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Dan Vickerman was the guy you
wanted next to you.
Hard as nails, uncompromising
and a proven winner. When “ Vicks”
played for your team, your team
mostly got up.
He was that guy. Though he rarely
ran onto a field first, Vickerman
was a true leader of men. He threw
himself into every contest with such
commitment, team-mates were
carried too, often without choice.
But like many of the truly tough
men in sport, Vickerman was
anything but off the field. He was a
quiet, humble guy with a parched-
dry wit and a lens on life that saw
him give up a Wallabies career while
in his prime to study for three years
Indeed, such was Vickerman’s
genial normality, the only thing that
gave him away as a footballer was
his need to stoop under door frames.
Vickerman was 204cm tall but never
looked down on anyone.
will be fondly
remembered by all that knew him,
whether they be ex-team-mates,
friends, work colleagues or the
hundreds of thousands of fans wh
o breathed easier seeing the big
unit trot out in Wallabies, NSW or
Born in Cape Town, South Africa,
Vickerman moved to Australia in
his late teens to pursue studies and a
football career. He was a promising
footballer but when asked later why
he did not get booed as a Wallaby by
Springbok fans like Clyde Rathbone
did, Vickerman said: “He’s just a
better player and they are a bit more
dirty that they lost him than me”.
That was in 2005. A few weeks
earlier Wallabies coach Eddie Jones
had called Vickerman “the best
player in Super Rugby.”
Jones was Vickerman’s first big fan.
He signed him to the Brumbies in
2001, and gave him a test debut in
He played in the Wallabies’ World
Cup squad by the end of 2004
after he had moved to NSW
Vickerman was a first-choice
With Vickerman on board and
running the line out, NSW ’s
for ward pack powered them through
a successful era.
“There were certain guys that you
look around the changeroom and
you see and you are thankful that are
you running out alongside them, and
Vicks was one of those guys,” ex-
Waratahs skipper Phil Waugh said.
“ When you saw him there in the
same playing strip as you, you had
full confidence knowing he was
The Waratahs made two Super
Rugby finals in the next five
seasons, and Vickerman played
almost every test for the Wallabies
until the middle of 2008 when
suddenly ... he walked away.
At the height of his earning power,
the then-26-year-old decided to hit
Vickerman was accepted into
Cambridge University to read a
three-year degree in Land Economy.
The happiest people upon hearing
that news were his rivals.
“It was an opportunity that
presented itself and going to one of
the O xbridge universities, you don’t
want to look back on those types of
experiences and say, ‘Geez, I wish
I had of done that while I had the
chance’,” Vickerman told the Daily
Telegraph last year.
He captained Cambridge to a win
in the Varsity match over Oxford in
2009 and the footy bug never fully
Vickerman kept training in his
local park through the dark London
winters and midway through 2011
after returning home, was convinced
to dig the boots out again.
After only a few games for the
Waratahs, Robbie Deans gleefully
rushed Vickerman back into his
A month later, Australia beat New
Zealand in Brisbane to win the Tri-
Talking to an Australian official
post-game, one All Black said of
Vickerman: “Mate, why did you
have to bring him back?”
Vickerman played his 63rd and last
test in the World Cup semi-final in
New Zealand before leg injuries
forced him into retirement in 2012.
Life after footy saw Vickerman
living in Sydney, bending though
the door ways of CBD offices in the
property world, and being a loving
husband and doting dad.
The sadness that has now fallen
befits a life of enormous value, and
the loss of a good man.
“He was a quiet guy, with a massive
heart,” Waugh said. “All of us are
going to miss him dearly.”
Anna Peterson’s hat-trick has
trumped Molly Strano’s record
Australian bowling figures as New
Zealand levelled their T20 series
with a rain-affected win in Geelong.
Peterson bowled her only over at
the end of the Australian innings,
with the home side needing 11 to
The New Zealand spinner
took wickets with her first three
deliveries, all caught, as the batters
went for big hits.
There was also a run-out on the
last ball of the game as Australia
finished on 9-61 and lost by eight
runs under the Duckworth-Lewis
New Zealand had made 9-101
from 20 overs and Australia were
already in trouble at 3-35 from
eight overs when rain stopped play
for half an hour.
