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Greymouth born Paul Coll has
fought his way into to the second
round of the British Open but fellow-
New Zealander Joelle King is packing
her bags after a shock loss in Hull.
Rising world No 16 Coll was pushed
to five games by 37th-ranked Briton
Declan James before prevailing 9-11,
11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-5 .
Relief eclipsed joy for Coll, who
advanced through the first round of
the prestigious tournament for the
first time with a win which was more
demanding than most had forecast.
Coll said he played him ( James) a
few years ago back in New Zealand.
“It was more mentally tough than
physically hard for me,” he said.
“I was feeling a bit awkward early
he was tough, he is very solid and got
great hands. If I gave him anything
loose I knew I’d be under a whole lot
“I just tried to focus on my game
pretty up for it being as it is his home
tournament. I got here in plenty of
time and got used to the courts so the
travel arrangements aren’t an excuse,
I gave myself every opportunity to
Coll’s next opponent tomorrow
morning is eighth seed Tarek Momen.
The Egyptian is the man Coll
toppled in the final of December’s
Channel VAS Championship final, his
first major tournament title.
Coll, 24, will hope for a repeat and
a continuation of his rapid rise up
the world rankings over the last six
Meanwhile, King’s modest start to
2017 continued with a four-game
loss to inexperienced Egyptian Mayar
Seeded ninth, King was targeting a
fifth visit to the quarter-finals of the
Instead the world No 11 went down
7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9 to 20-year-old
Hany, a player ranked 22 places below
King had returned to New Zealand
to rest in recent weeks, having
struggled for form on the World Tour
The Karoro Bowling Club NBS
Open Pairs last weekend was won by
Merv Pascoe and Ken Lee in a close
contest with the father and son team
of John and Shaun Anysley.
Sixteen teams started out with eight
qualifying for the main event.
First round results.— Gerard
Connor and Jim Findlay beat
Margaret Jacobs and John Lynch;
John and Shaun Aynsley beat Kiel
Smith and Andy Kearns; Pascoe
and Lee beat Pip Holmwood and
Ann Prendergast; Shane and Trevor
Pascoe beat Peter Moreton and David
Semi-finals: Aynsley beat Connor;
M Pascoe beat S Pascoe.
Final: Pascoe and Lee beat J and S
Third equal were S and T Pascoe,
along with Connor and Findlay.
Mer v Pascoe, left, and Ken Lee after winning the Karoro Bowling Club
NBS Open Pairs last weekend.
Pascoe, Lee win open pairs
Kane Williamson has plunged from
second to fifth in the test cricket batting
rankings following a forgettable return
Black Caps captain Williamson scored
2 and 1 in the eight-wicket loss to South
Africa in the second test, his worst
output in a 60-test career.
It had immediate ramifications in
the rankings, with in-form Indian
Cheteshwar Pujara climbing to second
behind runaway Australian top dog
Steve Smith. Englishman Joe Root
remains ranked third while another test
skipper, India’s Virat Kohli, is fourth.
Neil Wagner remains New Zealand’s
leading test bowler, in 10th place on
a list now topped by Indian spinner
Test rankings. —
Batsmen: Steve Smith (Aust, 941
points) 1, Cheteshwar Pujara (India,
861) 2, Joe Root (England, 848) 3, Virat
Kohli (India, 826) 4, Kane Williamson
(NZ, 823) 5. Also: Ross Taylor (NZ,
712) 15, B J Watling (NZ, 597) 36, Tom
Latham (NZ, 596) 37.
Bowlers: Ravindra Jadeja (India, 899)
1, Ravi Ashwin (India, 862) 2, Rangana
Herath (Sri Lanka, 854) 3. Also: Neil
Wagner (NZ, 762) 10, Trent Boult (NZ,
740) 12, Tim Southee (NZ, 694) 13.
The introduction of a second
Auckland team to the new elite
netball league will only strengthen
the competitiveness of the domestic
netball scene, says Central Pulse
skipper Katrina Grant.
New Zealand ’s newest sporting
franchise — the Northern Stars —
will make their debut this Sunday,
when they take on the Southern Steel
in the opening game of the ANZ
There were initially fears the
addition of another team to the mix
may dilute the talent pool, resulting
in a weakened competition. But
Grant, who also leads the national
side, believes the spread of talent
around the country is as even as it
has ever been.
“The pre-season tournament in
Otaki (earlier this month) made us
realise how hard this competition
is going to be, week-in, week out. I
think there is a better spread of talent
around the whole country this year, so
all the games are going to be hugely
competitive,” Grant said, who was
in Auckland yesterday to help lead a
netball fitness session for students at
Mt Albert Grammar School as part
of ANZ’s “Dream Big” programme
One of the frustrations for the
Silver Ferns coaching staff in the
old trans-Tasman league was the
country ’s star players tended to be
bunched in one or two franchises,
particularly in the early years. It not
only made for some ugly scorelines
for the teams that were not blessed
with depth, it meant, in some cases,
fringe Silver Fern squad members
were sitting on the bench behind
their more experienced team-mates.
Of the players that took the court
for the Silver Ferns in 2016, four will
play for the Mystics this season, while
the Steel boast the same number. The
Magic have three current Ferns on
their books, and the Stars and Pulse
have two each.
The Tactix are the only franchise
without a current Silver Fern in their
ranks, though captain Jess Moulds
would have almost certainly got her
chance last year had a serious knee
injury not intervened.
The more even sprinkling of talent
this season appears to have come
about through a change of thinking as
to how teams recruit players. Rather
than making bold ‘Hail Mary’ plays
for the top names, teams have grown
more savvy and chased players in
the national set-up that are perhaps
under-utilised at franchise level.
