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Continued from page 1. Twelve males were ahead of her in the men’s event, which ran concurrently. Ruby was three minutes ahead of her nearest rival and just short of two minutes faster than her personal best time. The self-trained athlete said she was particularly happy that she didn’t have to “go it alone”. “I was pleased that there was a small group of guys going at a similar pace, slightly quicker than I had aimed for, so there was a little pack I managed to hang on to until the half way turn around.” Ruby is also the 2015 Wellington Marathon winner where she came eighth overall in a time of 2 hours 49 minutes and 2 seconds. She did not enter this year’s marathon, which was also held last Sunday, as it has a longer recovery time, and the Gold
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O’Connor says Stride ignored Johnsonville Mall concerns Ōhāriu Labour candidate Greg O’Connor said he was frustrated Johnsonville Mall’s owner Stride Property refused to meet with the public. “Johnsonville Mall owners Stride have refused a request to attend a public meeting with residents concerned at the rundown state of the mall and lack of development,” Mr O’Connor said in a statement. “This is evidence of the cavalier and arrogant way in which locals have been treated over the mall’s future. “The question on everyone’s
lips is how many empty shops will it take before Stride acknowledge their management and ownership of the shopping centre has been a total failure, and its time they either take action or sell the centre.” Stride Property’s General Manager Roy Stansfield said the allegations were not accurate at all. “Since we have received the resource consents in January, we have been working really hard to get pre-commitments from tenants, and ensure commercial feasibility for the rede-
velopment,” Mr Stansfield said. “We understand the frustration from the public, but this is a complex process. We are pulling together all the necessary resources.” Mr Stansfield was not able to comment on rumours about McDonald’s leaving the mall. He explained that Stride wanted to push the redevelopment forward and that they had no intention to abandon the mall. “It has been quite a journey that we have committed to.” Mr O’Connor, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and the
Northern Councillors Peter Gilberd, Jill Day, and Malcolm Sparrow met with Stride managers on June 9 to discuss a public meeting regarding the mall redevelopment last month. “The meeting seemed productive, and the Stride managers heard the concerns expressed at the public meeting,” Mr O’Connor stated. Mr Stansfield said Stride was currently working on a communications plan and that they would provide an update as soon as possible, probably within the coming weeks.
Nessie’s letters from China By Julia Czerwonatis
When Barbara Francis met Agnes Moncrieff in Wellington about 60 years ago, neither
of letters Agens, known as Nessie, has sent back to New Zealand while she was travelling through China as the YWCA’s (Young Women’s Christian Association) foreign secretary from 1930 to 1945. “The title wasn’t chosen by chance. Nessie was in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War, when the Japanese bombed the country,” Barbara said. “In her letters she often mentions the dangers of travelling overland – especially at a full-moon.” In April 1938 Agnes wrote to her mother “You do not travel in China at the full moon if you can help. There are always air raids”. Most of the typed and handwritten letters were addressed to Nessie’s mother, one of her friends or the YWCA. After returning from China, Nessie lived in Brooklyn from the early 1950s until the late 1970s working as a teacher at the Correspondence School. She was active in women’s affairs including being on
woman knew that years later Barbara would publish a part of Agnes’ life story. You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon is a selection
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the committee to set up the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women (NACEW). Barbara first met Nessie when she came to Wellington in 1956 to study at the Teachers’ Training College. Despite their 40 years age difference both women became good friends. After Barbara had moved to Christchurch she resumed her teaching career until 2005 when she returned to Wellington, some 17 years after her friend had died. “It was only then that I found out about the letters that had been deposited in the Alexander Turnbull Library,” Barbara, who now lives in Ngaio, said. “Nessie’s letters are a fascinating account of China. She not only describes the country but also captures the people’s lives along with her experience of living and working in China.” You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon, published by Victoria University Press, was launched at Vic Books Kelburn on Tuesday.
inbrief news Chamber music contest The Wellington District Contest round in the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest took place last weekend. The contest attracted 32 ensembles involving 112 musicians. Students from Newlands, members of the Les Trois Amies ensemble and the Virtuoso Strings Octet, were awarded at the event. Virtuoso Strings Octet was recognised for the Best Performance of an Original Composition Entry, performing Toroa Rising/Piwakawaka Dancing by Benjamin Sneyd-Utting.
