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PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Dash for the tryline
John Paul II High School player Kristina Verhoeven breaks away from Westland High School defence and makes a dash for the
tryline during the under-15 boys’ and open girls’ rugby sevens tournament, in Hokitika yesterday. The one-day tournament saw six
West Coast secondary school teams battle it out in a round robin series in a pre-season competition.
New All Whites goalkeeper
Stefan Marinovic is the ultimate
sporting comeback story.
Marinovic almost gave the
game away recently, frustrated
at the lack of progress he was
making in his career.
Yet after being plucked from the
football wilderness, he turned in
a great display in the All Whites’
1-0 defeat in Seoul, coming up
with several tremendous saves as
the New Zealand side defied the
Koreans until the 86th minute.
The 23-year-old produced a
brilliant penalty stop in the first
half, as well as another acrobatic
attempt later in the same period
when the home side looked
certain to score.
It was the kind of form that had
him turning heads at the 2011
Under-20 World Cup, when his
rearguard displays helped the
New Zealand side to 1-1 draws
against Uruguay and Cameroon.
It looked like the world was
at his feet then — but it did
not quite work out that way.
He had been established on the
professional scene in Germany
but it was a hard road. The
European nation produces top
goalkeepers in huge quantities,
so it is a tough place to make
Marinovic found himself on
the bench for long periods —
at one stage playing just two
matches across three seasons
and started to question if his
football aspirations were realistic.
“ It was tough,” Marinovic said.
“ You wonder if you are doing
the right thing and I certainly
did. There were periods when I
thought it might be best to forget
about it all and come back to New
Zealand and find something else
to do with my life. ”
In the 2011-12 season at
German third division club
SV Wehen Wiesbaden, he did
not make a single first-team
appearance. He moved to FC
Ismaning where he spent most
of the season kicking his heels
on the bench, getting just 90
minutes of game time. He then
transferred Bundesliga club 1860
Munich but appeared in only one
match for the reser ve team.
“There is huge competition in
Germany so you need to wait
for your chance,” Marinovic
said. “But sometimes it felt like
it would never come. Of course,
then you lose some confidence in
your own ability.”
The final roll of the dice was a
move to SpVgg Unterhaching
before the start of this season.
The club, on the outskirts of
Munich, is known for promoting
“ When I joined, I heard that
their first-choice keeper was
likely to move in the January
(transfer) window,” Marinovic
said. “ It was a strong motivation.
I worked really hard, got myself
fit and ready for an opportunity. ”
He made his first-team debut
in February and has since played
eight matches. It is a decent
standard — the club can draw
crowds of up to 15,000 — and
Marinovic is getting lots of
opportunities to impress as his
team is languishing near the
relegation zone. The club also
have a higher than usual profile
as the brothers of World Cup
winners Mario Goetze and Mats
Hummels are on the roster.
Marinovic was one of several
impressive performers in Seoul.
New defender Themistoklis
Tzi-mopoulos showed he will
be a good investment for the
future, and Clayton Lewis —
who recently turned 18 — put
in a fearless display on the left
side of midfield. Marco Rojas
looks revitalised after his move
to Switzerland and both Bill
Tuiloma and Deklan Wynne,
who will be cornerstones of the
New Zealand under-20 team at
the upcoming World Cup, were
Scotland’s Andy Murray won
his 500th career victory yesterday,
defeating South Africa’s Kevin
Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the
Miami Open quarter-finals.
The third-seeded Murray, who holds
two grand slam titles, needed his best
effort against his 17th-ranked rival.
Murray, who has won four of five
matches against Anderson, improved
his career match record to 500
triumphs and 155 defeats with 31
titles, including the 2012 US Open
and 2013 Wimbledon crowns.
Murray is the first British man, the
ninth active player and the 46th man
in the post-1968 Open Era to achieve
the 500-win plateau.
On his way to the mark, Murray has
defeated nine of his opponents at least
10 times each.
Next up for Murray will be Austrian
Dominic Thiem, who defeated
Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6,
(7-5), 4-6, 7-5.
Novak Djokovic fought back from
a set and a break down to defeat
Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7, (3-7), 7-5,
6-0, salvaging hopes of defending his
Miami Open title.
World No 1 Djokovic won 24 of
the last 27 points to reach a quarter-
final against Spanish sixth seed David
Ferrer, a 7-6, (7-5), 6-0 winner over
Frenchman Gilles Simon.
