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Roger Federer is urging Nick Kyrgios to keep
his cool and back his grasscourt pedigree as he
bids to become Australia’s first Wimbledon
champion in 15 years.
Federer is unsure if Kyrgios is ready to go all
the way after an injury-riddled and emotionally
turbulent run through the claycourt season,
but says the 22-year-old has already proven he
is capable of a breakout tournament if his body
and mind hold up.
“Just play focused, play inspired and believe
in himself,” Federer said ahead of tomorrow ’s
all-important draw in London.
“ Yeah, he’s one of top contenders to surprise
anybody. He’s got a great game on grass. He’s
going to be really tough to beat.”
A grand slam junior champion and former
winner of the Wimbledon boys’ doubles with
Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios burst onto the
world spotlight with a stunning fourth-round
win over top-seeded Rafael Nadal in 2014.
Meanwhile, Kyrgios earnestly believes he
can become Australia’s first Wimbledon
champion in 15 years.
“I honestly do think I can win it. Might need
a bit of luck — and everything to fall into
place — but I do believe I can win,” Kyrgios
said after making a successful return from a
chronic hip injury at The Boodles exhibition
In his first outing since retiring hurt after
taking a tumble during his first-round match
at Queen’s last week, Kyrgios cruised to a 6-4,
6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber
today. “It ’s perfect preparation for me to come
here and just sort of have a laid-back vibe but
obviously play some pretty good tennis as well,
so I’m feeling good,” Kyrgios said. — A AP
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Eels Mitchell Moses celebrates kicking the winning field goal in extra-time in last night’s clash with the
Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
The finals of the Hokitika
Golf Club championships were
played on the Mahinapua links
last Saturday in ideal winter
The senior men’s match
between Peter Foster and Brent
Simkin was a see-sawing affair
that had Foster leading by a
couple of holes at the break after
18 holes. Simkin fought back in
the afternoon and after Foster hit
the wrong ball on the 27th hole
the match was back to square
with nine holes to play.
Foster, however, then won a
couple of quick holes with clutch
putts and closed the match out
2-1 to win the championship for
the first time.
Records are being checked
but he could well be the oldest
winner in the club’s history.
The senior women’s match
between Sharon Davidson and
Maryanne Glasson was a close
affair, Davidson having a distinct
advantage off the tee with her
extra length but Glasson used
here short game and putting to
Davidson led two up after the
first 18 holes but after 36 holes
the two of them could not be
separated and one extra hole had
to be played before Davidson
claimed the win.
The intermediate men’s match
was between the long-hitting
Dave Shaw and the accurate
Kevin Foster. Every time Shaw
seemed to have an advantage
Foster would come with some
magic in the form of great chips
or sinking long putts.
Foster ran out the winner 5-4
but the result probably did not
reflect how close the match was
for most of the round.
Tony Reynolds and Jim Cross
had a good battle in the morning,
Reynolds shooting 78 off the
stick to lead two up at the turn.
Reynolds continued to play well
in the afternoon and wrapped up
the match 6-5.
between perennial finalist Dean
Cummings and Alan Bradley
saw Cummings win well after
leading only one up after the
morning round in which both
players scored well.
In the afternoon round,
Bradley’s play fell away a bit
and Cummings pounced to win,
going away 7-6.
The match on Saturday was a
stableford won by Stan Naylor
with 36 points from Pita Austin
35 points; Nev Johnson and Tony
Reynolds both had 34.
A $10 stableford was played in
windy conditions on Sunday. Jim
Hickey took the top prize with
39 points from John Macpherson
and Paul Davidson.
In the Wednesday stableford
on June 21, Brian Dow was again
the winner this time with 40
points. Kevin Foster and Simon
Robinson both had 38 points
and Lance Smith 37.
Murray Marsh had the only
competition two for the week.
This weekend, Karamea
will host their popular winter
tournament, while in Hokitika
the match on Saturday is a
four-ball bogey with nominated
partners. A medal with a disc
draw is set down for Sunday.