They needed 35 off five overs
when play resumed and never came
Asked for her reaction when
captain Suzie Bates threw the ball
to her for the last over, Peterson
said: “I probably can’t say it on
“ It (the hat-trick) was a little
unexpected, but it was great fun. I
just had to bowl the ball and the
fielders caught it — I only did half
the job. ” It was only the sixth hat-
trick in women’s T20 internationals
and the first by a New Zealander.
In just her second game for the
national team, Strano also made
history with the best figures by an
Australian in men’s or women’s T20
Her 5-10 beat the 5-27 from
James Faulkner in March last year
After Australia easily won the first
game on Friday, the series will be
decided on Wednesday in Adelaide.
A B de Villiers has
smashed a boundary
with the second-last ball
to give South Africa a
international win over
Set a target of 208 for
victory in the reduced-
overs match in Hamilton,
de Villiers smacked Tim
Southee straight down
the ground to pinch
victory at the death.
The 33-year-old skipper
could not have done
it without the help of
quick-fire 29, including
one critical final-over six
Southee, who had
with the bat himself, was
tasked with limiting the
world No 1 ODI side
to fewer than 12 runs in
the final over. He could
not secure the dot balls required,
with New Zealand going 1-0 down
in the five-game series.
The match had earlier been
delayed by three hours due to rain.
“It ’s a little bit of a shame really,”
skipper Kane Williamson said.
“ We fought hard but it wasn’t a
great performance from us, so we’ ll
have to do better next time.” The
loss will be all the harder for New
Zealand to take after batting first
and overcoming a middle-order
collapse to hit 7-207 off 34 overs.
Williamson scored a clinical 59
off 53 deliveries at first-drop, before
some lower-order ball-bashing
produced 49 runs in the last three
Southee scored 24 off 13,
including three boundaries and a
six, while Colin de Grandhomme
cleared the ropes three times on the
way to 34.
The pair’s 50-run partnership in
23 balls forced the Proteas to score
6.08 an over for victory, which they
approached gradually on a quick-
de Kock pounded the deep-point
boundary on his way to a half-
century off 47 balls before partner
Hashim Amla went for 35.
Faf du Plessis was soon after
trapped lbw by Ish Sodhi for 14
and de Kock was dismissed by
Trent Boult for 69.
J P Duminy and Farhaan
Berhadien were then knocked over
in successive Southee deliveries.
The four wickets in 14 balls put
the Black Caps on the front foot,
and after a brief rally Morris skied
Santner to Boult at long-off for 16.
South Africa could not be
discounted with de Villiers at the
crease, and alongside Phehlukwayo
he guided his side home.
“ I thought we adapted
exceptionally well,” de Villiers said.
“The wicket turned so much in
The two sides will clash again in
the second ODI in Christchurch
on Wednesday. — N ZN
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 9
A strong field of 30 players
competed in the West Coast Junior
Closed Tennis Tournament, at
the Greymouth United courts on
The West Coast Tennis Association
said it was especially pleasing to see
some children new to tennis having a
go and enjoying themselves, with the
older children mentoring the young
ones throughout the day.
A grade boys: Tas Bentley (Paroa)
1; Jacob Smith (Paroa) 2. B grade
boys: Cameron Beaumont (Hokitika)
1, Mac Gibson (Paroa) 2. B grade
girls: Demi Pearson (Hokitika) 1,
Renae Smith (Paroa) 2. C grade boys:
Stanley Vercoe (Grey United) 1;
Liam Russ (Paroa) 2. C grade girls:
Ruby Beynon (Grey United) 1; Cleo
Beynon (Grey United) 2. Beginners
boys Winner: Oliver Monks (Grey
United) 1; Jake Prebie (Hokitika) 2.
Boys open drawn doubles: Connor
Greig and Geordie Gibson 1;
Franklin Barry and L ochie Gibson
2. Girls open drawn doubles: Renae
Smith and Alice Morrison 1; Demi
Pearson and Sophie Speirs 2. C grade
mixed drawn doubles: Honor Barry
and Ruby Beynon 1; Stanley Vercoe
and Caitlan Williams 2.
