Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Marlborough referee Tom Holohan discusses a point of law with Waitohi skipper Jimmy Giles during the Marlborough sub-union final at Lansdowne Park last season. Photo: Supplied.

Referee numbers positive as new season gets underway

Marlborough’s rugby referees are in good heart as the sport returns after a three-month hiatus.

Tasman Rugby Union referee education officer Dave Paterson, based in Blenheim, says there will be good numbers of referees available on both sides of the hill.

“We are in a good place. We had 25 at a meeting of the Nelson refs on Monday night last week, 21 referees at a meeting in Marlborough on Tuesday and on Wednesday we had 30 coaches and referees together at a RugbySmart gathering where we covered safety, plus the new breakdown initiatives. So that was really positive.

“We are pretty lucky here. Historically on this side of the hill we have been able to provide refs down to under-11, under-12 games which is brilliant, because in many other parts of the country you won’t get an official ref below under-14 level.”

Two familiar faces will be missing from senior ranks this year, with regular officials Dave Woodhouse and Mark Andrell both injured and out for the season, however some handy newcomers will help fill the void.

One of the new arrivals is former top rugby league referee Hone Kareko from the North Island who has moved south and is keen to try his hand at a new code, while another is Brad Evans, from Auckland, who arrived late in the 2019 season.

Also good to go are MBC students Jacob Collins and Frank Hartland, both youngsters showing plenty of early promise.

Meanwhile, in Nelson, former All Black Kane Hames made his premier refereeing debut just before lockdown, while former MBC head prefect Ben Alexander is expected to step up to that level soon.

“With guys like Mark and Dave out this season it opens up opportunities for newer guys to come through and I think it is important to give them some opportunities, get right in behind them,” said Dave.

He is particularly excited by the fact that no refs have decided not to participate this season because of COVID-19. “They are all very keen to get out there … chomping at the bit really.”

With junior rugby not starting until July 25, Dave is hoping to keep as many referees involved as possible by appointing them to sideline duties in forthcoming women’s and potentially division two competitions.

The opening games of Super Rugby have been punctuated by a steady stream of penalties as teams struggled to adapt to more rigorous policing of the breakdown and offside line.

Dave says the new interpretations have been discussed locally and the consensus was simple. “We want to referee it so that teams can get good, quick ball and keep the space open from phase play.”

Despite the disciplinary issues at the top level, he doesn’t expect there to be a massive penalty count in the opening club matches.

“It’s about adjusting to the referee’s interpretations.

“We have a common sense approach to [the breakdown] … we are looking at intent – players staying on your feet, not coming in from the side or sealing the ball off – if that’s coached, and they get that pretty well right, there will be a lot less penalties.

“I think you’ll see within two or three weeks that coaches and players will be saying that the game is a lot better.”

Central Privateers player Gareth Shawcross shields the ball from Call Care Spartans defender John Rawcliffe during their division two match at A and P Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Rangers AFC make it two-from-two

Rangers AFC have come out of lockdown in prolific mood.

For the second week in a row they have put four goals into their opponent’s net, this time downing Nelson Suburbs First XI 4-1 at Athletic Park on Saturday.

Last week Rangers disposed of FC Nelson 4-0 but their player/coach, Tore Waechter, felt his side had a more solid workout on Saturday.

“[Suburbs] are a really young side but are well coached and can definitely play football.

“They frustrated us in the first half, held onto possession, then stretched us wide. Every time we had a bad touch or were slow to the ball they pounced. We had to be really patient and show them some respect.

“However they didn’t create too much in the final third [of the field] and we were well organised at the back.”

After spurning a couple of early chances Rangers got on the board after half an hour. Suburbs were unable to clear a corner kick and, when it was headed back into the area Liam Sluiter nodded the ball home.

The Rangers AFC side after beating Nelson Suburbs First XI on Saturday at Athletic Park. Photo: Supplied.

That was the halftime score and prompted a solid period on attack for the home side.

