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Blaketown rugby stalwarts Brian McEnaney, left, patron Tom Cameron,
Gordon Richardson and Helen Cain on the sideline.
e West Coast senior rugby season got under way on Saturday with a
double-header in Hokitika. Blaketown and Kiwi, then Marist and West teams went
head-to-head in the curtain raisers, at Walker Park. JANNA SHERMAN
Phillip ompson makes a dash to the Blaketown
Blaketown puts on the pressure to keep Kiwi away from the tryline.
Marist and West players in the lineout.
Marist supporters --- Adrian Te Patu, left, Adam Gilshnan, Melva Crampton,
Arna Davies (obscured) and Nicole Mudu.
Marist's Malali Mudu breaks away from Wests'
Joe Gillman and his beloved 1935
Ford V8 Coupe have 110 years motor
racing between them, hard to beat
in terms of experience at the 50th
anniversary of the Ngapara hill climb
e 73-year-old from Stillwater
bought the Coupe when he was 18
and has added another four "mint"
coupes to his collection, but kept the
one he races in "original condition".
While there was some dazzling
machinery, both young and old, at the
hill climb, the battle-scarred coupe
attracted much of the attention.
ere is history in every panel, and
inside on the roof, where the names
of about 20 women are scratched. He
will not say why, but admits women
love the look of the car.
" ey're beautiful," he said when
asked about the attraction to Ford V8
"Even women think so. I stopped at
West Melton for petrol on the way
here and a woman in her 30s came
over and said what a beautiful car.
" ey were the last of the milk bar
Sunday was his third Ngapara hill
climb, the second with an American-
built V8 athead racing engine he
tted about three years ago. He was
running about 1min 11sec --- the
quickest cars were under a minute.
He has competed all round the
South Island and also at Rod Millen's
Leadfoot Festival, in Auckland.
Mr Gillman drove the car to the
Ngapara event, leaving the Grey Valley on Friday
and staying in Christchurch before driving on to
e car cruises comfortably at 100kph and will go
faster, thanks to an overdrive which operates on all
three gears of the original transmission.
e hill climb attracted 55 entries, most from the
Otago Sports Car Club and North Otago Vintage
Car Club. Clerk of the course Ross Cameron said
that was better than previous years, possibly due to
it being the 50th anniversary of the event. A special
parade included drivers who had competed at the
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Joe Gillman and his "very original" 1935 Ford Coupe, which he bought when he was a teenager, at the Ngapara hill climb
Greymouth coupe star of hill climb
It is time for the Hurricanes to
make a move up the Super Rugby
With two home games in the
coming weeks, Mark Hammett's
side must cash in at Westpac
Stadium when the Blues and Reds
come to town.
If the Hurricanes can brush aside
the primary colours, they will make
steady progress on a congested
Hammett's side lie in 10th on
16 points but the fth-placed
Waratahs are only one win ahead,
while the 13th-placed Rebels are
only one victory behind.
Such ladder congestion means
there are no easy outings and at
the beginning of the season few
would have predicted the
Western Force would be sitting
fourth come mid-April.
"Every game is pretty critical
and it's pretty tight," Hurricanes
assistant coach Alama Ieremia
"Bonus points are going to be
important and these local derbies
are becoming really important.
"I think, probably in the next
few weeks, you are going to see
which teams are going to stay
with the front-runners and which
teams actually start dropping
After winning their past two
contests, the Hurricanes are
in a position to build on their
mini form spike or drop back to
One of their issues under
Hammett has been their inability
to build consistency and take the
games they 'should' win.
Coming in from the bye, with
home ground advantage and form
on their side, the Hurricanes
should be too strong for the
Blues this Friday if they want
to assert themselves as a front-
After Hammett announced last
week that this season would be his
last in charge of the Hurricanes,
Ieremia said the impending
departure of the coach wasn't
weighing on the squad.
"Our focus is de nitely now on
the Blues and I think the players
are certainly pretty keen. We are
trying to hold them back."
ere are minor injury concerns
around Ben Franks (groin), Tim
Bateman (shoulder) and Chris
Smylie (calf ), while anker Brad
Shields also took a knock at
More will be known on their
status as the week progresses but
one player who seems sure to
suit up on Friday is No 8 Victor
e 27-year-old played his
rst game of the season in the
Hurricanes' 25-20 win over the
Bulls in Napier two weeks ago
after overcoming a knee problem.
"I'm feeling pretty fresh, really,"
he said. "I haven't played much
rugby of late."
While Hammett is leaving at
season's end, utility back Alapati
Leiua and anker Jack Lam have
also con rmed o shore moves
while there's reports suggesting
fullback Andre Taylor could jump
Vito said the jostling and jiving
of players and coaches was a reality
of professional rugby.
"On the game-day you're not
really worrying about that sort of
thing but during the week you're
just strengthening those bonds and
knowing that's the game we play
now," he said.
"You'd like to have all your mates
around all the time but the nature
of the beast is that's not going to
of the New Zealand Herald
Piri Weepu would be back in blue as
early as Friday against his old Hurricanes
team if it was left to him.
e 30-year-old Blues halfback has
made a full recovery from his minor
stroke and minor heart surgery and was
back to his old chipper self when talking
to the media for the rst time yesterday
since the health scare.
