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Patrice Dougan and Kirsty Johnston
of the New Zealand Herald
The Blacks Caps have “pretty high
standards” of on-field behaviour, and
will not get involved in sledging, one
player says, after Australian players
appeared to taunt Grant Elliot when
he was dismissed in the Cricket
World Cup final in Melbourne last
Images tweeted captured the
difference between two flashpoints
— the first last Tuesday when Elliott
extended a helping hand to South
Africa’s Dale Steyn after New
Zealand ’s dramatic win at Eden Park,
and the second last night where the
36-year-old was dismissed for 83 after
a comparably brilliant innings.
Last night’s images showed
Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin
— who caught Elliott — bowler James
Faulkner and Pat Cummins giving
Elliott what appears to be an earful as
he leaves the field.
Elliott turns towards them, holding
his bat, and keeps walking.
New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy
Neesham said the behaviour was “not
so much disappointing”, as only to be
expected from the Australians.
“I think Australia have made no
bones about it, that ’s the way they ’re
going to go about playing their
cricket and that ’s their prerogative
really,” he said on TV One’s Breakfast
programme this morning.
“I think that ’s not something
the Kiwis want to get involved
in. Brendon (McCullum), as
I’ve said before, has set pretty
high standards, not only on play
but also behaviour on the field
“So that ’s not something
that the lads really want to get
The incident was bad
enough to prompt television
commentator and former
England captain Nasser
Hussain to assert that Elliott,
the New Zealand top-scorer,
was subject to sledging
throughout his innings.
“ You Aussies just don’t let up
do you?” he said. “ You got em
out, is that not enough?”
Soon after, hundreds of
tweets comparing Elliott ’s
sportsmanship with the Australians’
perceived lack of it began to flood the
social networking site.
One, by a user with the handle
@LeftArmAround was mentioned
hundreds of times.
“S ledging a guy who’s just got out
after playing brilliantly. The reason
why most neutrals despise Australian
teams. Graceless,” he wrote.
Former New Zealand test opener
Mark Richardson, co-host of sports
show the Crowd Goes Wild, was also
“Send offs to Vettori and Elliott. Real
brave, real classy,” he wrote on Twitter.
Other tweets included:
“Sportsmanship has never been
their strong point. Sledging is such a
Even Sydney Morning Herald sports
columnist Greg Baum recognised the
sledging, saying wicketkeeper Brad
Haddin was “a boor as he mocked
(Martin) Guptill in the moment of his
“Later, there were more snarly words
for Elliott. It is why this Australian
team — even in this triumphal
moment — is more admired as
cricketers than loved as sportsmen.
Clarke said he saw nothing.”
Fans also noticed that, in contrast,
when Australian captain Michael
Clarke was dismissed, the New
Zealanders were keen to rush and
congratulate him in recognition of his
retirement from the ODI game.
Skipper Brendon McCullum ran
across the field to shake Clarke’s hand
after he was bowled out for 74 runs.
Neesham said: “ The way Brendon
talks about the game, it’s about respect
and that sort of thing.
“And Michael Clarke’s obviously
been an amazing performer over the
years ... I think it’s just appropriate to
show respect to a guy like that when
it ’s his last game.”
The incident follows a vow from
International Cricket Council
chief executive David Richardson
last month that there would be a
crackdown on sledging and poor
of the New Zealand Herald
With the dust at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground’s pitch now settled, life
in New Zealand carries on today — or so
an expert assures us.
The Black Caps’ dream run ended
at the ground last night, beaten by an
impressive Australian side.
It was the last appearance for veteran
Daniel Vettori and on the other side —
in the 50-over game — by Australian
skipper Michael Clarke, who raised
cricket ’s World Cup in triumph to the
93,000 fans who packed the famous
Proud Black Caps skipper Brendon
McCullum said: “It ’s been one hell of a
ride for us, right the way through. There
are no regrets. We will walk away from
this tournament with our heads held
high. We played with a free spirit and
clear heart all the way through. ”
He said Australia had been
“outstanding” and thoroughly deser ved to
win. “All the best to them.”
As runner-ups, the Black Caps took
home about $210,000 each.
Victoria University psychologist
Associate Professor Marc Wilson said
the cricket fever that had run rampant
throughout the nation would swiftly
subside from our daily lives.
