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Grey High takes out Senior 7s

Grey High 1 took out the West Coast Secondary Schools 7s tournament in hot conditions at McLean Park yesterday.

All four teams that entered played with width and pace which kept the games close and entertaining. Westland High punched well above their weight with their under 16 team taking on some of the older students from the other schools.

Nathaniel Hamilton stood out and used his pace to score some good tries while Quinton Tauwhare’s tackling lead to many possession turnovers for his team.

Cody Fairhall was a turnover machine for JP2 while Riley Coleman and Arthur Southorn used their skills and pace to set up try scoring opportunities for their team.

For Grey High 2, Jordan Campbell and Kevin Huxtable used their rugby knowledge to lead their team of mostly league players around the park while Ryan Coleman and Eden Heremia-Bush put in some strong tackles.

Grey High 1 went through the tournament unbeaten and got better as the tournament progressed. Brogan Jackson was the standout player of the day as he helped himself to 5 tries; Reuben Mama used his size to get the team over the advantage line on numerous occasions while Yr 12 students Logan Woodham and Robert Blair showed good pace and skill to spark many try scoring movements.

Westland v Grey High 2 – 36-0
JP2 vs GH 1 – 5-10
WH vs GH1 – 5-24
GH2 vs JP2 – 10-26
WH vs JP2 – 12-15
GH1 vs GH2 – 38-0

Final – GH1 vs JP2 – 38-5

Cody Fairhall breaks a tackle

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PLAYER PROFILE 2013 – #3 – Kevin Curtis

Name : Kevin Curtis

Club: Blaketown RFC

Position: Flanker

Goals for the season: To win the Competition

Funniest moment in rugby: Away trips

Biggest disappointment in rugby:

Earliest memory of playing rugby:
Frezzing saturday mornings

If you could play any position other than your normal one, which would it be: Centre

Most respected opponent: Pete Nicholls

Favourite rugby field played on: SBHS Rugby Field

Best advice your parents ever gave you:

If you could have dinner with four famous people (dead or alive) who would you choose:
Richard Branson , Beyonce , Beau Ryan , Sheldon of the “BIG BANG THEORY”

Favourite TV show: The Footy Show

If you became famous, which actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life: Robert Downey Jnr.

If you could join any music group/band, which one would it be:

Apple or Android: Apple

If you could be a superhero for a day which one would it be and why: Ironman

Who will win Dittman Shield this year, North or South: North

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Kiwi sweeps Wests aside

by Julian Lee ( 27/03/2013 GreyStar )

Kiwi flanker Tim Scadden and Wests Number 8 Darcy Ralph make a grab in the lineout, with the ball bouncing off Scadden into Ralph’s hand.

It would be easy to say that the Hokitika derby between Kiwi and Wests on Saturday was a walkover, with Kiwi sealing a 60-7 victory over their struggling opponents. But that would not be entirely fair to Wests, who showed a tough spirit at times on defence.

What Wests lacked in consistency they made up for in courage, but Kiwi easily outperformed with an excellent show by both forwards and backs, who worked extremely well together.
Wests started strongly, putting pressure on Kiwi and showing what they were really capable of. But their spirit quickly sapped when Kiwi centre Mitch Brown scored a try after a well-co-ordinated Kiwi back offensive in the first five minutes.

Wests missed a penalty chance to stay in touch and it was not long before Kiwi took control when wing Pete Te Rakau, lock Tim Schroder and Brown all scored tries in the next 20 minutes, putting the score at 22-0, with one conversion by centre Sam McClure.
Kiwi forwards were going well beyond the call of duty in the second half, with memorable runs by tighthead Dylan Thompson and hooker Troy Tauwhare, setting up Brown for a hat-trick, which was converted.

Wests came back in the last few minutes of the first half and managed a try by centre Sean Meldrum, making the half-time score 29-7.

The break came at a bad time for Wests, who could have used the momentum but Kiwi forward pressure was too much, with Tauwhare scoring in the first five minutes. Wests held off for 10 minutes or so before Kiwi came back strongly, scoring four tries in a 13-minute space, with Te Rakau scoring two for his own hat-trick. Brown set up a spectacular fourth try after chasing a loose ball from halfway and touching it down with no opposition.

Kiwi centre Mitch Brown makes a dash for yet another try, topping off four during the match.

McClure scored next and converted, his kicking seeming to improve in the second half. The Wests were never really there in the second half and the Kiwi crowd loved it as they watched their team run circles around the opposition.

