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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, MAY 4, 2013
Ready to defend
By MAT KERMEEN
STRONG HOPES: Kaiapoi's Kate
Woods leaps up to block Clarkville's
Amanda Hardy during last season's
DEFENDING NORTH Canter-
bury netball premier champions
Kaiapoi will start the season with
a battle of young versus old today.
Loyalties will be split with
Kaiapoi supporters, as the 2013
season opens with grading games
at Dudley Park with last year's
champions taking on Kaiapoi
Kaiapoi captain Kymm Robin-
son said the students would be a
challenging first opponent after
rapidly improving last year.
Kaiapoi played in North Can-
terbury's annual pre-season tour-
nament in early April and fin-
ished with two wins, two losses
and a draw but are likely to be
back near the top when the season
All but two of last year's win-
ning squad are back to defend
their title with two welcome addi-
tions making a formidable squad.
Former Burnside player Amelia
Thompson has been drafted in, as
has Sarah McRae, who will miss
McRae has a fair excuse not to
take the court, as she prepares to
get married this afternoon.
Robinson suggested Clarkville
and Ohoka would be the teams to
watch, but said Kaiapoi would not
be taking anyone lightly.
Everyone wants to knock us off
after last year's win so we will be
under pressure every week.''
Ohoka looms as a strong title
contender, despite losing the
experienced duo of Suzie Mering
and Lisa Kirsten during the off-
Ohoka coach Brent Carter said
his side would front today's match
against Hurunui minus several
experienced players who would
miss the early season because of
We have a couple who are not
far away but we are certainly not
going to risk them in grading
games,'' Carter said.
He said they were pretty thin at
the moment but it had provided
an opportunity to play some youn-
Four to five players will make
their premier debut today and
Carter said although there would
be plenty of nervous faces around,
he had a lot of faith in each and
every one of them.
These girls work really hard in
training so we will get there.
We're not quite where we want to
be yet but as the season develops
we will only improve.''
Clarkville did not play in the
pre-season tournament but last
year's beaten finalists are under-
stood to be fronting today's grad-
ing round with a strong and
Central will be another interes-
ting team to watch as it returns to
the top flight this season.
Key players' lack
keenly felt on day
CONSOLATION TRY: Rainier McKenzie beats the cover defence to score just
inside the corner flag.
A DEPLETED Northern Bulldogs
were thumped by defending cham-
pions Hornby Panthers in their
Canterbury Rugby League
premiership match at Leslie Park
The Panthers were previously
winless through four rounds, but
finally clicked into gear to score a
dominant 46-10 victory at home.
Hornby outmuscled the Bull-
dogs, who were missing three key
players. Regulars Ben Creagh,
Tony Loffhagen and star prop
Ihaia Pihema were sorely missed.
The champions flew out of the
blocks and were in complete con-
trol by halftime, with a 24-0 lead.
Jermahl Carroll and Rainier
McKenzie scored second half tries
for the Bulldogs, but they were
just consolations. There were
patches of impressive play, but
they were never seriously in
In Pihema's absence, 17-year-
old prop Logan Winter stood up
and led his forward pack into
Despite having a lot to learn in
the top grade, Winter showed a
His determined and aggressive
effort won his side's player of the
The Bulldogs Premier Reserves
had an impressive 28-26 win over
the highly rated Hornby in the
curtain raiser, to move them into
equal fourth spot with two wins
and two losses.
Both sides are back at Murphy
Park today in must-win matches
against the Celebration Lions.
Riders enjoy big day out
ALL EARS: Listening to the pre-hunt speech are Rose O'Connor, 6, James Scott, 5, Ella O'Connor, 5, Lachy
O'Connor, 7, Bella O'Connor, 9, and Maggie McDermet, 5.
NO SWEAT: Four year old Billie
Moffat was not able to ride her
pony, but enjoyed the jumps
UP AND OVER: Maddie Lucas, 11, of Sefton on Sox.
ABOUT 50 young riders took
part in a children's hunt at
Rydal Downs, Okuku, this week.
It was the second children's
event Brackenfield Hunt has
held this season. The next is
expected to be held in June or
July. Photos: DON SCOTT
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