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New concept in local basketball By Glenise Dreaver

Liam Collins, wearing a Summer Series Referee shirt with their sponsor’s Spark NZ logo on it. Daphne Martinez is wearing the Summer Series staff shirt

Former Newlands College student Liam Collins, now at Massey University, is one of two former college students who have devised a basketball competition with a difference. He and Daphne Martinez, former head girl of Newlands College, have committed to the development of a basketball competition to give teams an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming college sport season. “That makes it quite different. It means teams can have around six games of basketball as a team before entering the College Sport competition. About 100 players are involved.” There are four girls’ teams and four for boys, and they are

supported by Newlands College, using their gymnasium as a venue for competition games. And after “a lot of false trails”, Liam and Daphne found a sponsor. “Sam Bava and Srinath Wikramanayake from Spark Business Hub have been generous enough to help support the competition.” All semi-finals games and finals games are being livestreamed online via their website. “Anyone can go online and watch these games being played at http://summerseries. nz,” says Liam. And in an additional plus, he says that in normal games, no statistics are taken for players, adding that the only way players could track their shooting totals had been having a parent record statistics manually.

“Summer Series provides every team with statistics of their games.” Liam said they sent out a feedback form, and there was positive feedback on their innovations from participants: “Players, coaches and spectators”. “People love being able to relive their games with statistics, and play basketball in an organised event before the season has even begun. “We believe that the purpose of creating a pre-season tournament for teams to play games and form relationships early in the season has worked.” With four weeks down and two to go, it’s clear that the idea is here to stay and they are already planning next year’s series.

Bowls Gold Star Winner for Johnsonville

Alison Colgate winning her first Centre title.

Triple winners Alison Colgate, Robyne Bishop, Dale Rayner

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with Jacob Page

Keep the All Blacks in-house Dale Rayner - winning skip.

Robyne Bishop - all concentration. PHOTOS: Alan Galbraith

Well done to Johnsonville’s Dale Rayner, Robyne Bishop and Alison Colgate, recent winners of the Bowls Wellington Women’s Open Triples at the new $6 million Naenae Stadium. This was a notable event for all three players. Alison won her first Centre title, Robyne won her fourth and Dale won her fifth, thus achieving her Gold Star. A massive result for the players and the club. The trio defeated the Island Bay team skipped by Marlene Alberino-Kay 16-12 in a great final. Another bowls highlight saw Allan Eng and Lock Chin take out the Over 60 Men’s Pairs. Allan and Lock won four games out of six to take the title against some highly fancied and experienced opponents. This was an awesome effort. Johnsonville had several players win Bowls Wellington representative honours

in this year’s Hexagonal Tournament played at Palmerston North against Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, Kapiti and Wanganui. Johnsonville representative players included; Women: Kaaren Guilford and Dale Rayner, while in the Men’s team we had Grant Wakefield, Brady Amer and Brent Stubbins. An outstanding result as both the Bowls Wellington Women and the Men won their respective Central Region Hexagonal events. Club Captain Ian Franklin continued his good form this year winning the Club Men’s Pairs with Gareth Evans and last week being part of the winning team that took out the Wilton Classic. Rob Ashton also played in the International Open at Blackpool, England in the Professional Bowls Association finals, going down in a tie breaker to seventh-world ranked Robert Paxton.

The prospect of the New Zealand Rugby Union opening up All Black selection to any New Zealander playing overseas would bring the end of the Black jerseys iron grip on the game. Currently only players plying their trade in New Zealand are eligible to make Steve Hansen’s team. However with players chasing lucrative European money at an early age, speculation is the NZRU is pondering the rule change. The All Blacks have been the world’s No 1 ranked team for more than a decade and that’s because of the All Black nursery. Our First XV schoolboy rugby is the best in the world and our national provincial competition may not draw big crowds in 2018 but it’s the envy of the rest of the world for its ability to create a factory line of world-class players. Our players’ secret is they play against each other. Like a quality horse trainer, good horses train together, they get better

together and are more competitive on race day. Flying players in from all around the globe would make the acclimatisation period in All Black training camps challenging. The selectors will have to be more worldly aware and grasping who is in form and who is out becomes far more challenging. The NZRU cannot compete financially with European club contracts - the one carrot they have is the black jersey with the silver fern on it. Limiting restrictions would be a disaster for the Super Rugby competition, the Ranfurly Shield and National Provincial Championship. The All Blacks aura would be damaged, Northern Hemisphere players would get to play frontline All Blacks more often and certainly New Zealand’s dominance at the top of world rugby would be under threat. Hopefully the NZRU can stubbornly stick to their guns and keep the rules in place, for the sake of our national sport and top global brand.

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Independent Herald 21-03-18

Independent Herald 21-03-18  

Independent Herald 21-03-18