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As outstanding as New Zealand’s
retention of its crown was at the
world surf lifesaving championships
in France this week, it is unlikely to
significantly alter the sport’s place in
the country’s sporting pecking order.
When New Zealand won the
2012 title in Adelaide, rather than
receiving any further funding from
High Performance Sport New
Zealand (HPSNZ), the following
year it instead lost 54% of its support
and its entire athlete performance
enhancement grants eligibility from
The sport ’s bosses will present their
argument when the next funding
round comes up in November, but
without high hopes.
“H PSNZ will make no apologies
for where their priorities lie,” team
manager Mark Weatherall said
Weatherall is also chief executive of
Canoe Racing New Zealand, and as
such is familiar with the machinations
of sports funding.
“ We have to be realistic. Lots of
people love surf lifesaving, but in the
pecking order it doesn’t sit up there,
(even though) we are world champions
and the best at what we do.”
More than 40 countries competed in
France so New Zealand’s achievement
was notable, however it ’s not an
Olympic or Commonwealth sport.
“ We’ ll continue to build on this (the
New Zealand youth team finished
second at its concurrent champs, also
in the south of France, winning five
golds) for sure but if athletes have
aspirations to be an Olympian they ’ll
focus on swimming or kayaking,”
London Olympic swimmer Andrew
McMillan captained the team and has
an appreciation of the difficulties for
surf lifesaving getting a toehold in
the public thinking, as a sport distinct
from merely a pastime or community
ser vice. HPS awarded surf lifesaving
$180,000 this year, $30,000 up on
last year. “For us to move for ward
and continue this momentum, we
need to get as many people exposed
to this environment as we can,” said
“At the end of the day it’s a New
Zealand ser vice. We protect the
beaches and pools around the country
and Kiwis love the water.
“It feels really good to know you’re
the best in the world at something
that is not just a sport but a ser vice to
the nation. It’s epic, mate. ”
New Zealand grabbed the initiative
on day one and didn’t relinquish its
grip. Of the eight gold medals New
Zealand won, Olympic swimmer
Samantha Lee of Wellington won
two individually and shared a third in
the 4 x 50m obstacles relay; Mairangi
Bay’s Danielle McKenzie won two;
with Steven Kent, Wellington;
Chanel Hickman, Mairangi Bay; and
the men’s taplin quartet getting the
Consistency of performance was the
key to New Zealand’s success, says
McMillan. Plus steering clear of the
D word. “ We didn’t want to use the
word ‘defending’. We made a point
of saying, ‘it ’s not ours to own; it’s
something to go get ’.”
New Zealand’s world championship
victory makes them just the second
country after Australia to have
retained the title.
New Zealand won eight gold
medals, 14 silver and five bronze and
set three world records.
The team of 12 athletes included
four newcomers and competed in 41
disciplines over five days.
— New Zealand Herald
World-beating lifesavers minnows in funding fight
England captain Alastair Cook is set
to find out if he will be skippering the
side at next year’s World Cup when the
selectors announce today their squad to
play seven one-day internationals in Sri
If, as seems likely, Cook is confirmed as
skipper for the tour of Sri Lanka, which
takes place in November and December,
it is hard to see how, barring injury, he
will not also lead England at the one-
day World Cup in Australia and New
Zealand in February and March.
Much of the speculation in the build-
up to the squad announcement has
focused on whether Cook is the right
man to lead England as they go in search
of their first World Cup title.
The left-handed opening batsman faced
questions throughout all of England’s
recent home campaign but answered his
test critics by leading the side to a 3-1
series win over India following a defeat
by Sri Lanka.
However, doubts remain about
his suitability for white-ball cricket
following a 3-1 one-day international
series loss to world champions India that
included several thumping defeats.
The major criticism of left-handed
opener Cook, an orthodox test batsman,
as a one-day cricketer is that he scores
too slowly at the top of of the order in
terms of what is now required in modern
limited overs internationals.
His critics point to an strike rate of
under 80 as proof of Cook’s unsuitability
for 50-over cricket.
Former England off-spinner Graeme
Swann, a friend of Cook’s, was damning
in his assessment last month.
“ If he (Cook) truly believes England
can win this World Cup...I am the
greatest patriot there is but we do not
have a cat in hell’s chance,” Swann said.
“ I love Cooky totally, but I do not think
he should be bothering playing one-day
cricket any more. ”
But while England have found a
more aggressive first-wicket partner for
Cook in Alex Hales, there is no obvious
replacement for the skipper as an opener,
although middle-order batsmen Joe
Root and Eoin Morgan have both been
suggested as alternative captains.
awaits his fate
The West Coast under-20 rugby
team will have their first hit-out of
the season on Saturday against the
Christchurch Boys High second XV.
