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Champions Australia have only three
players included in the ICC’s team of
the World Cup, which contains five
Paceman Mitchell Starc, batsman
Steve Smith and allrounder Glenn
Maxwell were the only Australians
to make the side, despite their team
boasting the World Cup after a one-
sided seven-wicket thrashing of
co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday ’s final.
The ICC team (in batting order):
Martin Guptill (NZ), Brendon
Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, wicketkeeper),
Steve Smith (Aust), A B de Villiers
(South Africa), Glenn Maxwell (Aust),
Corey Anderson (NZ), Daniel Vettori
(NZ) Mitchell Starc (Aust), Trent Boult
(NZ), Morne Morkel (South Africa).
Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe, 12th man).
The ICC said the team was chosen by a
panel of experts headed by ICC general
manager cricket, Geoff Allardice.
They were given the task of picking
a balanced side on the basis of
performances in the tournament, with
statistics used but not the sole basis for
“The panel eventually came up with
this side, which, in their view, was the
most balanced outfit that is capable
of beating any side on any given day,”
Other players discussed as possible
Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) and
Shaiman Anwar (UAE), fast bowlers
Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami (both
India), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan) and
spinners Imran Tahir (South Africa)
and Ravi Ashwin (India).
You could not miss the smile on
Robyn Broughton’s face.
It has been a tough start to the
2015 ANZ Championship for
the Central Pulse after they lost
three of their first four games but
they showed what they are capable
of with a 49-38 win over the
Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in
Wellington last night.
Some strong defensive work and
a rejuvenated Irene van Dyk helped
the Pulse towards a crucial New
Zealand conference victory.
“Any win helps,” Broughton said
as she flashed that smile.
“The Pulse defence have been
playing well for the whole season
and that ’s where our strength’s
The Pulse made 11 intercepts last
night, goal defence Katrina Grant
collected five while goal keep Te
Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit added
two, which helped suffocate the
The visitors struggled to provide
enough ser vice to their shooters
and they put up only 46 attempts at
goal, while the Pulse managed 60.
Pulse wing defence Joline Henry
helped Broughton’s side in the
mid-court where they controlled
much of the action.
“That tightens it all up for us as
well,” Broughton said.
The Pulse made a steady start to
last night’s game before they took
control in the second quarter.
They won that stanza 15-8 and
the Magic never recovered as they
faced a 10-goal deficit at half-time
and the Pulse only built on that
Then there was the 42-year-old
van Dyk who shot 24/30 and was
reliable under the hoop, which
is the strongest part of her game
rather than moving to the top of
the circle to receive the ball.
“Irene had a
really good game
playing at the back
and not coming
out all the time,”
“At this stage
of her career she
doesn’t need to
change what she’s
good at and that ’s
holding under the
post and we can
get the ball in to
The win provided
a healthy dose of
belief for the Pulse
who have won two
from five; the Magic have the same
record but own a slightly better
The Mystics lead the New
Zealand conference with the Magic
in second, while the Pulse are
third. The top three from the New
Zealand and Australian conferences
make the play-offs under the new
format this season.
The Pulse have a bye during the
Easter round next week, while the
Magic will host the Mystics in
Rotorua on Sunday.
Johnathan Thurston has stolen a
desperately needed win for North
Queensland in a golden point
thriller against Melbourne.
Trailing 16-4 at half-time, the
Cowboys avoided their worst
start to a season in 13 years with
an 18-17 win over the Storm in
Townsville last night.
It came down to a field goal
shootout between Queensland
Origin halves Cooper Cronk and
Cronk appeared to have put the
Cowboys resistance to sleep in the
72nd minute with a field goal in
front of the posts.
The Cowboys rallied late,
Matthew Wright scoring in the
79th minute before Thurston
slotted a sideline conversion from
his non-preferred side and then
kicked a field goal of his own
to level the scores with seconds
Thurston and Cronk traded shots
in extra time, including a fluffed
left-foot effort from the Cowboys
halfback before Thurston eventually
kicked North Queensland to
victory. Antonio Winterstein had
given the Cowboys hope with his
double, after returning from a two-
game absence following the tragic
death of his brother.
While North Queensland was
able to build pressure, it rarely
equated to points in the first 70
minutes as fifth tackle options and
errors plagued them.
Melbourne had leapt out to a
16-4 lead at half-time through
tries to Kurt Mann, Felise Kaufusi
and a superb effort from Marika
Koroibete who dashed 95m after
collecting a Thurston bomb.