After 55 minutes Rangers scored what their coach described as the best of the season. “There was some great one or two-touch footy with lots of movement. Then Sam [Pearson] crossed the ball into Adam [Rose] and he finished it.”

With rolling subs being the order of the day there were plenty of personnel changes. Rangers introduced Jono Masters to left midfield and he wrapped up the match with a brace of goals.

His first came after 70 minutes, another measured build-up putting him one-on-one with the keeper. Soon after Suburbs scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot but Masters had the final say with his side’s fourth in the final 10 minutes.

Rangers started with the same line-up that ran out for their opening encounter, with bench players such as Masters, Martin Delgado, Pablo Dominguez all making an impact when called on.

Among the starting XI, Rose, Scott Belsham, Sluiter and player of the day Jordy Columbus were prominent, while wingers Pearson and Harrison Pine showed their high levels of fitness.

Next week Rangers are away to Tahuna FC.

Meanwhile the news was not quite so positive for the Liquid Action BV Blenheim Bullets women’s side who play in the Nelson division one women’s competition.

They took on last season’s undefeated competition winners, Richmond Foxes, who ran out 3-1 victors after a tough battle at   Renwick.

Foxes drew first blood with a goal in the fifth minute, before Lauren Sloan evened the ledger 12 minutes before halftime.

Although a flurry of strikes on goal followed, the halftime score remained 1-1.

Early in the second half a perfectly-weighted corner from Tessa Hyland was denied by a fantastic save by the Richmond keeper, then a return strike by Richmond was thwarted by BV’s second-half keeper Abby Owen.

However, a period of concerted pressure from the defending champs saw them draw a goal ahead, before adding a third in the final 10 minutes.

Coach Ian Thomas gave credit to the hardworking midfield, and player of the day went to Hannah Martin for her unrelenting defence.

Due to rain during the week the Mayfield Motorworld division one matches and lower grades were postponed, with only three division two matches played.

Division two results from Saturday.

Call Care Spartans 3 Central Privateers 2.

Call Care Dribbles 2 Picton 0

Impressive MBC Falcons forward Viliami Napa’a bursts through the St Thomas side’s defence. Only a last-gasp ankle tap stopped the big No 8 scoring a second half try. Photo: Peter Jones.

MBC unable to hold out visitors

The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV didn’t start their University of Canterbury championship season with the result they sought, but showed plenty of promise in a tight match with St Thomas of Canterbury College at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

MBC went down 22-12 to a physical opponent, who finished stronger and won most of the key moments late in the match.

The teams were locked at 7-7 at halftime, a fair indication of a tense, tit-for-tat first 35 minutes.

Lineout issues continued to plague the home side, helping St Thomas score first in the second spell but, as they did in the first half, MBC immediately replied with a try of their own to level at 12-12.

However, from then on the visitors took control, their bench adding value at a crucial stage while MBC’s discipline and accuracy was found wanting.

A penalty after 20 minutes, followed by a long-range try after the ball was stolen in a tackle sealed the deal for the visitors, although the youthful MBC side can take heart from their efforts against a side possessing plenty of size and firepower.

MBC head coach Matt Macdougall said, despite the early setback, “it wasn’t all doom and gloom”.

“Some of our young guys got a taste of First XV footy and they learnt that a couple of key moments can cost you a game which probabaly summed up the game for me.

“I thought we had opportunities to close the game out but we had a couple of brain fades around set piece and made some silly errors around the offside line.

“On the positive side, we had a very young backline out there who I thought may have struggled defensively at set piece time, but they did really well there and in phase play.

“They will learn from it all, they are a great bunch of boys and were pretty gutted after the game. Don’t forget that St Thomas were a handy side too.”

He singled out skipper Monu Moli for his “huge work rate”, plus flanker William McKenzie “who wouldn’t stop tackling”.

Youngster Cooper Roberts made a good start to his First XV career, defending well in a tough position.

“I’m proud of them all really,” the coach added. “The stuff we didn’t nail this week we will fix.”

