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The Star: May 25, 2017

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40 Thursday May 25 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 Country schools no easy beats INCH WINS IN AUSTRALIA Christchurch bowler Katelyn Inch has furthered her case for Commonwealth Games selection by winning the Queensland women’s singles title in Broadbeach, Australia. It was the first time Inch had competed in the event, where she defeated Australia’s Dee- Ann Robertson 25-21 after 29 ends. DRIVERS HIT CLEARWATER The country’s biggest hitter will be found at the New Zealand Long Drive Championships at Clearwater on Saturday. The best from the South Island will battle before the winner takes on recently-crowned North Island champion Sam Jones in the afternoon. The winner will gain entry into the World Long Drive Championships in September at Oklahoma, United States. LEAGUE FINAL REPEAT Defending champion Linwood Keas will meet the Hornby Panthers again at Linwood Park on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s club rugby league grandfinal. It is the second time the teams have met this season, with the Panthers downing the Keas 38-12 in the opening round. • By Gordon Findlater THE UNPREDICTABILITY of this year’s UC Championship has been highlighted by strong starts from out-of-town sides Rangiora High School and Lincoln Combined. The two traditional country schools have been pushovers in the past. However, Lincoln proved that wrong with a 15-10 round 1 upset over St Bede’s College, which have won five of the last nine championships. Rangiora were defeated by Timaru Boys’ High School in the opening round but have gone unbeaten since. On Saturday, they showed they have the potential to be genuine top four contenders when they downed St Andrew’s College 28-22. After four rounds, the top three have a familiar look with Christchurch Boys’ High School at the top followed by Christ’s College and Nelson College. After that it gets interesting with Rangiora fourth and Lincoln fifth. Part of Lincoln’s rise could be put down to the inclusion of players from Darfield High School, Akaroa Area School and Ellesmere College, hence the name Lincoln Combined. For RISING: Rangiora celebrate following the final whistle in their 28-22 upset win over St Andrew’s. Lincoln are also proving they won’t be a pushover in this year’s UC Championship. PHOTOS: JANE HUGHES AND ANGE LAPTHORN some boys that means a long journey for training, but their new coach Michael Wilson says everyone has bought into the new culture. “It’s been working really well. The boys all get along and most of them know each other from growing up through local club rugby where they have played against each other,” said Wilson. Rangiora on the other hand have built purely from within. Like Lincoln, their coach Glen Dunseath is in his first year with the first XV, and is looking to create a winning culture within the school’s rugby programme. “We know parents are making the decision to send their kids past our school to go into town for better opportunities within rugby programmes. I guess we are focused on proving a point that you can get those opportunities within your local school and perform at a top level,” said Dunseath. Rangiora have a genuine chance to solidify their spot in the top four on Saturday when they host last year’s beaten grand-finalists Shirley Boys’ High School. Shirley have had a mixed start to the year and have a short turnaround coming into Saturday’s game on the back of a 23-37 loss to Marlborough Boys’ College in Blenheim. Lincoln face a tougher task away to St Andrew’s. However, as their rural counterparts showed in the last round, victory is on the cards. Round 5 fixtures Saturday: St Andrew’s v Lincoln; St Bede’s v Burnside HS; Timaru Boys’ High v St Thomas; Rangiora v Shirley Boys’ High; Waimea Combined v Nelson College; Christ’s v Aoraki Combined

