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The Greymouth High School boys’
hockey team finished in 10th place in
the Johnson Cup tournament, held in
Greymouth last week.
The side won entry to the tournament
after winning the Coaches Cup
tournament last year.
In pool play the side competed
opposition, but were unable to get a
The highlight of pool play was their
clash with eventual finalists Waimea
College, holding them to 1-0, after
strong performances from Iraia De
Goldi, Anata Iraia and keeper Bailey
Against Pakuranga College the
experienced seniors, captain Connor
McLean, Ryan O’Connor and the
team’s top goal scorer Michael Cook,
dominated the Aucklanders and
produced a creditable 4-1 victory.
Playing Rongotai College, the match
went to strokes and keeper Stewart
The play-off game for 9th and 10th
place against Kings College was a close
tussle but ended in 4-2, leaving Grey
High in 10th place.
The team performed well in their
debut into Johnson Cup. With a core
of experienced players and enthusiastic
Year 9 and 10 players the team will
develop and strengthen for next year’s
The Tall Blacks believe they have
missed an opportunity to move through
to the quarter-finals of the Basketball
New Zealand lost in the round
of 16 for the third straight world
championships, going down 76-71 to
Lithuania in Barcelona, Spain. The Tall
Blacks overturned a 15-point first-half
deficit to momentarily take the lead
in the fourth quarter but their valiant
comeback ultimately fell just short.
While they pushed the world’s fourth
ranked basketball nation, Tall Blacks
for ward Mika Vukona says the team
is disappointed to have exited the
“It’s just so hard to take when you’re so
close...maybe a minute and a half (away
from) going through to the next round,”
He has “a lot of pride” for the way
his side fought in the second-half after
trailing 36-26 at the major inter val.
“The boys really showed a lot of heart
and a lot of respect for the Tall Blacks
jersey and for Nenad (Vucinic) and the
coaches,” he said.
The Tall Blacks were led by Corey
Webster, who was the game’s top scorer
with 26 points. He has taken little
consolation in the honour.
“ We’re not satisfied and we’re
disappointed in where we finished. We
had a chance to keep going and we
thought we could,” Webster said. “ We
can compete with these teams and we
just didn’t do it for long enough.”
While Webster managed to keep New
Zealand in the game, the Tall Blacks
were unable to stop Lithuanian centre
Jonas Valanciunas at either end of the
court. The Toronto Raptors big scored
a team-high 22 points, grabbed 13
rebounds and blocked three shots, while
affecting numerous others.
Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic says
Valanciunas delivered an “incredible
performance” and was “the main reason
why they won the game”.
The Tall Blacks did well to get close
after producing their lowest scoring
quarter of the tournament to open the
Lithuania led 23-9 at quarter time
after New Zealand only managed to
knock down four of its first 18 field
goals. The Webster brothers scored eight
points on 4/7 shooting, while the rest of
the Tall Blacks were 0/11 from the field.
The Websters finally got some help in
the second quarter, with Isaac Fotu, BJ
Anthony and Mika Vukona all scoring
field goals and New Zealand managed
to keep in touch. They reduced the
deficit to 10 points at the half after
closing at the period on a 5-0 run.
Veteran shooting guard Kirk Penney
was again held scoreless in the first-
half, but played a role in the Tall
Blacks’ turnaround. He scored all six
of his points in the third quarter and
some timely contributions from Tom
Abercrombie, Anthony and Casey
Frank allowed New Zealand to reduce
the margin to 58-50 with 10 minutes to
Corey Webster then took it upon
himself in the final quarter. After closing
the third period with a three-pointer,
he drained another one at the start of
the fourth. Fotu pulled New Zealand
to within two points of Lithuania with
a triple of his own, before Webster
dropped his third three in as many
minutes to give the Tall Blacks their
first lead of the game with 7:12 left on
The Tall Blacks only managed to hold
the lead for just over a minute and while
they levelled the scores on a couple of
occasions, they were not able to take the
game away from the Lithuanians, who
made the majority of their free throws
down the stretch.
