TheStar Thursday May 9 2019 32 SPORT Top of the tables League premiership P W D L PD Pts Hornby Panthers 4 4 0 0 76 8 Linwood Keas 4 3 0 1 56 6 Northern Bulldogs 4 2 0 2 16 4 Eastern Eagles 4 2 0 2 -4 4 Riccarton Knights 4 2 0 2 -18 4 Papanui Tigers 4 2 0 2 -35 4 Celebration Lions 4 1 0 3 -19 2 Halswell Hornets 4 0 0 4 -72 0 Metro premier rugby P W L D BP Pts Christchurch 6 5 1 0 4 24 Linwood 6 4 1 1 6 24 Lincoln University 6 4 2 0 7 23 Marist Albion 6 4 2 0 6 22 HSOB 6 4 2 0 6 22 Shirley 6 5 1 0 2 22 Sydenham 6 3 3 0 5 17 New Brighton 6 2 3 1 4 14 Burnside 6 2 4 0 3 11 Sumner 6 1 5 0 3 7 Belfast 6 1 5 0 2 6 University 6 0 6 0 0 0 news online at www.star.kiwi 14-year-old footballer on top European club radar YOUNG Christchurch United talent Oscar Obel-Hall has put himself in the footballing spotlight during trials with prominent professional clubs in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. The 14-year-old is currently trialling with Dutch Cup finalist Willem II after spending last week at Danish side FC Mydtjyland and will head to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of this week. In his evaluation report, FC Mydtjyland under-15 coach Martin Mark said that Oscar had left a positive impression and that they are interested in seeing him again. “FC Mydtjyland wants to follow Oscar and invite him to a longer stay in our academy,” wrote Mark in his reports which pointed out the young New Zealander’s strong physical and technical abilities, but he need to use those skills and his decisionmaking at higher tempo. The Christchurch United player will not be surprised by that feedback, as he said that the intensity of the training sessions was the biggest eye-opener. “That was very different to New Zealand. Every training is basically like a first-team training for me at Christchurch United,” said Oscar. The youngster has been at Christchurch United and the Christchurch Football Academy since its inception in 2014 and is developing into one of the brightest talents at the club. FC Mydtjyland is one of the top clubs in Denmark and regularly features in the Europa League. Its academy is famous for producing a host of Danish internationals, as well as All Whites captain Winston Reid, who grew up at the club. In spite of the higher training intensity at Mydtjyland, Oscar was pleased to report that he could match the physicality and technical skills of the professional Danish academy players, but noticed that his fitness levels are not up to scratch. “These boys are really fit because they do these intense PROMISING: Oscar Obel-Hall in action for Christchurch United and outside the FC Mydtjyland complex which they share with feeder club Herning. trainings every day, but for me it is something that I need to work on in my own time,” he said. Oscar noted that scanning the movements of other players around him became more important as the speed and intensity of the play increased but added that developing good scanning skills may not get enough attention back home. In his evaluation report, the FC Mydtjyland coach recognised that young players in New Zealand are challenged for not being able to play regular matches at an international level, like his peers in Europe, but suggested some drills to increase his handling speed and to analyse his own games. UC Championship P W L D BP Pts Christchurch BHS 1 1 0 0 1 5 Marlborough BC 1 1 0 0 1 5 St Bede’s 1 1 0 0 1 5 St Thomas 1 1 0 0 1 5 Christ’s College 1 1 0 0 1 5 St Andrew’s 1 1 0 0 1 5 Rangiora HS 1 1 0 0 0 4 Nelson College 1 0 1 0 2 2 Shirley BHS 1 0 1 0 0 0 Lincoln Combined 1 0 1 0 0 0 Waimea Combined 1 0 1 0 0 0 Timary BHS 0 0 1 0 0 0 Mid-Canterbury 0 0 1 0 0 0 Aoraki Combined 0 0 1 0 0 0 Mainland Premier League P W D L GD Pts Cashmere Tech 8 7 0 1 22 21 Nelson Suburbs 9 5 1 3 8 16 Coastal Spirit 9 5 0 4 8 15 Western AFC 8 4 1 3 3 13 Nomads United 8 4 0 4 -6 12 Ferrymead Bays 8 3 1 4 -6 10 Selwyn United 8 2 1 5 -8 7 FC Twenty 11 8 0 2 6 -21 2 WHAT A week of comebacks and sporting ecstasy . . . Liverpool’s heroics against Barcelona at Anfield yesterday was the latest unlikely resurgence. The kind of expectation and belief anything is achievable that