Waitaki Herald : August 13th 2014
14 WAITAKI HERALD, AUGUST 13, 2014 SPORT NPC now a sideshow S By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com uits at the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) have a serious problem to deal with. Tomorrow night sees the national provincial rugby championship (NPC) kick-off for another year, but there’s been little fanfare and I bet quite a few people, even rugby followers, wouldn’t know that. Over the last several years there’s been huge emphasis on the All Blacks, while the NPC has become something of a poor cousin. The competition has been on the decline for a number of years, with pitiful crowds and few people tuning in. If things keep going as they are, the NPC is going to cease to be DAN’S SPORTS RANT relevant at all in the future. I’ll be tuning in to watch Canterbury play and probably Otago too, but I fear I’m going to be in minority to be honest. Only the diehards would bother to tune in to every game, four days a week, while the same can be said for the people that actually bother to make a trip to a stadium. Sadly, the NPC lost its appeal when Super Rugby came along and All Black stopped playing for their respective provinces. It’s a pretty tough sell trying to attract people to a game where a bunch of guys no one has ever heard are playing around. Another reason for the NPC’s waning appeal is its schedule. It’s obviously constructed to suit what Sky Television wants and these days, what Sky wants, Sky gets. Honestly, who’s going to go to a game on a Thursday night? Some Super Rugby crowds this year, at the likes of Eden Park and the stadium in Wellington, were pretty abysmal and are going to be much, much worse for the NPC. Other the years the NZRFU have tried to freshen things up a little bit by introducing the two division format. The strange thing to me is that teams from each division, the premiership and the championship, play each other. What’s the point then? I was always a fan of the three division system, with promotion and relegation games at the end of each campaign. It was exciting to watch and RESULTS GOLF LOWER WAITAKI Wednesday, August 6 A field of 25 players competed in a stableford round. Results: John Rudduck 41, Brian Brown 40, Ron Harris 39, Don Elliott 38. Peter Keen 38, Russell Plew 37, Adri Verbakel 37, Alastair McDonald 36. Twos Max Caldwell, Alastair McDonald. Peter Bond. Nearest Pin: No 8, Barry Baylis. Saturday, August 9 A field of 49 players competed in a stbfd round. Results: Senior Men: Peter Rudduck 42, Ian Hurst 39. Intermediate: Ron Harris 41, Richard Williamson 40, Doug Familton 40, Barry Fox 39, Don Elliott 39. Junior A: Aaron Barton 39, Russell Plew 37, Adri Verbakel 37. Junior B: Dave Stuart 36, Colin Bond 35, Alan Moon 34. Women: Dawn Plew 38, Helen Herron 37. Twos: Zain Pennycook, Richard Williamson. Last Shot to Green: Russell Bond. Longest Putt: Russell Bond. Nearest Pin: Richard Williamson. Women’s Nearest Pin: Dawn Plew. Birdie hole No 11: Brian Kerr. Jackpot Birdie: Not struck. NORTH OTAGO Monday, August 4 The ladies played a combined stableford - a round of the Helen Spooner Memorial. Best scores were: 64 - Shirley Taylor and Barbara McCone, 60 - Gonny Muldrew and Heather Campbell, 59 - Karen Devlin and Diane Jellyman, 57 - Jill Wallace and Gloria Mansfield. Gloria Mansfield scored a two. Wednesday, August 6 The ladies played a stableford. St Andrew’s Stableford. With the course drying, scores are improving. Winners were: Senior (0-29): Heather McMullan 37, Kath Rawcliffe 36, Jill Wallace 33, Gonny Muldrew 33, Amy Winchester 32. Junior (30+) Kathrin McNally 