Bay Harbour: August 14, 2019


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Vote keeps clubs in reserve grade

• By Gordon Findlater

LYTTELTON, Otautahi and

Suburbs will continue to

compete in the metro rugby

premier reserve grade after a

decision was overturned at a

meeting last week.

A Canterbury Rugby Football

Union decision made three years

ago meant teams wanting to

compete in the premier reserve

grade would have needed a team

in the premier competition from

next season.

However, this requirement

was overturned last week at a

meeting between all 16 metro

sub-union clubs. The three clubs

which don’t have a team in the

premier competition will now

still be able to compete in the

reserve grade.

All of the metro sub-union

clubs voted in favour of no

changes being made to the teams

currently competing in the

premier reserve grade.

“The clubs were given some

material by the metro committee

to talk to their boards about and

come back with their boards’

feelings based on the material

we’d given them, which they

did,” said metro sub-union

committee chairman Brent


“It was basically unanimous

that given the player number

difficulties the sport faces,

to restrict teams from the

competition would make no

Bid to promote

squash in Sumner

THE SUMNER Tennis and

Squash Club wants to prevent

squash from fading as a sport.

The club will host the

Canterbury masters and

under-23 squash tournaments on

Saturday and Sunday as part of

an effort to promote the game in

the region.

Said president Phil Loughnan:

“Hopefully this will be the

first of many, with the club

reintroducing a Sumner open

next year.”

“Squash nationally is a fading

game, but it’s a great game the

club is committed to growing,”

Mr Loughnan said.

STILL ALIVE: Lyttelton will continue to compete in the metro premier reserve competition after

a decision to exclude them, Suburbs and Otautahi was overturned last week.

He said it will be an

opportunity to showcase the

club’s rejuvenated facilities,

which are “arguably the best in


The club on Heberden Ave

has spent more than $1 million

renovating the squash and tennis

courts and associated facilities,

which were reopened late last


“The courts have new floors

and lighting and have been

heavily insulated to give excellent

playing conditions,” he said.

•For more information,

email p.loughnan@gmail.


sense. The environment over the

last three years has changed . . .

three years ago, it was probably

the right decision, now it’s not

and we’re happy to change that.”

Lyttelton club president


Clinton Norris said he was

confident going into the meeting

about the future of the three

clubs, but was surprised by the

amount of support for the clubs

to continue competing in the

reserve competition.

“To listen to what the clubs

had to say was overwhelming. It

means we can all work together

and make something better for

our local rugby,” said Norris.

The decision, which would

have ruled Lyttelton, Otautahi

and Suburbs out of the premier

reserve grade, came to light

recently, with vocal support for

it to be overturned on social


“We got up two months ago

and just spilt the beans about

what effect it would have on our

clubs and how hard it would

be. No one had thought about a

pathway and then we asked for a

full review,” said Norris.

Lyttelton currently have two

senior teams and eight junior

teams. Suburbs have two senior,

a colts, a women’s and seven

junior teams. Otautahi have two

senior and four junior teams.

Experienced new coach appointed


has appointed an internationally

experienced new head coach.

Originally from Canterbury,

Alan Adair has been coaching

at a high level in Germany

for many years, but recently

returned to Christchurch with

his family.

He replaces Jack Tiller, who

has taken up a role in Ashburton

as head coach of the Mid-

Canterbury region. Adair brings

a great deal of expertise to the

club and can coach at all levels

– from absolute beginners to


His goal is to teach tactically

intelligent tennis, which

suits each player’s individual

strengths and weaknesses.

The former junior New

Zealand age group champion

has previously been the

Southland regional coach and

also coaches at the Kaiapoi and

Amberley clubs.



Adair has


Jack Tiller

as Redcliffs

Tennis Club

head coach.

Adair will be available to

meet potential new members at

the ‘love tennis’ open day from

1-4pm on September 7 and 8 at

the Redcliffs club.

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