The Star 41 Sport Rebels struggle for backline ahead of Crusaders match THE REBELS will face the unbeaten Crusaders at home in Melbourne on Saturday night, and will have to piece together a backline amid a litany of injuries. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that stand-in Rebels captain and star back Reece Hodge still hopes to play if he can pass concussion protocol tests this week after he was knocked out in the opening minutes of the Waratahs game. 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!!! Captain and halfback Nic Stirzaker could return from injury if he completes training this week but remains in doubt while Tom English and Sefa Naivalu missed last week’s game and their availability is highly questionable for Saturday night. To add to their misery, the Australian under-20 side have taken reserve backs Harrison Goddard and Sione Tuipulotu to the under-20 World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia. Four Seasons LIONS Realty V kINgS Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Outside back Jack Maddocks was meant to travel as well but suffered an arm injury against the Waratahs which has put him on the injury list. The last man standing in the Rebels’ backline is first-year Japanese winger Kentaro Kodama, yet to play a game for the club. The Rebels may need to pluck as many as two outside backs from the Shute Shield competition in Sydney to fill their bench. – Sydney Morning Herald 2017 SUPER 18 TiPPing ComPETi T ion RoUnD 14 May 26 th - 28 th BLUES V ChIEfS REdS V fORCE SUNwOLvES V ChEETahS hIghLaNdERS V waRaTahS REBELS V CRUSadERS BULLS V hURRICaNES ShaRkS V STORmERS jagUaRES V BRUmBIES BREnT JEffERiES A1 Auto BLuES REDS CHEEtAHS HigHLANDERS CRuSADERS HuRRiCANES StoRMERS jAguARES LioNS BRoUghT To yoU By ThE ChRiSTChURCh STaR Thursday May 25 2017 CONVERSION: Reece Hodge of the Rebels kicks a penalty during their match against the Queensland Reds. PHOTO: SCOTT BARBOUR MECHANICAL 3 jamie Harris AND 6 82 PLUMBING CONTRACTORS Specialists in: Rebuilding Christchurch O U R T I P S T E R S S E L E C T I O N S Specialists in: • Heating and Ventilation • Plumbing and Drainage • Maintenance and IQP • Medical Gases • Boilers and Chillers • Design and Engineering of Mechanical Services Pleased to be associated with Uretek and the Christchurch City Council P (03) 3894 995 | F (03) 3811 187 | PO Box 15-056, Christchurch www.davidbrowne.co.nz mURRay DaviE Silver Dollar Bar CHiEfS REDS CHEEtAHS HigHLANDERS CRuSADERS HuRRiCANES SHARkS jAguARES LioNS lEaDERBoaRD # NAME wINS CORRECT ToTal 1 Murray Davie 8 86 2 Richard Vernimmen 6 82 4 Alex Newfield 7 79 5 Paul (fish) Herring 6 79 6 Brent jefferies 5 72 7 Dave Browne 6 72 8 Mary westwood 5 69 DaviD BRownE David Browne Contracting CHiEfS REDS CHEEtAHS HigHLANDERS CRuSADERS HuRRiCANES SHARkS BRuMBiES LioNS alEx nEwfiElD Newfield Roofing CHiEfS REDS SuNwoLVES HigHLANDERS CRuSADERS HuRRiCANES StoRMERS jAguARES LioNS MECHANICAL AND PLUMBING CONTRACTORS Rebuilding Christchurch • Heating and Ventilation • Plumbing and Drainage • Maintenance and IQP • Medical Gases • Boilers and Chillers • Design and Engineering of Mechanical Services Proud to be a major sponsor of New Brighton RFC P (03) 3894 995 | F (03) 3811 187 PO Box 15-056, Christchurch www.davidbrowne.co.nz Come in & watch all the Super Rugby action on our large screens RiChaRD vERnimmEn Braxton Car Lights JamiE haRRiS Venluree PaUl (fiSh) hERRing Active Electrical Suppliers maRy wESTwooD Harcourts Rolleston • Indoor outdoor & mezzanine dining areas • Large sheltered & sunny courtyard • Extensive lunch & evening menu selection to suit everybody’s tastes • Large range of wine, tap & bottled beers • 2x courtesy vans CHiEfS REDS CHEEtAHS HigHLANDERS CRuSADERS HuRRiCANES StoRMERS BRuMBiES LioNS CHiEfS REDS SuNwoLVES HigHLANDERS CRuSADERS HuRRiCANES SHARkS jAguARES LioNS CHiEfS REDS CHEEtAHS HigHLANDERS CRuSADERS HuRRiCANES SHARkS jAguARES LioNS BLuES REDS SuNwoLVES HigHLANDERS REBELS BuLLS SHARkS jAguARES LioNS 871 Jones Rd, Rolleston | Ph 347 0386 www.silverdollarbar.co.nz “Canterbury’s Commercial Roofing Specialists” $32 WOF ALL CAR SERVICING The Automotive Lamp Specialists T: (03) 335 0077 E: info@newfieldroofing.co.nz Convenient central city repairs and parking Cnr Fitzgerald Ave & Hereford St. Phone: 365-5220 www.a1auto4service.co.nz Up tO30% OFF Curtains Large range to choose from Curtains Blinds Shutters Mobile showroom service CALL JAMIE ON 03 365 4666 or 027 779 6574 New and Used Lamps for Cars, Trucks, Vans, 4WD and Motorhomes PH 0800 225 483 325 Brougham Street CHRISTCHURCH