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Clubs short of grounds
By GARY MOODY
GROUNDS PRESSURE: Halswell Football Club president Craig Crawford, left, and Halswell
Hornets Rugby League Club development officer Nick Phillips at the Halswell Domain.
A CALL from the Canterbury Rugby
Union for more grounds in Halswell is
prompting some well-established sports
in the growing suburb to point out there
are none to spare.
Union chief executive Hamish Riach
said in a recent submission on the Christ-
church City Council draft three-year plan
it had been asking for adequate playing
facilities there for some time.
He said the code was effectively locked
out of the area and could not provide for
rugby players who lived there, with some
having to travel to Selwyn to play.
Halswell United Football Club presi-
dent Craig Crawford said his club had
1000 members and was growing, with a
strong senior player base. It needed more
grounds itself to meet demand, and could
not afford to lose any.
Conversely his club struggled to get
grounds in Selwyn, where it had
members, and would like to play games
in Tai Tapu and Lincoln.
Halswell Hornets Rugby League Club
development officer Nick Phillips, which
shares the domain, said his club was in a
similar situation and with four grounds,
two senior and two junior, for 500
members there was real pressure on the
Both clubs needed lighting as well as
senior and training pitches
Halswell Hornets was the largest in
Christchurch and the football club, before
the mergers of other clubs, ranked as the
Softball was played on the domain in
summer, which also catered for cricket,
and the latter involved some season
crossover with football.
Football and rugby league were well
established in the area, and certain parts
of the city were strongholds for different
codes, but there were opportunities for
any sport in the area -- he pointed out the
Suburbs Rugby Club played on Hoon Hay
Park, not far from the domain
They hoped new development would
include more sports fields .
Mr Crawford said the clubs worked
together in some areas and this would
increase in the future in administration
of the sport and welcomed rugby's input
into a sports hub initiative.
Top students lauded
TOP ARTIST: Rangi Ruru's Rebecca Hawkes.
TWO RANGI Ruru Girls' School students'
academic achievements have been recogn-
ised at Government House.
Philippa Trevella and Rebecca Hawkes
were among 45 students receiving Premier
Award and Top Subject Scholarships.
Philippa received Premier Awards with
Outstanding Scholarship in biology, chem-
istry, statistics and modelling, and scholar-
ships in art history and English, while
Rebecca was given Top Subject Scholarship
in visual arts (painting).
Philippa (Pip) is now at Auckland
University studying for a bachelor of
science and is continuing to achieve success
as a nationally recognised middle-distance
Rebecca, now at Victoria University, is
studying for bachelor of arts degrees (media
studies, English literature and film) and
bachelor of laws.
Rangi Ruru principal Julie Moor said the
school was extremely proud of them.
Pip, additionally, as an athlete,
managed to balance her academic achieve-
ments with representing New Zealand at
the world schools cross-country champion-
ships in Malta, where she came ninth.
It's just wonderful that they have the
world as their oyster,'' she said.
Traditional rugby clash
In sleet and a bitter southwesterly, Christchurch
Boys' High slugged it out against Christ's College
to nail a narrow 7-6 victory in their annual
interschool game at Rugby Park on Tuesday.
Christ's College have not beaten Christchurch
Boys' since 2000, but commentators said College
players would have walked off the ground knowing
they did enough to win the game, which doubled as
a Press Cup fixture. Christ's College had their
chances in the opposition 22, but could not strike
the killer blow.
Boxer on assault charges
A former boxer faces several charges of assaulting
police after an incident in Manchester St early on
Saturday. A policewoman was punched in the face
and her colleague received a broken finger after a
roadside car check turned violent. Inspector Derek
Erasmus said the two officers were on patrol and
had stopped to talk to a driver parked at the side
of the street. The driver allegedly attacked both
officers ''as a result of the conversation''.
A magnitiude 3.5 earthquake struck shortly before
7am yesterday. The shake was 8km deep and was
centred just east of the central city, early Geonet
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