Next week MBC travel south to play St Andrew’s College, who beat St Bede’s on opening weekend, in Christchurch.

Scores: St Thomas of Canterbury 22 (Nick Price, AJ Abdelaal, Montel Peppard tries, Harry Coleman pen, 2 con) MBC (Monu Moli, Toby McLeod tries, Kyren Taumoefolau con). HT 7-7.

Renwick winger Josh Thomas dives in at the corner for the second of his three tries against Moutere on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Green Machine rolls to top of rugby table

Renwick and Waitohi showed they had suffered no ill effects from a three-month rugby hiatus when Marlborough sub-union division one competition resumed on Saturday.

The Green Machine consolidated their lead at the top of the standings by downing Moutere 43-12 at Spring Creek, while dedfending sub-union champs Waitohi accounted for Awatere 22-7 in Seddon.

At Awarua Park, Renwick quickly took up where they had left off before lockdown. In the first round, played on March 14, their backs and forwards combined superbly to fashion a first round, bonus point win over Waitohi.

On Saturday they also produced a 15-man performance, regularly creating space on the fringes for their pacy outside backs.

A first half hat-trick of tries to right winger Josh Thomas saw the Green Machine move into a commanding 29-7 lead at the break, then two further touchdowns to his brother Kaylin Thomas, on the other wing, ensured there would be no comeback from the home side.

Their opening try was scored by George Tuinea after just five minutes, the big loosehead prop powering over from close range.

Their second try had a touch of luck about it, Josh Thomas charging down an attempted clearing kick. The rebound rolled gently over the Moutere goaline as Thomas followed up.

Moutere first five Dan Monaghan brought the home side back into the match with a solo effort on the 20 minute mark, his conversion closing the gap to 12-7.

However three more well-constructed touchdowns, including two more to Josh Thomas, enabled the visitors to turn around with a handy advantage.

Within 15 minutes of the second spell the Green Machine had two more tries, both to Kalin Thomas, and the game was out of reach for the Magpies, who battled gamely but had only a late try to Koli Tau’alupe to show for their endeavour.

Flanker Cody Weir was a ball of energy for Renwick, along with Tuineau and skipper Josh Holdaway. Halfback Ruairdih Swan kicked cleverly when required while fullback, Michael Dillon threatened every time he had his hands on the ball.

Particularly pleasing for the Renwick management would have been the side’s defensive fortitude, especially when the game was already won.

The home side, who appeared disjointed and short of a gallop, were ruthlessly punished for their errors. They will only get better with game time together. The Magpies started the match with regular halfback Ben Finau in midfield and youngster Tristian Taylor in the nine jersey, both at the heart of the side’s better moments, along with former Waimea Old Boys utility Monaghan. Up front prop Jack Best, skipper Luke Scott, lock Josh Sutherland and No 8 Amco Cassidy were prominent.

Meanwhile, scoring two tries in each half was enough to give Waitohi a relatively-comfortable win over Awatere.

However, Tohis player/coach Jimmy Giles said his side failed to take full advantage of the wealth of possession and position that came their way, especially in the first spell when they had a slight wind advantage. He conceded that Awatere had defended stoutly in a “pretty physical, typical country brothers” encounter.

Waitohi were expertly guided around the park by Mako utility back Tim O’Malley and halfback Karlos Tautari, the latter scoring one of their first half tries. Fullback Gannon Karena, who scored a brace, also dotted down in the opening 40 as the Tohis took a 12-0 lead to the shed.

A second to Karena and a bonus point try to hooker Taimi Fangitua completed the scoring, with Sam Lunn getting a last-minute consolation for Awatere.

Best on show for Waitohi were locks Dylan Burns and Andre Hebberd, prop Manu Mataele, Karena and Tautari.

Awatere coach Kaleni Taetuli lamented his side’s inability to claim quality possession, suggesting, “you can’t win if you can’t win your own set pieces”.

