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Silver Fern midcourter Camilla Lees is
quitting netball for good, having reached
a point her medical career where she
says it is no longer possible to combine
her work with the demands of top level
Lees, who narrowly missed selection
in the World Cup team named earlier
this month, will head to the United
Kingdom at the end of August and, once
her registration is completed, hopes to
work in London as a house surgeon.
e 26-year-old told New Zealand
coach Waimarama Taumaunu of her
plans before trials, so her decision to
move overseas would not appear a knee-
jerk reaction if she missed out on the
team. Lees said at this point she does not
see herself returning to the sport, and
will not seek out playing opportunities
in the UK Superleague.
"I think I'm done (with netball) for
good. I keep saying that to people and
they say 'oh you can come back'. But I
think I'm ready to just step away from
netball and have a new chapter I guess
and get stuck into work," she said.
Lees put her career on hold this year
to focus all her energies on making
the World Cup team for next month's
tournament in Sydney. She threw in
her job in Wellington, and moved back
home to Auckland to play alongside
Laura Langman, Maria Tutaia and
Cathrine Latu at the Northern Mystics
to try and push her case for selection.
Her e orts very nearly paid o , with
Lees just missing out on a spot to the
Steel's Shannon Francois, in what
Taumaunu described as a "line call" for
Despite sacri cing her career
advancement, Lees said she believes she
made the right decision to devote herself
to netball this year.
"I was glad I could take some time out
this year and really give netball a good
go, and I can now leave without regrets
and feel like I gave it my absolute all."
Lees' netball career has always tracked
a little di erently to most as she juggled
the demands of studying towards a
medical degree with her franchise and
later international commitments. After
establishing herself in the Silver Ferns
starting line-up in 2012 and helping
New Zealand to their rst, and so
far only, Constellation Cup win over
Australia, the bubbly midcourter made
herself unavailable for later tours due to
her study commitments.
A foot injury kept her out of the
national line-up in the 2013 season,
while last year she missed out on a place
in the Commonwealth Games team
after struggling for form. at year,
while playing for the Central Pulse in
the ANZ Championship, Lees was
working fulltime as a house surgeon in
Wellington. Her struggles last season
prompted her to quit her job devote all
her energies to netball this year for one
last crack at a World Cup.
"I had been planning for the last year
or so that this would be my last season
of netball, because I really wanted to get
back into fulltime work to focus on my
career," Lees said.
"I was really fortunate because when
I rst started at the Pulse, it was still
quite an amateur game. We were able
to work and study and t that around
training. Trainings were never in the day,
it was always after work when people
could get there and I think the last
couple of years we've moved to a much
more professional set-up, the training
demands have increased and so it's
become a lot more di cult to juggle."
Lees will still take part in the New
Zealand A tour to Australia next month,
and is staying match t in case she is
needed as injury cover in the Ferns.
Chiefs assistant coach Andrew
Strawbridge and the doctor credited
for saving his life in Samoa have
spoken publicly for the rst time.
Strawbridge who is not yet up
for visitors, remains in a stable
condition and spoke from his
Waikato Hospital bed saying that
he was extremely grateful to Doctor
David Galler and his team for saving
"I have a beautiful wife, three
wonderful children and a very
special mother and sister who still
have me here thanks to Dr Galler
and his wonderful team at Moto'otua
National Hospital in Samoa and the
team at Waikato Hospital.
"It is only now that the events of
the last two weeks have become
clearer and I now realise how
fortunate I am to be here. It is a very
emotional time and I know the road
back is a long and challenging one.
I woke up to discover that my wife
and our friend Deborah had set up
a givealittle appeal in a gesture of
gratitude to the people of Samoa
and the Moto'otua ICU.
" at sel ess act by my wife has
made me realise how loved I am."
Strawbridge, who is also the Manu
Samoa Technical Advisor, said
they were all overwhelmed by the
support for the givealittle appeal
for equipment for the Moto'otua
National Hospital ICU which had
now raised more than $24,000.
"I want to thank everyone who has
generously donated and hope people
continue to support it.
