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Liana Leota, left, and Ameliaranne Wells, compete for the ball with Julie
Corletto of the Diamonds during last night ’s test.
They came to Melbourne in the hope of regaining
some respectability after a 17-goal hammering in
last week’s Constellation Cup opener. For a few
crazy minutes early on in the final quarter of last
night’s second test, it looked as if the Silver Ferns
were going to pull off the unthinkable.
After trailing Australia by six goals at the final
change of ends of a topsy turvy clash, the New
Zealand side closed to within two of the Diamonds
early on in the final period. This was the same
Diamonds side that have demolished the Ferns by
nearly 20 goals in both their previous two outings.
But just when New Zealand were beginning
to put the Diamonds under real pressure, with
captain Casey Kopua in particular coming up with
some brilliant defensive plays, the wheels fell off
for the Ferns, with a couple of crucial errors on
attack allowing Australia to pull away again for a
In the end the 49-40 scoreline probably flattered
the Diamonds, with the New Zealand side much
more competitive than what the scoreboard
suggests. But while it may have been a vast
improvement from their
17-goal capitulation in the opening test in
Invercargill, the reality is the Ferns have now lost
the last seven matches against their transtasman
rivals. The New Zealand side remains in a deep
As well as a more robust defensive showing from
New Zealand, one of the key bright sparks for
coach Waimarama Taumaunu was the performance
of debutant Ameliaranne Wells, who, despite only
being involved with the New Zealand programme
for a week and a half, combined remarkably well
with Cathrine Latu. Queensland-born Wells
provided some deft touches with her balls into the
circle, while her long-range shooting helped take
the pressure off Latu, who shot 25-25.
With the World Cup only 10 months away, the
Ferns will need to continue to make progress in the
final two tests in Sydney (Saturday) and Auckland
Taumaunu made three changes to her starting
line-up for the second test, rewarding the side
that drew the final quarter of the opening test in
Invercargill and handing Bailey Mes (GA) and
Grace Rasmussen (WA) their first starts against
The work the Ferns had done on their through-
court defence following the opening test was
immediately obvious from the opening whistle,
with the Diamonds unable to bring the ball
through the court at the same speed and fluidity
they enjoyed in Invercargill.
While Mes did a good job defensively, with
only a one from four return from her shots at
goal a change had to be made at the first break.
Taumaunu opted to inject Wells into the mix just
two months after her New Zealand eligibility was
Wells made an immediate impact, landing her
first shot at goal in confident fashion as she helped
her side to win the second spell 14-13 .
After doing a good job of keeping it close in the
first half, any hopes the Ferns had of pulling off a
stunning reversal looked to have been snuffed out
in early in the third spell as the home side opened
the period with an 8-1 run to push out to a 32-22
At that point it looked as if the match would
play out much the way the last two meetings
between these two sides have Australia storming
to a comfortable victory. But the Silver Ferns
regained their composure as Liana Leota, who was
introduced at wing attack at half-time, settled into
her workload. — New Zealand Herald
Better effort from Ferns not nearly enough
A few hardy members of the
Greymouth Golf Club and a group
of visitors from Rakaia braved the
squally showers on Saturday to
complete a single par match.
Four players all finished three
up and by lot the results were: P
McKinnel 1, B Quinn (Rakaia) 2, K
Sisson (Rakaia) 3, P Theron 4. Peter
McGee scored a pair of twos to win
This weekend the quarter-finals
of the club championships will be
played on Saturday, P Bourke on
duty. On Sunday the semi-finals and
plates will be played, J Hammond
on duty, tee off at 12.30pm on both
Greymouth women golfers missed
out on any play this week due to the
A match will be arranged on
Saturday, Patti Brown on duty, and
on Sunday the semi-final of the
bronze II club championship will be
contested, with June Falconer to play
Carrole Smith, and Patti Brown to
play Carolyn Williams.
A match will arranged for all other
players, Carrole Smith on duty, and
an arranged match will be played on
A small field of hardy Hokitika
golfers battled the strong winds in
the bisque bogey on Saturday, won
by Dean Cummings with plus 4.
John Hutchison had plus 3 and
Peter Foster plus 2.
