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Bounce: ICE Trampolining had 10 athletes selected for the New Zealand team that
competed at the recent Australian National Trampolining Championships.
Club brings home impressive medal haul
RANGIORA'S ICE Trampolining
Club has once again demonstrated
its strong command of the sport,
returning from the Australian
National Trampoline Champion-
ships in Sydney with an impress-
ive medal haul.
Of the 33-strong New Zealand
team competing at the event, 10
were ICE athletes. The club's
Nigel Humphreys was selected as
head coach and wife Vicki trav-
elled as head judge.
The ICE trampolinists came
home with five gold medals,
three silver medals and four
Gold medals were won in:
Senior Men's Tumbling --
Junior Women's Syncro -- Lizzie
13-14 Women's Syncro -- Lizzie
17+ Women's Double Mini
-- Annie Stevenson.
15-16 Womens Double Mini --
Silvers were won by Georgea
Kelly, Annie Stevenson and Lizzie
Stevenson, and bronzes went to
Joel Leppard, Annie Stevenson,
Lizzie Stevenson and Kieran
ICE will now host the Upper
South Trampoline Championships
at its Edward St site on July
27-28. The international division,
starting at 12.30pm on the
Saturday, will be one of only two
open trials for the World Double
Mini Championships in Bulgaria
later this year.
Nth Canterbury victorious
Southbridge Shield win
By LINDSAY KERR
SHIELD GLORY: North Canterbury celebrate with the Southbridge Shield.
NO TRY: Willie Kerr slides in, only to have his try disallowed due to a penalty.
AN AGONISING eight-year
drought was broken for North
Canterbury rugby on Saturday,
when it came from behind to beat
Ellesmere 18-17 in the annual
Southbridge Shield clash.
After a stuttering start, North
Canterbury were down 3-17 with
half time looming, but then the
desire and self-belief in a job that
was still achievable surfaced.
The forwards took control and
the back line began to function as
planned, but in the end it was the
boot of Oxford's Sean Thompson
that got them home, when he
kicked a penalty with time up on
The victory was particularly
special for North Canterbury cap-
tain Ben Frame, a player who this
season had chosen to change clubs
and drop to division 2 rugby.
It didn't need much convincing
to play in this one,'' said a beam-
ing Frame. This game had been
unfinished business for a very
He had been a member of the
team that had last won the shield
back in 2005, and had played in
all seven successive defeats that
Played in the fog at the Waihora
rugby ground in Tai Tapu, the
opening quarter was an even
affair. Both side's kickers missed
two penalties each, but then
Ellesmere's Shannon Donald
landed one. Thompson quickly
responded before the Ellesmere
backs struck deep into the hearts
of North Canterbury.
A solid build-up resulted in
winger Leonard van Der Velde
scoring in the corner, then almost
from the re-start, Ellesmere's
Willie McGoon intercepted a
Maleli Bula chip kick and
sprinted to the try line.
With both tries converted by
Donald, Ellesmere had raced out
to a 17-3 lead.
Calm heads were demanded by
North Canterbury, and this is
what was delivered. Before half-
time the forwards took control,
and after a series of raids near the
Ellesmere line, it was Frame who
charged over to score.
The forward effort turned to
domination in the second half, in a
superb effort that was led by
Frame, hooker Richard Taylor,
and lock Brian Anderson.
Also featuring was Saracens
live-wire loose, Wille Kerr.
He was on hand to score what
looked to be their next try -- a
touch down that was called back
for a penalty to Ellesmere.
North Canterbury's domination
remained strong, and five minutes
later, Kerr slipped into the back
line and beat the defence with
ease before he sprinted 20 metres
Thompson's conversion was suc-
cessful, and with the 10 minutes
remaining, Ellesmere led 17-15.
With time running out and the
penalty count now favouring
North Canterbury, Thompson was
asked to attempt shots at goal
that, given the conditions, were
out of range.
However with time up, he was
given one more shot that was very
getable. Thompson duly obliged
and the shield was almost theirs.
Joining the delight and relief of
Frame was the team's co-coach
Since his time in charge, the
result was his first victory over
Fletcher said the game plan
didn't go to script for much of the
first half, but he was thrilled with
the second half effort.
The longer the game went, the
better they got, with confidence to
execute, rather than panic or play
with uncertainty. In the end,
though, it was the forwards that
made the difference.''
North Canterbury did not fare
so well in the age group matches,
with Ellesmere claiming all three
pieces of silverware.
Ellesmere prevailed 25-20 in
the colts, 16-11 in the under-18
clash and 35-12 in the under-16s.
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