The match, which kicks off at 11am
at Rugby Park in Greymouth, is the
curtain raiser to the Heartland match
between West Coast and Whanganui
Under-20s coach Terry McBride
said last year was the first time for
years that West Coast had fielded an
“This side is a stepping stone for
players to gain selection to the
Heartland team, and at the moment
we have plenty of talent around in this
age bracket,” McBride said.
Already one of the players who is in
the under-20 squad, Logan Winter,
has been hauled into the West Coast
McBride said a lot of behind the
scenes work by West Coast Rugby
Union co-ordinator Robbie Maitland
had seen the under-20 side develop
over the past two seasons.
As for Saturday ’s game, McBride
said he expected the Christchurch side
to be a classy opponent.
“It is going to be a tough encounter,
but we have a talented squad and have
been training for six weeks; the side
will be up for it.”
After this weekend, the West Coast
team will have a home and away
contest against the Buller development
“This season we have a bunch of guys
who will be wearing the West Coast
jersey with pride, not just making up
the numbers,” McBride said.
The squad for Saturday is: Nathan
Cook, Anthony Barlow, Jesse Macrae,
Lucas Syminton, David Childs, Nick
Monk, Sean L oveday, Ben Campbell,
Archie McBride, Jeffery Garland,
Jared Gibson, Mason D uyvestyn,
Jacob Komen, Logan Ross, Lloyd
Bowater, Jordan Burt, Lee Davidson,
William Schmetz, Liam Hewlett, Kees
Duyvestyn, Brandon Maitland, Sam
Tau, Caleb Tohovaka. Coach: Terry
McBride. Assistant coach: Sam King.
Mananger: Ray Manera. Assistant
manager: Tony Davidson.
to face Chch Boys
The Czech Olympic Committee has
cleared Tinkoff-Saxo rider Roman
Kreuziger of any violation of anti-
doping regulations, the cycling team said
In a statement, the team said he was
free to continue racing after having
been suspended provisionally because
of possible irregularities in his biological
“He was found not guilty for the alleged
abnormalities in his Biological Passport
Profile,” said the statement.
“The team is very happy that Kreuziger
has been cleared by the judicial system of
the Czech Olympic Committee and that
he is is now eligible to resume racing.”
Kreuziger was pulled from his team,
although not technically suspended, in
June, before the Tour de France.
The International Cycling Union (UCI)
decided to ban him provisionally in
August pending the Czech Committee’s
The UCI said in a separate statement it
would consider an appeal to the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
“At this stage, with the relevant appeal
windows opened, the UCI will not make
any further comment on the case,” added
the body, which has one month to appeal.
The data in question is from a period
when Kreuziger, fifth in last year’s
Tour, was riding for the Astana team.
Rider cleared of doping
Connecticut Wildcats player-coach
2005 Former Wests Tigers NYC
coach Andrew Webster was yesterday
named as the second new assistant
coach to Warriors head coach Andrew
The 32-year-old has signed on for
the Warriors’ 2015 NRL campaign,
following confirmation that the
experienced Tony Iro would be
returning for a second term as an
assistant coach at the club.
Webster’s young Tigers side beat
South Sydney in week one of the NYC
finals before losing an elimination
final to Brisbane last Friday night.
He previously coached the 2013
Parramatta NYC side after two stints
as an assistant coach at Hull Kingston
Rovers in the English Super League.
Warriors general manager of
football Dean Bell said Webster’s
credentials were impressive.
“Andrew is well regarded as a young
coach on the way up,” Bell said.
“Cappy (McFadden) was keen to
have a balance of an experienced voice
and a younger coach as his assistants.
Tony and Andrew will complement
each other perfectly.”
Webster said the offer to join the
Warriors had come at the ideal time.
“ I’m hugely excited about the
opportunity to coach in the NRL
and to have that chance with a club
like the Warriors,” Webster said. “I’m
really impressed with the club overall,
with the system and the quality of
the players they always have coming
through. The 10 years I’ve had in
coaching has given me experience in
every role possible in my goal to coach
in the NRL. The chance to work with
Cappy and Tony couldn’t have come
at a better time.”
McFadden said he had followed
Webster’s development as a coach.
“I first became aware of him when
I was coaching at Les Catalans in
France. He was with Hull Kingston
Rovers then and I’ve kept an eye on
him since,” he said.