"My family and I really appreciate
the messages of support from family,
friends, the Chiefs whanau, the
Manu Samoa aiga, New Zealand
Rugby, the wider rugby network and
complete strangers. It has been very
touching. e outpouring of support
has been extremely humbling,"
said a very emotionally moved
"We also appreciate those media
outlets who have respected our
family's privacy in what has been an
absolute rollercoaster ride and those
who did not lm me on life support
when my children and mother had
not seen me in that state."
e man who is attributed with
saving Strawbridge's life, Dr Galler
also spoke out from Intensive Care
Unit in Samoa.
"All of us who work for the Samoan
National Health Ser vice are thrilled
that Andrew Strawbridge is on the
road to recovery. I know that the
prayers of many are for Andrew in
the hope and expectation that his
recovery will be swift and complete.
"We in the ICU are deeply grateful
to the Strawbridge family for
launching this appeal to improve the
ser vices we can o er at the nation's
only Intensive Care Unit. We will
do that through improved training
for sta and the procurement of
essential equipment. We wish to
thank each and every donor for the
e ort they have made to contribute
and for their contribution itself.
"Our gratitude is clearly matched
by that of National Health Service
here and, if the local papers and
television are an indication, of all of
"All nations, no matter their
GDP, face great challenges in the
a ordability of health care, Samoa is
not alone in that regard.
" e service here is slowly evolving
in a way that will be appropriate for
the Samoan context. e generous
donations from this appeal will
accelerate that growth greatly, both
because of what we will be able
to procure but more importantly
because of these individual acts of
kindness. e impact of people's
generosity is simply enormous.
Choi celebrates maiden
victory with caddie dad
Two steps forward, three steps back,
or in the case of the Warriors, three
places on a congested NRL ladder
--- after they were left red-faced
and scoreless for just the fth time
in their history by a ruthless Sydney
Roosters out t yesterday.
Reality bit hard for Andrew
McFadden's side against the NRL's
best defensive team at Allianz
Stadium. ree consecutive wins
and a rise into the top four had
con dence levels cranked up to 11
as they headed across the Tasman in
search of nals credibility.
What they got was a rude
awakening as to their true place
among the premiership landscape;
with the four tries to none defeat
exposing some glaring de ciencies in
ree quick- re converted tries in
10 minutes to Aidan Guerra, Blake
Ferguson and 2016 Warriors signing
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, blew the game
wide open midway through the rst
A fourth soon after the resumption,
to man of the match and former
Warrior James Maloney, sealed the
tri-colours fth consecutive win.
Despite working their way back
into the grind through the nal half
hour, the visitors were outgunned in
"I was really disappointed with that
try after half-time," McFadden said.
"It really nulli ed any chance of us
making a comeback but I was really
happy with how we kept scrambling
and ghting to the end.
"When you've got a completion rate
of 50% you're generally going to be
on the wrong side of the scoreboard
so that's what happened to us in that
"Against the best defensive team in
the comp it was going to be a long
road home from there."
e hosts overcame the loss of
Kiwis yer Shaun Kenny-Dowall
pre-game, following his arrest on
numerous domestic violence charges,
while New South Wales State of
Origin back-rower Boyd Cordner
understrength, without veteran
wing Manu Vatuvei, Blues back-
rower Ryan Ho man, and centre
Konrad Hurrell for a second week,
but they failed to raise their game to
e discipline, ball control and
game nous that de ned recent wins
over the Titans, Raiders and Storm
went out the window, with errors and
penalties ruining their attack and
gifting the home side momentum
after an evenly matched opening
e Roosters were intent on
cramping Warriors milestone man
Shaun Johnson, with the halfback
lacking composure and unsteady
throughout his 100th NRL match.
Urgent line speed and aggressive
tackling limited his options and
restricted the Warriors go-for ward.
"We struggled as a group. We
didn't really build any pressure," said
"We wanted to be more patient
than that so I know the halves will
be critical of themselves and they'll
get a fair bit of learning out of it."
e Roosters rst and third tries
came from kicks --- Jake Friend
grubbering for Guerra to plant
the ball down, and Tuivasa-Sheck
wrestling a high ball from Tomkins
to score under the bar, while a one-
on-one miss from Solomone Kata
saw Ferguson dive over.
A sideline run from Michael
Jennings gave Maloney the
fourth in the 43rd minute, and
although the Warriors found some
backbone through the late stages,
their con dence will take some
massaging ahead of Saturday's home
appointment against Manly.
