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New Zealand ended the world
rowing championships with a medal
rush in Amsterdam late last night.
Having started the final session with
four golds, New Zealand added two
more through double scullers Fiona
Bourke and Zoe Stevenson, and single
sculler Emma Twigg, along with silver
medals for the lightweight men’s four
and Mahe Drysdale.
New Zealand finished the regatta
with a medal haul of six gold medals,
two silver and one bronze medal.
That was a vast improvement on last
year when they took one gold, three
silver and one bronze.
Silver medallists a year ago, Bourke
and Stevenson grabbed their win with
a thrilling late surge.
They sat third with 500m remaining
before overtaking the Australian and
Polish crews to win in 6min 38.04s, a
1.32s advantage over the Poles at the
At first the New Zealanders could
not believe they had won, seeking
confirmation from the shore, then
broadly grinning in delight.
Twigg, with minor medals at the
last three worlds, took charge of her
final against defending champion Kim
Crow of Australia and had almost
a three-second margin at the finish,
crossing in 7:14.95.
She whooped in delight at her first
world crown. Twigg is now taking
a break to pursue academic studies
for the next 10 months in Europe
before setting her sights on the Rio
History repeated for the lightweight
men’s four when they won silver
behind Denmark, replicating the
placings from the 2013 world
The four differed in one respect.
Injury this week ruled out James
Lassche. Alastair Bond took his spot,
along with Curtis Rapley, Peter Taylor
and James Hunter.
The Danes were too strong, winning
in 5: 47.15, with New Zealand an
impressive second in 5:48.76 and
Britain third a further .82s back.
Drysdale had a titanic struggle with
defending champion Ondrej Synek of
the Czech Republic.
Just when the five-time world
champion and Olympic gold medallist
got his nose in front, Synek responded
and hung on for a superb win, the
margin just .73s.
Start as you mean to go on; for
lightweight women Julia Edward and
Sophie MacKenzie it ’d be hard to find
a more appropriate motto.
The pair had their first event as a
lightweight double sculls combination
yesterday and won the gold medal. Just
like that. Talk about a perfect mesh on
seriously limited preparation.
The women won in a world-best
time of 6min 48.560s, heading home
Canada’s Lindsay Jennerich and
Patricia Obee by fractionally under
That came shortly after the
champion men’s pair Eric Murray
and Hamish Bond reinforced their
position as the sport ’s supreme crew
with their 19th straight world cup,
Olympic or world championship
A day earlier, Murray and Bond had
won the non-Olympic coxed pair title,
with cox Caleb Shepherd.
Their combination of supreme
fitness, precision of stroke and absolute
certainty in going about their business
has made them the benchmark.
It is 13 years since the coxed and
coxless pair double win has been
completed, by the legendary British
duo of Matthew Pinsent and James
Women’s pair Rebecca Scown and
Louise Trappitt, who have had an
up-and-down year, ended it with a
satisfying bronze, behind Britain’s
Olympic champions Heather
Stanning and Helen Glover, and the
There was also gold in another
non-Olympic class, the women’s four,
for Kelsey Bevan, Grace Prendergast,
Kayla Pratt and Kerri Gowler.
Slow and steady won the race
for Star United A when they
grabbed the West Coast netball
premier A title from Speights
Ale House Cobden A 28-21, on
A match that had the makings
of a close and tense encounter,
ended quite one-sided after
Cobden fell apart in the second
quarter and only managed to
shoot three goals, as opposed to
Luck was not on Cobden’s
side, either, and at times the
Star United girls were getting
away with some pretty physical
Nothing can be taken away
from Star United, though.
They had a formidable defence
with Sarah van Looy, goal keep,
Anne Paterson goal defence and
Bree Cumming wing defence
hassling the Cobden attackers
Centre Molly Jennings also
performed well and Amy Hibbs
at goal shoot showed she has
matured over the season and did
all that was asked of her.
Cobden had no answer for Star
United’s swarming defence —
their players were all over their
opponents and the ball, which
slowed down Cobden’s play.
It took both teams time to
settle into their routines and
by the end of the first quarter
Cobden was in front and looked
set to give Star a run for the
However, the second quarter
was all Star’s. Cobden had
trouble getting the ball into the
circle and through the centre
court and Star just went about
Cobden tried a number
of different combinations
throughout in an attempt to
curb the flow. Many of the
changes worked but they were
not enough to pull back the
Inconsistency was also
Cobden’s downfall and players
going in fits and starts; every
good run was undone by a bad
one. Star United did not have
such a good third quarter, which
was their turn to score just three.
Cobden got five, but needed
more if they were to get back
into the game.
