Golfing duo take partnership to new heights

POPPED THE QUESTION: David Walker and Tina Phillips agreed to marry while on the Rangatira cable car.
POPPED THE QUESTION: David Walker and Tina Phillips agreed to marry while on the Rangatira cable car.

Before the cable car at the Rangatira Golf Club neat Hunterville was red-stickered and shut down, Palmerston North baker David Walker got the answer he was wanting.

He first took partner Tina Phillips there when they met seven years ago, so it became a special place for them once a year. In February, when they were halfway up the cliff face on the lift after golf, he got down on bended knee.

"What are you doing?" she said, before twigging it was a marriage proposal. "You don't have to."

But a few seconds later before the lift reached the top of the incline, it was "yes".

Those aspiring to be betrothed can rest assured the cable car should soon be back, if at a cost of $77,000.

■ Former Junior All Black rugby player Geoff Grant died in Brisbane recently, aged 55. He had been ill and had left Palmerston North two months ago to be with his mother and family in Brisbane. Born in Waipawa, he was a champion boxer at Palmerston North Boys' High School, was a big man but dynamic, and coach Gary Walker spotted him and took him to Queen Elizabeth College Old Boys.

Grant played 23 games for Manawatu between 1979 and 1984 as a loose forward. Former Manawatu players attended his funeral in Brisbane. A memorial service will be held at Palmerston North's Crossroads Church at 2pm on Thursday.

■ A stalwart member of Linton Camp Golf Club, Charlie Pepere, died in Palmerston North on Friday, aged 78. In his earlier days as a prison officer at Manawatu Prison, which adjoins Linton Military Camp, he had the use of prison labour. Under his direction, they built many of the elevated greens on what are now the front nine holes of the course.

His funeral is at 11am tomorrow.

■ The new second-tier netball competition known as the New Zealand under-23 championships could already do with a facelift.

The teams are called Central, Northern, South and Mainland and the only one which is identifiable to people off the latest flight from Mars would be Waikato-Bay of Plenty. To help the public, it might have been better to use the franchise names, such as Pulse, Steel . . . By the way, our lot are Central.

■ The first XVs from Tu Toa and Palmerston North Boys' High School clash in the first round of the national schools' knockout competition at Arena Manawatu next Saturday. There was a time, on three occasions, when Boys' High met Feilding High School's first XV but that seems destined not to happen now. Outsiders who visit Manawatu can't believe two such teams do not get to play each other.

■ Already the Manawatu Jets' decks have been cleared.

After Saturday's win at Waitakere, Chris Hagan and Zane and Zeke Meehl flew out of Auckland to the United States yesterday. Marcel Jones is with his wife in Taranaki - they are expecting a child in September - and Jeremiah Trueman is in Auckland where he will be on the Breakers' roster and trialling for the Tall Blacks.

Manawatu Standard