"We know what works for us,"
"We're probably going to have
to make some adjustments but
that's the coach's job and I know
the players will bounce back next
Roosters 24 (Aidan Guerra, Blake
Ferguson, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck,
James Maloney tries, Maloney 4
cons), Warriors 0.
--- New Zealand Herald
Sydney Roosters' NRL
title tilt is in danger of
unravelling o the eld with
representative stars Shaun
Kenny-Dowall and Michael
Jennings to face court this
ings could hardly
be better for the club on
the paddock after their
comprehensive 24-0 dusting
of the Warriors yesterday
which signi cantly boosted
their hopes of a top four
However, matters are
not so rosy away from
the football eld for the
premiership favourites, with
Kenny-Dowall due in Waverley Local
Court on ursday over a string of
domestic violence allegations. Jennings
will front Parramatta Local Court on
Monday after he was hit with charges
of hindering police and o ensive
behaviour over an alleged incident last
Meanwhile, promising young prop
Willis Meehan was sacked by the club
over the weekend in the wake of police
charges against him in relation to an
alleged robbery last month.
In the post-game press conference
after the Roosters' comprehensive win
over the Warriors, Roosters coach Trent
Robinson moved to defend his club.
"It's easy for me to say we have a strong
club because that's the way I feel," he
"We have a strong foundation at our
club to support people during di cult
times. We feel like we have a strong
bond and we know our values."
Robinson said Kenny-Dowall
was entitled to the presumption of
innocence in the charges brought
"Not playing him today was a welfare
decision from the club and the NRL,"
"It's a di cult time ... he is trying
to come to terms with it and getting
support through his family and friends.
We don't condone domestic violence
and people have to understand that. We
want to eradicate that from our society.
(But) there is always due process and
there are two sides to every story. We
need to support him until that point."
Kenny-Dowall's arrest grabbed
most of the headlines at the end of
a round that began with Cameron
Smith ringing in his 300th NRL game
in Melbourne's 52-10 shellacking of
Penrith on Friday night at AAMI Park.
In Sydney on Friday, Josh Jackson
starred as Canterbury easily accounted
for Parramatta 28-4 at ANZ Stadium.
Valentine Holmes kicked the match-
winner in Cronulla's controversial 21-20
golden point win over Canberra in the
nation's capital on Saturday afternoon.
Dane Gagai was rushed to hospital
during Newcastle's 30-2 thrashing of
Gold Coast at Hunter Stadium on
e Queensland star was discharged
yesterday but will continue to undergo
further cardiologist assessments as a
South Sydney handed St George
Illawarra their sixth successive loss,
beating them 24-8 at the SCG on
Lachlan Maranta scored three tries for
top-of-the-table Brisbane in their 42-
16 victory over last placed Wests Tigers
on a rare Sunday afternoon at Suncorp
e NRL's round 19 concludes tonight
when Manly host North Queensland at
Brookvale Oval. --- AAP
Greymouth teams had success in the
West Coast Netball Centre inter-centre
(premier) A competition on Saturday,
with three out of the four teams
winning their matches.
Inter-centre: Lyndale 49, CSC A 14;
Speights Ale House Cobden A 24,
Stumpers Blue 22; Star United A 27,
Beachfront OG Black 17; Star
United B 46, Westland High School
Premier B: Kotare A 45, CSC B 5;
Speights Ale House Cobden B 20,
Speights Ale House Cobden C 20;
HSOG A defaulted to Star United C;
Senior: HSOG B 32, GHS Jnr A
11; Star United D 24, CSC C 10; Tui
Central A 24, Cobden D 10.
Senior reserve: HSOG C 13, Kotare
B 9; Greymouth WMC defaulted to
First grade: Grey Valley 11, GHS
Green 10; Cobden E 33, GHS Blue 5;
Second grade: HSOG Jnr A 15,
Karoro A 1.
Lees calling it quits on netball career
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Stumpers Blue centre Nicolla Conn, left, tries to stop the pass of her Speights
Alehouse Cobden centre Eilish Burrows.
