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Well respected Black Sticks striker
Katie Glynn has announced her
retirement from the international game.
Glynn, aged 26, says it is the hardest
decision she has ever had to make, but
knows it is the right call as the Black
Sticks schedule intensifies ahead of the
2016 Rio Olympics.
Debuting in 2009, Glynn scored a
remarkable 77 goals throughout her
career making her New Zealand’s second
highest female goal scorer of all time.
Having struggled with both knee and
back injuries in the last two years, Glynn
and coach Mark Hager were hopeful she
would be back playing internationals
“As much as I’ve been trying to push
through and hope things would improve,
I’m still really restricted and it has
become incredibly hard for me to keep
training as I would like. It ’s been a really
hard couple of years, I’ve found it both
mentally and physically exhausting. ”
Named in the national squad following
the 2015 Ford National Hockey League,
Glynn was hoping to make the 2016 Rio
Olympics national squad which is set to
be named at the end of this year. “ I was
really grateful for the opportunity to be
selected in the national squad, but I have
had to be realistic, and as much as I don’t
want to stop, I know deep down that it ’s
the right thing to do,” Glynn said.
Hager says Glynn was an outstanding
player who will be well missed both
on and off the field. “She is one of the
players that helped create the team that
it is now — she drove the culture, was
a top goal scorer, was match hardened,
always won the 50/50 contest and
loved playing the tough games,” Hager
Glynn had a stellar career competing
at all the major global hockey events
including the 2014 World Cup, 2014
Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2012
London Olympics, 2010 World Cup
and 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
“ It ’s hard to pick out a highlight, I
guess the Olympics — it’s always a
dream to go to an Olympics and to get
that close to a medal made it special.
“The thing I will miss the most will
be the team environment, it isn’t a
professional sport and we do it because
we love it and I think that creates a
special kind of culture, you are all sharing
the journey together.
“I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot
of great moments and friendships that I
will cherish for a lifetime,” she said.
Glynn believes the key driver to the
team’s success over recent years has been
the “faultless commitment and passion”
shown by Hager. “He pushes players and
keeps challenging us to the best we can
be. Women’s hockey in New Zealand is
the strongest it has ever been and this is
credit to Mark and the work he has put
in over the last six years.”
Although no longer in the black shirt,
Glynn is hoping she will be back playing
for her Roskill-Eden Hockey Club
and at the 2016 Ford National Hockey
League. — NZ Herald
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Australian century-maker Adam
Voges has defended allegations of
“ horrendous sportsmanship” over a
low-key reaction to New Zealand
batsman Ross Taylor’s outstanding
Not that Taylor was particularly
Former Australian limited overs fast
bowler, and now commentator, Dirk
Nannes slammed Australia for failing
to properly acknowledge Taylor’s
innings when he was out just before
lunch on day four for 290.
“You don’t have a guy bat for a day
and a half out there and just not even
acknowledge it,” Nannes said on ABC
sportsmanship... not one person from
the Australian camp went and shook
his hand... it ’s not that hard.”
Australian players seemed confused
as they left the field — given the
timing of Taylor’s dismissal — over
whether lunch would be taken.
Add in that Taylor turned and
headed back to the pavilion some way
from where the Australian players had
gathered to congratulate substitute
fielder Jon Wells, who caught Taylor.
More a lapse than a deliberate snub?
Nannes was not buying it.
“(They ’re) pretty good at lapsing as
an Australian team aren’t they,” he
“It ’s not hard to just do the simple
things. It ’s like when you’ve got a kid,
you teach them to say thank you when
they go for a sleepover. Teach them to
say thank you for the meal, please and
thank you. That ’s the sort of thing that
happens on a cricket field as well.
“It ’s not hard. Yes, you say it ’s a lapse,
but we see it more and more. It ’s not
a good look.”
Voges took umbrage at the claim.
“To a man we all clapped every
milestone he made, and I shook his
hand at end of play,” he said.
“I think the game has been played in
wonderful spirit so far. We all clapped.
It was an amazing innings.”
He was not concerned about Nannes’
criticism. “I thought the innings
(Taylor) played was outstanding. He
pounced on any width that we gave
him throughout the whole innings
and I think he just grew into his
innings wonderfully well . . . he didn’t
really give us a sniff.”
As for Taylor, whose 290 is the third
highest test score by a New Zealander,
and the best in Australia by a visiting
batsman, he was relaxed about it and
wasn’t pointing any fingers.
“When I get out I just walk off the
ground as quick as I can, I don’t want
to stay out there any longer than I
have to,” he said.
“I’m sure it was a coincidence more
than anything. I got out on the far
side of the boundary and they were
all congratulating him (the fielder)
and I was walking off as fast I could to
hopefully come and get a catch (in the
over before lunch).”
New Zealand have made a habit
of rushing to shake hands with
Australian century makers, which has
irked Australian commentators and
some writers, who see it as an over-
the-top, too nice reaction.
They do not expect the opposition to
follow suit, and they certainly did not
— at least publicly — yesterday.
