36 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday June 1 2017 port Lawson, Bruce take out bowls awards • By Gordon Findlater GARY LAWSON and Tayla Bruce took out Bowls Canterbury’s top awards on Saturday night. Lawson was name sportsman of the year, and Bruce sportswoman of the year. There have been many highlights for Lawson over the past 12 months, including winning the men’s pairs at the Bowls Gary Lawson Tayla Bruce New Zealand national championships in New Plymouth in January. The victory was Lawson’s 11th national title, making him the most successful Kiwi bowlers of all time. “To win my 11th New Zealand title was something I’ve been trying to do for a while,” he said. Lawson, who plays for the Sumner club, then went on to win the national inter-centre title with the Canterbury men’s team, which he described as the icing on the cake. The Canterbury men’s intercentre team won the team of the year award. “The spirit the boys had was the winner there. The seven other guys that I played with made it a thrill to be part of the Canterbury team,” said Lawson. Canterbury men’s team coach Darryl Hawker praised Lawson. “He was a great team member and mentor to not only the senior men’s teams this year, but also to the development men’s and women’s teams,” said Hawker. Lawson was part of the Sumner team which won the national sevens title. Bruce from the Burnside club is currently competing at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, Gold Coast, with the New Zealand squad. Alex Wilkinson, 15, also of Burnside, won the most improved and most consistent trophies at the Bowls Canterbury awards. •A full list of award winners can be found at www. bowlscanterbury.co.nz/ • By Gordon Findlater QUINN CLINTON will follow in the footsteps of two of Australasia’s best guards when he joins St Mary’s College of California next year. Australian NBA champions Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills both played college basketball at SMC. The college has now had at least one Australian in their team each year since 2001. The Australian contingent haven’t been there to make up the numbers. Dellavedova is SMC’s all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free throw percentage, and three-point shots made. Clinton, who is seen as one of the best young shooters and passers to ever come out of New Zealand, will soon add some Kiwi flavour to the team. “I think there’s currently about half a dozen Aussies there. They’ve had guys that play quite a similar game to me who have had a lot of success at college and have gone on to bigger things. That’s something that stood out to me” said Clinton. Clinton is currently taking a gap year after finishing his final year at Christchurch Boys’ High School. He will continue to work Young driver hopes to break rally drought • By Gordon Findlater ARI PETTIGREW is hoping to turn his luck around at this weekend’s Canterbury Rally after a series of misfortunes in Otago and Whangarei. Pettigrew, 18, has failed to finish in the opening two rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship but is hopeful of beginning his push in the twowheel-drive championship at home this weekend. “It hasn’t been the start to the first national championship we would have liked. We’re hopeful of a good result this weekend and knowing parts of the roads in the forest will certainly help,” said Pettigrew. At the opening round of the championship in Otago, he showed the kind of pace that has seen him earn a reputation as New Zealand’s next big thing in the sport. Over two of the stages, Pettigrew and co-driver David Calder went faster than the current NZRC 2WD record in their Ford Fiesta, and won their class on three stages before retiring with a blown engine on stage four. He didn’t have better luck in the second round of the championship in Whangarei, running into power steering issues. Pettigrew broke onto the scene last year when he finished fourth overall in just his second ever event at the Catlins Coast on his game full-time with former Tall Blacks and Canterbury Rams coach Mark Dickel. If the hard work pays off, there’s every chance SMC’s YOUNG GUN: Ari Pettigrew has shown plenty of pace in his new Ford Fiesta but is yet to finish a NZRC round this year. Rally. Driving a rear-wheeldrive BMW 318Ti, he put the skills learnt through years of grass karting to use in snowy conditions. This year, he has made the switch to not only front-wheeldrive but also left-hand-drive. The move comes with an eye towards the future. Hayden Paddon had to make the same adjustment to left-hand-drive before making it into the World Value Cars www.valuecarswarehouse.co.nz 32 Moorhouse Ave | 03 366 7768 Clinton changes tack: California-bound BALLER: Quinn Clinton will join SMC in California next year. PHOTO: GORDON FINDLATER record books could see a Kiwi out-do the Aussies. The last few months have been a roller-coaster for the talented 18-year-old guard. In January, Rally Championship. “It hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it was going to be. We’ve known the shift to driving on the left side would have to come at some stage so we thought it was best to do it sooner rather than later,” said Pettigrew. There is also a strong local hope in the open championship. Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield is currently second in the NZRC The Star The biggest range of vehicles in one location he committed to the University of New Mexico and had planned on joining the team this year until their now former coach Craig Neal was fired in March. University of New Mexico’s new coach Paul Weir talked with Clinton. However, he envisioned bringing a new style of play to the team that wouldn’t complement Clinton’s attributes. “They want to go with a really fast tempo and play full court press on defence,” said Clinton. Finding a new scholarship wasn’t an issue – he is seen as one of the top college prospects from Australasia. In December, he captained the Junior Tall Blacks to the Oceania under-18 title where he drained two three-pointers in the final 90 seconds to guide his side to a 57-51 win over Australia in the final. Last month, he met with SMC coach Randy Bennett while on an official visit to the college. “I really liked it there. They play a really structured game and look to create open shots which will suit my game,” said Clinton. Before joining SMC, Clinton will play for the Junior Tall Blacks at the FIBA under-19 World Cup in Egypt next month. after a win in Whangarei. He will be looking to end a string of bad luck at the Canterbury Rally – he has not finished the event in the last three years. The rally has 78 entries and begins with a ceremony at Lone Star on Manchester St on Saturday night. The rally comprises of 10 special stages raced over 195km around Ashley Forest on Sunday.
The Star 37 Sport The mystery of Tui Lolohea’s exit from the Warriors • By Michael Burgess THE REASONS behind Tui Lolohea’s fall from grace at the Warriors this season will remain a mystery. Lolohea, who was granted a release from the club last week, began this year as one of the club’s first choice wings. He started the first two matches on the flank, then had games at fullback and fiveeighth, deputising for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Kieran Foran. At that point he slid down the pecking order, behind Blake Ayshford and rookie Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad among the outside backs. However, when asked by the NZ Herald, Warriors coach Stephen Kearney wouldn’t be drawn on the specifics of Lolohea’s demise. “It’s a matter for myself and Tui. What I will say is that we gave him the opportunity. I saw Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi him as a specialist right winger, he had that opportunity and as sometimes things happen, it didn’t quite work out for him. The opportunity for him now is with the Tigers and, personally I do wish him all the best,” said Kearney. However, Kearney admitted the two had disagreed over Lolohea’s best position and where his future lay. “I saw him as a specialist winger to begin with and Tui saw himself more as a half or fullback,” said Kearney. “The last thing I want to do is stop a young man from trying to achieve his potential, so I thought it was fair to both parties to let him go and chase the position he wants to play.” Lolohea will make his Tigers debut on Saturday against St George. Centre Solomone Kata returns for the Warriors round 13 Thursday June 1 2017 clash with the Eels in Sydney tomorrow night after missing the last two games with a calf injury. Kata has had a mixed season so far – with only one try from nine games – but deserves another opportunity given his performances over the past two years. Kata’s inclusion results in David Fusitu’a moving back to the right wing, replacing Nicoll- Klokstad. 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