Waitaki Herald : August 20th 2014
10 WAITAKI HERALD, AUGUST 20, 2014 SPORT DAN’S SPORTSRANT years, but that’s all about to change. The country’s National Rugby Championship (NRC) was launched across the ditch recently and will feature nine teams playing over 11 weeks. It’s about time Australia intro- duced a domestic competition that’s actually going to help it’s game. I think probably the biggest reason it’s taken a while to happen is because rugby is quite a way down the pecking order compared to here. Rugby is by far new Zealand’s number one sport while in Australia it would be fourth at best, behind Aussie Rules, cricket and rugby league, though not necessarily in that order. What I like about the NRC is a few of the rule changes that are coming in to play. Penalty and drop goals will be worth two points as opposed to the traditional three and conversions worth three instead of two, which I think is a great idea and an innovative concept. The idea is to promote running rugby and make the try-scoring option from close range more appealing. Australian rugby appears to be on the up based on what I saw over the Super Rugby season, New concept: Team captains from Australia’s National Rugby Championship (NRC) pose with the NRC trophy. Several rule changes will make the competition an interesting one to watch. especially from an attacking point of view. Guys like Israel Folau are adept at sparking attacking moves and this rule change will certainly help promote that. Other changes include being able to kick to touch and continue with a lineout if a team is awarded a penalty after halftime or fulltime and time limits for scrum formation and kicks at goal. Instead of a four-try bonuspoint system, the winning team is awarded a bonus point for finishing three or more tries ahead of their opponents. With so much time wasted a scrum time, a time limit makes perfect sense. Scrums are becoming more and more of a shambles every season RESULTS GOLF LOWER WAITAKI Wednesday, August 13 A field of 24 players competed in a stableford round from the yellow tees. Results: Graham Hiscoke 44, Adri Verbakel 40, Neville George 40, Don Elliott 38, John Rudduck 37, Doug Morris 37, Garry Ingram 36. Twos: Geoff McLeod, Alastair McDonald, Stan Wallace. Nearest Pin: Max Caldwell, Birdie Hole: No 15, Alan Greene. Saturday, August 16 A field of 56 players competed in a best ball stbfd round. Results: Men: Barry Baylis & John Healey 52, Peter Rudduck & Bob Telfer 48, Peter Stuart & Alan McLaren 48, Alastair McDonald & John Rudduck 47, Jason McLaren & Antony Van den Hondell 47, Dave Ovens & Alan Moon 45, Russell Bond & Al Pennycook 44, Russell Plew & Max Caldwell 44. Women: Helen Herron & Dawn Plew 40. Twos: Garry Ingram, Gerard Coutts, Alan McLaren, Peter Field, Colin Bond, Stan Wallace, Mike Mavor, John Healey (x2), Murray Linwood (x2). Last Shot to Green: Antony Van den Hondell. Longest Putt: Gary Keen. Nearest Pin: Garry Ingram. Women’s Nearest Pin: Helen Herron. Birdie hole: No 2, John Healey. Jackpot Birdie: No 15, Barry Baylis. NORTH OTAGO Monday, August 11 A stableford was played. Winners were: Diane Jellyman 39, Kathrin McNally 37, Margaret McKenzie 34, Bronwyn Gilchrist 34. Wednesday, August 13 A stableford was played in conjunction with championship matches, Winners were: Senior: Karen Devlin 38, Heather McMullan 38, Judy Mackenzie 34, Jill Wallace 30. Junior: Kathrin McNally 39, Bronwyn Gilchrist 38, Gwen Oliver 36, Heather Campbell 34. The incentive holes were won by: Julia Knight No 5, Margaret McKenzie No 15, Heather Campbell No 18. Karen Devlin scored a two. Thursday, August 14 A field of 21 played a stableford in very cold sleety conditions. Winners were: Pop Elliott 37, Jim Vonder 37, Robert Marshall 36, Geoff McLeod 36, Peter Bond 35. Nearest the pin at Creek was Jim Vonder. The jackpot hole was No 18 and not struck. Host next week will be Bruce Swain. Saturday, August 16 A field of 66 played a stableford round. It was a Ryder Cup qualifying round. Senior (0-12): Roger Gilchrist 40 ( gross 75 ), Kevin Tuffley 39, Graham Johnson 39, Gary Watling 38, Gary Iles 37, Jim Vonder 37. Intermediate (13-18) Dave McKenzie 40, Tony Cant 40, Jim Morris 39, Bruce Swain 38. Junior ( 36+) Michael Todd 42, Jim Johnston 42, Graham Hiscoke 39, Peter Lawson 39, Neil McKenzie 38, Tony Cartwright 38, Brian Mutton 38, Joe Hunt 38. Jim Johnston and Michael Todd had the best netts of 66. The incentive holes were won by: Graham Johnson No 7, Phil Berry No 15, Michael Todd No 4, Bryan Blanchard No 18, Noel Tither No 13, Ray Devlin No 17. The Jackpot hole was No 1 and the winner was Roger Gilchrist. Twos were scored by Gerrard Cunningham, Jim Morris, Bruce Tourell, Gary Iles, Tom O’Reilly, Jim Johnston, Phil Berry (2), Ray Devlin, Avon Caldwell, Ofa Fatahefi, Kevin Tuffley, Graham Johnson and Peter Lawson. Next week the game will be a medal round, the 1st round of the Cuthbertson and Roxby Cups. WAITOA PARK Saturday, August 9 Sixth round shootout and medal. 