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The Star: April 12, 2018

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36 Thursday April 12 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Sport Value Cars www.valuecarswarehouse.co.nz 32 Moorhouse Ave | 03 366 7768 The Star The biggest range of vehicles in one location US college links new Rams imports THE CANTERBURY Rams’ no longer permitted to play in two new American imports will the NBL as locals. rekindle a strong link from 2014 Whippy will continue to be an when they arrive in Christchurch integral part of the Rams organisation off the court, leading the on Saturday. Winston Shepard a 2m various Rams in the community forward and 1.9m point guard programmes. Xavier Thames were both key “We appreciate everything members of the 2013-2014 San Marques has given to the Rams Diego State team which made it on the court. Marques has been to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen – the a strong performer for the Rams college’s greatest ever result. over the last three seasons and a They will now link up again real crowd-pleaser at Cowles Stadium with his body-on-the-line for the Canterbury Rams in the hope they can also be key parts style of play,” said Rams general to the team achieving their manager Caleb Harrison. greatest season since last winning the NBL in 1992. to do in continuing to grow “We have plenty of work Their records together at San and enhance our community Diego State would suggest there’s programmes off the court and I a good chance. am looking forward to Marques In his final year at San Diego now having greater capacity to State, Thames averaged 17.58 lead these programmes, while remaining a face of the Rams and points per game and was named the Mountain West Conference REUNION: Former San Diego State teammates Winston Shepard (left) and Xavier Thames will role model in the community.” player of the year. He was then link-up on the opposite side of the globe with the Canterbury Rams. The Rams have also signed 2m selected as the 59th pick in the New Zealand-born centre Troy 2014 NBA draft by the Toronto as more of a defensive ace and has experience playing for Alba ite Marques Whippy this season. Temara who has US College Raptors. all-round stat filler, contributing Fehervar in Hungary where he Due to a rule change on imports experience with Palm Beach Since then Thames has plied with assists and rebounds. helped the team win the league Whippy would now count towards the total number of three University. State College and George Mason his trade across Europe and in Shepard averaged 11.3 points, championship in 2017. the NBA’s G League (development league). game in his final year of college nounce their final import in the The Fijian international had •The Rams open the 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per The Rams are expected to an- imports allowed on each team. While Thames is expected and has most recently been coming weeks. previously been a local player. season against the Super to be a notorious points scorer playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League. He also on court influence of fan favour- means that Oceania players are Cowles The team will be without the However, a league rule change City Rangers on April 27 at for the Rams, Shepard is seen Stadium BUSINESS OWNERS YOUR WINNING FORMULA Mass Readership FACT #25 The Star is home delivered to over 60,000 more homes in Christchurch than The Press. Mass Circulation Massive Results Advertise with us! Contact: Steve McCaughan Phone: 03 364 7460 or 021 372 479 Email: steve@starmedia.kiwi Web: www.starmedia.kiwi Golf no putter for Buist • By Gordon Findlater DEANE Buist driving a BDA Escort is synonymous with the Otago Classic Rally. However, it won’t be the case this weekend. He will be there, but behind the wheel of a Mk II Volkswagen Golf GTi, a car not commonly associated with rallying in New Zealand. “I wanted to build another two-wheel-drive classic car and to build another rear-wheel-drive car you’re probably going to spend the same or more than an Escort but it’s probably not going to be as good,” said Buist. Once set on the idea of returning to front-wheeldrive the decision was made easy to build the Golf after discovering he could acquire a donor Golf for extra parts for “two fish and a scoop.” The Christchurch driver ran the Golf in its first event at the Westland Rally last month, finishing 13th overall and second in his class. He says the plan is to do a few more events in the car before potentially upgrading the engine. “It won’t be as fast as the RARE SIGHT: Deane Buist’s new Volkswagen Golf GTi will make Otago Classic Rally debut at the weekend. Escort . . . our theory is to get the VW to handle and stop really well,” said Buist. “Eventually the idea is to try and make it as fast as a good Escort.” Buist is a one-time winner of the Otago Classic Rally in 2007 driving a Escort. This year he will start fourth on the road behind Norwegian World Rally Championship star Mads Østberg, Regan Ross and three time winner Derek Ayson – all driving Escorts. While the appearance of Buist won’t be met with signature scream of a BDA engine this weekend. He believes his new build can also be a fan favourite. “There’s actually a bit of a following for them funnily enough. A few people have rung up saying they can’t wait to see it. I think it’s just good to see something different,” Golfs have had some success in New Zealand in the 1980s. Kenneth Eriksson finished second at Rally New Zealand in a works Golf in 1987. The Otago Classic Rally will be held over two days beginning Saturday. It is also the first round of the national championship. Canterbury drivers Hayden Paddon and Matt Summerfield will be the first two cars on the road.