Stuttering all night, the Cowboys
came to life in the final 20 minutes
and punched holes in the Storm
defensive line giving the home
When Winterstein crossed for
his second in the 62nd minute, a
Cowboys comeback looked possible
if improbable — ultimately they
achieved a memorable win to lift
them off the bottom of the NRL
Thurston said the win was vital to
keep the Cowboys in the hunt to
remain competitive in 2015.
“ You have no idea (how much we
needed that win,” he said.
“It ’s been a long time coming.
Finally we can stay in the fight.
We had our backs against the wall
there in the past three weeks when
we’ve been blown off the park. It’s
good that we can find that little bit
of character there and stay in the
Cowboys coach Paul Green said
it was a win the club could use to
turn their fortunes around.
“ When you lose your confidence,
you focus on the things you’re not
doing well,” he said.
“ We just need a bit of evidence
to show that we are a good team. I
thought tonight was exactly what
we needed against a very good
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy
was clearly fuming about some late
referee calls that gave the Cowboys
the field position needed to secure
the win, but restrained himself to
avoid sanction by the NRL.
“The blokes deser ved better
than what they got in the last five
minutes,” he said. “(But) we can’t
say anything about that.” — AAP
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PICTURE: Getty Images
Cowboys’ Johnathan Thurston kicks the winning field goal watched by team-mate Jason Taumalolo in last
night ’s game against the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium, in Townsville.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Junior netballers drill session
Polly Marshall, left, and Maya McIntyre run through the drill session during the Festival of Netball open day, at
Anzac Park, Greymouth, on Saturday. Junior netball players ran through drills to get a taste for the sport before an
after-school programme gets under way. West Coast Netball will be running two junior programmes over nine weeks
for Year 1 and 2, and Year 3 and 4 girls who want to try the sport. The programme runs from May 8 to July 2.
The Q ueensland Firebirds
celebrated Laura Geitz’s 100th
game in the best possible fashion,
with a thrilling 51-47 victory over
the NSW Swifts at the Brisbane
All the pre-game talk surrounded
the milestone of the Firebirds and
Australian skipper and it seemed
both teams lifted their intensity to
match the occasion.
The sides could not be split at
half and three quarter time, and it
appeared a repeat of their round
three trans-Tasman netball league
draw was on the cards.
Locked at 38-38 heading into the
final quarter, Geitz stepped up in
defence, forcing a number of crucial
She was backed by Romelda Aiken,
who slotted 13 goals for the quarter
to finish with 43 for the match.
Geitz praised her team for
“ weathering the storm” when the
match was on the line.
“As it got more intense we became
more composed,” she said.
“The crowd was amazing tonight
and it was nice to get one back on
them, because their crowd was
sensational a couple of weeks ago.
performances across the court for
The win puts the fourth-placed
Firebirds within one point of the
Swifts on the Australian conference
ladder with a game in hand.
The Firebirds have now won seven
straight against the Swifts at the
Brisbane Convention Centre.
Earlier, the two teams traded shots
in a frantic and physical opening ten
However, the Firebirds took the
running on the back of mid-court
intercepts, setting up a 14-9 buffer.
Seemingly unfazed by the late
withdrawal of skipper Kimberlee
Green, the Swifts launched a stirring
second quarter revival.
They scored ten of the first 14
goals after the first break to regain
the lead, levelling the match 25-all
at half-time and setting up a hugely
important third quarter.
The deadlock remained unbroken
heading into the fourth before
Aiken’s accuracy came to the fore.
The one-on -one battle between
the Jamaican shooter and Swifts
goalkeeper Sharni Layton was one of
the highlights of the match. Layton
finished with a game-high five
deflections, equal with Geitz.
West Coast cyclists were at their best
in two separate events over the weekend,
taking first and second placings at the
Canterbury Road Championships
and performing well in the Forrest
Graperide, in Blenheim.
In-form Hokitika cyclist Sharlotte
Lucas showed class when she took out
the 25km time trial gold medal at the
Canterbury Championships, at Loburn,
winning in a time of 36:46.8s.
Lucas has been in top form this season
and prior to the weekend’s win she won
the 100km Le Race, from Christchurch
to Akaroa, and in January she was
fourth when she debuted in the 25km
elite women’s time trial and second in
the 120km elite women’s road race.
Her success has seen her picked up
by the Holden women’s racing team, in
Australia, where she will head later this
year for more top racing.
The 23-year-old, a member of the
Hokitika Cycling Club, trains daily
and cycles 600km a week. Her aim is to
represent New Zealand.