The result brings an end to Casey
Frank’s time in the Tall Blacks singlet,
while a number of other players have
played at their last World Cup. Nenad
Vucinic’s future as coach is also up in the
air, but he expects the majority of the
squad to commit to next year’s Olympic
Meanwhile the Australian Boomers
have suffered a heart-breaking one-
point loss to Turkey to also crash out of
the basketball World Cup.
The Boomers, who were hoping to win
a first-ever medal, led for most of the
match but will rue Cameron Bairstow
running foul of the clock shot with just
22 seconds left when leading 64-62.
Turkey’s Emir Preldzic then calmly ran
down the clock at the other end of the
court before downing a three-pointer
over Bairstow to steal the match 65-64.
The Australians looked on in disbelief
as the Turks celebrated.
The Boomers had lost to Angola in
their last group match meaning they
could avoid playing the United States
until the semi-finals. But such a scenario
became irrelevant after Turkey delivered
yet another come-from-behind thriller.
— New Zealand Herald
International caddie Steve Williams has been
inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame for his
contribution in promoting caddies and their
role in the game of golf.
Williams was presented a bronze caddie statue
by NBC and Golf Channel anchor and reporter
Steve Sands at the awards dinner following the
BMW Championship at the Gardner Heidrick
Pro-Am at Cherry Hills Country Club.
“I want to thank the Western Golf Association
for inducting me into the Caddie Hall of
Fame,” Williams said. “ I very much appreciate
this honour. ”
Western Golf Association president and
chief executive John Kaczkowski said Williams’
successful career embodied the caddie values of
hard work, dedication and teamwork.
“ For more than 15 years, no one has been
more synonymous with caddying than Steve
Williams,” he said.
“ In addition to caddying for major champions
Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, Steve has
elevated the profile of caddies worldwide and
inspired countless young people to want to be
The WGA oversaw the Caddie Hall of Fame,
which highlighted importance of caddying
through recognising individuals who had played
a prominent role in the promotion of caddies as
an integral part of the game of golf.
Past honourees included Jack Nicklaus and
Williams was 13 when he got his first
professional caddying job, for Australian great
He later caddied for Greg Norman and
Raymond Floyd before joining Tiger Woods in
1999. With Williams on the bag, Woods won
13 major championships, the WGA said.
He now caddies for Adam Scott, who won the
Sands said Williams had “been on the bag”
for more major championship wins than any
other caddie. “Steve’s work embodies the caddie
values of hard work, dedication and teamwork.
There is no caddie more deser ving of this
honour.” — APNZ
He will not say it is a changing of
the guard, but Marin Cilic credits
grand slam gatecrasher Stanislas
Wawrinka for paving the way for
one of the most improbable US
Open finals in major tennis history.
Cilic will play Japanese giantkiller
Kei Nishikori in the $US3 million
($NZ3.6m) championship show-
down tomorrow morning after
the unfancied pair engineered
monumental upsets yesterday at
Nishikori overcame stifling heat
and humidity and unner ving winds
to triumph 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
over world No 1 Novak Djokovic
and become the first Asian man
ever to reach a grand slam final.
Cilic then played the match
of his life to sweep past second-
seeded Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a
second semi-final boilover that left
fans shellshocked at Arthur Ashe
The showpiece final will be
the first grand slam decider not
featuring Federer, Rafael Nadal,
Djokovic or Andy Murray since
Marat Safin beat Lleyton Hewitt at
the 2005 Australian Open.
It will also involve two men
contesting their maiden grand slam
final for the first time since Albert
Costa upset Spanish countryman
Juan Carlos Ferrero at Roland
Garros in 2002.
Before Wawrinka’s breakthrough
over Nadal at this year’s Australian
Open, the so-called big four had
shared 33 of the previous 35 grand
slam titles in the most dominant
collective reign the game has ever
Cilic said while Wawrinka’s
stunning success had not quite
shaken tennis’s world order, it gave
other challengers the belief they too
could be title contenders — and no
longer pretenders — at the majors.
