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Penalty corners proved to be the
difference as the West Coast senior
women’s A team beat Buller to retain
the Newman Trophy, in Westport
Buller put on the early pressure,
holding a greater percentage of
possession and territory for most of the
Fullback Sioux Morgan tackled and
defended strongly and goalkeeper
Kimberly van Plateringen reacted
quickly to Buller’s shots on goal.
West Coast was left with fast breaks
through the midfield from Leisa
Williams feeding through to strikers
Janae Fitzgerald and the Crawford
sisters, Rachel and Sarah, to try to
penetrate the Buller defence.
Some basic errors from the Coast
team with passing and trapping
prevented them from stringing together
consistent phases of play.
While West Coast penalty corners
first strikes were stopped by Buller it
was secondary play that allowed them
to put the ball away. Bhavika Ganda
scored the first goal after some messy
defence from Buller allowed her with
some persistence to deftly push the ball
past the keeper.
The game seesawed each way until
half-time, and Coast were fortunate to
go into the break up 1-0 .
The game kept the same level of
intensity in the second half, with Buller
determined to reduce the deficit.
It was again a penalty corner that
put the Coast further ahead, this time
a straight shot from Tegan Nicolson,
being deflected from the keeper high
into the back of the net. Buller scored
next with some sustained pressure and
looked to be getting back into the game,
until again a penalty corner from the
West Coast was finished off by Lashana
Maclean, making the game and the
Newman Trophy safe for another year.
For the Coast, captain Amanda Curry
had an impressive performance in the
midfield, tackling and distributing
well. She was often able to change the
direction of play at times when Buller
looked to be in control.
Janae Fitzgerald in her debut for the
senior women was dangerous on attack,
creating scoring opportunities and
being a constant menace to the Buller
Overall, it was a solid first hit-out for
West Coast as they look towards the
traditional Pope Shield, with games
against Marlborough, Nelson and
Buller again, on August 22-23.
Coast women beat Buller
to win Newman Trophy
Cobden came away with a good 6-0
win over NBS Karoro in a fast paced
game in the West Coast men’s hockey
competition last week.
Luke Sturkenboom and Jamie Green
were the standout players for Karoro,
with good linking in the midfield.
Fergus Wallace and Matt Knight
scored twice each, and Sean Brown and
Mickey Sweeney added to the tally. Max
Rubbo and Jayden Fairhall also had
Karoro had plenty of possession
throughout and were unlucky not to
convert any of the chances they had.
Cobden took advantage of some fast
breaks across the full length and width
of the pitch to secure a good win.
Greymouth swept to an early lead
in their match against Hokitika. Sean
Gibson pounced on loose ball up the right
flank, and Josh Morgan produced three
goals from left wing. Brad Robertson
and Greg Field combined well in the
midfield, and Tony Hayden took a rare
run up front and was rewarded with a
well struck penalty corner shot.
Hokitika experimented with a new
formation and battled hard for the full
70 minutes. A late run in the second
half by Hokitika saw Garth Sollis score,
followed soon after by a Liam Hopper
Upper Grey Valley maintained their
lead in the women’s division with a win
With neither team conceding a goal
in the first half, the match was anyone’s
for the taking. Marina Tomasi and Leisa
Williams grabbed the opportunity
with some well struck shots, but Janae
Fitzgerald kept Greymouth in the hunt.
In the other women’s game, Cobden
beat Kowhai in a close match.
Greymouth Allstars continued to
dominate the collegiate grade, taking
an early lead against their Phoenix
clubmates to win a lead they never
Goals to the Allstars’ Brooke Smith
and Sam Wallis were highlights, but
Breegan Griggs and Harrison Watson
replied with some exciting goals in the
second half. Kyla Miller and Mikey
Wallace earned player of the day awards
Josh Levien and Brenna Swinburn
controlled the scoring for Karoro Vortex
after Hokitika Combined took the early
lead with a goal by Jordan Hopper.
