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In the final week before the
Greymouth Junior Athletic Club
host their club and West Coast
championships, athletes improved
across the board in a variety
of events their meeting on
Leading the charge was Daniella
Sollitt (13yrs), who bettered the
discus record for her grade by
42cm, increasing the distance set
by Laken Richardson in 2008.
Preston Sweney in the 9yrs grade
was .5cm off the high jump record
for with a leap of 1.10m.
Other athletes to stand out on
the day included, S Donaldson, M
Molloy, L Donaldson, D Moles, J
Watts, M Kelly, C Molloy and R
Results.--- 60m.--- Girls, 6yrs:
R Schroder 1, N Haronga-
Colville 2, S Sullivan 3, 12.12s.
Boys: E O Keefe 1, F O Gara 2, B
McFarlane 3, 13.10s. Girls, 7yrs: S
Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2, 10.82s.
Boys, heat 1: M Molloy 1, C
Swinburn 2, L Sullivan 3, 10.97s.
Heat 2: L Donaldson 1, C Moles
2, L McFarlane 3, 10.66s. Girls,
9yrs: C Molloy 1, 10.97s. Boys: D
Moles 1, P Sweney 2, 10.12s.
100m.--- Girls, 6yrs: N
Haronga-Colville 1, R Schroder
2, S Sullivan 3, 20.25s. Boys: E
O Keefe 1, B McFarlane 2, 21.35s.
Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson 1, C
Sweney 2, 17.47s. Boys, heat 1:
L Donaldson 1, M Molloy 2, C
Swinburn 3, 17.66s. Heat 2: C
Moles 1, L Sullivan 2, N Dymond
3, 18.16s. Girls, 9yrs: C Molloy
1, S Bergin 2, 18.38s. Boys: D
Moles 1, P Sweney 2, 16.10s.
Girls, 10yrs: A Donaldson 1, B
Watson-Bisphan 2, 16.50s. Boys:
J Watts 1, C Donaldson 2, 16.10s.
Girls, 11yrs: M Kelly 1, 15.31s.
Boys, 12yrs: C Bergin 1, 18.56s.
Girls, 13yrs: R Kelly 1, D Sollitt
2, 14.75s. Boys: E Phillips 1, H
Pinnock 2, 14.85s. Girls, 14yrs:
B Dempster 1, 16.72s. Boys: I
Stratford 1, 14.44s.
200m.--- Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder
1, N Haronga-Colville 2, S
Sullivan 3, 46s. Boys: B McFarlane
1, E O Keefe 2, F O Gara 3, 53.06s.
Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson 1, 38.19s.
Boys, heat 1: L Donaldson 1, M
Molloy 2, C Swinburn 3, 38.47s.
Heat 2: C Moles 1, L McFarlane
2, K Atkinson 3, 41.76s. Girls,
9yrs: C Molloy 1, 42.85s. Boys: D
Moles 1, P Sweney 2, 35.88s. Girls,
10yrs: A Donaldson 1, 35.22s.
Boys: J Watts 1, C Donaldson 2,
34.91s. Girls, 11yrs: M Kelly 1,
33.69s. Boys, 12yrs: C Bergin 1,
45.82s. Girls, 13yrs: R Kelly 1, D
Sollitt 2, S Molloy 3, 31.28s. Boys:
E Phillips 1, H Pinnock 2, 35.94s.
Girls, 14yrs: B Dempster 1,
35.79s. Boys: I Stratford 1, 29.56s.
1500m.--- Girls, 10yrs: A
Donaldson 1, 6.51.53s. Boys: J
Watts 1, C Donaldson 2, 6.45.35s.
Girls, 11yrs: M Kelly 1, 6.40.56s.
Girls, 13yrs: R Kelly 1, 6.26.00.
Girls, 14yrs: B Dempster 1,
Shot put.--- Girls, 6yrs: R
Schroder 1, N Haronga-Colville
2, 2.16m. Boys: F O Gara 1, E
O Keefe 2, B McFarlane 3, 3.41m.