Yet, he said, remnants from the
tournament would linger on in our
“ Namely, this is going to be
remembered for some time as one of the
greatest triumphs of our sporting history.
And large events like these become
more than just a game — it’s the values
we invest in them that make them so
significant,” he said.
“ In the general psychology of sports
fandom, the reason we care about sport
so much is because we derive some of our
self-esteem from the reflected glory of
the groups to which we belong.”
Ultimately, the New Zealanders needed
to remember that, as after the victory of
the 2011 Rugby World Cup or the anti-
climax of the 2013 League World Cup,
life goes on, Prof Wilson said.
“They ’ll need only to get up (this
morning), go into the kitchen and have
a look and see who is sitting across the
table from them, then remind
themselves that we still have our families,
our jobs — all the things we previously
Prime Minster John Key, who was at
the MCG, said: “ They came up against a
really top-class team in the final but they
can be proud of what they have achieved
— and we are all proud of them, too.
The Black Caps have had a fantastic
Minister for Sport Jonathan Coleman
said the Black Caps would “be a force on
the world stage for cricket for years to
Among the crowd in Melbourne was
former All Blacks coach Sir Graham
Henry, who was quick to commend the
“They’ve had a mar vellous tournament.
They will be disappointed they didn’t
finish in a more positive way. But it was
a great occasion and I’m very proud of
what they achieved.”
At the ground fans called the
atmosphere “supercharged” and “electric”.
Diehard Christchurch fan Dan Vann
was proud of the team’s effort despite the
outcome. “ These guys have been legends.
The early wickets made things pretty
tough, but for the most part the fans
all tried to stay positive — some good
banter between Kiwi and Oz fans too.
“Grant Elliott was outstanding — he
has gone from fringe player to cult figure.
Everyone wanted the Hairy Javelin to get
Tauranga man Andrew Acton-Adams,
who described himself as a “ long-
suffering New Zealand cricket fan”, also
travelled to Melbourne. He described the
loss as “traumatic”.
“ We were told to dream big. We did,
(it) didn’t work ... Such a sad end to
Daniel Vettori’s career,” he said.
“ We can’t forget that the boys
deser ved to be here and have done
amazing things over the last 18 months.
“ We just got given a masterclass.”
Monday, March 30, 2015
The two West Coast drivers in the 41st
Westland Rally were off the pace on Saturday,
Greymouth’s Graham Ferguson finishing
ninth and Reefton’s Gary Reynolds failing to
finish after rolling his vehicle.
Timaru’s Darren Galbraith and navigator
James Bracefield won the rally, which ser ved
as the opening round for the 2015 Mainland
Galbraith won the rally on the last stage
when Jeff Judd, from Christchurch, had his
suspension arm let go on his Subaru WRX.
Judd had a 15-second lead heading into a
repeat of the 23km Ahaura stage nine, where
torrential rain made conditions slippery.
“ We had a couple of issues during the rally,”
Galbraith said afterwards. “ We hit a rock
on stage two, which was a worry, but there
seemed to be little damage.
“The roads were really good. The last stage
was raining that hard we couldn’t see with the
wipers on full speed.”
The lead alternated between Galbraith and
Judd throughout the nine stages, but in the
end Judd won four and Glabraith two.
Second home was Richard Bateman and
Sharisse Guckert in a Mitsubishi EVO
8. Bateman won the fourth 10.6km Lake
Kaniere stage and battled for most of the
day with Christchurch’s Deane Buist (Ford
Escort), who came in third overall.
The fast-flowing roads suited the Ford
Escorts, which filled the third to fifth spots.
Fourth was Robert McCallum and Peter
Kennard, while fifth was Regan Ross and
The opening stage, Lady Lake 1, was won
by Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield in a Subaru
WRX. Clutch issues saw him retire on
the fifth stage. Peter Scharmach and Mike
Hopkins (Subaru WRX) were the other stage
winners, taking out the first run through the
Adairs Road 5.09km stage three at Rimu. The
pair eventually finished 14th overall.
Galbraith was awarded the Leo Leonard
Motors Trophy by the first winner of the
event back in 1974, Leo Leonard.
Round two of the Mainland Series will get
under way in May with Rally Otago.
The Australian cricketers celebrate as New Zealand players shake hands after their Cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground last night.
