50 Thursday April 20 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 In Brief CANTY PLAYERS IN NZ RUGBY UNDER-20S Four Canterbury players have been named in the New Zealand under-20 squad for this month’s Oceania rugby tournament in the Gold Coast. Ere Enari, (Lincoln University), Josh McKay (Lincoln University), Tom Christie (Christchurch), Braydon Ennor (University) and Harrison Allan (Sydenham) will travel to Australia for the tournament, which begins on April 28. Recent Tasman acquisition and former Christchurch Boys’ High School player Will Jordan has also been selected. New Zealand will play Fiji, Samoa and Australia. BOWLS CHAMPIONS The Bowls Canterbury Champion of Champions titles will be decided at the Woolston Park club this weekend. Local club champions in singles, pairs, triples and fours have played elimination matches against other club champions over the last month. This weekend’s tournament will see the semifinals and finals in the four disciplines across both men’s and women’s competitions on Saturday and Sunday. Sticking it to the Aussies in 8-ball SIX CANTABRIANS will take on the world’s best in Australasia’s richest 8-ball tournament this weekend. The Christchurch contingent of Danny Bowen, Healey White, Jun Carreon, Steve Denton, Jordan Maehe and Kyri Michaelides departed for Australia yesterday to compete at the Big Guns tournament in Bundoora, Melbourne. They will be joined by eight other New Zealand players, more than 100 of Australia’s best players, and a contingent from the United Kingdom, including three-time world champion Mick Hill. For most of the Christchurch players, this will be their first international tournament experience. “It’s going to be great to just see the next level and where you can bring your game to,” said Bowen. The tournament has more than 128 players and a total prize pool of more than AUS$70,000, with the winner taking home AUS$12,000. Christchurch’s top player Steve Denton has watched Big Guns tournaments on the SIX OF THE BEST: Healey White, Jun Carreon, Danny Bowen, Steve Denton, Jordan Maehe and Kyri Michaelides will shoot for Australasia’s biggest prize at the Big Guns tournament. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER internet for the last two years, but decided now was the time to send a Kiwi contingent across the ditch. After getting in touch with the organiser in Sydney, he was promised eight spots for New Zealand players in this year’s tournament. That number has now been extended to 14. “I think there are many players here in New Zealand that are going on this trip who, on their day, are capable of beating anyone,” said Denton. The tournament is an individual competition. However, the New Zealand contingent is going over with a team mentality. They will all play in the same uniform and will even be sharing the same accommodation. Although you can be assured the team theory will go out the door if two of the Kiwis draw each other. A number of the competitors will also play in a single day tournament in Bundoora on Anzac Day. New Zealand has also been invited to send a team to compete in a tri-series against England and Australia in Canberra in November.
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