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Rising New Zealand golfer Tae
Koh is among the final qualifiers for
this week’s New Zealand Open in
Aucklander Koh, 22, was among
negotiated qualifying tournaments at
Paraparaumu Beach and Cromwell
Golf Clubs on Monday.
The others are New Zealanders
Mathew McLean and Kevin Koong,
Australians Adam Burdett and Dale
Williamson and Fijian Sam Lee.
They will join the field for the 93rd
New Zealand Open to be played
at Millbrook Resort and The Hills
starting on Thursday.
Koh represented New Zealand at
the Eisenhower world amateur event
and was a winner of the Australian
switching to the professional ranks
It will be his third New Zealand
Open appearance, having played as
an amateur in 2015 before receiving
a New Zealand Golf invitation last
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton
was taken for one final lap of North
Harbour Stadium at the conclusion of
her memorial ser vice.
She was carried out by her husband,
daughter and brothers from the ser vice
yesterday afternoon where thousands
gathered to pay their respects and
The hearse then drove her casket
for a final lap of the stadium, where
friends and family cheered from the
seats. The family then took her to a
Her memorial ser vice took place
over two and a half hours, where
many family and friends spoke fondly
of their time with her, including tv
personality Bernadine Oliver-Kirby.
Oliver-Kirby’s children attended
school with Dalton’s, and shared
humorous stories of the “multi-
tasking mum”, including food fights
at school quiz nights.
Fellow former team-mate Bernice
Mene was another close friend who
shared fond memories of “T-Bag”, as
she was affectionately known.
Dalton’s “big, infectious laugh” and
cheeky nature was a frequent topic
when reminiscing the 45-year-old,
and she was described as being the life
of the party.
Family spokesman, MC and Sky
commentator Scotty Stevenson said
“no room was ever going to be big
enough for this day,” as he addressed
the room, which was jam packed.
The ser vice began at 1.26pm, the
same time the decision was made to
turn off life support, and Stevenson
listed other reasons it was a special
number, including a number of
Her three older brothers paid tribute
to their younger sister, as well as a
local priest and other friends and
Her nephews also played a version
of one of her favourite songs, Nobody
said it was Easy, by Coldplay.
Netball New Zealand live-streamed
the funeral ser vice on You Tube,
prompting many to pay their respects
in the comments.
Dalton’s former team-mates at the
Southern Sting and Southern Steel
joined a public ser vice at ILT Stadium
in Invercargill which took the live
stream from the ser vice at North
Paul Coll had to call on all of his skill
and energy to win his first round game
this morning in the Canary Wharf
Classic in London against world No 9,
Germany ’s Simon Rosner.
Rosner was runner-up in the same
tournament in 2015.
Greymouth-born Coll had to fight
right to the end in a mammoth
117-minute match, winning 11-8, 9-11,
12-10, 9-11, 11-9.
Commentators said during the match
that the Coaster was showing a lot of
“ bottle” with some of his shot selections,
which helped him take the win.
Coll broke through into the world
top 20 this year, currently ranked 16
and is New Zealand’s best squash
After his victory this morning he said
that after it was 9-9 in the fifth game
he got his second wind.
There was nothing between them,
though, and it was Rosner who came
back to take the 21 minute second
The pair continued to bring the
best out of each other and it was the
New Zealander who raced ahead to
a 7-2 lead in the decisive fifth before
beginning to falter.
With the onset of cramp the man
from Greymouth was on the defensive
as Rosner launched a late attack,
coming back to level at 8-8, but it was
Coll who had the last say, pushing on
to take the fifth 11-9, and with it the
“That was definitely tough,” Coll said.
real mental battle. Physically it was very
draining. I felt pretty flat in the fourth
and the start of the fifth — I was just
hanging on in there.
“ I started cramping up but I just told
myself to stop being a pussy and just
push through to get the win.