White Fern Anna Peterson is congratulated by her team-mates after
getting a hat-trick in yesterday’s Twenty20 match against Australia in
Ish Sodhi was chuffed to be back in
New Zealand ’s ODI side last night and
hopes it can lead onto more opportunities
in home internationals.
The Northern Districts legspinner is
becoming something of a cause celebre
among New Zealand fans.
They like what he brings to the game
and last night he justified his recall after
missing the last nine ODIs with an
impressive one for 36 off seven overs in
South Africa’s thrilling four-wicket win
at Seddon Park.
Sodhi, who admitted to being “quite
ner vous” before the match, was pleased
with the way the ball came out and that
he was able to carry on some impressive
form he’s shown in the domestic limited-
overs game this summer.
The pitch helped New Zealand decide
to play Sodhi alongside first choice
spinner, left armer Mitch Santner.
Captain Kane Williamson said after the
amount of rain, time the covers had been
on the ground, and the shortening of the
game Sodhi’s selection was a “no brainer”.
He delivered in three spells, conceding
just four boundaries and bowling when
the pinch was on in the 30th and 32nd
overs in the game reduced to 34 overs.
Being back in the ODI squad for the first
time since October 29 in Visakhapatnam?
“I guess it’s been quite a tough few
months, learning my game and how I
want to take my game for ward,” Sodhi
“I had some reasonable success in the
domestic circuit (14 Ford Trophy one-
day wickets at 19 apiece) and I got to go
and play some cricket at the Big Bash
League (where he took a stunning six for
11 for the Adelaide Strikers against the
“So I got a bit of confidence just from
my performance and I’m stoked to come
and do a decent job — gutted about the
result but stoked with the way I bowled.”
Sodhi frankly acknowledged New
Zealand is a seam-friendly country
in terms of cricket pitches, meaning
occasions when New Zealand field two
specialist spinners are going to be few
and far between.
“I’ve just got to keep working hard and
when the opportunity comes stand up
and take it. I guess it ’s finding the wickets
and grounds that are big enough to play
two spinners and if the balance of the
side (means) it’s required to play two then
that ’s sweet.”
Sodhi has now taken 14 wickets in 14
ODIs. His average, 43, is a shade high;
his economy rate is 5.54 but as he showed
last night he can beat the best batsmen, if
given the right conditions.
Can he hold his place for the second
ODI in Christchurch on Wednesday?
Let ’s see but Sodhi has certainly shown
he can do a job for New Zealand.
“He’s a quality legspin bowler and he
bowled very well,” Williamson said.
“If we go back to some of the turning
surfaces we’ve been on, like at the T20
world cup (in India last year) he was
exceptional, along with Mitch Santner.
They bowled nicely again.”
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
South Africa’s A B de Villiers smashes a six to win the first one-dayer against New
Zealand at Seddon Park, in Hamilton last night.
PICTURES: Bob McAuliffe
Tas Bentley, who went on to win the A grade boys’ section.
Emily Speirs in a play-off.
Sodhi justifies recall in thrilling defeat
De Villiers sinks
White Ferns’ Peterson takes
hat-trick in win over Aussies
30 contest West Coast junior
Wigan Warriors winger Joe Burgess
scored a fine hat-trick of tries to lead the
English champions to a bruising 22-6
victory over Australia’s Cronulla Sharks
in the World Club Challenge today.
Wigan’s triumph was the first by an
English team for five years in the annual
match between the Super League
winners and the NRL champions.
Burgess struck twice in the first half to
put Wigan 10-0 ahead and the English
team defended ferociously to keep
Cronulla scoreless before the inter val at
the DW Stadium.
Centre Oliver Gildart scored a try
to extend Wigan’s lead to 16-0 and
although Cronulla finally crossed the
line through Jesse Ramien, Burgess
touched down in the dying seconds to
seal Wigan’s record fourth World Club
title and first since 1994.
England’s Warrington Wolves beat
Brisbane Broncos 27-18 yesterday in the
first game of the World Club Series.
