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Canterbury Country fall short
Late push not enough
By MAT KERMEEN
BACK OFF: Baydon Phillips fends his way through would-be Metro tacklers.
A THIRD straight loss on
Saturday might have sunk any
finals aspirations the Canterbury
Country rugby team had in the
South Island invitational tourna-
Canterbury Metro -- made up of
players from the Christchurch
club competition -- had a comfort-
able 37-17 win over Country in a
true game of two halves at Rugby
For the second week running,
Country struggled early and con-
ceded a huge head start before a
late comeback showed what they
might have been capable of.
Too many mistakes and missed
tackles had Country down 20-0
after just 20 minutes of play.
A piece of Willie McGoon bril-
liance served up a try for Brook
Retallick against the run of play
to finally get Country on the
Any hopes of a comeback were
quickly dashed when Metro hit
straight back with another try to
go up 27-5.
When Country finally got some
decent possession and territory,
on the back of some hard work
from the forwards, a strong run-
ning Retallick burst through for
his second try.
Country were far more competi-
tive in the second half and
matched Metro with one try each,
but their run had come too late.
Brad Hazeldine continued to
punch above his weight at rep-
resentative level. The replace-
ment winger made a positive
impact from the bench and his
second-half try was a scintillating
The return of Saracens prop
Peter Manahi and Oxford half-
back Baydon Phillips bolstered
the Country lineup.
Country are on double duty this
weekend, as they head south for
matches against Southland
Country at Mossburn tomorrow
night and Otago Country in Crom-
well on Sunday.
No quarterfinal surprises
By MAT KERMEEN
FOUR TEAMS have predictably
made Saturday's North Canterbury
Netball Centre premier semifinals.
All four results went the way of
the favoured teams at Dudley Park
Top qualifiers Kaiapoi will go into
sudden death netball against fourth
qualifier Central in the first semi-
final and second-placed Rangiora
High School will tackle third quali-
fier Clarkville in the second match.
Defending champions Kaiapoi
should not have too much trouble
getting past Central but the
Rangiora-Clarkville clash will be one
The students continued to impress
at the business end of the season
with a polished 63-38 thrashing of
Central on Saturday.
Clarkville was not so convincing
when it sealed third spot with a
35-29 victory over Hurunui.
In Clarkville's favour is the wealth
of finals experience littered through
Hurunui ended its season on a
positive note when it pushed hard
right to the finish in a closer than
Kaiapoi crushed any outside
chance Ohoka had of sneaking into
the semifinals with a dominant
42-28 victory on Saturday.
The match ended a disappointing
season for Ohoka, which was con-
stantly hampered by injuries.
There was enough evidence during
the season to suggest Hurunui and
Ohoka will be much more competi-
tive units in 2014.
GIRL POWER: Hinemoa-Kaiapoi under-18 girls celebrate winning the Canterbury championships over Rangiora.
Clubs the real winners
By MAT KERMEEN
HINEMOA-KAIAPOI won an
all North Canterbury final of
the under-18 Canterbury
hockey championships against
Rangiora at Nunweek Park on
Friday, but North Canterbury
hockey was the winner on
The clash between two of the
oldest hockey clubs in New Zea-
land is believed to be the first
time in over 25 years two North
Canterbury teams have clashed
in a Canterbury final.
Rangiora gave a spirited chal-
lenge and the sides finished loc-
ked at 1-1 after 50 minutes of
To add to the drama of the
night, the two sides had played
twice during the season with one
Hinemoa-Kaiapoi scored first
after dominating the first half,
but a much improved Rangiora
lifted in the second half and
Both sides had a chance to
win the match but could not
Going right to the wire, the
teams had to be split by penalty
Rangiora took an early one nil
advantage, but Hinemoa-
Kaiapoi recovered to take a 3-1
It was a successful weekend
for the Rangiora club, which also
also enjoyed championship vic-
tories in the division two under-
18 boys and junior boys 11
a-side division two.
The under-18 boys final
against Christs College ended in
a 2-2 draw, and after five stokes
each the sides still could not be
separated. Rangiora finally
prevailed 8-7 in a rare second
set of strokes. The junior boys
won their championship 2-1 over
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