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Greymouth-born Paul Coll, back as
New Zealand’s top men’s squash player for
another year, still has plenty more in the
tank — and now has his sights set on the
world No 1 title.
Speaking to Seven Sharp, Coll says he
thinks he has what it takes to rise to the top
of the sport internationally.
“ You have to believe other wise it will
never happen,” Coll said.
Currently world No 12, he is back home
for the 2017 New Zealand Senior Squash
Championships where he was ranked as top
It was no surprise that New Zealand’s
best men’s player, who has had a rapid rise
through the world rankings, won the title
for the third time running.
Coll had relatively straightforward wins
throughout the event, dropping only one
He was given a scare by New Zealand
No 2 Campbell Grayson in the final, before
going on to win 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 .
When speaking to the Greymouth Star
last year, Coll said he was aiming to crack
the world top 20 in the 2017 season.
He was successful with that goal when he
made world No 12, and told Seven Sharp
that since he had achieved that target a little
sooner than expected he needed to reassess
his next goals.
That included taking a look at making it
to the top.
In the squash world, the player nicknamed
‘Superman’ made waves throughout the
season for his athleticism around the
court and on many occasions he has left
commentators aghast with his retrieving
This season he had an unbeaten 10-match
winning streak, which was only broken
when he was beaten by former world
No 1 Englishman James Willstrop at the
J P Morgan’s Tournament in New York
earlier this year.
Following that game Willstrop had
nothing but praise for the player, who
he said was developing a reputation in
becoming so hard to find space against.
“He (Coll) can go all day if you let him.”
Coll works extremely hard on his fitness
and agility, which has helped him get
further than he expected this season.
He started playing squash in Greymouth
as a young boy, and also enjoyed playing
rugby league in his youth.
As a teenager Coll moved over the hill
to go to Christchurch Boys’ High School,
and it was then that his squash career really
began to take off and he has not looked
Coll was the first New Zealand man since
world No 2 Ross Norman to make the top
20 in more than 30 years.
The Coaster is now based in Belgium.
Just one semi-final spot remains
to be filled at the Super Club
Netball tournament after another
day of predictable results.
The Southern Steel and New
South Wales Institute of Sport
will both progress to the semi-
finals on Thursday after they
swept aside their opponents
The Steel easily accounted for
the University of Trinidad and
Tobago 86-55, with Jhaniele
Fowler-Reid hitting 59 of 64
shots in her three and a half
quarters of action. NSWIS were
nearly as convincing, defeating
the Gauteng Jaguars 74-45,
setting up an interesting clash
with the Steel tomorrow to see
who progresses top of pool A.
In pool B, the crowd in Nelson
finally got to see a competitive
game, with the Northern Mystics
edging the Central Pulse 59-54.
In a re-match of ANZ
Premiership preliminary final,
the Mystics came from three
goals down at half-time to gain
revenge on a Pulse side missing
two of their usual starters
in Katrina Grant and Tiana
Defensive intensity from Anna
Harrison and Storm Pur vis was
the key to the Mystics’ second
win in five matches this year
against the Pulse, having lost
to them in the recent national
The victory puts them atop pool
B with a 2-0 record, while the
Pulse drop to 1-1.
In the day ’s other game, Welsh
side Celtic Flames defeated
Fijian squad Marama Vou 68-
41. As a result, the Pulse can
seal their semi-final spot with
a victory over Marama Vou in
tomorrow ’s final pool game.
The tournament takes a day off
today, before pool play concludes
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The West Coast men’s A and
B teams travelled to Ashburton
on Saturday and successfully
defended both trophies in their
annual matches against Mid
The men’s B team started the
afternoon with a close match for
the Robert Frazer Trophy.
Lee Coram opened the scoring
with a good touch past the
Mid Canterbury evened the
scores and then Coram once
again claimed a field goal that
was promptly neutralised by a
goal at the other end of the pitch
just 30 seconds later.
It was left up to the Coast ’s
player of the day Geoff Bone
to move up to the for ward line
and finish off a series of passes
with a deft touch past the Mid
Canterbury keeper to claim the
The Lindsay Aldridge Trophy
match then saw the West Coast
men’s A team race to a 4-1 first-
half lead over Mid Canterbury
Sean Gibson converted a
penalty corner with a well-
placed drag flick, and then
claimed a second with a good
triangle pass that flummoxed
the scrambling defence.
Michael Cook played what
some regarded was his best game
so far in the red and white shirt,
scoring a great goal and earning
the player of the day award.
George Rubbo deflected the
Coast ’s fourth goal in from the
right post off a clean pass by
Blair Nixon completed the
scoring for the Coast with a goal
in the second half that managed
to keep them just ahead of an
improving Mid Canterbury
Ben Pratt kept the Coast in the
match with some good saves and
lots of positive encouragement
from the back.
Men’s B, Robert
Frazer Trophy: West Coast 3,
Mid Canterbury 2; Men’s A,
Lindsay Aldridge Trophy: West
Coast 5, Mid Canterbury 4.
The winning West Coast men’s A hockey team which beat Mid Canterbury 5-4 to retain the Lindsay Aldridge Trophy.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Malakai Fekitoa is brought down during the match between the Highlanders
and Lions at Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin last month.
WEST COAST HOCKEY
Coast teams successfully defend trophies
Tadhg Furlong is perfectly placed to assess
the kind of response the All Blacks will
inevitably bring to Eden Park’s third deciding
Lions test on Saturday.
