Mixed Sports Games webThe Ashburton College basketball team put a confidence-boosting victory on the court last Tuesday night when they took on Christchurch Boys’ High School at the Oxford Street stadium.

After some tough battles in recent weeks, the College lads put an impressive performance together to claim the win with an 88-81 score line.

Defensively, they put the pressure on from the outset – but coupled that with a strong implementation of their offensive play. CBHS took their time to work into the game and by the end of the first quarter they trailed 24-18.

The second quarter was again intense with the visitors manning up in defence and putting the pressure on College. It wasn’t enough to get the lead at halftime though with College taking a 45-42 lead.

The match continued in intensity in the all-important third quarter and CBHS dropped to a zone defence which gave them advantage.

College however were up to the task and took a two point lead 64-62 going into the final quarter.

Early in the fourth, CBHS took the lead and the match threatened to get away from the College boys but they replied with a couple of important three pointers which allowed some breathing room, extending the lead to five.

With a couple of minutes to go College had a momentary lapse and managed to turn the ball over several times.

Luckily, they went relatively unpunished, so they were able to maintain their lead.

A timeout was needed to calm the nerves.

From here they played composed basketball which forced CBHS having to resort to fouling to put College to the line.

They were able to convert from the charity line to edge their way to a deserved 88 – 81 win.

For College Kambell Stills was outstanding.

He played the whole game and was a real handful on the offensive end as well as cleaning up numerous defensive rebounds for a man of the match display. He finished with 35 points.

Jamie Reid had a top game as well finishing with 19 points – he drove well to the basket as well as showing off his defensive skills.

Riley Sa continued to impress at both ends of the court and along with Reid, they hit three crucial three pointers to regain the lead halfway through the fourth quarter to take the game away from CBHS.

Jacob Tallentire was tireless on defence, however it was in the fourth that he showed his offensive rebounding skills pinching at least half a dozen bounds which allowed College to regain possession and work the clock.

This week College take on St Andrews’ College.

© The Ashburton Guardian - 27 July 2020

230720 SN 0117 Doris Wakelin 103 years old webDoris Wakelin preparing to celebrate her 103rd birthday. Photo Sue NewmanDoris Wakelin lives by a pretty simple motto – get up, get on with it and never look back.

Today, she celebrates her 103rd birthday and said that, apart from good genes and good health, living to a ripe old age has plenty to do with your attitude to life.

“I’ve always believed that you have to forget the bad bits and remember the good and look forward to what’s coming.

“The good parts in life become your memories,” she said.

Doris is very much a child of the Ashburton District.

It’s been her home for all of those 103 years, it’s the place where she was raised, educated, married and raised a family and now it’s the place where she’s happily settled in a small flat, caring for herself, cooking her own meals and sharing time with her family.

Her family was part of an early Ashburton business, Moore’s drapery.

She attended Hampstead School (she’s proud of being the school’s oldest ex-pupil), and received her secondary education at Ashburton Technical College.

Like many girls of her time, she left school at 16 to take up housework positions with families with a new baby or where the mother had been hospitalised.

As one of a family of six and the oldest daughter, it was also her job to share the workload at home with her mother.

Unlike many of her friends, however, Doris had two homes, one with her family and one with her aunt.

“I’d been with Auntie Fan since I was born as we lived two streets apart and she’d often pick me up on a Friday night and take me back to Granny’s with her.

“I was her flower girl and when she married I moved in with her and her husband and her daughter was more like a sister to me,” she said.

That two home status also meant she came in for more than her fair share of spoiling, Doris admitted.

She met husband to be George Bishop through work.

“I didn’t normally work on Saturdays but this woman had just had a baby and asked if I’d go in and help out and her brother was there.”

The rest is history, but a history that shows the lengths a couple will go to for love.

“He used to ride 33 1/3rd miles every Saturday from the Ashburton Gorge down and back on Sunday night.

“If a nor’wester was blowing, he’d get off his bike and sleep under a gorse hedge,” Doris said.

“I’d be baking him a cake when he got here. He was fond of marshmallow square and I always made that for him.”

The cake clearly won George’s heart and the couple married and had six children.

Those child-raising years, living on farms around the district, were wonderful, Doris said and today she’s lost count of the number of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren that are part of her family.

George became ill and died in 1973 when Doris was in her early 50s.

“He was a great husband,” she said.

Lost without George by her side, Doris decided to get a job and started work at a supermarket in Ashburton’s Triangle.

Her job was to pack bags of flour.

Also working in the packing area was Wilfred Wakelin. His job was to prepare vegetables for sale.

Love bloomed and marriage followed.

Doris says she counts herself lucky to have had two ‘lovely’ men in her life.

Today, she’s still a member of Netherby Women’s Institute, first joining the organisation at Maronan in 1955.

She no longer knits and sews, but said in the past she enjoyed both crafts and was a dab hand at whipping up underwear for her grandchildren.

“I used to read a lot but gave that up because I’m not one to put a book down. I’d sit up until one or two in the morning reading, but today it’s television I enjoy, particularly The Chase.

“And I love doing puzzles.

“I buy a lot of magazines for the puzzles.”

Today she’s having an open home, welcoming visitors with cake and coffee and tonight she’ll head to the RSA for a celebratory shandy.

“That’s my only tipple and only on birthdays or at Christmas and it has to be a good one, a half and half.”

Staying true to her belief in looking to the future Doris is planning to celebrate her 105th birthday.

By Sue Newman © The Ashburton Guardian - 24 July 2020

ash16hockey coach 696x522Hockey high performance network coach Aaron Ford (left) with Black Sticks goalkeeper George Enersen at the NBS Ashburton Hockey Turf. Photo supplied.Hockey NZ high performance network coach Aaron Ford was back on home turf this week taking premier grade’s best players through their paces at a training session.

The former Ashburton College alumni took up his new role in February, a role designed to be a connector between the community and high performance for players, coaches and umpires. His patch covers the South Island.

Ford brought talented players down to NBS Ashburton Hockey Turf Monday from their usual training base in Christchurch to showcase and share the work done in training.

Coaches and officials from the Mid Canterbury Hockey fraternity were invited to get up close and to watch and learn.

Men trained for an hour and were followed on the turf by elite female players.

Among those at the training were Black Sticks goalkeeper George Enersen, striker Jessie Anderson and a number of NZ development squad players.

Ford grew up in a hockey playing family in Ashburton.

His family was associated with the Collegians Hockey Club, with dad Ross a local player and older brother Mark also a Canterbury rep player.

Ford himself played for Canterbury Under 18 and Under 21 teams, and in his last year at college started playing club hockey for Harewood.

Three ACL ruptures cut short his playing career at the age of 29 and he made the move into coaching.

His first coaching job was at Christchurch Girls’ and he has since progressed to men’s, women’s and age group teams at both regional and national level.

The 39-year-old, a father of two, said he was full time with hockey these days and enjoying the opportunities that came with it.

“I love working with the players and preparing and playing in tournaments.”

Ford said he had been back to the Ashburton turf a number of times since his early playing days.

“I only actually played on the turf for the first six months after it was built.

“It’s a nice turf, a great facility for Ashburton, and a lot more sheltered than the new turf at Nga Puna Wai in Christchurch.”

By Mick Jensen © The Ashburton Courier - 18 July 2020