Despite the disadvantage of being
a new set-up and, therefore, an
unknown quantity for the players,
the Stars have done well with their
recruitment, pulling together a team
of top-name stars (Kayla Cullen,
Leana de Bruin and Maia Wilson)
with promising young talent (Fa’amu
Ioane and Emma Iverson) and a
couple of wildcards (import Afa
Rusivakula and Malia Vaka).
Former Silver Fern and Stars mid-
courter Courtney Tairi believes the
South Auckland-based franchise can
make an immediate impact on the
league this year.
“ We can’t wait for round one this
weekend, we’re really excited about
the potential of our group and what
we can achieve this season,” she said.
Grant said the strength of the
competition puts added importance
on getting their season off on the
right note in this weekend ’s Super
Sunday round in Hamilton.
“A fi rst-up win (over the Mystics)
is going to be very important to
kickstart our season.
“ We can’t afford to make a slow
start,” she said.
The Pulse v Mystics clash will be
the third match-up of the opening
night of action, in which all six teams
will play at Claudelands Arena in
— New Zealand Herald
Ashburton teenager Kate Lloyd has
been called into the Mainland Tactix
squad for the start of New Zealand’s
new elite netball league.
The 1.92m defender will cover the
absence of of injured captain Jess Moulds
when the season begins in Hamilton this
Moulds is continuing to rehabilitate
from a serious knee injury suffered last
year while leading New Zealand A in a
practice match against England.
Tactix coach Sue Hawkins says
Lloyd had impressed at the pre-season
tournament in Otaki last weekend and
during last year’s second-tier national
The Tactix open their campaign against
Waikato Bay of Plenty on Sunday, part
of a triple-header afternoon in Hamilton
involving all six teams. — NZ N
Jason Taumalolo is reportedly set to
become the richest man in rugby league.
The Dally M medallist is on the verge
of signing a 10-year contract worth
$10 million with North Queensland,
according to a News Corp Australia
The deal, which will see 24-year-old
Taumololo become a Cowboys player
for life, dwarfs that of superstar team-
mate Johnathan Thurston who signed
for $5 million four years ago.
An official announcement of Taumolo’s
re-signing is expected soon.
“ We are very hopeful of keeping Jason,”
Cowboys chairman Laurence Lancini
told News Corp Australia.
“I don’t really know if the NFL was
a serious option, but we are doing
everything to keep Jason at the Cowboys.
He’s very important to this club. He’s
not even 24 years old and he’s playing
outstanding football. His best years are
ahead of him ... he’s a powerhouse.”
Asked if the Cowboys board had
ratified a 10-year deal, Lancini said: “No
Taumalolo travelled to Los Angeles
in November for a NFL workout with
scouts as he considered a permanent
move to America. He was offered
an opportunity by three franchises,
including Kansas City, to inspect their
set-ups. But that appears to be over now.
Sam Thaiday has been found guilty
of a contrary conduct charge by the
NRL judiciary, and fined for pulling the
injured thumb of Melbourne for ward
Brisbane for ward Thaiday argued he
was not aware Bromwich’s thumb was
injured, and he was merely attempting
to stop a try and slow the play-the-
However, after a 75-minute hearing,
a three-man panel took just 15 minutes
to disagree. Thaiday will be fined
$2100 for the incident but will not miss
any matches, after pulling the thumb
of Bromwich in the 65th minute of
Brisbane’s 14-12 loss last Thursday night
to the the Storm.
Bromwich had been returning from
a compound dislocation of the thumb,
and the NRL’s counsel Peter McGrath
argued that Thaiday “had crossed the
line into unsportsmanship”. — AAP
Peter Fury, the father and
trainer of heavyweight boxer
Hughie, Joseph Parker’s opponent
in Auckland in May, has been
denied entry into New Zealand,
according to reports.
Fury lodged his visa application
with New Zealand Immigration
and said earlier this month he
was confident he will be allowed
entry despite his criminal
According to One News, Fury ’s
request has been denied.
In 1995, Englishman Fury, now
a key part of Hughie’s camp,
was jailed 10 years for drugs
possession and intent to supply.
In 2008, he got another two
years for drug-related money
New Zealand’s immigration
rules require a special exemption
and character waiver for those
wishing to enter the country, who
have served more than five years
Parker’s promoter David
Higgins said recently he hoped
Peter would be given an entry visa
to support his son, but would not
comment publicly about whether
he would officially support it.
In an inter view with IFL tv,
published earlier this month,
Peter said the paper work had
“The slightly disappointing
thing is we have to go through
the visa issues again, but what
can we do? The visa now has been
lodged, we’ve put it in, so we’re
“It’s a Commonwealth country.
I’ve been to Canada, that ’s a
Commonwealth country — I
had no problems there, so I’m
optimistic it will be okay.”
Asked whether he expected to
travel for the fight, Parker’s
first mandatory defence of his
WBO title, at Vector Arena on
May 6, he said: “It’s down to New
Zealand immigration, I can’t say.
Whatever their decision is, I’ll
respect it. They ’ve got a lot of
“I’ve covered every detail, all my
past record ... when, what, if. It’s
taken about three weeks to get it
Section 15 of the New Zealand
Immigration act reads: “In
accordance with immigration
instructions, certain criminal
convictions will mean that the
person is normally ineligible for
the grant of visa unless a character
waiver is granted.
“ When considering a character
waiver, each application is
considered on its individual
merits and taking into account
factors such as the seriousness of
an offence, number of offences
and how long ago the event/s
— New Zealand Herald
Williamson drops in rankings
Tactix promote teen
More teams, more competition, says Pulse captain
Taumalolo set for big
payday in 10-year deal
Thaiday fined for thumb pull
Hughie Fury’s dad,
trainer denied NZ entry
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