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A superb defensive effort from West
Coast yesterday repulsed a Seddon Shield
rugby challenge from Marlborough at
Rugby Park, Greymouth.
Buoyed by a far superior scrum and
lopsided penalty count (at least 3-1 in
their favour), the visitors had a surfeit of
ball but struggled to break the staunch
West Coast defence, the Coasters winning
28-18 after leading 18-11 at the break.
Once again, first-five Tim Priest was
integral to the victory. His cool head and
near faultless kicking display, for goal or
position, was paramount.
Priest, scoring Coast ’s first try, also added
a conversion and two penalties to own all
of Coast ’s first 13 points. He also knocked
over a penalty and conversion in the
second spell to go with tries to centre Josh
Costello and lock Brad Houston.
All this was in defiance of a
Marlborough scrum that, on four
occasions, shunted the West Coast
for wards off their own ball. Such was
Marlborough’s scrum dominance that they
opted for scrums instead of simple penalty
kicks, but the tactic backfired. Coast ’s
tenacious scrambling defence held them
at bay in a frantic second-half until prop
Fetu Irere barged over for his second try of
The Coast pack — scrum woes excepted
— e xc elled elsewhere, with loosies Alan
Monk, Josh Hill (one thunderous midfield
tackle) and Logan Winter to the fore.
Winter’s replacement, honorary Coaster
Rowan O’Gorman as usual made a
complete nuisance of himself, to the
consternation of the opposition, while
Brad Houston, prop David Oates and
replacement Ryan Kennedy stood shoulder
to shoulder with skipper Troy Tauwhare
as an almost impenetraable wall which the
opposition battered against.
Halfback Nick Makea produced a
polished performance and second-five
Sean McClure was equally impressive,
along with centre Josh Costello and
West Coast ’s fullback Jason Wright, who
mounted several telling counter attacks
which deser ved better reward.
It was apparent after the first square-off
that the West Coast scrum was not up to
the task, but somehow the team managed
to work its way into Marlborough territory
and Priest opened the score with a 40m
Priest ’s opposite, Brandyn Laursen,
knocked over a penalty to level the scores
before Priest, on the back of a series of
surges from his for wards, exploited a
large gap to touch down and convert,
A try to Irere narrowed the gap before
penalties to Priest and Laursen moved it
on to 13-11.
Coast had the final say of the first half
when Costello, who in the second spell
battled on bravely after a heavy knock, ran
strongly on to a short ball from Priest and
crossed in the corner.
Breaks from McClure and Houston
gave Coast early field position early in
the second half and Houston was then
instrumental in winning his side a 5m
scrum by getting his hands on the ball and
turning a Marlborough lineout into a maul
that they could not win.
O’Gorman carried the ball from the
scrum to the line and Houston, fittingly,
took it across. Priest added the extras, from
the sideline, and then kicked two penalties
to put Coast up 28-11.
Marlborough turned down three highly
kickable penalties in favour of scrums late
in the match, until the visitors decided
instead to tap a fourth penalty and Irere
crossed for his second try.
Fullback Jeremy Manning added the
conversion, but 18-28 was as close as
Marlborough were going to get on a
day dominated by West Coast ’s willing
This Saturday it is Buller’s turn to try to
wrest the Shield from West Coast.
A West Coast sports
student will be tackling
a new challenge
next month when
she represents New
Zealand on a United
States rugby tour.
Courtney Houston is
studying for a diploma
in sport management
prescription at the
of the New Zealand
Institute of Sport.
She was the only
West Coast player in
the rugby squad, which
had been drawn from
the institute’s campuses
The team will be
Zealand and will play
against the University
of Los Angeles, Santa
Barbara and Las
Vegas rugby club The
October 3 and 20.
Courtney ’s mother,
Alison Houston, said
the institute asked
its students in March
whether they were
interested in the tour.
