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Tickets are still available for Saturday ’s
Super 15 final despite diehard rugby fans
queuing up overnight to score themselves
spots at the game.
Two thousand tickets to the much-
anticipated Hurricanes v Highlanders clash
went on sale at 8am. About 10am there
were still tickets available at the Te Papa box
An additional 3000 tickets were made
available on-line from 9am after 26,000 sold
out in less than a minute on Monday. Some
of the first released were being advertised
online for inflated prices, sparking anger.
Hundreds of fans camped out last night to
secure themselves tickets.
Highlanders fan Scott Easton, 22, was the
10th person to score tickets this morning.
“Now I’m realising people are turning up at
9am and getting tickets. It was a hard night
— I got about 20 minutes sleep.”
Louise Connelly, 22, was one of the last to
line up this morning, after missing out on
She was glad she did not have to line up
overnight, although admitted queuing last
minute was “a risk”.
“I thought about it last night, and thought,
it ’s just a bit cold.”
Any fan who purchased a ticket was given a
stamp this morning so they could not rejoin
the line and get more than their quota of two
tickets. But many tried their luck at sneaking
back through the queue to score tickets for
friends and family.
Hurricanes marketing manager Dan Boyd
said he was aware people were lining up for
“It’s fair enough though, they’ll have friends
that will want to go to the game. We’ve said
two tickets per person today, so we are staying
consistent with that.
“O bviously if someone is home struggling
online to get tickets then they can pop down
here and get them. We want as many real fans
at the game as we can.”
Danny Meadows, 33, was the first to arrive
at 5pm yesterday to make sure he did not
He said he was happy to spend the night
queuing after he missed out on tickets on
A highlight had been a visit from Hurricanes
players Callum Gibbins and Mark Abbott,
who had brought pizza and hot chocolate for
cold and hungry fans.
Meadows said while it had been an “easy
night ” as soon as he scored a ticket he would
be heading home to bed.
“I can’t wait to get home and have a sleep,
I’m supposed to be at work,” he said. “ I’ll have
a couple of hours sleep before I open shop. ”
Gibbins visited fans last night and this
“It was crazy to see people down here last
night. Blew my mind,” he said. “ I didn’t
think people were going to stay overnight for
The team was preparing for a big night on
Saturday, Gibbins said.
“It ’s going to make it that much more
special with the amount of support we’ve
Despite being a cold morning in the capital,
spirits were still high among the crowds.
The Hurricanes teamed up with Mr
Whippy, and gave away ice creams with
yellow and black sprinkles, or ‘Hurricones’, to
those in the queue.
They also gave away plenty of Hurricanes
scar ves and flags.
Hurricanes chief executive James Te Puni
was not surprised by the turnout.
“All the feedback we’ve had that ’s a big
reason we’re down here. It ’s just fantastic.”
It is expected that about 36,000 people will
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The Black Sticks Women
will play for a medal and a
shot at Olympic qualification
following a thrilling 5-1 over
Japan in the quarters at the FIH
World League Tournament in
New Zealand are now through
to the semi-finals where they
will meet either Belgium or
Korea at 6.30am on Friday, with
live coverage on SKY Sport.
If the Black Sticks win their
next game they will earn
automatic qualification for
the 2016 Rio Olympics, while
the top four placing also earns
them a spot to compete at the
World League final in Rosario,
Argentina from December 5-13.
With the game delicately
poised and locked up at 1-1
at half-time, New Zealand
overpowered Japan in the second
half and the flood gates opened.
Head coach Mark Hager said
Japan caught them off-guard
in the first quarter but it was
pleasing to come back and wear
“The Japanese surprised us the
way they came out, they were
very aggressive and played a fast
tempo and we were a bit shell
shocked,” he said.
“It was pleasing that at 1-0
down we didn’t panic, we kept
striving along and changed our
tactics as the game went on
which worked for us. We knew
if we scored goals the game
would open up. Luckily for us
that happened and girls like
Michelsen and Punt were able
to run freely in the midfield.”