“I knew I had to work and it’s
possible,” the Croatian said. “ The
competition is getting bigger. The
guys there are from the ‘second’
line are moving closer and they are
more often at the later stage of the
“They are going to get only better;
they ’re not going to get worse.”
Both the 11th-seeded Nishikori
and 14th-seeded Cilic have
overcome major career setbacks to
book their dates with destiny.
After years of injury-enforced
layoffs, Nishikori had been in
doubt for this very tournament
after pulling out of the Cincinnati
Masters with a cyst on his foot that
The 24-year-old feared the injury
would end his American hardcourt
Then, after sur viving the opening
week, the Japanese underdog
needed brave back-to-back five-set
comeback wins over Canadian fifth
seed Milos Raonic and the third-
seeded Wawrinka to set up his
clash with Djokovic.
And once again Nishikori
delivered, breaking the top seed
five times to continue his Open
“ I don’t know what ’s going on,” he
“ It’s an amazing feeling beating
the world No 1 player. It was really
tough conditions today. It was
heavy, but I guess I love to play long
matches and I hope I can recover
for the final.”
When Nishikori last year lost
in the opening round to a lowly-
ranked qualifier, Cilic wasn’t even
playing while ser ving a reduced
four-month suspension for testing
positive to a banned substance.
he tested positive for a banned
stimulant contained in a supplement
bought over the counter by one of
his staff and says the controversy is
fuelling his grand slam desire.
Even Federer, a long-time ant-
doping advocate, said he couldn’t
begrudge the 24-year-old if he
went on to win the title.
“ Yeah, I’m fine with it. I truly
believed he didn’t do anything
wrong in the sense that he did it on
purpose,” Federer said.
“ Was he stupid maybe? Maybe.
You know, yeah. But I feel like
I know him well enough and I
don’t think he would ever do it. I
don’t quite remember what the
circumstances were, but I feel more
bad for him than anything else.
“So for me, when I see him, it
doesn’t cross my mind in any way.
And, no, I think he was becoming
the player he is already way before
that. So, from that standpoint, it’s
no problem for me.”
The Greymouth men’s pool knockout
final was won by the Union, who
downed Grey WMC R and N, 8-1.
This year’s trophy winners were.—
Most points, RSA. Most wins, Kells
Top pairs, Kells Blue. Knock-out,
Union. Top singles, Phil Gardyne.
Tall Blacks, Boomers out of World Cup
US TENNIS OPEN
Lewis Hamilton battled back from a
troubled start to win the Italian Grand
Prix today after Mercedes team-mate
Nico Rosberg cracked under pressure
and saw his Formula One championship
lead cut to 22 points.
Rosberg, whose 29th lap mistake at
the first chicane cost him the lead and
the race, finished second as dominant
Mercedes celebrated a first one-two
since Austria in June and their seventh
in 13 races.
Brazilian Felipe Massa was third for
Williams in his first podium appearance
since May 2013.
Rosberg, who now has 238 points to
Hamilton’s 216 with six races remaining
after the end of the European part of the
season, recognised his error.
“ It ’s a terrible feeling to lose the lead
like that but in the end Lewis was really
quick in the whole race. He came like a
rocket and I had to push and I made the
mistake,” he said.
With the sport taking a deep breath as
the rivals lined up together on the front
row, two weeks after they had collided
in Belgium on the second lap, the start
provided immediate drama.
Hamilton had taken pole position for
the first time since May but problems
with the car ’s start controls left him
struggling to get away. He was fourth
into the first corner as Rosberg led
untroubled but kept his cool.
“ I’m quite grateful today that I didn’t
lose it, I didn’t end up crashing in the first
corner, I didn’t end up touching anyone,
I didn’t end up locking or anything like
that. I managed to keep my composure,”
It was the start of a thrilling chase, with
the 2008 world champion hunting down
his quarry and seizing the lead when
Rosberg missed the chicane.
