42 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday September 6 2018 Sport Local News Now The Star Fire rages, homes at risk Experienced boxers in national champs Sam Watt • By Jacob Page CANTERBURY WILL have plenty of experience in their squad when they compete at the New Zealand Amateur Boxing Championships at the Hornby Workingmen’s Club next month. So far 15 of the Canterbury squad have been confirmed to compete at home for the first time since 2010. Box-offs are scheduled this weekend to see who else makes the selection criteria before the event which runs from October 3 to 6. The team includes four elite boxers who will be out to defend the national titles they won in 2017. Papanui’s Sam Watt will look to defend his 91kg-plus elite title as will his clubmate Ryan Entesse. Riverside’s Sunny Teki-Clark will look to do the same in the elite 81kg class, while Redwood’s Rendz Remaneses will look to go back-to-back in the elite 56kg class. Coach Mark Fuller said while boxers could be added to the squad depending on performances at local events over the next fortnight, he was happy with how the team is shaping up. “We want to make sure we put on a show on our home turf and this team is certainly strong enough to do it,” he said. Fuller said Canterbury was considered one of the toughest teams to get into given the strict selection criteria which encompassed bouts at a club, national and international level. “We’ve never been one to go and just make up the numbers, Fuller said. “We always want to be the most successful team there. Fuller said the team would train together in the coming weeks once the squad was finalised. Stadium name – boring WE’RE NOW almost a month deep into now referring to the former AMI Stadium as Christchurch Stadium, but with no naming rights in play now surely we can come up with something more fitting to describe our outdated temporary stadium. Yes, we’ve now entered that silly season where we have to adjust to a new name, much like when we went from Lancaster Park to Jade Stadium, and then to AMI Stadium. Lancaster Park had history associated with its name and then the money came along. However, what history is associated with the name Christchurch Stadium? Considering this is supposed to be a temporary thing and a central city One-eyed Cantab Gordon Findlater email@example.com stadium of the future is on the cards can we not have a bit of fun while we put up with the cold den we’ve looked forward to watching great rugby at over the past seven years? Like we did with the future of the city following the earthquakes can we not put the name of our outdated temporary stadium to the people . . . The Marquee, The Pop Up, Goodwill and Blu Tack, Give Us a New One Stadium or even Rugby League Park - it was the original name and at least has history. Food for thought. 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For more information contact Jane 021 027 13015 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.avonrowingclub.com © Steve McArthur @Rowing Celebration LONG WAIT: The Canterbury Country rugby team celebrate their 31-20 win over Canterbury Metro which saw them win the Craw Shield for the first time in 10 years. Victor makes a late arrival at celebrations • By Jacob Page CANTERBURY Country had a beer with their newest addition, Victor at training on Monday night. Victor is the affectionate nickname of the Victor Craw Shield which the team won back from Canterbury Metro for the first time in 10 years after 31-20 victory at Kaiapoi on Sunday. In an odd twist, the shield never made it to Kaiapoi which meant Canterbury Country’s celebratory team photo had no silverware. Country coach Nigel Smith said the shield was delivered from Rugby Park to the team in time for their Monday night training. “We had a beer as a team with Victor (on Monday night),” he said. Canterbury Metro assistant coach Dan O’Brien said his team thought Canterbury Rugby Union board members were bringing it with them and it wasn’t until the conclusion of the game. Smith said it was a frustrating post-match moment to realise the shield was not at the ground. “Perhaps Metro were confident of keeping it so they didn’t feel they needed to have it with them,” Smith said. Metro assistant coach Daniel O’Brien said it was not a case of sour grapes on the part of his team and instead blamed the Canterbury Rugby Union board. “Usually it’s a member of the board who brings it out and our manager certainly said to us postmatch that there should have been a shield there at the game.” Ellesmere president Stu Boon, who is also on the CRU board, said it was a case of one group thinking another group had the shield with them. “Usually it is the manager of the current holders who makes sure that it gets to the game but I was told Metro thought a couple of board members had it with them and were heading to the game. “A bit of confusion all round,” he said.