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday April 12 2018 37 Highlanders face Brumbies, Crusaders bye • By Steve Hepburn THE HIGHLANDERS will get back to work this week, knowing what is in front of them and their destiny is still in their hands. The side had its second bye in seven weeks during the last round, while the Crusaders take this week off. Now the Highlanders get ready to take on the Brumbies in Dunedin on Saturday night. A few years ago teams would get four points for a bye. If that was still the case, the Highlanders would be still be behind the three New Zealand teams above them – the Hurricanes, Crusaders and Chiefs. What is becoming clear in this competition is the games between the four New Zealand teams still in the reckoning are going to be very important. So far the Highlanders have bagged a win and two losses against the other three teams. They next meet a New Zealand team when they face the Blues on April 20 at Eden Park. The Blues could still get in the play-offs but, then again, there could be peace in the Middle East – they have been all over the place but must be due for a good performance. The Crusaders now lead the New Zealand conference after beating the Jaguares at the weekend. They get their first bye this week, while the two New Zealand teams below them clash at Westpac Stadium in Wellington The Brumbies will arrive in Dunedin fresh off a come-frombehind win over the Reds in Canberra. The Brumbies last played at Forsyth Barr Stadium five years ago, when they won. -Otago Daily Times NEW RELEASE New Benchmark for Recreational Jetboating Hamilton 470 20 Lunns Rd, Christchurch Ph: 03 962 0505 Email: john.connelly@hamjet.co.nz www.hamiltonjetnz.co.nz Providing Custom Framing of all Artworks 10% OFF SPORtiNg MeMORabilia wheN yOu MeNtiON thiS ad Gallery space with large range of original work including CHCH Scenes, L/Edition Prints, Posters Photography & Sporting Memorabilia 6 Main North Road | Ph 352 7594 (Next to SBS Bank) www.artworkspictureframing.co.nz Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Closed weekends RoUnd 9 APRIL 13 - 15 2018 SUPER 18 TiPPing ComPETi T ion BRoUghT To yoU By ThE STaR mEdia ComPany hURRICANES v ChIEfS 1 Brent Jefferies 5 37 SUNWOLVES v bLUES 2 John McCann 6 33 REbELS v jAgUARES 3 dave McLachlan 6 33 hIghLANdERS v bRUmbIES 4 gary Lawson 4 33 5 ken May 5 32 WARAtAhS v REdS 6 Richard vernimmen 5 32 ShARkS v bULLS 7 Jamie Harris 5 31 8 John Connelly 5 31 O U R t I P S t E R S S E L E C t I O N S RiChaRd vERnimmEn Braxton Car Lights HuRRICAnes BLues ReBeLs HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs BuLLs John mCCann Artworks HuRRICAnes BLues ReBeLs HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs sHARks JamiE haRRiS venluree HuRRICAnes BLues ReBeLs HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs sHARks kEn may Placemakers Riccarton HuRRICAnes sunwoLves ReBeLs HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs sHARks LEadERBoaRd # NAmE WINS CORRECt ToTaL LASt ROUNd davE mCLaChLan Rose and Thistle HuRRICAnes BLues ReBeLs HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs sHARks John ConnELLy Hamilton Jet HuRRICAnes sunwoLves JAguARes HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs sHARks gaRy LawSon Horse & Jockey HuRRICAnes BLues ReBeLs HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs sHARks BREnT JEffERiES A1 Auto HuRRICAnes BLues ReBeLs HIgHLAndeRs wARATAHs sHARks free measure & quote Curtains Blinds Shutters Mobile showroom service CALL JAMIE ON 03 365 4666 or 027 779 6574 Starting 1st Sat in April Sizzling Sat WOF ONLY $22 CARS ONLY4X4 $35 Bookings Essential Conditions apply. WE’RE BACK! Cnr Fitzgerald Ave & Hereford St. Phone: 365-5220 workshop@a1auto.co.nz Security Tool Boxes hAPPY hOUR: Mon-Thurs 4pm-6pm, $6 pints + house wines + $10 jugs. Takeaway and pre ordered meals available. Great food and service The BeST NeIGhBOURhOOD BAR IN TOWN EXTENDED KITCHEN HOURS! NeW LoCATIoN 95 Gasson St The Automotive Lamp Specialists ChristChurCh’s Latest sports Bar DRINK • EAT • PUNT 2-20 Mandeville Street Christchurch Ken May 03 3438616 Join our loyalty programme Phone 03 352 7011 www.roseandthistle.co.nz New and Used Lamps for Cars, Trucks, Vans, 4WD and Motorhomes 95 Gasson Street, CHRISTCHURCH PH 0800 225 483 18 Pokies • Self Service TAB GOOD TIMES GUARANTEED www.horseandjockey.co.nz 8 Yaldhurst Road