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inbrief news Women in engineering The IPENZ Wellington Branch and Futureintech are inviting female students Year 9-13, parents and teachers to a free Women in Engineering information evening. Women engineers will explain about engineering as a career option, and give inside about different qualifications. The information evenings will be held Monday June 26, from 4.30-6pm, at WelTec, 21 Kensington Street, Petone; Wednesday June 28, from 4.30-6pm, at Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua; and Thursday July 6, from 4.30-6pm, at Beca, 85 Molesworth Street. Refreshments are provided. Please register on eventbrite.co.nz (keywords women, engineering). For more information call Susan on 021 479 891.
BNZ supports Wellington BNZ is asking community groups in Wellington to put their hands up for support as Closed for Good project submissions open. Closed for Good will see the bank close each of its stores for one day on Wednesday 23 August and thousands of BNZ staffers will head out to help community organisations all across the country. “Last year we worked on more than 500 different projects around New Zealand – everything from painting fences to teaching young children basic financial skills,” BNZ Chief Executive Anthony Healy said. Submissions for this year’s projects close on July 7. Visit closedforgood.org for more information.
A Jewish history in Wellington By Julia Czerwonatis
Wellington’s iconic Carillon at National War Memorial holds a story that traces back to the early Jewish settlers in New Zealand. Jewish life in Wellington 1840-2017, an exhibition from the Wellington Jewish Community, will feature the lives of Jews who contributed to the early growth of the city, including the history of bell number 20 in the Carillon. “Abraham Heights, in memory of Edward (Ted) Levy given by his mother Frances Levy” is inscribed in the brass. The Levy family traced back to the first Jewish settlers in Wellington, Michael Clements,
president of the New Zealand Jewish Archives, explained. “Benjamin Levy came to New Zealand in 1853 and a draper in Lambton Quay,” Michael said. Benjamin had 22 children, one of whom was Frances, the mother of Ted Levy. Ted had served as a Sergeant-Major in WWI and was killed on October 12, 1917. The Levy family still lives in Wellington. “In October this year it’s the 100th anniversary of Ted’s death,” today’s Benjamin Levy said. Benjamin is Frances’ greatgreat-grandson and owns a chartered accountants company. He is the third Benjamin in the Levy family. “Frances donated the bell
to commemorate her son,” he explained. Benjamin is an active member of the Jewish community. “It has a good spirit, and is part of my upbringing.” Michael, who is in charge of Jewish life in Wellington 1840-2017, said that the exhibition would feature many more stories and also display artefacts and sacred objects used in Jewish ceremonies and festivals. “I started collecting historical items about 30 years ago and stored them in two drawers of my filing cabinet. Now the collection is filling up our entire hall and three rooms,” Michael said. “Jews have been involved in
the formation of this city – financially and with their labour.” The Jewish Com munity Centre is located in central Wellington and includes a synagogue. “We have very enthusiastic members in the community, there something is going on each week,” Michael said. With the exhibition he wanted to share the Jewish history and their way of community with other Wellingtonians, he said. Jewish life in Wellington 1840-2017 will be held at the Wellington Jewish Community Centre, 80 Webb Street, from July 9-16, 10am-6pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays open until 8pm. Entry $3, and $5 for families.