Hamish Tomlinson made some good
saves in goal for Hokitika, and Bailey
Nichol ran tirelessly throughout.
Reece Hopper marked the Karoro
for wards and intercepted a good number
of passes to earn himself the player of the
day award for Hokitika. But in the end,
Karoro took out the match with some
good for ward play by Robert Campbell
and Charlotte O’Connor.
In the primary grade, Wil Pattinson
found the net twice for NBS Karoro
Sharks, and was supported by Mitchell
Smith and Sam Levien. Greymouth
Aces’ Cooper Hanies replied with a goal
before the break, and Kyle Bradley-Kees
made some good saves in the goal
Emma Boddy and Mikayla Sweetman
combined with flair to carry a depleted
Greymouth Vikings team to victory.
NBS Karoro Krackers did well to stay
in the match for most of the game, and
Jack South scored a goal in each half.
Women: UGV 3, Greymouth 1;
Cobden 3, Kowhai 2. Men: Cobden 6,
NBS Karoro Blue 0; Greymouth 15,
Hokitika 2. Collegiate: Greymouth
Allstars 6, Greymouth Phoenix 2; NBS
Karoro Vortex 8, Hokitika Combined
1. Primary: NBS Karoro Sharks 4,
Greymouth Aces 1; Greymouth Vikings
7, NBS Karoro Krackers 2.
The West Coast Hockey draw for this
week is. —
Duty team: Greymouth. 5.20pm,
primary: Greymouth Aces v NBS Karoro
Krackers (S Morgan, C Haines). 6.25pm,
women: Kowhai v UGV (R McDonald,
W van Plateringen). 7 .50pm, women:
Greymouth v Cobden (A Forrest, R
Carson). Duty team: Greymouth.
5.20pm, primary: Greymouth Vikings
v NBS Karoro Sharks (K Miller, T
Thwaites). 6.25pm, collegiate: NBS
Karoro v Greymouth Phoenix ( J
O’Connor, L Cambus).
1pm, collegiate: Greymouth Allstars
v Hokitika Combined (L Hopper, M
Cook). 2.20pm, men: NBS Karoro
Blue v Greymouth (P Bone, N Steele).
3.45pm, men: Cobden v Hokitika ( J
O’Connor, G Bone).
12.30pm, men: West Coast B v
Nelson B. 2pm, men: West Coast A v
Cobden secure good
win over NBS Karoro
The West Coast under-13 girls’ hockey
team has been selected for matches in
Greymouth against Canterbury, the
Tui Cup in Blenheim, a tournament
in Christchurch and the Festival of
Hockey, in Oamaru.
The team, with two to be added,
is: Emma Boddy, Tess Boddy, Molly
Williams, Ella Beirne, Maria Burrell,
Amanda Cook, Mikayla Stevenson,
Alyssa Blacktopp, Natalie Morgan,
Katelyn Whitehead, Hannah Neame,
Training will be held on Wednesday
from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at the Westurf
Coast under-13 girls’
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Star United B goalshoot Jess Pascoe lines up her shot while under pressure from Star United A goalkeep Aimee O’Dea during their
match at Anzac Park, on Saturday.
Speights Ale House Cobden A netted a
four-point win over Beachfront OG
Black in the West Coast netball inter-
centre (premier A) competition, on
Inter-centre: Speights Ale House
Cobden A 41, Beachfront OG Black
37; Star United A 36, Star United B 25;
Lyndale 42, Westland High School A 31;
CSC A 25, Stumpers 21.