The women’s match tomorrow
will be arranged for those not
travelling to Karamea, Marj
Curtain on catering.
Mitchell Moses has finally
shown why Parramatta fought
hard to steal him mid-season,
nailing a golden-point field goal in
the Eels’ thrilling 13-12 win over
Moses saved the Eels’ blushes
after almost throwing away their
top-eight spot with a poor second-
half display last night that allowed
the Bulldogs to force the extra
In front of a crowd of 14,061 at
ANZ Stadium, Moses piloted a
25m shot to consign the Bulldogs
to their sixth defeat in seven
games, all but ending their season.
Down 12-2 at half-time, the
Bulldogs cut the deficit when
Brett Morris took advantage
of a defensive brain explosion
by Kenny Edwards in the 49th
Although they had a mountain
of possession thereafter, that was
how the scoreline looked to stay
until interchange utility Matt
Frawley dummied past Tepai
Moeroa to draw level.
Despite losing the golden-point
toss, the Eels took advantage of a
questionable penalty early in the
first set of the third period when
Michael Lichaa was penalised for
“I thought the penalty in the
extra time was a pretty tough
call, to be honest. I think he
got it wrong. But we had other
opportunities. It was a tough
game,” Bulldogs coach Des Hasler
The Eels then needed just three
plays before Moses stepped up
in the clutch to deliver his best
moment in Parramatta colours
since moving from the Wests
Tigers mid-season . It was easily
Moses’ best performance for the
Eels, with him playing a hand in
both their tries and coming up
with some big defensive plays,
including a try-saver on Josh
Lock Nathan Brown was named
man of the match after producing
a game-high 228m and 42 tackles
in an 82-minute performance.
The signs were ominous early
for Canterbury, who were on the
backfoot in just the third minute
when an errant first-tackle pass
from Will Hopoate should have
ended in a penalty try.
Instead, winger Marcelo
Montoya was sin-binned for
preventing a certain four-
pointer from Mitchell Moses
and Gutherson kicked an early
penalty goal. Down to 12 men,
the Bulldogs twice bombed
opportunities to take the lead and
instead settled for their own two
points gifted by Edwards.
However, that was as threatening
as the visitors got as the home side
took a half-time lead through tries
to wing pair Bevan French and
Bulldogs captain Aiden Tolman’s
matched Brown’s whole-game
effort with 147m and a game-high
54 tackles in the defeat.
Eels coach Brad Arthur said
there was no excuse for their
“Maybe I need to rip into the
boys a bit more just before we go
out after half- time. They just had
some big bodies out there, carried
hard and aggressive,” he said.
Like sledging in cricket, off-the-
ball niggle in test rugby is part of the
furniture and should be accepted by
referees and pundits.
That is the view of key figures within
both the British and Irish Lions and the
All Blacks ahead of what shapes as a
hugely physical second test on Saturday.
Forecast rain for Wellington is
expected to turn the test into trench
Trailing 1-0, the Lions have talked
repeatedly about the need to be more
combative than in the 30-15 loss in
Captain Sam Warburton believes his
team were distinctly second-best there,
including in the off-the-ball exchanges,
when psychological points can be won.
“I’ve probably played almost 200
games of professional rugby and that
happens every single game you play in,”
“Stuff off the ball goes on. People try
to get into each other, whether at ruck
time or mauls. It ’s the little mental edges
that players like to get over each other.”
Warburton said the All Blacks clearly
targeted halfback Conor Murray but
kept it just inside the laws with pushes
and nudges after his box kicks.
Warburton did not adopt the same
line as Lions coach Warren Gatland,
who said the hosts deliberately set out
to injure the influential halfback.
“ We should look after him better
as a forward pack. Referees can’t see
everything and you just accept that as
players,” the skipper said.
“That ’s all part of the psychological
battle. I’ve spoken to most of the Kiwi
guys, they are a great bunch of lads and
no one’s taking anything personally.”
