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The Reefton Trotting Club’s scheduled race
day went ahead yesterday without a hitch,
two days after the Westport Trotting Club
had to abandon its autumn meeting due to
The Reefton meeting attracted a small
crowd of about 350 people, the threat of rain
keeping punters away and having a marked
effect on turnover.
On-course patrons put through $46,244
compared with $55,964 last year, while
TAB betting was also down, with off-course
punters investing $431,971 compared to
$480,585 a year ago.
The feature race on the card was the $12,000
Buccleugh’s on High Inangahua Grey Valley
Cup 3200m, taken out in impressive style by
the Greg and Nina Hope trained Eastwood
The Falcon Seelstar five-year-old was given
an economical trip by youthful driver Stevie
Golding in the testing two miler, racing close
to the pace before powering home in the final
200m to win easing down by four and a half
The pace-making Ideal Arden held second
place from The Friendlyassassin a half-length
back in third.
“He was a good beginner and we got a good
sit early handy to the pace,” Stevie Golding
said. “ The horse was always travelling well
and in the run home I didn’t even have to pull
the ear plugs.”
Eastwood Chieftain has found a new
lease of life since joining the Hope stable at
Woodend Beach and with yesterday ’s success
has now won three races and produced one
second placing from five starts from its new
Trainer Greg Hope says the five-year-
old gelding has any amount of ability but
had been troubled by foot problems before
joining his team.
“ We’ve had this fellow for two months now
and we have been training him on the beach,”
“ We got him to beach train as he had been
troubled by corns. The new environment is
working well and certainly prior to coming to
Reefton his work was very good.”
Eastwood Chieftain is raced by Bob David,
who was formerly the owner trainer of the
horse, and Lester Melhop, of Christchurch.
Monday, March 9, 2015
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Eastwood Chieftain and driver Stevie Golding are impressive winners of the $12,000
Buccleugh’s on High Inangahua Grey Valley Cup 3200m, at Reefton yesterday.
Eastwood Chieftain wins Reefton feature
More than 800 riders from
10 countries took part in
the 30 Karapoti Classic,
in the Akatarawa Ranges,
40km north of Wellington
at the weekend, with the
women’s title going to
former Greymouth athlete,
42-year-old Jenny Smith (nee
Smith is the daughter of
Brian and Joy Hopkinson, of
She beat the defending
champion and record holder
Kim Hurst, from Upper Hutt.
Smith, also a former record
holder in the race, is now based
in Gunnison, Colorado.
The West Coast born runner-
the Karapoti Classic in 2007
in a race record of 2hrs 47min
35secs, was also second in 2003
and third in 2009.
Last year, Hurst broke Smith’s
record and a match-up between these
two was the highlight of the event
last weekend, in its 30th year.
Smith has represented New Zealand
at world championships in three
sports — running, mountainbiking
(seven times New Zealand world
championship team member) and
Neither she nor Hurst came into
the race with ideal preparation.
Hurst fractured her wrist in January
and Smith had just two and a half
weeks’ training on the bike while
visiting family on the West Coast.
Smith won the race in a time
of 2hrs 47:49s. Hurst raced into
second in a time of 2hrs 54:01s, and
Wellington’s Sasha Smith was third.
Former Greymouth woman Jenny Smith,
who won the Karapoti in the Akatarawa
Ranges at Upper Hutt, about 40km north of
Welllington, at the weekend.
Former Coast woman wins
Karapoti Classic title
The New Zealand Breakers yesterday
added the latest chapter to a glittering
legacy in the building where it all began.
But, boy, did they have to fight for it.
Ekene Ibekwe, in his first season with
the club, drained a buzzer-beating jumper
to break a tie in game two of the grand
final series against Cairns and send the
North Shore Events Centre in raptures.
Having survived what became the most
series test they have faced in this post-
season, the Breakers sealed a sweep in the
Australian NBL grand final and clinched
a fourth championship in five season.
Though this was just the second game of
the series, a rabid crowd and a tenacious
opposition ensured the occasion was just
as tense as any game three. The pressure
was palpable as the Breakers prepared
to in-bound the ball with 1.2 second on
the clock, with Cedric Jackson finding
Ibekwe who turned around and released
in one motion to spark wild celebration.
It was an appropriate venue for the
Breakers to become just the fourth club
to win four ANBL titles. The last play-off
game they hosted at their spiritual home
saw them cutting down the nets against
Cairns to earn a maiden championship.
Four years later and little has changed
— e x cept for the size of the club’s trophy
There was no doubting the experience
the Breakers have amassed in the last five
years helped them cope with a Cairns
side that refused to go down quietly.
Mika Vukona, the Breakers’ most
battle-hardened veteran, kept his side in
front in the final 20 seconds by draining
a couple of clutch free throws. Tom
Abercrombie, playing on his hometown
court, led all scorers with 19 points, while
Cedric Jackson had 14 in the first half to
set the tone.
