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Ashburton College basketballAshburton College’s Josh Lowe was a huge performer in his side’s 77-58 win against Christchurch Boys’ High School on Thursday, scoring 28 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Photo Jaime Pitt-MacKayThe Ashburton College senior boys’ basketball team continued its push for a top four spot in the Thompson Trophy competition on Thursday night with a 77-58 win over Christchurch Boys’ High School.

College sits fifth on the ladder with one game to go before quarter-finals but a home game at that stage of the competition could rest on the outcome of other match-ups in the last round on August 1.

Both the Thompson Trophy and Whelan Trophy competition for girls take a break over the school holidays.

College coach Pip Johnston said his side got off to a great start against CBHS on Thursday night and was able to control the tempo of the game well. College led 22-8 at the first quarter and 38-31 at half-time.

“Boys high put the pressure on us in the second quarter but we were able to hold our own and stay calm. The fourth quarter was a great quarter for us and it showed in the final result.”

College held a slender six-point lead after the third quarter, up 53-47, but outscored their city hosts 24-11 in the final stanza.

“It was great to see the boys all playing for each other. Josh Lowe had a huge game with 28 points and 15 rebounds. He’s been working really hard and it showed he can dominate in this competition. Everybody that got on showed me that they deserved to be out there.”

The College boys and girls will return in term three with an additional focus – the South Island Secondary Schools’ Premierships are in Dunedin early September with the top six finishers qualifying for the nationals.

© The Ashburton Guardian - 8 July 2017

franki mcadamFranki McAdam. Photo supplied.Staveley-raised Franki McAdam is off an a 3500km odyssey across India in a three-wheel rickshaw.

The intrepid 26-year-old will tackle the route between Kochi in the south and Jaisalmer in the Rajasthan desert.

She will take turns driving the rickshaw with her partner, Warwick Hamilton, and her best friend, Rachel Wallen.

The three-wheel vehicle has a 7hp engine and is a popular taxi choice for people completing shorter journeys in India.

It will be loaded to the hilt and will chug along at around 30 km/h on “quieter” Indian roads for the epic rickshaw run.

Former Mt Somers Springburn and Ashburton College pupil Franki said 160 teams had paid to enter the race, which would support rainforest conservation charity Cool Earth.

Her team was nicknamed Dude, Where’s My Cow? and a sacred Hindu cow would feature on the “dressed” up rickshaw.

Teams also needed to raise funds for a charity of their choice and her team had chosen the Child Cancer Foundation.

“My partner Warwick had cancer when he was young and the foundation does a lot of great support work,” said Franki.

So far $2000 had been pledged and it was hoped to raise $3000.

Rickshaw race teams will enjoy a two-day induction before they embark on the bone-rattling adventure and although a support crew will be on standby, participants will rely on local support.

“It is a crazy way to travel a long distance, but it will introduce us to raw parts of India and to the Indian people, which will be great.”

Franki, who studied environmental resource planning at Lincoln and is based in Nelson, is chilling out at a six-week yoga retreat in an ashram in Rishikesh, before the start of the rickshaw run on August 14.

Her three months in India will be followed by a short break in Sri Lanka.

Donations to her fundraising effort for the Child Cancer Foundation can be made through the Facebook page Dude, Where’s My Cow?

By Mick Jensen © The Ashburton Courier - 6 July 2017

Simon BarnettSimon Barnett. Photo suppliedSometimes, the timing is just right and for popular former local, Simon Barnett, that time is now.

The disc jock sent shockwaves up and down the country yesterday when it was announced that he would be leaving his regular slot on the More FM morning show and taking up a role within rival company, Newstalk ZB.

For 26 years thousands of New Zealanders, particularly those from the Canterbury region, have enjoyed Barnett’s dulcet tones in the morning on their annual pilgrimage to the workplace or as they potter around at home.

But after close to three decades of doing the same thing over and over again, he’s decided enough is enough.

And good on him too.

After being so successful, for such a long period of time it can’t have been an easy decision to change things up.

Not so much changing roles, but particularly changing companies.

Barnett has been the face of More FM for longer than most of us would care to remember.

It’s been his voice we’ve associated with the channel. And it’s been his delivery style and passion that has helped give the station a rise in popularity over an extended period of time.

The shift to Newstalk ZB will bring a new version of the now jovial and almost joking type of Barnett than we are used to.

A more traditionally straight station which tends to tackle the harder issues constantly, Barnett will have to adapt himself into a new version of himself and his success will be a measure of just how he handles that change.

He also joins a whole new stable of hosts. His right-hand man, Gary McCormick won’t be there for familiarity. Phil Gifford is nowhere to be seen either. So, it’s Si on his own, but not quite yet.

Yesterday’s announcement included the fact that he would remain with More FM until the end of 2018 before taking up his new role.

That should give enough time for his current employers to sort out a decent farewell.

By Matt Markham © The Ashburton Guardian - 5 July 2017