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Twenty-four-year-old Greymouth glass
worker Sarah Bellis took on the big boys
and won to be the last car standing in
the demolition derby at Greenstone Park
Speedway, on Saturday.
Drving a Honda Civic and competing
against 20 other drivers, Bellis sur vived in a
battle of attrition on the testing circuit and
under the searing summer sun.
She had finished close on previous
occasions in the male dominated sport so
victory was sweet this time around.
“ Last year I rolled but this year everything
went right,” Bellis said.
“The 20 cars started and anything in front,
I just hit. Vehicles either stopped working or
gave up as they couldn’t go any further. My
Honda just kept going ... I blew my radiator
but got through all right, but I blew my
c lutch getting it back on the trailer later.
“ It just shows, females can do it in what is
a pretty tough competition. There are a lot of
very experienced drivers out there. ”
Bellis also races in the mini stocks section
and is more than competitive in that racing,
“ I’ve been involved since I was 13 years old.
My dad got me into it as he was the fireman
at the meetings and I would go along with
him. The first car dad bought me was a mini
stock and I’ve been racing ever since. ”
The next speedway meeting at Greenstone
Park is on March 4 — “I can’t wait!” she
PICTURE: Michael Knipe
Sarah Bellis, eventual winner of the Greenstone Park Speedway demolition derby at Greenstone Park on Saturday, behind the wheel
of her Honda Civic.
Sarah takes on the
big boys and wins
Pace bowler Trent Boult was
the big winner as a rash of
leading New Zealand cricketers
failed to attract a bid at the
Indian Premier League auction.
Boult was the subject of an
early bidding war at the auction,
eventually being snapped up by
the Kolkata Knight Riders for
five crore rupees ($1.04 million).
It was the fourth-highest price
for any player at the auction in
Bangalore and the second-most
paid for a New Zealander in
the history of the lucrative IPL
The most was $1.56 million
for Brendon McCullum in
2015 from his current team, the
Former Black Caps skipper
McCullum is one of five New
Zealanders who already held
rolled-over IPL contracts, along
with current national captain
Kane Williamson (Sunrisers),
Tim Southee and Mitchell
McClenaghan (Mumbai) and
Adam Milne (Bangalore).
They will be joined by 27-year-
old left-armer Boult, Corey
Anderson, Matt Henry and
Allrounder Anderson was
snared by the Delhi Daredevils
for his reser ve price of $208,000
while seamer Henry also went in
the first round of the auction, to
Kings XI Punjab for $104,000.
No other New Zealanders
were bid for in the first round
although opening batsman
Martin Guptill ($104,000
to Punjab) and pace bowler
Lockie Ferguson ($104,000 to
Rising Pune Supergiants) won
contracts in the second round.
Fourteen New Zealanders
failed to attact a bid.
That includes former skipper
Ross Taylor and other well-
performed limited overs players
such as Colin Munro, Jimmy
Neesham, Ish Sodhi and Jesse
The fickle nature of the auction
was underlined when South
African legspinner Imran Tahir
— ranked the world’s best ODI
and T20 bowler — went unsold.
New Zealand-born English
all-rounder Ben Stokes fetched
the highest price ever paid for
an overseas player at the auction.
Pune’s New Zealand coach
Stephen Fleming shelled out
$3.02m for the allrounder, even
though Stokes will probably
miss the knockout stage of the
tournament for England’s tour
of South Africa.
Another New Zealand coach,
Daniel Vettori, paid $2.5m for
English pace bowler Tymal
Mills to join Royal Challengers
Bangalore. Mills impressed
in domestic T20 cricket for
Auckland this summer.
The 10th edition of the league
runs from April 5 to May 21.
Boult’s $1m IPL pay day
PICTURE: Getty Images
Trent Boult bowls for the Black Caps.
Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane is
touch and go to be ready for Friday
night ’s Super Rugby opener against
the Highlanders in Dunedin, while
halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow is
primed to take on Aaron Smith.
Cane is battling an ankle issue, but
will not take the field unless he is
100%. His replacement, coach Dave
Rennie has confirmed, should one
be needed, will be either Lachlan
Boshier or Mitch Karpik, both good
open sides over the ball. The decision
will be made tomorrow when the
match-day squad is named.
