Dave RoutDave Rout and his wife Beckie at Ashburton College’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015. Photo Ashburton GuardianBasketball Mid Canterbury has acknowledged the passing of Dave Rout, a former teacher and great supporter of the game in Ashburton.

Rout’s death on New Year’s Day was a sad one for the country’s entire basketball community – he was a life member of Basketball New Zealand and credited for bringing miniball to New Zealand.

He devoted himself to coaching the game, particularly at secondary school and junior level in Mid Canterbury, Lower Hutt and Otago.

In 2016 he was inducted into the Basketball New Zealand Hall of Fame. He and his wife Beckie were also great supporters of the Tall Blacks and travelled around the world to watch New Zealand compete.

He was 86 at the time of his death.

Rout was introduced to the game at high school and played the sport in Otago in the early 1950s when he attended Dunedin Teachers’ College.

After a stint teaching in Lower Hutt, he came to teach at Ashburton Technical College in 1959. He joined the Mid Canterbury Basketball Association and played club basketball for the Gannets team.

He was a player and coach of the Mid Canterbury senior men’s team and also coached secondary school teams that played in local competitions and regional tournaments.

Rout was also the association delegate on the Ashburton Sports Hall Management Committee, where he became interested and involved in refereeing.

He returned to Dunedin in 1968 and spent another seven decades giving to the sport he loved, as a coach and administrator. He served the New Zealand Basketball Federation from 1986 to 1990, most of the tenure as president.

It was during this time, along with his friend Cedric Cudby, he introduced miniball to New Zealand – a form of basketball adapted to suit junior players, which continues to be loved by young Kiwis today.

Rout was a fitting guest speaker when Basketball Mid Canterbury celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005 and is remembered to this day by fellow ballers in Ashburton and students he taught.

© The Ashburton Guardian - 18 January 2018

1972 rugby

Ashburton College Rugby Under 16 (Red) 1972


Games played: 12. Won 11

Points for: 790

Points against: 52

Only loss was the Methven High School 1st 15 which included mostly older players.

Taking the Methven College game out of the equation, results of games against "peer" teams would be:

Played: 11. Won 11

Points for: 776

Points against: 22

It's important to remember that in those days a try was worth only 4 points.

A "friendly" game was arranged against the Ashburton College 1st 15. The first 15 won but only after the Under 16 team was ahead at full time however the coaches agreed to play on until the 1st 15 scored (to save face for the highly rated 1st 15).

The team was so far ahead of one team at half time that the coach swapped the forwards and backs around., A little arrogant I guess in today's environment.

Number of College players picked to represent Mid Canterbury in the Under South Island Tournament held in Nelson that year: 11

Team from left to right (* denotes players to represent Mid Canterbury that year):

Back Row: Neil Donaldson. Paul Brand*. Steven Downward*. Robin Jamieson. Mark Walls*. Peter Sinclair

Middle Row: Ken Lynch (Coach). Grant Robinson*. Murray Kerr*. Jimmy Upton. Malvern Galletly*. Ross Sampson*. Lloyd Major

Front Row: Bill Calder*. Donald Campbell*. Richard Denley* (Captain). Jeff Banks* (Vice Captain). Mark Sinclair. Chris Cumpstone.

Kindly submitted by Bill Calder - 12 January 2018

andrew shepherdAndrew Shepherd. Photo supplied.

Andrew Shepherd kicked the year off in style, securing victory in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Bedrock Bar and Stone Grill, Cycling Solutions, 38km handicap event around the Winchmore Church block on Sunday.

Shepherd and his co-markers found the front late in the race and kicked on, ensuring the chasing bunches did not catch them.

In a tight charge to the line Shepherd held out the fast-finishing Kerry Clough, with Aimee Elliott producing her best ride of the season to claim the third place spoils.

Mark Smitheram carried over his good form from the previous year to take fourth place.

Son and father duo of Mark and Paul Summerfield rounded out the top six.

Coming in fresh, Michael Templeton secured fastest time honours riding the course in 49.13.

Fellow scratch markers Steve Hands and Alex Hooper picked up second and third time respectively.

The juniors and division 2 contested an 18km handicap race.

Ethan Titheridge produced a solid ride from the scratch mark to secure the win and claim fastest time honours, riding the distance in 30.00.

Maddi Lowry continues to impress, claimed second place and second fastest time honours.

Brian Ellis took the division 2 spoils.

Next week the club will contest a 45km handicap event around the Christys Road block.

© The Ashburton Guardian - 10 January 2018