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Selwyn Times: May 02, 2018

Selwyn Times: May 02,

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 Locally Owned GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband • By Gordon Findlater BRUISED BODIES, half-time shots of port, taking on an Australian great and plenty of laughs was the recipe for the Lincoln Lizards at the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival last week. THe team which formed Students meet stars Trip to Commonwealth Games springs surprises Page 9 Page 14 29 years ago had been eyeing up the tournament since the Christchurch event was first confirmed. As well as taking on a team from Alaska the Lizards got the chance to play against former Wallabies first-five Stephen Larkham. “THe biggest surprise to me was how tall he was for a firstfive. He’s got the legs to run around us but the game was played very low key,” said team manager Mark Tweedy. THe team of 28 was made up of players who have previously played with the Lincoln Rugby Club, people new to Lincoln and by word of mouth at the pub. The Lizards have a player base of Make-up treat Nominate someone deserving for a Mother’s Day makeover AGE NO BARRIER: Lincoln Lizards’ Ron Fabian spots the gap and pushes the go-button against the Port Macquarie Whitsunday Whales during the Golden Oldies rugby tournament on Friday. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Golden age for the Lizards around 50 and play in six games a year against other Canterbury over 35-years-old team. THe team for the festival included one original Lizard. Ron Fabian – who is now in his early 70s – turned out for the team in their first ever match in 1989. •Turn to page 6 0800 726 724 Darfield may lose Crusaders match • By Jacob Page THE CHANCES of Darfield hosting the Crusaders and Highlanders pre-season game next year appears unlikely. The Darfield Rugby Club hosted the summer fixture in 2017 and wants to do so again. But the Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s insistence a spectator mound be constructed has proven an issue. Darfield president Scott McIlroy said constructing a mound on the ground is not viable due to summer sport use. “The ground itself is not viable to host the game and I have looked at other options including farmland where a mound already exists but that too will be expensive,” he said. More than 5500 people turned up to watch the 2017 match, including then-Prime Minister Bill English. Minutes from the Malvern Community Board meeting last week showed Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton was told the CRFU “would not consider viewing from a flat-level surface acceptable.” Mr McIlroy says he had previously looked into building a 4000 seat temporary stand but at a cost of more than $100,000, it was considered uneconomic. •Turn to page 7 Best nest in the west There’s no better place to settle out west than at Falcon’s Landing. Pop in to our sales and information office, 17 Branthwaite Drive, this Thursday, Friday or Sunday from 1pm to 3pm to find out more. Contact us on 03 741 1340 or mail anytime.