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New Zealand kept up their strong
run of results with a 2-0 win over
China at the women’s hockey
Champions Trophy in Mendoza,
The win guarantees world No 4
New Zealand a spot in the top four
play-offs on Friday.
They will face either Germany or
England, depending on the final
game today between world No 1 the
Netherlands and Japan.
Both teams could have scored
within the first three minutes today.
Xi Xiayun had two chances on
goal requiring good work from
surprisingly recalled after Georgia
Barnett ’s fine game against the
Netherlands two days ago.
Striker Sophie Cocks had an early
opportunity for the Black Sticks
while Petrea Webster, one of several
players to put in an industrious
performance, had a great chance but
mishit her shot.
Cocks had a hand in the opening
goal two minutes into the second
quarter when she won a penalty
corner. The first was blocked, but
a second penalty corner ensured,
from which midfielder Anita Punt
slammed the ball high into China’s
net. Seven minutes before half-time,
the Black Sticks increased their lead
when Punt ’s penalty corner shot was
deflected by a Chinese defender into
China finally got chances from
penalty corners in the final quarter
but Rutherford produced a couple of
tidy saves to keep a clean sheet.
Good defensive work from Brooke
Neal and Ella Gunson helped
keep China at bay, while Stacey
Michelson, usually among the key
attackers, played a more defensive
role on the right side against China.
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The hype train that is Taniela Tupou, also
known as ‘Tongan Thor’, may slow down next
year as the Reds prop looks set for a season of
club rugby rather than Super Rugby.
After a You Tube clip of him playing college
rugby for Auckland’s Sacred Heart 1st XV went
viral in May, professional clubs from all over the
world were keen to nab his signature.
New Zealand Rugby had hoped to hang on to
Tupou, who weighs around 130kg and runs like a
back, while European sides were also interested.
But the giant 18-year-old, who has family in
Australia but grew up in Tonga before moving
to New Zealand in 2011, eventually chose to
continue his development in Queensland and
signed with the Reds in September.
Reds coach Richard Graham, who Tupou
has moved in with, told Australian tv station
Channel Seven that club rugby would be his lot
“ What you’ve seen are raw physical qualities
in that You Tube clip and certainly that ’s a
strong starting point, his ability to play rugby,”
Graham told Seven.
“The true champions have humility, they
understand that they need to get better and they
need to progress and he’s got those qualities. ”
Tupou, who has joined the Reds for their pre-
season training since relocating to Queensland,
said it was hard to leave New Zealand.
“ It was a tough decision to make, whether to
stay in New Zealand or come here to Australia
but my mum said: ‘Whatever you do, we’ll
He also reiterated his ambition to eventually
play for the Wallabies.
“I’ll keep working hard and hopefully one day
I’ll wear the jersey.”
The Reds have recruited extensively for next
season and have added cross-code athlete
Karmichael Hunt and former Wallaby James
O’Connor to their squad.
of the New Zealand Herald
Former Cronulla Sharks
outside back Jonathan
Wright has been signed by
the Warriors on a one-year
contract for the 2015 NRL
The rangy 27-year-old
centre-winger joins the
Warriors with 91 NRL
appearances since his
debut in 2009, 41 of them
for Cronulla over the past
He has featured in
three finals campaigns for
three clubs including one
grand final appearance
for Canterbury against
Melbourne in 2012.
Wright is the fourth
recruit from a rival NRL
club following Kangaroos,
New South Wales and
Ryan Hoffman, Kiwis
and Wests Tigers back-
rower Bodene Thompson and Canberra
centre-winger Matt Allwood.
“Jonathan provides both experience
and versatility for us in the outside
backs,” Warriors coach Andrew
“He’s an established and really reliable
player who has also played a lot of finals
football as well as a grand final. ”
The off-contract Wright had also
attracted interest from his former
Bulldogs club and South Sydney.
Born in the New South Wales country
town of Gilgandra, Wright started his
career as a junior with the Northern
Later signed by Newcastle he played
Jersey Flegg football for the Knights
before moving to the Eels in 2009.