“For such a young coach he has
packed in lots of experience in
Australia, England and the United
States. “I couldn’t be happier with
the calibre of the assistant coaches
we’ve been able to secure for the
next two seasons. Andrew and Tony
are going to be invaluable with the
support they ’ll give me and the squad
generally.” — New Zealand Herald
Webster joins McFadden at Warriors
Cristiano Ronaldo continued
his prolific start to the season
with four goals, including two
penalties, as Real Madrid came
from behind to beat Elche 5-1
in La Liga today.
The Portuguese made a bad
start by conceding a 15th
minute penalty for a foul on
Pedro Mosquera, with Edu
Albacar sweeping the ball home
past Keylor Navas making his
official debut in the Real goal.
Gareth Bale quickly put Real
back on track as he headed in
a James Rodriguez cross five
minutes later and then the
referee pointed to the spot for
a foul by Mosquera on Marcelo
even though there was marginal
Ronaldo fired in the 28th
minute penalty and headed
home a Marcelo cross four
minutes later to extend Real's
He was then upended by
Mario Pasalic with 10 minutes
to go and slotted home his
second spot-kick while there
was still time for another goal
from Ronaldo deep in injury
time where he finished clinically
in the box.
The World Player of the Year
now has seven goals in four days
after the hat-trick he scored on
Saturday in the 8-2 win over
Deportivo La Coruna.
While Real have played some
brilliant football, they have
looked vulnerable in defence
and are three points behind La
Liga leaders Barcelona who have
12 points and a game in hand.
They play Malaga today.
Champions Atletico have eight
points from four games and play
Almeria, also today.
form with four goals
PICTURE: Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo about to add another to his tally against Elche.
A 100-run partnership
between Aiden Blizzard and
Shoaib Malik has helped the
Hobart Hurricanes trounce the
Northern Knights by 86 runs at
the T20 Champions League in
The Hurricanes set the New
Zealand outfit a target of 3-178
before the Knights were bowled
out for 92 from 16.4 overs at
the Chhattisgarh International
Cricket Stadium in Raipur.
The win took the Hurricanes to
the top of group B and put them
in good stead to qualify for the
Blizzard (62 off 43) and Malik
(45 off 22) combined for a 100-
run stand off 51 balls which
delivered the Tasmanian side the
Blizzard said he was able
find his rhythm after initially
struggling in tricky conditions.
“ It was quite tough out there
early,” he said.
“(But) I knew if I hung in there
and knowing Shoaib was coming
in, I thought we could probably
get the game rolling.”
Ben Hilfenhaus (3-14)
destroyed the Knights’ top order,
dismissing Kane Williamson (3),
Daniel Flynn (0) and B J Watling
(9) cheaply as the New Zealand
outfit’s run chase never really got
off the ground.
Doug Bollinger finished off the
tail to finish with 3-22 off 2.4
The result means Hobart sit
at the top of group B on eight
points from three games, ahead of
Kings XI Punjab on net run rate,
however the Indian franchise have
a game in hand.
The Knights are in third with
four points from two matches.
The Hurricanes play their final
group match against Barbados
Tridents on Sunday in Mohali.
Ben Hilfenhaus was too hot to handle for the Northern Knights batsmen.
The finalists for the West Coast
Sports Awards have been named, with
the winners to be announced at the
annual awards dinner at Shantytown
on October 11.
However, the organising committee
says it will not reveal which
category each team, athlete, coach
or administrator is a finalist in, in an
attempt to keep the winners secret,
as in one instance there is only one
nomination, which will automatically
Hokitika axeman Adam L owe, who
won the top award last year and in
2012, is again among the finalists and
is likely to be vying for the main award.
Hokitika waterskier Alex King,
a member of the New Zealand
under-21 waterski team as well as
holding the top spot in the world in
the men’s under-21 jump event, is also
on the list.
They are joined by top performing
Greymouth harrier Ben Aynsley, who
won the Great Naseby 100km water
race and was second in the Buller
Greymouth bodybuilder Elena
De Goldi is a finalist, along with
powerlifter Steven Barnes.
The full list of finalists is (as
released by the awards committee):
Adam L owe, Alex King, Andrea
Forrest, Ben Aynsley, Brendon
Elena De Goldi,
competitive teams, Lisa McInroe,
Phil Campbell, Robbie Barrow,
Steven Barnes, West Coast Hockey
Association tournament committee,
West Coast senior representative
rugby team, West Coast women’s B
Former New Zealand test cricketer
John Morrison is guest speaker, and the
master of ceremonies is commentator
Coast finalists named
Organising committee keeps category list secret
Century record holder Williamson, out for 3
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