CRICKET WORLD CUP
of the New Zealand Herald
Australia captain Michael Clarke
bowed out of one-day cricket with
the ultimate prize, but saved a
thought to a “team-mate” who
couldn’t be with them.
“ We played this World Cup with
16 players,” an emotional Clarke
“This is dedicated to our little
brother and team-mate Phillip
Hughes, 25, died earlier this
summer after being struck on
the head by a bouncer. Clarke
became the emotional touchstone
for Australian cricket in the days
and weeks following the tragedy,
speaking at Hughes’ funeral
and articulating the grief of his
Clarke was brilliant in his final
ODI, marshalling his troops
expertly in the field and scoring 74
off 72, losing his wicket with the
finish line in sight.
“It’s been an honour and a
privilege representing my country
in test, one-day and Twenty20
cricket,” he said.
“To win a World Cup in your
own backyard is special.”
Clarke paid tribute to Brendon
McCullum and New Zealand,
saying they were a hard team to
beat, although on the night at
least, that was not strictly true.
The awards kept coming for
Australia, too, with left-arm
pacemen Mitchell Starc pipping
Brendon McCullum at the
final hurdle for player of the
Starc’s 22 wickets came at an
astonishing average of 10.18, a
remarkable achievement given that
this will always be remembered as
a batting tournament.
He was instrumental in winning
the final, too, taking McCullum’s
wicket in a hostile, brilliant first
“There was a lot of luck involved,”
Starc said of taking the key wicket.
“It was a little plan Craig
(McDermott, bowling coach)
cooked up a few days ago.
“ To see it executed brilliantly
was something, because Brendon
has done a fantastic job all
PICTURE: Euan Cameron
Darren Galbraith, from Timaru, who won the Westland Rally at the weekend.
Coast drivers off pace in
PICTURE: Getty Images
Australian captain Michael Clarke celebrates with the trophy on the shoulders of
David Warner, left and Aaron Finch last night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Emotional Clarke bows out with ultimate prize
Fiji produced a trademark flair-
filled display to beat holders
New Zealand 33-19 and win
the 40th edition of the Hong
Kong Sevens in front of a packed
celebratory crowd last night.
The Pacific Islanders’ brute
force and extreme pace, coupled
with eye-catching goose steps
and deft offloads in the tackle,
proved too much for the New
Zealanders, with the impressive
Savenaca Rawaca scoring two
of the Fijian’s five tries in the
The victory, their third in Hong
Kong in four years, moved the
Fijians up to second in the
standings on 108 points with
three legs to go in the campaign.
The top four after the final legs
in Scotland and Twickenham,
London, in May will qualify for
the sport’s Olympic return at
the Rio de Janeiro Games next
“ Tactically we were really astute,
defending at the right pace,
and scored when we needed to.
Outstanding by the team,” Fiji’s
English coach Ben Ryan said in
a pitchside inter view as his side
joined together in a singsong.
Fijian skipper Osea Kolinisau
dedicated the victory to
compatriot and 15-a-side prop
Bele Tabalala, who died in his
sleep last week.
South Africa still lead the way
on 110 points after thrashing
Samoa to take third having lost
to the impressive Fijians 21-15
in the semi-finals.
New Zealand, held to a
humbling 24-24 draw by
Portugal in the pool phase,
dropped to third on 107 after
collecting 19 points in Hong
Kong in their pursuit of a 13th
overall title in 16 years.
Australia, edged out by South
Africa 7-5 in the quarter-finals
of the main cup competition,
are fourth on 84 after winning
the second tier plate tournament
which stretched their lead over
fifth-placed England to six
The English, beaten 14-12
by Fiji in the cup, suffered a
disappointing showing in Hong
Kong after falling 12-7 to the
Australians in the semi-finals of
Scotland took the third tier
Bowl by beating France 26-5 and
Kenya claimed the Shield after
easing past Japan 26-7.
Russia qualified for next
season’s 15-team series by edging
Zimbabwe 22-19 in a dramatic
final qualifier with Vladimir
Ostroushko scoring the match-
winning, length of the field try
on the buzzer.
They are likely to replace
struggling Japan, who host the
seventh leg of the series next
week. — Reuters
Fiji flair swamps
Black Caps gracious
in defeat, despite
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