Also competing at the Canterbury
Championships was another Hokitika
cyclist, Martin Ryder Smallman, who
bagged a gold medal in the senior
men’s time 25km time trial in a time of
Meanwhile, Greymouth cyclists
pedalled their way to podium finishes in
the Forrest Graperide, an event which
drew over 9000 cyclists of all ages from
all around New Zealand and Australia.
Greymouth teenager Zachary Colligan
cycled into second place in the under-19
men’s elite age group race over 101km in
a time of 2:47m.
In the open
over the same
took top honours
of 2:31.55 .
Paul raced in the 42km individual men’s
event and managed fourth place in a
time of 1:10m.
Coast cyclists take top honours
win off Storm
Pulse performance pleases Broughton
Geitz’s 100th Firebirds game a winner
The Black Caps ‘can’t wait’ to get
home to New Zealand and thank all the
supporters at home following the team’s
historic Cricket World Cup run.
The squad arrived in Auckland Airport
this afternoon, and will then appear at
a homecoming event at The Cloud on
the city’s waterfront tonight. Fans are
expected to gather from 4pm to catch a
glimpse of their cricketing heroes.
“I think we can’t wait really ...
Everybody’s looking for ward to getting
home,” Black Caps coach Mike Hesson
said on Newstalk ZB this morning.
The team did not know a lot about the
plans for this evening’s event, he said,
but viewed it as “a chance for us to thank
New Zealand and people for supporting
us over the last six or seven weeks”.
“ It ’s been a heck of a ride, and without
that support they wouldn’t have been
anywhere near as good.”
Despite losing to Australia on Sunday
night’s final, Hesson said yesterday was
still a ‘good’ day.
“ I think after the game it was a
disappointment of how the final went,
but yesterday was more of a reflection of
what we’ve been able to achieve over the
last six or seven weeks,” he said.
“ It was just a good chance to get
together and just relax a little bit.”
However, he would not be drawn
on rumours that captain Brendon
McCullum may announce his retirement
following the tournament.
“ We haven’t even gone into that,” he
said. “ Things will happen over the next
few days I imagine. ”
He also avoided weighing into the
debate on Australia’s sledging of New
Zealand players when they were bowled
off the field at Melbourne’s MCG
stadium. Asked for his opinion on the
issue, he said: “Unfortunately we got
outplayed in the final, so we’ve to give
the Australian’s some respect there. They
turned up on the day and they were
exceptional with the ball in the field, so
sometimes you’ve got to take that on the
The team would now take seven to 10
days off to recover from the tournament,
before getting ready for the test series
against England later this year.
“I can’t wait for the England tour, but
firstly I’m looking for ward to a week at
home with family. I think everybody is
too.” — New Zealand Herald
McCullum picked to lead
ICC World Cup team
Black Caps ‘can’t wait’ to get home
Did South Africa’s cricket team drop
a white player and replace him with an
injured black player for a World Cup
semi-final match to make its line-up
more racially acceptable?
The question has revived an
uncomfortable conversation over race
and change in South African sport,
where the two most successful national
teams — cricket and rugby — are still
mainly white more than two decades
after the end of apartheid.
Sports minister Fikile Mbalula denied
that he influenced the cricket team to
drop white bowler Kyle Abbott for
Vernon Philander in last week’s World
Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
Mbalula, who is black, said he was
responding to accusations made by “a
dying breed of political dinosaurs. ”
He did not identify the source of
the accusations. “ We know who are
spreading these speculations and we will
not dignify them by mentioning their
names,” Mbalula said in a statement
over the weekend.
“These are acts of desperate colonial
apartheid apologist(s) ... We shall not
be deterred by their mischief.”
He released a second statement
yesterday rejecting the “unfounded
allegations,” with the South African
sports media focusing intensely on the
Mbalula’s denial was backed up by
Cricket South Africa chief executive
Haroon Lorgat, who said there was
“absolutely no interference” with team
selection at the World Cup in Australia
and New Zealand.
“I must tell you that I’ve never heard
any more nonsense than that in all my
tenure as an administrator,” Lorgat said.
However, the South Africa cricket
team does have an informal agreement
that it should normally have at least four
non-white players in its lineup. Without
Philander against New Zealand, South
Africa would have had only three.
The rugby and cricket teams, often at
or near the top of the world rankings,
have long been under pressure to field
more non-whites, who were not allowed
to play for national teams during
— New Zealand Herald
Race row erupts over Sth Africa semi selections
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