Discus.--- Girls, 6yrs: R
Schroder 1, N Haronga-Colville
2, 6.28m. Boys: E O Keefe 1,
F O Gara 2, B McFarlane 3,
5.43m. Girls, 7yrs: C Sweney 1,
S Donaldson 2, 11.01m. Boys:
L Donaldson 1, R Meek 2, K
Atkinson 3, 11.09m. Girls, 11yrs:
M Kelly 1, 25.06m. Boys, 12yrs:
C Bergin 1, 13.37m. Girls, 13yrs:
D Sollitt 1, R Kelly 2, S Molloy
3, 25.42m. Boys: H Pinnock 1, E
Phillips 2, 23.59m. Girls, 14yrs:
B Dempster 1, 11.41m: Boys: I
Stratford 1, 16.31m.
Long jump.--- Girls, 7yrs: S
Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2, 2.96m.
Boys: L Donaldson 2, M Molloy
2, C Moles 3, 2.76m. Girls, 9yrs:
S Bergin 1, C Molloy 2, 2.63m.
Boys: D Moles 1, P Sweney 2,
3.29m. Girls, 10yrs: A Donaldson
1, B Watson-Bisphan 2, 3.28m.
Boys: C Donaldson 1, J Watts 2,
High jump.--- Boys, 9yrs: P
Sweney 1, D Moles 2, 1.10m.
Girls, 10yrs: A Donaldson 1, 1m.
Boys: C Donaldson 1, J Watts 2,
1.15m. Girls, 11yrs: M Kelly 1,
1.15m. Girls, 13yrs: D Sollitt 1,
1.15m. Boys: E Phillips 1, 1.28m.
Boys, 14yrs: I Stratford 1, 1.25m.
Wayne Ironside won
the Ces White Trophy
with a score of 48 out of
50 when the Kokatahi
Gun Club met on
Sunday for the first shoot
T Taft and M Havill
e skeet was won by
M Havill on 24 from T
Burden s 23.
Results.--- G Smith
22,18,45; D Priest 19,
M Havill 24,17,47;
J Havill 19,17,45; T
Burden 23,17,46; P
Bayliss 19,18,44; T Taft
22,17,47; D Hutchison
21,19,44; W Ironside
22,16,48; J Boyle
19,19,45; G Mathieson
20,17,41; Z Ironside
-10,30; C Windley -,20
e club s annual
general meeting in its
104th year will be held
on February 19, while the
next championship is the
25-target single rise, on
If the Chiefs had to select
someone to climb Mt Everest, new
lock Matt Symons might be asked
to pack his crampons.
In yo-yo fitness tests to assess
the players aerobic capacity before
Christmas, coach Dave Rennie
revealed the 2m, 117kg lock had
broken the franchise record,
Let s put that number in context:
an allblacks.com video from 2009
has Richie McCaw in his pomp,
puffing to 19.2, also known as the
beep test, to head off his All Blacks
e 24-year-old lock s aerobic
capacity --- in addition to power,
mobility and aerial skills --- will be
handy when he debuts for the Super
Symons was recruited after
excelling as a first-choice lock for
Canterbury in last year s ITM Cup
before injuring his shoulder.
"(Chiefs forwards coach) Tom
Coventry discussed Super Rugby
options with me," Symons says.
"It helped me appreciate what the
Chiefs stood for --- I love the work
ethic and team ethos."
Symons was once part of Britain s
age group rowing squad, an outfit
synonymous with physical adversity.
stress of compartment syndrome,
a medical condition where not
enough blood gets to muscles and
ner ves in compartments of the
body like the arms or legs.
He needed surgery on his
forearms to remedy it but gave up
Symons says rugby can be just as
brutal: "When I rowed, we d train
up to three sessions a day, seven
days a week at times. I spent two
years in the under-23 training
"It can be a harsh sport because
of the mental toughness required
against the machine and the racing
demands over 2000m.