He made his NRL debut midway
through the campaign going on to play
a role in Parramatta’s run to the grand
final against the Storm; he was in the
centres for the finals wins against St
George Illawarra and Gold Coast —
scoring a try against the Titans — but
missed out on the grand final when
Krisnan Inu returned from injury.
After joining the Bulldogs in 2011
he had his most successful first-grade
campaign in 2012 when he appeared in
each of the club’s 27 games.
He switched to the Sharks in 2013
and again tasted finals football, lining
up in the centres for their win against
North Queensland and their loss to
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Grey High shooters bag bronze
Greymouth High School air pistols shooters — Jonas Williams, left, Josh Brears and Jessica Radics
— with the bronze medals they won by gaining third place overall in the intermediate (under-15) shoot
during the national inter-school McMillan Cup air pistol competition. Coached by Brian Gould, the
team’s combined shooting total was 797/1200. They took third place from 27 other New Zealand schools,
all shooting at their own ranges after which the scores were tallied. Two Greymouth High School teams
and another from John Paul II High School took part in the contest.
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Until recently the New Zealand cricket
squad for the World Cup looked settled.
Martin Guptill and Brendon
Williamson and Ross Taylor would
provide the bulk of runs from Nos 3
and 4; Corey Anderson and Jimmy
Neesham would share the all-rounder
responsibilities; Luke Ronchi would
keep; Daniel Vettori and Nathan
McCullum would divvy up the spin
rights; the pace attack would be built
around Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle
Mills and Mitchell McClenaghan; B J
Watling and Tom Latham would keep
the pressure on the batsmen and Ronchi;
Dean Brownlie and Matt Henry would
consider themselves unlucky.
However, the “A” matches in the United
Arab Emirates have presented evidence
that will generate fresh thinking, namely
in the form of Adam Milne and Anton
Devcich. That is healthy. Complacency
was unlikely to feature in the New
Zealand build-up to the World Cup,
especially seeing the country’s never
won it in 10 editions, but this is a hunger
Adam Milne’s pace has always
astonished but in the past he tended
to be erratic. However, the 22-year-old,
who clocked 153kph with a delivery
against the West Indies in January, has
been consistently accurate in the UAE
and appears to have lost none of his
pace. The evidence is anecdotal with
no speed ball radar at the International
Cricket Council Academy ground, but
wicketkeepers Luke Ronchi and Derek
de Boorder positioned themselves
somewhere near the horizon and when
the ball hit the gloves it sounded like the
cracking of a whip. Milne shapes as a
wildcard for selectors Mike Hesson and
Bruce Edgar to ponder.
He cleaned up the tail to take five for
33 against Ireland yesterday and earlier
took three for 24 against the United
“People know I can bowl fast but I’ve
been working on that consistency,”
Milne said after the UAE game when he
helped put the locals into the irreparable
position of 21 for five by the 12th over.
“I’ve grooved my action better to help
with line and length. It’s always good to
see batsmen jumping around. ”
Elsewhere Devcich appeals as much
as a fieldsman as a batsman. He saves
runs at will with his energetic displays
prowling about the turf and, without
any disrespect, could come in handy as
a 12th man.
He has also put together a series of
effective performances (41, 55, 61 and
23) at the top of the order in the last
fortnight, making 180 runs at a strike
rate of 84. He has managed it in 30-plus
degrees with a beard better suited to
minus 30 degrees.
New Zealand play five one-day
internationals against Pakistan starting
December 8, and two Twenty20s
tomorrow and Friday.
New Zealand curling teams are
heading to US Curling’s National
Training Center in Blaine, Minnesota
to play in a made-for-TV international
curling event this weekend.
The US Curling Grand Prix will
feature men’s and women’s sides from
the US, China, Japan and New Zealand
competing in a double round robin.
Six episodes from the event will be
featured on NBCSN in the USA next
year in a ‘Curling Night in America’
series and the games could be broadcast
in New Zealand too.
New Zealand women’s skip Chelsea
Farley was looking for ward to the
“ We’re feeling confident following a
positive Pacific-Asia Championships
in Japan last month, with several close
results,” she said.
