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RUGBY WORLD CUP FAN ZONE
Rugby fever is alive and well at the Hawke's Bay Opera House during the World Cup
as they play host to an official RWC 2011 Fanzone. The Opera House is showing both
semi-finals and the final on a massive screen accompanied by outstanding sound,
so you'll feel as if you're in the thick of the action. But it doesn't just cater for rugby
fans, there'll also be entertainment before the games making it a great night out for the
The Opera House is well and truly the hub of festivities in Hastings and residents and
visitors are encouraged to make their way there on the nights that the games are being
shown. It'll be a great place for everyone to congregate and watch some fantastic rugby.
Entry to the Fan Zone is free of charge, but you need to get your ticket prior from
either the Opera House box office or from the Hastings i-Site.
what: RWC 2011 Fan Zone
where: Hawke's Bay Opera House
when: Games are 15, 16 & 23 October
For more information check out www.hawkesbayoperahouse.co.nz
The Rugby World Cup Fan Zone is just one of the fantastic events happening in
Hastings as part of the Having-A-Ball festival during the Rugby World Cup. For
more information on what there is to see and do, make sure you stop in and see
us at the Hastings i-SITE Visitor Centre.
Now off to the big one
Victory: Jimmy Choux, ridden by Jonathan Riddell, wins the NZ Bloodstock
Insurance Spring Classic.
Photo: JOHN COWPLAND
Superstar Hastings-trained galloper
Jimmy Choux will now head to Mel-
bourne after winning Saturday s
Group I $300,000 New Zealand
Bloodstock Insurance Spring Classic
at the Hawke s Bay Racing Centre.
At Moonee Valley he will try to
become the first Kiwi-trained winner
of the A$3 million (NZ$3.8m) Cox
Plate since the mighty Sunline.
Jimmy Choux gave Red Ruler a
four-length start at the top of the
Hastings straight, but then his jockey
Jonathan Riddell steered himinto
clear air and with a couple of casual
flicks of the whip made the 13G4 length-
win look nothing more than a Monday
morning trackwork run.
Red Ruler and Canterbury galloper
Hold It Harvey couldn t be separated
for second and were declared a dead-
Despite getting caught up in a
traffic jam during the race, Riddell s
faith in Jimmy Choux was unwaver-
I was never worried about it, I
guess just because I ve got so much
faith in the horse. Those horses can t
beat Jimmy Choux. It takes a differ-
ent type of horse to beat Jimmy,
Riddell will now find out whether
that type of horse is among Jimmy
Choux s rivals in the 2040m Cox Plate
at Moonee Valley on October 22.
The Cox Plate is something you
dream about. I always thought I
might get to it one day, Riddell said.
Hastings trainer John Bary said
Jimmy Choux s win had served its
purpose of giving the four-year-old a
suitable hit-out ahead of his Mel-
bourne trip. He won two legs of the
Hawke s Bay Triple Crown after vic-
tory in the Windsor Park Plate.
HBU board gains
two new members
Two new faces have joined
the board of Hawke s Bay
United while chairman Colin
Stone has stepped down, but
will remain on as a board
Stone, also chief executive
of Sport Hawke s Bay, stood
down from the position he
held for three years at Unit-
ed s AGM last week, which
was attended by delegates
from the franchise s 30
affiliated local clubs.
Former Taradale Football
Club president Peter Grant
and chartered accountant
Chris Guillemot were
appointed to the board, while
former Central Football chief
executive Bob Patterson was
re-appointed for another
A new chairperson will be
elected at October s next full
meeting of members Colin
Stone, Terry Parkin, Bob
Patterson, Glenn Fan-
Robertson, Chris Guillemot,
Wayne Baird and Peter
Grant. The AGM heard that
it had been a predictably dif-
ficult year for the franchise,
with a large reduction in the
amount of Fifa-generated
income received from the
World Club championships.
During the previous season
Auckland s City s heroics had
earned the Hawke s Bay
franchise an additional
$104,000 but this had
dropped to a modest $33,000
as Waitakere United failed to
make the finals series.
Hawke s Bay United
posted a $32,952 loss for the
season, which was within its
On a brighter note, new
general manager Anthony
Floyd announced cash spon-
sorship for the upcoming
season was up by 21 per cent.
The new sponsors and new
Hawke s Bay United team
will be launched at a break-
fast function on October 18.
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