Ross Shield team does well

Hawke's Bay Today - - In Dulge - Chris­tine McKay Chris­tine McKay

The 2018 Dan­nevirke Ross Shield team has done Dan­nevirke proud, Quin­ney Olsen, Dan­nevirke JAB chair­man says.

“This was a great ef­fort, the best for a long time,” he said. “We cer­tainly rat­tled the city teams’ cages — they didn’t ex­pect that. The coach­ing was ex­cel­lent. Si­mon Prout­ing, Aaron Satch­well, Matt Au­gus­tine and man­ager Fiona Prout­ing did so well.”

With out­stand­ing per­for­mances at last week’s tour­na­ment in Waipuku­rau, Dan­nevirke won the Life Mem­ber’s Salver, win­ning over coun­try clubs Waipuku­rau 38-5 and Wairoa, 80 — 5. But they also did well against city teams, go­ing down nar­rowly to Hast­ings East 7-10 and Hast­ings West, 10-12. The score against Napier 8-31 didn’t re­flect the way Dan­nevirke played, with Napier head coach Ty­rone Thomp­son quick to heap ku­dos on Dan­nevirke.

“Dan­nevirke took to us in the first 15 min­utes and out­played us at the rucks,” he said. “We ab­sorbed a lot of pres­sure but came back well in the sec­ond half. It never felt like we were ahead of them. It’s the best Dan­nevirke side I’ve seen for a long time.” Rico Phillips, Josh Au­gus­tine and Manaia Hauiti were se­lected for the team. Elmer the patch­work Ele­phant’s 30th birth­day was cel­e­brated in style at the Dan­nevirke li­brary last week.

Li­brar­ian Nikki Price be­gan the af­ter­noon read­ing a favourite Elmer story, be­fore the chil­dren cel­e­brated with puz­zles, games, draw­ing and pin­ning the trunk on the ele­phant.

Colour­ing in and col­lage were favourites, as was the patch­work ele­phant maze.

Elmer the Patch­work Ele­phant is a chil­dren’s pic­ture book series by the Bri­tish au­thor David McKee, with 39 books cre­ated since 1989. The series has sold more than eight mil­lion copies in 50 lan­guages around the world and has been made into a tele­vi­sion series.

Photo: Sup­plied

Rico Phillips spon­sored by G Squared Ltd, Josh Au­gus­tine spon­sored by Wards Phar­macy and Manaia Hauiti spon­sored by KB Ford, were se­lected for the 2018 Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield rep­re­sen­ta­tive team which plays against a Welling­ton Devel­op­ment team to­day.

Photo: Chris­tine McKay

Dan­nevirke li­brar­ian Nikki Price ex­plains the ac­tiv­i­ties to chil­dren at a spe­cial ses­sion to cel­e­brate Elmer the Ele­phant’s 30th birth­day.

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