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e Dispatch and Garlick South Island
Modified Championship was held in
brilliant conditions at Greenstone Park
Speedway, on Saturday.
Featuring the current New Zealand
champion Luke Keegan and No 3 Hayden
McKay, the line-up was impressive but
they had to bow to Nigel Niven, with
Greymouth driver Brandon Parkinson
After the second round, Parkinson was
one point ahead of Keegan and Garry
Lennon, with another point back to Niven.
e last round was also close, with Keegan
and Niven equal on points in first place and
Parkinson and Lennon in a tie for third,
resulting in run-offs.
e Metal Mania Demolition Derby,
held at the end of the meeting, was won by
Brent O Donnell.
e field of stockcars was boosted by four
drivers from Nelson. Tony Stanton took
the early lead with first placing in heat one,
but the day belonged to Tony Oliver with a
second placing in the first heat, followed by
a victory in the next heat and a third in the
last run. is put Oliver one point ahead of
e number of TQ drivers racing at
Greenstone Park has been increasing all
season and providing excellent racing.
James ompson put on his usual top
performance to be first overall, although he
was pressed hard by Alicia McLauchlan,
of Nelson. Former Greenstone Park driver,
Mark Reeve, was the most successful
in the street stock class, beating fellow
Christchurch driver Keith Anderson by a
e next meeting, on March 22, will
feature the Jim Bradford TQs and stockcar
Modified: Nigel Niven 1, Luke Keegan 2,
Brandon Parkinson 3.
Stockcars: Tony Oliver 1, Phil Paynter 2,
Tony Stanton 3.
TQs: James ompson 1, Alicia
McLauchlan 2, Mark Bezett 3.
Street stocks: Mark Reeve , Keith
Anderson 2, John O Callaghan 3.
Ministocks: Vinny Spafford- Parsons 1,
Sarah Bellis 2, Kurt Browning 3.
Production saloons: Tyler Stanton 1. Guy
Stewart 2, Clynton Anderson 3.
Youth ministocks: Taylor Wakelin 1,
Summer Tasker 2, Alesha Tomasi 3.
PICTURE: Stephanie Bellis.
Greymouth driver Iain Whyte (32) leads Nigel Niven (67) and Brandon Parkinson (5) in a heat of the modified championship.
Niven takes modified honours
Modified championship winner Nigel
Niven, cente, with Luke Keegan, left, and
Monday, March 10, 2014
West Coast surfing and basketball
mentor, Robbie Barrow, has been
named the Sport Canterbury West
Coast coach of the month.
Recently appointed sport
co-ordinator at Greymouth High
School, Barrow has been a surfer for
35 years and a youth worker for the
He helped facilitate a Surfing
NZ ISA level 1 coaching course in
Greymouth in 2011 and has since
played an active role in co-ordinating
surf-coaching in Greymouth. Eager to
find a way of introducing surfing into
the wider school environment he took
a team away in October 2013 to the
National Scholastic competition and
is pushing for Greymouth to host that
competition by 2018.
" e most important thing for
me when I am surf-coaching is to
communicate my passion to the kids,
to open the door. I am a doorkeeper,"
His other sporting passion is
basketball and he has been coaching
that sport for 10 years. is season he
will be coaching one Greymouth High
Year 9-10 boys team, one senior girls
side, the West Coast under-17 girls
side. He will also be assistant coach
of the Tasman under-17 girls team,
assistant coach of the West Coast
under-15 boys and a boys miniball
Barrow will also be the local
co-ordinator of the Tasman Coach
Force programme, which brings
Nelson Giant Sam Dempster to coach
in Greymouth two days a month.
He says a serious, accurate and
growing knowledge of fundamental
skills is a prerequisite of a "good"
coach, along with a genuine love of the
game and a willingness to have fun.
"When I m coaching basketball, an
important thing for me to consider is,
Are my expectations for this person or
this team realistic? In other words, am
I accurate in my assessment of what a
young person wants from the game or
am I projecting my level of expectation
onto them," Barrow said.
