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The Star: May 11, 2017

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40 Thursday May 11 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 MAISTER’S OLYMPIC ORDER Selwyn Maister has received the Olympic Order of New Zealand. It was presented at the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s annual general meeting last week. Maister represented New Zealand in hockey at three Olympic Games, and was part of the gold medal winning team at Montreal in 1976. He went on to become a coach, administrator and mentor for hockey in Canterbury and nationally. In addition to his voluntary commitment to the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Maister has been a board member of Paralympics New Zealand since 2008 and was appointed chairman in 2014. FOOTBALL’S CHATHAM CUP The Mainland Premier League takes a break on Saturday as the Chatham Cup kicks off around the country. League leaders Ferrymead Bays will host second tier competition front runners Selwyn United. Cashmere Technical will begin their run in the knock-out competition they won in 2013 and 2014 by hosting Western AFC. Five-time winner Christchurch United will meet Nomads United at English Park. HEAP PERFORMS IN CHINA Dylan Heap had a strong showing at the China Junior 7 ITF tournament this week. The 16-year-old made it to the doubles final with Kiwi partner Finley Hall, defeating several junior players ranked in the top 200. Heap defeated second seed Xinmu Zhou in the round of 16 to make the singles quarter-finals. He eventually fell to 10th seed Sheng Tang 7-5, 3-6, 3-6. GRAHAM MAKES NZ TRIATHLON SQUAD Ari Graham has been named in the New Zealand team to compete at the ITU world triathlon championships in the Netherlands. Graham, 18, is the only Canterbury athlete in the team of six juniors (under-19) who will compete in September. She is a former age group middle distance and cross-country champion. After competing in a couple of school triathlons, she made the decision late last year to dedicate her time to triathlon. The world championships will take place in Rotterdam from September 14-17. RAMS FACE SHARKS The Canterbury Rams return to their home court at Cowles Stadium on Sunday when they host the Southland Sharks in the NBL. They were lucky to make it home following last Sunday’s game against the Taranaki Mountainairs after almost missing their flight from New Plymouth on Sunday. The Rams defeated Taranaki 90-71 then raced out of the building at 4.50pm to catch their 5.38pm flight. Flatmates on international duty • By Gordon Findlater JOSH MCKAY, Tom Christie and Will Jordan will soon trade their homemade beans and eggs on toast for the buffet at their team hotel in Georgia. The three flatmates will head to Europe later this month after being named in the New Zealand squad for the world rugby under-20 championship. All three played for the New Zealand under-20s in their 43-6 win over Australia to take out the Oceania title at the weekend. Christie started at flanker, Jordan at fullback and McKay on the wing. They’re also expected to play a major role in Georgia. “It was a good warm-up and chance for us to bond ahead of the world championship,” said McKay. “The Northern Hemisphere teams will bring a different style, the likes of England and France will both be tough to beat.” After coming through Canterbury’s age group sides together, they decided to move into their Ilam flat in February, all sharing the same goal of making the New Zealand squad. “It’s great in the sense that we can do things like go down to the park for kicks together and car pool to the gym,” said Jordan. The flat is everything you would expect for a group of 19-year-olds, with rugby boots greeting you at the front door, last night’s dishes waiting to be cleaned in the kitchen and sport playing on the lounge television. In Georgia, they will be teammates. However, that hasn’t always been the case. Only two years ago, the trio were battling it out in the Crusaders region secondary schools competition. McKay and Jordan played together at Christchurch Boys’ High School and won the UC Championship in 2014. In 2015, they were defeated in the semi-final by Shirley Boys’ High School who, at the time, were captained by Christie. Jordan and Christie are now teammates at Christchurch, which sit at the top of the division one metro competition. TOM PARKER will compete against future PGA Tour stars at next month’s junior world cup in Japan. Parker, 17, is the only new addition to the four-strong team which competed at last year’s Junior Golf World Cup, with Daniel Hillier, Wellington, Henry Spring, Bay of Plenty, and Inia Logan, Otago, all returning. ALL BLACK BREAKFAST: New Zealand under-20 rugby players and flatmates, Josh McKay, Tom Christie and Will Jordan, tuck into the breakfast cooked up by Christie. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Meanwhile, McKay plays for defending champions Lincoln University. The two teams meet this weekend in a top-of-thetable clash. “The Lincoln and Christchurch rivalry is the bigger one in the flat now. A little bit of schoolboy chat gets chucked around but . . . I get outnumbered pretty quickly,” said Christie. The flat will have a different look when they return from the world championship, with Jordan relocating to Nelson to join Tasman in the Mitre 10 Cup. There’s no need for the boys to advertise a room, though. Zack McKay, Josh’s cousin – a promising young player in his own right – will fill the void. New Zealand has won the annual under-20 tournament on five occasions, with their last victory in 2015. Their pool matches will be against Scotland on May 31, Italy on June 4 and Ireland on June 8. Parker to tee off for world title in Japan The Christchurch Boys’ High student has been in fine form this year and finished third at the Australian boys’ amateur tournament last month. Teeing off on June 13, the junior world cup is run over four days of stroke-play competition. The format of the event takes the three best of the four SPEEDSTER: Josh McKay has scored four tries for Lincoln University this season. scores each day to produce a daily total. At last year’s event, the United States ended up dominant winners by nine shots with a team total of 36 under par. BAGS PACKED: Christchurch golfer Tom Parker will travel to Japan later this month to play the world’s best juniors.

The Star 41 Sport Tuivasa-Sheck, Lisone mark milestones against Panthers • By Michael Burgess TWIN MILESTONES are in store for captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and prop Sam Lisone while Solomone Kata returns from injury for the Warriors’ encounter with the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium on Saturday. Tuivasa-Sheck’s 16th appearance for the club will be his 100th career match while Lisone will reach his 50-game milestone after debuting for the club in 2015. Kata was forced off in the first half of the Anzac Day match against the Melbourne Storm with a hamstring injury, forcing him to miss the last outing against the Sydney Roosters as well as ruling him out of last week’s representative round. He will return at left centre with Blake Ayshford and David Fusitu’a reunited on the right edge. Rookie Charnze Nicoll- Klokstad, who had a solid debut Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi against the Roosters, is included on the extended eight-man bench along with veteran wing Manu Vatuvei. 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