Durham Havill had his best
round for some time, winning the
Wednesday stableford with 43
points. Jim Hickey and Francie
Gugich were close behind with 42
points each, Peter Foster and Jim
Cross both had 41 and Lance Smith
40. Twos for the week were scored by
Havill (2), Hickey, Peter Foster and
A multiplication stableford with
drawn partners is scheduled for
Saturday, and a stableford on Sunday.
On Saturday, Hokitika hosted the
annual women’s tournament, with
visitors from Reefton and Westport
attending along with a good number
of local players. In windy conditions,
the best net over the field was won
by L Gunatunga with 72.
In the silver division, M Glasson
had the best gross with P Simpson
best net and F Cooper winning
the stableford prize. In the bronze
division, A Day carded the best gross
and M Curtain the best net.
B Nightingale won the stableford
on count back from C Thorpe.
Closest to the pin prizes were won
by L Gunatunga and T McMullan.
On Saturday, the last LGU for the
season, LGU eight and putting six,
will be played, S Davidson and A
Day on catering, and T McMullan
Windy conditions test golfing skills
Drivers test out
Fans can expect a whole lot of craziness
and tomorrow, so says V8 Supercars
championship leader Jamie Whincup, as
teams and drivers try to come to grips with
the new track surface.
All 26 cars competing in Sunday’s Bathurst
1000 will have a combined four hours of
practice over five sessions before qualifying
The new generation V8s are yet to be tested
on the grippy tarmac, which was laid after
last year’s Great Race.
Few are doubting lap records will be
smashed, but what impact the expected
greater speeds will have on tyre wear and fuel
is what has most teams worried.
“ We’ve pretty much thrown out all the
information we’ve got on Bathurst from
previous years,” said Whincup, who’s
conquered the mountain four times before.
“It ’s a brand new track, which means we
start from scratch and everyone competes
“ We’ ll use today and tomorrow to try and
make the car as nice to drive as possible.
“Everyone will be going absolutely crazy
and really grabbing those little practice
sessions, we’ve got to try and improve the car
as much as we can.
“(The race) is six and a half hours, so if you
don’t have a good car to drive you’re generally
going to find a wall somewhere.”
Whincup last month achieved what no-
one had in 18 years — winning the Sandown
500 from pole position.
It is almost as rare to win at Bathurst from
first place on the grid, with only three drivers
doing so in the last 15 years.
Whincup started last year’s 1000km
epic from pole but could not hold out
for the victory, narrowly beaten by
“Q ualifying up the front ’s good to get out
of the stresses of those first three laps,” the
Holden-Red Bull Racing pilot said.
“On the flip side, this is probably the least
most important track to qualify on.
“Last year, it was one of the best feelings
I’ve had in motorsport being on pole when I
did that lap right on the death there.
“It ’s a great feeling, but it doesn’t guarantee
anything for the race, which is really what it’s
all about.” — AAP
Bangladesh off-spinner Sohag Gazi has
been banned from bowling in all forms of
cricket after his bowling action was found
to be illegal.
Chief executive officer of the Bangladesh
Cricket Board (BCB) Nizamuddin
Chowdhury said a report was received from
the International Cricket Council (ICC),
which said Gazi bent his arm by more than
the permitted 15 degrees during testing.
“ We’ ll take step to rectify his bowling
action according to the directions of ICC,”
Chowdhury told AFP yesterday.
An ICC statement later confirmed that
Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya was also banned
from bowling from international cricket.
“The analysis revealed that all of their
deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of
tolerance permitted under the regulations,”
Gazi was reported for suspect action
after the second one-day international
against West Indies in August, while
Utseya was reported after the third one-
day international against South Africa in
Bulawayo that same month.
Both players under went bio-mechanical
testing on September 19 at the Cardiff
Metropolitan University in Wales. — AAP
Off-spinner’s action deemed illegal
The Greymouth summer
competition bounced into action last night,
with 14 teams taking to the Anzac Park
Results: Star United 19, Jizzers 12; Brew
Crew 16, Grey Star 10; All Sorts 18, Tui
14; Spikers 19, Cobden Crusaders 5; Gastro
Grathin 14, VN8RS 9; The Cougars 10,
WMC 8; Team Black 16, Last Minute
14 teams enter summer netball
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