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The gloves are on for the
2017 Downtown Showdown
boxing extravaganza on Saturday
night, with a few tickets left for
With 650 seats spread around
65 tables for gold, silver and
bronze, organiser Alan Monk
said interest in the fight night
had been huge, despite being a
little more expensive this year due
to regulations and rising costs.
The card is set with 11 fights
and 22 aspiring boxers eager
to take their turn in the ring, it
promises to be an entertaining
“It ’s almost the event of the
year on the Greymouth social
calendar,” Monk said.
He is billing the main event as
Greymouth’s Harrison Mahuika
v Hokitika’s Troy Tauwhare. The
women’s fights always drew a lot
of interest, this year with Hope
Brownlee v Holly Coleman
and Jessica Kennedy v Claire
Monk said the fight card
was younger than previous
Showdowns and did not have
the same demographic but he
noted that an event like this
often appealed more to a younger
“ We’ve got a strong fight card
and they are eager to get into the
Greymouth singing star Jackie
Thomas will sing the national
anthem and later the Arafat band
will entertain the crowd.
Greymouth Lionsden Boxing
gym has three in the ring —
Anthony Beaumont, 21, Jason
Boddy, 46, and James Southorn,
Beaumont said it was all about
the experience and doing it for
He started his training slowly
but eventually found his stride
“and now it ’s all on” with
Beaumont the first fight of the
night: “I’m looking for the first
win of the night.”
Southorn said he used
the Showdown as a way of
motivating himself to get fitter:
“It ’s about having a goal. I’m
looking for ward to it.”
Asked about his training and
progress, Southern said: “ There’s
nothing pleasant about being hit
in the face!”
Lionsden trainer Jason Wall
said it had been a good journey
seeing his team develop from
week one to now.
“I’ll be up there as one of the
corner guys. I’ll be pretty nervous
for them but it’s a pretty proud
moment, too. They ’ve trained
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Downtown Showdown Greymouth Lionsden boxing gym team corner man Sam Durie, left, contender James Southorn, trainer and
corner man Jason Wall and contender Anthony Beaumont.
Boxers ready for Showdown
Banks takes Highlanders to Buller
Former Reefton boy and Highlanders first five-eighth Marty Banks joined pupils from Westport North and South schools yesterday
to promote rugby. Banks was joined by Greg Pleasants-Tate and coach Mark Hammett to run coaching sessions in the morning with
Year 7 and 8 boys, followed by another session with the girls. The Highlanders later attended a rippa rugby tournament at Craddock
Park. The trio also cooked sausages and signed autographs outside Fresh Choice supermarket, and then later in the evening ran a
coaching session with members of the Buller Heartland rugby squad. Banks played in the Buller Heartland team in 2012 before
joining the Highlanders franchise in 2015.
Auld Mug ours
Paul Coll and Joelle King will seek to add to their
respective stockpile of national squash titles in
The world-ranked pair will be firm favourites at the
tournament starting on Friday, with Coll chasing a
hat-trick of men’s crowns while King is seeking a sixth
The pair, both ranked 12th in the world, will
be effectively restarting their seasons after an
international break of more than a month.
Coll, 25, has enjoyed a breakthrough year, climbing
from a world ranking of 56 when he won his first
national title in 2015. His stiffest rival should be New
York-based world No 39 Campbell Grayson, who is
also a two-time former winner. — N Z N
►Won with broken boat
An emotional Team USA skipper
Jimmy Spithill says it is too soon to
contemplate his future following his
team’s defeat in the America’s Cup in
The Australian and his team
were today unable to repeat the
instead going down 7-1 to
hand Team New Zealand back the
The famously sharp-tongued Spithill
was nothing but humble after his team
crossed the finishing line well behind
the New Zealanders. “ We’re obviously
disappointed, but full credit to Team
New Zealand. What a series. They
made fewer mistakes and they fully
deserve it so our hats are off to them,”
“They were down there training on
their own and you’ve really got to give
credit to them for the incredible job
they ’ve done.”
Turning to his future, the two-time
America’s Cup winner looked near
tears. I’ve got absolutely no idea,” he
“I’ve just spent so much time and
energy on, really, just one day at a time.
I’ve just got to thank the entire team
and then take it from there. The boys
have got to hold their heads up high.
They fought hard the whole way and
I’m very proud of them,” he said.
Spithill said Team New Zealand
had earned and deser ved the right
to decide the future direction of the
Despite Team USA’s comprehensive
loss, Spithill had nothing but praise
for the way the regatta on Bermuda’s
Great Sound had been contested.
“I believe it ’s been the best America’s
Cup to date — the racing’s been
incredible,” he said.
“ You really have to credit (Team
USA owner) Larry Ellison and (team
CEO) Russell Coutts as visionaries to
put this sport where it is today.”
However, he said it was too soon to
speak about possible directions for the
Ellison’s Oracle-sponsored team.
“ We haven’t even talked about that.
All we wanted to focus on was one
race at a time,” he said.
“ We haven’t spoken at all about what
the future holds for the team and the
guys involved.” — AAP
Spithill emotional, humbled by defeat
PICTURE: Getty Images
Peter Burling, left, and Glenn Ashby lift the America’s Cup trophy in Bermuda this morning.