"I respect my athletes and enjoy what
Each month, Sport Canterbury
recognises a volunteer community
coach for going beyond the call of
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Spor t Canterbury awards
Barrow with coach of
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Aleece Harris puts all her energy into the cycle leg of the New World Coast
Kids Triathlon, held yesterday in Greymouth, as the first of three in the series.
e next will be in Hokitika on March 23, and the third and final triathlon in
Westport on April 6. More than 100 children aged between eight and 13 years
took part in the Greymouth event, which had youngsters swimming, cycling and
running, either in a team or in the individual event. ùLook out for more photos
in tomorrow s Greymouth Star.
New Zealand s
Paralympic skiers got
their campaigns under
way last night, with
Adam Hall, slalom
standing gold medallist
in Vancouver four years
ago, was flying in his
super G run, right up at
gold medal pace, before
hitting a series of ruts
and tumbling to record a
dnf. It was tough for the
Otago athlete, who was
born with spina bifida.
It is not his specialist
event but his speed work
has been a source of
considerable pleasure in
recent months leading
up to the Sochi Games.
Salcher won his second
title in 24 hours, in
Hall was one of 15 in
the field of 31 who failed
to finish their run.
New Plymouth s Corey
Peters, a paraplegic with
only two years skiing
behind him and at his
first Paralympics, clocked
1:26.17 in the sitting
super G event. at had
him in fifth place for a
time before eventually
ending up sixth. Only
14 of the 31 entrants
finished the course so
Peters was a highly
Both Hall and Peters
are next in action
tomorrow night in the
super combined event.
--- New Zealand Herald
Hall crashes out
in opening race
American Patrick Reed
won the WGC-Cadillac
championship by one
Reed shot a final
round of even-par 72
to finish the $9 million
tournament at four-under
284, one shot clear of
Bubba Watson and Jamie
World No 1 Tiger
Woods failed to mount
a challenge, closing with
a 78 to finish tied for
Reed, 23, became
the youngest winner
of a World Golf
Reed wins WGC
e Warriors embarked on their
20th year in the NRL last night
and in the space of 80 minutes gave
a snapshot of why they have been
such a frustrating team to follow
over two decades.
ey were good, they were bad
and often quite ugly and, in the
end, disappointing in their 36-16
ey have historically not coped
well with increased expectations
--- the Warriors were being talked
about pre-season as at least playoff
contenders and possibly even
top-four material after their 48-4
demolition of Brisbane a fortnight
ago --- and were inexplicably flat
and disjointed last night.
ey could not cope with the Eels
aggression and will need to improve
their attitude and execution against
the Dragons next weekend at Eden
Last night s loss continues a poor
sequence in opening games of the
season. e last time they won their
opening match was against the Eels
in 2009, and they have won only
two first-round matches in the last
It is still far too early to make
judgements on this side, and there
is enough quality to turn things
around, but it does not make it any
e Eels will be better than
the past two seasons, when they
collected the wooden spoon, but
they still are not expected to
threaten the top eight and the
Warriors have talked repeatedly
about wanting to start this season
ey have put an accent on
defence but were dreadfully inept
in their opening 20 minutes as they
conceded three tries and it put
them on the back foot from the
eir right edge was a huge issue
last season and it didn t start well
but the left edge was also badly
exposed as most of Parramatta s
tries came down the flanks.
eir defence stiffened --- it
needed to --- for a time and they
were in the game at halftime as they
trailed by 14-12. An eight-point try
helped --- Carlos Tuimavave copped
a suspected broken nose in the act
of scoring, giving Shaun Johnson a
penalty from in front of the posts
immediately after landing the
But the Eels took control in the
second half as Semi Radradra and
Vai Toutai both snared hat-tricks.
