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Every Sunday for six weeks, 17 budding
young sailors have taken part in the Lake
Brunner Yacht Club’s ‘learn to sail’ course
in which they rigged and sailed the club’s
Optimist and Fire Bug yachts.
The children followed the Yachting
New Zealand programme which included
classroom instruction, and on the water
All participants completed the course and
are now able to sail a yacht around a set
The Lake Brunner club has certified
instructors trained by Yachting NZ, and are
adept at risk assessment and safety, how to
rig a yacht, and how to sail them.
The new sailors showed off their skills
on the final day, enjoying fine weather and
winds of up to 12 knots.
Sailors are keen to return next year for
the advanced course, which teaches the
rules of racing and how to race around a set
Training next year will run from the
second weekend in February until the end
of March, starting each Sunday at 10am
and running for three hours.
It will not only be for the sailors
advancing from this year, but will also
welcome another batch of budding new
Adults wishing to learn, or hone their
skills, are also invited to attend.
Senior sailing coach Nev Winter said he
was “very pleased” with the level of talent
the young sailors had shown, and was keen
to see them and their families back at the
yacht club next year.
Aimee Hogue sail trimming, while Janie-Rose Batchelor steers the yacht and Aimee Winter
gives instruction from her laser yacht alongside.
Solomon O’Driscoll sailing towards the
Bridget Fowler sailing in perfect trim around the course.
Yachts rigged and ready to sail.
The Magic have passed their first
real test of the ANZ Premiership,
edging the Central Pulse in a tense
clash in Rotorua last night.
The new-look Magic side, which
boast six debutants in their line-
up, have been the surprise package
of the new competition, posting
comprehensive back-to-back wins
in their opening round double-
Coach Margaret Forsyth has
done an impressive job of getting
the new combinations to gel and
instilling confidence in youngsters
like shooter Monica Falkner and
midcourt dynamo Ariana Cable-
With their average winning
margin over the first two games
being 21 goals, the Magic had yet to
be tested under pressure. Last night
was a different story. The Magic
had patches where they threatened
to bust the game open, but could
never get further than four or five
goals ahead before the Pulse, led
by a sterling defensive effort from
captain Katrina Grant and Phoenix
Karaka, charged back at them.
Leading 44-39 at the final change
of ends, the Magic fended off a
strong challenge from the Pulse in
a frantic fourth spell to claim a hard
fought 52-50 win.
The Magic started confidently,
building a handy early lead
Cable-Dixon and Grace
Rasmussen ran riot through the
midcourt, delivering some beautiful
passes into the shooting circle.
In the defensive end, Kelly
Jury’s long reach caused problems
immediately for the Pulse shooting
end, with Cathrine Tuivaiti called
for a held ball on her first look to
the post. But as the quarter wore
on, Tuivaiti and shooting partner Te
Amo Amaru-Tibble made better
use of deception and ball speed to
combat the 1.92m Jury.
As the Pulse attack end kicked
into gear, the Magic began to falter,
allowing the visitors to take a 17-14
lead at the first break.
After the messy finish to
the opening spell, the Magic
immediately set about repairing the
damage after the break, tightening
up their defensive effort across the
court. Skipper Casey Kopua was
particularly influential, pulling in
three intercepts for the quarter as
the Pulse struggled to find a way
into their shooters.
While the Pulse attacking effort
tired badly closing in on half-time,
the Magic charged into the break,
taking a 29-25 lead.
Needing an injection of fresh legs,
Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-
Durie introduced teenage prodigy
Tiana Metuarau a goal attack after
Matched up against former Silver
Ferns skipper Kopua, 16 year-old
Metuarau showed impressive poise
and composure, proving a settling
influence on the Pulse attack end.
The Pulse dictated the pace for
most of the third period, closing the
gap to two goals with two minutes
left before the final change of ends.
But the Magic produced a late surge
courtesy of intercepts to Kopua and
midcourter Sam Sinclair to take a
44-39 lead heading into the fourth
A held ball from Cable-Dixon
on the first centre pass proved
an ominous start for the Magic,
setting the tone for a ner vous final
quarter. The Magic became hesitant
on attack as the pressure mounted,
with every ball into the shooting
circle tightly contested.
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Magic midcourter Ariana Cable-Dixon is one of several newcomers
who have impressed in her side’s winning start to the season.
sur vives Pulse
Opener Tom Latham will lead
New Zealand in their upcoming
one-day tri-series against Ireland
and Bangladesh in Ireland.
It will be the Canterbury
experience in the absence of Kane
Williamson, who is tied up in the
Indian Premier League, and he
becomes New Zealand’s 22nd ODI
With several players either
injured or playhing in the IPL, there
are others to have opportunities
in the tournament which is a
lead-in to the Champions Trophy
starting in early June in England.
Central Districts seamer Seth
Rance and Northern Districts
allrounder Scott Kuggeleijn are in
the squad, while test bowler Neil
Wagner gets a chance to make his
There are recalls for Wellington
seamer Hamish Bennett and CD
batsman George Worker, while
Auckland’s pugnacious batsman
Colin Munro and test batsman
Henry Nicholls are back in the
“This is a fantastic opportunity
to give new players a taste of
international cricket, as well as
reward guys who have pushed their
way back into contention,” national
selector Gavin Larsen said.
New Zealand squad for the tri
series which starts on May 14 with a
game against the Irish in Malahide.
Tom Latham (c), Hamish Bennett,
Neil Broom, Scott Kuggeleijn,
Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham,
Henry Nicholls, Jeetan Patel,
Seth Rance, Luke Ronchi, Mitch
Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor,
Neil Wagner, George Worker.
