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A new domestic netball league will
kick off in April next year.
Netball New Zealand yesterday
announced the details of their 2016
events calendar, including the long-
awaited confirmation of a new National
The National Netball League (NNL)
is a development competition that
underpins the ANZ Championship in
New Zealand. The 12-week competition
will feature five teams — one from
each zone — playing a double round
robin. The majority of the games will be
staged as double-headers alongside the
weekend ANZ Championship fixtures,
and televised on Sky Sport.
Netball NZ chief executive Hilary
Poole said it is hoped the new league-
based competition will better prepare
young players for the demands of
transtasman league netball.
“The National Netball League was a
key outcome of our competitions review.
It will provide the future stars of New
Zealand netball with an opportunity to
experience and test themselves in a high
level competition week-in-week-out,”
Nelson’s Saxton Stadium will host
the Netball NZ U19 Champs in July,
while Netball North Canterbury will
host the largest event on the calendar —
the Netball NZ U17 Champs — later
that same month. This is the first time
prestigious event, which attracts over
The best New Zealand Secondary
Schools teams will converge on
Taita, Lower Hutt for the national
championships. The event, held from
Tuesday 4 — Friday 7 October, is the
culmination of a number of regional
qualifying events, showcasing the best
secondary school netballers in the
2016 Netball New Zealand domestic
National Netball League:
Sunday April 10 - Sunday June 26;
Netball NZ U17 Champs: Netball
North Canterbury, Rangiora, Monday
18 - Thursday July 21; Netball NZ
U19 Champs: Saxton Stadium, Nelson,
Monday 11 - Thursday July 14; NZ
Secondary School Netball Champs:
Walter Nash Stadium, Hutt Valley,
Tuesday 4 - Friday October 7.
— New Zealand Herald
New national league
to kick off in April
of the New Zealand Herald
David Warner experienced it
once and does not fancy a repeat.
So, too, the likely Australian
bowling attack at Adelaide O val
on Friday : Mitchell Starc, Peter
Siddle, James Pattinson and
They are the five sur vivors from
December 2011, the day New
Zealand shocked the Australians
to square the two-game series
with a thrilling seven-run win in
The celebrations were long
and loud. The hosts were not
“ To sit in the change rooms
and listen to the Kiwis celebrate
was quite tough,” in-form opener
“ We take those memories into
this game and it would mean a
Warner, who almost stole the
win in Hobart in just his second
test with an unbeaten 123 in
the pursuit of 240 to win, paid
due credit to New Zealand,
in particular seamer Doug
Bracewell who had what has
been — and may remain — his
finest test, taking six for 40 in the
Failure to nail down the series
win this time — Australia are
1-0 up going into the Adelaide
test — would sting.
“I think we would consider that
a loss (of the series) because we’ve
played so well,” Warner said.
The left-hander, a hugely
Australian team for his ability
to put his side into a dominant
position very quickly, has hit
three successive centuries in
the series. But he sent a scare
through the Australian camp
today when he dropped a high
ball in training and re-injured
the thumb that forced him out
of this year’s England one-day
He looks set to play on Friday
but admitted he will need to
manage the pain.
New Zealand have their own
injury concerns, with Trent
Boult still bothered by a back
complaint. Intriguingly, Boult
dismissed Warner twice in Perth.
“The way he’s bowled has been
a little bit far from his best,”
“The way he bowled to me in
that second day (at Perth) was
the Trent Boult that I see as an
international cricket player. He
put the ball in the right areas,
questioned me the whole time,
then nicked me off.”
Warner is a happy talker on
most cricketing subjects, but
don’t try to get the ebullient
Sydneysider to analyse the pink
ball. He is of the see-ball, hit-ball
mentality and has no interest in
being burdened by what might,
or might not, happen under
“ If we concentrate too much on
the ball, then you forget about
what you’ve got to do,” Warner
said with unarguable logic.