Japan came out running
against the Black Sticks and
were quickly creating chances
on attack, taking the lead inside
five minutes when Akiko Kato
pounced on a loose ball in the
The Black Sticks responded
immediately though, with a
good passage of play ending
with Petrea Webster knocking
home a rebound.
Both sides had their chances
throughout the second quarter
but went into half-time locked
up at one goal apiece.
The Black Sticks lifted the
intensity after break and took
their first lead of the game in the
34th minute with Sophie Cocks
putting the finishing touch on
a superb baseline run and flick
back by Gemma Flynn.
Eight minutes later the New
Zealanders pushed the buffer
out to two goals with Anita Punt
rocketing a penalty corner drag
flick into the roof of the net.
Kirsten Pearce put the game
beyond doubt midway through
the fourth quarter with a
brilliant run into space and then
lobbed over the keeper before
Gemma Flynn knocked another
one home from close range for
her side’s fifth goal.
— New Zealand Herald
When Roger Federer’s game flows at
Wimbledon and his opponent knows his place
you half expect him to slide into a deckchair
at changeovers, pour cream on to some
strawberries and tuck in.
It was like that on centre court today as the
king of cool began his quest for an eighth title
at the All England Club with a nonchalant
dismantling of Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur.
With the mercury soaring into the high 30s
as London prepares for a heatwave, spectators
were spared the full glare of the mid-afternoon
sun thanks to the welcome shade offered by
the partly-extended roof.
For 88th-ranked Dzumhur there was no
escape from the dazzling shot-making of the
Swiss maestro who won 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 .
It was a similar story earlier as reigning
women’s champion Petra Kvitova scorched the
grass with some searing serves in a 35-minute
demolition of D utchwoman Kiki Bertens.
She dropped only one point on ser ve in a
commanding first-round show of force that
augurs well for her chances of repeating her
title charge of 12 months ago when she blew
Eugenie Bouchard away in a one-sided final.
German 10th seed Angelique Kerber also
caught fire, thrashing compatriot Carina
Witthoeft 6-0, 6-0 to record the third so-
called ‘double bagel’ in the women’s singles so
far, the most since 1996.
It was not all one-way traffic for fancied
Third seed Simona Halep checked out 5-7,
6-4, 6-3 in round one against 106th-ranked
Slovakian Jana Cepelova to become the
highest-profile casualty so far.
Last year’s runner-up Bouchard’s fall from
grace continued as she was bundled out by
China’s D uan Yingying.
By contrast, all of the top 16 men’s seeds are
Britain’s No 3 seed Andy Murray had some
tricky moments before overcoming Kazakh
Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4
dropping ser ve three times in the second set.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who 2013
champion Murray could play in the last 16,
needed five sets to scramble past Luxembourg
leftie Gilles Muller.
With umbrellas popping up around the
grounds, for shade not falling raindrops,
London’s hottest day of the year so far seemed
to agree with Spain’s twice former champion
Lurking in the draw as 10th seed after a
poor year, the 29-year-old bludgeoned Brazil’s
Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 .
World No 2 Federer, starting his 63rd
consecutive grand slam, which he firmly
believes can deliver a long-awaited 18th
title, was given carte blanche to go through
his exquisite repertoire against the willing
Dzumhur — a player whose first tennis shots
were forged in bomb-ravaged Sarajevo.
The 23-year-old Dzumhur pushed Federer
harder at the French Open this year, but
looked like he had turned up uninvited to a
Federer garden party on the world’s most
famous lawn at times.
He at least finally made Federer sweat, but
not much as the free-swinging Swiss fired off
graceful winners and raced through ser vice
games in the blink of an eye.
“I’m sure in some crazy way he’s also enjoying
himself, he can look back and say I played on
Centre,” Federer, who has earned $90 million
in prizemoney compared to the $500,000
banked by his opponent, told reporters.
Black Sticks blaze
Black Sticks Gemma Flynn, left, and Anita Punt.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Hurricanes fans Alex Johnson, left, Ramon Telfer (arrived at 6pm last night) and
Dannie Meadows (arrived at 5pm) lined up for tickets to the 2015 Super Rugby final at Te
Papa this morning in Wellington.
SUPER RUGBY FINAL
Overnight camp for tickets
‘King of cool’ advances in heat
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