Star took the court in the final
quarter and steadied the boat to
take it, 8-6.
Rachel Doolan tried her
hardest and had support from
Ellen Nicol and Eilish Burrows
in the first half. Centre Jordan
Mahuika toiled but had no
answer for Star’s onslaught.
After the final whistle, Star
United’s injured player-coach
Bex Crook was all smiles.
“I ’m rapt. We came here to win
and that is exactly what we did.
We may not have played flashy
netball, we just did the basics,
and that got us through. I’m so
proud of the girls, they played
out of the skins. ”
Cobden coach Karen Doolan
had little to say.
“Instead of coaching netball
next year, maybe I need to start
coaching the girls scrag,” a
disappointed Doolan said.
In the end, the experience
showed by Star United players
and their ability to control the
game trumped Cobden, who
this year lacked a player to rally
and fire up the troops when
things got a bit tough.
Premier A: Star United A 28,
Speights Ale House Cobden
A 21; CSC A 25, Star United
Premier B: Kotare A 21,
Speights Ale House Cobden C
14; HSOG A 25, Star United
C 17; GHS Snr A 24, Kotare
B 22; HSOG B 38, Tui Central
Senior: CSC B 30, HSOG
C 16; Greymouth WMC 30,
Kotare C 17; GHS Jnr A 26, Tui
Central B 17.
Senior reser ve: HSOG E 31,
Frist grade (pool A): GHS
Green 20, GHS Blue 4; Cobden
Paroa Jnr A 24, Paroa Jnr B 14;
CSC F 14, Grey Valley Jnr A 12.
Pool C: Karoro A 17, HSOG
Second grade: Kotare Jnr A 17,
Cobden Jnr B 3; HSOG Jnr B
9, Karoro B 4.
Shoddy defence and a mountain of
penalties led to a heavy 49-15 defeat for
West Coast against South Canterbury in
their Heartland Championship match at
Rugby Park, Greymouth, on Saturday.
The home side let in six tries in lock
Brad Houston’s 50th game for the region,
as they succumbed to a more organised
and accurate South Canterbury side.
South Canterbury ’s willingness to
offload tore shreds in the Coast defence;
they spent the last quarter of the match
ignoring the advantage line, piling on 22
points after the 60-minute mark.
Coast looked most dangerous when
they swung the ball wide to winger Regan
Stanton — a lone spark in their backline
— but a lack of possession in the opening
half prevented them from doing so more
Worsening Coast ’s possession woes,
referee Jamie Nutbrown favoured the
visitors with the whistle. Coast were
often penalised for interfering in rucks,
stunting any momentum they gathered
early on, while receiving barely any calls in
Despite being on the back foot, West
Coast ’s defence did hold solid for an
extended period after trading tries with
South Canterbury before six minutes had
No 8 Suamalie Tuiletufuga’s
barnstorming equaliser, just a minute after
South Canterbury second five-eighth
Miles Medlicott had touched down, was
impressive, but the phases leading to his
try were the last Coast would see of the
ball for most of the first half.
They were forced on to the defensive,
only conceding and scoring a penalty goal
until 29 minutes into the game, when
winger Mailie Iongi stepped beautifully
off his right foot, beating five defenders to
put South Canterbury 17-10 ahead.
Coast looked reluctant
to tackle as they then
let centre Paula Fifita
slip through and
score from halfway,
converting his own try
to make it 24-10 at the
With the red and
whites again on
tackling duty in the
second half, Sean
McClure wiped off
some of the pressure 51
minutes in. The second-
five snatched a long
South Canterbury pass
and scrambled 50m to
keep Coast ’s hopes alive
First a couple penalties
for Fifita, followed by
Iongi scoring his brace
by charging through
the middle of a ruck,
and winger Erenimo
Tau picking his way
through a defensive
hole, put the visitors
at an untouchable 42
finished off a quick-fire
forward effort to cap
off a successful trip to
It was a limp
performance for West
Coast, although the
injection of lock Chris Mason in the
first half made a noticeable difference at
rucks. F lanker Josh Hill was a wall on
Scorers. — South Canterbury 49 (M
Iongi 2, M Medlicott, P Fifita, E Tau, T
Fakatava tries; Fifita 3 pens, 5 cons), West
Coast 15 (S Tuiletufuga, S McClure tries;
T Priest pen, con).
Monday, September 1, 2014
PICTURE: Sean Coleman
West Coast players Alan Monk, left, and Brad Houston with
their celebrator y jerseys after playing their 50th matches for
the region. Houston up notched his milestone in the game
against South Canterbur y on Saturday, while Monk ticked
over the half century in the Meads Cup semi-final against
Mid-Canterbury last year.
