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Two Hokitika cyclists will be rubbing
tyres with some of New Zealand’s top
cyclists in Hokitika tomorrow for round
three of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series,
the CYB Construction Hokitika Classic.
Racing features previous elite round
winners Tom Hubbard and Sam Horgan,
who will be challenging series leader Luke
McPherson. Racing is also tight at the
top of the points tables in the masters and
Hokitika rider Brent Allnut, riding for
Team Thule Cycling, lies second in the
masters, and last year’s women’s series
winner Sharlotte Lucas, also of Hokitika,
who has been in top racing form this
season, will be keen to resume her winning
ways and will be supported by a strong
looking Benchmark Homes team that
includes Amy Brazier, Jeanette Gerrie and
Southlander McPherson holds a five-
point series lead over his team-mate
Hubbard and Horgan after placing eighth
and third in the opening two races, with the
experienced veteran Robin Reid handily
placed only one point adrift.
Total POS Solutions team-mates Jason
Christie, who was beaten into second place
in a sprint finish by Horgan in the previous
round near Timaru, and Richard Lawson
along with New Zealand endurance
track representative Pieter Bulling, Kees
Duyvesteyn, Scott Thomas and Jake
Marryatt should also feature in the elite
men’s 140km race.
The masters racing over three age group
classifications provides the largest field.
After a strong showing in round two
masters 35-44 classification leader Matt
Talbot will have strong team support from
Allnut, who lies second in the age group, as
well as Scott McDonnell, Blair Stuthridge,
Neil Sutherland and Ian Smallman.
Dunedin’s Justin Stott lies third in the
35-44 age group with team-mates Craig
Domigan, Mike White and Brendan
Akeroyd also all capable of pushing for a
There will also be plenty of competition in
the 45-49yrs and the over-50 classification.
Nelson’s Karen Fulton leads the women’s
classification without winning a race yet,
something she win be looking to set right
Under-23 leader Ione Johnstone will
have good support from two teams
of Black Magic Women’s racing that
includes Casandra Har vey, Michaela Kerr,
Maddi Campbell, Georgia Vessey and
former professional and multiple national
championship winner on the road and
track, Sophie Williamson, who is making
her first elite race appearance after taking a
break from cycling.
Jeanie Blackmore was an impressive
winner of round two of the series and will
have support from Frances Smith and
Jennifer Haskell to push for the overall
The women’s field features a record nine
teams and is a great mixture of youth and
The women and the master’s fields will
tackle a 110km course.
PICTURE: Rickoshay Photos
Tom Hubbard will be looking to repeat his Calder Stewart Cycling Series first round win to take the elite series lead in the third
round the CYB Construction Hokitika Classic tomorrow.
NZ’s best in Hokitika Classic
The Warriors have confirmed
the signing of Kiwis and South
Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Issac
Luke on a three-year deal from
the end of this season.
The 27-year-old has been
granted a release from the last
two years of his Rabbitohs
contract opening the way for
him to join several fellow Kiwi
internationals at Mt Smart
It means the Warriors will start
2016 with three of the Kiwis’
spine players from the line-up
that accounted for the Kangaroos
26-12 in Sunday ’s Anzac Test at
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane —
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Luke and
halfback Shaun Johnson.
It was Luke’s 33rd test since his
Kiwi debut in 2008 while he has
also played 176 NRL games for
South Sydney so far.
“I ’ve been away from home for
a long time now and I really miss
it,” he said.
“I ’ve loved playing for the
Rabbitohs. They ’ve done so
much for me but I wanted to go
back to New Zealand at some
stage and I’m grateful they ’ve
allowed me to go. Going home to
play for the Warriors has always
been something I wanted to do. I
know so many of the boys there
and I also like what ’s happening
at the club since Jim has taken
Warriors chief executive Jim
Doyle said Luke’s signing was
one of the most significant in the
“On top of signing Roger as
well, it’s a fantastic coup for us to
secure Issac,” Doyle said.
“ We are always looking to
bring elite players to our club
and in Issac we have signed one
of the very best there is.”
Warriors head coach Andrew
McFadden was elated.
“ His arrival at the club will
provide a massive lift to our side,”
“ With the game getting faster
and the prospect of the number
of interchanges being reduced,
80-minute hookers have become
a real asset. Issac is an exceptional
dummy half and he underlined
that for the Kiwis in the Anzac
test against the Kangaroos. He
“ It ’s hugely exciting for us
knowing Issac and Roger will on
board next year. ”
While he missed last year’s
NRL grand final through
suspension, the Hawera-born
Luke was a critical contributor to
South Sydney’s first premiership
in 43 years.
