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Selwyn Times: May 30, 2018

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22 • By Jacob Page Wednesday May 30 2018 Lincoln footballer nets national schools call-up LINCOLN HIGH School student Zoe McMeeken is making the right impression in her Halswell 14 premier boys football team, with both national selectors and the Mainland Pride taking notice. Zoe has been named in the under-15 secondary schools team to travel to Sydney from July 8-14. The team will play three games against New South Wales age group teams. She is also part of the Mainland Pride wider-training squad. The 14-year-old winger has been outflanking the boys for the past three years and said playing against them had only positive effects on her game. “I really enjoy it because they’re a lot more physical when they go in to challenge you and I think it forces me to match it and protect the ball more,” she said. She first started playing at age five in a Rolleston ‘first kicks’ event. A talented runner and crosscountry athlete, it wasn’t until year 9 when football became her focus. “I did enjoy running and crosscountry and it’s helped me in my position in football, but I enjoyed IMPACT: Zoe McMeeken (right) looks to have a bright future in the sport after making the New Zealand under-15 football team and the Mainland Pride wider-training squad. the team aspect of football more than being an individual in running,” she said. Zoe said she has aspirations to become a Football Fern in the future but she wanted to make the most of every opportunity given to her, She said training alongside players she looks up to and who are twice her age has been a great Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SPORTS experience. “I’m realistic that I don’t expect to make the Pride squad this year since I’m so young but I know the trainings are making me a better player,” she said. As for the boys, they know what to expect “I’ve been playing for Halswell long enough that I think they are used to me by now,” she said. Combined country rugby moves into quarter-finals • By Jacob Page RAKAIA WERE the big winners as the quarter-finalists were found in the Luisetti Seeds combined country division one rugby competition on Saturday. Rakaia were sitting third in section B before the weekend, but their bonus point 33-29 win over Kaiapoi propelled them to the top by the end of the day. Prebbleton and Springston were both ahead of Rakaia but a 17-12 win to Prebbleton saw them earn a home quarter-final against Lincoln. Wet grounds made expansive play difficult in many games and acted as a leveller. Springston face a tough trip to Southbridge who finished second in pool A after a 28-21 win over West Melton. PREBBLETON’S Jack Milligan was recognised at the MotorSport New Zealand awards for winning the Toyota 86 championship. The 21-year-old won the series with a race to spare after a commanding season which saw him race across the country. It caps a stellar couple of years in the class for Milligan. He won Jack Milligan SELWYN TIMES Waihora booked a home quarter-final with a solitary try in their 10-6 win over Glenmark. Darfield, who had a bye in the final round, will be their opponents. Saracens will face the tough task of travelling to Rakaia after their 33-22 loss to Lincoln meant they clung on to fourth in section A. Southern, Celtic, Glenmark and Kaiapoi will battle for the Canterbury Rugby Supporters Club Trophy. BDI, Oxford, Ohoka and Methven will compete for the NCRSU Plate. West Melton, Hornby, Hurunui, Ashley, Rolleston and Hampstead will be in the Plaque section. Quarter-finals: Waihora v Darfield; Prebbleton v Lincoln; Rakaia v Saracens; Southbridge v Springston. Milligan recognised for 86 win a scholarship to compete in the class in 2016 and earned rookie of the year status. He has also joined the Mike Racing 96 team for the North Island endurance series. Electrical issues hampered his first race at Hampden Downs in the first round a fortnight ago. The series continues on June 15 at Pukekohe Park. Best Motorbuys TM ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR! The South Island’s leading motoring publication FREE every Friday at hundreds of locations around the South Island, and it’s available online! www.bestmotorbuys.co.nz For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086 The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy www.gardener.kiwi 100% WOF $45 .00 • Courtesy cars • Oil changes • Full mechanical repairs • Brake & clutch repairs • Transmission flush service • Tyres & batteries • Petrol & diesel servicing Fitzgerald Motors PHONE 03 349 7813 We’ve shifted now located at Unit 8,193 Waterloo Road, Hornby (6 doors down from our old site) Visit www.star.kiwi anytime, anywhere! Breaking news, delivered to your pocket. •news •CTV •sport •districts •schools •lifestyle •opinion •what’s on Fire rages, homes at risk www.star.kiwi

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 30 2018 23 Lincoln Combined Proud supporters of Rugby & Netball in Selwyn rue poor first half in loss to Christ’s • By Jacob Page LINCOLN COMBINED were left to rue a poor first half in their 29-5 defeat to Christ’s College at North Hagley Park on Saturday. Lincoln trailed 22-0 at halftime with coach Mike Wilson saying they did not match the intensity of the competition front-runners in the first 35min. “We weren’t physical enough, didn’t put the shoulders into our tackles to drive them back and we struggled to get field position,” Wilson said. “Any ball we did get, we threw away. We just seemed rather rattled.” Wilson said Christ’s played to the wet conditions very well. “It wasn’t raining but there was a lot of surface water. Christ’s kept their attack in tight and really made us work defensively. “They are a very well-drilled team, everyone knows their role.” Wilson said his players got a stern team-talk at the break and he was thrilled with the response. “[In] the second half, we really struck to our task, hit the rucks hard and made our presence felt in contact,” he said. “To keep the score at 7-5 showed that if we’d played like Lincoln’s Wil Gualter looks to offload the ball. PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER that for the whole game, then you never know what might have happened.” Wilson praised the impact of reserve loose-forward Cam Jordan who put his body on the line countless times. “He’s a guy who was a prop last year and came to us at the start of the season and said that he wanted to be a loose-forward,” Wilson said. “On Saturday, he showed what he can do in that position with the work he did at the breakdown and the tackles he made.” Wilson also praised reserve winger Ben Sisson for this workrate in conditions not conducive to free-flowing back play, Lincoln will host Mid- Canterbury Combined on Saturday and will be eager to return to winning ways. Harry Zarifeh breaks through a tackle to score in the corner, while both sides challenge for the ball at lineout time. Bryce Hargreaves is brought down after making a break. JOIN US NOW! See website for details BENDON OUTLET Nothing Over $20 On All Sale Items. HALLENSTEINS Nothing Over $30 (selected styles). SUNGLASS STYLE QUAY Australia all down to $29, were $89. 2 Pairs of Refraction Sunglasses for $30. TAROCASH Buy 2 Items, Get the 3rd Item Free Terms & Conditions apply. (31 May to 03 June only) SCRIBER & MARKS Up To 70% Off*. Wool Trousers from $39 Leather Boots from $99 ITALIA SPORTSWEAR 50% Off RRP on All Fila Clothing STYLES MAY DIFFER TO IMAGE SHOWN RIP CURL 60% Off Original Price on Accessories (02–04 June only) Sign up to Smart Deals & be in the monthly draw for a $100 Dress-Smart gift card! Be one of the first to hear about the latest deals, sent straight to your inbox each week! CHRISTCHURCH 409 Main South Road, Hornby Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days 03 349 5750 www.dress-smart.co.nz