Scores: Renwick 43 (Josh Thomas 3, Kaylin Thomas 2, George Tuineau, Falaula Fotu Moala tries, Michael Dillon 4 con) Moutere 12 (Dan Monaghan, Koli Tau’alupe tries, Monaghan con). HT 29-7.

Waitohi 22 (Gannon Karena 2, Karlos Tatauri, Taimi Fangatua tries, Tim O’Malley con) Awatere 7 (Sam Lunn try, Franco Quinones con). HT: 12-0.

MSU standings after two rounds: Renwick 10, Waitohi 6, Central 5, Moutere 1, Awatere 0.

Jo Ivory is relishing her time with the NZ Sailing Trust. Photo: Supplied.

Sailing away with the legends

Jo Ivory is living her sailing dream and she’s keen to share it.

The vastly-experienced skipper, who was raised in Marlborough and learned her sailing skills in the top of the south, currently helms iconic Kiwi round the world yachts Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand for the NZ Sailing Trust, based in Auckland.

The charitable trust, which was inspired by the adventures of Sir Peter Blake and his racing teams, ensures that key yachts from the nation’s rich sailing history are preserved and provide sailing adventures for future generations.

Jo is a big part of their plans, the only female skipper employed by the trust, taking groups of youngsters out in the famous vessels, teaching them sailing, navigation and life skills in six-day trips.

Steinlager 2, one of the most famous yachts in NZ sailing history.
Steinlager 2, one of the most famous yachts in NZ sailing history.

Although she is pinching herself at being given the opportunity to take charge of such wonderful yachts, she has compiled an extensive sailing CV over more than 30 years at sea and jumped at the job when offered.

Fate also played a big hand in her recruitment by the trust.

After travelling the world since 2014, Jo was based in the Caribbean in late 2017 when Hurricane Irma struck, “annihilating” her sailing base in the British Virgin Islands. With her immediate prospects of resuming work in the Caribbean scuttled, she followed some friends’ advice and applied for a skipper’s role with the trust.

“I never thought that I would ever be considered,” said Jo, “but I fired my CV off and they came back immediately and wanted to know when I could start.

“So one door had slammed shut [with the hurricane] and another immediately opened up with the trust.”

Jo Ivory is relishing her time with the NZ Sailing Trust. Photo: Supplied.
Jo Ivory is relishing her time with the NZ Sailing Trust. Photo: Supplied.

Her early introduction to the new job did not go entirely to plan. The idea was for Jo to do one week on Steinlager 2, then have a week off followed by a week on Lion NZ. However Lion NZ was undergoing a $1.6 million refit and when funding fell short the trust were down to one boat for a year.

Unable to exist in Auckland on part-time wages, Jo seized the opportunity to deliver a yacht from Tenerife to the Mediterranean, then worked in the Greek Islands until March 2019, when Lion NZ went back in the water.

Her dramas did not end there though. Two days after returning to NZ she fell over in the backyard and broke her arm, meaning it was three more months before she was able to take up her current role.

Along the way Jo found time to hop onto another iconic yacht, helping legendary skipper Tracy Edwards sail Maiden, famous for carrying the first all-female crew to complete the Whitbread round the world race in 1989-90, up to Hawaii.

Now Jo is fully focussed on her work with the trust and thrilled by the opportunity to get behind the wheels of such illustrious craft.

“I can’t believe it … they are amazing boats, absolutely amazing.

“Because Lion has had $1.6m put into her, she is just the crème de la crème, but Steinlager is the one that really gets your heart and rips it out.

“When you have got fingertip control, guiding that big red beast and she is just thundering along … she has got legs and just gets up and runs.”

Jo is fully aware she steps into some mighty big shoes in the cockpit of both boats.

“I’m blown away … I can’t believe that this little lady from Blenheim, in her 50s, is doing this.

“When I first took Lion out I had to try and pretend it was Caro-Vita [a 53 foot yacht she ran for 10 years out of Picton] not this most iconic yacht that I was in charge of.

