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Auckland teenager Eliza McCartney
soared to new heights in the world of
pole vaulting on Saturday, setting a
world junior women’s record of 4.64m
at Mt Smart Stadium.
It was a feat that meant McCartney
is on her way to the Rio Olympics next
year. She also joins double Olympic
shot put champion Valerie Adams as
the only two athletes to hold every
New Zealand record for their event
from under-17s through to senior
The recently turned 19-year-old
added one centimetre to Swede
Angelica Bengtsson’s 2011 record.
McCartney started at 4m, which she
easily cleared, and then 4.40m, which
she was over on her third attempt
before the bar was raised to 4.64m. She
missed her first two attempts but was
well over on her last attempt to qualify
for nomination to the Rio Olympic
The world junior championships
bronze medallist and world university
games silver medallist now holds every
New Zealand women’s record in the
pole vault including breaking the New
Zealand all-comers record of 4.57m set
by Australian Emma George in 1998.
This was the world senior women’s
record at the time.
She was almost speechless straight
after the event. “I kind of don’t know
what to say right now,” an over whelmed
“It ’s an incredible feeling. I don’t even
know how to explain it but I’m just
overjoyed at the moment.”
It was her first run-up of 12 steps
since the world university games in
July. So I was still kind of feeling it out
with the poles and especially because
it was so windy today it changed what
little bit of feeling out but we got there
in the end.”
She had a few anxious moments on
getting to the final result.
“I tend to leave them to the third
attempt, which I shouldn’t do, but it
happens sometimes,” she said.
A bit of fine tuning took place before
going in for the final attempt.
“Jeremy always gives me immediate
feedback which is awesome obviously
and we just talk over what happened
in the last jump and make a decision
for what needs to change in the next
one whether it is going up poles or
changing the uprights.”
Coach Jeremy McColl, twice
New Zealand pole vault champion,
was delighted with his athlete’s
“The windy conditions should have
affected her but she had her head on
today and she jumped great.”
After missing the first two attempts
at the record height it was quickly back
to the drawing board.
“ We ended up going on to a bigger
pole because on her second attempt
only had one more attempt so we had
the option of pushing the up-rights
back or going on to the stronger pole.
“She’s never used this pole before
from 12 steps so we decided to have a
crack on the bigger pole and give it a
go, but the way she was jumping there
was never going to be an issue with the
pole it was just a matter of channelling
all the energy in the right directions,”
He added that McCartney was a
pleasure to coach.
“All the work has paid off, we’re a
great team, we get on really well and
she does all my programmes and does
what she’s told. She’s actually quite a
breeze to coach ...”
Other New Zealand athletes to
have set a world junior record have
been Valerie Sloper with a shot put of
14.11m in Christchurch in 1955, Mary
Donaghy with a high jump 1.68m in
Wellington in 1956, Beverley Weigel
with a long jump 6.23m in Auckland
in 1957, Gavin Lovegrove with a
javelin throw 79.58m in Noumea in
1986 and Jacko Gill with a shot put of
23.00m in Auckland in 2013.
— New Zealand Herald
A Positive took out the West Coast
Cricket ’s new competition, Last Man
Standing, at Arthur Fong Park on Saturday.
Six teams took part in the revival match,
which cricket president Nik Cumming
described as a success.
“ We had some really good feedback from
all those who took part and everyone was
keen to have another hit in the New Year,”
In the final, A Positive was up against
The Masters, who batted first and finished
with 98. A Positive chased down the total
to finish on 99 with just two balls to
Cumming was unsure if there would be
the numbers yet for a local competition to
get up and running.
“The weekend tournament is a stepping
stone to maybe get a local competition
going, but it may not happen straight
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Bumslaps opener Jamie Garland plays a solid forward defensive in his side’s match against Blaketown in the Last Man Standing
cricket tournament, played at Arthur Fong Park on Saturday. Blaketown wicketkeeper Phil Thomson watches.
A Positive wins Last Man Standing
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Trio awarded for coaching skills
Greymouth High School students Juan Lawrence, second left, Calib Gurden and Ben Keene had their
efforts in the ‘Leadership through League’ programme recognised this morning, when they were presented
with certificates by coaching and development officer Paddy Byrne, left. Byrne said the boys had coached the
sport at primary schools around Greymouth, culminating in them organising a rugby touch competition at
the end of September. The programme was also the first stage of the New Zealand Rugby League coaching
set up, he said. “ They have learned the basics of coaching. Hopefully in the future when there is a game in
Greymouth, I might see one of you with a flag running the touchline.”
Teen pole vault sensation sets junior world record
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Eliza McCarthy joins a select group of New Zealanders who hold a junior
world record in track and field.
New Zealand wrapped up a 2-0
test series win over Sri Lanka,
winning the second match by
five wickets at Seddon Park
today with more than a day and a
half to spare.
