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Tactix share netball skills
Pupils from St Patrick’s, Karoro, Grey Main and Paroa schools were excited to enjoy a netball skills and training session with Canterbur y Tactix players
Charlotte Elley, Erikana Pedersen and Brooke Leaver at the Westland Recreation Centre today. The Tactix players took the girls through a variety of skills and
training moves with and without the ball.
STATE OF ORIGIN
All Whites coach Anthony
Hudson is devastated his
players did not get what they
deser ved after falling 2-1 to
Mexico in Russia, ending
their qualifying hopes at the
It took two late goals from
the startled Mexicans in
Sochi to avoid an enormous
upset after the world
No 17 ranked side trailed
the 95th-ranked All Whites
at half-time. A second
loss means New Zealand
cannot reach the semi-finals,
regardless of their final group
Portugal on Sunday.
restored pride following a
lacklustre 2-0 setback against
Early physicality and
pressing seemed to rattle the
Mexicans, who could not prevent
New Zealand creating several
chances through neat build-up play.
Captain Chris Wood failed to
capitalise on several half-chances
but the Leeds United striker made
no mistake in the 42nd minute. He
scored his 20th international goal
and New Zealand ’s first for 334
minutes — when latching onto a
deflected through ball from Clayton
The introduction of midfielder
Lewis was one of two changes made
by Hudson from the Russian game,
replacing Kosta Barbarouses in the
same 5-3-2 formation.
The switch proved effective, with
the New Zealanders relying more
on creativity and work rate than long
balls to Wood. D utch-based Ryan
Thomas had an exceptional game as
New Zealand surprised Mexico by
dominating the middle of the park
for chunks of the first half.
Brisbane-based Dane Ingham was
the other new face, replacing Kip
Colvey at right back.
However, the 18-year-old had
a second half to forget as the
revitalised Mexicans stormed back,
creating a swag of chances.
Both goals came when the slippery
Javier Aquino nipped past him
down the left, setting up Benfica
striker Raul Jiminez (54th minute)
and Oribe Peralta (72nd), who
both produced classy finishes.
Englishman Hudson, who
had been criticised for the
performances against Russia
and in two lead-up losses to
Northern Ireland and Belarus.
“I’m so disappointed for the
players. They deserve a lot
more out of tonight,” he said.
“They went toe-to-toe with
a top team in the world. It ’s
great development but we
want to get results here, so
we’re not happy at all.”
Hudson regretted his team’s
failure to start as well against
Russia and lamented their
inability to convert a number
of good chances. “First half,
we were the best team, by far.
Second half, we weren’t able
to keep up the intensity for
the first 15-20 minutes, which
allowed them back into the
game,” he said.
It was a relief for the Mexicans,
who were fielding eight changes
from the team who opened with a
2-2 draw against Portugal.
Not content with a repeat of the
same 2-1 scoreline as when the
teams met in a friendly in Nashville
last October, the All Whites surged
Their best chance came when
Thomas struck the crossbar with a
curling strike from the top of the
European champions Portugal
will need to at least draw with New
Zealand in St Petersburg to ensure a
spot in the semi-finals. — N ZN
Who else but Johnathan Thurston?
The veteran playmaker marked a
triumphant return from injury for
Queensland by kicking a late sideline
conversion to seal a come from behind
18-16 State of Origin game two win in
Sydney last night.
The stage is now set for Queensland to
send maroons warrior Thurston out of
Origin a winner in the July 12 decider
at Suncorp Stadium. But the jury is
out on Thurston’s fitness again after he
aggravated a shoulder injury.
He is still hoping to play his 300th
NRL game in North Queensland’s
Saturday night clash with Penrith.
He would be assessed by club physio
Steve Sartori before making a decision
on whether he will take on Penrith.
Thurston was able to reaffirm his
outlook this morning.
“It’s a little bit tender, but it’s a lot
better than I thought it would be,” he
said outside the maroons’ hotel.
“It’s heaps better than when I first did
it. I couldn’t lift my arm above my head.
“ I’ve got a good range (of movement),
so that ’s a positive sign.”
NSW looked in sight of just their
second series win since 2005 when they
led 16-6 at half-time in front of an
The maroons were not to be denied,
matching NSW’s three tries —
including a double by Queensland
winger Dane Gagai — to send the
series into a decider.
The ageing Queensland side somehow
remain on track for their 11th Origin
triumph in 12 years.
Queensland skipper Cameron Smith
credited Thurston with the win.
“ I can’t think of anyone else you’d want
to have a crack at that goal,” he said.
“ He’s a warrior. I really don’t know
how he gets up for these matches.”
It marked a fitting return for maroons
playmaker Thurston from a shoulder
injury and fullback Billy Slater after
he was controversially overlooked for
Queensland’s record 28-4 game one
loss in Brisbane.
The once mighty Maroons were at
an Origin crossroads after undergoing
their biggest team shake-up in 15
years ahead of game two, making seven
changes and naming four debutants.
Now they are on track to send off
some of their biggest names as winners.
Thurston will bow out of Origin after
game three while the maroons future of
the likes of Slater and halfback Cooper
Cronk remains up in the air.
“Johnathan is a little bit busted up,”
Queensland coach Kevin Walters said.
“(But) this Q ueensland team, they ’ve
got so many champions in them, you
always think you’re a chance regardless
of the scoreboard.”
NSW coach Laurie Daley claimed the
Blues “weren’t good enough” to land the
“It’s always difficult because you’re
never too far in front — Origin can
swing pretty quickly,” Daley said.
“ With 15 (minutes) to go, I thought
maybe we lost our way a little bit but
we hung on and got through that
danger period ... it was like tighten
the seatbelts, we’re in for a rocky ride
and Queensland were good enough to
Daley feared pre-match that
Queensland ’s slow play the ball tactics
would turn game two into wrestlemania
but bit his tongue when asked about
officials last night.
“I’ll get in trouble if I comment on
referees, don’t I?” Daley said.
Queensland fortuitously drew first
blood when debutant winger Valentine
Holmes tip toed down the sideline to
score in the ninth minute but from
there it was one way traffic in the first
Centre Jarryd Hayne scored in the
14th minute, marking four pointer
No 11 for NSW — equalling Michael
O’Connor as NSW ’s leading Origin
try scorer. The one-two punch of
tries to winger Brett Morris (24th)
and halfback Mitchell Pearce (27th)
ensured NSW had all the momentum.
However, Gagai scored twice (53rd,
77th) before Thurston again broke
Blues hearts in the dying minutes.
Maroons level Origin series
All Whites Chris Wood, centre, competes for
the ball against Mexico’s Marco Fabian, left, and
Hector Moreno in this morning’s group A clash
at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.
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