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The West Coast
under-12 rugby league
team cruised to an easy
24-8 victory over a team
from Riccarton in the
curtain raiser to the
Coast Chargers senior
contest with Otago, on
Coast started well
with Jack Campbell
scoring in the opening
minutes, followed soon
after by the first of two
tries for Peter Bradley-
Tom Campbell and
Alex Clark also worked tirelessly
on defence, while Harrison Calder
and Mac Gibson both supported
Auryn Barber and Calder
Low made some good runs, well
supported by Jayden Tainui and
Joel D umelow, who bounced
up after a bone crunching
Derek Chizuni and Jacob
Kilkelly were kept busy and
Geordie Gibson was rewarded for
his efforts with the final try. Riley
Pascoe was rewarded for his fine
display with the player of the day
of the New Zealand Herald
Nick Willis’ ambitions for a first world
championship medal were dashed in the
1500m final in Beijing last night.
The Lower Hutt runner finished
sixth in a thrilling final, won for a third
straight championships by the brilliant
Kenyan Asbel Kiprop.
He roared through the stellar field over
the final 200m to win in 3min 34.40s to
back up victories in 2011 and 2013.
It seemed he may have left his move
late, with 2012 Olympic champion
Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria a couple
of metres clear and sprinting hard on the
turn heading for home. However Kiprop,
26, hauled in the leaders spectacularly to
win the gold.
Willis clocked 3:35.46 for sixth. He
settled near the rear of the field and was
no more than in the middle of the pack
at any point.
When Makhloufi then, decisively,
Kiprop turned on the heat Willis was
unable to go with him.
Yet only 1.06s covered the first six
runners in a race in which no big names
were missing. It was as good a field as it
Willis, 32, had run a personal best
3:29.66 in Monaco recently and only
three runners in the field had a faster
season best time this year going into the
He had been hoping to join Valerie
Adams and Beatrice Faumuina as New
Zealand’s only world championship
medallists since the event began in 1983.
Kiprop’s compatriot Elijah Manangoi
took silver in 3:34.63, while Abdalaati
Iguider of Morocco was third in 3:34.67.
Meanwhile four-time world champion
and two-time Olympic gold medallist
Adams was yesterday elected to the
IAAF’s athletes commission.
Adams topped the poll of 1837
accredited athletes at the championships
to elect six athletes to sit on the
commission for the next four years.
‘’I’m so grateful to be elected in the
IAAF athletes commission and looking
for ward to help make our sport and
especially throws events progress more
in a positive way,” Adams said.
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Gold medallist Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, second left, is congratulated by
compatriots and second placed Elijah Motonei Manangoi, left, and Timothy
Cheruiyot, right, and New Zealand’s Nick Willis.
Monday, August 31, 2015 - 9
New Zealand crews made a strong
start on day one of heats at the 2015
World Rowing Championships in
The warm temperatures and light
tail winds produced perfect rowing
conditions on the first days of heats with
three New Zealand crews qualifying for
the semi-finals, six crews progressing
to the quarter finals and the men’s four
heading to a repechage.
The lightweight men’s and women’s
singles kicked off the regatta in style
for New Zealand both winning their
Adam Ling looked composed,
winning his heat by three seconds and
progressing to the quarter finals while
Zoe McBride also had a splendid start
to the regatta winning her heat by clear
water and booking a spot in the semi-
Both the men’s and women’s coxless
pairs cruised through day one with Kerri
Gowler and Grace Prendergast flying
out of the blocks to win their heat and
progress to the semi finals while Eric
Murray and Hamish Bond showed their
winning form in their heat to progress to
The lightweight men’s double of Peter
Taylor and Hayden Cohen were locked
in a battle with Germany and China but
in finishing third secured their spot in
Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward
finished a close second behind Denmark
in the lightweight women’s double
ensuring they also move through to the
In the men’s four there was only
one semi-finals spot up for grabs and
with their fourth placing the New
Zealand four will contest the repechage
After a tight race in the men’s quad
the New Zealand crew finished with
an impressive flying finish that saw
them claim second and one of only two
available spots in their heat providing a
direct route to the semi-finals.
Mahe Drysdale produced a quick
time of 6:49.05 in the men’s single and
progressed through to the quarter finals
untroubled despite the Mexican sculler
chasing him hard throughout the race.
Women’s single sculler Fiona Bourke
made a promising start to her world
champs campaign finishing a clear third
and qualifying for the quarter finals.
The remaining New Zealand crews
of the women’s quad, the men’s and
women’s double, the lightweight men’s
four and the men’s and women’s eight
will race their heats today with the first
race kicking off at 9.35pm.
— New Zealand Herald
An “outstanding performance”
by the Speights Alehouse Coben
A team was enough to claim the
West Coast inter centre premier
A netball title on Saturday,
beating Star United B, 39-25.
Cobden coach Karen Doolan
said the performance from the
whole team was behind the finals
“ It was an outstanding
performance by Cobden, it was
a seven-player defence effort
and a seven-player attack effort.
We have struggled all year to
get high volume ball into our
shooters, but not on Saturday,”
The defence came to the fore
in the second half of the third
quarter, which helped Cobden
get away from their opponents in
the final quarter.