Annual book fair returns to Karori The Rotary Club of Karori and Lions Club of Karori will be joining forces again to hold their community book fair in August. This year’s fair will be held at the Karori Baptist Church Hall, inviting neighbours to come around and rummage for new reading material to take home. David Watt from the Rotary Club of Karori and chair for this year’s book fair planning committee said this was the sixth occasion the two clubs have got together to hold this event. Previous book fairs helped to raise money for Karori community projects, including the development of the New Events Centre. “The fair has proven to be a very successful community event and we are most grateful for the wide support we have received from our local catchment areas to help fund significant community projects,” David said. “We will again be seeking good quality books both fiction
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and non-fiction, New Zealand, and many other categories of books. We would like plenty of good childrens’ books.” David also mentioned that old computer books, encyclopedias or dictionaries weren’t high in demand and therefore not suitable for the book fair. “A special bonus to book
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Life through the eyes of children By Julia Czerwonatis
The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced, listing two Karori residents amongst the 35 writers and illustrators. Karori illustrator Ned Barraud and author Gillian Candler have been nominated for the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction with their publication From Moa to Dinosaurs: Explore & discover ancient New Zealand. Ned said this was the sixth project he
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and Gillian had been working on together, each one of them being a team effort. “The animals in From Moa to Dinosaurs are fabulous,” Ned explained “It blew me away when I learned about all the crazy animals that used to live in Zealandia – giant penguins for example. “My favourite one was the false-toothed pelican.” Ned has been an illustrator for 20 years. “But it’s only my part-time job that I do when I come home in the afternoon.” During the daytime Ned works as a texture painter for 3D models at Weta Digital. Next to his collaborative works with Gillian, Ned has also published two picture books. Another nominee is Karori author LJ Ritchie. His publication Like Nobody’s Watching was listed for two awards. The teen fiction tells the story of students who break into their Wellington school at night and hack into the surveillance system to blackmail some bullies at their school. Like Nobody’s Watching has been nominated for the Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Best First Book Award. LJ Ritchie, also known as Logan Smith, said he was excited about his nomination. “I have been writing for a long time but this
is my first publication,” LJ Ritchie said. “I’m currently working on a new young adult fiction book.” The judging panel for this year’s awards are librarian, education lecturer Trish Brooking, author Ben Brown, book reviewer Sarah Forster, WORD Christchurch programme director Rachael King, and English academic Martin Salisbury. “This year’s shortlist reminds us that books are powerful vehicles for helping children make sense of their world and
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Polhill and Zealandia bring back Wellington’s wild backyard
Silver anniversary for SeniorNet SeniorNet Wellington was celebrating 25 years of helping older people learn computer skills yesterday. The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, Sir David Gascoigne, and Justin Lester, the Wellington Mayor, attended the event at the Michael Fowler Centre to offer their congratulations and support. Inspired by an established scheme in the United States a small group of retired people founded SeniorNet Wellington in 1992. Today there are more than 70 clubs in New Zealand with 720 Wellington members. Computer technology has changed rapidly in the past 25 years. “Computers are smaller,
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Wellington ecosanctuary Zealandia has taken home a prestigious Green Ribbon Award in the Leadership in Communication and Education category. The national awards are run by Ministry for the Environment and Department of Conservation, and recognise environmental and conservation initiatives. Neighbouring community group Polhill Protectors were also a finalist in the awards for the Community Leadership category. “It’s brilliant to see two of the finalists come from Wellington projects,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said. “Zealandia and the Polhill Protectors represent the passion that Wellington’s citizens have in looking after their natural capital.” Zealandia were selected thanks to their education team’s ongoing conservation outreach, facilitating over half of all school conservation sessions in the Wellington
region. They have also been pushing innovative resources to get students engaged, such as their own trading card game, observation app, and Youth Ambassador programme. “Our education team have been doing fantastic work engaging and inspiring young people through programmes at Zealandia and outreach to their own special places,” Paul Atkins, Zealandia Chief Executive, said. “I’m constantly amazed by the level of knowledge and enthusiasm in our rangatahi. “Our young people are the next generation of kaitiaki and we are engaged in the exciting work of growing our future leaders and champions for nature.” Both Zealandia and Polhill are closely connected as the areas border each other. Polhill hosts manu taonga (bird treasures) like tieke (saddleback), toutouwai (robin), and kaka that
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should Wellington become smoke free?
Matt Allan, Johnsonville “It’s a good idea in principal but I’m not sure how it could happen.”
Valerie Stow, Johnsonville “Yes, it should.”
Clarity Henderson, Porirua “Absolutely, we shouldn’t have to hold our breath to avoid breathing other people’s smoke.”
Ria Gosh, Johnsonville “Yes, sure.”
Blake Reid, Churton Park “Yes.”
