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The four members of
the Greymouth Swim
Club who competed
at the New Zealand
division II swim meet in
Dunedin at the weekend
posted personal bests
in their events, with
two swimmers bagging
medals including a gold
Ben Whitmore and
Mason Hunt won the
medals, while Mitchell
Robinson and Rachel
Crawford swam personal
100m in a qualifying
time for the New
Zealand age groups
nationals, to be in May
in Wellington. He also
won gold in the 16-18yrs boys’ 200m
butterfly and bronze in 100m butterfly.
Mason qualified for eight races and
made the finals for five of them. He
also qualified to swim in the under-14
Canterbury-West Coast freestyle and
medley relay teams, and won silver
in the freestyle relay and gold in the
Robinson qualified for six races and
Crawford for eight, having made the
finals for five of the events. Whitmore
qualified for nine events and made
West Coast records were broken by
Hunt, Crawford and Whitmore.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
of the New Zealand Herald
As the champagne flowed, tributes
celebrating the Black Caps victory
poured in from around the world —
even Salman Rushdie was swept up in
the momentous occasion.
The Man Booker Prize-winning
novelist and cricket nut was among
thousands who revelled in the win
Zealand. What a finish. #WorldCup,”
Prime Minister John Key, and
former international cricketers Shane
Warne and Brian Lara also joined in.
“ Well played NZ well deserved!!
Cricket the true winner best
game of the Cup!! Grant Elliott
cool head magnificent innings!!
#ontothefinalsNZ,” Lara tweeted.
Warne, who earlier doubted the New
Zealanders could win, changed his
tune at match end, tweeting: “ What
a game of cricket in NZ, please hold
your heads high South Africa, you’ve
done everyone proud as you gave it
Like many others — including
batsman Ross Taylor — Key said he
was looking forward to Sunday ’s final.
“Congratulations @Blackcaps on
a fantastic win! Looking for ward to
watching you in the final on Sunday,”
he wrote on Twitter.
Taylor was quick to fire off his own
tweet soon after the match: “ Woohoo.
Who’s coming to Melbourne?”
Captain Brendon McCullum’s
older brother Nathan also posted a
“Amazing from the boys today.
Serious innings from @grantelliottnz.
What a feeling. Melbourne here we
At Eden Park, fans made the most
of the party atmosphere — reflecting
on a dramatic day of cricket.
Archie Deshpande felt he had
witnessed one of the great games in
New Zealand’s sporting history.
“I’m going to be telling my grandkids
that I was here,” he said.
“I was just so ner vous I went crazy,
just standing there waving my arms
around. I couldn’t control myself.”
James Poore opted to calm his
ner ves at a Kingsland pub.
“I’ve got a headache from yelling so
much,” he said.
“It was pretty good seeing my South
African boss emotional as well. It was
Poore said he was twice as ner vous as
he had been over the epic pool game
between New Zealand and Australia
at the same venue.
Police said the crowd of more than
40,000 at the park had been generally
“Fans of both countries played
their part in creating a wonderful
atmosphere,” inspector Peter Gibson
There were 31 evictions from Eden
Park for breaches of the terms and
conditions of entry.
Two people had also been arrested
for disorderly behaviour.
In South Africa, headlines summed
up the Proteas’ devastating loss.
Eyewitness News led with: “ The
dream is over! Proteas out of world
National news website www.news24.
com ran the headlines “Proteas crash
out of CWC” and “Proteas go down
at the death” alongside photographs
of emotional team members.
The cricket.co.nz website described
the Proteas’ loss as being “tantalisingly
short ” and ran a series of messages
sent from brokenhearted fans.
Greymouth Swimming Club members Mason
Hunt, left front, Rachel Crawford and Mitchell
Robinson, left back, and Ben Whitmore, who all
performed well at the recent division II New
Zealand swim championships.
►Elliott six puts
Black Caps in
World Cup final
Golden swims in Dunedin
Grant Elliott, born and raised in
Johannesburg, last night saw off the
nation of his birth to book his adopted
country a spot in Sunday ’s Cricket
World Cup final in Melbourne.
