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The Star: April 06, 2017

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38 Thursday April 6 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Sport Value Cars www.valuecarswarehouse.co.nz 32 Moorhouse Ave | 03 366 7768 The Star The biggest range of vehicles in one location Another Barry bags life membership LIFE MEMBERS: Four-year-old Tim Barry sparring with his late father Kevin Barry Snr in 1973. • By Gordon Findlater TIM BARRY has joined his father, the late Kevin Snr, in becoming a life member of the Canterbury Boxing Association. Tim, 48, was destined to have an involvement in the sport, growing up with his father and older brothers, Kevin and Bryan, who are all successful trainers. Kevin, an Olympic silver medallist, trains current WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, while Bryan trains at his Round 12 Gym on Tuam St and has assisted Kevin in the corner during their time with Parker and with David Tua. Tim may not be as well known as his brothers, but his involvement in boxing is just as impressive. He was the youngest cornerman in New Zealand when he first carried the water bottle as a three-year-old – his father was a trainer at the time. He received his own trainer’s licence at the age of 18. Tim was recognised for his years of dedication to the boxing association at its annual general meeting last month. He was one of three inductees, along with former New Zealand lightweight boxing champion Dion Murphy, and referee and judge Ross Stubley. Unlike his brothers, Tim no STILL GOING: The punching bag used by his brother Kevin Barry still hangs in Tim Barry’s garage. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER longer trains. He is a self-employed interior plasterer, but remains heavily involved with boxing as a medical liaison officer, a job he describes as “a lot of paperwork.” He has been involved in various roles for more than 40 years, and still sees the sport of boxing as “the ultimate buzz.” For Tim, one memory in particular holds special significance. “Kevin in Los Angeles, 1984, winning his silver medal is still my Southern Astros U13 Baseball Team Sam Reid Sponsored by: Ph: 357 8700. www.woolserv.co.nz Bryn Graham Sponsored by: Ph: 027 538 9918 Cody Mead Sponsored by: shearerbuiltltd Ph: 341 7033 www.shearerbuilt.co.nz Baseball New Zealand United Airlines Ripken Tournament, Auckland, 6-9 April 2017 The Southern Astros U13 Baseball Team (11 Kids & 3 Coaches) will be travelling to Rosedale Park in Auckland for the Baseball New Zealand United Airlines Ripken Tournament being held on April 6-9, 2017. The National Championship is one of Baseball New Zealand’s longest standing events attracting over 250 players. Baseball is a fledging sport in Canterbury with the Southern Astros Baseball Team forming in 2013. We have a selection of very talented players that we will be showcasing in Auckland and raising the profile of this sport for Canterbury. The eleven boys from across Canterbury are passionate about baseball and excited about the opportunity to play against teams from all across New Zealand. Along with playing weekly on a Sunday at Avonhead Park, the players and coaches have been dedicated to training hard twice a week throughout the season to improve their skills in preparation favourite memory,” he said. “Seeing the hard work pay off was great because we were in the gym all the time before that.” Although Tim never fought himself, being on the outside of the ring was often a challenge. “I don’t know if it was easier cornering for the boys at times, though,” Tim said. He still works at Canterbury bouts twice a month, as well as tournaments in Ashburton and Timaru. for the tournament. The team has formed a strong bond, supporting and encouraging each other to be their best. The players, coaches and families wish to sincerely thank the many supporters and sponsors who have assisted with the various fundraising activities that have made this trip possible. The baseball season in Canterbury runs from October to April each year, enabling players from across various age groups through to adults enjoy the sport. If you are keen to hear more about how to get involved next season, please contact Brian Hemera, Canterbury Baseball Association President, on 027 457 2782 or like our Facebook Page – ‘Southern Astros Baseball Club’ for regular updates. Ben Forbes Sponsored by: HORNBY WORKING MEN’S CLUB 17 Carmen Rd. Ph: 349 9026. www.hornbyworkingmensclub.co.nz Owen Dabkowski Sponsored by: PAPANUI HIGH SCHOOL www.papanui.school.nz Dylan Stark Sponsored by: Ph: 027 222 1109 Harper Ford Sponsored by: Ph: 0800 22 22 36 www.goldenhomes.co.nz Hunter Adam Sponsored by: Private Sponsor Sam McCarthy Robert Dalziel Coaches Ben Smith Sponsored by: Jim Dabkowski Ken Dalziel Pete Ford Ph: 373 9700 www.crmc.co.nz

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 6 2017 39 Smith, Squire set to return from injury for Highlanders • By Steve Hepburn ALL BLACKS Ben Smith and Liam Squire are back training this week and are expected to line up for the Highlanders on Saturday night. Smith missed last Friday night’s trouncing of the Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium because of a hamstring strain he picked up the day before at training. Highlanders assistant coach Mark Hammett said Smith had Mary Westwood M 021 557 731 P 03 347 4711 mary.westwood@harcourts.co.nz www.harcourts.co.nz Four Seasons Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Why not put me to the test As I do stand out from the rest If you’re ready to sell then so am I So go ahead give me a try!!! taken a full part in training on Tuesday and, if he gets through the rest of the week, he should be fine to play against the Blues. Squire has been out since injuring his knee in the secondround match against the Crusaders in early March. He was close to coming back last week, but would be available to play on Saturday. Hammett said it was an obvious bonus getting the All Black duo back. Four Seasons Realty ‘’They are two important players and we are not far away getting more people back on deck. Most of them are maybe a week or two away,” he said. Openside flanker Dan Pryor, who has yet to play a game this year after picking up a knee injury last year while playing for Northland in the Mitre 10 Cup, has started running again and may be a chance to play by the end of the month. Hammett said it was difficult 2017 SUPER 18 TiPPing ComPETi T ion RoUnD 7 April 7 th - April 9 th HURRICANES V wARATAHS SUNwOLVES V bULLS HIGHLANDERS V bLUES BRoUghT To yoU By ThE ChRiSTChURCh STaR sometimes to find the right time to bring a player back with others performing well. 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