Today's golfing stars ensure history repeats

23:00, Dec 08 2013

None of the Manawatu-Wanganui golfers was even born when the district last won the national interprovincial tournament.

That was way back in 1964, 49 years ago, which is ancient history to Josh Munn, Tyler Hodge, Lachie McDonald, Trent Munn and Hayden Ring. They produced a stupendous effort to smash perennial winners Bay of Plenty in the final at North Shore on Saturday.

The icing came from Marton leftie McDonald, who practises at the Manawatu Golf Club. He was named player of the tournament after just one loss all week.

■ Manawatu's Selica Winiata with the hot feet has to be the most skilful women's rugby player in the country.

And yet again she was overlooked for the player-of-the-year award at the Rugby Awards in Auckland on Thursday. Last year she set a record for points-scoring but didn't make it.

When the little New Zealand player started stepping at the Central Region sevens at Massey University on Saturday, no-one could touch her. Fortunately, her scintillating try which won the Black Ferns' series against England was the try of the year, thanks to public voting.


■ Local goss. New Zealand women's sevens rugby player Sarah Goss helped Manawatu win the Central Region sevens on Saturday and then accommodated her team-mates at her 21st birthday party in Palmerston North.

We also note Feilding's world-class professional cyclist Jesse Sergent is now engaged to girlfriend Amber Kieselbach. And All Black Aaron Cruden is to be married to Grace King on January 11 at a so-far-undisclosed location. The women's magazines will be loving it.

■ Wet weather ruined club cricketers' weekend for the second time in as many weeks.

It was the third washout in nine weeks. Yesterday all of the teams turned up to Manawaroa Park but soon made the decision they weren't going to stand around all day and stare at each other.

■ Rugby players do not play the game to be vigilantes to remove vagrants.

Mayor Jono Naylor suggested in jest last week that Kia Toa rugby players could eject the city's so-called beggars in quick time. Kias chaps are up for a trade-off; they'll fix the beggars problem if the Palmerston North City Council allows them to have their clubrooms on the fifth floor of the cement aircraft carrier. We think they, too, jest.

■ Keep an eye out for three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet at Manfeild in February.

He will be accompanying his baby-faced 15-year-old son Pedro in the Toyota Racing Series. Pedro is the youngest son, comes out of karting and has been driving in Formula 3 at home in Brazil and says about New Zealand - "nowhere else in the world can you do 15 races in five weeks".

Manawatu Standard