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Lydia Ko did not create history,
but world No 1 Inbee Park did.
Park completed her career slam with
victory at the British Open, becoming
the seventh different woman to win
four golf majors.
The LPGA Tour is calling Park’s
achievement a career grand slam,
although she has not won the Evian
Championship since it was given the
status of a fifth major in 2013. She
did win Evian in 2012.
Park finished on 12-under 276 to
win her seventh major overall, and has
captured six of the last 14.
New Zealand ’s Ko was aiming to
become the youngest ever winner of a
golf major but had to settle for a share
of third place, five shots back after a
final round 69.
Jin-Young Ko finished second at
The victory takes 27-year-old Park’s
major career tally to six.
For Ko it is her third top three finish
at a major. The final major of the year
is the Evian Championship, played at
Ãvian-les-Bains, France next month.
— New Zealand Herald
Ko third at British Open
Joseph Parker’s next opponent is
likely to be Australia-based New
Zealander Kali Meehan following
his first-round demolition of Bowie
Parker’s promoters D uco were
tightlipped in the aftermath of his
impressive knockout of Tongan-
Australian Tupou after 63 seconds at
Invercargill’s Stadium Southland on
Saturday, with David Higgins saying
only that the bout in Auckland on
October 15 would pit Parker against
a “very seasoned, big man, who has
boxed a lot of rounds”.
Meehan would very much fit that
description, and although Duco
refused to comment yesterday,
speculation is building in boxing
circles across the Tasman that the
45-year-old veteran would be the
next to try his luck against the
If so, he would present a unique
challenge to the 23-year-old Parker,
the holder of four belts, including
Tupou’s WBO Africa heavyweight
belt, following his most recent
Meehan, who has a 42-5 record,
and was considered unlucky to lose
a WBO world title fight by split
decision against Lamon Brewster
in Las Vegas in 2004, would be at
1.96m the tallest fighter Parker has
Meehan’s last fight was a
unanimous points victory over
Shane Cameron in Auckland last
November, a win which effectively
shut the door on Cameron’s career.
He was also the winner of the
inaugural Super 8 tournament in
Auckland last year with a knockout
win over Michael Sprott in the final.
Parker’s opponent for the fight
at Waitakere’s Trust Arena will be
Duco’s Higgins has laid down a
challenge for Parker’s supporters
in Auckland to respond in the way
those in Invercargill — and before
that Palmerston North for the victory
over Yakup Saglam in June — have.
Both regions gave Parker a
thunderous reception, with the
4,000-strong Stadium Southland
crowd whipped into a frenzy for
the main event following stunning
knockout victories on the undercard
by Izu Ugonoh over Will Quarry,
and local hero Kaleni Taetuli against
Dave ‘ The Brown Buttabean’ Letele
after 22 seconds.
The victory by Taetuli, a former
Southland Stags loose forward, was
as impressive as it was surprising
— the previously undefeated Letele
caught with a left hook from the
opening bell and never recovering.
There was disquiet from some
in the crowd about the manner of
Parker’s victory — some booed at
what they thought was a dive by
Tupou once they saw the replay
— but there was no doubt Parker
connected to Tupou’s right temple
with a left hand and followed it up
with a heavy overhand right to the
top of his opponent ’s head.
Parker said: “I felt it connected real
well and when I looked down he was
on the ground.”
Trainer Kevin Barry was in no
doubt about what he had seen and
could not resist the opportunity to
have a dig at critics who he said
doubted Parker’s power.
Barry said: “I still go back to two
and a half years ago when the media
and some people in New Zealand
said Joseph Parker can’t punch. I
think everyone knows now that he
hits as hard as any heavyweight in
the world. I’m damn sure that fight
being on ESPN and being seen by a
lot of people around the world and
with Joe’s growing profile that we’ve
sent some more shudders through
Former Greymouth boxer Bowyn
Morgan fought out a technical draw
against Aucklander, Nuka Gemmell.