Ben Budd, Titahi Bay “Sure, sounds good to me.”
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a house in Helston Road was entered by an intruder via a rear bathroom window while the occupants were asleep. Several rooms were searched and stolen items include two laptops, a tablet and a purse containing bank cards, a driver’s licence and some cash. A bank pay wave card was used for three transactions at a petrol station within hours of the theft. A house in Sheridan Terrace was entered, possibly through an insecure
window. WiFi , games, a puffer jacket and a spare set of house keys were stolen. Locks have since been changed. The garage of a house in Chesterton Street was entered through an unlocked roller door. A quantity of tradesman’s power tool was stolen. A black Mitsubishi stationwagon parked overnight on the road in Saville Row was broken into by a popped lock. A variety of tools were stolen. In Newlands a house in Newlands Road was entered although
no sign of force used. A laptop computer and a camera were stolen. In Black Rock Road a house was entered, probably through an unlatched window. An Ipod, a mini Ipod and jewellery items were stolen. The garage of a house in Lynda Avenue was broken into by forcing the door lock. Power tools, motorcycle parts and frozen meat and drinks from a fridge/freezer were taken. Also in Lynda Avenue an attempt was made to force open the door
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front of the house and also at the person door of the garage in an effort to gain entry. Rooms throughout the house were searched and items stolen include an Ipad, a tablet, cash and jewellery. A jemmied side window gave access to a house in Amritsar Street while the occupant was asleep. A laptop computer and a handbag containing bank cards, sunglasses, a driver’s licence and house and car keys, and a cell phone were stolen.
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of a garage by jemmying the door lock. The attempt was abandoned and no entry gained. A house in Woodridge Drive was broken into when offender smashed a glass panel near the door handle and used a piece of metal to open the latch at the bottom of the door. A search was conducted but the intruder is believed to have been disturbed and left without taking anything. In Khandallah windows of a house in Calcutta Street were smashed at the front door and at the
Wellington locals are being encouraged to ‘live, laugh and share’ with the elders of Enliven homes. This week is National Volunteer Week, which is a week dedicated to recognising and celebrating the vital contribution volunteers make in New Zealand. This year’s theme is ‘live, laugh, share – volunteer’. Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, operates Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville, Huntleigh Home and Apartments in Karori, and Longview Home in Tawa. Longview Home volunteer and Johnsonville resident David Brown, started volunteering at the Tawa rest home in 2012 and is encouraging others to try it for themselves. David is a member of Canine Friends and visits the Enliven home with his dog, nine year old toy poodle Gus, for an hour each week to see the residents. He also drives the home’s van on outings once a fortnight. “Gus has lots of fans around here. Everyone knows Gus and I’m just the guy who brings him around,” David jokes. “It’s so rewarding and giving back is a nice thing to do.” David is encouraging others to give volunteering at an Enliven home a go. “There are lots of nice people here and they have really interesting stories. There are lots of things you can do to help and it’s a great way to give back.” Enliven is part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central and its homes are always on the lookout for volunteers. Volunteer roles include, but aren’t limited to, driving the home’s van on outings,
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The Eco Fair was held at the Johnsonville Community Centre.
Louise Kendall, organiser and Elizabeth Lee, Lead Teacher at Paparārangi Kindergarten.
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The Johnsonville Community Centre hosted their first Eco Fair last Saturday as a fundraiser for Paparārangi Kindergarten, which has recently become an Enviro School. Thirty stall holders showcased make-up and skin care products, items made from old pallets, chemical free cleaning solutions, gifts and crafts from recycled items, ways to assist people to look after the environment and ideas on what to do when recycling items. “This is the first time we have run the event,” Louise Kendall, Eco Fair organiser, explained, “We have 30
tables with stallholders from as far away as Napier and Martinborough, each table has donated something for a huge raffle.” Children thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on fun, making planters from recycled pallets and bird feeders to hang in the garden, or making necklaces from rolled up paper. An old washing machine converted into an electricity generator, complete with a crank handle and wired up to a lamp stand, proved a favourite as young and old took their turn lighting up the bulb by turning the handle. Due to the success of the day, it seems likely the event will be held again.
