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Selwyn Times: June 27, 2018

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22 Wednesday June 27 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES PETS & PAWS Responsible dog ownership We are a nation of animal lovers and over a third of New Zealand households own a dog. When it comes to these four-legged, furry creatures, that lick and snuffle their way into our hearts, we are a responsible nation. With ownership comes an obligation to keep our dog and the public protected. It also comes with yearly costs. In 2015, the New Zealand Animal Companion Council estimated that it cost around $1,686 a year to care for just one dog, that’s $20,232.00 over a dog’s natural lifespan of 12 years. The figure in 2018 may well be closer to $24,000. Registration is an important part of that yearly cost. According to the NZ Dog Control Act 1996, the law requires all dogs to be registered and microchipped. Registration Once a puppy reaches three months old, it must be registered with your local council and then yearly by 1 July. Failure to do so may result in a hefty fine. Each council is required to keep a register of dogs and sets its fees based on the services it provides within the area such as dog control, which may include operating a pound. The owner must supply details of the dog including its age, breed, sex, colour, microchip number, whether it is desexed, and the address at where the dog is kept. The owner must also provide his or her own details – name, address and age. The dog, once registered, will be issued with a number and tag, which the owner must attach to its collar for the year of registration. Each year, a new coloured tag is issued. Microchipping Along with being registered a dog must also be microchipped. This involves a small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, being inserted under the skin. Each microchip has a number and is recorded in the council’s database along with the owner’s contact information. It is a lifelong identification source, which helps to reunite lost, stolen or injured dogs with their owners quickly and effectively. Dog control officers, vets and animal rescue organisations such as SPCAs have access to scanners and databases so they can locate the microchip and promptly contact the owners. Remember to update your dog’s registration details each year. Ask yourself these questions... • Have I got a new dog? Your new dog or puppy will need to be registered with your local council. • Do I now have more than three dogs? If you answer yes to this, then you may need to apply for a multi-dog license. • Have I changed address? Keep your current address up to date. • Has my dog passed away? You must let your council know if your dog has died. • Has my dog recently been desexed or microchipped? Desexing your dog, in some cases, may make your registration fees cheaper. Check with your local council. For more information on owning a dog and your responsibilities in the Selwyn district, visit Wagging Tails Country retreat & doggy daycare We are a small boutique country retreat for your special family member providing an enjoyable, fulfilling and stimulating rural boarding experience “Everyone Loves a Holiday in the country” Pet Boarding dog grooming doggy daycare Dogs, Cats Rabbits, Guinea Pigs & Birds. Contact Diane on 0210 292 6588 Telegraph Road, near Burnham, 10mins from Rolleston 554 Jones Rd, Templeton P: 03 347 8835 E: Is your dog in need of a Wash or Groom? Mobile • Prompt • Caring • Reliable Jill Smolenski, a Jim’s Mobile Dog Wash and Groomer, is now working in Selwyn No Need to wait weeks for a booking! • Wash & Blow Dry • Clipping & Full Grooming • Nail Trimming Manufacturers of Fine Natural Pet Food 10kg Box of Salmon $40 a box Full range of meat products for cats & dogs. CALL NOW TO SECURE YOUR APPOINTMENT! 0800 454 654 Phone (03) 347 0626 Shop 4, 855 Jones Road, Rolleston (opposite Redpaths) Hours: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-1pm

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday June 27 2018 23 Lincoln Combined’s ‘complete performance’ SPORTS • By Jacob Page LINCOLN COMBINED will return home to face St Andrew’s on Saturday fresh off their most important win of the season – a 23-10 win over Marlborough Boys’ College in Blenheim Coach Mike Wilson labelled it as his team’s best UC Championship performance. They maintained third place on the table by claiming their first away win. Lincoln Combined kept Marlborough Boys College scoreless in the second half in muddy conditions. “I was so proud of the team, it was the most complete performance we have put together so far this season,” Wilson said. “You just never know how the team is going to go after a long bus trip up, but we were switched on right from that start.” That alertness was on display within the first 2min when halfback Robert Sporke made a try-saving tackle which impressed many on the sidelines. “It was a sure try for all money,” Wilson said. “Sporkey had no right to even attempt to go into contact with that, but I think him saving that try gave the boys a lot