, 2.98m. Boys:
L Donaldson 1, C Moles 2, M
Molloy 3, 2.85m.
Discus.--- Girls, 8yrs: T Morgan
1, 8.11m. Boys: G omas 1, Y
Perchig 2, 10.99m. Girls, 9yrs: S
Bergin 1, 14.17m. Boys: P Sweney
1, D Moles 2, R Foster 3, 24.63m.
Girls,10yrs: A donaldson 1,11.64m.
Boys: A Clark 1, C Donaldson 2, J
Watts 3, 22.63m. Girls, 11yrs: M
Kelly 1, 24.69m. Boys: F Sharp 1,
13.89m. Girls, 13yrs: R Kelly 1, D
Sollitt 2, 24.63m. Boys: H Pinnock
1, E Phillips 2, 23.82m.
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e West Coast Scrap Metal and Steel
Miss Scenicland Stakes will hold centre
stage at the Westland Racing Club
meeting in Hokitika tomorrow.
e $20,000 feature race is the
highlight on the nal day of the West
Coast New Year circuit, and with top
weight Our Alchemist, Unrelenting
Lady, Barbara Jennie, Ishimine and
Lakers Bay all realistic chances.
Our Alchemist took out the
Greymouth Cup in impressive style
and was a little unlucky when nishing
second to Captain Todd in the Kumara
Gold Nuggets, on Saturday.
e Kevin Myers-trained runner got
pocketed on the fence and did not see
daylight until late, but the bird had
Tomorrow, Our Alchemist will start
as a warm favourite and should justify
her support and is expected to hold too
many guns for her rivals in the Fillies
and Mares WFA event.
Regular ride David Walsh will partner
the Whanganui galloper at Hokitika.
e chief executive of Hawke's
Bay Cricket Association has come
under attack after scoring a blistering
307 retired from 115 balls against a
schoolboy bowling attack.
Craig Findlay smashed 27 sixes
in his innings for his Complete
Flooring Napier Technical Old
Boys (NTOB) prompting outraged
parents, players and fans to question
his motives in the division one match
against the St John's College First XI
in Napier on Saturday.
e former rst-class cricketer
pummelled the Hastings schoolboys
into submission with a strike rate
of 266.66 as his side racked up a
Hawke's Bay Today was yesterday
bombarded with website, tweet,
text, phone and e-mail messages
of complaints against the former
Central Districts Stag player.
Andrew Frame tweeted: "Nothing
to be proud of in that game. Tech
should have declared at 300-1 at the
20-over break and saved face.
"I was playing on next pitch, almost
got hit by two sixes. Felt for the St
Johns' boys. Unfair contest, really."
Megan Singleton said: "Can't
believe the cricket CEO retired on
300. Some of those kids were 15 and
completely demoralised. What a guy!
" at CEO should be nurturing
these players not trying to show o
and have his score on back page."
Yesterday St John's team captain
James McNatty, 16, said he pleaded
with Findlay to retire after 23 overs
of the 45-over a air "because it was
really getting out of hand" but the
former Hawke's Bay senior men's
representative said he'd think about
"After another seven overs I
asked him again but he just walked
away and carried on batting,"
said McNatty, whose players are
predominantly aged 15 and 16.
"We were just glad to get o the
eld but we're still determined to
stay in the grade."
McNatty's mother Michele,
speaking on behalf of the players'
parents, said they heard even before
the game that Findlay was going
to "teach the schoolboys a lesson"
because they were not good enough
to be in the two-tier senior men's
"I'm just so disappointed in the way
they used our boys to prove a point.
How would Finns (Findlay) feel if
some day someone like him bullies
his young boy (Toby, 10) on the park
as a batsman or bowler?"
St John's principal Neal Swindells,
who is coaching for the last time this
Saturday before moving to St Pat's
College in Wellington to work as
rector, said St John's had earned their
place in division one.
He was loathe to judge Craig
Findlay's knock because the cricketer
had not broken any rules.
"Craig's has every right to play in
the grade. We can't really complain
about that. But there's something in
the air that does not feel right and
you can see that."
Swindells said his team were
demoralised and had not learned
anything from last Saturday's
ogging, although they had beaten
Tech when Findlay was not playing
for them early this season.
Findlay last night said he was
disappointed with the public's
reaction which e ectively meant they
did not want him to play.
While he could still play in the
premier grade Findlay said he had a
young family and did not want the
commitment of training and long
days at the weekend.
"I played hard so that's why I won a
lot," he said, adding that was his goal
as cricket boss to ensure the young
built a steely resolve.