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen
brushed aside further talk about Murray.
He also did not want to know about
footage which has emerged reportedly
showing Lions prop Mako Vunipola’s
role in questionable off-the-ball
incidents involving All Blacks Anton
Lienert-Brown and Owen Franks.
Hansen put faith in match officials
and citing officers to pinpoint foul play.
Anything that does not reach that
threshold should be written off as part
of test rugby, he said.
“Rugby’s a big boy ’s game played by
big boys and people with character,”
“There’s no point dragging stuff up. If
you thought something was intentional,
there are guys doing the job of making
the game a lot cleaner than it was in
“A lot of things happen in the heat of
the moment and they ’re definitely not
intentional. Move on from it.” — NZN
New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko, fresh
off the pain of losing her world No 1
ranking, will head into this weekend’s
Women’s PGA Championship at
Olympia Fields outside Chicago with
plenty to prove.
The 20-year-old had her premier
ranking stripped from her in mid-June,
and was demoted to No 3 on Monday
after an error-plagued start to the 2017
Ko, born in South Korea before
moving to Auckland as a child, finished
a disappointing 25th in last weekend’s
LPGA tournament in Arkansas.
Despite mostly producing the goods
on the fairway, Ko has struggled on the
green in the past 12 months and has
not won a tour event since last July’s
Marathon Classic in Ohio — or a major
since April 2016 at Rancho Mirage.
She will have the chance to make
amends in Illinois, where the second of
five women’s 2017 majors will be held
It is a course the Aucklander knows
well, having finished second in last year’s
Championship event and third in 2014.
Ko hoped to do the business on a golf
course she liked, and against ranking
usurpers Ryu So-Yeon and Ariya
She said the pair’s form eased the
pressure on her somewhat, as they
motivated each other to reach new
“ It ’s beautiful, the course is in amazing
condition — it ’s like there’s no piece of
grass in the wrong place (and) the vibe is
great,” Ko said.
“ It ’s a great balance of holes, not all
short or all long. Some of the other girls
are playing at such great standards, and
this is a new week — every day’s a new
“ I’m thinking more about how can I be
consistent and stay in contention. ”
Ko was on top of the rankings for 85
straight weeks until demoted in mid-
June, the third-longest stint as No 1 in
LPGA history. — NZ N
Heavyweight David Nyika has
successfully defended his Oceania
boxing title with a unanimous points
decision win over Australian No 1 Jason
Whateley on the Gold Coast.
It is the Hamilton fighter’s third
straight victory over the Victorian and
was sweet redemption after missing out
on the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Nyika burst on to the scene at just 18,
when he won gold as a light heavyweight
at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
three years ago, and now feels he has
completed the step up. “I ’m a fully
fledged heavyweight now, which has
given me a lot of confidence when I can
sit and tangle with the likes of Jason,
who’s a good fighter,” he said yesterday.
The result means the 21-year-old has
qualified for the world championships
starting in Hamburg in late August.
Nyika is not expecting an easy ride
when he travels to Europe, with a
number of Olympians still fighting as
“ I think most of the medallists are still
hanging about as a lot of the boxers from
countries like Russia and Kazakhstan
don’t turn professional, so they ’re
probably just in hibernation,” he said.
“ We’ll be ready for the best of the best
and that ’s all we can train for.”
He is also refusing to look too far ahead
and the chance of winning another
Commonwealth gold in Queensland
“ I’m not too worried about studying
different opponents at the world
champs,” he said.
“All I have to do is keep developing like
I’ve been doing and, if all goes well, I’ll be
in tip-top shape for the Commonwealth
Games next year.” — NZN
The Black Sticks Women are through
to next year’s World Cup, securing their
place with a 2-0 victory over Italy in the
World League Semi Final quarter-final.
It was a clinical performance from
the New Zealanders in Brussels, with
an early goal from Samantha Harrison
setting the tone before Samantha
Charlton put the match to bed with a
thunderous second-half effort.