of self belief. “It was one of those one per cent plays that makes a big difference when you look back at the end of a game.” Lincoln Combined trailed 10-5 at halftime but an intercept try to captain Wil Gualter set the tone for a dominant second half. “I thought we controlled the second half really well; the field was getting very muddy but we just got on with it.” A further try and a couple of conversions made the game safe as Marlborough Boys College could not breach the stern Lincoln Combined defence. Lincoln Combined will return to Lincoln High on Saturday to face St Andrew’s College, which are currently fifth on the table. “Beating a strong rugby school like Marlborough shows that this team is doing things right and hopefully we can build on that momentum for Saturday. MOMENTUM: Lincoln Combined notched up their first away win of their UC Championship campaign with a 23-10 victory over Marlborough Boys’ College in Blenheim on Saturday. PHOTO: ALAN SCOTT​ SCORE: Shannon Donald kicked three penalties to help Southbridge to a 9-3 win over Prebbleton. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY Waihora beat Rolleston, Prebbleton just miss out • By Jacob Page WAIHORA PUT the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Trophy down and got back to business with a comprehensive 43-5 win over Rolleston in the Ellesmere senior rugby competition on Saturday. Points were carried over from the combined country competition from matches played between Ellesmere teams. Waihora, which lifted the combined country trophy seven days earlier, were in a rampant mood. A hat-trick of tries to winger Tom Gordon helped seal the win for Waihora. Waihora’s win maintains their unbeaten run in the competition after five games. Prebbleton suffered their first loss after losing a 9-3 arm wrestle to Southbridge. Three Shannon Donald penalties were enough to move Southbridge into the top four. Darfield leap-frogged their way to second with a 38-13 win against West Melton. Lincoln sit just outside the semi-final spots after a commanding 41-14 win over Hornby. BDI upset Springston 36-28. On Saturday, Waihora will host Springston, Lincoln welcome Darfield, Prebbleton travel to Burnham to face BDI, Rolleston hit the road to face West Melton, while Southbridge host Hornby in a Murray Cooper Shield match. •Results: Southbridge 9, Prebbleton 3; Waihora 43, Rolleston 5; Lincoln 41, Hornby 14; BDI 36, Springston 28; Darfield 38, West Melton 13. •Standings: Waihora 24, Darfield 19, Prebbleton 19, Southbridge 17, Lincoln 16, Springston 13, BDI 10, Rolleston 5, West Melton 2, Hornby 0. Lincoln Uni take down Sumner • By Jim Doyle A STRONG second half saw Lincoln University down Sumner 34-13 in the premier metro rugby competition on Saturday. Sumner were surely sniffing blood when they went to Lincoln on Saturday. The Rams were again depleted by Crusaders commitments, although Jack Stratton was welcomed back. The Wave led at halftime, with the formidable Dylan Nel looking dangerous. But Lincoln markedly lifted the intensity after the break and came home with a rush in the last quarter. One Ram who didn’t need to lift the intensity was Ben Morris, because the captain played flat out, especially from the 20min mark. Morris was superb on the carry, at the lineout and on defence. Jack Stratton also showed his class. The halfback sparked Lincoln’s first try when he darted on the open side from the base of a scrum and linked sweetly with second-five Logan Bell. With 15min to go, Stratton was the wider player when John Borland fed the ball from a scrum. Stratton was to the fore again when Sumner lost the ball at a lineout in Lincoln territory. Stratton swooped, toed the ball ahead twice and set the scene for John McKeefry’s try with 10min to go. As Sumner sought a consolation breakout at the end, Connor Garden-Bachop was gifted an intercept try. The right wing BIG RETURN: Lincoln University halfback Jack Stratton scored one try and set up another on his return to the team in a 34-13 win over Sumner on Saturday. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES ​ knows how to beat a man oneon-one and just needs to be put in space so he can keep adding to his try tally. The hard-as-nails Borland was like Morris in his commitment. The No 8 was sin-binned in the second half for a no-arms tackle but even when playing to the letter of the law, he caused Sumner a deal of pain on the tackle and the carry. Cullen Grace had a strong game in the No 6 jersey while Nick Lake was always searching for attacking chances. The fullback was stricken with cramp in the dying stages, with a try beckoning. Sam Gilbert missed only one kick at goal. Sumner’s two tries were scored by hooker Tom Crozier, within a few minutes at the end of the first half. The first was a result of sustained forward effort, the second coming through what appeared to be an innocuous cross-kick. Lincoln travel to Canterbury University on Saturday. •Lincoln University 34 (Logan Bell, Jack Stratton, John McKeefry, Connor Garden-Bachop tries; Sam Gilbert 4 conv, 2 pen) beat Sumner 13 (Tom Crozier 2 tries; Tom Ziolo pen). HT: 6-10.