Coll contesting NZ squash title
Even as they celebrate the America’s
Cup victory in Bermuda, Team New
Zealand have revealed their challenge
could so easily have ended in disaster,
after suffering irreparable damage to
The New Zealanders sensationally
lost control of their ACC boat during
the challenger semi-finals against
Ben Ainslie Racing, but were able to
regroup with the benefit of a light-wind
postponement of racing the next day.
Today, Emirates Team NZ members
were reflecting on another ongoing
crisis, dating back to their challenger
final match against Artemis Racing,
when they were caught with the wrong
foils for the conditions.
“That was quite a big day for us, as well,
because the guys looked after the boat
and let it loose when they could and
sailed it really intelligently,” Team NZ
boss Grant Dalton said.
“ What I can tell you now, as a result of
that day, we found some pretty serious
structural issues with the daggerboards,
because they had been taken so far out of
range that they were basically letting go.
“ We’ve lived with this now since that
day or since we found it, and they ’ve
been tested every night with ultrasound
the guy ’s been basically living here,
doing it every night — and it has been
“So every time we do a tack or a gybe
or whatever, I’ve just been going ‘hold
on, hold on’ and they have.”
Trimmer Blair Tuke confirmed
the concerns over boat fitness, but
was philosophical about the possible
“ You’ve got to sail the boats to the
absolute max and if you don’t, you’re not
going to win,” he said. “For me, one of
the best days of the whole campagin was
that day against Artemis, when we were
completely out of range and there was
a massive chance we would break those
boards on that day.
“Andy (Maloney) and I managed to get
through without doing it — I was super
proud of Andy — and what we were able
to do that day to get a couple of wins
was pretty awesome. That was certainly
one of the days that made this campaign
Dalton admitted his team probably
would have lost races, if they had been
forced back out on the water after their
capsize. “ The wing was pretty stuffed —
it took us nine days to fix the wing.
“ We could have raced the next day,
but we probably would have got beaten,
because we didn’t have all our fairings
done.” — NZME
Team New Zealand ’s skipper, Glenn
Ashby, has laid to rest the ghosts of
2013 by helping the New Zealanders to
victory in the America’s Cup.
Ashby’s combination with helmsman
Peter Burling powered the team past
Jimmy Spithill’s Team USA by 55
seconds to win the Cup match series
7-1 on Bermuda’s Great Sound today.
The win exorcised the demons from
four years ago in San Francisco, when
the New Zealanders squandered an 8-1
lead over Spithill’s Team USA to lose
the challenge series 9-8.
Ashby, who is the sole remaining
member of the 2013 crew, said it was
unbelievable to finally win back the
The 39-year-old Ashby has a low-key
but critical role “trimming” the giant
wing with a games console-type device.
“A few years ago, it was absolutely
brutal for the team,” Ashby said.
“It was a hard pill to swallow. For
myself and a lot of the other guys with
the team this time round, it is a great
redemption and a relief to right the
wrongs of the last campaign.”
They built steadily in light airs early
this morning after Team USA edged
the start to take a narrow early lead in
what would be the final race.
Team NZ hit the front at the second
gate, extending that to 25 seconds at the
third and adding another 10 seconds
going through gate four.
The Americans cut the deficit slightly
on the fifth leg, but the New Zealanders
were relentless over the final stages in
shutting out a comprehensive win.
Not only was their pace better
downwind, they also edged Team USA
upwind for speed.
At 26, Burling supplants Spithill as
the youngest helmsman to win sailing’s
greatest prize in a competition that
dates to 1851.
Spithill claimed the first of his two
cups as skipper aged 30 in 2010 with
Burling could not keep the smile off
“It’s unreal. It ’s exactly what we came
here to do,” he said.
“I definitely don’t think we’d be here
without the heartache of San Francisco.”
An emotional Spithill, aiming to be
the first Australian to win three cups
at the helm, paid tribute to the New
“ What a series — they made fewer
mistakes and they fully deser ve it, so our
hats are off to them,” he said.
Burling and Ashby lifted the silver
trophy together before it was passed
around for swigs of champagne.
Ashby, a multihull expert and Olympic
silver medallist, is the only non-New
Zealander in his crew.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Luna Rossa has
been chosen as the Challenger of
Record for the 36th America’s Cup,
Team New Zealand said.
The America’s Cup has only been
held by teams from the United
States, Australia, New Zealand and
New Zealand won the right to take
on the U.S. by beating four other
“challengers” from Britain, France,
Japan and Sweden, using cycling sailors
dubbed “cyclors” to provide pedal power
to control their catamaran’s vast “wing”
sail and hydrofoils.
They will now decide where, when and
in what type of boat the next America’s
Cup will be held and there have been
questions over whether they will opt
for high-octane catamarans, or revert to
the monohulls used in previous cups.
Chief executvie officer Grant Dalton
did not detail his plans, but told a media
briefing they would “play out in the next
couple of weeks”.
One certainty for the other teams
thinking of the next campaign is that
Italy’s Luna Rossa, which is backed by
the Italian luxury goods group Prada,
has been chosen as the Challenger of
Record for the 36th America’s Cup.
“The Royal New Zealand Yacht
Squadron... has accepted a challenge
from Circolo della Vela Sicilia,” Dalton
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