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New Zealand squash ace Paul Coll
claimed a big scalp at the Cambridge
Cup squash tournament in Canada by
beating the world No 2 in a semi-final
Greymouth-born Coll beat Karin
Abdel Gawad, of Egypt, in an up and
down five-setter for a place in the
He beat Gawad, who was the world
champion last year 11-7, 6-11, 8-11,
Ranked 16 in the world, Coll took
the win in 51 minutes and is proving
to be a force to be reckoned with on
the world squash stage.
The Cambridge tournament is an
eight-player invitation event and his
success is another indication of Coll’s
continuing rise in the sport.
Last week, he was named the most
improved player in the men’s game last
At the start of last year Coll did not
feature in the world top 50, but at the
start of this year he had reached No
In the Cambridge Cup final this
afternoon Coll was to play Tarek
Momen the player he beat at the end
of last year, the Channel VAS Cup in
London, which was the biggest title of
Coll said it took him time to settle
against the varied attack of Gawad.
“Some of Karim’s shots were
unbelievable, I didn’t see his first five
winners,” he said. “I had to defend well
to have any chance.” Coll has surged
from outside the world top-50 a year
ago, prompting a respected squash
magazine to recently name him the
most improved men’s player of 2016.
The 24-year-old said sheer hard work
is behind his dramatic improvement.
“ I haven’t changed much. I’ve tried to
train with a lot of the top guys and
I’ve just started to enjoy my squash.”
Optimism remains that tonight ’s
scheduled Twenty20 international
between New Zealand and South Africa
will go ahead at Eden Park, despite
heavy overnight rain in Auckland.
The precipiation is set to subside by the
7pm start time but up to 20ml is forecast
this afternoon. More than 36ml fell in
the city yesterday.
When the Herald visited the ground
at 11am the sand-based outfield did not
feel sodden under foot.
Staff were working tirelessly, including
twin mowers cutting inside the 30m
The bowling run-up covers had been
It may be just a one-off, but skipper
Kane Williamson wants the Black Caps
to set the tone when they face South
Africa in a Twenty20 international in
The clash at Eden Park tonight is the
prelude to five one-dayers and three
tests between the sides.
“ We want to be hitting the ground
running,” Williamson said.
“ We’ve been in camp for a wee while
now. Every team in the world has been
playing huge amounts of cricket and it’s
nice to come off a little bit of a break.”
New Zealand have been unbeaten at
home this summer, dispatching Pakistan,
Bangladesh and Australia.
Williamson said it wasn’t something
the team talked about when those series
were in progress, “so there’s no reason to
talk about it now ”.
“ We know, coming up against South
Africa, it’s going to be a very tough
challenge,” he said.
“They ’re a good side and probably the
most experienced side in the world now.
We need to focus on what we need to
One of the talking points in the lead-
up has been the selection of 20-year-old
newcomer Glenn Phillips to replace the
injured Martin Guptill.
The South African-born wicketkeeper-
batsman was the leading scorer in the
Super Smash, compiling 369 runs for
Auckland at an average of 46.12 and a
strike-rate of 143.02.
“He played really well in the domestic
T20 campagn,” Williamson said.
“He’s an exciting talent and it’ll be a
great day for him.”
Budding young sailors take to Lake Brunner
The Lake Brunner Yacht Club will run a learn to sail programme over the next six weeks, from its clubrooms at Moana. The course
began last week and will run each Sunday for each next five weeks, so it is not too late to join. The start time is 10.30am. The main focus
is on having fun, gaining water confidence, learning to sail and race, and generally having a positive experience about sailing. Last
weekend nine children turned up for the first session, and despite the gloomy weather all had a great time and are on their way towards
gaining a national certificate in sailing.
Olympic track medallist Simon
van Velthooven reckons Team New
Zealand’s catamaran is not a boat at all.
“This isn’t sailing, this is a war
machine,” van Velthooven told reporters
in Auckland at the New Zealand
syndicate’s launch of their AC50 craft to
challenge for the America’s Cup.