Jackson’s fast start left Cairns needing
to recover from what, in the last
fortnight, has become a customary
opening onslaught from the newly-
crowned champs. Every basket was being
greeted with ear-splitting applause and,
making half their shots from the flo o r,
the Breakers led by seven heading to the
Cairns were almost as accurate, though,
pulling within a point in the second and
slightly edging the period to pull within
five at the major break. Cedric Jackson
certainly appeared up for the occasion
in the opening half, showcasing some
scintillating moves while driving to the
hoop and leading all scorers with 14.
With Jackson going quiet, it was the
Taipans’ key men who helped their side
back into the game. First Cam Tragardh
scored eight quick points to see Cairns
sneak back within one and, enjoying a
healthy advantage in the rebounding
count, the visitors took their first lead of
the series late in the third.
The Breakers trailed by a point with 10
minutes to play and, with Shaun Bruce
nailing a dagger triple, the visitors soon
led by five. Cameron Gliddon soon
followed suit to take his personal tally to
eight in the quarter and further increase
the Taipans’ advantage.
Abercrombie’s huge triple brought the
Breakers back within two and that is
where the margin remained heading into
the final 60 seconds. Vukona fought hard
for second-chance points to lock it up
and then put his side in front from the
free-throw line, only to watch Scottie
Wilbekin level the game.
Enter Ibekwe. — New Zealand Herald
of the New Zealand Herald
Change might be forced upon the New
Zealand team for their final group A
game against Bangladesh in Hamilton
Several players have come down with
an illness in the wake of the six-wicket
win over Afghanistan at McLean Park
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson
would not name names, or disclose the
nature of the illness, but made it clear
there won’t be any chances taken.
“ Hopefully they’ll recover in time,” he
said. “At least two or three are down, so
we’ll see how they scrub up.”
In addition, fast bowler Adam Milne is
the only player with a minor niggle. He
damaged AC joint in his shoulder taking
a catch at the end of Afghanistan’s
innings yesterday, but Hesson was
confident he would be fit for selection
He maintained there would be no risks
taken with players against Bangladesh.
“ If guys have a niggle we won’t force it
with the gaps between games.
“ When you’ve got two games in 21 days
(between the Australian group game
on February 28 and the quarter-final
on March 21) we’re not going to make
it one in 21 in terms of preparation. If
these guys are fit and still performing
they ’ll get first chance. ”
New Zealand have stuck with the same
XI for all four group games, and they’ve
gone unbeaten to keep the co-hosts top
of the group.
“ We are in the middle of a World Cup
and it’s not a matter of thinking about
tomorrow; it’s a matter of making sure
we do not drop the ball and keep putting
in good performances.”
Hesson liked what he saw from New
“ It was a pretty thorough performance
really. I was really pleased with the effort.
We were pretty proficient in the field
and it was a pretty good chase. All in all,
job done. ”
of the New Zealand Herald
New Zealand accomplished some of the
goals they had set for their match against
Afghanistan, although perhaps not in the
order they would have wanted.
Then again, according to senior player
Dan Vettori, forget talk of specific objectives
to be taken from games; all New Zealand
are focused on is winning: “You guys are the
ones who want boxes ticked,” he said last
With three of their top five batsmen in
need of time at the crease, New Zealand
made clear they wanted to bat first, not to
mention that the McLean Park highway
is by some distance the country’s best for
batting. The rule of thumb is get in, get runs,
then defend them.
Instead Afghanistan chose to bat first, and
did well to get to 186 after a wobbly start.
New Zealand completed the win by six
wickets with 13.5 overs to spare.
Afghanistan’s decision at the toss made
good cricket sense.
However part of the thinking might also
have had its roots in a desire to avoid risking
their bowlers getting another pummelling
from a test nation batting group, after
Australia had flogged them for 417 in Perth
during the week.
So before the New Zealand batsmen could
get their pads on, the bowlers had their
longest workout of the World Cup. It took
47.4 overs to dismiss Afghanistan and that
meant a solid block of overs for the frontline
Vettori took his 300th ODI wicket — the
first New Zealand bowler to the milestone
in the course of four for 18 off 10 overs.
The batsmen initially could not work him
out, then settled for care over carefree.
Trent Boult picked up three, and Adam
Milne, in real need of time at the bowling
crease, got through 10 overs.
Afghanistan’s only stand of note was 86
for the seventh wicket between half century
makers Samiullah Shenwari — who sur vived
a blow on the back of his helmet from Corey
Anderson, which left a distinct dent — and
They batted, respectively, with caution and
composure, and exuberance and free hitting.
Twice spirited lefthander Najibullah put
Tim Southee into the crowd en route to
a run-a-ball 56, and received a standing
ovation upon his dismissal, rare but deserved.