He has also been as integral
performer in the Kiwis’ string
of international successes in the
last seven years. He was used
from the interchange bench in
the wins in the Rugby League
World Cup final in 2008 and the
Four Nations final in 2010 while
he started in the Four Nations
final win last year and again in
Brisbane last Sunday when the
Kiwis won their third consecutive
test against the Kangaroos.
— New Zealand Herald
The New Zealand men’s hockey team
mounted a spirited comeback to overcome
Pakistan 4-2 at the International Challenge in
Tasmania last night.
After a frenetic opening quarter led to a
two goal deficit, the Black Sticks flipped the
contest around and scored four unanswered
goals to secure the result. With snow on
neighbouring Mount Wellington in Hobart,
the game was a chilly affair as the temperature
dropped to around six degrees.
The win was retribution a long time in the
making for the Black Sticks, having last played
Pakistan more than two years ago at the 2013
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup where they were
Head coach Colin Batch said it was pleasing
to respond so strongly after going down by
“I thought we played ok in the first quarter,
although we did come up with a few errors
in defence and that saw them take the lead,”
Batch said. “ The pleasing thing was we
maintained our belief and knew we could be
successful and eventually the goals came.
“The second half was good for us, especially
the third quarter, and I thought Jared (Panchia)
put together the best game he’s played for the
Black Sticks which really helped us up front.
“ We need to do some fine tuning but are
looking forward to having another crack at
Australia to see how much we have developed
since or first game against them.”
Pakistan were off to a fast start and grabbed
the lead after just two minutes with a field
goal from Muhammad Umar Bhutta. Ten
minutes later they doubled their advantage
with Shafqat Rasool putting his side’s second
shot into goal.
Midway through the second quarter the
Black Sticks pulled one back after Andy
Hayward made the most of a penalty stroke
which was awarded from a penalty corner
deflection. Skilful striker Jared Panchia then
equalised with a terrific field goal 30 seconds
out from half-time to ensure the second half
would start on level terms.
New Zealand then found the lead for the first
time in the 39th minute when veteran Phil
Burrows found the goal from a well-worked
penalty corner variation. Marcus Child put the
result beyond doubt with just over 10 minutes
remaining after scoring his side’s fourth goal.
of the New Zealand Herald
When Richie McCaw retires,
probably at the end of this year,
he will do so as arguably the
greatest All Black of all time.
While that may be disputed,
few, if any, would have him
outside the top three.
He is also a best-selling author,
having penned Richie McCaw
The Open Side with Greg
McGee. As it relates to this series,
the most fascinating chapter in
the book was one headed GAB.
To cut a longer story shorter,
McCaw was at McDonald’s
in Timaru with his uncle John
McLay, or Uncle Bigsy. McCaw
had been selected for trials for
the 1999 New Zealand under-19
squad and was showing his uncle
the summer programme they
had been given to keep fit.
“You want to be in the New
Zealand under-19s,” Uncle Bigsy
said. “Do you want to be an All
McCaw answered in the
affirmative, so a ser viette was
produced and the pair mapped
out how he would achieve that
The reason it is so fascinating is
because even though it is only 16
years ago, it feels like it is from
While in his first year at Lincoln
University studying agricultural
science, McCaw wanted to make
the New Zealand U19s and
Canterbury U19s. The following
year, he wanted to make the New
Zealand Colts. From there, he
would make the Canterbury
U21s and, following that, the
Canterbury senior team.
They figured that after the
2003 World Cup, a few players
would head overseas and he
would make the Crusaders and,
everything going to plan, the All
Blacks in 2004.
Uncle Bigsy did not stop there,
making McCaw commit to
being a great All Black.
McCaw could not summon the
courage to write it out in full, so
he scribbled G.A.B. and then,
under his uncle’s watchful eye,
signed it and later pinned it to a
Given McCaw ’s genius for
openside flank play, the chances
are he would have made it at
anything, but Uncle Bigsy’s role
should not be minimised.
With McCaw ’s signature, he
had effectively signed his first
contract, which owed everything
to intrinsic motivation and
nothing to monetary reward.
As it turned out, McCaw played
for the All Blacks in 2001, a little
less than two years after signing
the “contract ”. His G.A.B status
was sealed a few years later when
he was named Tana Umaga’s
successor as All Blacks captain.
The other curious thing about
the contract? Few schoolboy
stars — McCaw was a good
schoolboy player but perhaps
just short of a star — would be
satisfied to wait five years to be
an All Black. They want it now.
The game has changed forever.
Black Sticks come from behind to beat Pakistan
Warriors sign Luke
PICTURE: Getty Images
Kiwi team-mates now Warriors team-mates next year, Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck, left, and Issac Luke.
McCaw’s road to top one few will follow
Richie McCaw is tackled in his 100th test as All Blacks captain
last year against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff.
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