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e largest eld yet
assembled for a round of
the Benchmark Homes
Elite Cycling Series, at
Hokitika this Sunday, will
also potentially be one of
the strongest in the history
of the series.
It features Olympic
medallist Mark Ryan, all
three rst round category
winners --- Cameron
Karwowski (elite), Scott
Wilder (masters) and Elyse
Last year's Hokitika
winner, Sam Horgan, fresh
from a tough campaign
in Australia, is looking
for ward to the race, saying
it is a challenging course
that favours aggressive
"Hopefully, it will be a
good, hard race and the
strongest riders will shine,"
Horgan said. "I would love
to win again this year."
Horgan was expecting
strong challenges from his
Budget Forklifts team-mate
Dan Barry, who will ride for
Tasman Wheelers on Sunday,
and Jason Christie, who nished
third in the second round of
Australia's National Road Series
which nished on Sunday.
Karwowski is a proven sprinter
and may nd life tough on the
key climbs of the 135km circuit
and will face strong challenges
for the elite leader's jersey from
Horgan, Ryan and Vink as well
as Alex McGregor.
Under-23 series leader Brad
Evan will have his work cut out
defending his leader's jersey
from Matthew Zenovich and
Scott Wilder (Dad's Army),
who leads the masters 35 to 44
classi cation, had a con dence
boasting win in the Canterbury
Championships Masters, on
Sunday, against many of the
riders keen to take his leader's
jersey from him, including
Glenn Rewi (Armstrong
Subaru), Michael Sleeman
(Velocity) and Wayne Smythe.
Professional, Reta Trotman,
heads the largest women's
eld for a round of the series,
which includes Hokitika rider
Sharlotte Lucas, Julia Grant,
and Marewa Sutherland. e
race starts outside the Wests
Clubrooms at 10am and nishes
there about 12.40pm.
ursday, April 10, 2014
Greymouth's Jeremy Crestani
has been tipped by race director
John Moore as a possible winner
of the NBS Around Brunner
Cycle Ride, which starts and
nishes outside Monteith's
Brewery, on Saturday.
At least 500 rides will take part,
several like Cameron Kar woski
using it as a warm-up for the
second round of the Benchmark
Homes Elite Cycling Series, to
be held at Hokitika the next day.
Karwoski won the rst round
of the Benchmark series and is
one of several to have predicted a
time of about 3.15.00 for Around
Moore said others predicting
a fast time included Andrew
Cantwell, Michael Vink, Joe
Chapman and Westport man,
However, if Blenheim's Greg
O'Donnell achieves the 2.45.00
that he has predicted there will
be a big gap back to the second
Fionn Cullinian is one of the
favourites for the women's race,
along with Rita Tropman and
former Hokitika athlete, Anne
e women's eld includes two
71-year-olds, one travelling from
New Plymouth for the event.
Moore said the wide age span
of competitors, 17 to 71 years,
added to the charm of the event,
which would again have a long
course (130km) and shorter,
Around the Bridges (30km)
e long course will take
riders through Kumara to
Jacksons, around the lake and
back to Greymouth via Moana,
Stillwater and Dobson.
Moore said support from the
Greymouth community had
been "brilliant" with the Rotary
Club and several sports clubs
had volunteered as marshals or
helping out at the start and nish.
Greymouth powerlifters Mathew
Birch eld, back left, James
Mathieson, Sam Coleman, Jordan
Paterson, Stephen Barnes, front left,
and Jennie Bell will head to
Christchurch tomorrow for the
Championships. e lifters will
compete in novice to open events and
use the championships as a lead up to
the South Island championships, in
Dunedin in June.PICTURE: Supplied
Cameron Kar woski crosses the nish line rst in round one of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling
Series, last weekend.
AROUND BRUNNER CYCLE
Crestani tipped as race front-runner
Large field for elite race in Hokitika
e Hurricanes are on the hunt for a new
coach for next season with incumbent Mark
Hammett con rming he will step down at the
end of the 2014 campaign.
Hammett, a former Crusaders assistant
coach, has experienced an up-and-down
relationship with fans in the capital during his
tenure, which is currently in its fourth season.
After clearing the decks at the end of the
2011 campaign, when a plethora of senior
players, including Andrew Hore and Ma'a
Nonu, were either cut loose or decided to
pull the pin, the public have never completely
warmed to the former All Black hooker.
ere were signs things were on the right
track in 2012 when Hammett got a young
Hurricanes team ring and he was given a
two-year contract extension but last season
was a disappointment as they again missed the
Questions around his future began surfacing
as the Hurricanes dropped their rst three
games of this season and Hammett has been
under constant pressure in 2014.
e Hurricanes released a statement this
morning, which con rmed Hammett's
impending departure and he said he told the
club before the beginning of the season that
2014 would be his last.
" is is a decision I have made after much
discussion with my family. It has not been an
easy decision, but we feel the time is right for
me to step aside after this season," Hammett
"For now, my sole focus is on the Hurricanes
and continuing the job at hand.I'm really proud
of the contribution I have made to this team
and the players over the past three seasons,
and I will continue to remain dedicated and
focused on achieving what we've set out to do
In a case of convenient timing, Counties
Manukau also issued a press release today that
announced coach Tana Umaga would stay on
with the ITM Cup side until 2016.
Umaga had recently been touted as a
potential candidate to coach the Hurricanes
but that theory is now dead in the water.
e Hurricanes are on the bye this week but
have looked an improved out t in the past
two games with victories over the Crusaders
and Bulls and are in eighth place on the Super
Despite all the negative press surrounding
the team when they made a poor start to this
year, the players have steadfastly insisted they
backed Hammett and his coaching sta .
