Home' Northern Outlook : September 1st 2012 Contents 22 NORTHERN OUTLOOK, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
Four years to his black belt
TOP PERFORMANCE: Rangiora's Scott Grainger, standing, recently gained his aikido black belt with a near perfect grading score. Grainger only took up the sport
when he saw an advertisement for an open day at the Rangiora Aikido Dojo in the Northern Outlook in 2009. ''I decided to head along to see if it was something
that I'd like to pursue further. As it turned out, it was, and I have been training ever since.''
With the new season fast approach-
ing, the Fernside Tennis Club is
holding its annual opening day on
September 15 at 10am.
Prospective players are encour-
aged to come along to see what the
club has to offer.
They can also register if they are
keen to join.
There will be friendly games and
morning tea on offer.
The club caters from beginners
right through to presidents grade
(35 years plus).
The beginners programme, run
by Annabel Wilson, progresses the
young players through the develop-
ment of basic skills to short tennis.
They then move on to compe-
tition grades where they are com-
petitive from day one.
The juniors benefit from the
direction of Marty Searle. And this
year, along with Tuesday night
junior coaching, the club will be
running a practice night for seniors
North Canterbury rugby draw
Under-11 Development Tourna-
ment at Culverden: 10am NC
North v Metro North Cul 1 D.
Brooker; 10am NC South v Metro
South Cul 2 N Wilkinson; 10.40am
NC North v Metro East Cul 1 K.
Hancox; 10.40am NC South v
Metro West Cul 2 T. Hurley;
11.20am Metro North v Metro East
Cul 1 T. Hurley; 11.20am Metro
West v Metro South Cul 2 D.
Brooker; 12 noon Final between top
teams in each pool Ground 1 Karl
Siblings take title
in ageing Subaru
TITLE WIN: Siblings Matt And Nicole Summerfield in action in their Subaru Impreza in the Gisborne Rally.
Photo: GEOFF RIDDER
Rangiora rally driver Matt Sum-
merfield held on to a slim lead
going into the final round of the
New Zealand Open Four-Wheel
Drive Championship despite mech-
With sister Nicole as co-driver he
was five points ahead of title rival
Alex Kelsey going into the two-day
rally championship finale, the Gis-
Summerfield's ageing Subaru
was unable to match the outright
speed of Kelsey's through the sea-
son and kept in the title hunt
largely due to a series of misfor-
tunes for Kelsey, which included a
crash at Rally Otago and mechan-
Summerfield, 20, was quicker in
the first special stage but Kelsey
responded to move ahead in the
second. Disaster struck when Kel-
sey ran out of fuel. By stage four
Summerfield was out of the rally
too as his Impreza suffered turbo
failure but he was still five cham-
pionship points ahead. Kelsey did
not start the second day and Sum-
merfield's car limped over the start
line and was then withdrawn at the
first service -- but with the title
It was a strange rally,'' Sum-
merfield said. We achieved a lot by
winning a title then achieved so
little when we only competed over a
few stages for the whole weekend.''
It was his third national rally
championship title in four years.
He won the national Kiwi 2 Cham-
pionship and the New Zealand
Open two wheel-drive title.
He praised the North Canter-
bury support the pair had received.
Without them it would have been
doubtful they could have made the
expensive trip to the North Island.
I dedicate this result as much to
the local businesses as I do to our
major sponsors that have been with
us for the last few years,'' said
Matt Summerfield will be among
the drivers taking part in tonight's
Canterbury Rally in the Ashley
Forest. Night stages, once a normal
feature of the sport, have made a
return to the event.
Heading the 49-car entry is the
2007 and 2010 winner Regan Ross
from Kaikoura driving a Mitsubishi
Evo. He is followed by national
championship entry Matt Jansen
in a Subaru Impreza. Defending
Canterbury champion and also
defending Mainland Series cham-
pion, John Silcock is seeded at four.
Other entries include the 1980
Mainland champion Trevor Crowe
and 1996 winner Garry Cliff. This
will be Cliff's last rally before
The first stage will start at 7pm
today and resume again at 9.30am
on Sunday. Saturday night stages
total 48km before Sunday's seven
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