16 Tuesday August 1 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Selwyn on verge of first ever promotion to the top flight • Gordon Findlater SELWYN UNITED need just a draw against Christchurch United at Foster Park tonight to secure promotion into the Mainland Premier League for the first time in the club’s history. Their 3-2 win over Halswell United at the weekend means with four rounds remaining, Selwyn are 10 points clear of second place Christchurch. “This has been the goal since the start of the season. There’s been a few sleepless nights as we’ve got closer to realising that,” said Selwyn coach Lee Padmore. The fixture was originally meant to be played on July 22 but was rescheduled due to flooding. The conditions during Saturday’s win over Halswell weren’t much better. Halswell Domain was still recovering from the recent run of bad weather. “It was horrendous,” said Padmore. “The conditions took us a bit by surprise and we found ourselves 1-0 down and struggling to get out of our own half early in the game.” Selwyn eventually adapted and found their mojo, scoring three goals in the space of 15min to lead 3-1 at the break. Jamie Corrodus scored their first, converting from the penalty spot. Selwyn’s second and third STRIKE: Aidan Barbour-Ryan scored one of Selwyn’s three goals in their win over Halswell at the weekend. goals both came from counter attacks through Dan Ede and Aidan Barbour-Ryan. In the second half, it didn’t take long for Selwyn’s comfortable lead to disappear. “I thought we were cruising. Then we conceded a silly goal from a set piece and found ourselves down to 10 men with 30min to go,” said Padmore. “It was a difficult day for defenders with the conditions and we really had to sit back and grind it out late.” The team are hoping for a strong show of support at Foster Park tonight for what could be a day to remember at the club for many years to come. Artisan Homes Builders of superior homes. Built to last. • By Gordon Findlater SATURDAY’S Ellesmere rugby final between Darfield and Southbridge will be a special occasion for the McIlroy brothers Blair and Scott. Blair has played club rugby at Darfield since a junior and will play his 200th first grade match for the club in Saturday’s final. His brother Scott brought up his 200th game last month for the club. “Blair’s played for Darfield his entire life other than a couple of years in England,” said Darfield co-coach Alex Robertson. “Lifting the Coleman Shield would be a pretty awesome way to bring up 200 I reckon.” Defending Coleman Shield champions Southbridge kept their hopes of finishing the SPORTS SELWYN TIMES FAMILY: Blair McIlroy (right), will bring up his 200th game for Darfield in Saturday’s final. He will be playing alongside his brother Scott. Milestone final for season with four trophies in the cabinet alive with a 33-7 win over Prebbleton at the weekend, while Darfield will hope to win their first ever Coleman Shield after accounting for Waihora 24-13 on Saturday. Darfield and Southbridge met earlier in the year in roundrobin play. Southbridge took the honours 21-10 on that occasion. “It will be business as usual this week. We want to come into the game physically and mentally fresh. It’s always going to be tough against Southbridge and they’re probably the favourites coming into the game,” said Robertson. Darfield got off to a slow start in their semi-final against Waihora and quickly found themselves down 6-0. Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Artisan Homes Office & Showhome 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon Artisan Homes New Showhome 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open Sat & Sun 12–4pm Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - email@example.com FLOORING SALE NOW ON SHOWROOM 3/954 FeRRy ROad | CHRISTCHURCH | Tel. 03 943 2001 | WWW .gReenFlOORIng.CO .nz QUICKSTEP – LOC – ELKA – PERGO – TORLYS LET US HELP YOU SAVE $$$ ON FLOORING • TIMBER • TILE • CORK • LAMINATE • LEATHER laRge SeleCTIOn FRee MeaSURe & QUOTe TRAdInG hOURS: Tuesday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm, Sunday & Monday closed.
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday August 1 2017 17 ELUSIVE: Waihora’s Bronson Munro cuts through. EFFORT: Harry Pankhurst on his way to scoring for Darfield against Waihora. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY McIlroy brothers Said Robertson: “After that the guys got together, put their heads down and got stuck into their rugby.” Darfield dominated the rest of the opening 40min, with tries to Scott Mitchell and Harry Pankhurst giving them the advantage at half-time. Scott McIlroy completed the scoring in the second half to seal the win for Darfield. Saturday’s final between Southbridge and Darfield will be played at the Prebbleton Rugby Club. The match kicks-off at 3pm. All Ellesmere finals will take place at the same location. Ellesmere results (all semifinals): •Division one Southbridge 33, Prebbleton 7; Darfield 24, Waihora 13. •Division two Lincoln 22, West Melton 0; Springston 33, Southbridge-Leeston 9. •Division three BDI 20, Banks Peninsula 18; Hornby 20, Kirwee 18. •Colts Lincoln 13, Springston 7; Prebbleton 20, Waihora 19. •Under-18 Rolleston 26, Waihora/ Banks Peninsula 18; Lincoln/Prebbleton 31, Darfield 10. •Under-16 Prebbleton 27, Waihora/Springston 5; West Melton/DI/Leeston 29, Rolleston 19. HIGH: Cory Stuart claims the ball. UNDER WAY: Scott Mitchell scored the first try of the game for Darfield. BIG RUNNERS: Tom Simmers and Matt Stone push their way through the defence. “I’M SO GLAD WE MADE THE MOVE WHEN WE DID.” See Enid & Neville’s story at summerset.co.nz “So many leave it too late and miss out.” Enid and Neville have lived at their As Enid says, “We settled in beautifully, Summerset retirement village apartment enjoying all the facilities, regular activities for over five years. and being close to friends.” Neville had suffered ill-health for some Neville’s advice is, “Once you make the time and wanted to know that Enid would decision to do it, do it.” be safe and well looked after should anything happen to him. Come and see why we love the life at Summerset Morning Tea & Tour Wednesday 9 August, 10.30am Summerset at Wigram 135 Awatea Road, Christchurch Contact Anne Walker on 03 741 0872 or 022 639 2341 firstname.lastname@example.org Love the life SUM0675_18x8