“It’s a lot of fun. I can’t believe I am getting paid to do it.”

The trust runs several different ventures, such as corporate charters, to bring funds into their coffers. However the COVID-19 lockdown has hit them in the pocket, losing a steady stream of bookings through March to July.

“We have taken a huge [financial] knock,” explained Jo.

However, she is quick to point out that their main focus is youth training, an area in which she feels the trust have barely scratched the surface.

“I would love to have Marlborough kids here, “she suggested. “We tapped into Auckland and we have started to tap into Northland and the Bay of Plenty, but we have the rest of NZ … there is so much of the country untapped.

“These kids will love it. They will never forget it … it’s over and beyond,” Jo added.

The trust can be contacted through their web page, https://www.nzsailingtrust.com while those keep to help the cause can go to the following link http://passthebucket.gofundraise.co.nz

Sport is on hold until coronavirus restrictions are lifted. File photo.

Sport put on hold

Marlborough’s community sporting landscape was effectively wiped clean by the coronavirus pandemic scare last week.

Sport at all levels was either postponed, put on long-term hold or simply cancelled as most sporting bodies reacted to directives from national bodies and government pressure to reduce the number of people gathering in one place and the likelihood of contracting the virus.

Mainstream sports such as rugby, football, cricket, hockey and netball all issued statements outlining the drastic measures employed to protect their communities and those surrounding them in the coming month or so as the nation battles to keep the virus under control.

Rugby and netball were first to react, announcing on Tuesday that their sports, at community level, would be postponed.

Rugby

New Zealand Rugby postponed all club and community rugby until Saturday, 18 April.

That postponement included all rugby matches, although non-contact training activities can continue, at least in the short term, while NZ Rugby continues to monitor the situation with the Ministry of Health.

School rugby and, in most cases, junior club rugby competitions start in early May and are therefore unaffected by the postponement at this stage.

The only rugby currently being played in Marlborough is the Tasman Trophy competition which began across the top of the south on March 14. As it stands, the competition is set to miss out on at least four rounds of play, although the Tasman union are currently looking at alternatives.

At this stage, full-contact training can resume from Monday, April 13.

Netball

Meanwhile, Netball New Zealand and the country’s five netball zones decided to postpone all winter competitions until at least Saturday, May 2.

The advisory from NNZ includes the postponement of pre-season programmes, tournaments, workshops and other community competitions, including social leagues that are currently in progress.

Those involved with community netball, including umpires, players, officials, and committees are being encouraged to conduct any essential meetings online whenever possible.

Any clubs or schools in the process of trialling, naming teams and commencing trainings are to also postpone until four weeks before the start of their competition, or the first week in April at the earliest.

Marlborough’s netball competitions are scheduled to begin in on May 2, with premier play starting on May 5.

A pre-season tournament planned for April 5 has been cancelled, plus rep trials and the scheduled school holiday programme.

Football

A day later, more grassroots sports felt the bite of Covid-19 as football, hockey and cricket released statements regarding their immediate future.

All Marlborough club football competitions are cancelled or postponed until Saturday, May 2.

All Marlborough Football programmes, Futsal, NZF Football Skills Centres, Tasman United Academy and holiday programmes are cancelled and will resume in term 2 from Tuesday, April 28.

Club trainings are also cancelled, but can resume after April 18 – two weeks prior to the start of the new season.

Hockey

Marlborough hockey also took action. Hockey Marlborough postponed the College trials/muster that were to be held last week and on March 25, then cancelled the planned pre-season mixed club competition and the interschool summer hockey competition.

Their statement said, “The well-being of our players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, supporters and the wider New Zealand community is our top priority. And, while this will be disappointing for many, postponing hockey for the time being is in everyone’s best interests.”

Cricket

While the Marlborough Cricket Association are obviously at the tail-end of their season, they are also impacted.

Following advice from NZ Cricket, they decided to cancel the remaining cricket games and programmes for this summer.

