Waitaki Herald : August 6th 2014
28 WAITAKI HERALD, AUGUST 6, 2014 SPORT Dunn claims Kurow Cup By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org H arness racing once again featured at Oamaru Racecourse on Sunday. This time it was the Kurow Harness Racing Club’s annual meeting, with the 2600-metre Kurow Cup being the feature attraction on the 11-race programme. A small but enthusiastic crowd took in some quality racing action on a warm, clear afternoon to see driver Dexter Dunn guide Whozideawasthis, paying $3.80, to victory in the $15,000 Kurow Cup by one-and-a-quarter lengths over Maiden Rome driven by Stevie Golding. Hi Jinx, with Terry Chimel at the helm, was third The local contingent of Brad and Matthew Williamson were once again in action on their home track, with Brad winning race eight while also claiming third in both race one and six. Matthew also had a win on the day in race six, while he notched up a third in race two. Kurow Harness Racing Club president Tony Wall says while the weather made for ideal racing conditions, he expected more punters through the gates. ‘‘We’re very happy with the weather for the day. Numberswise we would always like more, but it’s pretty hard to get people to the races these days. ‘‘I’d say it’s an average crowd and that’s probably a reflection on the tote.’’ The Kurow club now calls Oamaru Racecourse home and Wall says he’s not sure when the Kurow Cup was last run locally. ‘‘We’re here mainly because of the all-weather track, Kurow has only got a grass track. It’s been Off and racing: Franco Harrington, driven by Kimberly Butt, leads the Kurow Cup field with 1200 metres left to run. Victory: 2014 Kurow Cup winner Whozideawasthis and driver Dexter Dunn. years and years since we had a trotting club meet in Kurow . . . no one on the committee can remember the last time.’’ He says the club is in good shape financially and will continue to come to Oamaru for its annual meet. Mid Canterbury shock Stags in Oamaru By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com Oamaru’s Whitestone Contracting Stadium was the stage for Mid Canterbury’s shock 40-38 preseason rugby win over the Southland Stags on Saturday afternoon. It’s not often Heartland Championship sides triumph over teams that play in the top-tier national provincial championship, however Saturday’s clash wasn’t your usual match. While Southland scored six tries to Mid Canterbury’s five in what was an enthralling encounter, the Cantabrians did enough in the end and clinched a memorable win with a penalty on the stroke of fulltime. After Southland led 24-5 at one point Mid Canterbury, the reigning Heartland Championship title holders, scored 29 unanswered points to lead 34-24 at the hour mark. Southland staged a comeback to regain the lead 38-37 in the dying minutes, however Mid Canterbury’s defence and nerve held. While Southland were missing six first choice Super Rugby players in the form of Jamie Mackintosh, Josh Bekhuis, John Hardie, Elliot Dixon, Lima Sopoaga and Cardiff Vaega, they were still expected to win with ease. Mid Canterbury can put their win down to a strong defence showing, while their backs showed plenty of class that’s bound to have their Heartland Championship rivals more than a little concerned. Mid Canterbury take on West Coast in Ashburton in the first round of the Heartland Championship on August 23, while Southland take on Bay of Plenty in Invercargill in the first round of the national provincial championship on August 15. Fronting up: Mid Canterbury and Southland battle for scrum dominance. On the run: Mid Canterbury show their attacking skills. Accurate: Mid Canterbury firstfive Murray Williams takes a shot at goal.
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