Hurricanes chairman Brian Roche said a
recruitment process, in conjunction with New
Zealand Rugby, would begin in the near future.
"While we will need to explore our future
coaching options soon, we remain fully
supportive of Mark and the team in keeping
our sights on the 2014 priority to continue to
lift performance," Roche said.
"Everyone wants the Hurricanes to deliver
performances we can all be proud of, and that's
where the focus lies." --- APNZ
of the New Zealand Herald
Sir Owen Glenn o ered to buy the Warriors
outright from co-owner Eric Watson but
then o ered to sell his shares when Watson's
valuation was "grossly excessive," according to
e pair have fallen out and a split between
the multimillionaires seems imminent.
"Given the breakdown of our relationship,
both business and personal, I suggested that I
should acquire a 100% stake in the Warriors,"
Glenn said in another statement released this
morning. "I was pleased with the outcome,
as it would have enabled me, along with
appropriately appointed board members, to
make the necessary changes that would create a
new culture and environment for the Warriors
to succeed and prosper. Eric Watson's request
for his 50% stake, which I will not disclose,
was grossly excessive.
"My only option, therefore, was to suggest
that on the same value he should acquire my
stake. Not surprisingly, after some discussion,
Glenn told Radio Sport this morning
Watson o ered him $1 million for his 50%
share in the club, a stake he originally paid
$6.15 million for. He also said he has been
ostracised from the club for some time.
"I just feel like an outsider to the club," he
said from Paris. "Why keep money in it if you
are not getting anything out of it? I'm not
talking about dividends. I've never received a
cent. I sorta backed o . I didn't bother going
to any meetings. ey stopped telling when
there were meetings anyway and I then said
to Eric, 'well this isn't going to work --- what's
Glenn's comments followed a statement in
which he blasted the rugby league franchise
for its "diabolical" behaviour in passing
o the sacking of coach Matthew Elliott
as a resignation --- a move he said was
"dishonourable treatment of an honourable
He also said he was unaware Elliott was
going to leave the club --- something both
Watson and the Warriors later disputed.
He re-iterated his views in this morning's
"I want to make it quite clear I was not
consulted on the termination of Matt Elliott's
appointment as Warriors' coach. I was advised
once the decision was made and the matter was
a fait accompli. As co-owner of the Warriors,
I nd that position completely unacceptable.
"My single representative on the Warriors'
board, who was dealing with a close family
bereavement at the time these matters came
to a head, has told me they were under the
impression that Matt had 'resigned'. I believe
"Eric Watson has said that I had asked 'not
to be fully involved' in the running of the
Warriors and Bill Wavish claims that I 'had
previously asked not to be consulted directly
on decisions'. is is an untruth. To the
contrary, I agreed with Eric Watson that as
shareholders we needed to be directly involved
in major decisions regarding the Warriors
management, selection of players and the
coach. Eric Watson subsequently reneged on
"I want to repeat my charge that Matt Elliott
has been treated less than honourably, and
that continues to rankle with me because, as
I said yesterday, he is a decent and honourable
person. His graceful response to recent events
has been a true measure of the man."
Glenn said it was the lack of progress at the
Warriors that he found disappointing.
He said he had talked to Watson about
parting company --- "if talking is the way to
(describe) it; you listen to him most of the
time" --- but he would not say whether the
dispute was set for court. "I'm not going to
comment on any of that. I'm a businessman.
I look at all options whatever I do. It's really a
question of what is best for the sport and what
is best for the both of us."
Watson told Newstalk ZB everyone on the
board --- including Glenn's representative ---
knew that the club was going to let Elliott go.
Glenn's comments came as a shock, he said.
"It's caught me completely by surprise, which
is not something that makes me very happy."
Watson said a board meeting had taken place
within hours of the Warriors' 37-6 thrashing
by the Cronulla Sharks on Saturday. "If they'd
beaten the Sharks, he (Elliott) would probably
still be the coach."
Watson con rmed he and Glenn had been
in discussions "for some months" about him
buying Glenn's shareholding.
Glenn said that despite his having invested
a considerable sum to buy a 50% stake, it
remained very much Watson's club.
" e actual running of the club, the day-to-
day decision-making on everything, never left
Eric's hands. Everyone on the board and the
manager (chief executive Wayne Scurrah) did
exactly what he said. It wasn't a partnership.
It's a wonderful club and fans and everything
but I think there is something missing in the
whole structure ... It is di cult to get into and
probe because there is a defensive attitude
within the club's administration."
e war of words was triggered by Glenn's
statement about Elliott's departure, which he
said appeared to be a "knee-jerk decision"made
"without rati cation by the full board".
"Adding insult to injury, there appears to
have been an e ort to evade accountability for
the decision by dressing it up as a voluntary
resignation, rather than calling it by its proper
name. is was clearly designed to convey the
impression that Matt Elliott chose not to stay.
e Matt Elliott I know is not a quitter."
A Warriors statement said Glenn did know
of the decision to sack Elliott.
Chairman Bill Wavish said: "I met with Matt
on Sunday morning with the full knowledge
and unanimous support of the board. is
support included Sir Owen's representative on
the board, who subsequently told me that Sir
Owen was informed."
Wavish said Sir Owen had previously asked
not to be contacted directly on decisions as
his shareholding was held in trust. He bought
into the club in April 2012 through Kea
Investments, registered in the British Virgin
Watson's 50% stake can be traced to Cullen
Business Trust, of which he is the sole
shareholder. --- APNZ
Warriors in disarray
Hammett moving on from Hurricanes
Warriors co-owner Eric Watson, right,
with chairman Bill Wavish and co-owner
161 Tainui St
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