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Diminutive Stan Gladstone
does not pull any punches when
it comes to boxing. At 86 —
years, not kilos — he knows
every thread of canvas in the ring
and is still doing what he knows
best, teaching ring craft and
technique to aspiring pugilists.
The fit octogenarian still
enjoys training up to 14 young
enthusiasts upstairs at the
Club, and passing on his
experience to eager ears.
“ I started boxing when I was
17 years old, and my first fight
was against Trevor Kilkelly.
We were only flyweight at the
time. I beat him on points. The
second fight I had with him
I won by technical knock out
(TKO),” Gladstone said.
“Of course, Trevor later was a
Kiwi league international and
had a reputation as a hard man,
which he was. I met Trevor on
a drilling rig years later and said
to him, ‘Thank God I fought
you back then when you were a
flyweight and not now ’.”
Gladstone recalls that boxing
was strong throughout the West
Coast when he was young,
with all schools supporting the
sport and private gyms well
“Rooneys had a gym in
Blaketown, old Doc Findlay
had a gym in Threadneedle
Street, and every town had its
club. There were plenty of good
fighters getting around, too. ”
The boxing bantam has been
training at the workingmen’s
club for many years. He is also
past president of the club, even
as a teetotaller.
“I coached Lisa Pattinson
for two New Zealand
Championships. Lisa won a
title there and was extremely
good. Steph Levien won the
novice championships, in
Canterbury. At the moment I
am coaching 14 young people at
the gym. The numbers fluctuate,
there one moment then I don’t
see them for a month and they
come back again. ”
Gladstone said the gym was
one avenue for keeping children
off the streets, as well as
teaching discipline and keeping
the body fit.
“ It keeps them on the straight
and narrow. The gym is first
class with all facilities. Upstairs
we have the ring set up, bags
and all the gear.
“ Most important for anyone
to become a good boxer they
must have dedication. If you
haven’t got that it’s a waste of
time. You must be prepared to
put the time in and learn the
skill, plus you have to have a
bit of guts — take punches and
give them out with power.”
Stan pulling no punches at 86
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Stan Gladstone puts Alesha Tomasi through her punches at the Workingman’s Club Boxing gym on Thursday night.
The Chiefs kept their hopes of three
consecutive Super Rugby titles alive with
a win at Eden Park last night which owed
much to their ruthlessness in the wet and
windy conditions and a fair bit to a Blues
team which was anything but.
In doing so, Dave Rennie’s men consigned
the Blues to their first defeat at what was their
fortress in a difficult and frustrating season
for them. They are out of the playoffs frame,
their miserable night compounded by a calf
problem for their warrior Keven Mealamu
after only 19 minutes.
Hooker Mealamu, who came on to so much
deser ved fanfare in his 162nd Super Rugby
match, equalling former Wallabies lock
Nathan Sharpe’s record, cut a disconsolate
figure as he limped off.
A Ma’a Nonu yellow card for a shoulder
charge which flattened Tim Nanai-Williams,
in what was probably Nonu’s final match for
the Blues, was another depressing element
to a match in which John Kir wan’s team got
their tactics all wrong in the first half.
A late charge saw George Moala score with
12 minutes remaining to narrow the gap to
11-8 and set up a tight finish. The closeness
of the final score will be no consolation for
the Blues but it did provide the Chiefs with a
few ner vous moments.
Rennie paid credit to the character of his
team for the grinding victory. Mealamu, who
said he came off as a precaution as he felt his
calf tighten, said the visitors’ defence was the
“They ’ve set the benchmark for the last
couple of years and they showed a lot of
ticker tonight,” he said.
The home side’s defeat also cost the
Hurricanes a place in the finals, and
heaven knows what the supporters of Mark
Hammett ’s team were thinking as their
agonisingly frustrating season also came to
Looking for a miracle win by more than
38 points which would have given them a
lifeline, the Blues players took leave of their
senses in the first 40 minutes, turning down
three shots at goal within the first 10 minutes
and running everything despite the appalling
Not once did they kick for territory despite
having an extremely strong north-easterly
wind at their backs and a determined Chiefs’
defence in their faces. The Chiefs, needing the
victory to continue their season, were never
put under sufficient scoreboard pressure.