This includes the second grade Challenge Cup final, age group development games, Yeah Girls Hubs, Superstar Academy Programme and school visits scheduled for term 1.

Other sports

Other sports affected include harriers, who postponed their season for “an unknown period of time”, plus Bowls Marlborough who cancelled scheduled champion of champion events in line with a Bowls NZ edict that all organised bowling events for the season be cancelled.

The forthcoming Maadi Cup regatta was cancelled early last week, effectively ending the season for the region’s college rowers.

Following direction from Tennis NZ, the Marlborough Tennis Association has cancelled all organised competition until at least May 2. That covers all interclub competition, organised club tournaments and events, organised affiliate tournaments and events, plus organised midweek competition and club nights as well as the local High Performance training programme.

Four sports based at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000, which was shut down at 5pm on Sunday, have also made other plans.

Marlborough Volleyball decided to cancel their Thursday night competition last week after Government restrictions limiting gathering to less than 100 people were announced.

Swimming Nelson Marlborough, which includes the Blenheim Swim Club, have decided that all SNM meets until the end of April will be cancelled.

Marlborough Basketball have no competitions running at the moment and are monitoring the situation regards rep team trainings.

The Marlborough Squash Club met yesterday to decide what their approach would be.

Marlborough waterpolo is cancelled until next term at the earliest. All NZ waterpolo is on hold or cancelled until further notice, including the Pan Pacs which were scheduled for July.

Marlborough table tennis, which is played a t Simcox Stadium on Batty’s Rd, have postponed the start of their season, a decision which will be reviewed in May. The Marlborough Open scheduled for May 16-17 has been postponed.

Things are also quietening down on the water. The Queen Charlotte Yacht Club has suspended all organised club activities until further notice, including weekend club racing and all coaching.

At this stage the Waikawa Boating Club are proceeding with the race programme, but any social gatherings around this are likely to be severely curtailed. Today sees the last race of the summer series and it’s likely that the winter series will be rescheduled in some way.

Along with the above competition closures, two high-profile social sporting events have been postponed – the Whitehaven GrapeRide, rescheduled until  February 27, 2021, and the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon, which will now take place on May 8, 2021.

Hugh Robinson and Donna Clark won the mixed doubles title. Photo: Supplied. 

Residential tennis titles claimed

Marlborough’s residential tennis champions in singles, doubles and mixed doubles have finally been decided.

Weather delays meant the doubles were postponed from December to March 15, while the singles were played in mid-December and the mixed doubles on March 8.

Hamish McRae picked up both the men’s singles title and the doubles crown, alongside Hamish Morrow. Eveline Apthorp claimed the women’s singles title while Donna Clark and Pauline Fudge took out the women’s doubles.

Clark bagged her second 2019-20 residential title in the mixed final, alongside Hugh Robinson.

 

Results

Men’s residential singles (December 7, 2019). Semifinals: Oscar Parkinson defeated Oscar Sanford-Jury 2-6 6-2 10-7; Hamish McRae defeated Ant Walkenhorst 0-6 7-6 10-8 – both matches completed over two days due to rain. Final: McRae defeated Parkinson 6-0, default.

Men’s residential doubles (March 15, 2020). Semifinals: Hamish Morrow and Hamish McRae defeated Brendan Sutherland and Owen Dodson 6-2 6-3; Hugh Robinson and Glen Cameron defeated Paddy Lankshear and Warner Nichol 6-1 6-1. Final: Morrow and McRae defeated Robinson and Cameron 6-2 4-6 6-3.

Women’s residential singles (December 7, 2019). Eveline Apthorp won the singles after defeating Ella Sowman 6-3 2-6 10-4.

Women’s residential doubles (March 15, 2020). Semifinals: Donna Clark and Pauline Fudge defeated Caroline Cornelius and Anna Simpson 6-0 6-1; Eveline Apthorp and Lyn Murray defeated Ella Sowman and Grace Howard 6-0 6-3. Final: Clark and Fudge defeated Apthorp and Murray 7-6 7-5.

