OBC Cricket Club
The off season is progressing well for OBC and we are hard at work preparing for the new season.
We managed to have 500 juniors play for the club his season which makes us the largest junior section in the south island once again. The club has been in talks with the council about upgrading our training facilities and hopefully we are able to have some new nets for the start of the season so we can accommodate all of our members.
We have have also undertaken a significant refurbishment of our number 1 block which we hopefully take us back to the Elmwood of old with some fast and bouncy tracks for the new season.
Our women's section had a very successful season winning 2 out of the 3 trophies on offer in the Premier women's section, along with 5 of the team consistently representing Canterbury during the season.
The new cricket season is fast approaching with junior registrations and senior pre-season training just around the corner!
If you, your child or someone you know is interested in playing cricket this season then please get in contact with the club. For any further assistance please contact Hayley Aburn – 027 320 3521
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Good luck to all the other members for the winter season and if you're keen on having a hit this year, get in contact.
Shirley Volleyball Club
2019 is another busy year for our SVC athletes, the season is well under way with some great battles in the local Monday night league, and plenty of club representation at the regional and national level. Womens and mens A and B teams are eagerly waiting for the qualifying process for nationals to ramp up leading in to the national finals in Auckland during the first week of October.
Silverbacks - Both men's and women's Silverbacks are back with a vengeance in 2019, with many returning players and a few key additions in both teams, they will each look to place top the southern zone qualifying tournament and really sink their teeth in to the national finals gunning for both titles in one year.
Blackbacks - Women's Blackbacks will for the first time this year be joined by the Men's Blackbacks in travelling to the national finals. With a great mix of experience, enthusiasm, youth, age, and lots of athleticism the teams are well set to have an awesome year proving the amazing depth of players at all ages at SVC.
Development teams - 2019 brings us 2 girls and 1 boys development team. The ladies have started well with some awesome battles in the Monday night league, with the 'Chimps' getting some valuable experience taking on our own Silverbacks in div 1! The gents have a great group with enthusiasm to spare, a mix of players from lots of different schools, they have had some great scraps with the Pioneer dev teams and are especially looking forward to taking on one of their coaches in a big clash on the 22nd July.
With SVC represented in all teams that competed in the provincial champs this year, here are the results and notable awards:
Open Men - 2nd
Jake Darling (tournament team)
Open Women - 3rd
Petra Manderson (tournament team)
U21 Men - 1st !!!
Jake Ceelen-Thomas (MVP!!!)
Troy Hulston (tournament team)
Mana Placid (tournament team)
U21 Women - 4th
U19 girls - 4th
Leilani Nanai (tournament team)
U17 boys - 6th
U17 girls - 2nd
Rosa Vesty (tournament team)
We also have stacks of players representing SVC on a national level:
NZ U23 Men:
NZ U23 Women:
NZ Jnr Men:
NZ Jnr Women:
NZ Youth Women:
NZ Jnr Women Beach Volleyball:
NZ Youth Women Beach Volleyball:
Cant wait to see what the rest of 2019 brings us!!
Elmwood Park Bowling Club
What a magnificent year the Elmwood Park Bowling has had, with the club being awarded the GOLD AWARD from Bowls New Zealand for overall excellence. Thanks to all those club volunteers who have helped achieve this, from our executive committee to selectors and other members who do many tasks around the club.
The performance of our bowlers achieving the most successful season ever, winning 10 centre titles, 4 runners-up titles, 8 inter-club titles with 5 runners-up. Congratulations to Chris Kibblewhite, Fiona Frew and Rodney Greaney for winning the most consistent player awards at the Bowls Canterbury presentations.
Congratulations also goes to Gary Lawson for making the New Zealand Black Jacks to play in the Asia Pacific tournament.
Congratulations to all our members, this season we had more participating than previous seasons. As shown above our club goes from strength to strength.
Also, Elmwood Park is to be represented this year in the Sky TV 3-5s competition, by our team which will be called the ELMWOOD SAINTS, headed by our New Zealand representative Gary Lawson.
Joan Hazlehurst has resigned as our secretary, she will be a great loss, her invaluable work over the past 10 years to the club will be missed, we wish Joan all the best for the future.
We welcomed Don Baker as our new green keeper, Don has done a great job taking over from Eric Allison.
We were also nominated for the club of the year award, which is great recognition for us.
Our talented bowlers make our club very strong and I look forward to another successful season next season.
HSOB Football Club
The winter season is well underway, with the weather and bodies generally treating us well. Some pleasing results with plenty of goals across the teams, although it is about making sure we are in front at the end of 90 minutes.
Plenty of fun to be had by all and if anybody is wants to join a team or have a team that is looking for a club make sure you get in touch. We focus on having fun, trying to be fit, a good place to socialise at The Elmwood Club and making sure our subs are manageable for our players.
St Nicholas Netball Club
The St Nicholas Netball junior teams have all started their season incredibly well. Mid way through the 2nd round, 70% of the teams are at the top of their section in their respective grades. In the next couple of weeks coaches will be thinking about getting their teams into the best spots to do well in the championship round. This will happen by building on all the basic skills as well as building the cohesiveness of the players in the team.
Thank you to all the supporters for getting along to support our teams and not forgetting the ones that come out on a Tuesday night to support the A and B Teams.
