24 Wednesday June 13 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SPORTS POTENTIAL: Oliver Cosgrove will be on his way to Malaysia next month with the New Zealand under-15 football team. PHOTO: DEANE COSGROVE Rolleston teen gets NZ under-15 call-up • By Jacob Page OLIVER COSGROVE is more comfortable letting his football talents to do the talking – but he’s trying to be more vocal on the pitch. The central defender will be part of the New Zealand under-15 team which will play in Malaysia next month. The 14-year-old, who lives in Rolleston, plays for Nomads under-15 and St Thomas’ first XI. He has played in Selwyn and Canterbury age-group team’s since age nine, and has made it into Canterbury teams in both football and futsal. “I like being the organiser. I just have to work on my communication and telling my teammates what I’m seeing, ” he said. Oliver, whose father Deane is a striker for High School Old Boys, said he models his play on former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand. He is one of two year 10 students in the St Thomas’ first XI which is unbeaten in the Christchurch secondary school competition. “I’m really enjoying the style of play. It’s more physical than I’m used to and by playing against older kids, I feel it’s making me a better player, ” he said. Oliver is the only Cantabrian in the 18-player New Zealand under-15 squad. The team will play various school and age-group teams in Malaysia. Oliver said he would love to play in the English Premier League one day but right now his goal is to get a college scholarship in the United States. Lincoln aim to stay in top four • By Jacob Page LINCOLN Combined will have a chance to cement their top four spot in the UC championship rugby competition when they host struggling Timaru Boys’ High on Saturday. Lincoln’s strong season continued with a gritty 25-24 win over St Thomas of Canterbury at Lincoln on Saturday. The win has seen them surge into the top four and make a rare appearance near the top of the table after winning four of their first six games. Lincoln continued their trend of slow starts and trailed 24-7 just after halftime before hitting their stride. Coach Mike Wilson said the momentum shift came when his team accepted they had to be more physical at the breakdown and going into contact both on attack and defence. “Much like the Christ’s College game, we were guilty of letting St Thomas’ dictate the game and we let them come to us,” he said. It was a Wil Gualter penalty SELWYN TIMES 2min from full-time that sealed the win after Lincoln scored three second half tries to get a bonus point victory. Wilson said his team’s composure after they hit the front was pleasing. “All the boys knew what they had to do and for us to secure the kick-off and then hold onto the ball for a few phases until time ran out was something which made me very happy.” Wilson praised No 8 Cam Jordan for his ball carrying and replacement lock Ben Aicken for his physicality. TRY TIME: Lincoln Combined’s Jack Dawson makes his way to the try line during his team’s victory over St Thomas’ on Saturday. PHOTO: FELICITY PLUCK New for Selwyn coming soon... Community Town Map is the selwyn community important to your business? Would your business or organisation like to be part of the neW upcoming community Town map of selwyn? contact Peter at ABc maps to find out more m 021 819 250 e email@example.com It’s Fun It’s colourFul It’s unique It’s coming soon!
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday June 13 2018 25 Waihora book spot Proud supporters of Rugby & Netball in Selwyn in combined country final with Rakaia • By Jacob Page WAIHORA WILL meet Rakaia on Saturday in the country combined senior rugby final at Tai Tapu Domain. Waihora held-off Prebbleton 22-15 in the semi-final at the weekend, while Rakaia ended Springston’s fairy-tale run in their debut year 28-16. Waihora will play their fourth final, their first since 2016, while Rakaia will be in their first final. Waihora had an attacking edge over Prebbleton, out-scoring them three tries to none. Only the boot of Prebbleton’s George Wigley kept his team in the contest. Waihora coach Joff Mooar lamented the lack of discipline, but was happy that their dominant scrum had laid a strong platform. “I thought Prebbleton really brought it to us and made us battle very hard in the tight exchanges,” he said. Two tries to Will Hurst and one to Kees Duyvestyn and accurate kicking by Harry Kirk kept the hosts in front throughout. Mooar praised his team’s defence. “In a play-off game, you really want your defensive systems to stand up and when we were tested, we really fronted-up,” he said. Mooar said he expected his team to be favourites for the final, given their four past appearances in the decider and Rakaia’s debut appearance. “The fact the final is here will be a big plus for us but I expect Rakaia will come here with a sense they have nothing to lose. The two sides have not met in 2018 but were top qualifiers in their respective sections. Rakaia always had control of OUT OF MY WAY: Prebbleton’s Jade Britain fends off Waihora’s Christopher Gray. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY their game against Springston, and in spite of a late yellow card which offered the visitors hope, Rakaia always looked comfortable in home conditions. Results Cup semi-finals •Waihora 22-15 Prebbleton •Rakaia 28-16 Springston Bowl semi-finals •Southbridge 21-22 Saracens •Lincoln 24-26 Darfield Canterbury Supporters Trophy •Celtic 23-20 Glenmark- Cheviot •Southern 20-20 Kaiapoi Plate •Methven 20-21 Burnham- Dunsandel-Irwell •Oxford 15-15 Ohoka Plaque •Rolleston 12-28 West Melton •Hampstead 27-24 Hurunui •Hornby 25-21 Ashley BIG STRETCH: Joe Robins wins the ball over Greg Mitchell. STRONG RUN: Edward Sunia won’t let Ryan Koning stop him. Hawkins Cup-winning Lincoln Uni beat New Brighton • By Jim Doyle LINCOLN University wrapped up the Hawkins Cup competition on Saturday when they put New Brighton to the sword 44-10 at Rawhiti Domain. The unbeaten Rams had clinched the premier rugby first round title the week before by beating Sydenham 35-14 at the penultimate stage of the 11-round championship. The name on everyone’s lips in the last quarter was Jack Powell. Powell had surgery for an ankle injury sustained in the first round. He was back for the last round off the bench because Cullen Grace had to withdraw at late notice. The fourth of a talented quartet of towering titans for Lincoln was not long on the park when he took off on a remarkable run to put Jesse Houston across for the first of the substitute wing’s two tries. Rameka Poihipi’s normally trusty boot let him down in the goal-kicking stakes but he made up for it with ball in hand. Two-try hero Ben Morris started the rout for Lincoln with his first try from a rolling maul which covered 20m before splitting then coming together again to cross the line. New Brighton fought back for a consolation try near the end. Durable No 8 Aaron McCoy was influential in getting New Brighton across the line and he put his side back on attack again with a turnover. Lincoln No 6 Dustin Coveney had a top game, while Harrison Courtney showed magic hands to prove his talents aren’t all of VICTORY: Lincoln University with the Hawkins Cup (centre), the DCL Shield and the Kevin Lundon Trophy. the hard-graft kind. Troy Hallett and Callum Burrell were also influential around the park as they helped Courtney embarrass New Brighton several times in the scrum. Scorecard: Lincoln University 44 (Ben Morris 2, Jesse Houston 2, Rameka Poihipi, Logan Bell, Connor Gordon, Caleb Makene tries try; Poihipi 2 con) beat New Brighton 10 (Brent Lamb try, Scott Davidson con; Stefan Moir pen).