Patel will join the squad for the
fourth ODI from English county
Those not considered due to
injury: Ben Wheeler, Doug
Bracewell, Ed Nuttall.
Those not considered due to
the IPL: Kane Williamson,
Martin Guptill, Trent Boult,
Tim Southee, Adam Milne,
Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey
Anderson, Matt Henry, Colin de
Grandhomme. They may join the
squad once their IPL involvement
ends, on a case-by-case basis.
Sonny Bill Williams is set to make
his Super Rugby debut for the Blues
The two-time Rugby World Cup
winner has been named on the
bench for Saturday ’s clash against the
Williams has not played a game of
rugby since the World Cup final in
He suffered an achilles injury at the
Olympics in August last year while
playing in the opening pool game for
the All Blacks Sevens.
The 31-year-old signed a three year
deal for the Auckland-based franchise
in June last year.
“ It ’s great to be back. I ’m really
excited,” Williams said today.
“It’s been a long journey but a really
blessed one to get away from footy for
a bit. Really itching to get back out
there. I wake up and I’m really excited.
And love coming to training and
sometimes you’ve been tired because
you’re changing nappies the night
before, but I still love what I do.”
Williams said the timing of the
injury, early into his first match at the
Olympics, was a tough pill to swallow
but he quickly turned it into a positive.
“At the start when I got injured I was
really down because where I was at
the Olympics. But then straight away
I changed my mindset to ‘okay this is
break. I’m going to be at home with
my girls for a bit ’ and that ’s where it
“ Trying to be grateful every day was
the key but also making the decision
that I was going to come back in
better shape before the injury.
“ Time will tell if that will happen
but I certainly in a good frame of
In other changes, Scott Scrafton
replaces Patrick Tuipulotu at lock
who moves to the bench, while Steven
Luatua returns from suspension
at eight, shifting Jerome Kaino to
blindside flanker. Blake Gibson starts
In the backs George Moala starts at
second five with Rieko Ioane at centre.
Bryn Gatland has been named as Ihaia
West ’s replacement on the bench.
Pauliasi Manu, James
Parsons (C), Charlie Faumuina,
Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Scott Scrafton,
Jerome Kaino, Blake Gibson, Steven
Luatua; Augustine Pulu, Piers Francis,
Melani Nanai, George Moala, Rieko
Ioane, Matt Duffie, Michael Collins.
Replacements: Matt Moulds, Ofa
Tu’ungafasi, Sione Mafileo, Patrick
Tuipulotu, Akira Ioane, Billy Guyton,
Bryn Gatland, Sonny Bill Williams.
Former All Black Ali Williams
has had his day in court, now he
has to wait to see if he still has a job.
The 77-test veteran was convicted
of buying cocaine outside a Paris
nightclub and fined 1500 euros
($NZ2300) by a French court
The Paris prosecutor’s office
said the former All Blacks lock
has pleaded guilty to “buying and
Williams was arrested in alleged
possession of 2.4 grams of cocaine
in February, alongside former
Australian player James O’Connor.
O’Connor was fined for cocaine use
The pair will appear in front of
the Ligue Nationale de Rugby’s
discipline and rules commission
Williams’ current club, Paris’
Racing 92, has said the 2011 World
Cup winner will “soon” be fired
over the incident. The Paris club
have already suspended Williams
as a precautionary measure and
removed him as a club ambassador.
Last month Racing 92 president
Jacky Lorenzetti told Midi
“ unfortunately, Ali Williams will
soon be dismissed”.
Investigators alleged that the
35-year-old Williams was the one
who bought the cocaine, although
he tested negative for the drug.
They alleged that O’Connor tested
positive, but was not involved in the
Williams has already issued a
public apology on social media.
Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson
says he has no interest in stepping in
for departing Melbourne Storm star
Kangaroos halfback Cronk, 33, is
moving to Sydney at the end of the
year to be with his fiancee, leading to
speculation of a bidding war for his
Johnson, who is set to come off
contract at the end of the season, was
unequivocal about the possibility of
filling the Melbourne vacancy.
“That ’s not happening,” he told media
“I’ve been completely honest with the
club about my options, and they know
where I stand.
“I’m in discussions with the club, and
hopefully we can come to an agreement
A Warriors debutant in 2011, the
26-year-old Johnson said he was happy
to take the time to get his future right.
“ When it’s about footy, it’s never just
one thing,” he said. “ I’m in a position
where I’m getting old now, and you’ve
got to start thinking about the future.
It’s just about getting it right.”
For the moment, Johnson is
relishing resuming his one-time Kiwis
partnership with Kieran Foran for the
The pair teamed up for Foran’s club
debut in Sunday ’s 28-22 win over Gold
Coast in Auckland.
It was Foran’s first match since
suffering a season-ending shoulder
injury for Parramatta against Newcastle
late last May.
In July, he was released by the Eels to
allow him to sort out personal problems
and arrived at the Warriors in the off-
season on a one-year deal.
“ We’re just enjoying our footy at the
moment — I love having him at the
club,” Johnson said.
“His energy, professionalism, his
competitiveness has only been good
for our group. I don’t how long it’s for,
I cant tell you that, but we’ve both said
for however long it is, we’re going to
make the most of it.”
There is no doubt that extending
Foran’s contract at the Warriors would
play a key role in any decision Johnson
might make as he ponders his options
“ You want to play with the best
players, and he’s definitely one of
them,” he said.
“I think there’s no secret how good
play with your mates. I’m sure not just
me, but the club in general would love
to have him on for however long he
wants.” — NZN
Latham to captain
Black Caps in Ireland
Williams fined $2300 for cocaine
Sonny Bill: ‘It’s great to be back’
Johnson not tempted by Storm vacancy
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