Further north, Blaketown scored a stunning 51-5 victory over Marist, their experience seeming to outdo Marist’s fairly young side.

Although only down 15-0 to Blaketown at half-time, the second half worked much better for them where they were able to come through with several new plays. A standout performance by Nathan Williams, who put up a strong defence, as well as consistent players Beau Cain and Adam Torrance, meant a hard game for their Greymouth rivals.

Grey Valley managed a comfortable 29-6 win against South Westland, with a fairly even first half before coming back in the second to score three tries.

Kiwi 60 (M Brown 4, P Te Rakau 3, T Tauwhare, T Schroder, S McClure tries; S McClure 5 cons)

Wests 7 (S Meldrum try, con);

Blaketown 51 (A Torrance 2, J Ward 2, B Cain, J Haapu, R Thompson tries; B Cain 4 cons)
Marist 5 (R Uluiburotu);

Grey Valley 29 (J Miller, A Verway, N Makea, M Brewen tries; T Priest 3 cons, pen)
South Westland 6 (C Deans 2 pens).

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Taking good fight to heart

by Neil Reid (Sunday News)

HARDMEN of West Coast rugby and league are putting their bodies and reputations on the line for charity.

Some of the province’s biggest sporting names will step into the ring in Greymouth on May 11 to raise funds for West Coast @ Heart. The charity supports Kiwi children and families affected by congenital heart disease.

The Seaside Showdown is being organised by Alan Monk, who is the captain of the West Coast rugby team and the publican of Greymouth’s Paroa Hotel.

The charity boxers will include Monk’s West Coast team-mate Brad Houston, regarded by opponents as one of the toughest competitors in the Heartland Championship.

“He is feared amongst the rugby community, but boxing will be interesting for him. He knows he is dominant on the rugby field, but in boxing both him and his opponent will be equally [out oftheir sporting comfort zone] . . . it is going to be two guys in the ring with the referee.”

Houston will take on former West Coast rugby rep Jeremy Muir, a tough-as-teak forward for the Hokitika-based Kiwi Rugby Club. “I would say Jeremy would be equal to the challenge of Brad . . . it will be a real good challenge,” Monk said.

Muir showed his heroics off the field, as well, when in 2010 he saved 23 sheep from drowning in a flood at his family farm at Kaniere, near Hokitika. Muir jumped into 3-metre floodwaters to shepherd his flock to safety, holding one distressed sheep’s head above the water in the rescue.

Monk said Houston had extra motivation in his bout with Muir. “His old man is coming along and [Brad] told me he doesn’t want to get knocked out in front of his old man,” he said.

Tere Wycliff, another enforcer in the West Coast rugby team’s pack, will also take part in the charity fight night, taking on former provincial rugby hero and champion boxer Gavin Forsyth.

Another wellknown Coaster on the fight card is league player James Ward, a member of the New Zealand Rugby League’s 2012 Residents 13, Other bouts feature members of the WestCoast business community, including radio DJ Phil Lemon.

The night will also feature a women’s bout, with Greymouth pharmacist Lindy Mason, who has 10 years kickboxing experience, taking on sports instructor and multi-sport competitor Bree Cumming.

With two months still to go till the event, it is already proving a knockout success.

After the initial 450 tickets were snapped up within 12 hours, Monk transferred the fight night from a marquee in the car park of the Paroa Hotel and Motel to undercover in the grounds of the nearby Paroa School.

Monk, who is still looking for 2 naming rights sponsor for the event was inspired to put it on after learning about West Coast @ Heart from guests staying in his family’s popular establishment.

“I had always thought that it would be great to have a boxing event such as The Seaside Show down in Greymouth and thought West Coast @ Heart would be a great cause’ he said.

Monk said the Seaside Showdown was also providing Coaster a with a much needed morale boost.

More than 220 people lost their jobs at the Spring Creek mine wher it was mothballed by Solid Energy late last year. About 130 contractors also lost contracts.

The financial impact of the mine’s closure was felt throughout the West Coast economy.

“There is a real buzz around town,” Monk said. “It’s [the fight night] given something for people to look forward to…. we’re trying to make it as big a community event as we can by using local people as much as we can.“ or ph 03 762 6860

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South Westland opens season with good win

by Julian Lee (GreyStar)

South Westland started the West Coast club rugby season well against Marist on Saturday at Harihari in a 23-8 blowout game that could have gone either way.