“ We got across the line five times and didn’t
turn it into points,” Kirwan said. “ If we didn’t
have to score more than 38 points we would
have taken shots at goal. At half-time we
changed the tactics and said let ’s go out there
and win the football match. ”
Amazingly, the Blues were still in the
contest at the start of the second half, and the
change in strategy saw Ihaia West successful
with his first shot at goal, but soon after his
pass was intercepted by Liam Messam, the
All Blacks loose for ward going in from 50m.
The Blues’ scrum impressed early, before
going through a tough patch and then coming
out on top again, their dominance and the
sinbinning of Chiefs lock Mike Fitzgerald
helping Moala to his try in the right corner.
Chiefs 11 (Liam Messam try; Aaron
Cruden 2 pens) Blues 8 (George Moala try;
Ihaia West pen) Halftime: 3-0. — APNZ
Blues disappoint again
A Matt Toomua three-try masterclass has
catapulted the Brumbies into the Super
Rugby finals at the expense of the Western
Force in a high-octane 47-25 win at Canberra
win last night means the Brumbies are hot
favourites to earn a home qualifying final, with
only a Highlanders upset over the Crusaders
tonight able to deny them fourth spot.
The Force, meanwhile, has been knocked
out of finals contention in eighth.
As the Force’s now ex-winger Nick “Honey
Badger” Cummins would describe it, his side
were like “that boy who fell out of the tree,
they just weren’t in it ”. Much of the misery
suffered in his last game before jetting off to
Japan could be put down to Toomua.
The Wallabies back was huge in his first
game back since picking up a groin injury
against France, providing the backline
with direction severely lacking against the
He kept opposite No 10 Zack Holmes
honest with several trademark big hits, not
to mention crossing twice in the opening 30
There was a lot of help from his for wards
with Sam Carter and Scott Sio providing
front-foot ball thanks partly to halfback Nic
White’s snappy delivery.
Toomua set the tone early, taking a quick
tap before burrowing over a few phases later
to open the scoring in the seventh minute.
Both sides then traded two penalties apiece,
before Toomua spotted a mismatch against
prop Kieran Longbottom and sliced over.
Toomua was also involved in the Brumbies’
next two tries, spinning the ball wide to set up
Jesse Mogg and Henry Speight respectively
to claim the four-try bonus point in just the
The Force was offered a glimpse of hope
after a Pek Cowan try in the 54th minute to
take the score to 28-13 with the added bonus
of a yellow card to Brumbies flanker Jarrad
But Speight soon broke through Cummins
and then offloaded to Toomua — who
notched up the Brumbies’ first hat-trick since
Mark Gerrard in the 2004 grand final.
The two sides both scored two tries each
late, with Jayden Hayward and Holmes
crossing for the Force, and Joe Tomane and
Tom McVerry claiming five-pointers for the
Brumbies. — AAP
Brumbies down Force to clinch finals spot
The Melbourne Rebels have finished their
Super Rugby season on a disappointing note
with a 40-7 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria.
The result consigned the Melbourne side to
the competition’s wooden spoon.
The Rebels were bidding for their first
win abroad and were in the hunt at Loftus
Versfeld at half-time as they trailed 12-7.
They looked the better of the teams but
were unable to convert pressure into points
with Jack Debreczeni missing three penalty
Their new five-eighth, who replaced the
injured Bryce Hegarty, had a mixed bag as
he scored his first Super Rugby try in the
Their cause was not helped when skipper
Scott Fuglistaller was given a yellow card
after repeated team infringements at the
Fuglistaller was making his first start as
captain following Scott Higginbotham’s
suspension after his third yellow card of the
Melbourne’s good defensive work in the first
half fell away to allow Bulls lock Paul Willemse
to cross in the opening minute of the second
half after a break by fullback Jurgen Visser.
Willemse, who himself was yellow-carded
in the first half for a tip tackle on Hugh Pyle,
then added another try in the 51st minute
after well-worked set play from the lineout.
The Bulls had all the momentum and
made the Rebels’ task insurmountable when
Springboks winger Francois Hougaard
showed some dazzling footwork to stand up
fullback Telusa Veainu. Five-eighth Handre
Pollard finished with 18 points from four
penalties and three conversions.
Melbourne still toiled hard but was not
helped by a mounting error toll and the Bulls
put the nail in the coffin in the 77th minute
when reser ve prop Dean Greyling barrelled
over to touch down. — A AP
Bulls overpower Rebels 40-7
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