Black Stick could be hot property in India

PETER LAMPP AND GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 11:30 05/11/2012

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Palmerston North Black Stick Nick Wilson could find himself the subject of a bidding war for the new Indian hockey league starting in January.

The proven goal-scorer is one of a number of Black Sticks who have signed up for the new competition, where players will be auctioned off on Wednesday. Similar to the Indian Premier League cricket competition, six Indian city-based franchises will bid for around 100 international players, and Olympian Wilson would be a handy pickup.

Palmerston North's NZ Rugby Museum is looking for film or video footage of the Manawatu side playing any opponent before 1981, and particularly before 1976.

The museum has highlights of the 1976 Manawatu-Ireland contest and a few of the Ranfurly Shield challenges.

■ Manawatu's hot amateur golfer, Josh Munn, would have lined his pockets from tournaments had he been able to pocket the cash.

He estimated he would have won more than $15,000 after his two Charles Tour wins (at Harewood and Muriwai) and another fifth at Muriwai this year. But as he said: "The bigger bucks start coming later on." For now he is happy to have his name engraved on trophies.

■ At the Manawatu Turbos rugby awards last week, guest speaker Nigel Cass said that the Rugby World Cup final was New Zealand's most watched TV programme of all time, with 98 per cent of the country's TV audience tuned in.

■ We heard of a poor sport in trick-or-treating last week.

This Palmerston North woman bought a big bag of lollies to hand out to painted kids knocking on her door. But before Wednesday came around, she had scoffed the lot, so she didn't answer the door.

■ The Palmerston North gent who was affectionately known as "Turbo Tonsils" is still going strong at the age of 74.

Yes, Russell Harris is still the announcer at Palmerston North speedway, walks the sidelines at Turbos rugby matches and works every day as one of Higgins' road crews. Phew.

A self-confessed nerd, Nick Horvath showed you don't have to be a born athlete to be successful in sport.

The big Manawatu Jets centre confessed to being a nerd originally, but got involved with basketball because of his size at a young age. Now a physics teacher at Palmerston North Boys' High School, in his younger days in the United States he went away and worked on what he needed to improve on and it obviously paid off for the NBL MVP, who seems to be getting better with age.

The Levin Golf Club is trying to find the best rugby-playing golfer in Horowhenua-Kapiti and Manawatu next Sunday. The club is holding the Ramsbottom Rugby Club's ambrose golf challenge for rugby players, officials and supporters.

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Levin's College Old Boys are the defending champions but it is a fun day with women and children welcome.

People can register at the golf club at 11.30am, with a shotgun start at 12pm.

- Manawatu Standard

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