“ Your job is to win the game
for one, to score runs, take
catches, take wickets. For us
it’s about focusing on the game
itself, not worrying about the
Australia seem likely to stick
with one spinner for the test,
leaving the man dubbed ‘The
Pink Ball Specialist ’, left-arm
spinner Stephen O’Keefe, out.
New Zealand will monitor
Boult ’s performance at the nets
today when he will be out to
show he is over the back strain.
of the New Zealand Herald
Lydia Ko wants to defend her New
Zealand Open title in February in a
run towards the LPGA-sanctioned
Australian Open in Adelaide.
The world No 1 took out the New
Zealand title this year at Clearwater
and her coach David Leadbetter
thinks she is set to defend her title.
“It ’s looking like it,” he told Radio
Sport, “she’s seriously considering
The dates would gel — the New
Zealand Open is February 11-14
and Australian Open the following
weekend — it is a question of
whether Ko and her coaching team
think that schedule will suit her
“S he wants to come home and
show off her game to all her loyal
supporters. She is a Kiwi through
and through, that ’s for sure,”
Ko is resting up after claiming the
season-long LPGA points race and
a $US1 million bonus, the player of
the year award and leading money
winner on top of her first major at
the Evian Championship.
Over the next while, Team Ko
will settle on their 2016 schedule,
including plans around next year’s
There have been ideas floated about
Ko travelling to Rio early next year
for a practice round, but Leadbetter
was not convinced about the merits
of that plan.
“I don’t know what you are going
to learn by playing one round of
golf, to be quite honest,” he said.
“The other factor is it is quite a
few months away from when the
(Olympics) tournament is going to
be held so conditions are probably
going to be totally different.
“ We’ ll probably get as much out of
looking at a video of the golf course
as going over there and playing.”
Rio was a long-haul trip and
conser ving energy was a big part
of Ko’s annual plans. If she got to
the Olympics a week before the
tournament started, that would give
her the necessary time to get used to
Sometimes too much fuss can be
made about an event and Ko has
discovered that a few times this
year when she over-prepared for
She withdrew from a recent
tournament after a month playing
and travelling through Asia which
left her exhausted.
“The glamour of travel can take its
toll,” L eadbetter said.
Ko’s game had matured and
she had achieved her 2015 goals,
including the final major of the year
with a magnificent final-round 63.
“O bviously the danger is we don’t
have quite as good a year next year
as this but we have to set our goals
high and she is a player I have
considered could be one of the best
ever,” Leadbetter said.
“Lydia is right up there. Her
potential is huge.”
She had the potential to emulate
some of the marks set by Tiger
Woods in the men’s game, and he
won on average every fourth time
he teed it up for a tournament. She
was a delightful person to teach, very
considerate and one of the most
popular among her peers.
Ko’s stock shot used to be a fade
but her new coaches had altered that
standard shot to a draw.
“She has picked up about 15 to 20
yards on her drive, which is a big help.
Power is a big factor. She’s only 10 to
15 yards behind L exi Thompson and
still keeps that beautiful rhythm she
has in her game.”
Warner wary as Boult
faces fitness test
Ko wants to defend NZ Open title
New Zealand had a mixed
day on the opening day of the
Asia Pacific Championships
at the Burnside and Papanui
bowls greens yesterday.
games singles champion Jo
Edwards had two wins from
two in the women’s singles
with a good opening win over
Malaysia and then a nailbiter
over Cook Islands by a single
Edwards lines up against
Japan, Samoa and China
today with a strong display set
to see him safely through to
the sudden death play-off
It was not such a good day
for the Sandra Keith-skipped
women’s fours team with
international Val Smith at
three and the debutants Angela
Boyd and Katelyn Inch as they
had two surprise losses against
the Philippines and USA.
They will need a winning day
on the greens today against
Japan, Norfolk Island and
The men’s pairs got away to a
surprise losing start to Fiji then
made amends with two big wins
over India and China as the day
progressed. The combination of
Mike Kernaghan and Shannon
Mcllroy built in confidence and
they will be looking to build
on that with games against
Norfolk Island and USA.
