Marlborough Mid-Week : August 27th 2014
18 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, AUGUST 27, 2014 SPORT All Blacks ‘click’ for riveting game I like to try and keep my comments in this column related to top of the south rugby as much as possible, but it’s hard not to mention the All Blacks’ performance against the Aussies at Eden Park on the weekend. I watched the test match with SIDELINES Marty Vercoe seems to click on a rugby field – so they might as will enjoy it! I have to make special mention of our Tasman Makos lads while we were up in Tauranga, the night before our ITM Cup match against Bay of Plenty. It was great to watch the game with professional rugby players and get their views on it. It was refreshing to see that these Makos lads are passionate fans of the game, and they all still get excited about All Black rugby just like th rest of us. I hope the All Blacks celebrated after last weeks game as it doesn’t happen very often when everything just three All Blacks who I think were outstanding on the weekend. Aaron Smith, who I think is now the best halfback in the world, Brodie Retallick, who is growing into a world-class lock and Dane Coles, who is starting to make the All Black No 2 jersey his own. As I mentioned The Makos were up in Tauranga to play Bay Of Plenty and we were lucky enough to have an ex-Marlborough rugby identity as our liaison person for Bay of Plenty Rugby while we were staying up there. That person was the largerthan-life Gus Bishell. Gussy, as he is affectionately known, is a legend and still On the up: Aaron Smith is regarded by some in the know as the best halfback in the game. a ball of energy. He was a great help to me as the manager of the Makos team as he did everything from taxi driving, being our team security guard, to even making Photo: FAIRFAXNZ sure we were all up in time to catch our early morning flight home after the match. It was great to catch up with a true character of the game – rugby is great like that and you meet so many great people because of it. The cool thing was that their weren’t too many happier individuals at Baypark Stadium when the Makos managed to beat Bay of Plenty than Gussy – he had a smile from ear to ear. Again this week I’d like to wish our junior rugby players all the best for their finals day. Junior rugby in the region has again been managed very well this season by the Marlborough JRB, and there continues to be a steady supply of talented young players being produced out of our region. Also a big pat on the back must go to the coaches and referees who give up their valuable time each weekend so that our youngsters can get out and play this great game. Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD YOUR STARS TOP 10 s f r d d w r o tdoor p a o THE TOP 10 1. What did Captain James Cook release at Queen Charlotte Sound on 20 May, 1773? 2. What was illegal in Singapore from 1992 until 2004 when it became obtainable on a doctor’s prescription? 3. Whose gold discovery in May 1861 began a goldrush in Otago? 4. How high in feet is a netball hoop above the floor: 10, 11 or 12 feet? 5. In The Merchant of Venice, the suitors pick one of three what? 6. Who wrote “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches”? 7. C-Curity was the name of the first type of what? 8. Where in New Zealand is Rakiura National Park? 9. Which Lou was the vocalist with Velvet Underground? 10. What do Americans call perspex? SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD Gift iGift ideas for dadwith our outdoor pizza oven range rang YOU COULDWIN $5,000 CASH! Pizza Slicers Pizza Wheels Pizza Stones Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 5846742BG 4513063AO 1. The first two sheep in New Zealand, 2. Chewing gum, 3. Gabriel Read, 4. 10, 5. Caskets, 6. George Bernard Shaw, 7, Zip fastener, 8. Stewart Island, 9. Lou Reed, 10. Plexiglass.
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