Radradra s came very simply as he
was the beneficiary of spilled bombs
from Glen Fisiiahi and then Sam
ere had been so much
anticipation around Tomkins debut
and he will not look back fondly on
He will play a huge role in their
gameplan this season, and few
fullbacks play in the line as much
as Tomkins, and showed some slick
handling to lay on a couple of tries
but also had some ner vy moments
and was easily beaten when trying
to defend one try.
Supporting the Warriors has been
a rollercoaster ride and, on the
evidence of this match, it will not
be any different in 2014.
Eels 36 (Semi Radradra 3, Vai
Toutai 3, Jarryd Hayne tries;
Corey Norman 2 gls, Joseph Paulo
2 gls) Warriors 16 (Glen Fisiiahi,
Carlos Tuimavave, Manu Vatuvei
tries; Shaun Johnson 2 gls). HT:
e pressure on Canterbury Crusaders coach
Todd Blackadder was lifted just a little with
Tom Taylor s last-gasp penalty handing his side
their first victory of the Super Rugby season,
but it is a different story for former team-mate
Both Hammett and Blackadder are widely
considered by fans, the media and pundits in
rugby-mad New Zealand to be the two coaches
most likely to be looking for work should they
not produce results this season.
e seven-time champion Crusaders scraped
to a 14-13 victory over South Africa s Stormers
with a performance that lacked any real cutting
thrust or brutal efficiency so often associated
with the Christchurch-based side.
"It was ugly and we didn t play too well but
we re happy," All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg
told reporters after the win.
"We re a long way off where we want to be.
is (the win) is huge. ree losses, it would
have been a sad Sunday."
Hammett s Wellington Hurricanes, however,
did slump to their third loss with a muddled
display in a 29-21 defeat by Australia s ACT
Brumbies on Friday that local media variously
described as limp , lacking conviction and
without a redeeming feature .
e team had returned home from two
matches against the Sharks and Stormers in
South Africa, the latter a narrow 19-18 loss and
there were hopes the Wellington-based side
could get their campaign on track against the
However, they failed to string together any
consistent pressure by turning over the ball too
often and seemingly lacked any attacking spark
that has run counter to the X-factor associated
with previous Hurricanes teams.
at lack of X-factor , despite having 10 All
Blacks and three Samoa internationals in the
squad, may have contributed to a poor crowd
figure of just over 8000 on Friday --- a far cry
from the crowds of around 28,000 when the
team were predictably unpredictable in their
approach, though also inconsistent.
Hammett s goal when brought to the franchise
from an assistant role with the Crusaders was to
revamp the Hurricanes and give them the focus
and consistency needed to challenge for titles,
instead of being content with a semi-final exit.
eir title challenge, however, could now be
effectively over and they have virtually got to
the point where every game is must win after
just three rounds of the competition.
Four of the six teams to make the play-offs
last season only lost four games while the
lowest ranked post-season team, South Africa s
Cheetahs, lost six games and ended with 54
Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said
the players were well aware of the pressure
Hammett was under, given the fact the highest
the team has finished in his three seasons in
charge so far was eighth in 2012.
"He knows it," Smith told reporters after the
"He would be the first to admit this is the
environment we play in.
"We have to live with that, but it s a whole
team. It s not a coaching thing at all. It s a pretty
tricky recipe getting rugby right and some
teams have it and don t know why they have it
and when you don t have it you have to search
for it and that s all we can do.
" ere s a long way to go and this is a good
team and we have time to show that."
Hammett s team face the Cheetahs next
Saturday in Wellington with the entertaining
Bloemfontein-based side not playing anywhere
near the level they did last year.
e former All Blacks hooker, who used the
word "disappointed" several times in his post-
match news conference following the Brumbies
game, is sure the team can turn around their
"We have had a South African trip and played
the finalists from last year, so we have to keep
things in perspective," he said.
"We re certainly not out of it."
Pressure on Canterbury, Hurricanes coaches
PICTURE: Getty Images
Eels Semi Radradra gets over the line to score one of his three tries last night against the Warriors at Pirtek
Stadium, in Sydney.
Rollercoaster ride begins
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