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Pulling up stumps after 52 years •From page 13 He said the club had become a bit “nomadic” after the 2014 redevelopment of Hagley Oval, but the overall end result was a fantastic international cricket ground. Jamieson said the lure of the game will be hard to stay away from, but as he did after finishing his playing days, he will watch from a distance. “I used to watch from afar after I finished playing, behind trees and in cars, because, you know how it is. If you are hanging around, soon you are called up to fill in then your back playing,” he said. The main thing he will miss is the communication with all the players, officials, coaches and management of the club, he said. “I have noticed since I have been away the communication has stopped. It remains to be seen if the winter month quietness will reflect the summer months,” he said. One of the hardest and best moments in his long tenure share a common date: January 30, 2009. The clubrooms, in Hagley Oval, suffered an arson attack at about 7am, burning it to the ground. Jamieson said it was the worst moment of his time at the club standing on the field watching his beloved clubrooms billow smoke and collapse in the inferno. “But rebuilding it brought the club together. The club rallied and it made it stronger,” he said. Now retired, Jamieson said he has time to do something else rather than cricket.

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Top UC Championship season Aranui’s Tahu Kaa-Goodwillie has been selected in the under-18 Maori side after a solid season with UC Championship winning Christchurch Boys’ High School. He talks to Andrew King about almost heading to Auckland after being spotted at an intermediate sevens tournament Tahu Kaa-Goodwillie has been playing the sport he loves since age four and the hard work has paid off with his inclusion in the under-18 Maori side. The 17-year-old, whose iwi is both Ngati Porou and Ngai Tahu, was a standout performer in this year’s UC Championship at second-five with a number of line breaks and a huge defensive workload cementing his spot in the starting Christchurch Boys’ High School side and earning him a call-up for higher honours. But he could have been busting tackles in Auckland. His talent was identified when he was 12 by talent scouts from a couple of Auckland schools at the 2012 AIMS Games in Tauranga,

LEADER: Tahu Kaa-Goodwillie leads the haka for Christchurch Boys’ High School.

where he was playing sevens for Chisnallwood Intermediate. He was offered a full scholarship to St Kentigern College, Auckland, which prompted him to talk with then coach and PE teacher Jared Mitchell about what he should do. “I had no idea what to tell him so I got High School Old Boys coach Aaron Mauger to

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both worlds, great education and a chance to play in a wellrespected rugby team. “Aaron told him you don’t need to be in Auckland to be an All Black. But we said it would not just be rugby, school work came first,” Mr Hill said. Kaa-Goodwillie said the decision to stay in Canterbury was so he could be close to family, but the Auckland offer was hard to turn down.

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