Try as they might, the Italians could
not breach Sally Rutherford’s goal.
With their semi-final berth at the
World League Semi Final, the Black
Sticks Women automatically qualify for
next year’s World Cup in England.
Five automatic berths for the World
Cup were available at the tournament,
with the New Zealanders sealing a spot
with their guaranteed top-four finish.
They will play either Netherlands or
Spain in tomorrow ’s semi-final, and
head coach Mark Hager said he could
not be prouder.
It was also an excellent run-in for
November’s World League Final on
home soil in Auckland, at which the
Black Sticks have already qualified as
“It’s fantastic to qualify for the World
Cup at the earliest opportunity. That was
the number one thing for us to tick off
here,” Hager said.
“ We were finally able to put away some
goals, which was pleasing — we continue
to create plenty of chances and just need
to polish the finishes. ” — NZN
Ahaura, Stillwater and Kells clocked
up 6-3 wins in their respective Grey
Valley pool matches this week.
Results. — B lackball WMC 5, Brunner
WMC 4; Kells 6, Hilton 3; Ahaura 6,
Ikamatua 3, Stillwater 6, Nelson Creek
Winners of their games were. —
Warren Barlow and Gerry Grieves
(Blackball WMC), Helen Dash and
Mark Woolhouse (Brunner WMC) Nev
Hughes and Justin Archbold (Kells),
Graham D umelow and Brett Tones
In the women’s contest both Stillwater
and Blackball WMC recorded wins.
Results.— B BWMC 8, Nelson Creek
1; Stillwater 6, Ahaura 3.
Winners of their games were.—
Emma Mason and Tania Smallbridge
(Blackball WMC), Pam Murphy and
Kiri Gibson (Blackball WMC) and
DebbieAnn Johnson and Joan Aynsley
Following a successful
run at Paroa last weekend
Greymouth Harriers will
start from the clubrooms
at 2pm tomorrow for a
run up Power Station hill,
followed by Coronation
Domain and Grandjeans
It has been described as
the views should make
the hard work worth it.
Next weekend the
harriers have their annual
journey to Punakaiki.
The loop is the Pororari-
Punakaiki river track
starting from the Pororari
end. This was a popular
run last year with about
40 people participating.
Plans are also in
place to hold a short
committee meeting at
1.15pm to organise the
cross-country in a couple
Kells Blue and the RSA had good
wins in the Greymouth men’s pool
competition this week, while Rec One
held on to second place.
In the singles, L Larking has nine wins,
with B Mitchell and G Forsyth on seven.
Six players have six wins.
Players with no losses are L Larking, G
Livingstone 6, D Talboys 5, M Toal and
T Furness 4.
On the points table, Kells Blue 57 lead
by 13 over Rec One 44 and RSA 43.
Runanga 1, Kells Blue 8;
Rec One 7, Rapahoe 2; Greymouth
WMC 1, RSA 8; Union 4, Paroa 5; Kells
White 6, Rec 2 0 (default).
The draw for Monday is. —
v Kells White; Rec Two v Union; Paroa
v Greymouth WMC; RSA v Rec One;
Rapahoe v Runanga; Kells Blue a bye.
New Zealand tennis
player Marina Erakovic
is one win away from
a spot at Wimbledon
after crushing Rebecca
Peterson 6-1, 7-5 in her
Unlike her grinding
win over Amra Sadikovic
yesterday, New Zealand’s
No 1 female tennis player
dominated her opponent
in London and stroked
the ball around the court
The first set was
one-way traffic, before
Erakovic earned the
crucial break in the 11th
game of the second-set to
then ser ve out the match.
Erakovic will now face
Australian young gun
Destanee Aiava, 17, for a
spot in the Wimbledon
Aiava is ranked
No 170 in the world,
while Erakovic is No 129.