“ We knew it would have to
be a full 40-minute effort, as in
previous games with Star B it
was not until the fourth quarter
that we could get into a
“Given that the Star B
shooters have been super
accurate all year, it was not until
the second half of the third
quarter that the Star shooters
missed a shot.”
Star United coach Jill
Crawford said her team deserved
credit for making the final.
“For them to have got to a (A
grade) final as a B team I think
that ’s a first on the West Coast,”
“They had the shooting power,
but they need to keep believing
in themselves. To me, they were
winners because of how they
have grown in the past six weeks
both as individuals and as a
Whenever Star United missed
a goal, Cobden profited by
scoring at the other end, and in
the end, Star United ran out of
“ In the last quarter they got
run over 11-4 . If you can’t carry
the game to the end, you are not
going to win it.”
Star United had a shooting
accuracy of 81%, superior to that
of Cobden at 70%, but could
only muster 36 shots, compared
to 56 from Cobden.
Both premier B semi-finals
were close affairs on Saturday,
with top seed Paroa A defeating
fourth qualifier Cobden Speights
Alehouse C by just two goals in
a low scoring defensive game,
17-15, and Cobden Speights
Alehouse B gained the second
final spot by just one goal with
a 23-22 win over defending title
holder Kotare A.
Inter-centre, premier A:
Speights Alehouse Cobden
A 39, Star United B 25; Star
United A 27, Lyndale 16; CSC
Premier B: Paroa A 17,
Speights Alehouse Cobden C
15; Speights Alehouse Cobden
B 23, Kotare A 22; HSOG A 28,
CSC B 13; Grey High School A
29, Star United C 33.
Senior: HSOG B 34, Star
United D 11; Paroa B 26, Tui
Central A 7, GHS Juniors 17,
Cobden D 24.
Senior reser ve: Kotare B 37,
Kotare C 5; Grey Workingmen’s
Club 18, HSOG C 17.
First: GHS Green 37, Cobden
E 10; Tui Central B 7, HSOG D
40; CSC D 10, Paroa Junior A
26; GHS Blue 7, Grey Valley 29.
Second: CSC E 15, Karoro A
4; Paroa Junior B 35, HSOG
Junior B 11.
Third: Cobden Junior A,
HSOG Junior C defaulted; CSC
Juniors, Karoro B defaulted.
Legendary racehorse trainer
Bart Cummings has died at the
age of 87 surrounded by family at
his homestead in north western
His grandson and training partner
James said in a statement he died
in his sleep in the early hours of
“ James Bartholomew Cummings,
OAM, passed away peacefully
in his sleep in the early hours of
this morning, Sunday the 30th of
August 2015, in his homestead at
Princes Farm, Castlereagh,” James
“ His final moments were spent
with his family and wife of 61 years,
Valmae, with whom he celebrated
their anniversary on Friday. For
Bart this was a fitting end. A
husband, father, grandfather and
great-grandfather; a master trainer
and a larger than life figure.
“ We will miss you. ”
Cummings had been in ill health
for some time and rarely ventured
from his farm in recent years.
Bart had become more fragile in
the past 12 months.
In November, it was reported
he was admitted to hospital with
a chest infection, and since then
his health and energy levels had
Cummings on November 14, 1927,
he began training horses at age 26.
In his illustrious career, he went
on to train 12 Melbourne Cup
winners, seven more than any other
His last Melbourne Cup winner
was Viewed in 2008, the victory
coming on the 50th anniversary of
the day when he entered his first
On top of his 12 Melbourne
Cups, he won the Golden Slipper
Stakes four time, the Caulfield
Cup seven times, the Cox Plate
on five occasions, the VRC Oakes
nine times and the Newmarket
Handicap eight times.
Cummings was made a member
of the Order of Australia in 1982
for his ser vices to the racing
New Zealand rowers start championships strongly
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Jess Belton looks to pass to Speights Alehouse Cobden A team-mate and goal attack Ashley Birchfield,
with Star United B players Ellie Cox and Krystal Diedrichs in defence during the premier A inter cente
netball final at Anzac Park, on Saturday.
Cobden wins inter centre title
Racing icon Bart Cummings dies
John Paul II player Angus Wallace looks for a pass, chased by Otamatea
High School’s Jamie Manuel, in the second game of the South Island Mixed
Secondary School Tournament, which got under way at the Westurf Stadium
in Greymouth this morning. John Paul II won 2-0. The tournament runs
until Friday. John Paul, which won the tournament for the past two years
running, is the only West Coast school taking part this year. Eleven teams are
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Hockey tourney begins
A mid-race collision between
Australia’s defending champion Will
Power and team-mate Juan Pablo
Montoya allowed New Zealand’s Scott
Dixon to snatch a fourth Indy Car
Colombian Montoya, the
championship leader, was on course
to claim the 2015 title at the season-
ending grand prix of Sonoma in
California when he collided with Power
midway through the 85-lap race.