"However, rugby pre-season
training with the Chiefs has been
just as difficult. e fitness levels are
hard to compare but rugby sessions
are up there because of the physical
contact and the stop-start nature
Symons played for English
second division club Esher but
moved to New Zealand on the
recommendation of his brother
Andrew, who played in the Tasman
midfield and had spent time at
Canterbury s International High
Symons joined the High School
Old Boys club where the premier
team was coached by former All
Blacks Reuben orne and Aaron
"As forwards coach, Reuben s
understanding of set piece rugby
was outstanding," Symons said. "I
learnt a lot off him."
"I was immediately impressed
with his attitude and his willingness
to take a leadership role in the
group," orne said, who is
currently assisting the Honda Heat
franchise in Japan.
"He began calling the lineouts
almost immediately and quickly
became an integral part of our tight
five. He became a popular part of
our club team and embraced the
New Zealand rugby culture.
"His fitness and work rate set
him apart from most other tight
forwards. He is also highly skilled
"Several times I can recall him
making covering tackles or carrying
the ball in situations which the
average lock wouldn t have been
able to do.
"His specific set piece skills of
lineouts, kickoffs and scrummaging
will quickly improve in a
professional environment. He has
all the attributes and intelligence to
be an outstanding lock."
With co-captain Craig Clarke
and Romana Graham signing
with European franchises, the
Chiefs have signed Symons, Mike
Fitzgerald, Ross Filipo and Brodie
Retallick as specialist locks. No 8
Kane ompson is also an option if
injury strikes. --- APNZ
e Greymouth Action
Cricket competition will
be back up and running
e draw is.---
5.30pm: Revies v e
Mixtures; e Rec v
Grinners. 7pm: VCS v
Got the Runs.
Defaults have marred
the Australasian Hotel
Byrne said captains of
defaulting teams were
obliged to inform the
other team during the
day to save them from
turning up unnecessarily.
e draw for ursday
is.--- Open: 6pm, Aussie
Kotukus v Blaketown
Bulldogs; 6.30pm, Dare
Devils v Top Hats;
7pm, Showerdome I v
Showerdome II; 7.30pm,
Wolf Pack v Boat Boys.
Mixed: 6pm, e Vets
v Overloads; 6.30pm,
Power Rangers v
Scorpions, 7pm, Solid
Gold v Paroa Play
Centre; 7.30pm, Toto
Weka v Rams.
Symons a lock fit for champion Chiefs pack
ahead of champs
As Stuart Lancaster makes his final
Six Nations preparations, England s
next generation of budding rugby
internationals have been told that
their competitions must have no
winners and that if they are losing
a match, the teams will have to be
While England prepare at their usual
base in Surrey, the county finds itself
on the frontline of a philosophical
battle about competitive matches in
junior or mini rugby.
e Rugby Football Union in
conjunction with Surrey Rugby
last week issued a new set of rules
for tournaments for all age groups
under-11 that left many parents and
coaches initially thinking they were
the victims of a spoof.
e key components are that
tournaments will no longer have a
winner, they will be round-robin
only. Coaches must meet before each
match to try to pick evenly matched
teams and if any matches are proving
too one-sided then coaches will be
forced to adjust their teams at half-
time to make them closer. Teams
will no longer be streamed on ability
but will play all matches with mixed
Teams who fail to follow the new
guidelines will see all their club s
age-group sides thrown out of
the tournament and face further
Most minis tournaments are already
played on a round-robin basis, with
all teams playing four or five matches
and the top four or two from
competing groups then going on to
play semi-finals or a final.
Win, lose or draw all their games,
most competing players go home
with a taking part medal while the
winners take the trophy.
Tournaments are usually streamed
into A B or C/development levels,
so children of similar standards play
against each other.
Hugely popular with children,
parents and coaches, the current
structure is to be replaced by the new
no losers approach that is already
drawing widespread condemnation
and ridicule. Particularly under-fire is
the concept of teams being changed
mid-match, seemingly removing
the whole concept of fighting back
against adversity which underpins
the very nature of sport.
Rosslyn Park, a hugely successful
south-west London club currently
boasting between 60 and 80 children
in each age group, has already
announced its withdrawal from the
Surrey Tournament, where the new
rules are to be introduced, while
many other clubs are canvassing their
members for their views.