0-19: Merv Roper 60, Jason Little 62, Terry Thorpe 62, Trevor Gunn 63, Les Weir 63. 20-34: Lane DeGeest 63, Mike Clarke 63, Ray Wilkinson 63, Graham Jones 64, Charlie Forrester 64. Hole In One for Jason Little on No 12 hole. Twos: Les Weir and Russell Pope. Nearest to the pin: Jason Little. Longest putt: Ray Walker. Shootout winner: Merv Roper, r/up Jason Little. Wednesday, August 13 Stableford. 0-19: Merv Roper 40, Ken Lemm 39, Peter Miller 39. 20-34: Ray Wilkinson 43, Don McCone 42, Ivan Ericsson 39, Ken Johnson 38. Nearest to the pin Les Weir. Longest putt: Don McCone. Twos: Peter Miller, Bill Lough and Les Weir. Saturday, August 16 Stableford. 0-19: Peter Miller 44, Jim Wood 40, Jeff Williams 39, Ken Lemm 36, Merv Roper 36. 20-34: Harry Cole 43, Ivan Ericsson 40, Peter Lee 39, Erik Wikstrom 39, Gordon Anderson 39, Stan Matthews 38, Bryce Keen 38, Don McCone 38. Longest putt: Gordon Anderson. Nearest to the pin: Les Weir. Twos: Peter Miller and Alan Brosnan. SHOOTING NORTH OTAGO SMALLBORE RIFLE ASSOCIATION Week ending August 15 Oamaru Railway: Murray Reeves 96.4; Adrianne Sherwin 96.4; Alistair Smith 92.2; Jenny Cowhan 82.2; Jordan Bathgate 92.1; Josh Gordon Glassford 96.3; Jason Schieffelbein 65. Pukeuri: Karl Valpy 99.5; Malcolm Garland 94.5; John Hamilton 96.4; Stephen Strachan 96.2; Jude McNamara 89.1; Brad McNamara 95.3; Greg McFarlane 95.1; Digger McCulloch 88.1; Bridget Johnston 95.2; Alec Borrie 91.1; Logan Allen 97; Bethany Carnell 96.1; Brad Kershaw 74; Tanieka Kershaw 87.1; Joe Adamson 86. Enfield: Reg Partridge 93.4; Stephen Martin 94.1; John Kane 93.1. Tokarahi: Scott Johnston 95.1; Matt Miller 88.1; Robyn Bradley 64; Neil Johnston 76. Enfield competed against Pukeuri in the first head to head challenge for the Willets Shield. Pukeuri won by a close margin, 470 to 468. HOCKEY Saturday, August 16 Mixed Team 7 versus NO Invitation 0; SKC 1st XI 5 (Gypsy-Mae Harrison, Sam Sinclair, Niamh Farrell, Casey Eckhold, Sara Gunersdoiter) versus WGHS 2nd XI 1 (Kendal Rowland); Shamrocks 2 (Andrea Naylor, Jack Dwyer) versus Pirata Blue 1 (Deon Bridger); WBHS 2nd XI 3 (Caleb Scarlett, Andrew Searle, Zac Watts) versus Pirata Black 1 (Logan Jopson). Photo: GETTY IMAGES so hopefully this goes some way to putting things right. The International Rugby Board should sit up and take notice of this change if it’s a success. I’ve never been a big fan of the bonus point system, especially the one where a team who loses by seven points of fewer is awarded a bonus point as seen in Super Rugby. NRC concepts a potential winner A By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org ustralia hasn’t had a meaningful domestic rugby competition for several Why award mediocrity? I don’t have too much of a prob- lem with the NRC plan to award one for scoring three tries or more than your opponents though, domination should be rewarded. Interesting to see if these changes are successful and if so, if they will be introduced into other competitions. I for one think the changes, especially involving the penalty, drop goal and conversion points, would fit perfectly for the national provincial championship here. It could be the boost the compe- tition badly needs. Can Ryder continue to be ignored? Exiled Black Caps batsman Jesse Ryder has been in sparking form for Essex in England’s domestic one-day cricket competition. He’s scored 50 or more five times, has an average of 93 and a strike rate of 135. He wasn’t awarded a national contract this season, but if he continues this kind of form for the Otago Volts he has to be looked at seriously. It will all come down to his atti- tude though and will have to show he’s changed his ways after too many alcohol-related incidents in the past. Something against Ryder though is how well the New Zealand side is playing without him. Coach Mike Hesson might not be able to find a place for him anyway, but the reward may turn out to be worth the risk come World Cup time next February.
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