That incident forced both Penske
drivers back into the field, and Dixon
took full advantage.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver
claimed the race win and won the title
on a countback from Montoya after
both finished on 556 points in the
Power, who began the race from
pole and was still an outside chance of
retaining the series title, was devastated
The Australian finished seventh and
said various yellow and green flags had
bunched the field and had turned the
race into a lottery.
“ I feel horrible for Juan,” Power said.
“ We were all in good shape. But we’ve
got to decide whether we’re a sport or a
casino. The championship shouldn’t be
decided by race control.”
Brisbane-born Dixon, the 2003, 2008
and 2013 champion, had started the day
47 points adrift of Montoya.
With today ’s race worth double
points, Dixon was a chance of landing
the title but only if Montoya suffered a
misfortune like he did.
“I still can’t believe it, it was such a
long shot,” Dixon said.
“ You never know until the last lap.
That ’s what it came down to. We had
to do our best job and that ’s what we
did today and luckily enough it worked
Missing out on the title was a bitter
pill to swallow for Montoya.
The Colombian had led the standings
all season and needed just to finish in
the top five to seal his first Indy Car
He preferred not to dwell on his mid-
race collision with Power however.
“It doesn’t matter what happened,”
“ We fought all year. It’s just a shame.
We just threw it away. We had a
competitive car today to do what we
needed to do but just couldn’t close it
out. We had one bad race where it ’s
double points and we’re out of the
The thrilling finish was in stark
contrast to the start of the race where
a solemn memorial was held for Justin
The Englishman died last Monday
from injuries sustained during the
penultimate race of the year at Pocono
Raceway in Pennsylvania a day earlier.
The entire field of drivers linked arms
in pitlane before the race to pay tribute
to Wilson while the British national
anthem was played.
Willis’ medal ambitions dashed
Maria Sharapova, winner of five
grand slam events, has pulled out of
the US Open tennis championships
due to a leg injury, the Russian said
Sharapova, 28, has not played
a match since losing to Serena
Williams in the Wimbledon semi-
finals in July and withdrew from
hardcourt tournaments in Toronto
and Cincinnati in August, citing a
right leg strain.
“ Unfortunately, I will not be able
to compete in this year’s US Open,”
“ I have done everything possible
to be ready but it was just not
“ To all my amazing fans, I will be
back in the Asian swing in a few
weeks and look for ward to finishing
the year healthy and strong. ”
It marks the second time in three
years that the 2006 champion has
withdrawn from the year’s last
grand slam event.
Her absence robs the US Open
of some star power and a possible
Sharapova, who has won each of
the four grand slam tournaments
during her career, was seeded to
meet top-seeded American world
No 1 Serena Williams in the semi-
The 33-year-old Williams is
campaigning to win a fourth US
Open title in a row that would give
her a rare grand slam sweep of the
year’s four majors.
The victorious West Coast under-12 rugby league team.
Coast U12 cruise over Riccarton
Robbie Farah has left Wests Tigers
management red-faced after leading
his side to a 50-16 NRL win over the
Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium
After being told he was unwanted by
the club next year, Farah starred with a
try and set up another two as the Tigers
lifted themselves off the bottom of the
“Robbie” chants sprang up regularly,
including when he was replaced midway
through the second half, as the 6711 fans
in attendance showed their appreciation.
They also let Tigers coach Jason Taylor
know their feelings towards him, roundly
booing him as he came from the field
following the warm-up.
The match was likely Farah’s last in the
black, white and orange at Campbelltown
after being given an ultimatum: find
another club or play reser ve grade next
The loss was the Warriors’ seventh in
a row and looks set to be the last game
of English fullback Sam Tomkins’ NRL
career after he went from the field with a
knee injury in the second half.
The Tigers ensured Keith Galloway and
Pat Richards’ final home games for the
club were memorable with a nine-tries-
The Tigers’ outside men including Tim
Simona and Kevin Naiqama dined out
in the second half while young halves
Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses had
their best games all year. However, it was
Farah who led the charge, putting in a
strong audition for any club who might
be interested in his services.
After the Warriors snatched an early
6-0 lead through Albert Vete, it was all
Tigers for the rest of the half as Farah
sparked them to life.
A “Robbie” chant went up around
Campbelltown Stadium when Farah
burrowed over on the back of a Simona
break down the left edge.
Farah then set up the Tigers’ next two
tries to give them an 18-6 advantage at
After putting Curtis Sironen through
a hole, he backed up and produced a
sensational flick pass to put Brooks over.
Five minutes later, he stabbed the ball
into the in-goal for Dene Halatau as the
home side took the ascendancy.
The second half was just six minutes old
when James Tedesco put Simona into a
hole and proceeded to make Tomkins
who left the field soon after — look
ordinary by running around him with
It was a steady procession of Tigers tries
for the rest of the half as Naiqama, David
Nofoaluma, Richards and Martin Taupau
were able to get on the scoreboard.
The Warriors will also be facing a
ner vous wait over Charlie Gubb after
he was put on report for two shoulder
charges. — AAP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Scott Dixon celebrates winning the Verizon Indy Car Series GoPro Grand Prix
at Sonoma Raceway today. Dixon clinched the championship with his win.
Farah shines as Tigers maul Warriors US OPEN
Sharapova out of US Open
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