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Selwyn Times: June 14, 2016

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24 Tuesday June 14 2016 SELWYN TIMES

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 14 2016 25 SPORTS Row brews after shield game • By Gordon Findlater A ROW is emerging over whether Lincoln Rugby Club has lost the Murray Cooper Shield, which they’ve held for more than 10 years. Management from the Ellesmere Rugby Union will meet tonight to figure out who holds the shield after Saturday’s game. A problem emerged after the game, where Burnham/ Dunsandel/Irwell defeated Lincoln 21-14, leaving the visitors believing they had captured the shield from Lincoln. The rules around the shield stipulate that it is up for grabs whenever the holders play another Ellesmere team at home during round-robin games but not finals. The grey area surrounding Saturday’s game is that it wasn’t a final game or a round-robin match. Both teams were eliminated in the quarter finals of the Combined Country rugby competition. This meant Saturday’s game was not a finals match but a match to decide 7 th and 8 th position. Burnham coach Lance Ball is hopeful his side will be rewarded with the trophy after the team went into the weekend’s game believing they were playing for the shield. Ellesmere Rugby Union President, Stuart Boon has been in contact with both parties and expects a decision to be made at tonight’s meeting. ROW: Lincoln Rugby Club first division in action earlier this year. There is question mark over whether they have lost the Murray Cooper Shield. VICTORIOUS AGAIN: Lincoln High School celebrate their recent win against Cashmere High School, securing the Connetics Challenge Shield ​ Lincoln HS in form • By Gordon Findlater LINCOLN HIGH School is the team to beat in the Connetics Schools Premier 1 st XI football competition after remaining unbeaten after six rounds. Lincoln secured their sixth straight win to start the year last Wednesday defeating Cashmere High School 1-0. Last week’s victory was made even more significant with the acquisition of the Connetics Challenge Shield a piece of silverware that is up for grabs during each round of the competition, regardless of a match being played at home or away. The nature of the shield means that Lincoln won’t have long to celebrate the acquisition, their first defence will take place this Wednesday when they play Papanui High School. The next goal for the team is to secure qualification for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Football Championships which is a tournament featuring the top 32 schools in the country. This will be held in Papamoa in early September. Kick-off in tomorrow’s Connectics Challenge Shield match is at 5.30pm from Christchurch Football Park. DESIGNER FASHION AT OUTLET PRICES SMART BRANDS SMARTER PRICES HORNBY 409 Main South Road | Open 10am–5pm, 7 days