Bay Harbour: May 15, 2019



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Wednesday May 15 2019

Easy game makes it two wins in a row

• By Gordon Findlater


Saturday’s club day at St

Leonards Square in fine form

after making it two wins in as

many weeks when they brushed

aside Canterbury University at

the weekend.

The win 47-19 win at Ilam

Fields comes on the back of

the side’s 21-19 heroic upset

against Lincoln University which

kick-started their season after

they begun the year with five

consecutive defeats.

Canterbury University are yet

to register a point in this year’s


However, Sumner coach

Martin Dodgson described the

match as a “potential banana


During the week emphasis

was put on the importance

of making a strong start and

Sumner didn’t disappoint as they

rushed out to a 33-7 advantage in

BIG: No 8 Mathew Tuala crossed the line twice in Sumner’s

47-19 win over Canterbury University. ​

quick time.

“We wanted to start like a

house on fire and really put them

under the pump,” said Dodgson.

After securing a fourth try

bonus points Sumner switched


off during patches of the second

half which was saw both sides

register 14 points.

Winger Charlie Oswald

had a day to remember with a

hat-trick of tries, while centre

ASSISTS: Alistair Crossdale continued his run of form to set

up three tries.


Alistair Crossdale registered as

many assists in the proses. No 8

Mathew Tuala also continued his

impressive form for the wave by

scoring two tries.

Sumner will now look to go

three on the trot at their club day

this Saturday.

They host seventh-placed

Sydenham who sit five points

above them.

Kick-off is at 2.45pm.

Louis Clark adds lifesaving award to list of achievements


Clark has been named athlete

of the year at the annual

Christchurch-Tasman Surf Life

Saving Awards of Excellence on

Saturday night.

The 17-year-old, who is also a

national water-polo representative,

had a big year, including being

named in the New Zealand

youth squad for the third time

and heading to Japan for the

International Lifesaving Cup last


He won 11 golds and a bronze

at the SLSNZ Southern Regional

Championships in 2019, and was

selected for the SLSNZ junior

Black Fins team for the international

surf rescue challenge in

Durban, in September.

Clubmate Agatha Weston was

co-winner of the rookie of the

year award with New Brighton’s

Hayley Reid.

Coach of the year Jonelle

Quane from Sumner SLSC was

chosen as assistant coach to the

NZ Black Fins, acting as their

pool coach, and was a New Zealand


“Jonelle has made a huge contribution

to high performance

sport at NZ level. She is currently

mentoring a group of newly-appointed

selectors,” said Sumner

SLSC coach Mark Robberds.

“Jonelle has set an amazing

example for our Canterbury

athletes and coaches in terms

of what can be achieved …

and her door is always open to

Canterbury athletes and coaches

who want to tap into her vast

SUCCESS: Louis Clark was named athlete of the year at the

Christchurch-Tasman Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.

(Above) – Louis in action.


The list of contributions made

by volunteer of the year Tom

Denman of Sumner SLSC is

impressive. As well as doing

beach patrols as a lifeguard, he

runs the Sumner emergency

callout squad, co-ordinates the

club’s advanced lifeguard team,

mentors lifeguards, runs weekly

club training sessions, instructs

for courses and has been an instructor

at the national lifeguard

school in the past year.

He is a committee member

with Sumner SLSC, manages the

club Facebook and emails and

maintains and is responsible for

its lifeguard equipment, including

carrying out mechanical

maintenance and repairs for the


“Tom is seen as a hands-on

leader within the club, with a

passion for lifeguard excellence,

continual improvement and IRB

development,” said Sumner SLSC

president Glenn Fergus.

Sumner’s success continued

with Boetie Koekemoer won the

Te Onepoto award for junior

coaching and Kate Suter won

instructor of the year

2019 Christchurch/Tasman

Awards of Excellence winners:

Coach of the year – Jonelle

Quane, Sumner SLSC

Official of the year – Mike

Smith, Taylors Mistake SLSC

Sportsperson of the year –

Louis Clark, Taylors Mistake


Te Onepoto award for junior

coaching – Boetie Koekemoer,

Sumner SLSC

Lifeguard of the year – Dean

Le Warne, North Beach SLSC

Instructor of the year – Kate

Suter, Sumner SLSC

Volunteer of the year – Tom

Denman, Sumner SLSC

Rookie of the year – Hayley

Reid, New Brighton SLSC and

Agatha Weston, Taylors Mistake


The Allan Lee top beach team

– South Brighton SLSC Open

Men’s Double Ski

The Leon Peters top craft

team – Waimairi SLSC open

men’s and women’s canoe


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