Paxton excited to assemble his pre-cut planter box, despite hitting his finger with the hammer he persevered to complete the task.
Ben, Matthew and Mia crank the handle to generate power for the lamp.
Lennox Langdon wears appropriate hearing protection while working in the recycled pallets area.
Alex shows Ella how to make the lamp glow by cranking the handle of the electricity generator.
Ruairidh Olsen and Rose Kendall make a necklace from recycled paper.
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She has been involved in was securing for the Chinese community an apology from Prime Minister Helen Clark for the poll tax imposed by the New Zealand Government on Chinese migrants from 1881 to 1944. The Karori resident became a trustee of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust, established by the Government following the apology. Wider community involvements included working for the Wellington Ethnic Council (now the Wellington Multicultural Council), and Multicultural Learning and Support Services (MCLaSS). Esther was the inaugural president of the Wellington Xiamen Association. She has also been a trustee in the Community Trust of Wellington. Over the past two decades, Esther has helped to lead the Chinese Garden Society’s drive to get a Chinese Garden established in Wellington and was View theofWainuiomata one the organisers News of the formalwww.wsn.co.nz launch of fund-raising online for the Garden in April.
whose work has ranged from helping to organise the early dragon boat festivals in the 1990s to reviving Wellington’s Chinese Festival celebrations. Esther has also helped organising the cultural component of the New Zealand Chinese Association’s annual sports tournament, held in Wellington every fourth year.
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Wednesday June 21, 2017
‘Free for all’ evolved into community project By Julia Czerwonatis
Lou enjoyed last week’s free garage sale as she could take a new toy home. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
Dee Glentworth’s Free for All project has grown into a popular in the northern community. The Johnsonville resident is collecting unwanted goods, doomed to end up in the landfill, to give them away for free. Up until recently, Dee operated from Khandallah where she had rented out three garages for storing and handing out the rescued goods. With the new project model, Dee has retreated from Khandallah and moved Free for All into her front lawn. “It has become so much more community focussed. People are stepping up and taking ownership of the project which is really exciting,” Dee said. Dee’s neighbours are donating their unwanted good to Free for All, and Dee is organising a free garage sale about once a week where people from all around the region are welcome to pick up clothes, toys, appliances, books and even small furniture. “We have an amazing business mentor on board now who has been helping us develop Free for All,” Dee explained.
“Soon we want to run training programmes for people who want to launch similar projects in their neighbourhood.” Back in Khandallah Dee did not feel welcomed by her neighbours. “It just wasn’t worth continuing the lease. We were too focused on negative sides of the project, but it is such a positive thing,” Dee said. Neighbour and friend Tui likes being involved with Free for All. “It’s going to a good cause and is helping people directly. It also creates a community spirit,” she said. Maud Dubois from Wilton is a graphic designer and has helped Dee designing a logo. “This is for everybody. There are no questions ask about who you are and what you do.” Her daughter Lou sometimes find new toys amongst Dee’s treasures. AMI and Neighbourly have recently awarded Free for All with $1000, and the Northern Ward Councillors gave Dee’s project the proceeds from selling water tanks. “We’re blown away by the generosity of the community,” Dee said. “We are looking into new partnerships at the moment; we want to become more accessible for everyone.”
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Passionate Olympic Harrier’s coach has trained young athletes for a decade By Dave Crampton
Olympic Harrier and Athletics Club coach Amanda Goldsmith has picked up the Volunteer of the Year award at the Sport Wellington awards at the TSB Arena on June 14. Despite coaching for more than 40 years, and being instrumental for growing the Olympic Harrier and Athletic Club to be the biggest athletics club in the Wellington region, she said she was speechless when she heard her name called out. “I did not think for one minute that I could be the winner. I was up against some very worthy and respected fellow nominees. “I had a mixture of emotions and I felt so humbled and honoured to receive this award,” she said. It’s Amanda’s third award in recent months, after winning the Athletics Wellington’s junior coach and volunteer of the year awards in May. Athletics Wellington Sport Development Manager Jo Murray said
Amanda’s commitment to helping children reach their potential no matter what their level is second to none. “She is a true volunteer who doesn’t like accepting any payment for what she does. We have to force petrol vouchers on her. “She is continually thanking us for everything we do for her without realising just how much she does for us,” Jo wrote in her award nomination application. Amanda has been involved with Olympic Harrier and Athletics Club as a coach for 10 years, and was instrumental in adding an athletics section to the Olympic Harrier Club when she started. She said coaching was a big part of her life. She enjoyed seeing the delight on her athletes’ faces when they achieve their goals or set a personal best. “I love seeing how they learn to stay focussed, committed and work hard for what they want to achieve. I also love seeing how they can still
Amanda at the Colgate Games 2017 with her relay teams. PHOTO: Jo Murray
have fun and just be children.” Amanda said coaching children was her passion and love.