40, Gwen Oliver 37, Bronwyn Gilchrist 35, Margaret McKenzie 30. Karen Devlin scored a two. The incentive holes were won by Barbara McCone No 5, Karen Devlin No 15, Kathrin McNally No 18. Thursday, August 7 Only 12 men braved the conditions. Winners were: Noel Tither 38, Graham Hiscoke 37. Nearest the pin at Creek was Richard Knight. The birdie hole was Creek and not struck. Next week the host will be Pop Elliott and players should play outstanding matches. Saturday, August 9 A field of 61 members played a stableford round in conjunction with the qualifying for the Ryder Cup team. Winners were: Senior (0-12): Kevin Tuffley 42, Lockie Haig 39 (gross 74), Graham Johnson 39, Ray Devlin 39, Andrew Miller 39, Cam Ryder 39. Intermediate (13-19): Ray McNally 39, Dave McKenzie 39, Graham Ballantyne 37, Bruce Swain 37, Daniel Warren 36. Junior (20+): Avon Caldwell 42, Brian Blanchard 41, Gary Fairbanks 41, Charlie Rees 40, Graham Hiscoke 40, Neil McKenzie 40, Bob Mason 39, Neville George 39. Twos were scored by Rob Thomson, Avon Caldwell and Lockie Haig. The jackpot hole was No 10, won by Stephen Waby, Avon Caldwell and Lockie Haig. The incentive holes were won by: John Cunningham No 7, Micheal Todd No 15, Cameron Ryder No 4, Merv Godfrey No 18, Jim Vonder No 13, Bob Mason No 17. Next week the game will be a stableford and qualifying for the Ryder Cup team. Next Sunday will be a monthly mixed day. WAITOA PARK Tuesday, August 5 A field of 23 Ladies played a Stableford. Winners were: 0-31: 1st Hazel Roper 33, 2nd Daphne Rodger 33, 3rd Robin Monk 30, 4th Roz Armstrong 28. 32+: 1st Jenny O’Neill 37, 2nd Maggie Manson 34, 3rd Doreen Stackhouse 32, 4th Thelma Dunlop 32, 5th Isabella McCone 30. Thursday, August 7 LGU M McLeod 6th Round. Stableford. Winners were: 1st Daphne Rodger 64, 2nd Ruby McMurtrie 65, 3rd Doreen Stackhouse 65. Nearest the pin: 0-31: Daphne Rodger. 32+: Isabella McCone. Last Shot to Green: Isabella McCone. Winner of the Shoot Out: Doreen Stackhouse. SHOOTING NORTH OTAGO SMALLBORE RIFLE ASSOCIATION Week ending August 9 Oamaru Railway: Murray Reeves 98.4; Adrianne Sherwin 100.4; Alistair Smith 96.2; Adam Thompson 94.3; Geoff Hawtin 96.3; Jenny Cowhan 83; Jordan Bathgate 94.2; Annalise Bathgate 70; Josh Gordon-Glassford 96.5; Jason Shieffelbien 95; Blake 53. Pukeuri: Karl Valpy 99.5; Malcolm Garland 97.5; John Hamilton 95.2; Greg Plunket 98.4; Stephen Strachan 96.5; Digger McCulloch 90.3; Bridget Johnston 94.1; Alec Borrie 92.1; Jarvis Cross 86.2; Fin Carnell 81.1; Jack Cameron Duncan 84.1; Logan Allen 94.1; Bethany Carnell 87.1; Brad Kershaw 67. Enfield: Reg Partridge 90.1, 91.2; Lindsay Smith 98.6; Stephen Martin 95.2; John Kane 95.4; Tyler Martin 92.1. Tokarahi: Stephen Bradley 90.2; Scott Johnston 93.4; Matt Miller 84; Robyn Bradley 59; Neil Johnston 66. The semi final of the NDC resulted in Otago Blue and Gold’s winning against Manawatu Marauder’s by a very fine margin. Otago now shoots in the final the first week in September. Otago Open score 2936.151; Manawatu Open 2936.131; Manawatu Composite 1452.60; Otago Composite 1448.52; Otago Juniors 586.29; Manawatu Juniors 578.26. The team aggregate Otago 4970.232; Manawatu 4966.217. The Otago versus Southland match was held at Invercargill on August 9th. Two North Otago shooters were selected to be part of the Otago representative teams. Otago A1 beat Southland A1 3899.163 to 3898.186; Southland A2 beat Otago A2 3837.150 to 3827.126; Otago Juniors beat Southland Juniors 1516.39 to 1514.52; Otago Veterans beat Southland Veterans 1916.67 to 1537.63. Otago Top Ten beat Southland Top Ten 11,158.396 to 11,135.455. As with