The men’s triples of Paul
Girdler, Andrew Kelly and
Mike Nagy won their first two
games and then went down
to the giant killers of the day
Fiji by 19-16. They face Hong
Kong and Brunei today and
they will be looking to make
amends for the last round
An ominous sign in the other
section came from Australia
who were undefeated yesterday
and are confirming early
signs they are the team to
beat in these championships.
— NZ Herald
NZ off to mixed start
at Asia Pacific champs
The decision by the New Orleans Pelicans
not to sign Breakers guard Corey Webster has
been labelled a “dud decision” by an Australian
Paul Suttor of the Sydney Morning Herald
says the Pelicans passed over a great player
when Webster was cut from their final roster
last month after having limited game time in
three pre-season games for the NBA franchise.
Since re-joining the Breakers a couple of
weeks into their ANBL campaign, Webster
has been in eye catching form and his strong
performance in last Sunday ’s win over
Melbourne United in Auckland left Suttor
believing the Pelicans had erred in cutting the
“There’s a huge gap between being a fringe
NBA player and a star in a competition like
the NBL but the way Webster is tearing it up
for the Breakers, combined with the Pelicans’
pathetic start to the season, surely adds up to
a missed opportunity for both parties,” Suttor
“ You don’t hit the same practice floor as
Anthony Davis without picking up a few
pointers, particularly how to get your shot off
when there is someone between you and the
hoop who can swat away your attempt from an
altitude somewhere near the rafters.
“He was only given seven minutes per game
in three pre-season contests and incorrectly
used strictly as a point guard by New Orleans.
Webster should have been given more of
a chance to strut his stuff in The Big Easy,
especially in the shooting guard slot.”
While Webster shines for the Breakers,
Suttor noted the 3-11 Pelicans have failed
to find stability in their guard rotation. Their
main point guard, Jrue Holiday, is on a
minutes restriction, as Tyreke Evans makes his
return from pre-season knee surgery, while the
highly paid Eric Gordon has been unable to
produce his best form.
Suttor praised Webster’s effort against
Melbourne, saying he “ looked like a man on a
mission” as he scored a career-high 39 points
— the highest single-game total by any NBL
player this season — while marking Chris
“From the get-go, Webster shot well. He
went cold in the second quarter but then
finished the match on a different level,” Suttor
“The quantity was immense but it was also
the quality of his scoring that stood out. It
was ruthless, it was efficient and the United
defence had no answers. Webster drained
seven three-pointers, getting open when he
needed to but also making several contested
Melbourne coach Dean Demopoulos
admitted Webster had had “a hell of a game”,
saying: “I’ve seen Kobe (Bryant) get 60 on my
team, I’ve seen great players get high numbers
and that was about as quiet a 39 as I’ve seen —
it was so efficient, just three three three three.”
The Auckland-born former Westlake Boy ’s
product leads the league in scoring with 25
points per game in seven appearances, and
is shooting at 42%, including 39% in threes,
prompting Suttor to declare him “the best
thing to come out of the Shaky Isles since
Flight of the Conchords became the “almost
award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo
in New Zealand”.
Suttor had some sympathy for New Zealand
basketball fans, after the ANBL made it clear
a new Wellington franchise is not among
their immediate plans for expansion, but
believes Webster’s class will give the Breakers
“a very good chance of defending their
title to make it five trophies in six seasons.”
— New Zealand Herald
Pelicans ‘dud decision’ to cut
Breakers guard Corey Webster
Challenger Tyson Fury has vowed
to ‘expose’ undisputed champion
Wladimir Klitschko in Saturday ’s world
heavyweight title bout and has labelled
the Ukrainian giant an ‘old man’.
Klitschko, 39, will defend his IBF,
WBA and IBO titles against Britain’s
Fury, 27, in D uesseldorf having last
tasted defeat more than a decade ago.
