The Star: May 30, 2019

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The Star Thursday May 30 2019

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Top of the tables

League premiership

P W L D PD Pts

Hornby Panthers 7 6 1 0 196 12

Linwood Keas 7 6 1 0 116 12

Northern Bulldogs 7 4 3 0 74 8

Eastern Eagles 7 4 3 0 14 8

Riccarton Knights 7 4 3 0 -4 8

Celebration Lions 7 2 5 0 -71 4

Papanui Tigers 7 2 5 0 -135 4

Halswell Hornets 7 0 7 0 -192 0

Metro premier rugby

P W L D BP Pts

Christchurch 9 8 1 0 6 38

Lincoln University 9 7 2 0 10 38

Marist Albion 9 6 3 0 8 32

HSOB 9 6 3 0 7 31

Shirley 9 5 4 0 6 26

Linwood 9 4 4 1 6 24

Sydenham 9 4 5 0 8 24

New Brighton 9 4 4 1 5 23

Burnside 9 4 5 0 6 22

Sumner 9 3 6 0 7 19

Belfast 9 2 7 0 4 12

University 9 0 9 0 0 0

UC Championship

P W L D BP Pts

St Andrew’s 4 4 0 0 3 19

Christ’s College 4 3 0 1 4 18

Nelson College 4 3 1 0 4 16

Christchurch BHS 4 3 1 0 3 15

St Bede’s College 4 3 1 0 3 15

Marlborough BC 4 2 2 0 3 11

Rangiora HS 4 2 2 0 3 11

St Thomas 4 2 2 0 3 10

Lincoln Combined 4 1 2 1 3 9

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Hornets trying to rebuild after hefty loss

• By Gordon Findlater

THE HALSWELL Hornets have

been a proud rugby league club

since gaining premier status

in 1979 and going onto win 10

Canterbury Rugby League titles.

However, the club hit a new

low at the weekend when they

were defeated 0-86 by rivals the

Hornby Panthers.

The Hornets won their last Pat

Smith Trophy in 2014 when they

defeated the Celebration Lions

28-24. However, since then they

have made the top-four just

once and finished bottom of the

ladder on two occasions.

STAR: Shun

Miyake will

steer the

Christ’s

backline in

today’s college

match.

PHOTO:

MARTIN

HUNTER

Following the

2014 title winning

campaign former

coach Darrell Coad

and team manager

Craig Sullivan

resigned from their

roles with the club.

The Hornets were then

faced with about 20

players seeking exodus

from the club.

“We’ve been

rebuilding since then and have

never really recovered,” said

Hornets president Ross Paniora.

Canterbury Rugby League has

a player transfer

rule, which allows

each club to have a

maximum of three

players transfer

away and three

players transfer into

another Canterbury

club each year.

However, it’s

understood the

Hornets allowed

about 20 players to

transfer away from the club due

to the concern they would leave

league all together if they were

not allowed to transfer to other

Ross Paniora

Christ’s favoured over Japan opportunity

Waimea Combined 4 2 2 0 1 9

Shirley BHS 4 1 3 0 1 5

Aoraki Combined 4 1 3 0 0 4

Mid-Canterbury 4 0 4 0 1 1

Timaru BHS 4 0 4 0 0 0

Mainland Premier League

P W D L GD Pts

Cashmere Tech 10 9 0 1 30 27

Nelson Suburbs 10 6 1 3 10 19

Western AFC 10 5 1 4 3 16

Coastal Spirit 11 5 0 6 4 15

Nomads United 10 5 1 4 -6 15

Ferrymead Bays 10 4 1 5 -6 13

Selwyn United 9 3 1 5 -3 10

FC Twenty 11 10 0 2 8 -32 2

Premier hockey men

P W L D GD Pts

Southern United 6 5 0 1 6 16

Marist 6 4 2 0 14 12

Harewood 6 3 1 2 2 11

HSOB/Burnside 6 2 2 2 4 8

Carlton Redcliffs 6 2 3 1 1 7

Avon 6 1 2 3 -3 6

University 6 1 3 2 -14 5

Hornby Vipers 6 0 5 1 -10 1

Premier hockey women

P W L D GD Pts

Carlton Redcliffs 5 5 0 0 20 15

Marist 5 3 2 0 4 9

Avon Eels 5 3 2 0 -1 9

Harewood 5 2 2 1 5 7

Hornby Tigers 5 2 2 1 0 7

HSOB/Burnside 5 2 3 0 -6 6

Southern United 6 0 6 0 -22 0

clubs. It’s understood the rule

has been more heavily policed

by Canterbury Rugby League

since 2015.