The Briton had earlier shunned advice
from his race engineer to back off and
save tyres for a later attack and it proved
the right approach.
The two crossed the finish line
3.1 seconds apart, with Hamilton
celebrating his first win since Britain in
July. It was his sixth of the season and
28th of his career, taking him ahead of
triple champion Jackie Stewart in the
“ It was a difficult race,” Hamilton said.
“ For whatever reason, at the start the
button didn’t press which engages the
launch sequence. For the formation lap
it didn’t work and when I got to the
grid and put it on again, again it didn’t
work. It was very strange. I’ve never
really had that happen before.”
In a sport full of conspiracy theorists,
Rosberg and team bosses ridiculed a
suggestion that he might have been
ordered to cede place to Hamilton as a
result of what happened in Spa.
“ I’ve heard about that, but what would
be the reason for me to do something like
that deliberately? There is no possible
reason,” he said, explaining that he had
missed the chicane to avoid locking up
and ‘flat-spotting’ a tyre — which would
have forced an extra pitstop and a lot of
Massa’s podium came on Brazilian
independence day and after the team
had announced the former Ferrari driver
was staying for 2015 along with Valtteri
The points, at the fastest track on the
calendar, meant Williams leapfrogged
Ferrari into third place.
“ I hope really we can get this third place
in the Constructors’ Championship. It
would be fantastic for the whole team.
I’m so happy to be on the podium here
in this amazing place that I really love,”
In the absence of their current Ferrari
heroes, the passionate home crowd
welcomed Massa onto the podium with
cheers as they spilled out in a vast red
wave onto the finish straight.
Rosberg, blamed by his own team for
the second lap Spa collision that led to
Hamilton’s retirement from that race,
was booed for the second grand prix in
Massa’s Finnish team-mate Bottas was
fourth following another impressive day
of overtaking after he had dropped from
the second row to 10th at the end of the
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso retired from
his team’s home race on lap 29 with a
failure in the car’s energy recovery
system, his first mechanical retirement in
86 races, while Kimi Raikkonen finished
The Finn crossed the line 10th but
moved up after McLaren’s Kevin
Magnussen was penalised for forcing
Until today, Alonso was the only driver
to have scored points in every race this
Australian Daniel Ricciardo, winner
of the two previous races, had another
brilliant race for Red Bull and finished
fifth after some breathtaking overtaking
moves including one on four times
champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel
who was sixth.
Ice-cool American Billy Horschel
withstood an early challenge from
Ryan Palmer and a late charge by
Bubba Watson to win his second
PGA Tour title by two shots at the
BMW Championship today.
Putting superbly when the
pressure was at its most intense,
Horschel fired a one-under-par
69 at Cherry Hills Country Club
to hold off his closest pursuers
in the PGA Tour’s penultimate
FedExCup play-off event.
The 27-year-old American, who
clinched his maiden victory on
the US circuit at the 2013 Zurich
Classic of New Orleans, sank
clutch par putts from eight feet at
the 15th and 16th holes on the way
to a 14-under total of 266.
Horschel safely two-putted for
par on the 18th green, then gave
a little fist pump in celebration
before being warmly embraced by
“It just means a lot,” a smiling
Horschel told NBC Sports after
climbing into second place in the
FedExCup standings ahead of next
week’s Tour Championship finale
“I haven’t had the greatest season
but I had my game today,” he
added. “ I made some big putts and
I could rely on my putter because
I am a good putter inside 10 feet.
This feels good.”
