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PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Wests’ George Rea powers through as Blaketown’s Oliver Monks tries to stop him during
the under-10 rugby game at McLean Park, on Saturday.
Young West Coast rugby
players got straight into the
action when they had their
first games of the season, on
Kiwi I had their first hit out
against Grey Valley, both teams
putting on a good show.
For Kiwi, young new players
Jake Eyre, Cruze Wilson, Tom
Dawson and Will Linklater all
showed promise with quality
runs and plenty of enthusiasm.
Other first-year players Samuel
Woodcock, Robbie Weston,
Rylee Fearn, Jolan Bradley and
Grover Johnston-Coates were
impressive on both attack and
defence, Weston scoring once
and Johnston-Coates twice. The
experience of returning players
Korah Wilson, Cody Nolan and
Reuben Eyre shone through,
both leading the way with big
runs and plenty of rips.
Wests had a 35-0 win over
Wests were well led by captain
Jake Redpath. Player of the day
Martin Hagn-Meincke had
a top game, scoring five tries.
Other good performances came
from Allan Harris,
Billy Vincent and Eddie Rea.
Debut players Daniel von Ah,
Rocco von Ah, Dominic Dando
and Jake Redpath showed
Strong attacking runs by
Marist player of the day Elliot
van der Geest resulted in him
scoring two tries against Kiwi.
Marco Leleifua dotted down
three times, as did Brennan
Thomas. Most improved player
of the day and the best tackling
award went to Mackley Fahey.
Newcomers Max Walklin and
Harley Andrew got involved
and played well.
Marist and Kiwi met for their
first game of the season, Kiwi
taking the honours.
Marist started tentatively but
soon got back into the swing
of things. Lofa Leleifua had a
great game scoring two tries,
which earned him player of
the day. Other tryscorers were
Will van der Geest, Antonio
Verhoeven and Griffin Thomas.
Joshua Robbins, Max Welsford
and Alex Stone who all showed
Kiwi overpowered Marist to
win 42-10 in a game that both
teams showed attacking flair
and a willingness to pass the
Both teams scored some great
tries with some stretching
nearly the length of the field.
Mikaere Whitcombe and Riley
Foster were the tryscorers for
Marist with Foster picking up
player of the day.
For Marist, Isaac Negri and
Josh Meldau were keen to get
involved and were busy in their
first games and Beau Swinburn
stood out in the for wards with
his work in the tight.
6 - Thursday, May 7, 2015
Rising Australian star Nick
Kyrgios has produced a stunning
upset to knock his boyhood idol,
world No 2 Roger Federer, out of
the Madrid Open.
In a win the 20-year-old said
surpassed that of his Wimbledon
victory over Rafael Nadal last year,
world No 35 Kyrgios triumphed
6-7, (2-7), 7-6, (7-5), 7-6 (14-12)
over the top seed this morning.
“I think this is definitely the
greatest win over my career so far,”
Kyrgios, who saved three match
“It doesn’t really feel real at the
moment. I didn’t really feel as
if I was playing out there — it
almost felt like I was watching.
It was similar to that match at
Wimbledon when I played Rafa.
It’s a strange feeling. It hasn’t
happened many times in my career
. . . it’s happened twice now. It ’s
To clinch the win, Kyrgios
needed to overcome an expletive-
laden first-set meltdown, in
which he was given a code for
unsportsmanlike conduct in the
first set tie-break, saying “get him
out of here” to chair umpire Mo
Lahyani in reference to a line
umpire following an incorrect call.
Commentators were then forced
to apologise multiple times for
Kyrgios’ foul language, and the
outburst, which also involved him
smashing his racquet into the clay
court, did not help the volatile star
as he fell apart to lose the tie-break
In response to a Kyrgios barb,
Lahyani told the fired-up right-
hander to “stop complaining”.
However, he calmed himself
before rallying from a break down
in the second set to force another
tie-break — and this time it was
Federer who began to feel the
As Kyrgios reeled off a string of
impressive winners and powerful
serves to race to a 5-0 lead in the
tie-break, the normally unflappable
Federer barked “we need a clown
for this circus” at a change of ends.
When asked if he had been
intimidated coming up against
his idol for the first time, Kyrgios
replied: “I know he’s the greatest.
I knew before the match I had to
play one of the greatest matches
I’ve ever played.
“(But) I wasn’t intimidated at all
— I have a lot of respect for him.”
Showing the same confidence
and audacity which helped
him prevail over Nadal last
year, Kyrgios produced some
unbelievable tennis in the third-
set tie-break, saving three match
points before raising his arms in
triumph on his sixth match point,
when Federer sent a forehand
“ He plays the big points well and
he likes the big stage,” Federer said.
“ He has nothing to lose and if
he can string a few good shots
together that will keep him in a
There were no surprises, he said:
“I expected it to be difficult. I
know Nick can play.”
Kyrgios will next face 16th
seed John Isner for a shot at the
quarter-finals. — AAP
Federer out of
PICTURE: Getty Images
Nick Kyrgios celebrates his win over Roger Federer today at the
Madrid Open, in Spain.
West Coast junior rugby round-up
George Moala will slot straight into
the Blues team to play the Rebels in
Melbourne following his discharge
without conviction yesterday.
The Blues have held off naming their
team for tomorrow night’s match,
probably partly because of the sentence
hanging over their midfielder and partly
because of the injuries that struck them
in the past week.
Had Moala, who has performed well
for the Blues this season, been convicted,
he would not have been able to travel
quite apart from whatever action his
employers the Blues and New Zealand
Rugby had decided to take. Those
convicted of a crime need a special visa
to travel to Australia, and, with the game
only days away, Moala and the Blues
would have run out of time to apply for
A statement from the Blues yesterday
said: “ With the judicial process
complete, there remains an employment
process to be concluded by the Blues
and New Zealand Rugby over the next
“Meantime, George will be available
for selection and continue to receive
professional support in his personal
Moala’s power at second-five outside
Dan Bowden is a big part of why the
performance of the Blues’ backline has
improved in recent weeks.
The Blues’ scored only their second
win of the season last weekend — a
41-24 victory against the Force at Eden
Park. — NZ ME
Cleared Moala to slot back in for Blues
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