Coast netball results
''I now realise how fortunate I am
to be here'' --- Strawbridge
PICTURE: Getty Images
Roosters James Maloney scores a try against his former Warriors team-mates Sam Tomkins and Shaun Johnson in yesterday's clash at Allianz Stadium
Chella Choi, with her father
working as her caddie, ended a
seven-year wait for a rst LPGA
title by beating fellow South Korean
Jang Ha-na in a play-o for the
Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio
Choi, 24, parred the rst extra hole,
the par- ve 18th, where overnight
leader Jang ran up a bogey six after
her approach ended up in rough
behind the green.
"I can't believe it," a jubilant Choi,
ranked 40th in the world, told
reporters after the breakthrough win
in her seventh full-time season on
the US circuit. " is is really good.
It's my dream come true.
"I work with my father eight years
(seven on the LPGA Tour) and
somebody said like, 'Why I don't
win, just for my caddie?' So I'm so
excited with my father.
" e rst time (to) win is hard, but
second and third is easier.
"Hopefully this (is) turning point
for me," Choi, who began playing
golf at the age of 11 and credits
her coach Jae Jang and father as the
greatest in uences on her career
Choi and LPGA rookie Jang had
nished 72 regulation holes on
14-under 270, Choi closing with a
awless ve-under 66 at Highland
Meadows Golf Club while Jang, her
playing partner, carded a 68.
Defending champion Lydia Ko
of New Zealand brie y led by two
shots on the front nine before losing
momentum on the way to a 67 and a
tie for third at 13 under with China's
Shanshan Feng (67).
American Brittany Lang signed
o with a bogey-free 68 to share
fth place at 11 under with Koreans
Kim Hyo-joo (67) and Q Baek (70).
World No 2 Ko, two strokes o
the pace overnight, reeled o four
birdies in the rst eight holes to
surge two ahead before being caught
at the top.
A play-o for the title looked
likely when Ko, Jang, Choi and Feng
were tied for the lead at 13 under
with the nal group just two holes
from nishing in regulation.
Jang and Choi birdied the par- ve
17th to edge a stroke in front but
neither player was able to birdie the
"I played really solid the front
nine, and that's all I could really
do," Ko said of her bid to defend a
second LPGA title this season. e
18-year-old retained the Swinging
Skirts LPGA Classic in April.
Andre Greipel con rmed he was the
sprint king at this year's Tour de France
when the German outpowered his
rivals to win the 15th stage today.
e Lotto-Soudal rider clinched
his third stage win on the Tour this
year ahead of his compatriot John
Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), with
Nor wegian Alexander Kristo
(Katusha) taking third place at the
end of a hilly 183km ride from
Greipel launched his sprint with about
200m left and held o Degenkolb to
bag his ninth stage win on the tour.
Briton Chris Froome retained the
overall leader's yellow jersey after
staying safe in the bunch all day in
an unchanged top 10 in the general
e Team Sky rider leads Colombian
Nairo Quintana of Movistar by 3:10
with American Tejay van Garderen
(BMC Racing) in third place, 3:32 o
Froome, who had urine thrown at him
by a spectator yesterday, praised the
'fantastic atmosphere' during the stage.
"None of that silly stu happened
today," Froome said.
" ousands and thousands of people
are the heart and soul of this race.
"As I said (those people responsible
for the incidents) are a minority of
people. Today was great, the support on
the road was fantastic."
Looking to add to his 26 Tour
de France stage wins, Briton Mark
Cavendish never contemplated victory,
being dropped early on with numerous
other riders including last year's
runner-up Jean-Christophe Peraud,
who crashed heavily on Friday.
e group crossed the line more than
15 minutes behind Greipel.
Slovakian Peter Sagan kept his grip
on the green jersey for the points
classi cations after nishing fourth,
having also collected points in the
Tinko -Saxo rider Sagan, who
nished second in four occasions in this
Tour, has 360 points to Greipel's 316.
"I think the green jersey is gone, Peter
is too strong, he's in the breakaways. He
deser ves it," Greipel said.
Sagan featured in the day's breakaway
that built a three-minute lead over the
pack but the sprinters' teams controlled
the gap and reined them in, Lotto-
Soudal setting him up perfectly for the
Italian Matteo Trentin tried his luck
solo with a brutal acceleration 3.3km
from the line but he was caught with
Monday's 16th stage is a 201km trek
from Bourg de Peage to Gap featuring
two second category climbs and a tricky
descent to the nish.
TOUR DE FRANCE
'sprint king' status
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