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Roger Glendinning, a prominent South
Canterbury bowler and his composite team
of Roger Norton, Ricky Ross and Dennis
Johnson won the 100th annual West Coast
Open Fours Bowls tournament at the
e Karoro, Blaketown, Dobson ,Cobden
and Hokitika clubs hosted the event, which
attracted 36 entries.
An even paced Blaketown green hosted
the main and plate finals yesterday, with
Glendinning s four beating Ian O Neill s
Greymouth team of Jack Lee, Kelvin
Cochrane and Alan O Connell 15-14 in a
tight affair with many close heads.
Glendinning led 7-3 after three ends but
then trailed 7-8 after the seventh. e game
see-sawed bowl for bowl until Glendinning s
team achieved a winning break of five shots
on the 10th end to lead 14-8. e opposition
fought hard and were behind by only two as
they played the 15th and final end but could
only score a single shot.
For Glendinning and Norton, it was their
second win in the championship, having
won two years ago, while for Ross and
Johnson it was their first win at their first
e plate event, which was played
alongside the championship final, was won
by Adrian Robin s Belfast four, the previous
year s winner of the championship, who
defeated Trevor Skerten s Rangiora four
16-3 in the final.
Last 16: N Carter (Woolston Park)
18, R Reed ( Composite) 7; I O Neill
(Greymouth) 13; M Lewis (Canterbury)
4; S Leitch (Upper Hutt) 17, T Skerten
(Rangiora) 8; S Sail (Composite) 14,
E Kelleher (Composite) 13; S.Bayne
(Birkenhead) 12, B Rowlands (Cobden)
7; S Pascoe (Blaketown) 10, R McLean
(Upper Hutt) 9; K Smythe (Cobden) 14,
M Jacobs (Blaketown) 13; R Glendinning
(Composite) 16, A Robins (Belfast) 15.
Quarter finals: O Neill 17, Carter 4; Leitch
12, Sail 9; Pascoe 10, Bayne 8; Glendinning
15, Smythe 4.
Semi-finals: O Neill 17, Leitch 5;
Glendinning 17, Pascoe 10.
Final: Glendinning 15, O Neill 14.
Consolation plate: M Lewis (Canterbury)
12, R.Reed (Composite) 8; T Skerten
(Rangiora) 9, E Kelleher (Composite) 8;
B Rowlands(Composite) 16, R McLean
(Upper Hutt) 3; A Robins (Belfast) 12, M
Jacobs (Blaketown) 10.
Semi-finals: Skerten 12, Lewis 11; Robins
16, Rowlands 3. Final: Robins 16, Skerten 3.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Opposing skips Ian O Neill, left, and Roger Glendinning send down their bowls in the closely fought final.
WESTLAND GOLF CLASSIC
Firm conditions underfoot and a fine
weekend, coupled with a thrilling sudden
death play-off in the senior division,
combined to make the Great Westland
Golf Classic event at the Kaiata Golf
Course a memorable one.
e event was especially memorable for
eventual winner, Wayne Robbins, former
five-time runner-up, who claimed the
Westland Classic Trophy.
After trailing Templeton s Peter Fox
by three shots after Fox had shot a first
round 68, Robbins clawed his way back
into contention with his second 71, while
Fox dropped a couple of shots to par in
yesterday s round.
Both players registered combined 36-
hole gross scores of 142, two under par.
At the fist play-off hole, the short
16th par 3, Robbins hit his tee shot just
past the pin on the right, 4m from the
Fox s tee shot was directly at the flag, but
just short of the green.
His attempted putt from the edge of the
green slid just past, while Robbins found
the bottom of the cup for a birdie and a
long overdue win in this event.
In the other men s grades, Greymouth
intermediate Liam Beirne took out the
best net across all grades.
In the women s grade, another local,
Nancy Watson, took out the best net,
while Greymouth Golf Club president
Paul Watson came to the fore in winning
the junior best net.
Best gross over the field: Wayne Robbins
71-71 (142). Best gross: Ian Donaldson
73,71 (144) 1; Michael Toal 70-74 (144)
2. Best net: Peter Fox 66-72 (138) 1; Barry
Smith 71-68 (139) 2. Best net: Saturday,
Earl Louw, 68; Sunday, Brian Hateley, 67.
Best gross: Peter McGee 80-83 (163)
1; Russell Nelson 81-83 (164) 2. Best
net: Todd Heller 64-67 (131) 1; Wayne
Russell 66-73 (139) 2. Best net: Saturday,
John McGee, 68; Sunday, Mark Dixon, 67.
Best gross: Tony McKendry 90-90 (180)
1; Steve Elwood 94-90 (184) 2. Best net:
Paul Watson 71-72 (143) 1; Neil Ellery
73-71 (144). Best net: Saturday, Danny
Brown, 71; Sunday, Eric Elley, 68.
Best gross: Sue Jones 90-88 (178) 1;
Judith Smith 94-88 (182) 2. Best net:
Nancy Watson 74-70 (144) 1; June
Falconer 77-71 (148) 2. Alison Day
75-74 (149) 3. Best net: Saturday, Judy
Crawford, 76; Sunday, Gill Sinclair, 72.
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
Previous winner Ryan Coll watches his shot during the Great
Westland Classic at the Kaiata links, on Saturday. Golfers came
from around the South Island to play in the event.