A big thank you also has to go out to players and parents who are picking up a whistle when we need to supply the junior teams umpires each week.
Canterbury Quakes Handball Club
Canterbury Handball has had an extremely eventful season in both the Beach and Indoor variants of Handball this year. This was the first year where we did not run a Mixed Beach Handball League and split it into Male and Female Leagues. This was widely successful. Next year we hope to run 3 leagues, two competitive leagues for male and female and a mixed social league. We also ran a social end of season Mixed Tournament which saw some great uniforms, better handball and ultimately a great day for all.
To cap off the beach season we sent our first men’s team to the Australian Beach Handball Championships. The team played well, had a few tight losses in penalties but had a great showing in their first ever Australian Championship (with only 3 of the 10 players having been to the tournament before) coming 9th out of 12 teams. Big thanks to our sponsor Nuggets Bar who had us looking great in our kit!
The Indoor season is now half way done for this year and Canterbury is having some more strong showings at tournaments. The Men and Women both convincingly beat Otago in the 1st of the 3 round Southern Shield Tournament. This gives us a strong chance of taking the shield home for the third year running. Our first tournament of the season we placed well with the men Men in 3rd with a tight semi-final and the women placed 2nd against Auckland in the final. The second tournament of the season was a social South Island tournament in Queenstown. Always a great tournament on and off the pitch we had 3 teams total attend; the Men, the Women and the Cashmere High School Team who came 1st, 4th and 2nd respectively out of 6 teams total.
This year has marked the first year in Canterbury Handball’s History that we have ran a biweekly league involving two Men’s teams, the Women’s team and the Cashmere High School team. This is going really well and proving that handball in Canterbury is only going to keep growing larger.
Canterbury Handball is always keen for more members. If you wish to try Handball please contact us through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyHandball/ or for more details see our website http://canterburyhandball.org.nz/play-handball/. We would love to see you there and cater for all ages, abilities and genders!
Elmwood Croquet Club
The summer season of croquet was very successful even though we had a late start as we got our lawns under control after the winter rains. We all played in various competitions though not always successful but enjoyed the challenge of participation.
Our membership is slowly growing with a small group ready to start the season. Canterbury Croquet has been developing Secondary School competition and we have had a small St Andrews pupils playing of a Wednesday afternoon, the senior school has come down for morning Sessions and go away having enjoyed the challenge of golf croquet.
Winter croquet which is played on an indoor mat is underway along with Edgeware Croquet club joining us.
Many of us traveled overseas during the winter break and are beginning to return. Some of the countries travelled to included Poland, Denmark, Alaska, England china and Tibet.
Once we are all back its time for maintenance of grounds and lawns to start the new summer season.
HSOB / Burnside Hockey Club
The HSOB/Burnside hockey club again this year have a good number of teams with nine senior teams on the Woman's side and five on the men's side.
Our Woman's CPL team is currently sitting 4th on the table with a game in hand and the men's CPL team is sitting in 5th place. The rest of the woman's side Div 1 are sitting in third place, Div 2 are sitting in 4th place and we have four div 3 teams respectively sitting 3rd and 6th and in the second division of div 3 the other two teams are 4th and coming along nicely.
Our Midweek open woman's teams are sitting 2nd and 5th. The men are going well on their side of things with Div 1 on the way up the table and Div 3 is unbeaten, our mid-week open men are also sitting top of the table along with our grass grade holding the top spot with Southern.
The juniors are ticking along nicely and we are hoping to get a few semi-final spots in the next few coming weeks.
Lincoln University Sport
Crunch Time for the RAMS as semi-final spots are up for grabs with LU needing a must win against Shirley to secure a place.
Loose passes can lose matches. Old Boys would say they gave the Rams a good old-fashioned hiding without needing any gifts and they’d be entitled to do so. But the fact remains that three of the visitors’ tries came from poor passes by home players. The third intercept try came almost at the end, when it was all over bar the shouting, but the first (at 9min) and third (52min) were crucial. The Rams were down by just 7-12 early in the second half, Sam Gilbert having crossed in fine fashion after Rameka Poihipi held his ground and the ball up nicely. They were still in the game towards the end of the third quarter when Poihipi, having shifted in to first-five, slipped the Old Boys defence with ease. Take out the first two gift tries to Old Boys and the score would have been 12-12 at that point.
The Rams were seriously under strength going into this match. Lachie Jones was promoted from second division (he had a top display there the previous week) but he was the only hooker the side had with Nic Souchon (mutilated ear) and Callum Burrell (leg infection) out of action. When Jones came off 12min from the end it was down to uncontested scrums. Ben Crawford was the only front-row player on the bench and he was still feeling the effects of a shoulder injury sustained the previous week. Crawford came on for the last few minutes on Saturday.
But look on the bright side. Cullen Grace and Fletcher Newell, both New Zealand under-20 players this year, will be back this week (against Shirley) as will loosehead prop Harrison Courtney. Souchon probably won’t get any satisfaction from it but the player who kicked him in the head the previous week has been banned for five weeks.
LU Premier Colts happy to make semis but might miss out on a home advantage
With players unavailable and injured throughout the club the Lambs relied on all their resources as they came up against their redoubtable foes Christchurch on Saturday. Although guaranteed a semi-final place the result would determine who would host the match. A win would have us first or second place, a loss and it would depend on other results.