"To create champions you have to
be tough. I'm not allowed to play and
I have others telling me where I can
bat and when not to play," he said,
adding it appeared the Bay was on a
slippery track to a "PC world".
Board chairman Derek Stirling, a
former New Zealand international,
said his phone was running hot all
day from calls and texts and he had
discussed the issue with Findlay.
"Did he go too far? Morally, yes."
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
PICTURE: APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Craig Findlay, newly-appointed chief executive, Hawke's Bay Cricket
Association, pictured by the R C MacInnes Pavilion at Nelson Park, Napier.
Top innings 'just not cricket'
e Australasian Hotel Greymouth
touch draw for ursday is ---
Open: Showerdome I v Top Hats, 6pm;
Showerdome II v Blaketown Bulldogs,
6.30pm; Aussie Kotukus v Boat Boys,
7pm; Wolf Pack v Dare Devils, 7.30pm.
Mixed: Solid Gold v Scorpions, 6pm;
Paroa Playcentre v Rams, 6.30pm; Toto
Weka v Overloads, 7pm; e Vets v
Power Rangers, 7.30pm.
e Greymouth Bowling Club will
host the Ian McEwen All Day Triples on
Saturday, January 25. e tournament is
a two-bowl open event and will be played
on the Cobden green. Nominations are
now open for team or single entries.
Greymouth Bowling Club
triples this weekend
e brand new West Coast dragon
boat racing team took top honours in
their section at the Aoraki Dragon
Boat Club championship in Akaroa,
e team of teenagers, who have
only been practising for a couple
months, took out their section nal
in a close nish, in windy conditions.
e Coasters have only trained
in a 20-person boat and with no
competition against them, but
adapted well to the 10-person boats
race boats used for the day.
Twenty-four teams of 10 competed
in the championship, which started
with a Le Mons-style race involving
a crew person having to run down
the beach to the boat, which had
already started the paddle out to the
e West Coast team, having
not trained for the Le Mons race,
managed to manoeuvre the boat
around the turn successfully and
snapped up 19th place.
In the main event, a 250m paddle
to shore, the Coast team won the
second heat and took four seconds
o their previous best to win a place
in the nal. e nal was raced in
strong winds and was hard going for
the paddlers, but the Coasters coped
well with the conditions to grab the
ey now has their sights set on the
next championships in the 20-crew
boats at Lake Pegasus in mid-
e successful team was.--- Carrie
Vaughan, Chanelle Whata, Brie
Wilson, Leteisha Rothera, Bailey
Williams, Matt Wakeford, Bryn
Preston, Connor Sutherland, Jake
ompson, Shia King, Aylah
Peterson, Ingrid van Risjnover, Cain
McCartney, Grace Henry, Laychan
DRAGON BOAT RACING
Coast dragon boaters excel
e West Coast team on action on the water.
Cost-cutting appears to be behind
the New Zealand Racing Board's
decision to stop broadcasting its
Trackside television channel on free
to air tv.
Trackside is now broadcast on the
Freeview and Sky tv platforms, but
from April will be available only via
the pay tv network --- a move that
has annoyed some punters.
"I reckon it's a bloody bad move,"
said punter Gil Brown. "It's free
and good publicity for the racing
industry and now they are forcing
people to get it on a subscription
e Herald understands a desire
to save money on broadcasting fees
paid to Freeview and Kordia was
behind the Racing Board's decision.
TAB executive manager Glen
Patrick said that while money was
a factor, a plan to split content
across two channels --- which
will be rebranded Trackside 1 and
Trackside 2 --- could be achieved
if they were broadcast on the same
"It is a better commercial deal and
that was one factor --- the change
aligns with our mandate under the
Racing Act to maximise returns to
the racing industry," he said.
"But it is also about customer
experience. Moving to Sky enables
us to deliver an enhanced content
o ering and aligns with our
strategic vision to make racing the
best entertainment business for
Mr Brown said the move was
indicative of the declining ser vices
the TAB o ered to punters and
he was annoyed there had been no
consultation with customers.
Freeview general manager Sam
Ir vine said the platform was
disappointed to lose the channel.
" ere are a whole lot of people
who don't want to pay for Sky or
can't a ord it. ey are the ones who
are going to be missing out," he said.
Sky corporate communications
head Kirsty Way said Sky already
broadcast TAB tv in conjunction
with Trackside and the o erings
of both channels would now be
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Cost-cutting scratches Trackside on Freeview
An international basketball
player will seek a discharge
without conviction on a drink-
drive charge today in a bid to
save her sporting career.