Masters champion Watson, five
strokes off the pace heading into the
final round, surged into contention
for the title with four birdies on the
back nine as he closed with a third
successive 66 to secure outright
American Morgan Hoffmann
fired a 63 to finish third at 11 under
while Northern Irish world No 1
Rory McIlroy four-putted the par-
three 12th hole for a second day in
for eighth place at eight under par.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia, helped by
an eagle and four birdies in the first
15 holes, briefly got to 12 under
but tripled-bogeyed the 17th after
chipping his ball across the green
into water to close with 67 and
finish in a share of fourth, five off
Horschel, however, commanded
the spotlight as he kept his
closest challengers at bay, twice
relinquishing the outright lead
before regaining it quickly on both
Three ahead of the chasing pack
overnight, he maintained that
advantage as he and playing partner
Palmer both birdied the driveable
par-four opening hole.
Horschel bogeyed the second
after ending up in the right rough
off the tee to slip back to 13 under.
Both players birdied the par-four
third before Palmer cut the deficit
to one by picking up another shot
at the tricky fifth, where he hit a
superb approach to five feet.
Horschel then bogeyed the par-
three sixth after finding a greenside
bunker off the tee to make it a two-
way tie at the top at 13 under.
A 23-foot birdie putt at the
seventh restored the outright lead
for Horschel, and he did well to
remain one ahead by saving par at
the 10th where he sank a 22-footer
after splashing out from a poor lie
in a bunker.
Palmer again caught Horschel
with a birdie at the par-five 11th
before he bogeyed the 12th and
ran up a double at the 13th, where
he shanked his second shot into a
creek, to leave his title challenge in
Once again three ahead, Horschel
maintained composure over the last
five holes, parring them all as he
rebounded from his runner-up spot
on Monday at the Deutsche Bank
Championship where he dumped
his second shot on the final hole
into a hazard.
“After last week, a lot of people
on Twitter and out there wanted
to call me a choker,” Horschel said.
“I didn’t choke, I just made a bad
swing at the wrong time. I was
coming from behind. You don’t
choke coming from behind. To
lead this thing, to have a three-shot
lead and to hold on means a lot ...
it means a lot to have finally got a
The top 30 players on the
FedExCup points list, led by
American Chris Kirk, advanced to
next week’s Tour Championship
at East Lake where overall play-
off honours and the eye-popping
bonus of $10 million will be on the
line. — Reuters
of the New Zealand Herald
After falling one win short of the NRL
finals for a second year in a row, the
Warriors concede their ninth-place finish
reflects an average season.
Last night’s 22-6 spirit-crushing defeat
to the Panthers at Penrith echoed last
year’s final-round submission against the
Dragons, but coach Andrew McFadden
is satisfied his troops have made
improvements over the past 12 months.
“ We had it all in front of us tonight but
we fell short,” McFadden said. “ We’ve
made some big improvements this year
and fought our way and gave us an
opportunity to make something of the
year but we fell short.”
The defeat sees the Warriors miss the
finals for a third straight year, with just
four wins from 12 starts on the road and
an evenly split 12-12 win-loss record
underlining their mid-table standing.
Under McFadden they have managed
10 victories and nine defeats, since he
replaced former coach Matt Elliott back
in April, but he admits their average
record is a true reflection of where they
“ Yeah probably, we just weren’t quite
good enough, so it probably does sum
it up for us. We got close but not good
enough today and sometimes when you
lose like this it makes it clearer what you
need to do. We’re not there yet but I’m
determined to turn our inexperience and
players into high-performing individuals.
I’m certainly very confident that we can
turn it around next year.”
The Panthers were ruthless in a first half
that saw James Segeyaro, Dallin Watene
Zelezniak and Matt Moylan post tries,
with halfback Jamie Soward contributing
two goals for a 16-0 half-time lead.
A 95m try to Manu Vatuvei and a
Shaun Johnson goal resuscitated the
Warriors’ hopes after the break but they
frittered away attacking opportunities to
let the home side off the hook.
A high tackle penalty against Ben
Matulino allowed Soward a third goal
inside the final quarter and Watene
Zelezniak crossed for a second try to seal
the result seven minutes from full-time.