Meehan likely to meet Parker
PICTURE: Getty Images
Joseph Parker hits Bowie Tupou with a left-hook during their bout in Invercargill.
Greymouth Star rugby reporter
Canterbury rugby teams have
traditionally handed out ‘on field ’
lessons to their struggling West Coast
cousins, and last week they gave us
another lesson — this one in how to
deal with drunken abuse from the
Two Saturdays ago, after a Fijian
winger for the Christchurch Rugby
Club was subjected to racist vitriol
from drunken Lincoln University
supporters, the Canterbury Rugby
Union immediately swung into action.
The Lincoln club promised to identify
the offenders and hand them over to
Canterbury Rugby, which has already
laid a complaint with the police, who
intend to press charges of racial abuse
or offensive language, if the evidence
supports it. Swift and decisive action.
Contrast that with the reaction of
the West Coast Rugby Union to a
similar situation at the 2015 club final
a week earlier ... Then, a member of the
Kiwi team was mercilessly hounded
by a drunken group of mainly Marist
supporters (Marist having been
knocked out of finals contention the
previous week) who had taken a keg
of beer to the ground to bolster their
All sorts of obscenities emanated from
within the group, the worst from a man
shouting vile claims of performing sex
acts with the wife and mother of one
In sharp contrast to the Canterbury
situation, the Marist club basically
responded that, while the offender
was within their group, he was not
associated with the club and they did
not know who he was.
Meanwhile, the West Coast Rugby
Union said that it would not be taking
action because no one had laid a
complaint; the union seemingly taking
a three wise monkeys stance — no
one in the union had seen or heard
the abuse, so as far as it was
concerned it did not exist.
This rugby reporter was so sickened
by the worst of the abuse that it is
captured for posterity in my notes of
the game. I had expected that someone
from the West Coast Rugby Union
might contact me for confirmation (or
proof ) that my comments in the match
report were justified. However, as of
today no one from the union has made
any attempts to contact me. Indeed,
it appears that West Coast rugby is
seemingly happy to put the incident
down to a bit of over-exuberance from
one maverick spectator.
This is simply not good enough.
The person responsible for the
worst of the abuse does not deserve
to grace a West Coast rugby sideline
for a considerable time to come, and
he should be easy to identify. He
was amidst a large posse of Marist
supporters, and some, if not all of the
people he was sharing the keg of beer
with surely know who he was. It should
simply be a case of Marist officials
asking around and then submitting
the name to the rugby union, which
professes to “have a very strong policy
against such activities”.
That statement came last week from
the union’s chairman Colin Smith who,
in response to questions on the issue
of crowd control, said the union had
maintained a “tough line this year”.
“I can assure you that the union takes
a very strong stand against spectator
abuse of match officials or players,”
Smith told the Greymouth Star.
Crowd control has been a recent
problem, not only for West Coast
rugby but, nationwide. It is unfortunate
that West Coast officials, unlike their
Canterbury counterparts, did not seize
on a golden opportunity to help stamp
it out when it was presented to them on
a golden plate on July 18.
The good news is, if the West Coast
Rugby Union really does have ‘a very
strong policy against such activities,’ it
is still not too late to put that policy
rugby crowd abuse
New Zealand came unstuck at the
first hurdle on their African tour,
losing to Zimbabwe by seven wickets
Zimbabwe chased down New
Zealand’s 303 for four with an over to
spare, on the back of a rapid maiden
ODI century from left-hander Craig
His unbeaten 130 off 108 balls
anchored Zimbabwe’s second highest
victory chase — the highest being
their 329 for nine at Bulawayo, also
against New Zealand four years ago.
Left-hander Ervine shared a
120-run second wicket stand with
Masakadza, who made 84, before
Ervine and Sean Williams tore off
the last 44 runs to the target in only
four overs as New Zealand’s bowlers
fell short of the job.
“ Maybe we started believing that we
could win in the last seven or eight
overs,” man of the match Ervine said.
“ I thought if we could go at eight or
10 an over and try to take it as deep
as we can, we would always have a
chance to go over the line.
