Farewell ‘Hairy Javelin’
The retirement of Grant Elliott from one day international cricket is sadder than it would have been two years ago. The 36-year-old called time last week following New Zealand’s limp semifinal loss to England at the World Twenty20 Championships but has yet to make a decision on the shortest form of the game yet. However, he called stumps after proving a point that New Zealand Cricket had ignored for many years - players over 30 can still contribute in a major way in international sport. The South African-born allrounder’s seemingly forlorn career was revived last year when New Zealand needed a No 5 batsman for the 50-over World Cup on home soil. What transpired was him being
the most unlikely of heroes in the semifinal at Eden Park against fellow big stage chokers South Africa when he hit Dale Steyn for six when five runs were needed off the final two balls. He also scored a gritty half century in the final that was eventually lost to those foul mouthed Aussies. His heroic feats made him the country’s most favourite ex-pat South African since Andrew Mehrtens. A revolving door of players had been the policy of cricket in this country since the late 1980s. A lack of depth and constant coaching changes were the likely cause but Elliott’s selection was one out of the box. While his place in the squad was bemoaned by the Kiwi sports public (myself included) as a
clear weakness in the team, the selectors backed his good form in domestic cricket to give him a go. The public wanted talented bad boy batsman Jesse Ryder but the selectors stuck to their guns. How right they were and how wrong we were (the public). Elliott is proof that just because you fail early in your career doesn’t mean you’re cast to the scrap heap forever. Leg spinner Ish Sodhi is going through a second chance renaissance himself in the team. Sport is littered with remarkable individual sport comebacks and while Elliott’s won’t be remembered globally, it was a key component in one of the greatest six week periods of New Zealand sporting history. The Black Caps dared us to dream and we all did.
Friday April 8, 2016
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Bateman says he is happy to be seeded in the top 20 but is well aware that there is a lot of fast drivers both in front of them and also behind, so they will have to be right on their game to finish in the position they started or indeed further up the field. He intends to complete in both days of the iconic Otago Rally. The Mainland Series drivers only collect points from day 1 of the rally, and father and son duo of Dave and Liam Gee are looking for maximum points from the weekend to stay leading the Class E (pre 96 4wd) of the Mainland Series. The Gee duo will be 33rd on the road and hope to take advantage of the more swept roads for another great result in their Subaru WRX. Car 51 is piloted by Havelock’s
Club in Parker Street, Blenheim. The club’s main regular event is its Sunday Winter League, involving 12 morning sessions all doubles from 9.30 am. It is graded for all levels from beginners to top level. The Sunday Winter League is held every second Sunday morn-
Cyclist recovers from heart attack A cyclist suffering health problems was helped out by fellow competitors. Out of town cyclist Shane Scott was taking part in the Forrest GrapeRide last weekend when he suffered a serious heart attack. Riders and members of Richmond Volunteer Fire Brigade, Jeremy Talbot and Tracey Parks came across him and were able to assist until St Johns Ambulance arrived. Shane has since come out of an induced coma and is making a steady recovery.
Team Yealands Family Wines have won GODZone Chapter Five after racing 530km through epic top of the South countryside for 3 days, 13 hours and 44 minutes. Dan Moore, Sia Svendsen, Dan Busch and Chris Forne crossed the finish line in Kaiteriteri at 11.47pm on Tuesday night. Former All Black captain Richie McCaw’s team, Cure Kids, finished yesterday, taking five days and one hour to do the race.
Rugby in full swing
The father and son Gee duo racing. Chris and Murray Lancaster, and they are currently second in class B (1301 to 1600 2wd) in the Mainland Series. They too are looking for valuable points from the weekend.
The rally also boasts over 40 classic cars with Kaikoura brothers Regan and Nigel Ross who will start third in this field. Live Results are available on www.chrissport.co.nz.
Tennis open day this Sunday If you are over 35 and looking for a fun and sociable way to keep fit then this could be for you. Marlborough Veterans Tennis Club has a long history in Marlborough, originally formed in 1966. The Sunday morning league is held at the Marlborough Tennis
Drivers have high hopes for rally By Cathie Bell Three Marlborough rally teams are heading to Dunedin this week for the Otago Rally. This rally is the first round of the New Zealand Rally Championship and the second round of the Mainland South Island Series. The two day event is contested over 264kms of race stages and 570 kms of touring, testing more than 100 entrants this year. Also competing is Hayden Paddon and co-driver and Blenheim man John Kennard, in first-ever New Zealand-developed Hyundai rally car, a 1.8-litre, turbocharged i20. Seeded 16th for the weekend, the team of Richard Bateman and Sharisse Guckert are competing in the new Zealand Rally Championship as well as the Mainland Series.
ing. The club has a reserve list if people can’t make every time. There are also opportunities to play against other clubs in Kaikoura and Nelson. Subs are $30 per season, which allows you to play at organised events. If this sounds like you, the
Club is hosting an open day this Sunday (April 10) and would like to welcome anyone interested in joining with a champagne breakfast from 9.30am. All existing and new members are welcome. Go along and find out how to join.
Rugby is in full swing in Marlborough again. The local premier club competition is already three games old. This season looks to be the closest for some time with all six teams already having won at least one game each with the teams to beat looking to be last season’s finalists Central and Moutere. Local Marlborough Junior rugby is in full swing from May 7th when all grades from under 6’s to under 18’s start. Also this season Tasman Rugby will be running a number of additional events and tournaments for young people of various ages. The RM Transport Youth 7’s is first up on Sunday May 1st for teenagers aged 14 to 18 who want to give sevens rugby a crack. Also during the year, the Farmlands Mini Makos camp is running as well as the Indevin Ripper 7’s, both these events are for primary aged children.
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