Marlborough Mid-Week : September 17th 2014
18 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 SPORT the friendships you acquire and people you meet along the way. Last week when the Makos played Taranaki I had a real special interest in who was going to line up for the amber and blacks when they jetted into Nelson for their game against the Makos. I lived in the ‘‘Naki’’ for five years when I taught at New Plymouth Boys High School from 2002 to 2007 so it was cool to see four of my ex-students named in the Taranaki side for the game. Those players were Cody Rei, Leighton Price, Rhys Marshall and Bernie Hall. What made it even more special was that I coached all four of the boys for two years in the New Plymouth Boys’ 1st XV rugby team, plus I was their house master at Makos loss disappoints A s I often state, one of the great things about sport and in particular rugby is SIDELINES Marty Vercoe the boarding school as well. Before and after the game we all had a good old catch up, with plenty of banter and reminiscing. Needless to say they all had a few embarrassing stories about their ex-teacher. What struck me the most about these lads was their similarities to some of the lads I have coached up until this season at Marlborough Boys’ College. Let’s hope in a few years our MBC lads will follow in these footsteps and become ITM Cup regulars, but of course for the Makos not the Naki. Even though it was great to catch up with my old students, it was hard to be too cheerful after our defeat against Taranaki, not because we lost but more the way it happened. For most of the match we played some pretty good footy but on the night we couldn’t hold on for the victory. The key I suppose is to learn from adversity and prepare well for the next challenge which happens to be tonight against the Southland Stags in Invercargill. The Makos are a tight mob and we all take responsibility for the good and not so good times. We have copped a bit of flak this week. I have even been lectured a few times in various supermarkets and takeaway shops in Nelson about the merits of our team, but you have to take that on the chin and accept that people are passionate about the team and Score: Makos lock Joe Wheeler crashes over for a try despite the efforts of Taranaki wing Waisake Naholo, left, and halfback Jamison Gibson-Park at Trafalgar Park, Nelson on Thursday. that it’s kind of cool that people care that much. I think it’s also important to note that some of the biggest Makos fans are actually the players themselves – they all Photo: ALDENWILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ want this team to make our region proud. Let’s all hope we can produce a good result from the deep South this week and then again on Sunday when we tackle Wellington in the nation’s capital. Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD TOP 10 YOUR STARS THE TOP 10 1. Which New Zealand mountain erupted on 10 June 1886, causing much death and destruction? 2. How were the balls used at Wimbledon in 1986 different from previous years? 3. Friesian cattle imported in the early 1880s became the most important dairy breed in New Zealand. Where were they imported from? 4. According to the inventor Thomas Edison, genius is made up of how many per cent inspiration? 5. Dead Cert was whose first novel about the racing world? 6. Which country put the first woman in space? 7. There were 3,347 divorces in New Zealand in 1971. How many in 2013: 8,279, 10,065 or 13,312? 8. Who was to appear at a Mission Estate Winery Concert in Hawke’s Bay but died in 1997 flying his aircraft? 9. What is a remnant of tobacco left in a pipe after smoking: dottle, gribble or muckle? 10. Cars with the international vehicle registration C come from where: Canada, Cuba or Chile? Spring Specials • China • Cast Ir Sp ng Spe • China • Cast Iron • Cloc • Cook okbooks ok Be in QuiBe n Quick! Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 • Clocks SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD 6276937AC 4513063AO 1. Mount Tarawera, 2. Coloured yellow, 3. Netherlands, 4. One, 5. Dick Francis, 6. USSR, 7. 8,279, 8. John Denver, 9. Dottle, 10. Cuba.
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