The recruitment and role of 28-year-
old van Velthooven is at the heart of
the most innovative visual feature of the
pedestals to drive the boat ’s hydraulics.
In their place are leg-powered
“pedalstals” which Team NZ hope will
provide a speed edge at the regatta in
Bermuda starting in May.
A bronze medallist in the keirin at the
2012 London Olympics, powerhouse
sprinter van Velthooven was approached
by Team NZ officials a year ago when
he missed selection for the track cycling
He has played a key role in testing
and his raw power could yet see him
included in a finalised six-man crew
which competes in Bermuda.
Van velthooven said that would
complete a childhood daydream.
“As a kid growing up I knew about the
America’s Cup long before I knew about
track cycling. There’s a huge legacy for
New Zealand with the America’s Cup,”
“ My uncle had a boat, I’ve done
Outward Bound and I know the terms.
(But) this is not a sail boat at all, there’s
nothing like it in the world.”
The make-up of the New Zealand crew
will be confirmed closer to the start of
the Challenger series, following a month
of testing on the Hauraki Gulf.
It is widely accepted that Australian
Glenn Ashby will be skipper and
wing trimmer, with Peter Burling the
helmsman. Burling’s Olympic champion
49er crewmate Blair Tuke will have a
Other positions will have a grinding
element but Team NZ says sailing nous
will also be important.
Preparations are well in hand for
the running of the 33rd Lake Kaniere
Scenic Triathlon on Saturday, March 4.
The kayak triathlon, swim triathlon
and duathlon all start from Hans Bay
at 10am, making for an exciting
Entries close on Friday, February 24
and have started to flow in, with many
entering again to see if they can better
last year’s time.
The swim triathlon, especially, is
popular with mums and dads teaming
up with their children.
Two Nelson teams fought out the final
of the 71st West Coast Women’s Open
Fours bowls tournament at the Cobden
The composite team of Barbara
McGregor (skip), M Eames, J Hall
and L Sisterson came out on top over
Monica Kennedy’s Richmond team of C
Lankshear, J Pauling and H White. The
final score was a convincing one, 19-9 .
Semi-finalists were another composite
team skipped by Carolyn Wadsworth,
with N Reed, D James and R Peters, and
a composite team skipped by Julie Dalley,
with L Leach, D Harpur and W Martin.
In the plate, Dianne Gutberlet with W
Watson, S Holdom and W Suttie from
the Ashburton area were successful over
a Stoke team skipped by Dianne Merritt,
with M Robertson, L Amos and M
In the first consolation event, the four
teams to make the semi-final were Mabel
Knight ’s Kirwee team, Pauline Haydon
of Lincoln, Lynn Brown (composite) and
Lynette Cook (Stoke).
Brown prevailed over Cook and Knight
over Haydon. The final was a close one
with Brown winning over Knight, 7-5.
In the second consolation J Eddy’s
composite team won over P Holmwood ’s
composite team, and D Guy of Wanaka
prevailed over J Harris of Rakaia in the
semi-finals. In the final, Guy was too
good for Eddy.
The West Coast team to go the
furthest was Sandra Skates (skip), Ann
Prendergast, Jan Butler and Sylvia
Goodall, who took out the McMillan
Using pedal power to work the
hydraulics on Team New Zealand’s
America’s Cup yacht is another step in
the way the country has shaken up the
world’s most prestigious sailing event,
boss Grant Dalton says.
Team New Zealand launched their
AC50 foiling catamaran in Auckland
yesterday, with the most obvious talking
point the four cycling grinding stations
— dubbed ‘pedalstals’ — on each hull.
Manual winch-operating grinders
traditionally use their arms to turn the
handles that provide hydraulic pressure
to allow the sailors to control the
enormous wingsail and dagger boards.
“From its beginning with Plastic
Fantastic in 1987 to the introduction
of foils in San Francisco, the team has
always reshaped the America’s Cup and
the boat we are christening today is
introducing revolutionary concepts once
again,” Dalton said at the boat ’s launch.
