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Complaints dropped against junior rugby coach



In Brief LINCOLN LIQUOR HEARING A hearing will be held for a bottle store wanting to set up in Lincoln. SJTP Ltd has applied for an offlicence bottle store at a Liquorland outlet on Vernon Drive, opposite New World. The hearing will be held at 9.30am, November 29, at the Lincoln Event Centre. The bottle store has received 161 objections.

Police urge her to keep coaching „„ By Andrew King A WEST Melton rugby coach pulling the pin on helping out her club would be a “real shame,” a police officer said. The under-14.5s coach Amanda Tomlinson (left) was under investigation by police and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union after an altercation on the field with a Lincoln player in July. It was alleged she grabbed the player by his collar after he kicked someone from her team in the mouth during a match. Both investigations have been dropped due to the complaint being withdrawn.


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TRUCK AND SHED DESTROYED A truck and shed were destroyed by fire in Lincoln on Sunday. Firefighters arrived at the Barnes Rd address at about 6.40pm and found the truck well ablaze. The fire then spread to a nearby shed. A fire crew from Lincoln and tankers from West Melton and Rolleston were sent to help extinguish the fire. The fire is not considered suspicious.

PRE-GAME: The West Melton under 15 rugby team, which was coached by Amanda Tomlinson, before the match where the incident happened.

Ms Tomlinson said she won’t coach again after the incident and wouldn’t comment further when contacted on Thursday. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills told the Selwyn Times it would be a “real shame” if she let the incident take away from her incred-

ible work in the community. “We think she should carry on. She is a valued member of the community and should continue to coach,” he said. “I would be sad to think she would not continue.” Ellesmere Rugby Union presi-

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dent Stuart Boon said he would not have a problem with her returning to coach. “The penalty has been served . . . she has had a long involvement with rugby and she is very good with the management side of things,” he said.

STUDENT SELECTED A Lincoln High School student has been selected to take part in national secondary school science programme Powering Potential. Oliver Gwatkin and 39 other students from around New Zealand will attend the event. It is organised by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with Freemasons New Zealand and will take place in Wellington next month.

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