British newspapers have also been
quick to pour scorn on the concept,
with a common theme being the
question of how the likes of New
Zealand and South Africa must be
laughing from afar.
A comment piece headlined "must
try less hard" in the Daily Telegraph
said the move "seems redolent of
the heyday of the equality-obsessed
loony left .
"Is such earnestness appropriate
for mini-rugby played by eight-year-
olds? ( Look here, Smith Minor, you
may be pleased you scored that try,
but did you stop to think what it
might do to the self-esteem of the
chaps you thrashed? ) And there is a
serious drawback to this: misplaced
egalitarianism risks denying non-
academic children the valuable
opportunity of excelling on the sports
field. Youngsters, whether playing
rugby or Angry Birds, thrive on
competition. A game where no one
wins is not much fun."
e RFU, however, defends the
changes, which it says have been
introduced as a way to limit the
number of children leaving the sport
Steve Grainger, the RFU s
development director, who has
suddenly become more in-demand
than Lancaster, said they were drawn
up after a long consultation period
and did not send the message that
winning is wrong.
" e tournaments will still have
matches which are won or lost but
this is about removing the win-at-
all-costs mentality which is creeping
into the game," Grainger said.
" at can lead to coaches not giving
all players a game, just choosing
their best players to try to win the
tournament, and that will drive kids
out of the sport."
Grainger said that it is often the
parents on the sidelines who yearn
for decisive matches, rather than
the children involved, but a straw
poll carried out at a Surrey club by
Reuters at the weekend found little
support for the concept.
Presented with the new tournament
rules while battling through
the mud and rain on a freezing
Sunday morning training session,
the overwhelming response from
Richmond under-8s was a simple:
"that s rubbish." --- Reuters
of the New Zealand Herald
e fight back is under way in the
battle to own cricket.
With the International Cricket
Council board meeting today and
tomorrow, a host of the game s
political and playing heavyweights
have endorsed the cause to prevent the
game being controlled predominantly
through the India, Australian and
England and Wales boards.
Opposition has been forthcoming in
New Zealand cricketing great Martin
Crowe and the architect of the Future
Tours Programme and former New
Zealand Cricket chairman Sir John
Anderson are the latest to join the fray.
e lead came from former ICC
president Ehsan Mani of Pakistan.
He wrote a letter to the ICC
requesting the ICC s finance and
commercial affairs committee s recent
position paper regarding commercial
rights be withdrawn.
It is undersigned by former ICC
president Malcolm Gray, former ICC
chief executive Malcolm Speed and
former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd
Mani s letter stated:
" e three boards have completely
undermined the integrity and standing
of the ICC, its president and the
board of directors in promoting their
own agenda without due and proper
discussion by the board. Clearly, the
right standard of boardroom behaviour
is not seen to be in place.
"BCCI, ECB and CA say in the
Paper that they will provide greater
leadership and stability to the ICC
and its Members. In return they ask
the Members to hand over powers of
the ICC board to them. ey do not
demonstrate how they will do this in
any meaningful way.
" ey do, however, plan to make
significant financial gains for themselves
and completely control the workings of
the ICC to the exclusion of the other
Anderson, in a letter to Mani, added:
"I fully support your memorandum on
" e current governance process and
income distribution is based on the
objective for ICC to materially develop
and grow world cricket. is was the
objective of the MCC and the English
Cricket Board --- who both shared this
mission in the preceding 80 years.
" e Future Tours programme was
an integral part in raising the standard
of test cricket as well as expanding the
number of test cricket nations.
" e proposal will probably create
a division in the test playing nations
which will undermine all test playing
nations revenues as test cricket will have
no context. It will also have a material
effect on the development programme
for associate and affiliate members."
Crowe passed on his sentiments to
New Zealander Alan Isaac, the current
"I endorse wholeheartedly the letter
by Mr Ehsan Mani to the ICC regards
their position paper," he wrote.