Sth Canterbury overwhelms Coast
PICTURE: Paul McBride
West Coast No 8 Suamalie Tuiletufuga is confronted by the South Canterbury defence during the Heartland Rugby clash at Rugby
Park, Greymouth, on Saturday afternoon.
NZ finishes world champs with gold rush
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Sophie MacKenzie and Julia Edward celebrate their triumph in the lightweight double sculls in Amsterdam.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Speights Ale House Cobden A goal shoot Summer Klempel and Star United A goal defence Anne
Paterson contest a high ball into the circle during the premier A final. Centres Jordan Mahuika and
Molly Jennings prepare to pounce on the ball if it comes their way.
Poor defence by the West Coast Chargers
saw them lose their third consecutive
match in the South Island premier rugby
league competition, in D unedin on
Coast lost 20-44 to the Otago Whalers
and coach Dean McGrath was making no
excuses, saying that his side never looked
However, they did get off to a better start,
albeit only the first 10 or so minutes.
The players had let themselves down, he
“ We didn’t do any good really — we had
lapses in defence and it was especially poor
in the middle.”
Coast also missed one-on-one tackles.
Had they tackled a little bit better they
may havebeen in with a sniff of a win, “but
we were no good on the day ”.
“ We looked good when we got the ball
out wide, but when it came down to it we
A couple of players did stand out
including Harrison Mahuika, who had
a punishing game, and Jade Coleman in
the centres, named Coast ’s player of the
day, worked hard on both defence and
While McGrath was not making excuse
for his side he said they were also hit by
injury, missing three players from the
starting 13 as Nik Davy, Brad Dixon
and Ben Alexander all limped from the
Replacement players Damien Wineera
and Ben Waipouri scored two tries each.
West Coast has the bye this weekend and
McGrath said that was lucky because, with
the injuries, Coast may have struggled to
find players to fill in for the injured team
West Coast Chargers 20
(Wineera, Waipouri 2, Dean Coghlan 2
con) lost to Otago Whalers 44, half-time
of the New Zealand Herald
The Tall Blacks have left
themselves with a mountain to
climb to progress to the knock-out
rounds of the Basketball World
Cup in Spain.
New Zealand has fallen to its
second straight Group C loss at
the Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, going
down 76-63 to the Dominican
With the seemingly invincible
US next up, the Tall Blacks will
most likely have to beat Ukraine
and Finland in their final pool
games to qualify for the round of
In a defeated side, Tom
Abercrombie stood out with 22
points, while Kirk Penney scored
16, but they did not get enough
support, with Mika Vukona New
Zealand’s next best with 11 points,
but his court time was limited due
to foul trouble.
The Tall Blacks were unable to
stop Houston Rockets sharp-
shooter Francisco Garcia, who
scored a game-high 29 points for
New Zealand made a sluggish
start, shooting only 33% (11/33)
from the field, and trailed 34-27 at
the major interval.
Only four Tall Blacks scored
points in the first half, including
Abercrombie, who notched up 13
in the first quarter.
Once he checked out of the
game, the offence stalled, and New
Zealand took almost four minutes
to score a basket in the second
The Tall Blacks cut the deficit
to just one point at three-quarter
time, with Abercrombie and
Penney combining to score 19,
and New Zealand did level the
scores early in the final period.
Garcia then took over to give
the Dominicans their first win of
Yesterday morning, the Tall
Blacks blew an opportunity to
record one of their biggest wins
at an international tournament.
They imploded in their World
Cup opener against Turkey, the
2010 runners-up, giving up an
11 point lead with less than five
minutes remaining to fall to a
Turkey finished the game on a
15-1 run, while the Tall Blacks
missed their last nine shots from
Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic
says they froze in the last five
minutes and simply could not put
the ball in the basket.
“ We outplayed them, out-
rebounded them, but the fact we
didn’t finish the game is going
to stick with us for a long time
after the tournament,” he said.
The coach took responsibility
for the opening loss after picking
up a decisive technical foul with
3:42 still remaining in the fourth
quarter, when New Zealand led by
Vucinic was judged to be too
vociferous in appealing an offensive
foul on Tall Blacks guard Corey
Turkey made the resulting free
throws and then a lay-up from the
“I saw what I saw. I didn’t think
it was a foul, but I didn’t think I
really did enough to warrant a
“There was no bad words or
anything like that,” Vucinic said.
“I told the guys after that
maybe if I didn’t get that technical
foul, it might have been a different
Star United claims
Chargers fall to Otago
Tall Blacks lose twice at World Cup
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