After seven rounds of

this year’s competition the

Hornets are yet to win a game

and have a plus minus of -192

points.

While Mr Paniora says the

club is not where it wants to be,

he is confident the club can once

again be a force to be reckoned

with in the future.

“Although we’re struggling at

the moment we’ve got a great

group of coaches and players

• By Gordon Findlater

SHUN MIYAKE could be

representing Japan at under-20

level this year. Instead he has

turned his attention to his final

year in the Christ’s College

first XV.

Earlier in the year Miyake

attended a Japan under-20 camp.

From that he was asked to play in

the Japan under-20 side and also

the Japan A team. However, he

turned down the opportunity to

concentrate on his final year of

rugby at Christ’s.

“I’m still only 17, so I have a few

more years of being able to play

under-20s . . . I talked to coaches

and some people said you should

go, but most people said it’s a bit

risky, and I don’t want to get an

injury,” said Miyake.

The under-20 programme

would have seen Miyake represent

Japan at the Oceania rugby

under-20 championship in Australia

last month and then at the

World Rugby Under-20 Trophy

in Brazil in July.

The decision to not play a game

for the Japan A team was made

due to it having an eligibility

effect on his dream to one day

Weekend match-ups

•Metro premier rugby

(Saturday) Lincoln University

v Sydenham 2.45pm, Lincoln

University; Linwood v

Canterbury University 2.45pm,

Linfield Park; Belfast v Burnside

2.45pm, Sheldon Park; Sumner

v New Brighton 2.45pm, St

Leonards Square; Marist Albion v

HSOB 2.45pm, Edgar MacIntosh

Field; Shirley v Christchurch

2.45pm, Burwood Park.

•UC Championship

(Thursday) Nelson College

v Marlborough Boys College

2.30pm, Nelson College; CBHS v

Christ’s College 2.30pm, CBHS.

(Saturday) Mid-Canterbury

Combined v Lincoln Combined

noon, Ashburton College;

St Bede’s College v Waimea

Combined noon, St Bede’s

College; Aoraki Combined

who are all working

extremely hard to make this

club the best it can be,” Mr

Paniora said.

Saturday’s loss to the

Panthers came on the Hornets’

club day. Both clubs dominated

the competition through the

middle of the 1980s, meeting in

four grand-finals during that

period.

The clubs met in another four

grand-finals during the 1990s.

The sides last met in two backto-back

grand-finals in 2012 and

2013, which were both won in

extra-time by the Panthers.

playing for the All Blacks.

Today the 17-year-old first-five

will enter his third straight college

match against Christchurch

Boys’ High School as his side look

to avenge a loss to their rivals in

last year’s grudge match and a

draw in the UC Championship

final which saw CBHS crowned

champions due to scoring more

tries in the match. Both Christ’s

and CBHS have experienced

mixed form coming into today’s

match. After a bright start to the

year, Christ’s were held to a 22-22

draw with Lincoln Combined,

while CBHS were upset 12-40 by

St Thomas’ earlier this month.

“We were a bit upset and frustrated,

but we had training on

Monday and the boys were fizzing

for this week’s game. We just

want to move on,” said Miyake.

This year’s college match will

have extra meaning for Miyake –

both of his parents have travelled

from Japan to watch the game.

The first college match was

played in 1892, when Christ’s

won 34-0.

Since then CBHS have won 91

times compared to Christ’s 44,

while nine matches have ended

in draws.

v St Andrew’s College noon,

Roncalli College; Timaru BHS v

St Thomas noon, TImaru BHS;

Ranhiora HS v Shirley BHS noon,

Rangiora HS.

•Mainland Premier

League

(Saturday): Nelson Suburbs v

FC Twenty 11 noon, Saxton Field;

Coastal Spirit v Ferrymead Bays

2.45pm, English Park; Western

AFC v Selwyn United 2.45pm,

Walter Park; Nomads United

v Cashmere Technical 2.45pm,

Tulett Park.

•Chatham Cup second

round

(Monday) FC Twenty 11

v Ferrymead Bays 2pm,

Avonhead Park; Western AFC

v Christchurch United 2pm,

Walter Park; Cashmere Technical

v Nomads United 2pm, Garrick

Park.

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