Peter Bourke watches his shot.
Danny Brown lines up a putt.
Best golfer on the day, Wayne Robbins, with his winning
Robbins wins classic
e West Coast Rugby League ended
the 2013 season with a $6800 surplus,
but treasurer Ross Bennett said that was
mainly due to a $47,000 sponsorship
injection, which was up $24,000 on the
Mr Bennett told the recent annual general
meeting of the league that it was becoming
increasingly difficult to get ahead because of
the uncertainty over grants, donations and
"Traditional funding avenues need to be
maximised, while other options should be
explored," he said.
"General operating costs continue to exceed
income and the gap is likely to increase
with pending maintenance and potential
earthquake strengthening issues."
Chairman-president Peter Kerridge --- re-
elected for a 17th term --- said 2013 was a
successful season highlighted by the South
Island under-15 and under-17 tournaments
hosted at Wingham Park and favourably
received by visiting players and officials.
On a sadder note, he mourned the passing
of two West Coast Kiwis, Charlie McBride
and Les McNicol, and former Coaster,
Mr Kerridge echoed the treasurer s words
" e worrying economic climate here has
yet to run its course so continued pressure on
the number of teenage and adult players can
be expected," he said.
"On top of this, escalating insurance
premiums and earthquake related
engineering reviews will exacerbate financial
pressures on already stretched resources. We
managed to get through a busy, and at times
exciting 2013 with some 700-plus children
and adult players in all grades and, while the
troubled economy may yet hurt us further,
we remain in good heart."
Coast league in good heart
Long-serving West Coast Rugby League
president Peter Kerridge lamented at the
recent annual general meeting the inability
of the body to attract enough administrators.
Mr Kerridge, reappointed for an 18th
successive term, said that the board of control
was understrength and other commitments
on game day usually reduced available
personnel even further.
"We get there, even if the load is heavy on
some," he said.
Maintaining that his long tenure was near
an end, he also suggested that his replacement
should be remunerated.
" e need for someone to succeed me
remains a priority, as does the funding of such
a position. I am happy to go at any time but
I signal now that my service will not extend
e administrative body, reappointed in its
entirety is ---
President-chairman, Peter Kerridge; deputy
chairman, Grant Gibson; vice-presidents,
Kevin Brown, Colin McMaster; secretary,
Peter Kerridge; treasurer, Ross Bennett.
Board of control: Anthony Wilson, Barry
Wilson, Phil Gibson, Mary Hopkins.
Groundsman, Frank Gibson.
Wanted: more administrators
Braden Currie defended his Coast to
Coast crown in dominant fashion on
Saturday, finishing more than 20 minutes
ahead of five-time winner Richard Ussher.
e defining moment came as expected,
when Currie broke away on the 33km
mountain run to establish a healthy
advantage. With none of his rivals able to
match Currie s furious pace, the 27-year-old
was able to steadily edge away and build a
20-minute lead heading into the kayak leg.
"It s a pretty incredible feeling," he said
after crossing the line. "I m incredibly lucky
to be able to run like that and still come out
"I felt really good the whole way for the
run, so I knew I d have a good lead."
While he flew through run, it was not
until Currie reached Woodstock to kick
off the kayak leg that he realised just how
substantial that lead was --- Ussher was
already 19 minutes back and his dreams of a
sixth victory in the Longest Day looked all
It would have taken something spectacular
from Ussher to close the gap and that
never arrived, with Currie maintaining his
intensity over the final two bike legs, quickly
closing in on the finish line and denying the
veteran another title.
Currie covered the 243km journey in 11
hours 18 minutes and 37 seconds, leaving
Ussher to cross the line 20:43m in his wake.
e two day women s event was won by
Irish native Fiona Dowling, who managed
to cross 37 minutes ahead of Hilary Totty
in a time of 13:57:14, while Brendon Vercoe
maintained his lead after day one to take out
the men s two-day, finishing in 12:49:25 to
edge Byron Munro by 17 minutes.
e women s longest day crown was
claimed by Jess Simson, relegating another
Ussher to second spot. Simson and Elina
Ussher, Richard s wife, were the frontrunners
from the early stages but Ussher fell behind
and was unable to repeat her 2012 title win,
finishing 13:45 behind Simson who crossed
in a time of 13:12:24.
Franz Josef Glacier ironman Mike Charles
added another to his list of Coast to Coast
classic men s titles when he finished 28th
overall in the longest day, on Saturday.
Charles clocked 13.56.29hrs. He has won
at least five previous classic men (50-59yrs)
Other Coast competitors in the longest
day included Murray Irons 47th, Mike
Osborne 55th and Blair Shrimpton 81st.
Former Coast athlete, Daniel Murtagh,
was third in the individual two-day event,
and Alec McLeod was 11th.
Another ex-pat, Robert Loveridge,
partnered Paul Massie to victory in the two-
day teams race, while Dean Harbison and
Tony Simmers were third.
Matt Rogastski, Simon Lawn and Pillip
Coll were third in the three-person teams
race. --- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
COAST TO COAST
Currie defends his title
PICTURE: Getty Images
Braden Currie of Wanaka celebrates with his son Tarn Currie, five, after winning the one-day individual event.
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