Premier B: Kotare A 16, Paroa A 34;
Cobden B 39, Star United C 27; HSOG
Senior: HSOG B 47, Tui Central A 23;
Paroa B 22, CSC C 25; Cobden D 18,
GHS Jnr A 17. Senior reser ve: HSOG C
24, Greymouth WMC 13; Kotare B 27,
Kotare C 7. First grade: GHS Green 19,
Paroa Jnr A 29; Tui Central B 14, CSC D
15; Cobden E 12, Grey Valley 19; HSOG
D 29, GHS Blue 21. Second grade:
CSC E 15, Karoro A 4; Paroa Jnr B 25,
HSOG Jnr B. Third grade: HSOG Jnr C
4, CSC Jnrs 21; Karoro B 5, Grey Valley
Cobden A net win over Beachfront OG
Chris Froome says he feels “incredible”
after winning his second Tour de France title
following the 21st and final stage to Paris
Briton Froome, 30, crossed the line on the
Champs Elysees arm-in-arm with his Sky
teammates to clinch a second Grand Boucle
crown following his 2013 success.
“This is such a great race, what can I say?
I feel a lot of emotion,” said Froome after a
Tour in which he was doused with urine, spat
at, insulted and accused of cheating.
“Of course it was a very, very difficult tour,
both on the bike and off it. I’m so happy to be
here in yellow.
“There were a few difficulties, a few extra
stresses outside of the race but that ’s cycling
“ I’m happy to be in this position to speak
for cycling today. ”
Germany ’s Andre Greipel won the stage,
his fourth this year and 10th in total, ahead
of Frenchman Bryan Coquard and Alexander
Kristoff of Nor way.
Colombian Nairo Quintana finished second
overall with his Spanish Movistar team-mate
Alejandro Valverde taking third, his best
finish at the tour at the age of 35.
“ I’m not disappointed at all, I’ve confirmed
my ability and my status within the team,”
“ I’m only 25 so I have many more
opportunities to try to win the Tour.
“(Froome) is a great rival, he suffered a lot
for his victory and was very strong — he
deser ves it.”
Rain had rendered the cobbles at the
finish on the Champs Elysees dangerous
so organisers neutralised the race from the
moment it reached Paris.
It meant the official timing was stopped
just after riders passed the finishing line for
the first time ahead of 10 laps of the famous
It allowed Froome and his team-mates —
wearing a black kit with the traditional blue
stripe replaced by a yellow one in homage to
their leader’s feat — to finish in a straight
line, arm-in-arm, over a minute after the
Having already won the Tour in 2013,
finishing in the same way but then because
his lead to Quintana — second that time as
well — was sufficiently large to allow him to
do so, Froome became the first Briton to win
the Grand Boucle for a second time.
Quintana finished at 1min 12sec overall
with Valverde third over five minutes back.
Last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali finished
fourth overall, ahead of two-time former
champion Alberto Contador.
But on the final stage, a 109.5km run
from the Parisian suburb of Sevres, Greipel
emphasised his sprint superiority at this tour.
The 33-year-old had already won the second,
fifth and 15th stages in sprint finishes.
It made it Greipel’s best ever Tour, eclipsing
the three stages he won in 2012.
Greipel’s expected rivals Mark Cavendish
and Peter Sagan could only manage sixth and
Sagan did win the sprinter’s green points
jersey, though, for the fourth year in a row,
despite not managing to win a stage for the
second successive year.
Froome finished as king of the mountains
and the polkadot jersey — and Quintana,
25, was the best young rider as his Movistar
outfit won the team competition. — AFP
Dreams die hard. The
Warriors’ season is not
over yet but it suddenly
feels like a long, long way
to finals football.
It is not just the season-
ending injury to Shaun
Johnson — which is a
catastrophic blow — but
the manner of the 32-12
defeat to Manly.
reasons — the worst loss
of the season.
The game was over with
almost 30 minutes to
play, after the Sea Eagles
scored three tries in the
space of six minutes
after half-time. Manly
plundered 26 points to
six in the second half
and the crowd had to
endure the sight of Willie
Mason taunting them.