“ I was really frustrated,” Djokovic
“ I was trying to calm myself down,
because inside there was a big fire. You
could see a little bit of that in the first
Another quarter-final was set as
Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych
advanced thanks to a mid-match
withdrawal from France’s injury-hit
Berdych won 6-3, 3-2 when his
opponent stopped a game after falling
heavily on his right hip.
Berdych will take on Argentina’s
Juan Monaco, a 6-3 6-3 winner over
Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer beat
French 12th seed Gilles Simon 7-6,
(7-5), 6-0 .
Japan’s fourth seed Kei Nishikori
beat Belgian David Goffin 6-1, 6-2
with Nishikori set to move to a career-
best fourth in the world, sending
Rafael Nadal to fifth.
Next up for Nishikori will be
American John Isner, who won a big-
ser ve duel with Canada’s fifth-seeded
Milos Raonic over two and three
Isner’s 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)
triumph featured a combined 35 aces
but no ser vice breaks.
PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealand’s goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, left, reacts as he
saved a penalty kick by South Korean midfielder Son Heung-Min
in yesterday’s friendly football match in Seoul.
Murray celebrates milestone 500th career victory
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QUICK PUZZLE NO. 11515
1. Terrified (5-8)
8. Bird (5)
9. Died out (7)
10. Cashier (6)
11. Crib (6)
12. Religion (5)
14. First (5)
18. Overseas (6)
20. Way (6)
23. Bird (7)
24. Tree (5)
25. Celebrated (13)
1. Buccaneer (6)
2. New (5)
3. Notion (7)
4. Pour (4)
5. Bury (5)
6. Realm (7)
7. Spice (6)
13. Pertinent (7)
15. Pasta (7)
16. Wan (6)
17. Rely (6)
19. Excuse (5)
21. Whinny (5)
22. Eager (4)
CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 11515
1. A shock could prove too much for it! (4,5,4). 8. Bring
back half a pound of fruit (5). 9. Opposed to having the
edges in red (7). 10. The interior, do in rolled gold (6). 11.
Walk, as right-back, into the team (6). 12. The panes are
rattling and the tree is shaking (5). 14. In practice, our-
selves, taking a long time (5). 18. As opposed to some-
thing poetic (6). 20. Try to get sun and plenty of it (6). 23.
Coerce the doctor; a fool (7). 24. Sound the hooter and I
go inside (5). 25. Not very good, but not very bad, as
quakes go (2,5,6).
1. I left in an egg drink as a restorative (6). 2. Called Upman
“Boss” (5). 3. The material in the store could be Ameri-
can (7). 4. Touched, Ted came out with “That hurt!” (4).
5. Is in a heated lift (5). 6. About the Sunday excursion
one’s getting rid of (7). 7. Wouldn’t allow the orchestra to
be heard (6). 13. The affair of the female, report on (7).
15. Check and find loyal (7). 16. Say further that having
the chaps about would drive you crazy (6). 17. Jamborees
and dances a number take part in (6). 19. The buffer had
done very well (5). 21. Puncture the quiet boy got (5). 22.
One can get a horse-shoe to put up (4).
QUICK PUZZLE NO. 11514 - SOLUTIONS
Across - 1, Platinum. 6, Muse. 8, Pair. 9, Canadian. 10,
Stair. 11, Relent. 13, Patent. 15, Lustre. 17, Shiver. 19,
Beach. 22, Discreet. 23, Teal. 24, Star. 25, Nonsense.
Down - 2, Least. 3, Termite. 4, Nice. 5, Mandrill. 6, Model.
7, Spanner. 12, Sturgeon. 14, Atheist. 16, Spectre. 18, Vicar.
20, Crass. 21, Stun.
CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 11514 - SOLUTIONS
Across - 1, Handi-cap (handy cap). 6, Bass. 8, O-pen. 9,
Overt-urn. 10, Berth(birth). 11, St-r-ain. 13, Saddle. 15,
Redden. 17, Totter. 19, S-cone. 22, Th-o-rough. 23, D-art.
24, Gr(a)in. 25, Disorder.
Down - 2, (custard-)Apple. 3, De-not-ed. 4, Chow. 5, P-
leas-ure. 6, Bit-er. 7, Service. 12, Get round. 14,
Another(anag.) 16, Decider(rev.) 18, Tur-i-n. 20, Ne-r-
ve(rev.) 21, T-h -is.
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