the NDC, the scores were very close. Next weekend is the annual North Island versus South Island being held in Blenheim. Good luck to the North Otago participants. HOCKEY Tuesday, August 5 Papakaio Blue 3 (Josh Eckhold 2, Emba Willans) versus Mixed Magic 2 (Nina Dickie, Aaron Maxwell); OIS Red 2 (Kirsten Rogers, Emily Beazer) versus OIS Sky (Jessica Wouters). Thursday, August 7 Maheno 7 (Ruby Searle 3, Fennella Ballantyne, Blake Hurst, Aurora Smith, Isaac Adamson) versus Ardgowan 1 (Abby Rowland); Fenwick 9 (Cody Smit 2, Charlotte Nicholas 2, Tilly Richards 2, Art Hurring, Brooke Jones, Sam Topi) versus Papakaio 1 (Emma Gillies); Glenavy 10 (Harry Murphy 3, Georgie McCarthy 3, Nardine Jellyman 2, Hannah Tiffin, Logan Howell) versus Weston 0. Saturday, August 9 Pirata Black 3 (Kelly Harvey, Logan Jopson, Anne Rushbatch) versus Pirata Blue (Deon Bridger); WBHS 2nd XI 3 (Zac Watts, Caleb Scarlett) versus Shamrocks 0; Tainui 2 (Nick Dalziel, Josh Dalziel) versus Northern Hearts 2 (Shannon Hardacre, Carl Stevenson) Mixed Team 8 (Caleb Scarlett 5, Sam Pimm 3) versus SKC 1st XI 3 (Riley Chandler 2, Casey Eckhold); WBHS 1st XI 8 (Josh Caldwell 3, Aiden Scarlett 2, Charlie Bower, Caleb Ludemann, Scott Hamilton) versus Temuka 0. Sunday, August 10 SKC 1st XI 1 (Sean Daley) versus Cambridge 11; Tainui B 1 (Trent Gilchrist) versus Roncalli 5; WGHS 1st XI 3 (Jordon Cunningham, Emma Gawn, Connie Searle) versus Roncalli 5. PETANQUE Monday, August 11 Played on the Excelsior Petanque Piste. Game 1: S Tonkin, D Bell and M Parsons 9 V G Pluck and A Clarke 4; G Champness and G Bell 11 V D Gardiner, H Tonkin and I Buchanan 10; A Stone, B Stone and L Warren 13 V G Brooker and R Weston 7. Game 2: G Champness and G Bell 13 V G Brooker and R Weston 9; D Gardiner, H Tonkin and I Buchanan 11 V G Pluck and A Clarke 9; S Tonkin, D Bell and M Parsons 7 V A Stone, B Stone and L Warren 8. Game 3: A Stone, B Stone and L Warren 13 V G Champness and G Bell 10; G Pluck and A Clarke 12 V G Brooker and R Weston 11; D Gardiner, H Tonkin and I Buchanan 11 V S Tonkin, D Bell and M Parsons 9. Mallet mates National reps: A pair of Waitaki Boys’ High School pupils are two of only 15 young people nationwide selected for the New Zealand youth development croquet squad. Brad Gibb, left and Zac Orme were chosen for the squad after a successful performance at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Croquet Championships in April. As part of the squad, Gibb and Orme will attend the 2014 Croquet New Zealand Youth Development Squad coaching event in Danniirke on December 18-19 and the RP Mallets Under-21 Golf Croquet Singles Championships on December 20-21 at the same venue. Photo: SUPPLIED gave teams a real goal to work towards. About the only positive thing about the NPC in its current form is the fact the Ranfurly Shield is still around. Sure, it may not be as a bigger deal to the public as it was 20 years ago, but look at what the shield did for the likes of Otago and Counties Manukau when they got their hands on it last season. It gave them a real sense of rugby Prized: Counties Manukau with the Ranfurly Shield. The old Log O’Wood is the best thing about the national provincial rugby championship these days. pride and something to be proud of. It’s done plenty for rugby in those communities, especially Counties Manukau, perhaps even more than winning an NPC title would. In the past rugby was all about provincial pride. Today, it’s all about the All Blacks and making a quick buck. It’s a shame what was once a great competition has been reduced to a sideshow.
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