From The Sideline with Ferg

From The Sideline with Ferg 548 543 The Flyer Magazine
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From The Sideline

WITH FERG

Nice to be in Alert Level 1 and crowds back enjoying sport. Covid has taken a lot away from us and we are all adapting to sport as it exists at the moment. Thanks for the effort you have put in to help get us there.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Crusader’s rugby coach Scott Robertson at the Wakatipu High School’s sporting blues night recently. Always feels a bit like a blind date when you meet the subject for the first time and then have to get up on stage and chat with them. I found him a rather refreshing character who has the ability and tools to get the best out of his players. You look at the change in the game he has seen as a player in the 90s to a coach in these modern times. He has witnessed the evolution of players’ attitudes, training methods, nutrition, preparation and recovery, injury prevention, the game’s rules and player management. These are all constantly changing from season to season, giving you a look at the workload and the checklist a head coach can carry in a Super Rugby season. He appears to be a different cut from other coaches currently doing the rounds and I could not help but think, after interviewing him, that it was possibly an opportunity lost by the New Zealand Rugby Union in not appointing him as All Black coach.

Covid 19 has caused some of our local sports stars to head off in different directions. Skier Alice Robinson back in the coronavirus hotbed of Europe looking to build on some of her outstanding end of season success as the new season unfolds. After her breakout form of last season, will the follow on season’s blues haunt her this year? We know how often it can plague, confuse and torment athletes as they struggle to repeat success. I feel this will not happen to Alice as she has too much natural talent and that will always rise to the surface. Golfer James Anstiss, back after a brief stint in the United States and with no big tournament play available to him, he is out on the Charles Tour across New Zealand and putting in some pretty solid performances. In Covid-19 times, how valuable has the Charles Tour become for local golfers to be able to go out and compete and hopefully get some coins in their back pocket? Great to see women playing and Arrowtown golfer Laura Hoskin teeing off as well. Tennis player Ben McLachlan travelling the world on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professional) World Tour that has seen him at the US and French Opens, but not a great deal of success for Ben and his doubles partner Luke Bambridge from the UK. With the ASB Classic cancelled in New Zealand there will be no opportunity in the New Year for Ben and Luke to defend the title.

AND THAT’S MY VIEW FROM THE SIDELINE…