A game that was meant
to be a two-point banker
— c on sidering the form
of the Sea Eagles —
could prove to be a major
turning point in the
Manly scored six tries
and could have had
several more, while the
home side barely fired a
shot in their fourth loss
at Mount Smart this
Sure, there were
especially the loss of
Johnson, who was in
agony after injuring his
left leg when scoring
a first-half try and was
soon taken away in an
(ankle) also left the field
midway through the
second half. But the Sea
Eagles lost three players
to injury in the first half
alone, including a nasty
concussion of Steve
Matai in the first quarter
and had no one on their
bench in the last 20
minutes of the match.
What was most
disappointing was the
lack of will, fight, hunger,
desire — call it what
you want, it just was not
The club cut some
players during the week
but some who were on
the field will be looking
over their shoulders.
The Warriors should
have had plenty to play
for. There was the top
eight, redemption after
last weeks’ humbling and
it was old boys day at Mt
Smart, when more than
40 former players were
Meanwhile, the Sea
Eagles were supposed to
be playing only for pride,
their season all but over
and the club in disarray,
with unconfirmed reports
of 14 players and coach
Geoff Toovey being cut.
But this is Manly and
there are two irrefutable
truths about the team
from the Northern
beaches. They thrive
on adversity — always
have — and they are
usually Kryptonite for the
The Auckland club
had won just two of
the past 10 clashes, and
had enjoyed only four
victories across the last
decade. They seem to
have a psychological
hold over the Warriors,
perhaps since that
infamous game in Perth
in 2012. It was a flat
start from the Warriors.
They could not get
anything going, stunted
by static attack, cheap
penalties and mistakes.
Manly took a deserved
lead in the 10th minute,
Jake Trbojevic profiting
from a remarkable Ligi
Sao offload. A few
minutes earlier Ben
Matulino had freed his
arms near the posts but
had no support runners
— which summed up
the lack of urgency from
the home side.
The Sea Eagles had
further chances before
Johnson’s moment of
magic, which will be
his last for a while.
The halfback stepped
through the Sea Eagles
defence before dragging
three defenders across
the line with him, but his
right leg was trapped in
He left the field in
obvious agony, and was
taken to hospital for
scans on his ankle. In
his absence the team
fell apart, with a series
of soft tries as Manly
plundered the right edge
Warriors 12 (S.
Johnson, A. Vete tries; T
Lolohea 2 goals).
Manly 32 ( J. Trbojevic,
J. Taufua 2, B.Stewart 2,
M. Ballin tries; J Lyon 4
Half-time: 6-6 .
— New Zealand Herald
Froome wins second Tour de France
PICTURE: Getty Images
Chris Froome on the podium after
winning the Tour de France.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors reacts after
suffering an injury to his ankle.
Bowie Tupou’s trainer Jeff Fenech
is looming as a wildcard figure in
the fight Joseph Parker hopes will
take him into the top echelon of the
A victory over the 13th-ranked
Tongan Australian Tupou will take
the eighth-ranked Parker into the
big league — potentially the top
five — and a potential fight in the
near future against WBC champion
Deontay Wilder, but it is a victory
that will be made more difficult by
the presence of Fenech in Tupou’s
Fenech, a Hall of Famer, a former
trainer of Mike Tyson, and a
world champion in three weight
divisions — bantamweight, super-
bantamweight and feather weight
will ensure Tupou, a big man,
will be prepared like never before
as his counterpart Kevin Barry,
Parker’s trainer, well knows.
“ I have huge respect for Jeff
Fenech,” Barry said. “He’s been
to the big dance many times. He’s
an experienced guy, he was a great
fighter and he’s a very good coach.
Jeff and I have known each other
our whole boxing careers. Jeff will
make Bowie Tupou a better fighter,
there’s no doubt about that.
“ Bowie campaigned in America
for a long time and he worked with
a lot of good coaches. He worked
with Freddie Roach at the Wild
Card Gym, he worked with Jeff
Mayweather in Vegas, he has had
some very good tutors over the
years. Jeff Fenech is also a very good
motivator, so whatever Bowie has,
Jeff will get it out of him for this
“Jeff is a smart guy. I’m sure he’s
watched all of Joe’s fights and he
would have taken notes. He would
have looked at the good things
that Joe does and the things Joe is
susceptible to. He knows how to
put a game plan together. It will
come down to which fighter can
implement the game plan best. ”
Tupou is said to have lost 12kg
for the fight in Invercargill next
Saturday, a weight loss that is
testament to his determination
to cause a big upset, according to
“It’s a big fight for us both —
whoever wins can make the top five.