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Depleted J’ville still too tough for Poneke Johnsonville’s premier club rugby team showed just how far they had come this season when they overpowered Poneke 27-14 in the second round of the Hardham Cup at Helston Park on Saturday. The Woodridge Homes Johnsonville side had been beaten 30-17 by Poneke in the Swindale Shield round last month, but they
came out firing from the outset on Saturday and kept the pressure on throughout to record one of their best wins in recent times. They managed to achieve the win despite being a man down for half of the match. The two sides swapped penalties early on before Johnsonville grabbed the advantage after 18 minutes with a fine try to fullback
Tiwi Davies after right wing Jacob Walmsley had burst through a gap 20 metres out. Davies converted his own try to give the locals a 10-3 lead. Johnsonville backs Romu Senileba, and Jeff Makapelu were both in the sin bin 15 minutes into the second spell when Davies sent the home crowd into raptures with his second try, capping off
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a superb move which started on halfway. He converted to give Johnsonville a 20-14 lead, and they put the result beyond doubt 10 minutes from time when Walmsley burst clear to score under the posts. Davies added the extras to give himself 22 points for the game. There were added celebrations at the Johnsonville clubrooms
on Saturday when the first-grade Superloans Cripples returned from Newlands Park with the JDR Cup after thrashing Upper Hutt 81-0. That made it six from six for the Cripples in the JDR Cup competition and meant that the cup was returning to Johnsonville for the first time since the club’s senior third side won it in 1986.
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Lions all business in the front, no party in the backs
PHOTO: Supplied Two young netballers had the chance to meet two of their idols at the ANZ Premiership match as part of the ANZ Future Captains competition last Wednesday. Cassandra Mansfield from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and Eve Williamson from Raroa Normal Intermediate School stood side by side with Pulse captain Katrina Grant and Stars captain Leana de Bruin in
front of a stadium of fans. “My favourite part was high fiving the players. I thought they were so fast at moving up and down the court,” Cassandra said. “I thought the players were really determined and worked hard at getting the ball,” Eve added. The match saw the Pulse beat the Stars (57-47).
The British and Irish Lions forward pack laid a terrific platform to beat the New Zealand Maori but it does confirm a few theories. There’s clearly a huge difference in class between the Lion’ midweek team and their weekend side. Highlanders and Blues fans can enjoy their victories in midweek games but perhaps the Crusaders deserve more respect for keeping a Saturday Lions team tryless. As dominant as the visitors were in Rotorua, for all the territory and possession they had, which included 81 percent of the ball in the second half, they could only muster two tries, both from close range. The All Blacks smashed Samoa 78-0 in a glorified training run and showed more enterprise on attack in one game than the Lions have all tour.
If Steve Hansen’s men can avoid giving away penalties within goal kicking range and can avoid defensive scrums 5m from their line then I don’t see how Warren Gatland’s men expect to score enough points to beat the All Blacks. The home team will have to be wary of the Lions’ rush defence. It’s been on display all tour and I’m sure the world champions will have a plan in place. I expect New Zealand to at least have parity with the English forwards and be far too slick in the back. While every tour match is important, the success of it will be defined by the three test matches. Even one win may be enough to give this Lions team some credibility but if they got it in game one on Saturday, then it will a fantastic series.
Wednesday June 21, 2017
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