Ahipara night match

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Lo­cal rugby sup­port­ers were re­minded to get along and sup­port the first night game of the North Zone se­nior club rugby sea­son to­mor­row night at Ahipara. The Man­gonui derby be­tween Te Rarawa and Awanui will kick off at 7.35pm.

Mt Manaia

O¯ kai­hau’s Shaun Haynes with Sue was the only per­son able to stop North­land’s most cel­e­brated com­peti­tor, Mur­ray Child, from blitz­ing the field at the Mt Manaia Sheep Dog Trial on Satur­day.

Sue man­aged to beat Child’s Boy in the long head gain­ing 98 points to Boy’s 97 which just held off vet­eran Allen Nis­bet with Pat a close third with 96.5.

Oth­er­wise, in a round up from the event, lo­cal tri­al­list and com­men­ta­tor Merv Cameron said Child showed he was, once again, head and shoul­ders above the rest of the chas­ing pack.

“It’s not of­ten we have a com­peti­tor get­ting first, sec­ond and third as Mur­ray did in the [short head and] yard­ing event as well as plac­ing twice in the long head and three hunt­away plac­ings, eight plac­ings all told. You have got to hand the ku­dos out. Mur­ray and his five dogs are at their peak and are a for­mi­da­ble task for fel­low com­peti­tors to equal let alone beat,” Cameron said. The last time he could re­call any­one tak­ing a 1-2-3 was Bar­ney Makeke from Ko­hukohu at the Man­gonui club tri­als in the 1960s.

In the hunts great Roger Davis from Tangi­wahine gained a first and sec­ond in the zig zag with lo­cal Kris Sturge also plac­ing. Cameron said the cream rose to the top at the sixth leg — and mid­way point — of the pro­vin­cial cir­cuit

“The sheep were very work­able and so these top dogs re­ally turned it on,” said Cameron.

Re­sults from the Mt Manaia SDT from March 15-16 were, long head: S Haynes with Sue 98 points, 1, M Child with Boy 97, 2, A Nis­bet with Pat 96.5, 3, K Whit­taker with Jess 95.5, 4, M Child with Dice 94, 5; short head and yard: M Child with Dice 96.5, M Child with Nell 94, M Child with Boy 93, N Child with Harry 92.5, R Thomp­son with Bruce 92; zig zag hunt: R Davis with Guy 94.5, R Davis with Meg 92.75, K Sturge with Ge­orge 92.5, M Child with Frank 92, M Child with Ralf 91; straight hunt: M Child with Frank 93, S McRae with Toby 92, B Wil­son with Boy 91.5, T Comins with Tote 91, C Lugtigheid with Tara 90.

Rod­ney

A be­lated re­port from the pre­vi­ous leg of the se­ries at Rod­ney over the week­end of March 9 and 10 had Steven Os­borne with Pip from Avoca top the long head with 90 points with Ken Whit­taker’s Jess, while over on the short head and yard course, the form dog Spot of Mike Moody [as pro­filed in last Thurs­day’s edi­tion] held off Merv Cameron’s Clyde and Colin Jays Flick

Else­where, Craig Lugtigheid’s ex­pe­ri­enced bitch Tara led the way in the zig zag hunt and placed in the straight hunt with that event won by Kris Sturge from O¯ kai­hau with Fern. Also no­table was Claire Thom­son who was con­grat­u­lated by Cameron for her Mirri gain­ing enough qual­i­fy­ing points to make the na­tion­als by plac­ing twice in hunt events. Cameron noted con­di­tions were a ma­jor fac­tor at Rod­ney.

“The huge long head course with its long grass and rugged con­tour re­ally tested those com­pet­ing and once the rain set in, it was nigh on im­pos­si­ble to see what was hap­pen­ing at the top. Not only hard for the com­peti­tors and dogs, one also had to feel sorry for the work­ers putting the sheep on the mark, a bloody hard job!”

Cameron said the Rod­ney club put an SOS out for help which the O¯ ma­mari club an­swered by send­ing six work­ers in to as­sist and this was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by all in­volved.

The con­di­tions also meant judge Pete Camp­bell had a tough job ac­tu­ally see­ing what was hap­pen­ing at times, “but in typ­i­cal spirit, never com­plained”.

Re­sults were, long head: S Os­borne with Pip 1, K Whit­taker with Jess 2, K Whit­taker with Sam 3, M Moody with Spot 4, A Ross with Pip 5; short head and yard: M Moody with Spot 1, M Cameron with Clyde 2, C Jay with Flick 3, K Whit­taker with Jess 4, K Sturge with Flake 5; zig zag hunt: C Lugtigheid with Tara 1, S Os­borne with Tahi 2, K Whit­taker with Barb 3, C Thom­son with Mirri 4, B Wil­son with Boy 5; straight hunt: K Sturge with Fern 1, C Thom­son with Mirri 2, M Southee with Cruize 3, C Lugtigheid with Tara 4, B Wil­son with Boy 5.

■ The next trial, leg 7/12, is at Hob­son from to­mor­row and Satur­day, March 22-23, where good en­tries are ex­pected. Af­ter that come O¯ ta­matea March 30-31, Broad­wood from April 5-6, Molesworth April 12-13, Maun­gakaramea from April 27-28, and Man­gonui (at Land­corp Rangiputa) May 3-4.

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