Feilding Herald : January 12th 2012
26 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 SPORT Whitelock brothers returning to their old stomping ground Brothers in arms: The Whitelock brothers may all be playing for the Crusaders at the much anticipated pre-season game against the Hurricanes at the Mangatainoka Rugby Grounds next month. They last time they all played together in the same team was when Feilding High School hostel boys played day boys. From left, Adam, George, Luke and Sam Whitelock. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ It's fair to say Luke Whitelock will have almost come full circle when the Crusaders take on the Hurricanes in a Super Rugby pre- season game at the Mangatainoka Rugby Grounds, next to Tui Brew- ery, next month. The 1.90m loose forward and youngest of the four Whitelock brothers named in this season's Crusaders Super Rugby team says he is looking forward to returning to the region in which his rugby career began. I grew up on a dairy farm about 30 minutes from Mangatainoka, so I know the area well,'' says the 20-year-old. I think it will be great coming back and playing there. It will also be a great opportunity to take Super Rugby back to grassroots. I've heard the last two games at Mangatainoka have been a real suc- cess and I am looking forward to being part of it this time around.'' Like his three older siblings -- George, Adam and Sam -- Luke was born and raised in Manawatu and attended Feilding High School. After creating a buzz on the local rugby fields, he headed south to study commerce at Canterbury Uni- versity and further his rugby career. He made his debut for Canterbury in 2011 against Wellington and went on to make two appearances during the team's campaign. Last year he captained the New Zealand team to victory at the Junior World Cup in Italy. Now with the 2012 Super Rugby season just around the corner, Luke is eager to make his debut for the Crusaders. He is focused on build- ing his fitness base under the guid- ance of trainer Carl Jennings and gaining as much advice as he can from coaching staff, management and more senior players. The opportunity to play for the Crusaders is huge and being in the squad is just great. I'm looking for- ward to the opportunity of getting some game time and making an impact at either blindside flanker or No 8, but competition for my pos- ition is pretty fierce so it will be a big challenge. Depending on the selections of Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder, there maybe an opportunity for Luke to take to the field with his three brothers at the same time, something which has only happened on one other occasion in 2003 when the Feilding High School hostel boys played the day boys. February's game will have another twist for several Crusaders players also returning to familiar territory. Midfielder Robert Fruean has previously played for the Hurricanes, while fullback Israel Dagg burst onto the national scene playing for Hawke's Bay. Like previous pre-season games at Mangatainoka, the February 11 game is expected to go down in grass roots rugby folklore. It is played on Neil Symonds' farm, which is currently a bare pad- dock, and the community rallies together to host an expected 8000 visitors. There will be enough temporary scaffolding to accommodate all ticket-holders; pre- and post-game entertainment as well as an array of guest speakers. Fewer than 1000 tickets are still available for the game. Tui is also offering transport deals to and from the game thanks to their relationship with Tranzit Coaches and Nimons HB. Tickets are still available from Tui HQ, PGG Wrightson stores in the lower North Island, the Palmer- ston North i-SITE or via tui.co.nz RANGITIKEI SPORTS MARTON GOLF CLUB Thursday, December 22: Stableford: B Moar 41; P Connolly, B McGinniss, A Stewart 39; P Hall 38; B Cameron 37; J Goodburn, D Tarrant 36; I Batcheler 35. Saturday, December 24: Stableford: J Hughes, B McGinniss, B Craig 42; A Fallaver 41; G Smith 40; H Bremner, B Wilson 39; T Hammond, M Jones, T Calkin 38. Twos: 3rd -- R McVerry, L McDonald, H Melody, J Hughes; 6th -- P Skou. 2FBH: R Yorke, B Cameron. Thursday, December 29: Stableford: J Goodburn 42; B Wilson 39; B Cameron, I Christison 38; D Chapman 37; B McGinniss 36; B Francis 35. Thursday, January 5, Stableford: D Oliver 38; I Batcheler 36; D Chapman 35; B Cameron, G Velvin 34. Saturday, January 7: On a beautiful golfing day, the year got under way when 35 starters made the second round of the Summer Cup a good scoring one -- none more than Alan Stewart with a great round of 43 points heading off Hugh Bremner with 42. Other scores: L McDonald (67 gross), B McGinniss 41; D Chapman, M Peina, M Grooby 40; K Cowley, C Bary, D Morrison, T Calkin, A Duncan 39; C Williams, D Yates, L Wake 38; D Oliver, P Simpson, B Pratt 37; B Craig 36. Twos: 3rd -- L McDonald; 6th -- A Duncan, K Cowley, D Oliver: 17th -- D Oliver. 