After Brendon McCullum’s standard
hectic start, 42 off 19 balls, the rest of the
innings proceeded at a far more measured
pace than of late.
Martin Guptill’s 57 included some
handsome shots down the ground and
through the offside before he was run out in
a mix up with Ross Taylor. He has insisted
he has never been out of form, but yesterday
cannot have hurt.
Taylor was scratchy, badly beaten first
ball, but was there at the end on 24 after
77 minutes. Elliott got to 19 comfortably
enough before running himself out, beaten
by a direct throw from a push and run to mid
off. Unnecessary, as was Guptill’s dismissal.
When your opportunities have been
limited, every bit helps.
New Zealand round off group A play
against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday.
PICTURES: Getty Images
The Breakers celebrate after winning the NBL grand final series yesterday against the Cairns Taipans at
the North Shore Events Centre, in Auckland.
Breakers’ Ekene Ibekwe makes the winning shot.
Breakers win title on
CRICKET WORLD CUP
NZ makes most of time at crease
CRICKET WORLD CUP
Black Caps struck down with illness
Steady Australian golfer Matthew
Millar held his ner ve to take out the
NZPGA title at Remuera.
He took a two shot lead into the final
day, had that narrowed to a single stroke
at halfway but then edged away down
the last few holes to win by three shots.
It was an emotional finish for the
Canberra-based pro who claimed his
first four-day title after starting out on
his professional career 16 years ago.
The 38-year-old kept his mistakes to a
minimum in the breezy conditions with
some fine recovery play like his brilliant
scramble to keep the damage to a bogey
on the short 9th.
He was chased hard by fellow
Australian Kristopher Mueck who led
the tournament on the opening day
with a course record 64, a score Millar
matched in the third round.
Mueck turned at three under in his
last round but then fell back a touch as
the pressure ramped up and the swirling
winds continued to make club selections
Some like Geoff Drakeford and New
Zealander Josh Geary who was looking
for his first major win on home soil,
made small surges before mistakes
slowed their momentum. The pair tied
with Kristopher Mueck for second.
Millar began this year with three top
10 finishes after getting his card back
at Q school. A fortnight ago, it seemed
he would pick up the Q ueensland PGA
title before he was run down by Fox who
had two eagles in the last few holes. This
week was his turn. — NZ Herald
South Korea’s Park In-bee
picked up a healthy win-double
in one of the world’s biggest
gambling cities after a father-
daughter wager helped her focus
to success at the HSBC Women’s
Champions in Singapore.
Before the tournament, the five-
times major winner bemoaned
the toughness of the notoriously
tricky Serapong Course on
Sentosa Island, home to one of the
citystate’s two casinos, so much
that her father said he would
pay her $500 for every birdie she
made. In return, he wanted $1000
for each bogey.
Unfortunately for the dad, his
daughter went bogey free over
four days to complete a wire-to-
wire success at the $1.4 million
restricted-field LPGA Tour event
thanks to 15 pricey birdies.
“I took the bet thinking maybe
even if I make bogey, he’s not
going to take my money. I think it
ended up really nicely,” a grinning
Park told reporters after the 13th
title of her career.
It gave me extra motivation
I guess. I don’t think I can even
believe myself that I didn’t make
any bogeys for 72 holes. I mean,
if I thought about bogeys, when
am I going to make bogey, if I was
afraid of the bogeys, I’d probably
Park said she did not think
her father would be paying
up the $7500 prize. “He ran
out of money since yesterday.
I’m lending him money.” The
26-year-old, though, said she was
indebted to her family for their
support in Singapore this week as
she claimed one of the few titles
to have previously escaped her
Starting the day with a two-shot
lead over world No 1 Lydia Ko
and American Stacy Lewis, Park
remained cool and composed as
the red-hot New Zealander drew
level after only five holes. Ko, 17,
however, could not continue the
momentum and struggled from
the tee and with her putter as
Park closed out a two-shot win.
World number three L ewis was
four back of the Korean.
Park was confident that after
coming through victorious in the
Sunday shootout between the top
three women’s players she could
wrestle back the world number
one spot from Ko, who won the
last two events in Australia and
New Zealand. “I think so, because
I didn’t play so many times with
Lydia, especially in the final
round, I thought she doesn’t make
any mistakes. But I definitely saw
her making a couple of mistakes
today and thought actually she is
human.” — Reuters
Millar takes out
Double victory for Park in Singapore
Tom Walsh defended
his shot put title on the
final day of the New
Zealand Track and Field
perhaps most importantly,
qualified this year’s world
championships in Beijing.
Jacko Gill for the first
time since last year’s
in Glasgow, sealed the
victory yesterday with his
first effort of 20.73m. Gill
was second at Newtown
Park with 20.33m.
The A standard
for August ’s world
20.45m — a mark that
Gill eclipsed at the
last month when he
produced a 20.58m put.
Walsh defends NZ title
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