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Thursday March 22, 2018

SPORT

College players get a kick out of Black Fern visit Black Fern Kendra Cocksledge demonstrates the art of kicking to Wellington East Girls’ College student Katria Hobbs during a skills session at the college last Thursday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Girls’ college rugby players were treated to tips from the best in the country – and arguably the world – when Black Fern Kendra Cocksledge paid a visit to Wellington Easts Girls College last Thursday. Ten students attended the session, some having travelled from as far Kapiti, which saw the 42-capped test player demonstrate the art of kicking drop goals. Kendra is the most experienced member of the Black Ferns, having made her debut as a halfback

as a 19-year-old in 2007. She is also one of the most commended, having won the 2015 World Rugby Player of the Year and helped the Black Ferns win the World Cup in 2017. She is now NZ Rugby’s Women’s Rugby Development Officer, focused on growing the game in the Crusaders region, which she represents. For Kendra, hosting the session was a case of an opportunity arising. “I’m here for a work meeting and the college asked me to come along to do a session to share knowledge,” she says.

“A lot of girls don’t get taught to kick at school. It’s not something that’s focused on a lot.” From her observations she believes there are four girls who had potential to be great kickers. Kendra says she would love to do a follow-up session if she happened to visit Wellington again. Her visit came days after it was announced the 15-a-side Black Ferns would become professional, an achievement Kendra helped to create. “There’s a pathway now for girls to play 15s. It might drag a few more into the game in the future.”

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Keep the All Blacks in-house 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.

EASTERN SUBURBS

SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $6,000 IN FEBRUARY 2018 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.

DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH LUKE GEORGESON – CRICKET TRAVEL TO INDIA

DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH ALASTAIR BLAKIE – JUNIOR ATHLETICS CHAMPS - SYDNEY

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DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH ZION TRIGGER FAITELE – ATHLETICS TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW CALEDONIA

THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS • LUTHER MAXWELL – SURF LIFESAVING TRAVEL TO PERTH • WALTER MAXWELL – SURF LIFESAVING TRAVEL TO PERTH • LUKE GEORGESON – CRICKET. TRAVEL TO INDIA • NZ U19 WOMENS FLOORBALL TEAM – TRAVEL TO SWITZERLAND (WORLD CHAMPS) • ALASTAIR BLAKIE – JUNIOR ATHLETICS CHAMPS SYDNEY • RONGOTAI COLLEGE SENIOR A VOLLEYBALL TEAM – TRAVEL TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS CHAMPS, PALMERSTON NORTH • ZION TRIGGER FAITELE – TRAVEL TO ATHLETICS CHAMPS NZ, AUSTRALIA AND NEW CALEDONIA • WELLINGTON SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING CLUB – POOL HIRE NORTH ISLAND CHAMPS

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,691,955

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