Tall Fern Jordina Katu said
the "stupid" mistake should
not prevent her from ful lling
her potential in basketball
and insisted she had given up
alcohol to prove she had taken
the incident seriously.
e 27-year-old will be
sentenced this morning at the
Auckland District Court, where
she will argue that a conviction
could limit her international
She blew a reading of 704
micrograms of alcohol per litre
of breath when she was stopped
in May. e adult legal limit is
Katu, who has signed with
Melbourne club Craigieburn
Eagles for this year's Victorian
season and is a member of the
Tall Ferns squad, said her dream
was competing at the 2016
Olympics and a conviction
would make her consider giving
e Pakuranga resident
was out celebrating a friend's
30th birthday and the group's
designated sober driver had too
much to drink.
Katu decided to take the
wheel. "I got in the car, and
turned the corner, and got
pulled over from there."
Katu said she had taken
steps to prove she regretted
her action. As well as stopping
drinking, she had completed
a month-long drink-driving
She denied a discharge would
show favouritism to sports
In November, polocrosse
player Casey Anne Mullany, 29,
was convicted in the Gisborne
District Court of drink-driving
after police appealed against
a judge's decision to grant a
discharge without conviction.
Injury concerns are threatening to
overshadow Wales coach Warren Gatland's
Six Nations squad announcement.
Wales are bidding to win a third
outright title in succession, something
never achieved before in the tournament's
But several senior players may not be fully
t by the time of their tournament opener
against Italy in Cardi on February 1.
Gatland's squad announcement will
also take place against a back drop of civil
war within Welsh Rugby that has pitted
the Welsh Rugby Union against the four
professional regions in a battle for the
future of the game in the principality.
e most pressing issue for Gatland
concerns Wales captain Sam Warburton
--- the skipper of the British and Irish
Lions side the New Zealander coached to
a 2-1 series win in Australia last year.
Back-row forward Warburton has not
played since su ering a shoulder injury
during Wales' 30-26 defeat by Australia
at the Millennium Stadium in November
and Cardi Blues coach Phil Davies
reckons the anker is still a fortnight away
from full tness.
at does not leave Warburton with
much time to regain match sharpness
ahead of the Italy game.
Prop Gethin Jenkins is also doubtful
after he su ered a leg injury in the Blues'
European Cup defeat by Toulon last
Behind the scrum, Jonathan Davies is
set to miss the rst three games of the
tournament with the pectoral injury he
sustained in Wales's loss to South Africa
But fellow centre Jamie Roberts, who
missed the entire end-of-year series, is on
course to return from an ankle injury for
Racing Metro this weekend. --- AFP
of Six Nations
Scottish Rugby Union chiefs are
optimistic they are getting the better of
parasites that have spoilt the once pristine
Murray eld pitch in time for the Six
Long renowned for the quality of its
playing surface, Murray eld came under
attack from nematodes in the build-up to
the 2013 end-of-year Tests.
"Scottish Rugby continues to monitor
carefully the international pitch at
Murray eld Stadium," an SRU spokesman
" e latest testing of the pitch shows that
the problem with the nematodes is now
'manageable' and that the treatment being
used to eliminate the worm --- which
includes spraying the pitch with garlic,
then plant sugars to stimulate growth --- is
beginning to take e ect." --- AFP
Tall Fern pleads for
Penrith recruit Jamie Soward
is set to make his debut in
Panthers colours at the NRL
Auckland Nines next month
and could spearhead the club
to victory in the inaugural
e always controversial
playmaker is keen to play at
the Eden Park event and with
his blinding speed and astute
kicking game shapes as one of
the key players of the Nines.
Fellow Panthers o season
acquisitions Tyrone Peachey,
Elijah Taylor and even Brent
Kite shape as exciting NRL
short-form possibilities. at
coupled with the likes of
James Segeyaro, Dean Whare,
2013's leading tryscorer David
Simmons, Josh Mansour, Matt
Moylan James Roberts and Tim
Grant, if selected, could make
the Panthers one of the teams
Soward said he would like to
begin his Panthers career at the
"I'm excited about playing
Nines and it looks like I will
be heading over there," Soward
"It is an exciting time for the
NRL to be trying something
di erent and getting a lot more
exposure world wide."
One player who is unlikely to
join Soward in Auckland for
the February 15 and 16 event
is his new halves partner Peter
Soward joked that Wallace
was "probably not quick enough"
to play Nines football.
But Wallace himself said that
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary
was unlikely to take him on the
trip across the Tasman Sea in a
"I don't think I'll play," Wallace
"I'm not sure but it is looking
like I won't be there."
Under tournament rules
squads for the Nines must
be submitted to the NRL
by 5pm on February 10.
Soward set to debut
at Auckland Nines
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