The 36-year-old, who moved to
New Zealand in 2001, hit a six from
the penultimate ball as the Black
Caps chased down 298, setting a date
with either Australia or India in the
Elliott combined with Daniel Vettori
to grab the 12 runs needed from the
final over, finishing unbeaten on 84
and adding the climactic chapter to a
“For the fans and the four million
people, that win’s for them,” Elliott
said. “ You could see the emotions in
Eight hours of cricket is always sure to
produce several twists and turns but last
night featured more drama than any
reality show can manufacture, forging
one of the most memorable finales in
New Zealand sport.
“That ’s the first moment when you
actually feel a release of emotion,”
Elliott said of his game-winning blow.
“It was a great feeling for the team and I
think it’ll sink in after the World Cup.”
There will be some weary workplaces
this morning as the result sinks in
across the country, especially after such
a nerve-shredding occasion.
The fortunes of both the Black Caps
and the Proteas swung as readily as
Trent Boult with a new ball, with the
two teams taking turns experiencing
ascendancy, doubt and despair, leaving
the 40,000 fans spending as much time
on the edge of their seats as on their
feet. But all that excitement provided
scant consolation to the losing side.
“It doesn’t make me feel better at all,”
South Africa captain AB de Villiers
“ We play this game to win and to take
glory home. We didn’t do that and it
hurts quite a bit.”
That pain was one familiar to New
Zealand fans who endured the last time
this country hosted a Cricket World
Hamish Chandra was in tears after
New Zealand lost to Pakistan in that
semi-final in 1992 but last night he
shed tears of joy.
“I was so ner vous that I probably
needed diapers,” he said.
“I had the belief that the boys could
do it but, man, it was tough. The South
Africans played well, but we managed
to turn the tables.”
The Proteas were well on top when
the threatening grey clouds above Eden
Park finally turned to rain midway
through the first innings.
Almost two hours after the players
left the field, a rainbow appeared over
the East Stand and the Black Caps
continued to chase their pot of gold.
An atmosphere that was initially
subdued suddenly sprang to life.
The bowlers’ run-ups were being
clapped in unison but that noise was
nothing compared with what was to
follow when New Zealand came to bat,
especially once Brendon McCullum
began dispatching the South African
attack to all corners. But the skipper
was soon gone and the ner ves soon
returned, creating an almost eerie
atmosphere as the Black Caps steadily
constructed their chase.
The collective strain only increased
as wickets tumbled and South Africa
tightened the screws.
All that pent-up energy was released
blow by blow during a final act for the
ages, with Elliott eventually blasting
the Black Caps through to their first
World Cup final.
For his heroics, he asked a favour in
return, given Sunday ’s final means he
will miss his sister’s wedding.
“If you can put that in the press and
say I’m sorry,” Elliott said with a smile.
CRICKET WORLD CUP
Tributes flow as cricket world salutes NZ win
PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealand’s Grant Elliott, lfet, celebrates hitting the winning runs with team-mate Daniel Vettori in
last night ’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Eden Park, in Auckland.
Opener Aaron Finch knows he
is the one Australian batsman
struggling for runs ahead of
tomorrow ’s World Cup semi-final
against India but, ever confident,
thinks a big innings is just around
Finch opened his campaign
with a pugnacious 135 against
England but has struggled since,
contributing just 54 runs in his last
five innings as co-hosts Australia
charged into the last four of the
Former skipper Ricky Ponting
said this week Finch’s technical
flaws were exposed when he
was struggling for runs and the
28-year-old has been working with
former test all-rounder Andrew
McDonald in addition to the
Australian coaching team.
“It’s nothing that I’m overly
concerned about, it ’s just going
back to look at the basics of my
technique, something that I fall
back on when I’m not getting a
whole lot of runs,” he told reporters
“ Whenever you don’t get runs,
it starts to build up,” he added.