“ We feel we improved throughout the
competition and are hoping to carry
that into the Curling Night in America
event. ” — NZME
Australian Open organisers have
tweaked their ‘extreme heat policy’
for next year’s tournament after
being accused of forcing players to
perform in “inhumane” conditions
during a heatwave in January.
Despite water bottles melting,
ballboys collapsing and players
vomiting and passing out when
temperatures exceeded 40degC for
four days at this year’s tournament,
play was stopped for only four
hours on the outer courts.
There was a groundswell of
criticism from players, mainly over
the lack of transparency about when
the policy would be implemented
as it was entirely at the discretion
of the tournament referee and not
triggered by temperatures reaching
a certain level.
Tournament director Craig Tiley
said yesterday the addition of a
roof over a third showcourt, the
Margaret Court Arena, would
mitigate the effects of hot weather
and he hoped the changes to the
policy would make matters clearer
“The heat policy, as always, will be
applied at the referee’s discretion,”
Tiley told reporters.
“The decision on implementing
the heat policy will take into
account the forecast once the
40degC, and the Wet Bulb Global
Temperature (WBGT) reading
“ When conditions exceed these
levels the referee is taking into
account the forecast and state of
play when making his discretionary
Rather than use the raw celsius
readings to assess the heat,
organisers prefer to use the WBGT
composite, which also gauges
humidity and wind to identify the
In another change, when the
policy is enacted matches in
progress will continue until the end
of an even number games in that set
or completion of tie break, limiting
the exposure of players to the heat.
The loudest complaints in January
came from Canadian player
Frank Dancevic, who lambasted
organisers after collapsing during
his first round match on an
uncovered outside court.
“I think it’s inhumane, I don’t
think it ’s fair to anybody, to the
players, to the fans, to the sport,
when you see players pulling out of
matches, passing out,” he said.
“Having players with so many
problems and complaining to the
tournament that it’s too hot to play,
until somebody dies, they ’re just
keep going on with it and putting
matches on in this heat.”
Meteorologist Bob Leighton said
long-range forecasts indicated that
there would be no similar heatwave
this year at the January 19-February
1 tournament at Melbourne Park.
“At this stage it’s looking like a
normal summer, perhaps slightly
warmer, with only one day hitting
around 40degC, and little or no
rain forecast,” he said. — Reuters
Liverpool may be in doubt but he
turned back the clock to score in a
3-1 victory at struggling Leicester
City in the Premier League today.
Manchester United maintained
their recent improvement with a
fourth successive league win, beating
Stoke City 2-1 at Old Trafford with
a Marouane Fellaini header and
Juan Mata free kick either side of a
Steven Nzonzi goal for Stoke.
United stay fourth but have 25
points, eight behind leaders Chelsea
who host Tottenham Hotspur
tomorrow, while Liverpool have
climbed to eighth place with 20
Queens Park Rangers crashed to
a seventh successive away league
defeat and slipped to one off the
bottom when they were beaten 2-0
at Swansea City.
In the night’s other early match,
Burnley climbed out of the
relegation zone with a 1-1 draw
at home to mid-table Newcastle
Those results did not affect the
top of the table, with Manchester
City and Southampton, as well
as pacesetters Chelsea, all playing
Gerrard, 34, left out of the starting
line-up on Saturday, started at
Leicester and rifled home a poor
clearance to turn the balance of the
match Liverpool’s way in the 54th
The visitors have fallen behind
when keeper Simon Mignolet
conceded an own goal after 22
minutes before a 26th minute Adam
Lallana equaliser for Liverpool.
Leicester were reduced to 10 men
when captain Wes Morgan was sent
off for a foul on Rickie Lambert
after 63 minutes and they conceded
a third when Jordan Henderson
scored after 83 minutes. — Reuters
The children’s softball draw for
10am, pee wee (under-7): Karoro
v Cobden, D1 (Karoro). 11am, tee
ball (9 and under): Grey Main v
Combined, D1 (Karoro). Under-11
and under-13: Cobden v Karoro
Milne and Devcich
shine in UAE series
Tongan Thor set for move to club rugby
NZ to play in US Curling Grand Prix
Australian Open tweaks
‘extreme heat policy’
Win takes Liverpool up ladder
Black Sticks beat China
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