All rounder Asela Gunaratne has
blasted Sri Lanka to a stunning two-
wicket T20 win over Australia in
He hit the match-winning boundary
off the last ball last night to cap his
outstanding 84no from 46 balls, as Sri
Lanka snatched the win from the home
Sri Lanka have an unbeatable 2-0 lead
in the series ahead of Wednesday ’s last
game at Adelaide O val. Australia are yet
to beat Sri Lanka in a home T20 after
Gunaratne’s innings featured six fours
and five sixes, including four sixes and
three fours in the tumultuous last two
Chasing 173, Sri Lanka slumped to
5-40 and with two overs left, they were
still off the pace at 7-138.
But Gunaratne blasted three sixes and
a four off Moises Henriques, meaning
they needed 14 off the last over.
After Nuwan Kalesekara was dismissed
off the first ball, Gunaratne belted a four
and a six off Andrew Tye.
As was the case in game one, it came
down to the last ball of the match, with
Sri Lanka needing two to win.
Gunaratne smashed another boundary,
sparking wild scenes of jubilation among
the Sri Lankans as they reached 8-176.
He also top-scored with 52 in Friday
Earlier, Australia’s under-strength
attack had torn through the Sri Lankan
top order as paceman Jhye Richardson
impressed on debut and Andrew Tye
was on a hat-trick.
But the first full international
cricket match in Geelong attracted an
under whelming crowd of 13,537, with
unseasonably poor weather undoubtedly
hurting the attendance. — A AP
The first Queensland derby in the new
Super Netball competition has ended
in a draw between the Queensland
Firebirds in their season opener against
the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
The Firebirds, last year’s trans-Tasman
champions, managed to salvage a 56-56
result on Saturday night at the Brisbane
After being down 29-24 at half-time
and by as many as seven points early in
the final quarter, the Firebirds levelled
with four minutes remaining and
seven seconds were on the clock when
Romelda Aiken tied it up once more.
Caitlin Bassett ’s accurate shooting
proved key to the Lightning’s shock
early lead as she nailed 23 perfect shots
in the first half on her way to 48 from 52.
Jamaican international Aiken was less
reliable at the other end, finishing with
38 from 50 but crucially held her ner ve
when it mattered most in the dying
The new franchise made an inauspicious
start as the Firebirds took a 5-0 lead but
scored the next three and were just a
point down at the next break.
The second quarter was all Lightning
with former New Zealand international
Laura Langman a dominant force at
The Firebirds tried to curb this by
moving Caitlyn Nevins to centre for
debutante Kristen Oxenford, but it had
little effect as the Lightning continued
their dominance until the thrilling finale
which brought the almost 6000 fans to
Lightning skipper Geva Mentor chose
to focus on the positive performance
rather than the agonising denial of a
“ For us to come out and show that grit
and show where we are at is just fantastic
for the girls,” Mentor said.
“ It ’s our first game and they are
probably one of the most successful
clubs that we’ve seen in Australian
domestic history. ”
Firebirds captain Gabi Simpson feels
their late comeback shows they retain
their trademark fighting spirit, despite
the absence of last year’s on-court leader
“ We have the heart we’ve always had,
and that fight, and that ’s what we pride
ourselves on,” Simpson said.
“ You can learn everything else but you
can’t learn that.”
Other results. —
Giants Netball 58,
NSW Swifts 53; Melbourne Vixens
58, Magpies Netball 55; Adelaide
Thunderbirds 56, West Coast Fever 51.
The West Coast summer league netball
draw for Wednesday is.—
5.45pm, court 3: Spikers v Suzuki Swift
(Crestani). Court 4: Electronet v Kuga’s
(Bec’s Team/Castrographin). Court
5: Black Magic v Grey Star (YNG/
6.15pm, court 4: Castrographin v Bec’s
Team (Spikers/Suzuki Swift). Court 5:
YNF v Tumeke (Electronet/Kuga’s).
Sri Lanka pulls off
comeback to beat Australia
Summer netball draw
Firebirds, Lightning derby ends in draw
Wigan, Warrington win
World Club Challenge
Vickerman loss another shock to rugby community
WEST COAST TENNIS
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