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Published: 20 Oct 2016 - - Author: Glenn Watson

Rugby 

Unbeaten Wanganui is paying just $1.16  to beat Wairarapa-Bush to win Saturday's Heartland semifinal at Cooks. Wairarapa Bush is offering $4.50.

Despite the raging hot favourite tag, Wanganui coach Jason Caskey is taking nothing for granted.

"Wairarapa Bush will be tough. They always are," he said.

He said his side had a few minor injuries but the core of the side was fit for selection.
 
STEELFORM WANGANUI v WAIRARAPA BUSH - Gates open at 1pm. Children & Students get a FREE sausage sizzle between 1pm and 3pm. Get your face painted with Wanganui colours and show your support for the Butcher Boys. Prizes, giveaways & lolly scramble!! 
 

Golf 

Wanganui Golf Club (Belmont) has a new director of golf. It's former Wanganui Rugby Union boss Dale Cobb. Previous manager, Norm, has taken up a position with Palmerston North Golf Club. Good luck in your new role Dale.
We're informed that this year's Pro-am won't be going ahead because of a lack of sponsorship. Hopefully back for 2017. 
Meanwhile over at Castlecliff Golf Club, the National Fireman's tourney is under way. 120 taking part. Talk about setting the course alight lol

Jetsprints

Leighted has "jetted off" to Taranaki in a big way now.
Former Wanganui jetsprinter Leighton Minnell has taken his love for the sport to Taranaki, where he now lives. Waitara is now the home of a brand new jetsprint track and will host a round of the national jetsprint champs in December. 
Former world champion superboat champion Minnell has leased the land next to Kart Sport Taranaki for the next three years. 
"I've always thought of Taranaki as a real petrol head region," he said. "It seems like everyone is involved in motorsport in one way or the other." 
"Two years ago this was a dream and now it has finally come through."

Motorbike Racing 

A man who has been described as the “best motorcycle street racer in the world” will be competing on the Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day.
Northern Irishman Michael Dunlop has been setting alight the equally-famous Isle of Man race circuit, The 27-year-old Dunlop is the latest in a long line of exciting, headline-grabbing athletes who have been drawn to the tricky Cemetery Circuit in recent years, with Britain’s Guy Martin, Liechtenstein rider Horst Saiger and British women’s champion Maria Costello just a few of the other star attractions that Cemetery Circuit organiser Allan ‘Flea’ Willacy has managed to entice to New Zealand in recent years.  
The Cemetery Circuit event on December 26 will again be the third and final round of the popular annual Suzuki Series, which kicks off at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park near Taupo on December 4, then takes riders to Manfeild for round two on December 11, before its traditional Boxing Day finale on the public streets of Wanganui.

The highly-respected Dunlop will also race at Manfeild’s round two of the Suzuki Series, although it is the Robert Holden Memorial Trophy, given each years to the Cemetery Circuit feature race winner, that he craves most.  

Willacy said Australian motards riders and more solos and sidecar racers from the United Kingdom, including World Champion/IOMTT winners, are still yet to be announced. 

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