“This is a really proud day for the team
collectively. The campaign always just
gets real when you launch the actual
boat that you hope will be the one to
win the America’s Cup back for New
Former Team New Zealand helmsman
Dean Barker, who now heads Japan’s
challenge, and Oracle’s James Spithill
have played down the significance of the
design. Both said their teams had also
considered it but discounted the option
because the additional power generated
would be negated by the need for the
grinders to move quickly, and constantly,
across the boats.
Team New Zealand design co-
ordinator Dan Bernasconi said they had
been working on trying to overcome any
“ When we sat down to think about
the overall design of this boat three
years ago the benefits of cycling opposed
to regular grinding were obvious,
but certainly not without issues and
difficulty with functionality.
“This is what we have been working
incredibly hard on overcoming. ”
Team New Zealand’s history of radical
innovations in the event is well known
and they were even accused of cheating
when they produced a fibreglass, instead
of aluminium, boat for the 1987 regatta
Prior to the last event in 2013, they
were also the first syndicate to lift the
larger AC-72 catamaran’s hulls out of
the water allowing it to ‘foil’.
That revelation, however, was several
months before the regatta, allowing
other syndicates to modify their boats
and learn how to control them, most
notably when Oracle produced a
remarkable comeback from 8-1 down to
retain the cup 9-8 .
The team will spend the next month
testing in Auckland before the boat is
shipped to Bermuda ahead of the first
race in the challengers’ series on May 26.
of the New Zealand Herald
New Warriors signing Kieran
Foran has made many mistakes over
the past year but the suggestion he
set out to make a dying woman’s
last days more painful is absurd.
Foran knew a backlash would
follow the NRL’s decision on
Wednesday to register his one-
year contract with the Warriors
and green light his playing return
as of round three of the upcoming
It has come swiftly in the form of
outrage out of Sydney, over threats
Foran allegedly made last year to
former Daily Telegraph journalist
Rebecca Wilson, who last October
passed away following a long battle
Of course Foran was wrong to
send text messages and make an
abusive phone call to Wilson but
he was not aware she was fighting
a losing battle with her health.
Wilson had kept knowledge of
her condition a closely guarded
secret to the degree that many of
her family, friends and colleagues
were unaware of the severity of her
illness. And while Foran’s actions
cannot be condoned they can to
a degree be understood in the
context of a person battling mental
The former Manly and Parramatta
playmaker was struggling with his
own demons during the time he
clashed with Wilson. The same
demons that had previously led
to him attempting suicide by
prescription pill overdose last
April and which ultimately saw
him granted a release from his
multi-million dollar contract with
Parramatta on compassionate
grounds three months later.
While the exact contents of
the messages and call remain
stemmed from Wilson wanting to
run stories detailing the collapse
of his relationship with his former
partner and the mother of his two
children Rebecca Pope, and other
potentially damaging accusations
relating to his personal life.
A 25-year-old footballer, whose
life and career was collapsing
around him, Foran at that time
was clearly lacking the ability and
emotional maturity to handle the
Wilson was apparently so
concerned by the alarming nature
of Foran’s messages and call that
she contacted the police, but was
not disturbed enough to make a
In assessing Foran’s case to make
a playing return with the Warriors,
the NRL’s integrity unit grilled
him during two lengthy meetings
on this issue, along with the other
two areas of chief concern — his
association with controversial big-
time punter Eddie Hayson and
links to allegations of match-fixing,
and ongoing concerns regarding
his mental condition.
Evidently the NRL were satisfied
by Foran’s expression of regret and
remorse for his actions and not
before time concluded he has since
taken the appropriate steps to both
distance himself from Hayson and
improve his mental state.
Despite this there are many
who cling to the myth that
because Foran has endured mental
struggles he could not possibly
have recovered sufficiently over the
past seven months since he stood
himself down from playing.
