Face behind the whistle

Ant McGirr is one of Mid Canterbury’s longest serving active referees and he has no intentions of giving up just yet. Susan Sandys reports. Rugby union is more than just a sport, and refereeing is more than just a role to Ant McGirr. The 50-year-old this season clocks up 30 years as the fair but … Continued

Friday feast

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Celtic, Rakaia victorious

Night rugby returned to the Ashburton District on Thursday night to kickstart the long weekend, with three local side in action under the lights. Celtic took on West Melton on home turf while, under the mountains, country bedfellows Methven and Rakaia locked horns in another instalment of their long-standing rivalry. Mid Canterbury’s two other sides; … Continued

Important day for Mid Canterbury United

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Brea makes squad for worlds

  The 2018 Youth Olympic Games must now seem a long time ago for Methven 16-year-old Brea Roderick. Since returning from South America with a silver medal proudly dangling from her neck in October, the youth triathlete has enjoyed a hectic summer of competition, and now a busy past few months has been topped off … Continued

Drug operation hauls 9500 cannabis plants

  Police have seized about 9500 cannabis plants during a joint three-week drug operation with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The cannabis plants, which were grown illicitly in remote areas, were found in the Tasman and Central Police districts. A Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter was used to remove the cannabis plants … Continued

Waireka players finish on a high

A big season at the Waireka Croquet Club was topped off by their three teams taking out the South Canterbury inter-club competition. The wins in the advanced, intermediate and primary grades were among the many moments celebrated at the club’s closing day on Saturday. Play wasn’t possible on the final day of the season, with … Continued

Hampstead take on ‘Mt Everest’

Hampstead coach Shaun Bovey likens the task ahead of his side tomorrow as the club rugby equivalent of sitting at base camp and looking up at Mt Everest. They’re set to take on Southern in round four of the Combined Country Cup competition in Hinds tomorrow, and Bovey’s under no illusions – he and his … Continued

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