3FBH: L Peina, R McDonald, B Cameron. Saturday, January 14: Bar -- H Bremner and D Oliver; Duty -- L Hunt. Sunday, January 15: Duty -- C Watson. HAWKESTONE GOLF CLUB RESULTS Tuesday, December 20: 12-hole stableford: R Cadwallader 24, R Karatea 22, P Charlesworth 22, E Bergen 22, J Stantiall 21. Men; L Neumann 30, B Hills 27, H Potaka 24, G Burgess Sr 23, R Little 23, R Wilson 20. Twos; R Cadwallader No 8. B Hills No 10. Nine-hole; J Jones 19, J Van Loo 17, G Lane 15, N Robertson 11. Saturday, December 23: Second round Summer Cup. Another hot round saw Gary Burgess score 44 stableford points followed by Dave Nicholls with 39. Other scores, L Moore, M Neville 37, L Neumann, N Sandbrook 53, D Hawkins 31, N Skelton 30. Saturday, December 7: Hawkestone host to Rangitikei club day: Stableford senior men prize winners; (R) T Wales, (R) R Wilson 41, (H) G Southee, (R) P McCarhty 39, (H) D Todd 38. Junior men; (H) D Wright 44, P Scott 40, (R) B Vann, (H) L Moore 39, B Hantz 38, (R) I Mackay, (H) M Pickford 37. Other results; (R) B. Holmes, S DeBurgh, (H) D Nicholls, G Burgess Sr 37, G Forbes, D Hawkins, R Kane 36, (R) M Bruhn, M Kellett, (H) G Bond, N Sandbrook 35, (R) A Wix, N Crocker, (H) D Bond 34. Twos; (H) K Wilson No 4, D Nicholls No 8. Coming events: Saturday, January 14: 4th round Summer Cup 11am tee off. Tuesday, January 17: 12 and nine-hole competition 9.30am tee off. Saturday, January 21: Hawkestone and Rangitikei club day, hosts Rangitikei 11am tee off. MANAWATU SPORTS BIKE MANAWATU TRACK CYCLING Johnston Park Feilding Results for January 5, With the championship part of the season about to begin the season started a little earlier than usual. While the number of riders competing was well down on the season's average at 16, it equalled last year's opening meeting. The night's racing was made up of a short handicap race as a warmup followed by a short points race, team sprints and the traditional long handicap race. While the races were conducted in grades, the races followed the same patterns with bunch finishes in the short handicap races the same riders finishing first, second and third in each of the two sprints in the respective points races and the scratch rider in each of the long handicap races battling against bunches that contained the balance of the field and were shielded from the wind. The audience was treated to a display of dogged human determination and perseverance from the scratch rider as they slowly overcame their handicap to reach the bunch and in the last race, to reach then pass the bunch. The under-15 boys and girls eight-lap handicap race was chosen as the race of the evening. The field of four was spread over half of the track with Hayden Washington-Smith on scratch. Both Grace Castle and Britteny Baker started aggressively and Grace had bridged the gap to limit marker Libby Arbuckle after a lap. It only took another lap for Britteny to catch them and so it became a battle over the remaining six laps between the bunch and scratch rider Hayden. The wind was most evident at turn three to turn four as each time Hayden hit turn three he was seen to waiver in the sprinters lane. The bunch was working well together as they proved to be hard to get and the gap remained constant at more than 100 metres and it looked as if the handicapper may have been too hard on Hayden. When the race reached lap five the gap began to reduce as the bunch had difficulty maintaining its previous consistency. The crowd stepped up their support as they could appreciate Hayden's effort and see that he had a real chance of bridging the gap. As the laps available reduced so did the distance between Hayden and the bunch and with 300 metres to go he latched onto the bunch. A fine effort, given the wind and that he was up against a bunch riding well together. At the 200-metre mark Britteny made a bid for the line and opened a gap she would not relinquish. Grace was able to hold onto her sprint for longer than Libby and took second. Hayden was on empty and was not able to respond to the call to chase. Results: Under 15 Girls and Boys three-lap handicap race: 1st Libby Arbuckle. Under 17 Boys and Girls three-lap handicap race: 1st Josh Kendall. The Rest four-lap Handicap: 1st Jaycob Humphreys. Under 15 Boys and Girls four-lap points race: 1st Hayden Washington-Smith 10 points. Under 17 Boys and Girls five-lap points race: 1st Josh Kendall 10 points. The Rest (men) six-lap points race: 1st Jaycob Humphreys10 points. The Rest (women) six-lap points race: 1st Megan Blatchford 10 points. Under 15 Boys and Girls eight-lap handicap race: 1st Britteny Baker. The Rest (Women) 12-lap handicap race: 1st Megan Blatchford. The Rest (Men) 12-lap handicap race: 1st Jaycob Humphreys. Racing is held on Tuesday nights at Johnston Park, Feilding with racing to start at 6.10pm. As the track is too slippery for the bikes if wet, racing will be cancelled if it is raining. FEILDING GOLF CLUB DRAW & RESULTS Pro's competition results Saturday, January 7: 42 pts G Jones, 41 M Mohekey, 40 P White, D Goddard, P McCaughan, T Bell, 39 M Watchorn, T Morgan, F Collier, M Wilston, W Kitchen, 38 D MacBeth, 37 J Hocken, R Hodgson, M Thomas, T Colle, J Brindle, 36 R Gillespie, K Williams, M Plimmer, T Burgham. Nearest the pin: 9th, B Keightley, Twos: T Bell, T Ward, J Hocken. Green Jacket/Pro's competition, Thursday January 5: 41 pts BMW Smith, T Bell, B Riordan, 40 N Finlayson, R Lowry, 37 B Allan, 36 D Bell, R Young, 35 M Prier. Nearest the pin: 9th, N Finlayson. Orange Hat: Les McKay. Draw for Saturday, January 14, Walker Salver: Morning, 8am disc draw, Afternoon, 11.45am disc draw. COMING EVENTS: Saturday, January 28, 36-hole stroke championship. Entry sheets in the Pro Shop and men's locker room or phone the Pro Shop phone 323 5976 to enter. TENNIS The 2012 Manawatu Summer Open starts this Saturday at the Feilding Tennis Club on South St. Open starts 8.30am on Saturday; 12s start 10.30am on Sunday; 14s start noon on Monday; 10s Start 2pm on Sunday.
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