Mixed residential doubles (March 8, 2020). Final: Hugh Robinson and Donna Clark defeated Eveline Apthorp and Glen Cameron 6-4 6-1.

Big-hitting Danni Mete, from the victorious Pino Balls team, slams another boundary. Photo: Peter Jones.

Women come out to play

Sixty five enthusiastic women cricketers took part in Sunday’s Churchill Private Hospital Women’s Cricket Festival Day.

Ten teams, some with large numbers of vocal supporters, enjoying the perfect weather as they played a number of six-aside matches. Players batted in pairs, facing two overs each, then all had a chance to bowl an over.

Marlborough Cricket Association general manager Ed Gilhooly said, “We received plenty of positive feedback and judging by the noise around the park it was clear everyone was having a great time”.

Team Pino Balls were the competition winners with Courtney Bowen being adjudged player of the day, her team mate Danni Mete claiming the award for biggest hitter and Kerryn Wood taking out the prize for best catch.

Some of the responses on social media summed up a popular event.

“So much fun….anyone keen for a social game or indoor cricket?

“So much fun today and on Tuesdays. I’ll really miss playing!”

“Loved it! Thanks for roping me in”

The festival will certainly be returning next summer, added Gilhooly.

The 4x50m relay team - from left Rhys Gjelstad, Finn McNabb, Alfie Price, Katie Marsh, Kyla Thorstensen, Nicola Lovell. Photo supplied.

Junior swimmers excel at NZ Festival

The Blenheim Swim Club contingent punched well above its weight at the NZ Junior Festival (Mako zone) meet, staged in Timaru recently.

Twelve junior swimmers, plus their coach Jenni Gane, took part in what is essentially the South Island championship for junior swimmers aged 12 years and under, producing some great podium finishes and a string of new personal best times.

Spread over three days, nearly 300 swimmers from across the South Island completed in high intensity racing at the Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre, with swimmers needing to have previously swum qualifying times to enter their events.

Coach Gane was delighted with the team’s performance, stating that the effort and commitment in training during the build-up had really paid off as 82 percent of all swims in Timaru saw new PBs recorded. “As a coach a PB is all you can ask for, anything more than that is just a bonus,” she said.

Among the boys the standout results came from Alfie Price (10) who finished with six first place finishes from his six events, including four unofficial new Nelson Marlborough records, and Rhys Gjelstad (11) who notched seven podium finishes, including two wins.

For the girls, Jessica (12) and Nicola (10) Lovell kept it in the family with identical second and third place podium finishes in the 100 and 50 fly events.

The team relays provided some of the real highlights as the BSC club achieved two podiums against some of the much-larger South Island clubs, including third in the mixed 6x50m freestyle relay and second in the girls 4×50 free relay.

Unfortunately Covid-19 has seen the cancellation of both the National Age Group and Division 2 Championships over the next couple of months as well as all local meets until at least May.

The swimmers will now refocus their goals on the some of the larger meets near the end of the year.

The full team to travel south was: Adian Bennett, Maggie George-Harris, Rhys Gjelstad, Eliza Glover, Sophie Kole, Jessica Lovell, Nicola Lovell, Katie Marsh, Carys McNabb, Finlay McNabb, Alfie Price, Kyla Thorstensen.

Podium results:

Alfie Price (10yr boys) – 1st – 100IM, 50M Free, 200M Free, 50M fly, 200M IM, 100M free

Rhys Gjelstad (11yr boys) – 1st – 200m Breast, 100m Breast, 2nd – 50m Breast, 100IM, 100m Fly, 200IM, 3rd – 200m Free

Jessica Lovell (12yr Girls )– 2nd 100m Fly, 3rd – 50m Fly

Nicola Lovell (10yr Girls) – 2nd 100m fly, 3rd – 50m Fly

Mixed 6×50 Freestyle relay – (1 boy and girl swimmer from each age group) – 3rd –  Nicola Lovell, Alfie Price, Rhys Gjelstad, Katie Marsh, Finn McNabb, Kyla Thorstensen

Girls 12U 4x50m Freestyle relay – 2nd – Jessica Lovell, Eliza Glover, Sophie Kole, Kyla Thorstensen.