“S he (Courtney) rang
and said could she put
her name forward, and
I said never turn down
an opportunity like
The 20-year-old had
played rugby since
she was at primary
school, just one of the
many sports she had
embraced since a
young age, Mrs
“She’s always been
sporty, that ’s why she’s
wanted to do this sort
of thing. Sport has been
a very big thing in her
life ever since she could
the West Coast in
the ages of seven
and 14, and played
netball for Cobden
and Star United, later
representing the Coast
at under-13 to senior
She had also
represented the region
Westland High School A came up
trumps in their first West Coast inter-
centre netball final, beating the more
United A, 28-22, in Greymouth on
The Hokitika schoolgirls deserved
the winners’ spoils. Initially they
looked like they were going to come
second, but their second-half effort
was exceptional. It was a spirited
effort and they just kept going and
going until the final whistle.
Up until the second half, they had
struggled to get the ball cleanly
through court into their shooters,
and they were not dealing with the
weather conditions. The wind took
its toll on both teams, with quite a
few passes going astray as the wind
whisked the ball away.
In the first half, Star United offered
an outstanding defensive effort. Goal
keep Sarah van Looy worked hard,
but then went off the boil in the
second half. She received excellent
support from in-form goal defence
Anne Paterson, who deser ved to be
named Star’s player of the match.
Paterson was strong on the rebound
and supported her team-mates
through court; she was there when
they needed her all of the time.
Star goal shooter Amy Hibbs
stepped up a gear in this one, especially
in the first half — she missed maybe
one shot — which was lucky for Star
United as goal attack Jasmine Forsyth
was not having as much luck shooting,
although she did get through lots of
work outside the circle.
At the end of the third quarter the
match was hanging in the balance
for Hokitika, ahead by one 18-17,
having lost the first quarter 7-5 and
the second 7-4 .
However, they then staged a
remarkable fightback in the third —
and it was a powerful one — as the
goal shooter Holly Schroder, who is
usually in the defence circle, pulled
one out of the bag.
Westland also picked up the pace in
that quarter and their fitness appeared
to be superior, as well as playing with
a maturity well beyond their school
They continued to play at a fast clip
in the fourth and kept their noses in
front with some well executed play,
which gave them the more favoured
Schroder, deser vedly Westland
High’s player of the match, was quiet
in the first half but she made the circle
her own in the final two quarters and
was pivotal to the win.
Goal attack Kate Gilbertson was
exceptionally well and moved sweetly
around the circle.
The other two Westland players who
came alive in the second half were goal
defence Kiana Gallon and 15-year-
old goal keeper Nicole Adams,
who thwarted the Star shooters on
Westland High School did not let
the big occasion get the better of
them and they played solid as a team.
Coach Kathy Paul was proud of her
“It was one of the biggest comebacks
ever,” she smiled.
“We got off to a slow start, but in
the end we showed what we are made
of and staged a great comeback. This
sets us up nicely for South Island
secondary, which (is) not far away.”
Star United player-coach Bex
Crooks conceded that Westland
deserved the win.
“They got us in the third quarter —
the quarter that catches us out most
weeks,” Crooks said.
Even so, she was impressed with the
effort her team put in, singling out
Paterson and Hibbs.
Considering the conditions, it was
still a good game, she said.
“I take nothing away from our girls,
they never gave up and Westland was
just better on the day.”
In the play-off for third and fourth
place, Speights Ale House Cobden A
went down by four points to Lyndale
Inter-centre: Westland High School
A 28, Star United A 22; Lyndale 34,
Speights Ale House Cobden A 30;
CSC A 18, Stumpers Blue 14; Star
United B 24, Speights Ale House
Cobden B 19.
Premier B: HSOG A 28, Kotare B
12; Kotare A 25, Speights Ale House
Cobden C 13; Star United C 26,
Central A 11.
Senior: CSC B 41, Tui Central B 3;
Greymouth WMC 16, HSOG C 8;
Kotare C 23, GHS Jnr A 13.
Senior reser ve: HSOG E 23, HSOG
D 18, GHS Green 9; HSOG D 29,
GHS Green 21, GHS Blue 14.