“ I’m really happy I kept it together in
the fifth and didn’t give away any cheap
errors. I got a second wind towards the
latter stages and started to step up the
court a bit. I’m happy with how I stuck
in there and pushed through that flat
“ Tomorrow I will do a lot of recovery,
but this is what we train for. A rest day
is a rare treat for me as I don’t usually
get them. I’ll be tired and flat but I’ll do
all the necessary things to make sure I
recover well and come back to get stuck
in on Thursday.”
Coll will now face England’s Daryl
Selby on Thursday for a place in
the semi-finals of the tournament.
The Canary Wharf Classic is a PSA
$70,000 tournament and runs all week.
costing the All Blacks
Sevens, coach Scott
Waldrom said after their
19-15 loss to the United
States in the bronze
medal play-off at the
Las Vegas world series
The New Zealanders
have yet to reach a final
in any of this season’s
although they came close
in a seesawing semi-final
against the US.
“I think we showed
glimpses of what we
can do, and for me it’s
still the frustration of
consistency and a little
bit of discipline letting
us down,” Waldrom said
“I think if we’re going
to make a final, we’ve
“That ’s becoming a
big area in the game,
and yellow cards and
penalties are costing
An early Dylan Collier
yellow card meant the
New Zealanders had
to dig deep on defence,
although he returned
to play a key role in
D J Forbes’ try which
reduced the US lead to
7-5 at half-time.
crossed early in the
second spell to give New
Zealand the lead, but
the US soon stormed
back with a try to Danny
sidestepped his way
around most of the US
team to dot down out
wide and give the New
Zealanders a 15-14
lead with 30 seconds
Patience paid dividends
for the Americans,
Andrew D urutalo
crossing for the match-
winning try with time up
on the clock.
The All Blacks Sevens
had earlier whitewashed
England 19-0 in
Sunday ’s quarter-finals,
but frittered away a 14-0
lead against Fiji in their
semi-final to lose 19-14.
They sit fourth on the
overall standings on 71
points, 10 behind third-
South Africa, who
edged Fiji 19-12 in
the final, top the table
with 107 points to Fiji’s
Waldrom said the
Blitzboks were showing
“ You look at South
Africa, who have the
least amount of penalties
against them,” he said.
“They’re the top team,
“ We need to get that
right, and tidy up on
a little bit of decision-
making when we’re a bit
Gremouth squash champ and world No 16 Paul Coll reacts after beating the world No 9, Germany’s Simon Rosner, in London this
Dean Elgar and Neil Wagner
hope to renew a rivalry that began
in feisty schoolboy matches in the
Highveld when South Africa face
New Zealand in the first test in
Dunedin this week.
Before car ving out an
international career in New
Zealand, fast bowler Wagner learnt
his cricket at Pretoria’s Afrikaans’
Boys High School, the nursery
that produced South Africa
internationals A B de Villiers and
Faf du Plessis.
Top order batsman Elgar was
schooled at St Dominic’s College
in Welkom near Bloemfontein, and
shared a number of fiery encounters
with Wagner in their junior days
and also at provincial level more
than a decade ago.
“ Free State against Northerns —
it used to be pretty feisty,” Elgar
said yesterday in Dunedin, ahead of
the series-opener at the University
“There’s a lot of Afrikaans people
in those two teams and it was pretty
heated. It was all in good spirit
and I guess we were all playing for
careers we never thought we could
have back then.”
Both have since become valued
cricketers for their national sides
while developing a firm friendship
off the field.
The pair met at test level last
August in the washed-out series-
opener in Durban and also at Port
Elizabeth in 2013, which South
Africa won by a crushing margin.
“ We’ve had a lot of battles on
the field as young boys, from
school cricket going onwards, we
hated playing against each other,”
30-year-old Wagner said.
“But Dean is a great man. I do
like sitting after wards having a beer
with him but, yeah, we hate playing
against each other. I guess it is part
and parcel of the job.”