Mani s letter includes an appendix
calculating the proposed revenue
sharing of the ICC s draft finance and
Based on gross revenues of $US2.5
billion ($NZ3.04b) for the period
2015-2023, NZC s forecast revenue is
At present revenue is distributed
equally among the 10 full member
nations meaning NZC revenue would
be $US117.5m under the existing
arrangement. e new proposal would
make for a difference of $US42m.
Under the new proposal, India would
receive $US568m, England $US173m
and Australia $US130.5m.
"A point that also needs to be addressed
is: why does BCCI need more money at
the expense of other countries?" Mani
wrote. " e domestic and international
media fees that BCCI receives from
playing with other members are
massive and underpin BCCI s financial
position. It is the richest cricket board
in the world."
NZC chief executive David White
and board member Martin Snedden are
attending the Dubai meeting on behalf
of New Zealand.
If you are going to seek emotional support
you may as well go right to the top.
Prime Minister John Key sat next to David
Ellis when Ellis, the Te Akau principal, paid
$370,000 for the half brother by O Reilly to
Darci Brahma at Karaka yesterday.
If the price before the sale was in the realm of
auction mystery, the sale itself was predictable.
"We ve bought all of Grand Echezeaux s
yearlings for Te Akau," Ellis said.
ey include Darci Brahma and Burgundy.
"He s a typical O Reilly yearling, very strong.
He won t be a two-year-old, but he s the type of
horse you could see in the 2000 Guineas.
" e $370,000 is a lot of money for a horse,
but out of that mare he s good buying."
You have only to look at the winner s spot in
any birdcage on raceday to see that winners
come in all shapes and sizes.
Buying a yearling might be at auction, but in
reality it s a raffle.
at did not stop Key having a crack at the
" at horse (the $370,000 colt) looks like one
that could represent New Zealand," he said to
"I m going to keep an eye on him."
Ellis contributed enormously to the buying
bench yesterday, but one purchase had special
meaning. Ellis paid $400,000 for the Encosta
de Lago --- Love Diamonds filly on behalf
of John Magnier, head of the global giant
" is is the first time John Magnier will have
raced a horse in New Zealand," Ellis said.
"John asked me to seek out a filly that he
could race here. What a thrill, you only ever see
those racing colours in Ireland or at Epsom and
" e filly will be trained by Jason Bridgman."
Son Tom Magnier sat alongside Ellis when
the purchase was made.
e filly s second dam is Tristalove, champion
two-year-old and three-year-old of her years.
Ellis biggest purchase was the $680,000
he paid for the Fastnet Rock-Randaroo colt,
purchased from Curraghmore Stud.
Late in the sale the colt by boom sire
Northern Meteor from Sahara Desert made
Ellis laid out an awful lot on 26 lots yesterday.
"Probably in the world no one has bought
that many horses on one day previously at a
major sale," Ellis said.
"I don t know," Ellis said, when asked how
much he d spent.
"All I know is we have secured some really
For the record David, you owe New Zealand
Other big sales included.--- O Reilly-Lodore
Mystic $320,000, Rip Van Winkle-Medrano
$250,000, orn Park-Miss Distinction
$310,000, Zabeel-Maldivus $320,000, High
Chaparral-Princess Annaliese $320,000,
Pins-Savamour $260,000, orn Park-Monte
Karlo $260,000, orn Park-O Ceirins Angel
$240,000, Savabeel-Lucious Legs $250,000
and Zabeel-Shall Not $300,000.
--- New Zealand Herald
Penrith Panthers boss Phil Gould
has reportedly re-signed with the
NRL club, committing until the end
Gould, who coached the Panthers
to their maiden premiership in
1991, returned in the role of general
manager in 2011 and has since taken
a hardline approach to turning the
club s fortunes around.
He made the controversial decision
to shed popular players Luke Lewis
(Cronulla) and Michael Jennings
(Sydney Roosters), while reshaping
the club s roster and recruiting Ivan
Cleary as coach. --- AAP
Ellis stays with what works
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
David Ellis casts an eye over the Encosta de Lago-Love Diamonds filly he bought at Karaka. Ironside in command
at Kokatahi opener
Gould stays with
Rugby no winners rule sparks debate
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