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New Zealand achieved two of their
primary goals in a comprehensive
61-37 win over England in their Quad
Series test in Liverpool.
The Silver Ferns defence was too
staunch for the hosts, who fell seven
goals behind in the first six minutes
and rarely looked like closing the gap.
It leaves both teams with a win and a
loss with one round remaining in the
New Zealand improved hugely on
their opening 57-50 loss to unbeaten
Australia in D urban.
Coach Janine Southby had identified
two areas to improve — making a
superior start and completing more
Her side responded by powering 8-1
clear on the back of English errors
and some early long bombs from goal
attack Maria Tutaia (33 from 37).
A brief England flurry reduced the
first-quarter deficit to 16-13 but seven
successive goals early in the second
second stanza effectively made the
Southby started veteran Anna
Harrison at wing defence ahead of
Sam Sinclair, who made her debut in
The move worked, with Harrison
working in tandem with her midcourt
and the defensive circle.
Goal keep Jane Watson was named
player of the match, helping force 37
turnovers from the English compared
to New Zealand’s 21.
New Zealand were 31-19 clear at
half-time, with the only hiccup being
a back injury which forced goal shoot
Bailey Mes (8/8) from the court,
replaced by the impressive Te Paea
Soutby introduced Gina Crampton
for wing attack Grace Rasmussen
at half-time before handing lanky
20-year-old Kelly Jury her test debut.
Jury played the last seven minutes at
goal keep as New Zealand dominated
the final quarter 19-7.
New Zealand’s final test is in London
on Sunday against a South African
side that lost 60-55 to England in
extra time and went down 62-46 to
England must upset Australia in the
other game to give the Silver Ferns
any chance of denying the Diamonds a
successful defence of their Quad Series
title. — NZ ME -AAP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Shannon Francois of New Zealand collects the ball under pressure from Jade
Clarke of England.
Auckland sprinter Zac Williams
upset the apple cart by toppling
Olympic team-mate Eddie Dawkins
in the 1000m time trial on the opening
night of the national track cycling
championships in Invercargill.
Williams, who was an unused team
sprint reserve at the Rio Games, says he
set himself the daunting goal of beating
Southlander Dawkins on his home
“It ’s a pretty cool feeling, especially
against someone like Dawk, who
medalled at junior worlds and for a
while was the best rider in this event in
the country,” he said.
Palmerston North rider Jordan Castle
Following on from her win in the time
trial at the national road championships,
Jaime Nielsen claimed the women’s
3000m individual pursuit.
Nielsen headed home international
team-mate Rushlee Buchanan, with
Southland’s Kirstie James pipping
Lauren Ellis for third to prevent a clean
sweep of Rio Olympians.
Nielsen was the fastest qualifier,
the New Zealand
championship record set by two-time
world champion Alison Shanks in 2010.
his push for selection for the
world championships with victory in
the men’s 4000m individual pursuit.
Kennett held off Nick Kergozou in
the gold medal ride, with Hugo Jones
taking bronze from Tom Sexton.
After several years frustrated by
niggling injuries, Kennett believes he
is reaching a level of physical maturity
which bodes well for the future.
“Guys like Jesse Sergent and Wes
Gough have set the benchmark over
the years, and then (Australians) Jack
Bobridge and Michael Hepburn,” he
“It ’s my goal to be as quick as them,
if not quicker so I’ve set the bar pretty
Rio Olympian Natasha Hansen, who
has just completed her final exams
to qualify as an air traffic controller,
edged out Southland team-mate Emma
Cumming to claim the women’s 500m
time trial title.
London Olympic BMX
medallist Sarah Walker continued an
impressive apprenticeship on the track
with fifth place.
Dawkins beaten at NZ
track cycling champs
Ryan Fox has made the most of
a late call-up to the D ubai Desert
Classic, climbing into a share of eighth
following a first-round 68.
Fox’s four-under round was the best
of the 66 afternoon golfers who had to
contend with breezier conditions at the
European Tour event.
The 30-year-old was an injury
alternate for the $3.63 million
tournament and only learned he would
play about 24 hours out.
Fox shot six birdies and two bogeys.
He held a share of fourth before
dropping a shot on his final hole, the
Spaniard Sergio Garcia leads on
seven-under, one stroke clear of
Chilean Felipe Aguilar.
Fox shoots low at Dubai
Almost 400 mountainbikers will
face the starter at Shantytown on
Sunday for the inaugural Gold
Trail Mountainbike ride, taking
competitors on a wild ride all
the way to Moana — by back
Race director John Moore said
the route had not been done before.
“Until this race there has never
been a peloton of mountainbikers
cycle down the main street of
Shantytown — this will be a first,”
The course is suitable for elite
riders right down to those getting
on a mountainbike to race for the
“Along the way riders will see
some of the untouched beauty of
the West Coast of New Zealand.
The beauty of the natural creeks,
ferns, punga, the mighty rimu trees
and natural flowing creeks coupled
with the forestry roads with plenty
The course will follow a late
diversion from Cockeyed Creek to
Moore said they checked out
Cockeyed Creek yesterday and
found it was too dangerous for
The creek had been washed out
by the continual rain and there
were some big slips in the area.
“It’s just too dangerous, but
hopefully we will include this
route next year.”
The late change means the
course is now 38km instead of the
Moore said he expected the
better riders to be at the finish line
at the Moana Hotel in 1hr 20min.
“Some of those good riders can
really fly,” he said.
With the course change there
would also be some bigger hills for
riders to negotiate.
Winners will receive trophies,
with plenty of spot prizes for
Moore said 90% of the
competitors were from off the
West Coast, which would see a
large number of people in town
over the long weekend.
400 to contest
Gold Trail ride
Gold Trail Mountainbike race co-organiser Carol Moore with one of
the trophies and t-shirt at stake in the inaugural event, to be held on
Sunday between Shantytown and Moana.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ryan Fox of New Zealand on the 9th
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