— New Zealand Herald
“Follow the money ” and the trail will
lead to Indian match-fixers and away
from Chris Cairns, his lawyer told the
In summing up the defence case in
the seventh week of the trial, Orlando
Pownall QC poured scorn on the
Crown accusation that a wealthy
family running a diamond business
were the “paymasters” behind Cairns’
alleged match-fixing gang.
He said the Crown did not
produce any evidence to back up the
“groundless” allegation and the jury
should not read anything into the fact
that the Shah family did not appear as
“Q uestions are not evidence,” Pownall
said, referring to Crown prosecutor
Sasha Wass’ cross-examination of his
client over payments of $US250,000
he received from Vijay Dimon, a
diamond business based in D ubai.
Cairns said the money was to pay
for his relocation and accommodation
costs, as well as a retainer for PR work.
He saw the diamond trade as a career
Wass said it was “dirty money ” to
pay for match-fixing, but in response
Pownall said the Crown was trying to
shift the burden of proof on to Cairns.
If the Shahs were corrupt match-
fixers who “play with a few diamonds
on the side”, Pownall said the Crown
should provide proof.
Apart from adding an “aura of
Mr Pownall said the
diamond allegation did not stack up
as “a brick in the wall” of evidence the
Crown referred to in closing.
“Or even the cement holding them
together,” he added.
No money trail existed from L ou
Vincent to Chris Cairns, except for
the $US2500 Vincent claimed Cairns
gave him as spending money during
a holiday to D ubai, Pownall said. This
gift was denied by Cairns.
In giving evidence, Cairns said he
thought the Shahs might have paid
Vincent, Tuffey and himself to fly to
This was a “slip” said the Crown and
described the trip as a “thank you”
for the alleged match-fixing trio as a
fourth player, Matthew Elliott from
Australia, had to pay for his own flight.
Pownall questioned why Cairns
would invite Elliott, not alleged to be
match-fixing, on a trip where Vincent
known to be loose-lipped when
drinking — could say something out
Instead, the QC invited the jury
to “follow the money ” from Vincent
to match-fixers Varun Gandhi and
He admitted receiving up to $120,000
from them in return for information
on the matches he fixed in the Indian
Cricket League and underperforming
in English county cricket.
When looking at Vincent ’s allegations
against Cairns, Pownall invited the
jury to replace the name of Cairns for
Gandhi or other match-fixers.
The corrupt activity was the same
but the difference was a critical one
for Lou Vincent, Pownall said, as
part of his “exit strategy ” was to give
up a big name in cricket to soften his
punishment. “How I fixed for Gandhi
would not set the world alight as
much as Chris Cairns, Hero to Zero,”
Pownall said, referring to a book he
said Vincent would “undoubtedly”
publish at some point.
Vincent denied he was writing a
book, but other witnesses such as
Andre Adams said his friend had
Earlier in the day, Pownall said
The Great Escape was an apt title
for the book as Vincent should have
been prosecuted for the crimes he
committed in cricket.
He said Vincent was not a victim
but a “devious and sly” liar who had
devised a strategy to minimise his own
Vincent had denied writing a book
but Pownall said a “work of fiction”
would undoubtedly be published,
which should be titled The Great
Escape rather than The Truth, the
Whole Truth and Nothing but the
The former New Zealand batsman,
who alleged he fixed matches at
the Chandigarh Lions under the
instructions of Cairns, admitted telling
lies to cricket authorities on countless
occasions, Pownall said.
He said Vincent also lied to the jury
from the moment he stepped into
the witness stand. This was because
Justice Nigel Sweeney, on information
available at the time, warned Vincent
he did not have to answer questions
which might incriminate himself.
This formal caution, said Pownall,
might have strengthened Vincent ’s
credibility as the jury might have
thought there was a “real possibility he
could walk out of here and be placed in
The reality was the warning was a
“sham”, the QC said, because Vincent
knew there was no risk of being
Emails which emerged after Vincent
gave evidence showed the police
gave him assurances he would not
be investigated as long as no new
information “came to light”.
This was despite Vincent admitting
receiving £120,000 from match-fixers,
which broke a number of money
laundering and fraud laws in the
These assurances were at odds with
the Crown’s suggestion there was
“nothing in it” for Vincent to give
evidence, Pownall said, because he had
received 11 life bans from cricket — at
the end of this career.
The true position was the Crown
Prosecution Service was concerned
about whether Vincent should be
arrested or inter viewed under caution,
Other emails showed the CPS
questioned whether Vincent was trying
to diminish his role as he seemed to be
a “major player” and asked whether he
was “rushing to the door to get in first ”.
A later email chain showed the CPS
changed its position and it would be
“down to the jury whom they would
“Is this unusual — where people who
commit crimes escape punishment?”
The QC pointed out that Ellie Riley,
Vincent ’s former wife, gave evidence
that Vincent would offer up a “big
name” to help him with the authorities.
In an interview with Radiosport host
Tony Veitch, Vincent said he had
“spent the past 12 months trying to
stay out of prison”.