“ We started slower than we wanted to
and didn’t go out with any conviction
in that first half,” McFadden said, “but
we rectified that after half-time and we
came out with a bit more purpose in
what we did but we just missed too many
opportunities and the game got away
Both sides looked tentative in the early
stages but four Warriors errors helped the
Panthers consolidate possession, while
Soward was content to kick early in the
tackle count to let them work it off their
own line. Moylan was a key man for the
hosts, helping create their opening try for
Segeyaro and working a three-on-two to
give Watene Zelezniak his first, before
turning finisher for their third four-
The Warriors managed to build some
promising attack down the right side
through Johnson and Konrad Hurrell
but three errors prevented them from
capitalising, before lateral running saw
Ngani Laumape bundled into touch.
“ We just lacked a bit of real polish and
execution in our play. At crucial times
we came up with an error or made a
poor decision. The fundamental stuff
around our game just wasn’t good enough
Vatuvei ’s effort swung the momentum
but desperate defence saw Feleti Mateo
held up over the line before Soward’s
penalty goal and Watene Zelezniak’s
second iced the cake.
Panthers 22 ( James Segeyaro, Dallin
Watene-Zelezniak 2, Matthew Moylan
tries; Jamie Soward three goals.
Warriors 6 (Manu Vatuvei try; Shaun
Johnson goal). — APNZ
Brisbane became the last team to
qualify for the NRL finals last night, after
Parramatta and the Warriors dropped the
ball in the lead up to next week’s play-offs.
Brisbane fell into eighth spot after
both the Eels and Warriors suffered last
round defeats, with impressive victories to
Sydney Roosters and North Queensland
marking them as the teams to beat.
The premiers’ 22-18 win over South
Sydney on Thursday at Allianz Stadium
handed them the minor premiership after
ladder leaders Manly fell 30-16 to the
Cowboys in Townsville two nights later.
The win was the Roosters’ sixth on the
trot ahead of Saturday evening’s first
qualifying final against Penrith at Allianz
The Cowboys, who have won seven of
their last eight, including victories over
top four finishers South Sydney and
Manly, face Brisbane in Townsville on
Saturday night in the first elimination
Penrith’s 22-6 win over the lacklustre
Warriors last night gave the Panthers
a top four spot, with the result opening
the door for the Broncos to sneak into
the finals on percentages. The Panthers’
reward is a match against the world club
champions. Penrith emerged as unlikely
top four aspirants mid-season and coach
Ivan Cleary, in his third year with the
Panthers, said he was proud of his side
heading into the finals.
“I didn’t really have any expectations
(this year) apart from trying to improve,”
he said. “ The obvious one this year was to
try and get in the eight and we’ve done
that and I am very proud of the whole
club. I think it is a pretty big achievement
being in the top four with Souths,
Roosters and Manly.”
Injury-hit Manly host Souths in the
second qualifying final on Friday night at
Allianz Stadium to open the finals series.
Canterbury, who limped into the finals
alongside Brisbane after their 19-18
capitulation to the Titans on the Gold
Coast yesterday after leading 18-0, travel
to Melbourne to play the Storm in the
second elimination final on Sunday
Brisbane’s finals fate was taken out of
their own hands when they were disposed
of by a clinical Melbourne outfit 22-12 at
AAMI Park on Friday night.
After losing to Newcastle last week, a
win over Canberra in the nation’s capital
would have lifted the improved Eels to
eighth spot, but the Raiders proved too
good in a 33-20 win to finish their season
with three straight victories.
Wests Tigers snapped a six game losing
streak in defeating wooden spooners
Cronulla, their first since 1969, 26-10 at
Leichhardt Oval on Saturday. In the other
match the Knights smashed St George
Illawarra 40-10 at Hunter Stadium.
Cilic, Nishikori deliver
Williams inducted into Caddies Hall of Fame
to win in Monza
Union takes out knockout pool
Grey High 10th in Johnson Cup
Panthers crush Warriors
Broncos sneak into finals
PICTURE: Getty Images
Billy Horschel with the J K Wadley trophy after his two-stroke
victory at the BMW Championship in Colorado today.
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