“I thought I did well to
get off to a good start in
the first set and I did well
to hold on to that lead,”
the 29-year-old Erakovic
“In the second, I felt
like I had quite a few
chances to break early
and they just didn’t
moving really well and it
was hard for me to find
the corners. So it was
a tough battle, but I’m
really proud of myself
for making sure I was
mentally tough in the
end, to fight it out.”
Eels sink Dogs in golden point
Ko itching for success at
Nyika retains Oceania title
Black Sticks qualify for World Cup
Kells Blue maintains lead
Grey Valley pool results
Foster wins see-saw Hokitika golf battle
Power Station hill
Federer urges Kyrgios to keep his cool at Wimbledon
Erakovic into final
Leon Goretzka scored two quick-
fire early goals today as Germany beat
Mexico 4-1 to reach the Confederations
Exploiting Mexico’s defensive frailties,
Joachim Loew ’s inexperienced squad was
2-0 up within 10 minutes.
Loew is using the squad to assess his
pool of talent, and this one could end
the tournament with more silverware for
the world champions if it beats Chile on
Sunday in St Petersburg.
All three German scorers in the
southern Russian resort of Sochi were
players making their tournament debuts.
After Goretzka netted in the sixth and
eighth minutes, Timo Werner and Amin
Younes scored in the second half.
Despite the convincing score line,
Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter
Stegen was kept busy. There were 25 shots
on goal but he only conceded in the 89th
minute when he was beaten by Marco
Fabian’s long-range swerving shot.
Mexico will now head to Moscow to
play Portugal in the third-place match
on Sunday after paying the price for
affording Germany too much space to
cut through its ragged defence.
“ We didn’t have a good start of the
game, and they took advantage,” Fabian
said. “ We have to acknowledge that we
dared to play as equals.
“Sometimes adrenaline plays a trick on
us. Sometimes we make mistakes that
they take advantage of. We have to learn
to be effective and take advantage of their
It was a misplaced header by captain
Hector Moreno that freed Goretzka to
launch the attack that he completed to
put Germany in front. Goretzka seized
possession around the halfway line,
passed to Benjamin Henrichs on the
right flank and accelerated to receive the
ball back and sweep in a low shot from
Mexico was jolted and had not
regrouped when its defense was shredded
again inside two minutes. Werner
threaded the ball through for Goretzka
to slot under the legs of goalkeeper
Guillermo Ochoa at the near post and
claim his third goal of the competition.
Rather than being a platform to build
on, Germany eased up and squandered
the opportunity for a third goal when
Werner struck straight at Ochoa.
And soon Ter Stegen was being
repeatedly called into action, using his
outstretched right leg to clear a shot from
Giovani Dos Santos and diving to block
the follow-up from Jonathan Dos Santos.
Mexico had an even better chance to
pull one back. The ball broke for Javier
Hernandez and the striker only had Ter
Stegen to beat but the shot was lifted too
Raul Jimenez was thwarted by Ter at the
start of the second half before Germany
extended its lead in the 59th minute. A
flowing move saw captain Julian Draxler
and Jonas Hector combine to set up the
unmarked Werner to pass into an empty
Germany looked set for its first
clean sheet of the tournament until a
quickly-taken free kick left the defense
unprepared to close down Fabian, who
unleashed the long-range strike that Ter
Stegen could not stop.
But Germany still had the final say,
with Younes released by Emre Can and
striking across the face of goal into the
net. — New Zealand Herald
Germany books finals
spot with Chile
New Zealand freestyle skier Jossi
Wells is in a race against time to take
part in February’s Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang after undergoing a knee
Wells, a Winter X-Games gold
medallist, tore a patella tendon in a
training-ground accident, just four
months after injuring his other patella in
Nor way. He also broke his neck in 2014.
The 27-year-old’s rupture will take
at least six months to heal, placing his
participation in next year’s Winter
Olympics in jeopardy.
The Wanaka native was nevertheless
optimistic, and was even brave enough
to post a video of the injury-causing fall
on his Instagram on Wednesday. His
anguished scream was audible.
Wells injures knee, surgery required
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