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Selwyn Times: August 29, 2018

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26 Wednesday August 29 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES CANTERBURY COUNTRY RUGBY Canterbury Country Colts Team 2018 The Canterbury Country Colts are an even mix of Ellesmere and North Canterbury players. The team has benefited from the Ged Robinson growth mindset seminar and are relishing the Learning Pit, they play different roles in the team and this team shows confidence in their own ability and potential, and the ability and potential of others. Their confidence is not about being the loudest or proudest, it’s about the team showing each other courage, being willing to fail, learning and growing from every mistake. Only then we can reach our goal of being a United Team. Colts Game Programme Sunday 2nd September v Canterbury Maori Development at Kaiapoi 1.00pm Saturday 8th September v North Canterbury Development at Kirwee 1.00pm Saturday 15th September v Mid Canterbury Development at Saracens 1.00pm Saturday 22nd September v Ellesmere Development at Waihora 1.00pm Phone Leeston (03) 324 3752 or North Canterbury (03) 313 6104 Cameron Plato Sponsored by Ryan McCullum Sponsored by Sean Emms Sponsored by Edgar Odum Sponsored by J&C Glazing Ph: 0800 FARMBUILD. www.farmbuild.co.nz Jackson Brown Sponsored by TAI TAPU HOTEL Restaurant, Bar & Function Venue 780 Old Tai Tapu Rd, Tai Tapu Ph: 03 329 6819. www.taitapuhotel.com Sam Bright Sponsored by TWICE AS NICE The best little thrift store in Selwyn Open Tues - Thurs, 10am-4pm Ph 021 334 751 Jacob Hurring Sponsored by Ph: 03 375 9711. www.crmc.co.nz Liam Robinson Sponsored by ACCESS SYSTEMS LIMITED www.dominator.co.nz Brett Gillan Sponsored by Louis James Sponsored by North Canterbury Business Services Ltd Ph: 03 312 2417. www.ncbiz.co.nz Dante Love Sponsored by Phone Leeston (03) 324 3752 or North Canterbury (03) 313 6104 Jono Nikolaison Sponsored by Tristan O’Connell Sponsored by Jordy Smith Sponsored by Alex Coulthard Sponsored by Haigh Jebson Sponsored by Ph: 03 595 2256 www.longhurstultrasound.co.nz Ben Clare Sponsored by Codey Grimes Sponsored by Ph: 027 201 4412. Email: northern.construction.ltd@gmail.com Caleb Early Sponsored by Jack Hardacre Sponsored by TAI TAPU MOWERS & HIRE 689 Christchurch Akaroa Highway, Tai Tapu. Ph: 03 329 6800. www.taitapumowers.co.nz Jarrod Adams Sponsored by Bailey Farming Company POWERED BY POTATOES Thomas Cockburn Sponsored by Cockburn Farm Contracting Rob Tucker Sponsored by Liam Good Sponsored by 29 High St, Rangiora. Ph: 03 313 7774. www.createdesignstudio.co.nz Connor Smith Sponsored by Bailey Clark Sponsored by Lucian Bassi Sponsored by Corrigan Harnett Sponsored by Moorhouse Phone 03 377 1000 297 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch www.paknsave.co.nz Phone Leeston (03) 324 3752 or North Canterbury (03) 313 6104 North Canterbury Engineering Ph: 03 314 8698 Ian MacGillivray (Coach) Sponsored by Kerran Jenkins Sponsored by Alister Collins Sponsored by Tyler Power Sponsored by 81 Main North Rd, Woodend. Ph: 0800 23 23 03. www.ers.co.nz Andrew Foster (Coach) Sponsored by John Abraham (Coach) Sponsored by Dean Cotton (Manager) Sponsored by Tony Maw (Manager) Sponsored by 82 Rolleston Drive. Ph: 03 347 4190 www.therockrolleston.co.nz 104 St Asaph St, Chch. Ph: 03 940 3000 www.honda.co.nz Rangiora

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 29 2018 27 Country ready to end Metro’s dominance • By Jacob Page CANTERBURY Country will go into their Craw Shield match against Canterbury Metro on Sunday at Kaiapoi on a high after beating Southland Country 36-13. After narrowly losing their opening game to Marlborough in Blenheim a fortnight ago, Canterbury Country dominated at set-piece time to ease past Southland Country in Darfield on Saturday. Canterbury Country coach Nigel Smith said while he was happy with their scrum and lineout dominance, he admitted their defensive pattern and skill execution on attack would need to be better against Metro. Canterbury Country have not beaten Metro in 10 years, “We dominated early in the scrums and won seven lineouts on their ball so that laid a good platform. Not everyone has bought into the defensive pattern just yet, but it was better than week one,” he said. “We identified the space well on attack and ran hard at the line, but our skill execution let us down. We probably left 20 points out there,” Smith praised Springston centre Shaun Harrington. “He ran the ball hard all day and was defensively very STAND OUT: Waihora prop Jim Cummings had a big game for Canterbury Country against Southland Country on Saturday. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY committed. We call his position ‘the edge’ and he made sure there were no defensive holes there,” Smith said. “This weekend is our big game and we’ll have to execute as best we can.” Smith said, with the match acting as a Canterbury B trial, he hoped several players will put in big performances to try and impress the selectors. “I’ve been really impressed with a lot of our young talent and hopefully that shows through on Saturday.” Smith said players like Glenmark-Cheviot blindside flanker Ben Anderson and Waihora prop Jim Cummings continued to impress. “I’m not sure how Ben does it. He’ll steal your lineout ball and he’s always near the ball around the field – he’s got a big work rate,” Smith said. “Jim is a guy we picked on a whim three years ago and he’s got better every single game for us. He solidifies our scrum.” •Sunday’s match at Kaiapoi will kick off at 3pm. SPORTS BIG GAME: Springston centre Shaun Harrington was impressive in Canterbury Country’s 36-13 win over Southland Country at Darfield. Rolleston triathlete steps up to world stage • By Jacob Page ROLLESTON’S REECE Rush is anything but your average 15-year-old. The Lincoln High School year 11 student will be the youngest competitor in the under-19 category of the World Triathlon grand-final on the Gold Coast next month. By his own admission, Reece GO-GETTER: Reece Rush will test himself against the best at the World Triathlon grandfinal on the Gold Coast next month. PHOTO: ROB RUSH doesn’t have much time for relaxing. When he’s not in class, he’s trying to fit in a bike ride or a morning swim. It’s all part of his three-hour-aday, six-day-a-week schedule. Reece fell in love with multisport while watching his dad, Rob, race in the Coast to Coast. “I remember three or four years ago being there at the event and just trying to spot dad at every part of the race I could,” he said. “I loved the atmosphere of the race and watching my dad and others push themselves,” Reece and his father used to train together, but Rob admits his son is too quick for him now. Reece qualified for the Gold Coast event, which runs from September 12-16, by finishing 15th overall in the Pegasus classic triathlon in November. Reece said with age-group triathlon courses shorter than the open grade courses, he is focused on getting fit enough to run at a consistent tempo. “Your pacing has to be right as you can’t blow up on one leg of the race, you just have to go as hard and as fast as you can.” Reece said he was excited to test himself on the same course that was used for the Commonwealth Games in April. “It’s a flat course which probably suits my style.” Reece will swim for 750m, cycle for 20km and finish with a 5km run. He will turn 16 just three days before the race and being the youngest competitor meant he wasn’t sure how he would go. “I don’t have any expectations on where I’d like to finish,” he said. “Being my first big international race, I just want to see where I’m at and that will help me work out my training going forward.” Reece said he would like to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in the coming years. SURF’S UP SCOTTY RAZOR ROBERTSON PROFILE APRIL 2018 TJ’S CHASING GREAT CALEB ONE MORE COVER LINE The power of Perenara 6 issues (1 year) $44.50 • 12 issues (2 years) $79 • 18 issues (3 years) $115 rugbynews.co.nz 0800 77 77 10 SUPER RUGBY’S G.O.A.T CORY JANE Social Media Animal RRP $9.95 + WHO PLUS... KEEPING TABS ON MATSON Chief Tabai’s Tron tribe CLARKE Chip off the old block XVs 1ST XVs PLAY LIKE PROS A school boy rugby investigation WHO WILL MAKE THE AB CUT?