“I ’m pretty much getting through
full trainings, but it’s a long season so
I don’t want to come back one or two
weeks too early and have to manage it
through the season,” Cane says.
Whether he plays or not, he has
yet to master why the Highlanders
have had the wood on them in
the last six encounters, though the
pack examination and an accurate
kick-chase game always offer stern
tests for the Chiefs. Last season the
Highlanders edged both encounters,
26-13 and 25-15.
“I hate to admit it, but it’s true,
they ’ve had our number. There have
been some close ones, but they seem
to come out on top. They are a really
good side and play particularly well
down there. Their ABs run the cutter
and the others just do their job
around them,” Cane says.
Cane is off contract at the end of
2017, but says contract negotiations
have only just started for an extension,
while Kerr-Barlow, who was said, by
French media, to have aroused the
interest of big-spending Toulon, is
also off contract at the end of the
“I ’ll probably decide pretty soon.
It’s probably dragged on a bit longer
than I wanted, it ’s a bit of a hooha
to have these things on when rugby
is starting, but my management and
I will sort that out soon,” says Kerr-
The 26-year-old, who started the
November test against Italy, says
Forsyth Barr Stadium is his second
favourite ground after Waikato
“You always get a dry track and an
intense game,” he says, adding that he
is keen to lock horns with Smith, a
“cheeky little bugger.”
identified the scrum as a work-on
after the Blues dented them there on
Friday evening in Auckland. Former
Chief Pauliasi Manu gave them some
So the Chiefs’ set-piece will need
to be solid against a franchise that
prides itself in that area.
— New Zealand Herald
Cane in doubt for Chiefs opener
Argentina have wrapped up their six-
test hockey series against the Black Sticks
Women a game early, winning game five
Dominating the early stages without
reward, the Argentinians nabbed two
quick goals in the third quarter to win
2-0 and secure an insurmountable 3-1
Maria Granatto put her side in front in
the 41st minute via a deflection, before
the retiring Carla Rebecchi sealed the
match seconds later.
“ We did not start the game at the level
required,” Black Sticks Women assistant
coach Sean Dancer said.
“ We worked hard and created some
good chances but we need to be better,
with a few errors costing us.”
New Zealand defender Brooke Neal
also brought up her 100th cap in the loss.
The two sides will play the sixth and
final dead rubber test tomorrow. — N ZN
NZ loses women’s hockey
series against Argentina
Chiefs assistant coach Kieran Keane
is the latest New Zealand mind to head
Keane has signed a three year deal to
coach Irish Pro12 side Connacht and
will link up with them at the end of the
Super Rugby season.
The former All Black has an
impressive coaching CV in New
Zealand, boasting an assistant coach
role at the Highlanders in 2011
as well as guiding Tasman from
the second division of provincial
rugby to the final in the top flight.
— New Zealand Herald
Chiefs assistant coach Keane
signs deal with Connacht
The challenges keep
mounting for in-form
New Zealand squash
player Paul Coll, whose
next game is against
the world No 1 ranked
Coll drew Egyptian
Mohamed El Shorbagy
in the first round of the
$209,000 Windy City
Open in Chicago. They
meet on the world series
tournament ’s opening
day on Friday.
Coll is coming off a
runners-up finish at
the Cambridge Cup in
He toppled top seed
and world champion
Karim Abdel Gaward
in the semi-finals
before losing to another
Egyptian, Tarek Momen,
in the final.
El Shorbagy is a
having won the last two
British Open crowns
along with several other
elite tier tournaments
since ascending to the
top ranking 18 months
Grayson, will contest
the qualifying stage this
No 11 New Zealand
woman Joelle King will
face a qualifier in her
first match in Chicago
on Saturday and, if
successful, could face
English fifth seed Laura
Massaro second up.
Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson is excited
at the prospect of developing his combination
with young playmaker Ata Hingano but
expects the side’s playing style to change once
Kieran Foran slots into the number six jersey.
Hingano impressed in Sunday ’s 26-6 trial
win over the Gold Coast Titans at Palmerston
North and is likely to start at five-eighth in
the Warriors NRL season opener against
Newcastle on March 5 with Foran unable to
play until round three at the earliest.