The hosts began the fourth day
at 142 for five, needing a further
47 runs, and Kane Williamson
and B J Watling completed
the job without losing another
It took to 13 the number of
successive home tests without
defeat for New Zealand. Their
last loss was also at Hamilton,
against South Africa in 2012.
Williamson guided New
Zealand to the win with his 13th
test century, finishing unbeaten
on 108 while Watling hit the
winning run to finish on 13.
Sri Lanka needed to remove
Williamson quickly to have a
chance but from the moment
when he despatched the second
ball of the day to the square leg
fence he closed the door on the
It was Williamson’s fifth
century this year, a New Zealand
record, and leaves him level with
team-mate Ross Taylor and four
behind the overall leader Martin
Williamson also overtook
captain Brendon McCullum’s
New Zealand record of most test
runs in a year today. McCullum
made 1164 last year, while
Williamson’s mark stands at
To complete his day, only
Australian Ricky Ponting
(twice) and Sri Lanka’s Kumar
Sangakkara have scored more
international runs in a year
than Williamson. But the New
Zealander will have a chance to
overtake one of Ponting’s marks
in the three remaining ODIs this
The two teams start a five-game
ODI series in Christchurch on
Boxing Day. — NZ Herald
What can the Breakers do about a
problem like Kirk Penney?
Well, after being torched by their
former favourite son for the second time
this season, 107-83, there appears to be a
couple courses of action available.
First, the defending champs can be
thankful they have to play Penney
and the Hawks only twice more this
campaign (unless they meet in the play-
offs). And second, they have to be careful
to avoid becoming too preoccupied by
Penney and forgetting to focus on Kevin
Penney and Lisch combined to lead
the Illawarra Hawks to a huge victory
over the Breakers at Vector Arena
yesterday afternoon, riding a red-hot
start to repeat their rout from round two.
comfortably triumphed over the best
defence in a game that resembled
a shootout from start to finish.
Unfortunately for the Breakers (10-6),
they were often on the wrong end of all
that shooting as the Hawks (10-7) led
from wire to wire.
Penney, one of the best players to
represent the New Zealand club,
haunted his former team-mates from
the moment he made his opening shot,
finishing with 27 points to back up the
36 he grabbed when the teams met in
October. The Tall Black revealed post-
game his motivation was sourced not
from battling his friends but entertaining
his watching family.
“ When we’ve got 20 tickets allocated
to the team and I take 18 of them, it
probably means a lot to me to come
and play well,” Penney said. “ I knew my
family was there — from my mum to
my cousins to my nieces and nephews
and whenever they ’re here you want
them. Fortunately enough, it worked out
and a few shots dropped.”
They were dropping with equal
regularity for his partner in crime as
Lisch showed why he, too, once won the
competition’s MVP award, hurting the
home side with 24 points.
Corey Webster (25) and Tai Wesley
(20) packed plenty of their own
offensive punch but, aside from their 20
turnovers, that end of the floor was rarely
a problem for Dean Vickerman’s side.
Rather, it was the defence that proved
woefully deficient against an opposition
boasting, in Penney and Lisch, the
third- and fourth-highest scorers in the
“They showed we they ’re two of the
premier players in the league right now
and we didn’t do a good enough job on
them,” Vickerman said.
“ We tried to double them at different
times and make them make passes but
there were mixed results on that one.”
The majority of damage was done in
the opening five minutes, as the Hawks
began almost flawlessly from the floor to
jump out to a 26-9 lead. That burst was
sparked, of course, with Penney, whose
first shot found nothing but net from
the three-point line.
Once Lisch had twice repeated that
feat, the nature of the threat the Breakers
were facing was perfectly illustrated.
The pair combined for 30 points in
the first half and, while the Breakers did
show some signs of life once Webster
warmed up, the home side never closed
within double figures after the half-time
All that was left was for the last rites
to be read and for a satisfied Penney to
receive a warm hand as he made his way
to the bench for the final time.
— New Zealand Herald
Penney punishes Breakers again
NZ to victory
Williamson has scored the most test runs in a calendar year,
1172, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 1164 compiled in 2014.
He has scored five test centuries, the most by a New Zealander
in a calendar year.
He scored a century at Lord’s, etching his name on the Home of
Cricket ’s famed honours board for eternity.
He scored twin centuries in Australia, winning over the locals
with his simple, c lassical technique and unruffled demeanour.
He has averaged a ridiculous 90.15 for the year.
In some respects, it is easier just to look at the string of scores and
ponder the work that goes in to being so consistently good: 69, 242
not out, 132, 27, 6, 0, 140, 59, 166, 32 not out, 22, 9, 88, 71, 1, 108
not out. His only dud tests were on his county ‘home’ ground at
Headingley and the pink-ball test in Adelaide (which some believe
should be reverted to a non-official test).
Williamson’s test year
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