Julie Smith with the club and ball she used to register an ace at the Allan Scott tournament. Photo: Supplied.

Ace marks golf tournament finale

A hole in one on the final day by Julie Smith, playing on her home course, provided a spectacular highlight of the Allan Scott Family Wines Women’s Golf Tournament that concluded at the Marlborough Golf Club on Wednesday.

Smith aced the par-three 121m fifth, and a hole where a car was at stake for a hole-in-one the previous year.

This was the 21st staging of the popular tournament, which attracted over 200 golfers from throughout the country to the Fairhall course.

On the final day, Wednesday, a gross competition was staged, with Fleur Reynolds from Muriwai prevailing with a score of 81 from Rarangi’s Tracy Bary who was a shot further back in the division one standings.

On Monday the players competed across three divisions in a stableford competition, with the overall winner being Dale Bain of Feilding with 48 points.

Tuesday saw a four ball/best ball stableford played, with Kirsty Hardie-Boys and Juliette Wotton from Akarana coming out on top, scoring 51 points.

 

Results

March 16, stableford. Overall winner Dale Bain (Feilding) 48. Div 1: Diane Patchett (Miramar) 42; Fran Sutherland (Totaradale) 40; Lizzie Turnbull (Marlborough) 40. Div 2: Cherry Wilson (Marlborough) 48; Margaret Black (Harewood) 44; Sally Ussher (Greenacres) 43. Div 3: Di Lofthouse (Marlborough) 44; Kirsty Hardie-Boys (Akarana) 42; Jackie McGarry (Marlborough) 42.

 

March 17, 4BBB stableford. Kirsty Hardie-Boys and Juliette Wotton (Akarana) 51; Marie Bell and Linley Trapp (Harewood) 50; Lyn Schott (Kaikoura) and Ruth Smith (Methven) 49; Julie Nicolle and Anne Preston (Marlborough) 48; Jo Baker and Marion Elliott (Miramar) 48.

March 18, gross. Div 1: Fleur Reynolds (Muriwai) 81; Tracy Bary (Rarangi) 82; Jeanette Ross (Russley) 85. Div 2; Chris Fahey (Russley) 88; Diane Patchett (Miramar) 90; Cathy Forth (Titirangi) 91; Bronwyn Fletcher (Royal Auckland & Grange) 91. Div 3: Julie Jones (Titirangi) 93; Mary Skilton (Marlborough) 97; Rosemary Burns (Miramar) 98.

Net Medal. Div 1: Janne Moyle (Paraparaumu Beach) 69; Christine Selwyn (Miramar) 71; Mary Smith (Feilding) 73; Julie Smith (Marlborough) 73. Div.2: Pauline McLafferty (Titirangi) 68; Kath Kirk (Russley) 68; Frances Handforth (Marlborough) 69. Div 3: Rosemary Burns (Miramar) 72; Grace Clark (Greenacres) 72; Linley Trapp (Harewood) 72.

Winners of the gross trophy at the Allan Scott Family Wines Marlborough Golf Tournament: 2000 Margaret Tapp (Rarangi); 2001 Ann Rutledge (Marlborough); 2002 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2003 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2004 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2005 Mary Hoare (North Otago);  2006 Mary Hoare (North Otago); 2007 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2008 Serena Brailsford (Marlborough); 2009 Helen Hames (Waimate); 2010 Suzanne Ewing (Wanaka); 2011 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2012 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2013 Andrea Thomas (Auckland); 2014 Sue Murray (Awatere); 2015 Julie Nicole (Marlborough); 2016 Chrissie Mackie (Kaikoura); 2017 Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough); 2018 Suzette Eastwood (Omaha Beach); 2019 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); Fleur Reynolds (Muriwai).