The Star Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday September 6 2018 43 local rugby Proudly brought to you by Tower JuncTion Barnes back in style • By Gordon Findlater RYAN BARNES is proving to be a match winner for Christchurch Boys’ High School after thinking he had played his last match for the school following a tear to his hamstring in May. On Saturday the 17-year-old winger scored a hat-trick as CBHS defeated Otago Boys’ High School 29-26. A week earlier he returned for the first time since the hamstring tear when he came off the bench to score a crucial late try to level their final with Christ’s College 18-18 and grant CBHS the UC Championship. “I was told I was probably going to need surgery and it would be quite a long term thing,” said Barnes. “Initially I was just grateful to be able to play for Boys’ High again so it was pretty unreal really.” Barnes’ hat-trick in his 40th match for the first XV will see CBHS travel to Palmerston North today to compete at the 1st XV National Championships for the first time since 2014. “Obviously in the last few years the South Island representatives have struggled up there, but there’s definitely a belief within our team that we have the ability to go up there and win,” said Barnes. The South Island win also came with a sense of justice for Barnes after losing 31-36 to Southland Boys’ High School last year when SBHS scored a winning try many believe came well after the full-time whistle should have been blown. It’s not just on the rugby field Great beer, great food and great service SPEEDSTER: Ryan Barnes has been in match-winning form since returning from an injury he thought would end his season. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER that Barnes’ has had success. In 2016 Barnes qualified for the final of the final of the senior boys 100m sprint at the New Zealand secondary schools athletics championships. He was the youngest athlete in the field where he placed seventh. He also recorded a personal best of 11.15secs over 100m last year. Barnes admits that athletics is supplementary to his rugby commitments. However, he plans to get on the track this coming summer and believes there are parallels between the two sports. “With me not being the biggest guy out there on the field I need to try and find some other strengths so my athletics and sprinting in particular are a massive help on the field,” said Barnes. He now hopes that speed can come in handy in what will be his biggest match for the school. CBHS play Napier Boys’ High School tomorrow for a chance to play in Sunday’s final. CBHS have won three national titles which came on the trot from 2004-2006. Meanwhile, Rangiora High School will compete in the top four co-ed national finals after defeating Gore High School 42- 17 at the weekend. They play Feilding High School on Thursday for a chance to progress to Sunday’s final. Canty U19 squad named CANTERBURY’S RUGBY stars of the future head to Taupo this weekend to compete in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National under-19 Tournament. Head coach Grant Keenan has named his 25-man squad for the tournament, which will see Canterbury take on Auckland first up on Sunday. Canterbury finished as top qualifier in the southern region tournament, following wins in recent weeks over Otago, Southland and Tasman. They will compete in the top eight premiership division for the Graham Mourie Cup. The last time Canterbury lifted the cup was in 2015, when they defeated Waikato 41-35. “It was a tough decision to narrow down the squad to 25 names, but this is an exceptional group of young players who we know will wear the red and black jersey with a lot of pride in Taupo.” “The under-19 is a challenging tournament with New Zealand’s future rugby stars on show, but this group are really embracing that challenge and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve together on the national stage this year,” Keenan said. The tournament wraps up on September 15, after matches at Owen Delany Park in Taupo. Canterbury under-19 squad: Josh Bokser, Finlay Brewis, Fergus Burke, Luke Donaldson, Thomas Edwards, Nick Frost, Connor Garden-Bachop, Mitchell Gibson, Sam Gilbert, Connor Gordon, Cullen Grace, Alex Harford, Finlay Joyce, Perry Karati, Coel Kerr, Shilo Klein ,Matthew Letoga, Reon Lowery, Dallas McLeod, Conor McManus, Burns Mills, Fletcher Morgan, Fletcher Newell, Rico Syme, Boris van Bruchem. new Menu! • By Gordon Findlater WHEN CANTERBURY brushed aside Manawatu 57-7 in 2015, Rob Thompson was the man of the moment running in three tries. But tonight he will be one of the biggest threats the red and blacks have to address. The centre ,who earned 49 caps for Canterbury, has been a standout for Manawatu in the opening three rounds of the Mitre 10 Cup, having scored on every occasion since making the move north. When the two sides do battle at Christchurch Stadium tonight Canterbury coach Joe Maddock will be hoping his former player isn’t at his best. “He’s a great player and we’ve seen what he’s done from Canterbury in the past and we’ve seen what he can do for Manawatu in the opening three games so he’s certainly someone we’ll have to keep an eye on,” said Maddock. Meanwhile, Maddock’s midfield has been reinforced for tonight with the return of Scottish international Phil Burleigh who makes his return after sustaining a knee injury in Canterbury’s week one loss to Tasman. “Experience is a big part of success in any Mitre 10 Cup team. We’ve had highly experienced players in the past so Phil [Burleigh] 2 Troup Drive, Riccarton Phone: 348 6020 Open 7 days 11am to late www.speightstowerjunction.co.nz THREAT: Former Canterbury centre Rob Thompson will be a key man for Manawatu at Christchurch Stadium tonight. Thompson goes from friend to foe Canterbury v Manawatu 7.35pm Thursday 6 September ThiS week’S aCTion... coming back in is a big boost. It also allows us to offload Sam Beard a little bit who has had three big weeks,” said Maddock. Alongside Burleigh in the midfield is youngster Ngani Punivai, who starts in the 13 jersey for the second week running after making his first two Canterbury appearances from the bench. “He’s got a few things in his game that he still needs to improve on, but for his third hit out he’s going alright,” said Maddock. Canterbury v Manawatu kicks off at 7.35pm at Christchurch Stadium. Canterbury squad to play Manawatu: Daniel Lienert Brown 1, Greg Pleasants-Tate 2, Chris King 3, Mitchell Dunshea 4, Hamish Dalzell 5, Reed Princep 6, Tom Sanders 7, Whetu Douglas 8, Connor Collins 9, Brett Cameron 10, Caleb Makene 11, Phil Burleigh 12, Ngane Punivai 13, Josh McKay 14, George Bridge 15. 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