With his strong carries and solid
scrummaging, the big Irish tight head prop
has been one of the Lions’ best throughout
this tour. He is fast becoming a thorn in the
All Blacks’ side.
Four tests against the world’s best for two
wins; all in the past eight months, all at the
age of 24.
Legends of the game go entire careers
without savouring success against the All
Blacks. With plenty more left in his large
frame, Furlong has already charged through
Do not confuse his personal record for
overconfidence, though. He certainly was not
game enough to bite at a probe questioning
the All Blacks’ aura.
“ It ’s a tough question to answer. You always
fear the All Blacks in the way that if you don’t
man up and meet them head-on -head it ’s a
tough day at the office,” Furlong said.
“They are going to cut you in the wider
channels if you give them that sort of space.
They can score a try from anywhere they ’re
that dangerous. And if none of that works,
they ’re just so damn consistent and good at
holding onto the ball so they ’re such a tough
team to beat. You have to keep attacking
them which is easier said than done. ”
Alongside fellow Irish Lions Jonathan
Sexton, Conor Murray, Jack McGrath and C
J Stander, Furlong first played the All Blacks
in Ireland’s historic win in Chicago last
November. He was there again two weeks
later when the All Blacks harnessed that hurt
and hit Ireland with everything they had to
turn the tables in Dublin. This week, he is
expecting a similar, if not more pronounced,
response with the series on the line.
“ I don’t think they’ll massively change
what they ’re doing. They ’ll probably try to
physically come back at us which is the same
pretty much every test match. I remember
in D ublin coming off the pitch and being
absolutely shattered and being sore for days
after. It was probably one of the most brutal
test matches I’ve ever played in my short
career. Everyone will expect that and try to
tee themselves up for it.”
For wards coach Graham Rowntree and
the Lions pack took great pride from their
vastly improved performance in Wellington,
despite it coming against a seven-man All
Blacks’ engine room after Jerome Kaino was
subbed following Sonny Bill Williams’ 25th
minute red card.
As the Lions head to Q ueenstown for a
mix of training and recovery, Furlong knows
another lift is required this week. The battle
within the battle will see the same front-rows
confront each other for the fourth time in five
weeks, having also collided in the Crusaders
“Everyone was really disappointed after the
first test. They probably bossed us around
the ruck area and two or three defenders
out. They got over the gain-line really easily.
Conditions probably forced them into
playing the same as us (in Wellington). It
was very hard to hold onto the ball or try and
offload. We knew we’d have to be tougher
there and right and few wrongs.
“I don’t think the All Blacks scrum gets
the credit from the outside world that it
deser ves. Believe me, they are a very strong
unit. Sometimes you’re really holding on and
scrapping to get parity especially on your ball
it’s hugely competitive.”
Malakai Fekitoa will add a jolt
of “no-fear attitude” to the New
Zealand rugby camp ahead of
Saturday ’s British and Irish Lions
test series decider, according to
Highlanders team-mate Aaron
The 25-year-old Fekitoa was
drafted into the All Blacks squad
on Sunday in anticipation of Sonny
Bill Williams’ suspension for his
second-test red card.
Williams was duly handed a four-
match ban for his shoulder charge
to the face of Anthony Watson.
Given coach Steve Hansen’s thin
midfield stocks, with Williams
absent and Ryan Crotty injured,
Fekitoa is a solid chance to play at
The versatile Anton Lienert-
Brown is likely to retain a midfield
spot, but Hansen must choose
between Fekitoa at centre or rookie
inside centre specialist Ngani
Laumape, who made a sound
The uncapped Jack Goodhue is
also a midfield option.
“At the gym (yesterday), Malakai
always works pretty hard and gave
a bit of energy to the group —
he doesn’t say much but through
his facial expressions and body
language, you could tell he was
really happy,” Smith said.
Fekitoa, a softly-spoken character
renowned for his relentless
positivity on social media, was
an unlucky omission from this
year’s test squad and subsequently
impressed in the Highlanders’ 23-
22 win over the mid-week Lions.
Capped 23 times, the Tongan-
born midfielder played in 10 of last
year’s 14 All Blacks tests, making
eight starts and scoring four tries.
Smith, who is also based in
Dunedin for the Landers, said the
physicality of a Lions test decider
would suit Fekitoa down to a tee.
It could also be a timely reminder
of his worth to New Zealand
rugby, with rumours circulating of
an imminent departure to French
glamour club Toulon.
“ Very confrontational — that
take-nothing attitude, he’ll go hard
and do his job really well if he gets
the opportunity,” halfback Smith
“(There’ ll be) a bit of a chip on his
shoulder, and maybe a bit of no-fear
attitude coming in — he knows
what he has to do.” — AAP
Fekitoa to add grunt
to All Blacks
Lions prop well aware of
facing hurting All Blacks
Laura Langman looks to
have closed the door on a
return to the Silver Ferns.
the Sunshine Coast
Lightning have won the
tug of war battle with
Netball New Zealand
over Langman’s signature,
with the mid-courter
resigning with the
Lightning for another
In a blow for Silver
Ferns coach Janine
decision means she
will remain ineligible
to play international
netball for New Zealand
and takes her out of
contention for next year’s
on the Gold Coast.
helped the Sunshine
Coast Lightning to
their maiden title in the
— New Zealand Herald
Langman closes door on
Silver Ferns return
Coll sets sights
on world No 1
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Semi-finals take shape at Super Club
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Central Pulse wing attack Whitney Souness gets a pass despite the efforts of Mystics wing defence
Brooke Watt, in Nelson yesterday.
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