Hingano is a strong defender and possesses
neat footwork with a good turn of speed
which he used to make a couple of line-breaks
from running in support of the Warriors’ big
Johnson is impressed by the 19-year-
old’s cool head and is confident Hingano’s
attacking game will broaden as he gets more
accustomed to playing with his new team-
“I’m excited to see him have a crack,” said
“He was solid today. I probably do most of
the organising out there but I know Ata, he
can pull the trigger whenever he wants and I
love his style of play.
“His eyes for ward mentality and his support
play is great and he’s got a lot of speed there
“ We’ll get around him and support him but
I just know he wants to do his job.”
But while Johnson’s experience and senior
status currently sees him tasked with guiding
the Warriors around the park, he is looking
for ward to enjoying more freedom once his
Kiwis halves partner Foran is cleared to play.
Both are accustomed to the organising
role but Johnson anticipates Foran will take
greater control of the side, leaving him,
together with fullback and captain Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck, to inject themselves wherever
they see fit.
Rather than remain locked into his
traditional right-side position, Johnson
expects coach Stephen Kearney will allow
him greater license to roam and is looking
for ward to playing both sides of the field.
Foran has proven himself as one of the game
NRL’s best first receivers with both Manly
and Parramatta and also at international
level, and his tough and direct approach will
work to straighten the Warriors attack.
“My position within the group now, I just
sort of do it (organising) naturally and so
does Foz,” said Johnson.
“But definitely with Foz there it changes a
lot of things. He’ ll play on-ball a lot, is the
best way to describe it, and allow me and
Roger to both just swing out the back of both
sides and have our eyes for ward and take the
“At the moment, I’m sort of playing on-ball
a bit, playing out the back, doing a bit of both.
“Right now we’re adjusting to what we’ve
got. We’re trying to make it work, we’re just
learning, and we’ll do that come the first few
rounds of the season with Ata there.”
Johnson says Foran is eagerly awaiting
his chance to return to the field against
the Bulldogs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in
Dunedin on March 17, pending a further
psychological assessment by the NRL.
“Foz is in a great headspace. He knows he’s
got a target to hit to get back on the paddock.
“ We’re here to keep him focussed and I
know he’s really excited by that so I’m sure
he’ll stay on top of everything.”
— New Zealand Herald
Shaun Johnson excited
about new playing partner
New Zealand women’s captain
Abby Erceg has launched a
broadside at New Zealand
Football while announcing her
retirement from the international
Central defender Erceg says
the Football Ferns are not
valued, nor adequately supported
by the national body, prompting
her retirement at the age of 27 as
an act of protest.
United States-based Erceg
made her New Zealand debut
in 2006 and was named skipper
in 2014. She has played 129
internationals and competed at
three World Cups.
The side’s annual High
Performance Sport New Zealand
was reduced by $300,000 in
December after they failed to
progress from the group stage at
the Rio Olympics.
She says the players already
struggled to maintain high
standards with minimal financial
assistance from NZF.
“Due to the unfortunate and
within the organisation that is
NZF, it is with regret and great
sadness that today is the day that
I announce my retirement from
the international game,” Erceg
wrote on a social media account.
“ Without being able to justify
my involvement any longer, I
will be stepping back in the
hopes to create change for the
current and future generations
of NZ footballers.
have encountered many
personal successes within the
international environment and it
is sad that this is what ’s required
to adopt change.”
Erceg will end her career at the
Cyprus Cup tournament in early
She will continue playing
in the US National Women’s
Soccer League for the champion
Western New York Flash, who
have been rebranded as the
North Carolina Courage.
“I will continue to enjoy a
professional career at a club level
which I still find great joy in and
I look for ward to taking on that
endeavour in the coming years.
“ Time to move on to places
where female footballers are
endorsed. I hope that NZF one
day has this philosophy.”
Bitter Erceg to retire from Football Ferns
Coll to face
world No 1
A Mexican football
manger has been sent
from the field after
tackling an opposition
Club America boss
Ricardo La Volpe walked
onto the field of play
during his side’s clash
against rivals Chivas.
With play stopped La
Volpe cleanly tackled
Chivas’ defender Jesus
Sanchez to make him
aware the game had
The 1978 World Cup
winner, who is coaching
at his 18th club, was then
sent to the stands by the
referee and faces a lengthy
Following the 1-0 defeat
in the match known as
the Clasico Nacional, La
Volpe is once again under
pressure to keep his job
with Club America with
the side 14th in the 18
— New Zealand Herald
Football manager tackles player
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