Giving up a big name was part of his
strategy, or “insurance policy ”, should
he ever be caught.
“He’s been successful. Never arrested,
cautioned, charged, or had to pay back
a penny piece,” Pownall said.
Vincent was still in touch with Lalit
Modi, whom Cairns successfully took
a libel case against, in the hope of
favours from the extremely wealthy
businessman, Pownall said.
“ Whatever happens in this case there
will be further rumblings in the High
Court between Modi and Cairns.”
Aussie poor sports snub Taylor’s 290
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ross Taylor walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 290 against Australia during their test
match in Perth.
Black Stick Katie Glynn has retired
from international hockey.
Cairns’ lawyer tells court ‘follow the money’
MATCH FIXING TRIAL
Australia coach Michael Cheika
ruled himself out of contention
for the vacant England position
Former coach Stuart Lancaster
left the post last week after England
became the first host team to fail to
make it out of the group stage at
the Rugby World Cup.
Australia inflicted a heavy defeat
on England on its way to winning
their group and Cheika’s team went
all the way to the final, losing to
“ No one from England has
contacted me and they know that
they can’t contact me because I’m
committed to Australia and that ’s
where I want to be coaching,”
Cheika said, ahead of leading the
Barbarians against Gloucester and
England’s governing body, the
RF U, wants a coach of “proven
international experience”. Cheika
has joined New Zealand coach
Steve Hansen, Joe Schmidt of
Ireland and Wales boss Warren
Gatland in distancing himself from
“I’m an Australian coaching
Australia, it ’s like the dream.
There’s nothing that would make
me change my mind,” Cheika said.
“I never thought I’d be coaching
Australia. I ’m enjoying it and I
want to do the best I can in this
role for as long as I can. You want to
make sure that you give everything
when you have the opportunity.
When the chance comes to coach
Australia, you don’t say no to that.
I’ve enjoyed the first year of doing
it, it’s been fantastic.” — AP
Cheika rules himself out of England job
Expect no favours from Australia when
it comes to declaration time on the
final day of the second test against New
Australia go into the fifth day at 258
for two, with captain Steve Smith on 131
and Adam Voges on 101, having added
an unbroken 212 for the third wicket.
Having seen New Zealand scrap their
way back into the contest by amassing
their highest total against Australia, 624,
and take a 65-run lead at the halfway
point, the Aussies are not about to open
the door to their opponents.
‘’I don’t think we’ ll do them any favours,”
‘’U ltimately that will be Steve’s
Voges, celebrating his second test
century and in front of friends and family
at his home ground, said the pitch was
still good for batsmen.
‘’It ’s been a bit of a war of attrition
over these four days, but we’ve got some
options going into (the final day).”
Late in the day the pitch did start to
play up, with uneven bounce and some
‘’There’s certainly some cracks starting
to open up and I thought there were a
couple of balls that misbehaved late today.
Hopefully if and when we do set up a run
chase those cracks can come into play.”
Smith was struck two blows by
New Zealand seamer Matt Henry, on
the helmet and arm, which required
If that is an indication of how the pitch
could play, Smith might be tempted to
pull out earlier than he might other wise.
His timing will be important.
Last summer, when he was filling
in for the injured Michael Clarke, he
had a similar situation against India in
Smith stalled overly long until his
team were 318 for nine, setting India an
unachievable 384 and only 66 overs in
which to bowl them out.
But he may be wary of offering too
large a carrot to a New Zealand team
with plenty of attacking batsmen, notably
captain Brendon McCullum.
There have been six centuries on the
first four days of the test — two of them,
by David Warner and Ross Taylor, double
tons — and precious little for the bowlers
to cheer about.
The first two innings combined
produced a Waca record 1183 runs, 190
runs more than the previous highest,
when England were touring in 1986-87.
— New Zealand Herald
Famous old All Blacks are continuing
to rake in money unimaginable in their
The jersey worn by the legendary
George Nepia in New Zealand’s first
victory over Wales in 1924 is up for
auction. The guide price suggests it
can fetch close to $100,000, although
another auction result indicates it will go
for much more than that.
The teenage Nepia was the only player
to figure in all 32 of the “Invincibles”
matches on their unbeaten northern
tour, which included a 19-0 victory
over Wales in Swansea. Nepia swapped
his jersey with opposite Tom “Codger”
Johnson, and it was initially displayed
at a Cardiff department store. Johnson’s
grandson is selling the jersey.
Nepia died in 1986, at the age of 81,
when rugby was still officially amateur,
although he had switched codes in
1935, joining an English league club
for the impressive sum of £500. In his
autobiography, Nepia stated the big
victory over the Welsh was regarded as
retribution for the 1905 defeat which
involved the infamous Bob Deans
An All Black jersey belonging to the
1905 “Originals” captain Dave Gallaher
fetched $421,000 in October, more than
four times the expected price.
It was bought by a British bidder at the
Cardiff saleroom of Roger Jones and co.
who are also selling the Nepia jersey.
— New Zealand Herald
George Nepia ‘Invincibles’ jersey
could sell for $100,000
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