Two young teams went head to head against each other on what was probably the best pitch on the Coast over the weekend, and in addition South Westland’s vocal support base was no doubt one of the reasons for what turned out to be a comfortable win.

South got stuck in in the first-half coming out in full force from the first minute and putting pressure on a surprised Marist pack, who just managed to hold off conceding an early try.

Marist were upset by South Westland’s early penalty kick and eventually came back, with a full-on brawl erupting in southern territory resulting in Whataroa halfback Kip Nolan getting a yellow card.

Being a man short was enough of a morale booster for Marist, with fullback Josh Costello scoring out wide in the 20th minute. A lineout on the Marist 5m mark was not well defended, and South Westland hooker Mike Riley snatched a try to put the visitors on the backfoot Marist evened the score a little with a penalty goal to make it 11-8, but as the second half rolled around it was not enough to hold back a determined South Westland team who were quickly learning to retain possession.

Another lineout on the 5m mark resulted in Riley scoring a second try.

South Westland fullback Brent McBride and No 8 Josh Hill were prominent in the second half as they continued to put pressure on a tiring Marist side, who were managing some turnovers but finding it difficult to gain any territory.

Both sides were guilty of conceding penalties throughout the game but when Marist No 8 Ben Campbell was sin-binned for stomping, 60 minutes into the game, it seemed to seal the deal for the southerners, their back line setting up a perfect try for wing Colin Scott to settle the score at 21-8.

A conversion by No 10 Cory Deans capped it off, going on to almost score a final try against a beaten Marist who managed to hold up a half-hearted defence to prevent any further humiliation.

Up the other end of the West Coast, Grey Valley had a fairly straightforward 57-7 victory against Wests, with a well-honed team experienced from a couple of tough pre-season games.

Despite missing several key players to injuries and absences the Valley side reached half-time well ahead on 31-0, conceding a second-half try to their opponents.

Meanwhile, Blaketown just managed to beat Kiwi by a 34-29 margin in a hard fought match, which had seen Kiwi ahead at half-time. Solid work by the Blaketown forward pack saw them take the lead and hold on to it.

South Westland 23 (M Riley 2, C Scott tries; C Deans 2 pens, con); Marist 8 (J Costello try, N Smith pen);

Grey Valley 57 (N Makea 2, K Moore 2, M Bruhn 2, C Jennings, M Young, C Fitzgerald tries; K Moore 6 cons); Wests 7 (S Meldrum try, con);

Blaketown 34 (A Torrance 2, N Davy 2, T Davy tries; B Cain pen, 3 cons); Kiwi 29 (S McClure 3, I Kearns tries; S McClure 3 cons, pen).

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South Westland v Grey Valley – Hari Hari 2.45pm
Ref: Steve Menzies

Kiwi v Wests – Walker Park 2.45pm
Ref: Mark Cowlin

Blaketown v Marist – McLean Park 2.45pm
Ref: Jamie McGeady

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PLAYER PROFILE 2013 – #2 – David Crouchley

Name : David Crouchley

Club: Grey Valley

Position: Prop , No8

Goals for the season: Win the Cup

Funniest moment in rugby:

Biggest disappointment in rugby:
Losing the 2010 Grand Final

Earliest memory of playing rugby:
Midgets for Whataroa

If you could play any position other than your normal one, which would it be: First Five

Most respected opponent: Ryan Kennedy

Favourite rugby field played on: Whataroa Domain

Best advice your parents ever gave you: Don’t drink and drive

If you could have dinner with four famous people (dead or alive) who would you choose:
Kylie off Shortland Street, Sheryl Cole, Rihanna, Will Ferral

Favourite TV show: Shortland Street

If you became famous, which actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life: Ed Sherran

If you could join any music group/band, which one would it be:One Direction

Apple or Android: Android

If you could be a superhero for a day which one would it be and why: Spiderman

Who will win Dittman Shield this year, North or South: South

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Club Rugby Season to Kick Off With Exciting Changes

The West Coast R.F.U have released the 2013 Senior club draw that will feature six teams for the upcoming season starting March 16th, which will include some exciting new changes for the season.

One of the highlights of this years club play is the introduction of the West Coast Club Player of the Year award, that will see players each week earn points that will culminate in a player being awarded the prize at the end of the season.

A further highlight will be the introduction of the three “Rivalry Round” weekends, which will feature local derbies between Kiwi v Wests, Blaketown v Marist, and in the battle for rural bragging rights, Grey Valley v South Westland.