That theory throws a blanket over
all mental health issues and ignores
the fact that a return to training
and physical activity and a team
environment would in fact be good
for Foran’s ongoing rehabilitation.
That was the verdict of the expert
advice in the form of the initial
psychological report the NRL
received indicating that he is fit
both mentally and physically to
return to football.
It makes a better and more
salacious tale to imply Foran
remains a basket case and a
potential liability to both himself
and the Warriors.
relationships are not as fractured as
many would like to believe.
While he is separated from Pope,
the pair remain on good terms and
Foran is in regular contact with
their two children.
Last weekend Pope took the kids
from Sydney up to the Sunshine
Coast where the Warriors played
a trial match against Melbourne
after which they traveled with
Foran up to Noosa for a short
Another matter that has been
open to loose interpretation is the
suggestion Eels fans have a right
to feel aggrieved by Foran being
allowed to play for the Warriors.
If the Eels wanted to keep him
they could have added a clause to
the terms of his exit making Foran
either obliged to eventually return
to them or preventing him from
playing for another club until his
contract term had expired.
They chose not to and perhaps
with an eye towards re-signing
Jarryd Hayne upon his return from
the NRL agreed to sever ties with
spoken to Foran
personally over the weekend I was
struck by his positive demeanor
and apparent calmness despite
the frustrating uncertainty of his
situation. That is not to say I don’t
have questions over the manner
in which these matters were dealt
with and the curious result that ’s
seen Foran effectively suspended
from the first two rounds.
Foran’s return against the
Bulldogs in D unedin is conditional
on him passing an independent
psychological assessment while he
is also bound by strict contractual
conditions following a review of
his associations with the likes of
The NRL have cited the need
to be “doubly sure” his mental
health is back on track but it seems
doubtful they could gain more
assurances in the coming weeks
that would reinforce what they
We will have to wait until Foran
goes on the record to get his
version of events and no doubt this
saga will have a few more chapters
to be added once he gets back to
doing what he does best.
Black Caps keen to hit ground running
Coll claims world
No 2 scalp
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Warriors Kieran Foran and Shaun Johnson watch from the stands
during their loss to the Eels during the first day of the nines.
Kieran Foran’s NRL
future hung in the
balance for more than
four months, but you
would not know it by
his demeanour on the
The troubled Warriors
playmaker finally had
his one-year contract
registered by the game’s
governing body on
Wednesday, clearing him
to play from round three,
but if the five-eighth
had let the uncertainty
surrounding his future
get to him, it was not
obvious to Warriors
Foran has been training
with his team-mates
since returning to his city
of birth in October, and
has made quick progress
on a serious shoulder
He is expected to
be fully fit within a
fortnight, well before his
slated return against the
Bulldogs in D unedin on
March 17. That return
will also depend upon
one final psychological
evaluation by an
Auckland-based expert in
four weeks’ time.
“The way he’s trained
ever since being here,
you haven’t even noticed
he’s not sure if he’ ll play
or not,” the 31-year-old
“He’s been into
everything and pushing
himself and the guys
around him. That ’s the
sort of player he is. ”
The 26-year-old Foran
was released from a
lucrative long-term deal
with Parramatta in July
to address his personal
issues and mental illness.
A connection to
figure Eddie Hayson,
who has been implicated
in Australian match-
fixing allegations, had
also raised the NRL’s ire.
With his mental illness
issues resolved and his
association with Hayson
severed, Foran can now
focus on returning to his
Warriors boss Stephen
Kearney said the club’s
support for Foran would
not dissipate the moment
he steps back onto the
Not only did he have
the club’s full resources
behind him, but his
would be alongside him
every step of the way.
“He’s not there by
himself,” Kearney told
“The team have,
particularly in the three
or four months he’s been
here, been very conscious
of making sure we protect
and rally around him.”
journey back to full
health was not yet
complete, saying he had
more work to do both
mentally and physically.
Being able to get back
into professional football
would do Foran the
world of good, having
played the game since his
childhood. — NZ N
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