This is the second time the fight has
been scheduled to take place after the
original date in October was cancelled
due to Klitschko’s calf injury.
Fury has won all of his 24 fights to date
with 18 knockouts and has vowed to not
only usurp Klitschko, but also highlight
the champion’s weaknesses.
“I think this might be one of my easiest
fights,” boasted Manchester-born Fury
in an overnight press conference.
“I know that sounds crazy, because he’s
a super champion, but I see so many
chinks in his armour.
“There is nothing he does which makes
me think I won’t beat him.
“I can expose what he doesn’t do very
well and you’ll see what I’m talking
about on Saturday night.
“I ’m not going to say too much today as
I don’t want to scare him off.
“I ’m coming very fast for you, Wlad.
Old guy, young guy. Old champion,
new champion. Enough said. Amen,”
added Fury ahead of the bout at
Duesseldorf ’s Esprit Arena with
42,000 tickets sold.
Klitschko has heard such bold
statements before from previous
challengers, many of whom then
became one of his 53 knockouts in
Britain’s David Haye labelled
the champion a ‘large, slow
robot from the Ukraine’ before
losing emphatically on points in
Hamburg in July 2011.
The last of Klitschko’s three
defeats was back in 2004.
“There have been many fighters
I’ve faced, this time I face a guy
whose young, a real challenge,”
“ It ’s going to be a great night.
Having previously said the
eccentric Fury has “screws loose,”
Klitschko said he will give the
Mancunian his own brand of “therapy ”
in the ring.
“ I believe he is insane,” said Klitschko,
who is nicknamed ‘Dr Steelhammer’.
“ He’s a patient who urgently needs
“And the boxing ring, the fight, is the
best form of therapy.
“ I’m a doctor and I’ll rescue you.”
Fury stirred up controversy earlier on
Tuesday in a BBC inter view by claiming
boxing has a “ big problem” with doping.
He suggested that the sport should
tackle the issue by legalising banned
The British fighter said he hopes the
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
has tested both boxers stringently.
“ WADA have tested me very regularly,
sometimes three times in a month,” said
Fury in D uesseldorf.
“ Hopefully he’ ll have been the same.”
Klitschko dismissed the issue, stating:
“I’ve been tested a lot, over a quarter of a
century.” — AFP
West Coast senior cricket
made a comeback at the
weekend, when players
donned their whites for the
first time in three years and
took on Buller for a 50 overs
one-day match in Westport,
After winning the toss and
electing to bat, Coast had a
scratchy start losing their
first wicket in the second
When the second wicket fell
with score at 43, it brought
Nik Cumming and Todd
Struthers together. The pair
put on a 50-run stand before
Struthers (30) was dismissed
with the score at 93. Soon
after, Cumming was caught
on 43 and Coast were 123
An impressive innings from
Jeff Garland, with support
from the lower order, guided
Coast to a respectable total
In reply, Buller got off to a
good start, proving wickets
would be hard to come by.
In a 10-ball
Buller 35 for 3.
Man of the
bowled his 10
overs for 13
Luke and Caleb
the game in the
favour of the
red and whites,
West Coast ’s
with players taking six catches
and completing a run-out,
which proved vital in a closely
After a small fightback from
Buller, which saw T Adams
(30) and C Har vey (24) put
up some resistance, the home
side was eventually dismissed
for 145 in the 45th over.
West Coast captain
Cumming said the game
was a great success and it
was great to see West Coast
back playing their favourite
A return match in
Greymouth is planned to take
place in the New Year.
Anyone is interested in
playing cricket this year is
asked to check the West
Coast Cricket Facebook page.
An 8-a -side competition is
planned for December 19 and
more representative games are
in the pipeline.
The West Coast senior cricket team, which beat Buller at the weekend.
Coast beats Buller in first game in three years
Fury vows to expose ‘old man’ Klitschko
PICTURE: Getty Images
Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury pose
during a press conference.
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