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e perennial powerhouses of
West Coast Rugby League ---
Suburbs and Runanga --- will square
o at O'Brien Park tomorrow in a
replay of the 2013 grand nal and
what in all probability will be a
preview of the 2014 grand nal on
Runanga player-coach James
Ward steps out for his 15th season
of premier league, hoping rstly to
put 13 players on the paddock and
then worry about the result later.
Ward said the seagulls had been
getting 10 or 11 to their once-
weekly trainings but some were
not available for tomorrow and
Runanga, unlike the other three
clubs, did not have an under-18
side to fall back on.
However, he was hopeful a few
late arrivals would put their hands
up for what was now a virtual
grudge match between town and
"Once we get this rst game out
of the way we will have a better idea
of what's required for the rest of the
season," Ward said.
Suburbs coach Brad Tacon said
his squad was heavy on youth but
some of that youth had already
experienced two or three seasons in
the premiers, many playing in last
season's 46-18 grand nal win over
"We are a mix of young and old
hands but most of the old hands
are still young themselves, they just
happen to started playing prems
earlier than most," Tacon said.
Suburbs' only real loss over the
o -season is prop, John Hapu, who
left for a teaching career in Japan.
Loose forward, Tayla Eason, one
of the 'young, old hands', captains
the side from loose forward.
Combined premier and under-18
trainings has been attracting
about 35 players, giving Tacon the
strongest squad of the four.
Cobden-Kohinoor coach Barry
Furness said his combined premier
and under-18 musters had also
been well attended and 'old hands'
Ben Waipouri, Lester Hayman and
Sui Brown were returning to give
the side some direction against
Brunner, at Dobson.
However, prop Adrian Loe
su ered a shoulder injury in the
acker Shield challenge and could
be out for the entire season, leaving
a big hole to ll.
"Numbers wise, we are looking
good but we are a fairly young
side and will be all the better for
tomorrow's game. e under-18s
are showing a lot of promise,"
New Brunner coach Peter Sinnott
is not expecting much from the
Bulls in the early rounds.
"We are struggling for numbers
at present but those who have
been turning up have been really
enthusiastic but the main emphasis
for us at present is just getting a
team on the paddock," he said.
"We will worry about the results
e Bulls will be skippered by
loose forward Joel Johnson, while
Sinnott expects the Fisher brothers,
Billy and Ricky, to provide much
of the team's punch: " ey are
working the house down and
hopefully we will build a reasonable
team around them as the season
Sinnott said the Bulls would, in
the early stages, be relying heavily
on the under-18 team to ll the
e West Coast rugby team
has dodged a clash with the
heavyweight North Otago in the
Heartland Championship draw
announced this week.
Coast also misses East Coast
and Wairarapa Bush in the
main draw, while Buller dodges
ames Valley, Poverty Bay and
West Coast and Buller will not
clash until the second last round of
pool play, on October 4.
e 2014 draw for West Coast
and Buller, home teams rst,
August 23: Buller v North Otago,
Mid Canterbury v West Coast.
August 30: East Coast v Buller,
West Coast v South Canterbury.
September 6: King Country v
Buller, Poverty Bay v West Coast.
September 13: Buller v South
Canterbury, West Coast v
September 20: Mid-Canterbury v
Buller, King Country v West Coast.
September 27: Buller v
Horowhenua-Kapiti, West Coast v
October 4: Buller v West Coast.
October 11: Wairarapa-Bush v
Buller, West Coast v ames Valley.
Sri Lanka sailed into the
World Twenty20 nal after
bad weather literally poured
cold water on West Indies' title
defence in a rain-ruined contest
Chasing 161 for victory
against the side they beat in the
2012 nal, West Indies were
80 for four in 13.5 overs when
the teams were forced o by
a hailstorm and a wet out eld
subsequently prevented any
further play in the semi- nal.
"(It's) disappointing to come
out of a tournament like this,"
captain Darren Sammy told
"We had a good run but I'm
sad that we got knocked out
by the Duckworth-Lewis
Sri Lanka now face the winners
of tomorrow's game between
India and South Africa in
Sunday's title showdown and
will want to improve on their
poor nal record.
Over the past seven years Sri
Lanka have lost in the nal of
the 50-over World Cup in 2007
and 2011 and World Twenty20
in 2009 and 2012.
Earlier, cameos from Lahiru
irimanne (44), Angelo
Mathews (40) and Tillakaratne
Dilshan (39) led them to 160
for six at the Sher-e-Bangla
After opting to bat rst, Lasith
Malinga's team cruised to 40 for
nought inside four overs before
Kusal Perera (26) dragged a
Krishmar Santokie delivery on to
his stumps to trigger a collapse
to 49 for three.
Mahela Jayawardene was
run out without facing a ball
and former captain Kumar
Sangakkara fell for one to
continue his woeful form in
his last Twenty20 international
Dilshan added 42 with
irimanne to steady the
innings before the opener was
irimanne fell in the 17th
over after a 35-ball knock that
included two sixes and three
Man of the match Mathews hit
two sixes and three fours in his
brisk 23-ball knock to take Sri
Lanka past the 150-mark.
"(It) would have been great
if we'd played the 20 overs. It
would have been a good, close
game but thanks to the weather
we are in the nal," Mathews
"We deserve to be in the nal.
We have played some good
West Indies did not get the
ying start to their reply that was
expected from their openers.
Chris Gayle, whose new-look
approach of biding his time
before exploding later has not
really worked in this tournament,
was removed for three.
Leading the side in place of
regular Twenty20 skipper Dinesh
Chandimal, fast bowler Malinga
removed the dangerous Gayle
with the rst ball of his second
over and fellow opener Dwayne
Smith for 17 with the fth
West Indies also lost Lendl
Simmons for four before
Dwayne Bravo (30) shared a 43-
run stand for the fourth wicket
with Marlon Samuels (18 not
Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara
dismissed Bravo in the 14th over
and then the weather inter vened.
"It was like people were pelting
stones at us," Sammy said of the
"I have never seen something
like that before."
2013 final re-run kicks
off Coast league season
West Coast rugby
Heartland draw set
PICTURES: Getty Images
Ground sta stuggle to cover the eld as a storm stops play during the ICC World Twenty20 semi- nal between Sri Lanka and
the West Indies, at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium today.
Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan bats as West Indies
wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin waits.
Sri Lanka sails through on
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