I’ve trained as hard as I can and I
feel ready and strong and fit.”
“I’ve known Kevin since 1983,”
Fenech told Brisbane’s Courier
“ We both boxed at the
Commonwealth amateur titles in
Belfast, the World Cup in Rome
and then the LA Olympics.
“He’s a great trainer but I think
he’s going to get a surprise when
Joseph fights Big Bowie. I’ll have
Bowie in the best shape of his life.
He has a huge left hook and has the
power to give Joe Parker his first
loss. ” — NZME
As recently as last year, Springbok
Bismarck du Plessis was widely considered
as one of the best, if not the best, hooker in
Not any longer. D u Plessis showed at Ellis
Park yesterday he is not a spent force — far
from it — but it is clear Dane Coles has
overtaken him and now must be judged as
the best by some margin.
Not many hookers could have made the
run Coles did in the second half to score
the try the All Blacks so desperately needed,
coming as it did after midfielder Jesse
Kriel’s effort from a similarly attacking burst
against the grain of the defence.
But Coles, who also impressed hugely with
the accuracy of his tackling, made it look
easy as he ran on to Malakai Fekitoa’s pass
between two defenders and then skinned
fullback Willie le Roux; the timing of a
midfielder and pace of an outside back.
“Mala held the defender and the guy shot
up and I ran the hole and called for it,” Coles
said. “Mala — I didn’t think he was going to
give it, but he managed to. The fullback was
probably chasing to go wide and I managed
to gas it and go around him.”
Coles’ efforts at Ellis Park were all the
more remarkable given it was his first test
of the year. After missing the Manu Samoa
test due to his Hurricanes’ commitments,
he was not required against the Pumas in
Christchurch, but his lack of game time
did no affect him one jot despite the frantic
nature of the match at high altitude.
In reflecting on the test, the 28-year-old
felt the All Blacks rushed things too much
in the first half.
“I think we were a bit frantic to be honest.
We tried to run everything and they came
out humming. Their attack was awesome.
We probably didn’t match them physically,
we got stretched a few times out wide.”
Coles cements title as world’s best hooker
Fenech a not-so-secret weapon for Tupou
Fernando Alonso welcomed a surprise
present of points yesterday as McLaren’s
Hungarian Grand Prix went from woe
to wonder in the space of a day.
The Spaniard, who had got out and
pushed his car when it broke down
in qualifying on Saturday, started
15th and finished fifth at the
Team mate Jenson Button, who had
been 16th on the grid, joined him in
the points with ninth place — the first
time this season that former champions
McLaren had got both cars in the points
at the same race.
The haul of points was more than
double what McLaren, whose new
partnership with Honda has made a
troubled start, had managed in their
previous nine outings.
“It was a little present, to be honest, you
know to be fifth,” said Alonso, who took
his first Formula One win at the circuit
with Renault in 2003.
“The race was a little surprise ... chaotic
in parts and some opportunities arrived
and we took it. It’s fantastic for the team.”
Button, the 2009 world champion who
also took his first F1 win at the circuit
with Honda in 2006, agreed.
“It was a fun race, and it’s great to get
points ahead of the summer break,” said
the Briton. “ The accidents and penalties
certainly helped us, but we still did a
good job out there today.
“This is a step for ward for us, but we’ ll
need to take another step if we’re to
repeat this sort of result. The next two
races, at Spa and Monza, will probably
be difficult for us but it’s good to see
we’re making progress.”
McLaren remained ninth of the 10
teams but are now only five points adrift
of Sauber with nine races to go.
Alonso welcomes surprise
fifth in Hungary
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