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Selwyn Times: July 11, 2018

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60 Rollesto 26 Wednesday July 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Lincoln Combined taste UC top four • By Jacob Page LINCOLN COMBINED did their UC Championship playoff hopes plenty of good with a 40- 21 bonus point win over Waimea Combined at Lincoln High School on Saturday. It wasn’t always pretty but the five competition points kept them in third heading into the fortnight school holiday break. Lincoln made the most of home ground advantage to score three unanswered tries to start the game. Wayde van Vuuren, Wil Gualter and Hamish Turnbull all scored to have Lincoln Combined race out to a 19-0 advantage Thoughts of an easy game proved incorrect as Waimea showed plenty of fight and Lincoln’s ill discipline, capped with a Gualter yellow card for a high tackle, keeping the visitors in the match. Once restored to 15 men early in the second half, tries to Cole Spinks and Gualter secured the match and a crucial four-try bonus point. Coach Mike Wilson said his team started the way they hoped but were guilty of switching off and not going the basics. “I think we stopped trying to do our jobs and tried to play too much rugby.” “We scored a couple of easy tries and I’m not sure but maybe that’s what caused us to get too loose with things,” Wilson said. Many of the players will go back and play Ellesmere representative rugby during the school holidays. The team will next play St Bede’s at St Bede’s College on July 28. A win in that game will go a long way to securing a semifinal spot. In other games - Nelson College 25, St Thomas 11; Christ’s College 69, Aoraki Combined 7; Rangiora HS 47, Mid Canterbury Combined 27; MBC 19, TBHS 17; CBHS 28, STAC 22; St Bede’s 31, SBHS 21. Points table - CBHS 48, Christ’s 39, Lincoln Combined 37, St Bede’s 35, Nelson College 32, St Andrew’s 28, Rangiora HS 28, MBC 26, SBHS 26, St Thomas’ 26, TBHS 15, Waimea Combined 11, Roncalli Combined 5, Mid Canterbury Combined 2. QUICK BALL: Lincoln Combined halfback Robert Sporke gets his team on the front-foot during his team’s 40-21 win over Waimea Combined at Lincoln High School on Saturday, PHOTO: FELICITY PLUCK SELWYN NETBALL U17 TEAM NATIONAL TOURNAMENT, Palmerston North 16 - 20 July 2018 The Selwyn Netball Centre are proud to be sending our u17 representative team to the Netball New Zealand u17 National Tournament being held in Palmerston North next week. The national tournament will provide an opportunity for these players to develop their own play as well as take on competition at the highest available for their age group. This will allow them to develop their netball skills and learn how to adapt to a variety of playing styles that they will experience from different teams from throughout New Zealand. The girls are very fortunate to be in the capable hands of coach Denise Keno. Denise is an experienced coach who brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and is able to encourage players so they are playing at their best. Kiri Thomson is our assistant coach. Another experienced coach, Kiri has had experience with coaching and managing a range of teams within the Selwyn Netball Centre. Kiri also oversees all the tournament paperwork and keeps everything on track for the team. TOTAL TOTAL_Logo2017_CMYK 29/12/2016 24, rue Salomon de Rothschild - 92288 Suresnes - FRANCE Tél. : +33 (0)1 57 32 87 00 / Fax : +33 (0)1 57 32 87 87 Web : www.carrenoir.com Emily Carter Sponsored by: 9 Edmonton Road, ChCh | Ph 343 2473 www.oilintel.co.nz RÉFÉRENCES COULEUR Emma Bryce M100% Y80% M48% Y100% C100% M80% C70% M30% Sponsored by: M100% Y80% Meg Fleming Sponsored by: PRIVATE SPONSOR Millie Edwards Sponsored by: Steven Bishop (Bish) is the team manager. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 11 2018 27 Lincoln Combined Proud supporters of Rugby & Netball in Selwyn players called up for higher honours Captain Wil Gualter has made the Crusader Knights squad and blindside loosie Kenan Pluck is in the New Zealand Maori under-18 squad. Jacob Page reports SCINTILLATING form and composure under pressure has seen Lincoln Combined captain Wil Gualter named in the Crusader Knights training camp squad. In spite of his team challenging for a semi-final spot in the UC Championship, he is their sole representative in the Crusaders region secondary school team. Gualter has had his moments in attack, scoring a double against St Andrew’s a fortnight ago, and he has also kicked two match-winning penalties this season. “I think the way it is travelling, a few of the boys deserved to push their chances a little more, but for me it’s a great thrill to be picked and something that I’ll enjoy.” HARD WORKER: Kenan Pluck has been rewarded for a stellar season with Lincoln Combined by being named in the New Zealand Maori under-18 squad. PHOTO: FELICITY PLUCK ​ The 17-year-old, who has played most of the season at second-five said he felt 2018 would be a breakthrough season right from the start. “I felt last season, with a new coaching setup and management group, that something good was happening,” he said. “This year we’ve managed to win close games and take down some big rugby schools, and that’s given us a lot of confidence.” The Lincoln High School year 12 student, who is part of the Waihora club, said the Lincoln Combined team’s chemistry has been a big part to their success. “We all get on extremely well and trainings are enjoyable and that shows on game day when we all work hard for each other.” Gualter said it had been hard not to think too far ahead about a potential semi-final. “It is something that we talk about at training quite a bit, probably more than we should, but we know there is more hard work to do.” He said making the Knights squad was an experience he was excited about. “Being able to match myself against players from bigger schools is going to be exciting.” A squad of 25 players will be chosen at the conclusion of the camp at St Andrew’s College. They will travel to Hamilton to play the Chiefs under-18 team on Saturday, while another Junior Knights Development team will play a Canterbury Invitational XV in Christchurch tomorrow. SELECTED: Lincoln Combined captain Wil Gualter is his team’s only player in the Crusader Knights squad. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY​ Pluck off to NZ Maori camp LINCOLN COMBINED flanker Keanan Pluck will get his first taste of a national rugby set up with the Maori under-18 squad. The Rolleston teen has been one of the best in a talented, yet under-sized forward pack which has helped their team to a top four spot in the UC Championship. “We try to hit the rucks hard and make an impact with what we have,” Pluck said. He said the team was thriving on being considered underdogs. “Teams turn up to our place and think we aren’t up to much and then we show them,” he said. The 17-year-old has made the 40-man squad for a three day training camp in Rotorua from July 16. Pluck, who is in his second season with the Lincoln Combined side, but his first as a regular starter, said he was looking forward to getting in touch with the Maori culture and playing alongside some top players. “It’s a great experience for me to learn and grow as a player and since it’s my first national squad, it’ll be good to test myself against players from other areas including the North Island,” he said. Pluck started playing rugby after an agreement with a friend when he was 11-years-old. “I had played soccer for a season but then my friend said I should try rugby and I’ve loved it ever since,” he said. “Mum, where do the roads come from?” Family Day at the quarry Sunday 29 July 11am - 4pm 24 Miners Road Family-friendly, educational quarry open day. Site tours, information stalls, machinery on display, food & loads of entertainment for the kids. Building Communities