“ Whatever happens on Thursday
will happen, I’m not one who
over-analyses it too much. When
you look down the batting list,
everyone’s been playing perfectly
and I’m probably the only one
who’s missed out in the last couple
“ I’m confident going into this
game, I’ve got no reason not to be.
I’m hitting the ball nicely and I’m
looking for big runs.”
The aggressive righthander is
almost certain to retain his place in
the side despite his paucity of runs,
barring a shock move for Shane
Watson back up the order to open
with David Warner.
Given that Watson has just
shaken off his own run of poor form
batting at No 6, however, that looks
highly unlikely and the Australia
team should be unchanged — give
or take the inclusion of specialist
spinner Xavier Doherty.
Although Finch does not want to
over-analyse his form, he has clearly
given plenty of thought to how a
turnaround in fortunes might come
“You try and hit a couple at the
start of the innings to get a roll on,”
“(But) when you’re not hitting
them that well, you get down the
other end and hand it over to Davy
(Warner) to take some of the strike.
Just try and work your way into an
innings in a different way rather as
opposed to boundaries and trying
to score quickly.
“ It ’s just one of those things, it’s
not far away, I feel great, it might
be just that one shot early in the
innings to get you going to make a
big one.” — Reuters
Finch confident big
Aussie innings near
of the New Zealand Herald
The Warriors will again look for
talented youngster Tuimoala Lolohea to
provide attacking thrust from fullback
for their 20th anniversary match against
the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart
Stadium on Sunday.
With first-choice Sam Tomkins
sidelined for four to six weeks with a
knee injury, the versatile Lolohea will
have his second start in the position in
four games this season.
The 20-year-old played fullback in
round one against Newcastle when
Tomkins was out with a hamstring
injury — excelling with 213m and 10
After starting at centre against
Parramatta last Saturday, he played the
final 29 minutes at fullback after the
England international left the field.
Another strong showing against
Brisbane could see him make the
position his own over the coming
“ Tui has a big opportunity at fullback
with Sam out for a month or so,”
assistant coach Tony Iro said.
“ He was outstanding there when
we played Newcastle and had more
experience when Sam went off last
week. We all know the ability he has and
have real confidence in him.”
Lolohea’s shift allows centre Matt
Allwood to start his first NRL match
for the club, with regular midfielders
Konrad Hurrell (knee) and Ngani
Laumape (knee) both expected to return
from injury in the next fortnight.
Allwood becomes Warrior No 199
and the seventh player to make his
debut this season after Solomone Kata,
Ryan Hoffman, Bodene Thompson,
Sam Lisone, Albert Vete and Jonathan
The 22-year-old Allwood signed with
the Warriors after making 11 NRL
appearances for the Canberra Raiders
So far this year he has played twice for
the club’s New South Wales Cup side —
at centre and fullback — as well as being
the NRL team’s 18th man twice.
“ Matt gives us NRL experience and is
well versed in what we do,” Iro said.
“ He has trained in the centres
throughout the offseason as well as
playing in trials.”
The rest of the side remains unchanged
with the same starting for ward pack
being named for the third straight week.
The match marks the 20th anniversary
of the Warriors’ debut against the
Broncos on March 10, 1995, a game
Brisbane won 25-22.
The Broncos have been their most
regular opponents, this being the 36th
c lash, with Brisbane winning 20 and the
Warriors 15. At Mt Smart Stadium the
Warriors have a 10-7 edge.
The Warriors have won the past four
encounters at Mt Smart and six of
the past seven but this time they face
a Brisbane side reunited with coach
Wayne Bennett who was at the helm
when the two clubs first met in 1995.
Runanga Boxing Club member
Angus Watson was in top form
at the South Island Novice
Tournament, in Christchurch at the
The 13-year-old, who weighed in
at 40.3kg, was unable to be matched
in his cadet age-group, however
Watson stepped up to fight an
exhibition match against an older
and 6kg heavier opponent.
The three-round, 1.5-minute bout
against the Whakato club’s Riley
Orlowski was a hard fought and
technical bout and both boxers
displayed a variety of shots.
boxer in top
Warriors seek thrust
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