comes with Liverpool playing at Anfield on Europe’s biggest stage is akin to the same belief the Crusaders have created for themselves when the cards look like they’ve turned against. The Crusaders own an asset very few teams in world sport hold – the expectance to avoid defeat when it’s sitting on their doorstep . . . were we ever in doubt they would find a way over the line with time expired and the Sharks holding a 21-14 lead? It almost felt like a formality when Mitchell Hunt coolly slotted an anything but regulation conversion straight down the middle. It will be hard to see Hunt depart for the Highlanders at the end of the season if the predictions are true because once again on Friday night he proved why he is our Mr Clutch. A comeback that certainly wasn’t predicted came less than 24 hours later in Sumner. Going into the sixth round premier metro rugby match between Sumner and four-time defending champions Lincoln University nobody expected the home side to come away with anything, let alone have the ability to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final 20min. What makes the 21-19 upset Weekend match-ups •League premiership (Saturday): Riccarton Knights v Papanui Tigers 2.45pm, Crosbie Park; Halswell Hornets v Eastern Eagles 2.45pm, Halswell Domain; Hornby Panthers v Celebration Lions 2.45pm, Leslie Park; Northern Bulldogs v Linwood Keas 2.45pm, Murphy Park. •Metro premier rugby (Saturday): Sydenham v Marist Albion 2.45pm, Sydenham Park; University v Sumner 2.45pm, Ilam Fields; Lincoln University v Belfast 2.45pm, Lincoln University; Burnside v Shirley 2.45pm, Burnside; New Brighton v Christchurch 2.45pm, Rawhiti Domain; HSOB v Linwood 2.45pm, Bob Deans Fields. •UC Championship (Saturday): Shirley BHS v Lincoln Combined noon, Shirley BHS; Roncalli Aoraki v Nelson noon, Roncalli College; Marlborough BC v St Andrew’s noon, Marlborough BC; Waimea Combined v Mid- Canterbury Combined noon, Garin College; Rangiora HS v St One-eyed Cantab Gordon Findlater email@example.com Why do we love sport? Comebacks and unpredictable results JUBILANT: Sumner celebrated hard after their improbable 21-19 win over Lincoln University. win against what was the competition’s leading team at that point was how poorly Sumner had performed in the build-up . . . the side were winless in their first five games this season and in recent performances has missed more tackles in the final 20min than they’d expect during a whole match. However, when expectations are lowered or don’t exist at all funny things can happen and two pieces of brilliance from English centre Alistair Crossdale with time ticking down sent St Leonards Park into bedlam. St Andrew’s College also deserve mention. The side who seemed to have a knack for blowing it late in 2018 got their UC Championship off to the perfect start on Saturday when winger Isilei Saumaki bounced off two Nelson College tacklers before reaching out to place a last minute try which was converted for a 33-31 victory. These games are the reasons we love sport and for those who loyally support a team through the tough times, it’s the moments like these that make it worth the wait. What a treat. Bede’s College 1pm, Southbrook Park; Christ’s College v St Thomas 2.30pm, Christ’s College Upper. •Chatham Cup (Saturday): Waimakariri United v Western AFC 2pm, Rangiora Showgrounds; Halswell United v Ferrymead Bays 2pm, Halswell Domain; Nomands United v Burwood AFC 2pm, Tulett Park; Cashmere Tech v Coastal Spirit 2pm, Garrick Park; FC Twenty 11 v St Albans Shirley FC 2pm, Avonhead Park; Selwyn United v Christchurch United 6pm, Foster Park. •Porritt Cup men (Saturday): University v Marist noon, Waimakariri Hockey Turf; Southern United v Carlton Redcliffs noon, Marist Park; Avon v Harewood 3pm, Waimakariri Hockey Turf; HSOB/ Burnside v Hornby 3pm. •Porritt Cup women (Saturday): Marist v Redcliffs 1.30pm, Waimakariri Hockey Turf; Avon v Hornby 1.30pm, Marist Park; HSOB/Burnside v Harewood 4.30pm; Southern United (bye).
