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Changes are afoot with the West Coast
Sports Awards, set for October 14.
New chairman Roger Devlin has
taken over the reins from long-ser ving
chairman Chips Robinson.
Robinson and fellow trustee Rob
Caldwell, who is taking a step back
this year, will stay on the committee in
advisory roles, while Jackie Gurden is
“ We have managed to attract some
new blood on to the committee who
come to us with fresh ideas,” Devlin said.
The new members are Greymouth
woman Trudy McGrath, Paul Buchanan
a sports memorabilia collector also from
Greymouth, and Ashley Cassin from
Devlin said this was the first time
he was aware of that Hokitika was
represented on the trust.
The guest speaker at the awards dinner,
to be held again at Shantytown, is
America’s Cup sailor and commentator
Peter Lester, who is currently in Bermuda
commentating on the cup racing.
Devlin said Lester was “hot property”
on the speaking circuit.
“And if New Zealand win the cup, he
will be even hotter property. Hopefully,
Lester will attract a lot of people,
including those who are not sports mad,
to hear him talk about the ins and outs
of the America’s Cup.”
He intended donating his speaking fee
to a local charity.
Miles Davis has again been picked as
MC for the evening.
“I wanted him again, we know what
he has to offer and he jumped at the
opportunity to come back for the
awards,” Devlin said.
Nominations have now opened and
forms are available from the Grey
“ With many West Coast groups and
organisations folding over the years, we
really want to keep these sports awards
going and we need the community to
get behind us to keep them alive. These
awards are one thing that is sur viving —
so let ’s do it,” Devlin said.
of the year, referee or umpire, coach,
administrator, team and the achievement
it sport for a male and female competitor.
A rugby mad barrister
who was born and bred in
Greymouth has published a
book on the game and how
it shaped the nation.
Des Wood ’s book New
Zealand Rugby Nation —
How the Game Shaped our
Nation, was launched last
It looks at how such a
small nation maintains
its status at the top of the
game, and also explores
whether its ethos sums up
what it means to be a New
Wood left the West Coast
to attend Teachers College
in Christchurch, returning
to Greymouth to teach
and play senior rugby for
He then returned
to Christchurch and
graduated in law and in
history (twice) from the
University of Canterbury.
He practised law in
Christchurch and then
moved to become a
commercial and property
barrister in Auckland.
He says he never regards
himself as other than a
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The Black Ferns have defied
wintry conditions to beat an
improved Australia 44-17 in
their women’s international
series rugby test in Christchurch.
New Zealand ran in eight tries
to three in icy temperatures,
accompanied by strong wind,
hail and rain.
The result makes it two-from-
two for the world No 1 ranked
hosts in the four-nations series
following their 28-16 defeat
of third ranked Canada in
Wellington on Saturday.
World champions England
are also unbeaten, following up
their opening 53-10 crushing of
Australia with a 27-20 win over
It sets up a series decider
between New Zealand and
England in Rotorua on Saturday,
a match which precedes the
tour match between the British
and Irish Lions and the Maori
combative than when they
lost 67-3 to the Black Ferns in
Auckland last October.
Fullback Selica Winiata, who
scored four tries at Eden Park,
bagged an early double as New
Zealand powered 34-5 ahead by
Winger Portia Woodman also
bagged a double while other
tryscorers were prop Toka Natua,
winger Honey Hireme, halfback
Kendra Cocksedge and flanker
notched just two
conversions in the dreadful
conditions which marred their
first South Island match for 20
Australia won the second
half 12-10, boosted by tries
to Cheyenne Campbell and
Victoria Latu. Their first-half
try went to winger Cobie-Jane
Morgan. — NZ N
As the gold confetti fell and a fresh gray
NBA champion cap sat a tad off-kilter on
his head, Kevin D urant embraced mother
Then he moved across the podium and
hugged Stephen Curry before accepting
his shiny MVP trophy and hoisting it for
everyone to see.
Durant capped his spectacular first season
with the Warriors by bringing home that
coveted NBA championship he joined
Golden State last July so determined to get.
He scored 39 points in a fast-and-furious,
finals-clinching 129-120 victory over
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers
in game 5 yesterday, giving his team a 4-1
victory in the seven-game series.
“It’s just a great group of guys, great
community, great arena, great fans,” D urant
“I’m just so happy to be a part of it.”
Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists,
six rebounds and three steals as Golden
State closed out their second title in three
years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago
to the Cavs to miss a repeat. That stung ever
since, and even D urant understood, because
he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a
round earlier with Oklahoma City.
“ We learned from everything we’ve been
through,” Curry said during the trophy
“O ur perspective, being blessed to play on
this stage three years in a row, it’s for these
fans, for our organisation, for these families.
.. . I’m just excited to do something special.
I’m ready to do it again.”
James, who in 2012 with Miami beat
the Thunder in D urant ’s only other finals,
wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and
“I left everything on the floor every game,”
James said after averaging a triple-double in
his eighth finals.
Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem
in Friday ’s game 4 with 26 points but shot
nine for 22. This time, King James gave way
to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10
years after being picked second in the NBA
draft behind Greg Oden.
“ Well I’m not happy he won his first, I’m
not happy at all,” James said. “. .. Getting
that first championship for me was like
having my first son.”
Durant drove left, right and down the
middle, knocked down three-pointers,
dished and dunked. He hit a 5m fadeaway
over James early in the fourth quarter,
then assisted on a three-pointer by Andre
Iguodala the next time down as the Warriors
Iguodala, the 2015 finals MVP, came up
big again with his 2017 postseason-best
20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly
called finale to this finals trilogy.
The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs
made their historic comeback last year.
Then it was Golden State’s time again, with
Durant as the prized addition.
Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry —
the two-time reigning MVP who took a
backseat as the new big star got acclimatised
finished off a brilliant post-season . Not
to mention a healthy one after his 2016
Spain have clinched the women’s
hockey series against New Zealand with
a game to spare after storming home to
win the third test 3-1 in Barcelona.
The visitors fall 2-0 behind in the
tightly-fought four-match series after
losing the first game 2-1 and drawing
the second 1-1.
For the first time, New Zealand opened
the scoring, through a 10th-minute field
goal strike from Kelsey Smith.
However, the world No 10 Spanish hit
back strongly against the fifth-ranked
Black Sticks, firing home to penalty
corner goals in quick succession through
Lola Riera and Maria Lopez.
Up 2-1 at half-time, Spain extended
the lead through Belen Iglesias shortly
New Zealand assistant coach Sean
Dancer said his side’s standards dropped
in the face of Spanish pressure.
“Spain played very well today, put
us under a lot of pressure and were
rewarded for their efforts,” he said.
“ We need to be better in our next
performance and make sure we wrap this
series on a positive note. ”
The fourth test is tomorrow. — NZ N
New Zealand did the damage early to beat
France 39-26 and book a place in the final
at the under-20 world championships in
In an entertaining semi-final in Tbilisi, the
Baby Blacks outscored the French five tries
to four to set up a final against defending
The English endured a stiffer journey to the
decider on Sunday, needing a try five minutes
from time to beat South Africa 24-22.
There was no such stress for five-time
champions New Zealand, who were 22-0
ahead inside 24 minutes and increased that
to 36-0 when hooker Asafo Aumua crossed
soon after half-time.
The first-half tries went to fullback Will
Jordan, first five-eighth Tiaan Falcon, flanker
Dalton Papalii and winger Caleb Clarke as
the Baby Blacks impressed with their speed
France scored all their points during a
20-minute purple patch midway through the
Falcon, who notched 19 points, ensured
no late jitters with his second penalty in the
Between them, New Zealand and England
have won eight of the nine world titles.
The Baby Blacks have scored 31 tournament
tries, to 20 from the English, but the latter
boast a superior defence and have faced a
more taxing draw. — N ZN
Marty Banks, formerly of Reefton, has iced
the two finest moments in Highlanders rugby
history and he has no doubt which meant more.
Reser ve pivot Banks slotted a high-pressure
penalty to hand the southerners a 23-22 win
over the British and Irish Lions, mirroring his
heroic deeds two years earlier.
In the 2015 Super Rugby final, another bench
cameo from Banks featured a late dropped goal
against the Hurricanes to seal a maiden title.
Banks was buzzing after toppling the Lions
but was clear-headed enough to know where it
stood in the franchise pecking order.
“It ’d be right up there but I don’t think it would
top the Super Rugby final,” he said. “ That was
such a long time coming and it was a childhood
dream to win that. ”
Banks has been a revelation with his
goalkicking this year, leading the Super Rugby
However, his season record of 53 from 59 shots
did not provide any sort of confidence boost
when he lined up his high-stakes penalty last
night, 10m in from the right touch.
The use of a different make of ball on the Lions
tour to what is used in Super Rugby only added
to the ner ves.
“Normally I get a little bit of right-to-left
shape but these balls fly pretty straight. So I
just had to be confident it was going to do that
again. I had to aim inside the posts, which is a bit
different for me.”
Banks performed his heroics minutes after
highly-rated English goalkicker Owen Farrell
missed a handier penalty shot.
He reckoned his unerring accuracy this year
was down to tutelage from Highlanders head
coach and former All Blacks first five-eighth
Tony Brown, who had told him to simply slow
down. He had lost distance but improved his
The 27-year-old, who is headed to Italian club
rugby later this year, would have no problem if
he is remembered in New Zealand as the man
who sunk the Lions, given the lofty status the
“I was idolising Dan Carter in 2005 when he
ran amok against them for the All Blacks in
Wellington,” he said.
“That was special, just being a Kiwi to watch.
Back then I was thinking how awesome it would
be to play against a team like the Lions. ”
Meanwhile, Warren Gatland had hoped all the
key lessons about playing New Zealand teams
had been absorbed in a forgettable first week.
He is miffed not all of them were heeded in
the 23-22 setback against the Highlanders in
a Dunedin thriller. He was not getting carried
away with the criticism of his team but his
comments suggest those players who dropped
their standards over the closing stages in
blowing a nine-point lead will have done their
test selection hopes a dis-ser vice.
Gatland will unveil what he calls a near-test
strength side tomorrow for this weekend’s clash
with a quality Maori All Blacks side in Rotorua.
Gatland would not bite at suggestions that
most of the players involved in the suffocating
12-3 defeat of the Crusaders will have their nose
in front of the D unedin group.
“The big lesson is that New Zealand sides keep
playing for 80 minutes,” Gatland said, harking
back to the last-gasp nature of their other tour
loss, to the Blues a week ago.
“ With New Zealand teams, the message is to
stay alive in every moment. If you switch off for a
fraction of a second, they take advantage of you.
We’ve just been caught on one or two occasions.”
Gatland denied there is a gulf in quality
developing between two distinct Lions teams,
believing the team to face the Highlanders
endured a more taxing build-up than the
Crusaders conquerors. — NZ N
LIONS RUGBY TOUR
Banks the Highlanders’
‘finisher’ once more
Black Sticks beaten by Spain
Black Ferns hammer Aussies
PICTURE: Getty Images
Highlander’s Marty Banks kicks the winner against the British and Irish Lions last night at
Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin.
Durrant, Curry lead
Warriors to NBA title
NZ into under-20s final
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