First grade: Cobden Jnr A 13, CSC
E12;Paroa Jnr A18,HSOGJnr A6;
CSC F 27, Star United Jnr A 3; Grey
Valley Jnr A 8, Paroa Jnr B 2.
Second grade: Kotare Jnr A 14,
Karoro B 12; HSOG Jnr B 8, Cobden
Monday, August 4, 2014
Coast holds out
PICTURE: Paul McBride
West Coast first five-eighth Tim Priest slices through the Marlborough defence to post first points on the board during the Seddon Shield clash at Rugby Park yesterday,
with team-mates Sean McClure and Josh Costello in support. In a nail-biting encounter West Coast won the match, 28-18.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Star goal keep Sarah van Looy blocks Westland High School goal shoot Holly Schroder.
Hokitika fightback wins inter-centre title
who will be heading to
the United States on a
rugby tour as part of a
New Zealand Institute
of Sport team.
Desperate Ferns fall to Australia, settle for silver
of the New Zealand Herald
New Zealand’s hold on the
Commonwealth Games netball
crown is over.
Australia won the gold medal with
a 58-40 win over the Silver Ferns
at the Hydro Arena early today,
their first victory in the event since
Manchester 12 years ago.
New Zealand had prevailed at
Melbourne in 2006 and New Delhi
four years ago, but there could be no
argument that Australia deserved
this victory. Well before the end, they
were making no race of it.
This time it was Australian players
hugging, whooping and collapsing on
the floor in a heap, just as it had been
the Silver Ferns in New Delhi.
Australia worked their way in
front, the lead ballooned in the third
quarter, leaving the Silver Ferns
having to catch up. They began
cutting corners, rushing their play as
a sense of desperation crept in.
The Australians won the third
quarter, 15-9, which effectively
decided the final.
New Zealand put goal shoot
Cathrine Latu on for the fourth
quarter in a last-gasp bid. Latu has
been out with a calf injury since the
third group game and briefly showed
what the Silver Ferns had been
missing. But it was too late to do
much about the outcome by then, as
Australia, 11 up at the start of the last
quarter, pressed on relentlessly to end
ambitions of a Silver Ferns hat-trick.
At quarter time it was 14-14 and as
tight as that suggests.
Australia had the beanpole shooter
Caitlin Bassett as an obvious target
and attacking hustlers in Natalie
Medhurst, Madi Robinson and Kim
Ravaillon as support acts.
New Zealand opted for Maria
Tutaia at goal shoot and Jodi Brown
at goal attack. It was a bold call,
considering the last time Tutaia
started an international at goal shoot
was in 2008. Space was at a premium.
Goal keep Leana de Bruin had her
hands full with Bassett while captain
Casey Kopua was working overtime
to break down the ser vice into the
Just as the semi-final win over
England was desperately tight, so too
was the final, at least till half-time to
absolutely no surprise.
Late in the second quarter, Australia
got a small run and by half-time were
28-24 ahead before the key third
quarter decided it.
New Zealand’s attackers were
pressured into errors by the rugged
defence of Laura Geitz and Julie
Three successive shots were missed
and that was the opening Australia
needed as they bolted to a 10-goal
advantage, which they extended in
the final period.
Earlier, England ’s miserable games
campaign ended in disappointment.
Having lost to Australia and New
Zealand by a solitary goal, they were
beaten in the bronze medal match by
Scott Dixon went from last in
qualifying to capture his fourth win at
Mid-Ohio in the last six years, coasting
in on low fuel to end Target Chip
Ganassi Racing’s victory drought in
The 34-year-old New Zealander, who
started last in the 22-car field, also
won on the twisty road course between
Cleveland and Columbus in 2009, 2011
Target Chip Ganassi has won the last
six races at the track, including all four of
It finally broke through in a familiar
place.Dixon took advantage of a gaffe
by Josef Newgarden and his pit crew to
Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais was a
distant second, with James Hinchcliffe
third, rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and
favourite son Graham Rahal fifth.
— New Zealand Herald
Dixon wins from
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