Barking exhaust defines cabriolet I’M accelerating hard up a quiet piece of country road – first gear, second, third and fourth, using the paddle shifters to extract maximum speed through the gears. I have the convertible roof down, and my son’s long hair is blowing freely in the breeze, we are both enjoying the sound of a wailing V6 engine up front and loud exhaust bark out the rear as the gears shift. The next thing I hear is a siren-like sound and I see flashing lights in my rear view mirror. No, I haven’t been caught by the law for speeding, instead I’ve activated an alarm on a stationary car we just passed, quite clearly its motion sensors were disturbed by the backfire from the evaluation car’s exhaust as the gears changed. The car I was driving was Mercedes-Benz’s C43 AMG cabriolet, a car which has definite sound and robust performance. As mentioned it has a 3-litre V6 engine which has healthy acceleration thanks to the boost from twin turbochargers. Maximum power is rated at a feisty 287kW with a fabulous 520Nm of torque, such are the outputs there is a constantly vibrant feel from beneath the accelerator, it is strong and wilful and, of course, there are many drive modes available at the push of a button. You can dial in the type of drive you would like to experience – feisty or frugal. Each set-up is conclusive, there is a definite structure from within each mode, and they can also be tailormade to suit any driving preference. I particularly like the first sport setting, the engine is not overly frenetic, but it is a compromise between the more gentle comfort mode and the fullon Sport plus setting. With all of these options there’s little denying that the C43 has strong performance potential. Mercedes-Benz claims a standstill to 100km/h time of 4.8sec, and when the engine is working hard it is enjoying its work, while it Motoring Ross Kiddie is raucous it’s not a strained sound, I simply love it, especially the bark on up and downshifts. During my time in the evaluation car I was constantly blipping the throttle just to hear the engine, that being the case it wouldn’t be fair to publish my fuel usage figures. However, Mercedes-Benz claims a 10-litre per 100km (28mpg) combined cycle rating that I would suggest is easily possible given the fuel usage meter was listing a 7l/100km (40mpg) instantaneous figure sitting at a steady 100km/h, the engine turning over at just 1500rpm. The C43 cabriolet is very much a driver’s car, it is biased towards sporty, and it makes no excuse for that. Alongside the engine management protocols, the driver can also manipulate suspension alterations from within the cabin, the spring and damper rates can be firmed considerably to enhance cornering 33 MERCEDES-BENZ C43 CABRIOLET: Tempting to drive quickly. • Price – Mercedes- Benz C43 cabriolet, $141,400 • Dimensions – Length, 4686mm; width, 1810mm; height, 1409mm • Configuration – V6, four-wheel-drive, 2996cc, 287kW, 520Nm, nine-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 4.8sec • Fuel usage – 10l/100km OPEN-AIR: The convertible process takes around 15sec. performance. Twisty, open roads are not easy to come by in Canterbury, but I discovered some new corners just west of Darfield that I hadn’t previously used. The C43 has a low centre of gravity, and in sport suspension mode it simply powers through the corners flat and controlled. There is strong steering feel thanks to beautiful sport specification, 19in Dunlop tyres, turn-in is direct and accuracy never threatened. Of course, the C43 with 4Matic drives through a nine-speed automatic gearbox to all wheels, and that promotes a safe, decisive handling balance. While there are two rear seats, effectively the C-Class cabriolet is just a 2+2, unless you are childsize you aren’t going to be comfortable in the rear. While in that regard it is a selfish car, those upfront have wonderful comfort and can benefit from the high degree of specification and the amazing way Mercedes- Benz creates the ergonomics that feel just so right. I guess at $141,400 the company would need to get that right. In my opinion, that is certainly the case. It’s fair to say I’m not a big convertible fan, but the C43 won me over with its build quality, level of specification, along with its substantial performance. 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