If selected, left-armer Wagner
will hope to help his adopted New
Zealand improve on its dismal
record of only four wins from the
previous 42 test matches against
South Africa. The Proteas, by
contrast, have won 24.
The last time the sides played
at University Oval in 2012, the
Proteas were frustrated by rain that
washed out day five, having set the
home side a big target and removed
In seven tests at the venue, New
Zealand have won three and never
“Good for them, I guess,” the
29-year-old Elgar said.
“It’s something for us to try
and correct. It’s a very non-South
African style of cricket we need to
play and we need to find our niche
very soon. We need to adapt, assess
the conditions as soon as possible
and try to throw the first punch.”
Elgar, Wagner renew schoolboy rivalry
New Zealand Rowing is mourning the
death of two-time Olympic medallist
Storey died in Auckland yesterday
aged 77, his son D udley Storey junior
confirmed on social media.
Wairoa-born Storey is best remembered
for his role in the victorious coxed four
at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Teaming with Dick Joyce, Ross
Collinge, Warren Cole and Simon
Dickie, they powered New Zealand’s
first rowing gold medal.
Storey followed that with a silver in the
coxless four at the 1972 Munich Games.
He was the national coach for four
years in the mid-1980s, a period in
which the men’s eight won back-to-back
world championships golds.
Storey was appointed an Officer of the
Order of the British Empire for ser vices
to rowing in 1983.
Former Junior Kiwis coach Tony
Benson will coach the Kiwi Ferns as they
build towards the rugby league women’s
World Cup in Australia later this year.
Benson replaces Taranaki-based Alan
Jackson following the recent Auckland
Nines campaign, where New Zealand
lost three straight matches to Australia.
With the bulk of the Kiwi Ferns squad
based in the greater Auckland area, the
need for a locally based coach meant
Jackson was unable to continue, the
New Zealand Rugby League said in a
NZRL high performance manager
Brent Gemmell said it was important
to provide the same support for the
women’s game that Australia and
“ We are aware that both Australia and
England have placed a new emphasis
on the women’s game and are preparing
strongly for the November tournament,”
“ With the women’s final being played
as the curtain raiser to the men’s final,
we are determined to support our Ferns
to be as well prepared as possible to stake
a claim for the title. ”
Benson has already started working
with the women to ensure their
conditioning is at its best for the May
test against Australia.
“The previous coaching staff have done
a fantastic job with the women, and I’m
looking for ward to picking up from
where they left off so we can continue
improving their game,” Benson said.
All Blacks 7s
Dalton makes final lap of North Harbour Stadium
Kiwi Ferns get new coach
Rowing great Storey dies
As team-mate Tim Simona gets set
to front the NRL, Wests Tigers skipper
Aaron Woods says a life ban is too harsh
for anyone found guilty of gambling
Woods was at pains not to comment
on Simona’s case, given it is before the
NRL integrity unit. But he did make
a general obser vation about betting-
related penalties — comparing them to
those for use of performance-enhancing
Tigers centre Simona is this week
expected to learn his fate after being
issued with a notice to cancel his
registration over allegations he bet on
several matches last year.
Simona is reportedly accused of laying
small bets on players he was marking to
score and faces a potential lifetime ban.
However Woods said he believed
in second chances and players being
allowed to atone for their mistakes.
“A life ban is a long time,” Woods said.
“People who test (positive) for steroids,
they get two or four years. If they do
something wrong, you’ve got to have
a chance to come back from it. But in
saying that I don’t know the full details
of Tim Simona. That ’s all with the NRL,
it ’s hard to comment on.”
NRL boss Todd Greenberg has said he
will come down hard on anyone found
betting on opposition teams. He said on
Sunday he and integrity unit chief Nick
Weeks visited all 16 clubs and reinforced
to every player that they weren’t allowed
to bet on matches. He also advised them
to delete any betting app off their phone
to eliminate any risk of them mistakenly
committing a gambling offence. - NZ N
Six final qualifers found for NZ Open
Life ban too harsh for
gambling, Tigers skipper
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