Weepu went through plenty of
emotional soul-searching after a scan
several weeks ago revealed he had had
a stroke before his two games in South
Africa and also had a hole in his heart.
"When I rst found out, I had a few
tears, because it's something you don't
expect. I had my cry, rang the old lady
(Kura) and let her know. She gave me a
bit of stick. It only took her two minutes
to give me grief. I then got on with it,
and tried to do everything possible to
make myself better," he says.
"I guess my main concern was whether
it would happen again. I had a talk to the
doc (Stephen Kara) about it and went
down the right path to do everything
possible to get myself back on to the
He says it was a real scare to him, but
he never seriously considered the notion
of having to quit the game.
"I was scared when it rst happened
because I had never had anything like
that happen to me before. I'd had two
concussions before which were quite
bad and some of that stu ... was totally
di erent symptoms. I was scared it might
be something worse than concussion.
Finding out three weeks later and
knowing the outcome was scary, but it
was about getting back in the saddle."
Signs of his stroke, in hindsight, rst
surfaced the day after the Blues had
dusted the Crusaders on February 28.
" at was frustrating. I was trying to
talk to a couple of the boys at recovery ---
Charles (Piutau) and Peter Saili --- and
had slurred speech. ey were looking
at me weird and thought I was being an
idiot, which doesn't surprise them."
He alerted his 108,000 Twitter
followers with news of the impending
scan upon the Blues' return from South
Africa and originally nothing adverse
was revealed, but a second scan brought
news of the stroke and subsequent
hole in the heart. Weepu was typically
ippant about the surgery, done on April
"I had a bit of putty and some
sandpaper on it and she was sweet!"
Weepu's absence upsets the balance
of the Blues. Normally he would be the
goalkicking back-up to Simon Hickey,
but without Weepu the Blues would
have to turn to Benji Marshall to take
the shots should Hickey be injured.
Marshall has not taken a kick at goal all
"I told J K I was available this week,
but he looked at me sideways. It's just
making sure I do everything possible to
get right. If it means I'm not available
this week or next, so be it, just as long as
I do what's best for me and the team."
Weepu is more philosophical about
" e biggest thing now is to make the
most of my opportunities in rugby and
life. If that means giving something up
that I'm passionate about to live happily,
sobeit.IfIhaveto stayathome andbe
with my kids, then so be it."
Blues coach John Kirwan has been as
surprised, and heartened, as anyone at
the speed of Weepu's recovery. He was
even back at the gym last Monday and
back in team training, if not full contact
just yet, as the Blues take a cautious
approach to his return. e Anzac Day
Waratahs clash at Eden Park is still the
likely date for Weepu's playing return.
His long-time team-mate Keven
Mealamu is also available for selection
this weekend after more ongoing calf
problems, but the hooker has a solid
sense of perspective when comparing
"When I ( rst) heard about POW, I
was thinking it's a calf for me and for
him it's on the other spectrum. It puts
things in perspective, but it's good to
know that he's in good nick and back to
his old self," Mealamu said.
Weepu's All Blacks days look behind
him now --- the pace of their game is
too quick for his style --- but there seems
little reason he cannot now add to his 35
Blues caps. --- APNZ
move up ladder
Piri itching to return to duty Auckland
Highlanders loose forward Jarrad
Hoeata is in his nal season of
Super Rugby after signing a three-
year contract with the Cardi
Hoeata has been a member of
the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks,
All Blacks Sevens, three di erent
Super Rugby teams and a mainstay
of the Taranaki ITM Cup side
since debuting in 2006.
same time I'm extremely proud of
what I've achieved," he said.
"I have really loved my time down
south with the Highlanders and
I'd like to thank Jamie Joseph for
the massive opportunity he gave
me to initially be a part of the
Maori All Blacks in 2010 and then
o ering me an opportunity to head
down and join the Highlanders.
"I have enjoyed every minute
of my time down here and with
the help of Jamie and the boys
managed to reach my ultimate goal
of becoming an All Black."
Hoeata said he wanted to leave
New Zealand while he was still in
his prime and able to contribute for
"I have only heard positive things
about the Blues' set-up and Cardi
itself. I am good mates with Paul
Tito, who thoroughly enjoyed his
time there, so I am really looking
for ward to the move North once
I'm nished with the Highlanders.
"I'm excited about the challenge
of playing rugby in Europe. I know
it will be di erent to how we play
the game here but I am really
motivated by that challenge and
of adapting to a new side, club and
Cardi have had a close link to
Kiwi players over the years, with
Xavier Rush, Michael Paterson and
Jonah Lomu having pulled on the
jersey in recent seasons. --- APNZ
Hoeata to leave Highlanders
Steven Gerrard has dedicated
Liverpool's crucial win against
title rivals Manchester City to
the victims and families of the
Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin,
Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the
youngest of the 96 Liverpool
supporters who died due to
crushing on the terraces at the
1989 FA Cup semi- nal against
Nottingham Forest in She eld.
Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary
of the tragedy and An eld will host
the annual memorial service, which
all of Liverpool's squad will attend.
It was the proximity of that date,
plus the signi cance of the 3-2
victory that left Liverpool close to
winning the title for the rst time
in 24 years, which saw Reds captain
Gerrard brought to tears at the nal
whistle against City yesterday.
" e reason I was so emotional
was because of when this game
fell," Gerrard said. --- Reuters
City win dedicated to Hillsborough victims
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