It was about taking it ball by ball
and not thinking too much about the
end result. ”
Ervine, en-route to the highest
score by a Zimbabwean in a successful
ODI chase against a test nation, had
mustered six half centuries from his
previous 32 ODIs. Today he rattled
up five sixes and 11 fours to carry his
Zimbabwe had won only one, and
lost 10 out of 13 ODIs this year,
and lost 15 of their last 17 ODIs in
Harare. New Zealand had won nine
of their last 10 clashes.
So an early banana skin for New
Zealand as their undermanned squad
begin their African trip.
Earlier there was a third ODI ton
in his last five innings for Ross Taylor,
an unbeaten 112, and 97 from captain
Kane Williamson — the pair putting
on their 10th 100-plus stand, 137, in
Taylor is now up to 15 centuries,
one behind New Zealand record
holder Nathan Astle and both Taylor
and Astle continued a stellar run of
form in the 50-over game.
Indeed it was Taylor’s 27th century
in all forms for New Zealand, also
one behind Astle’s record.
However it counted for nothing as
New Zealand’s bowlers slipped up.
None of the main five used cost less
than five an over.
Off-spinner Nathan McCullum
was the most expensive in runs per
over terms, costing 62 off his nine,
but picked up two of the wickets;
while Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham,
on his international return from a
lengthy injury layoff, and leg-spinner
Ish Sodhi, on his ODI debut, all
copped serious treatment.
“Zimbabwe always play well at
home but we’ ll analyse it and come
back better in a couple of days,”
“ You’ve still got to give a lot of
credit to Zimbabwe. They executed
their plans a lot better than us and
were too good on the day. ”
Taylor felt New Zealand’s 300
total was a touch better than par on
a slowish wicket ‘’but we weren’t able
to pick up wickets.
“Ervine and Masakadza batted
outstandingly and took the game
away from us. To get there with an
over to spare was a very good effort.”
The second of the three ODIs is at
the same venue starting tomorrow
— New Zealand Herald
Zimbabwe beats Black Caps by seven wickets
Ryan Fox has continued his fine
form on the European Challenge
Tour with a 10th placing at the
Madeira Islands Open in Portugal.
Fox, who won his maiden event
on the tour in France last week,
finished nine shots back from
winner Roope Kakko of Finland.
The New Zealand fired a seven-
under 65 today to finish at 13-under
and moving up 18 places on the
Fox had nine birdies in his final
round, six of them coming in a row.
The next stop on the Challenge
Tour is the Northern Ireland Open.
— New Zealand Herald
Fox 10th in Madeira Islands Open
Michael Hooper’s judiciary saga is
over with the Wallabies flanker cleared
by Sanzar’s appeals committee to face
the All Blacks in Saturday’s Rugby
Championship decider in Sydney.
The decision yesterday ends a drawn
out and stressful time for Hooper,
who is delighted he can now focus on
the clash with New Zealand at ANZ
Stadium which doubles as the first of
two Bledisloe Cup tests.
“Glad it’s wrapped up and I can really
look for ward to this week and moving
for ward into the first Bledisloe,” Hooper
After a painstaking process, stretching
more than six hours over two sittings,
Hooper was found guilty of striking
Pumas five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an
off-the-ball incident during Australia’s
34-9 win over Argentina last weekend.
The No 7 was initially facing a two-
game ban but due to his good character
and unblemished disciplinary record, the
Wallabies vice-captain had his penalty
cut and was told he could ser ve the ban
by missing Manly’s Sydney club semi-
final against Randwick on Saturday after
being named on the Marlins bench.
A day after Hooper was handed the
suspension, Sanzar announced it was not
satisfied with the sanction imposed and
would appeal the decision by judicial
officer Nigel Hampton QC before the
ARU cross-appealed on the grounds
that the ban was too heavy.
Hooper’s availability will come as a
huge relief to Wallabies coach Michael
Cheika as the Australians look to break
a 13-year Bledisloe Cup drought.
— New Zealand Herald
Hooper cleared to play test
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