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8 - Tuesday, April 1, 2014
During the weekend, three
generations of one family were
chopping each day. Bill Simpson, 72,
his son Michael, 41, and Mike's son
Jackson, 13, all showed their skills.
Jackson also helped his grandad Bill
with the log steward job at Karamea.
" is year, the logs were peeled
earlier and wrapped in plastic and
kept for eight months. e stress had
gone from the logs, so the axemen did
not complain at all, well not much,
anyway," Mrs Chalmers said.
"With a ne clear day on March 22,
30 axemen from all over the South
Island and a couple from the North
Island, and nominations paid up, we
were ready to go. e school were
fundraising, with food stalls, and other
market stalls there as well, so the day
" e crowd was introduced to some
great woodchopping during the
day. Unfortunately, two of our New
Zealand representatives were unable
to cut. Ashleigh Heath was sick
and not allowed to chop, and Adam
Lowe, although he managed the rst
standing chop, and the rst heat of the
underhand, had to leave to welcome
his new son," she said.
Under 21 New Zealand
representative Logan Tinomana, had a
good weekend training for the Sydney
" e Steer Johnson Cup and the
Johnson McDonald Cup for veterans
were hotly contested and young axe
people, aged between 13 and 18 years,
did well in the restricted races.
"On Sunday, we moved to Ngakawau
for their day of chopping with the
third Coast Buller Timbersports
Chop being the highlight. e nal
was closely cut for between Charlie
Morgan from Timaru and Michael
Simpson from Ikamatua, with Morgan
just beating Simpson."
Chips fly in Karamea and Ngakawau
Axe people from all over the West Coast took part in woodchopping at Karamea and Ngakawau on March 22 and 23. MAY and BARRY CHALMERS took along their camera
and reported on the action.
Winners of the Coast Buller Timbersports Challenge are Charlie Morgan (Timaru) 1, left, Michael
Simpson (Ikamatua) 2, John Birch eld 3, Robbie Brownlee (Blenheim) 4, owner of Tuatahi Axes from
Masterton Eddie Fawcett, Kevin Mahuika (Christchurch), Dave McEwan (Motueka), Shane Molloy
(Ngakawau), Dave Gowland (Takaka).
Winner of the Johnston McDonald Cup, Peter Large from Blenheim being presented with the cup by May Chalmers. Placegetters are
veterans, Robbie Brownlee (Blenheim) 4, Tony Dense, 3, George Mulholland (Ngakawau) 2.
Diana Storer presents the Steer Johnson cup to Michael Simpson (from Ikamatua formerly Karamea). e line-up includes Dave
Gowland (Takaka) 4, left; Tony Jensen (Hokitika) 3; Robbie Brownlee (Blenheim) 2, and Mike and Diana.
ree generations of the Simpson family, Bill, Michael and Jackson. Jackson is about to put the handicap
number on the log.
Jackson Simpson (stand 5) and Brooke Tinomana (stand 4) in the restricted race, with their supporters.
Playing across the Tasman
continues to be a struggle for the
ey were beaten 63-45 by
the NSW Swifts in Sydney last
night, as they were picked o in an
error-riddled performance where
they committed far too many
e Pulse have never won in
Australia and when the Swifts led
by as many as 12 early in the third
quarter on the back of an eight-
goal run, that hoodoo was never
going to end for the visitors.
Feeding their veteran shooting
circle continues to be an issue
for the Pulse. Shooters Donna
Wilkins (13/16) and Irene van
Dyk (32/34) score their goals at an
e cient clip but getting the ball in
to them is a problem.
Both players like to get to the
comfort of the baseline and mid-
courters Elias Shadrock and
Camilla Lees are continuing to
work on their connections with
After they were upset by the
Tactix in Napier last week, the
Pulse needed to bounce back with
a strong performance and this
limp e ort will have been
disappointing for coach Robyn
Swifts defenders April Letton and
Sharni Layton were particularly
abrasive and were a dominant force
in stopping the ball getting in to
the Pulse's shooting circle with
their tight marking.
At the other end of the court, the
Pulse were unable to shut down
the Swifts shooters and they rarely
Former Pulse shooter Caitlin
waites, who was moved on by
the Wellington-based franchise
in the o -season as they recruited
van Dyk, was dominant for the
Swifts as she ended the game with
30 goals from 36 attempts.
waites was well-supported by
goal attack Susan Pratley (27/30)
and the biggest problem for the
Pulse was they were unable to stop
the Swifts outside of the circle.
