Good sports: Five from seven, Turbos hit top gear

A car drove up to the Plimmerton traffic lights late on Saturday night, the passenger's window wound down and, no, it wasn't a Mafia hit.

"Hey," the voice yelled, "how good was that?"

With that, the plush vehicle sped off. We understand the voice belonged to exhilarated Manawatu Rugby Union chief exec John Knowles after the Turbos' magnificent dousing of Wellington.

No doubt he had visions of the turnstiles rattling for this Saturday's home clash with Waikato at The Boneyard.

A touch judge for Saturday's match was former Palmerston North Boys' High School head boy Muneya Shino.

With the Turbos having won five from seven, Manawatu supporters are now barracking for Premiership teams such as Taranaki to beat their Championship opponents to keep them adrift of Manawatu.

Sport Manawatu are to be commended for running a free Sport Rage workshop.

It is designed to eliminate the threat of sport rage from Manawatu sports clubs and is being run in conjunction with Central Football.

They're dispensing advice on how to approach sport rage issues and tips on how to be a sport rage free club, and how the law applies to sport rage incidents.

The only problem is that ragers emerge when their kids are playing, then when they go, other angry ones surface.

We can only assume that one of Palmerston North's more illustrious and better-paid sons has been keeping an eye on the adidas All Blacks jersey public relations nightmare in New Zealand in the past week.

Robin Stalker is the adidas chief financial officer and is listed as one of four members of the giant company's four-man executive board based in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Born in Palmerston North in 1958, after attending Palmerston North Boys' High School he graduated with a business studies degree from Massey University, majoring in finance and accounting.

He was headhunted to join adidas in 1996 and still keeps his New Zealand passport. Last year adidas had 42,500 employees and revenues of $20 billion.

Talk about a disrupted season.

Manawatu's premier netball resumes again tomorrow night after three weeks off to make way for other sports using the Arena Manawatu stadiums which presumably pay the big bucks. But next week they have another night off because the national schools basketball and table tennis championships are in town.

This sort of thing never happened when all netball was played at Vautier Park, even if it was played outdoors.

It wasn't a good weekend for Wellington sports teams against ours.

Their golf team bailed out of the annual match against Manawatu-Wanganui at Levin yesterday, perhaps thinking of their men who had to motor over the Rimutakas in the polar blast.

They said: "With regard to this match, it is the view of the Wellington team management that the players should not be asked to travel because of the forecast weather conditions."

So a default win to Man-Wang perhaps!

Manawatu Standard