These matches will be played once in each of the three rounds of club action, and will add an exciting element to the season.

West Coast R.F.U Chairman Colin Smith was excited about the upcoming season, and new changes to the year ahead “the Senior Player of the year award and “Rivalry Rounds” will add a new and exciting dimension to the Senior Competition this year, not only for players but also for spectators and supporters alike”.

“It is shaping up to be a very competitive season with a number of teams stating it is their intention to win the competition this year” Smith said.

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Heartland hero packs message for front rows

By Neil Reid

From left, Jason Ryan guides Owen Franks, Crusader Ben Funnel and Canterbury Academy prop Daniel Lienert-Brown.

ALL Blacks powerhouses Owen Franks and Wyatt Crockett are putting their weight behind a crusade to help young front-rowers safely develop their game.

The Front Row Club, the brainchild of Heartland rugby hero Jason Ryan, was launched in Christchurch last week.

Ryan, a prop who played 184 matches for Christchurch club Sydenham’s top side, is the Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s front row resource coach.

One of the Front Row Club’s main goals is to provide young props and hookers of all skill levels with specialist training to improve their safety and enjoyment of the game. Among its aims is the prevention of crippling spinal injuries.

“The safety side of it [scrummaging] is huge . . . there are a lot of things that can go wrong,” said Ryan, who also played in the Heartland Championship for three seasons for West Coast and one season for Buller.

“There is a lot of stuff that frontrowers, especially those at a young age, don’t really know. But it’s important that they know what their bodies are doing and are well aware of the basic techniques and safety techniques.

“These young guys are getting bigger and stronger and testosterone can be running high. It can be frightening [what can happen] if kids aren’t taught the right techniques.”

Ryan, 38, said his Front Row Club programme, which he spent three years developing, was designed to complement the New Zealand Rugby Union’s Front Row Factory initiative.

One of the keys to minimizing spinal injuries from scrums was ensuring fr0nt—rowers were “more educated” about safe techniques,he said.

“I always say, a safe technique is an effective technique?

Ryan, who will coach the West Coast in this season’s Heartland Championship, said changes to scrum laws in recent years were also helping.

Supporting his Front Row Club programme are Crockett, Franks, plus All Blacks scrum coach Mike Cron and Crusaders forwards coach and ex»All Blacks prop Dave Hewett.

“Those guys have heaps to Offer,” Ryan said.

Schools or clubs interested in the programme can contact Ryan at the Canterbury Rugby Union on 03 379 8300 or via the Front Row CIub’s Facebook page,

CRFU Academy Front Row boys in there new FRC T-Shirts they were presented tonight after the 4 weeks position specific sessions! Kodak moment!!!! — with Alex ‘Guppy’ Hodgman, Nozomu Fujita, Jase Ryan, Daniel Brown, Sabastian Siataga, Matthew Moulds and Nick Werahiko.


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Tui in NZ women’s sevens group

GREYMOUTH STAR 24th February 2013

Former West Coast woman Ruby Tui has been named in the New Zealand women’s sevens high performance group, and is hoping that it will be a stepping stone to the 2016 Olympics.

The squad of 26 will provide the teams for the remaining two IRB Women’s Sevens World Series tournaments in China (March) and the Netherlands (May), and the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow in June, and ultimately the Olympics.

Coach Sean Horan said he had selected an exciting mix of experienced Black Ferns and young and genuine talent like Tui, who represents Canterbury, to assemble for an assessment camp at the Waiouru Military Training Facility this weekend.

The squad includes 16-year-olds Gayle Broughton and Michaela Blyde from Taranaki, Hayley Hutana from Manawatu and Ariana Hira-Herangi of Waikato and 17-year-old Shiray Tane of Waikato.

“This squad is the result of a very successful Go for Gold recruitment programme which has had fantastic support from provincial unions around the country,” Horan said.

The squad also boasts experience in Selica Winiata, who was the top points scorer at the 2009 sevens World Cup and the tournament’s top try-scorer Carla Hohepa, as well as their team-mates Linda Itunu, Huriana Manuel and Renee Wickliffe.

All five have played for the Black Ferns along with Shakira Baker, Kelly Brazier, Hailie Hurring, and Hazel Tubic.

“We have seen sevens grow in popularity in New Zealand through our work with the provincial unions and we believe we have uncovered some fantastic new talent,” Horan said.

“This weekend camp is the first step to the next phase for these women. The training and preparation will have greater intensify and the players will be asked to step up and work harder.”

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