English import Ama Agbeze
something to think about with
regards to her selections for their
next outing after she provided an
energetic shift at goal keep in the
Reliable goal defence Te Huinga
Reo Selby-Rickit was sent to the
bench for Agbeze for the third
quarter as skipper Katrina Grant
pushed out from goal keep and it
gave the Pulse a more mobile look
Broughton shu ed the deck
again for the fourth quarter as
Grant went to wing defence and
Selby-Rickit returned at goal
defence but they could not stop a
rampant Swifts side.
e victory saw the Swifts
consolidate second place on the
ladder, while the Pulse remain
outside the top four in sixth and
the heavy defeat was damaging for
their goal di erential.
of the New Zealand Herald
e Tactix have su ered another heavy
defeat by an Australian rival, hopelessly
outclassed 67-43, by the Melbourne
Vixens in Christchurch last night.
After a 36-goal battering by the Fever
in Perth, the Tactix returned to New
Zealand last week to pull o a shock win
over the experienced Central Pulse.
ey continue to look out of their depth
against the Australian sides, with a 10-9
third quarter the only high point in an
otherwise ugly night for the Canterbury
e 67-43 defeat meant the Tactix goal
di erential took another big hit, which
will not help their chances of lifting
themselves o the foot of the ANZ
Given very little chance against the
powerful Vixens line-up, the Tactix
battled hard for rst quarter.
ey did a good job of staying in
touch with the visitors before a couple
of mistakes --- the result of poor option-
taking around the shooting circle
--- allowed the Vixens to stretch out their
lead in the nal couple of minutes before
the rst break.
Leading 17-12 at the rst break, the
Vixens seized the momentum early in
the second spell after racking up 11
With the Tactix feeders unable to nd a
way past the Vixens' star defensive pairing
of Geva Mentor and Bianca Chat eld,
the visitors snared a wealth of turnover
ball, which was clinically converted into
points down the other end of the court
--- Karyn Bailey and Tegan Caldwell
missing just one shot at goal between
them in the rst half.
Heading into the third quarter the
Vixens looked well in control of the
match with a 36-21 lead.
e Tactix proved they were not done
with yet, opening the period with a run
of six goals, while keeping the Vixens
scoreless for nearly six minutes as the
shooters struggled to adjust to the new
defensive pairing of Jane Watson and
Midcourters Jade Clarke also started
the third quarter with a lot of energy,
pitching in with a couple of crucial steals.
While the Vixens struggled to
rediscover their speed and timing on
attack, their defence end continued to
provide them with a steady ow of ball,
allowing the visitors to restore a 45-31
lead heading into the nal period after
a low-scoring quarter. After their third
quarter hiccups, the Vixens rediscovered
their spark in the closing spell, with the
Tactix defence unable to keep up with the
speed of the Melbourne attack.
e Vixens landed an impressive 22
goals in the nal spell, as Caldwell and
Robinson ran rings around the defence.
Pulse in Sydney
Tactix struggle against Vixens
A horror pit stop cost Daniel
Ricciardo dearly as Lewis
Hamilton scored an emphatic
win in the Malaysian Grand Prix
Hamilton led from pole position
to cruise to the chequered ag
by 17.3 seconds at the Sepang
International Circuit ahead
of Mercedes team-mate Nico
Reigning world champion
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was
third, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso
nished fourth and Force India's
Nico Hulkenberg fth.
Vettel's Australian team-mate,
Ricciardo, was lying fourth when
he pitted with 15 laps to go.
Mechanics failed to secure
his left front tyre properly and
Ricciardo had to stop in the pit
lane and be pushed back for the
tyre to be xed.
He then almost immediately
had to return to the pits with a
broken front wing and was then
punished with a 10-second stop-
go penalty for an unsafe release
in the rst pit stop.
He was retired with four laps
Hamilton made up for his
retirement in the season-opening
race in Australia and claimed
victory in Malaysia for the rst
time at his eighth attempt.
Rounding out the top 10 were
McLaren's Jenson Button, Felipe
Massa ahead of Williams team-
mate Valtteri Bottas, Kevin
Magnussen was ninth and Toro
Rosso's Daniil Kvyat tenth.
Hamilton cruises to victory e West Coast winter
hockey season starts this
week with reduced half-turf
versions of the code for both
premier and junior divisions.
e premier men's and
women's divisions will start
with a super-six format that
has proven successful in
other regions. e format
allows teams the option of
using either a goalkeeper
or a sixth eld player, and
goals may be scored from
anywhere on the eld.
Junior grades will play
the normal ve-aside
rules, with goals allowed
only from inside the circle.
Each grade will play in a
round robin format over a
period of about two hours.
Team entries must be with
the organisers at least 15
minutes before their grade
starts, and a competition
draw will be arranged at
that time. Each team is to
provide umpires for the
games in which they are not
e draw is.---
ursday, 6pm: Women's
Saturday, 10am: primary
collegiate ve-aside; 3pm,
men's super six.
̌ Hockey draw
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