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Selwyn Times: November 07, 2017

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16 Wednesday November 8 2017 Latest Christchurch news at Milligan takes two podiums in opening Toyota 86 round • By Gordon Findlater PREBBLETON’S JACK Milligan experienced a mixed bag of results in the opening round of the Toyota 86 Championship at Pukekohe over the weekend. Milligan, 21, will go into the next round of the championship in second after a win and a podium finish in his three races. “It’s a good start to the championship. It’s a long season so we’re happy to come away in second and some good championship points,” said Milligan. Fellow Prebbleton racer Jaden Ransley was looking good in race one when he moved into the lead on lap 10 before dropping back to second. He then made a mistake through turn one and slid into the outside wall. Ransley finished seventh in races two and three. Milligan got his campaign off to the perfect start in race one on Saturday. The apprentice builder was in third when he pulled off a great passing manoeuvre to take the lead in the space of one corner. “It happened pretty quickly. The two guys in front of me were battling and I could sense something was going to happen,” said Milligan. He went on to win race one PERFECT START: Jack Milligan (inset) won the opening race of the Toyota 86 Championship at Pukekohe. ahead of Auckland’s Connor Adam and Christchurch’s Tom Alexander. In race two, Mulligan started from eighth on the grid but moved up to third by turn two. He moved to second and sat on the tail of defending champion Alexander for the remainder of the race. In the final race of the weekend, Milligan was in second behind Alexander before he went around the outside of the leader at the end of the back straight. However, Alexander held his line and Milligan slid onto the grass. Trying to regain the places he had lost, Milligan slid wide again in the same spot, re-joining the race sideways and nudging Michael Scott off the circuit. He eventually finished the race in eighth. Round two of the championship will see Milligan and Ransley head to Taupo in early December. • By Gordon Findlater FOR THE second year running, Hororata club’s Dominic Brettkelly was eliminated from the New Zealand amateur golf championship by the tournament winner. On Friday, Brettkelly, 17, went into the 18th hole at Russley one up in his round of 16 match with championship favourite and eventual winner, Daniel Hillier, of Wellington. On the 18th, Hillier chipped in for an eagle, taking the match to a playoff. He then claimed victory with a birdie on the 19th hole of the match. “I knew I was a massive underdog, but I didn’t feel any pressure. I knew if I could get under his skin and put some pressure on then I’d be a decent chance,” said Brettkelly. On the first two days of the championship, Brettkelly shot rounds of 74 and 71 to be in a tie for 18th, qualifying him for the top 32 which progressed to the match play elimination section of the championship. On Friday morning, he defeated Harewood’s Scott Manyweathers in a marathon match which went 23 holes before a winner was found. This SPORTS SELWYN TIMES Brettkelly goes down to NZ amateur title winner LONG DAY: Dominic Brettkelly was defeated by eventual amateur champion Daniel Hillier. left Brettkelly with just a 20min break before teeing off to play Hillier in the next round. On Friday alone, Brettkelly played a titanic 43 holes at Russley. “It was a pretty long day. I wasn’t hitting my driver straight so I made life hard for myself, but it was a really cool experience. There were a lot of people that came out to watch the match with Daniel,” said Brettkelly. Last year, Brettkelly was defeated in the round of 32 by eventual champion Louis Dobbelaar. Brettkelly will travel to Invercargill this week to represent Canterbury at the men’s South Island interprovincial. NOW OPEN Pop-up Showhome Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm Or by private viewing 27 Tiny Hill Dr, Rolleston (off Lowes Rd) NATIONAL “HOY” WINNER plus GOLD RESERVE 2016 Canterbury Phone Jesse 021 701 265 or visit

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday November 8 2017 17 SPORTS UNDER WAY: Runners in the half marathon event make their way out of Leeston as the race starts. HEAD OF FIELD: Oska Baynes won the 10km event, Samuel Wreford defended his title in the half marathon and Sean Eustace came home in a time of 1hr 11mins 18secs to finish second. Records fall at Selwyn Running Festival • By Gordon Findlater A NUMBER of records fell in Leeston at the weekend as nearly 400 runners and walkers took part in the Selwyn Running Festival. The event, now in its seventh year, consisted of a half marathon, 10km, 5km and kids dash events. The blistering sun and high winds didn’t slow the competition down, as records fell in both the men’s and women’s half marathon, as well as the men’s and women’s 10km races. The festival attracted a large number of locals and some top runners from around Canterbury with the event doubling as the Canterbury Athletics half marathon championship. “The pointy end of the race is usually well represented by those top runners. The event also really connects with our local runners, especially with the shorter races and the kids dash. It’s really great to have all the local schools involved,” said event organiser Michael Wilson. The men’s half marathon title was defended by Timaru’s Samuel Wreford in a race record time of 1hr 7min 50sec. He finished ahead of Sean Eustace and Lincoln’s Ieuan van der Peet. The race record in the women’s half marathon was broken by Christchurch’s Angela Whyte, who finishing in a time of 1hr 24min 40sec. Oska Baynes (30min 15sec), and Marisa Ruhter (37min 33sec) won the men’s and women’s 10km races respectively, and both set new race records. The 10km race started in Southbridge and finished in Leeston. •More sport, p21 Results: •Half marathon men: Samuel Wreford, 1hr 7min 50sec, 1; Sean Eustace 1hr 11min 18sec, 2; Ieuan van der Peet, 1hr 11min 38sec, 3. •Half marathon women: Angela Whyte, 1hr 24min 40sec, 1; Johanna Buick, 1hr 27min 3sec, 2; Melanie Angland, 1hr 29min 42sec, 3. •10km men: Oska Baynes, 30min 15sec, 1; Malcolm Cornelius, 36min 58sec, 2; James Kafene, 37min 43sec, 3. •10km women: Marisa Ruhter, 37min 33sec, 1; Rowyn Hocking, 42min 3sec, 2; Gail Harvey-Heyward, 44min 52sec, 3. •5km men: Sam Harvey, 17min 54sec, 1; Oliver Jones, 18min 53sec, Samuel Jones, 19min 13sec, 3. •5km women: Emma Parke, 20min 47sec, 1; Emily Bell 21min 45sec, 2; Violet McMeeken 22min 11sec. •Kids dash boys: Jordan Rollo, 5min 36sec, 1; Joshiah Early, 5min 45sec, 2; Oliver Sewell, 5min 48sec, 3. •Kids dash girls: Eva Sewell, 5min 49sec, 1; Lucia Gale, 6min 1sec, 2; Tessa Tuffnell, 6min 33sec. SHANDS TEMPLETON 706 Main South Road Phone 03 349 8955