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Fowler-Reid quits Southern Steel
Boyd Cordner knew from day one this
year’s New South Wales team would be
Not since NSW ’s class of 1996 rinsed
Queensland blue in all three matches
have the same 17 players featured across
an entire State of Origin series. And it
is just extra motivation for Cordner to
overcome a problematic calf injury in
time to lead his team out of an expected
sellout Suncorp Stadium decider
The Blues skipper insists the 21-year
record has played a telling factor in
him and his team-mates picking up the
pieces from the spectacular second half
collapse in game two.
“Since game one, that first meeting
we had, I knew we had something
special there. Just look around and see
all the players that have been selected,”
Cordner said yesterday.
“It just gives you that extra confidence
all of them are in good form and
what we done in game one was pretty
good, pretty special. And then obviously
disappointing, we put ourselves in a
position to win it in game two. ”
The defeat in Sydney swung the
series in the Maroons’ favour, however
Cordner is also banking on the fact that
NSW have only trailed Queensland for
five of the 160 minutes so far this year.
“ We’ ll take a lot of confidence out
of our last two games we’ve played.
Hopefully we can put together a full
80-minute performance up there,” he
Cordner, 25, admits his fight to beat a
calf injury has been mental as much as
The Sydney Roosters star has not
played since coming off late in Origin
II and completed his first full training
session in Kingscliff in an opposed run
The Blues had yesterday off before
today’s captain’s run at Cbus Super
Stadium, where 18th man Jack de Belin
will be told whether he would make his
debut in Cordner’s place.
Cordner, who is the Blues’ youngest
captain since a 22-year-old Brad Fittler
in that 1996 team, was unsure on
whether he would play when he arrived
in camp in Kingscliff.
“ To be honest, at the start of the week I
was deadset up in the air about whether
I’d be right or not. But come Wednesday
and Thursday, it really took a turn,” he
Melbourne for ward Dale Finucane
and Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic
were drafted in yesterday as emergency
players for the captain’s run and game-
Penrith pair Matt Moylan and Trent
Merrin, who were part of the extended
squad for game two, were not considered
due to the Panthers’ NRL away match
against the Warriors on Friday.
Meanwhile, Cordner has pleaded for
Laurie Daley to stay past this year ’s
State of Origin decider amid fears the
Blues could be on the lookout for a new
coach in 2018.
Daley ’s contract expires at the end of
this year’s series however there is no
guarantee to remain at the helm should
NSW lose a fourth attempt at the shield
under his watch.
No Blues coach has sur vived more than
three series defeats, and Daley has been
non-committal on whether he would be
seeking a new deal next year.
However ahead of the decider Cordner
went in to bat for the former Blues
The Blues skipper said the Origin
coaching gig was made for Daley, who
also stands on the precipice of becoming
the second NSW coach to claim more
than one series triumph.
Legendary mentor Phil Gould has six
“I love Loz as a coach. I don’t think I’ve
met a more passionate man who’s worn
the blue jersey. I think it ’s carbon-copied
for him to have his job just with the
emotion he shows,” Cordner said.
“ He wears his heart on his sleeve. A
100% I want him to stay. ”
NSW under-16s and 18s coach Brad
Fittler and current Blues assistant John
Cartwright have been mentioned as
possible candidates to take over should
the job be vacated.
The future of selection adviser Peter
Sterling, who signed a one-year deal last
year, is also under a cloud after recently
hinting his status would be tied to
Daley ’s decision.
Cordner, who was appointed captaincy
from Paul Gallen on the eve of this
year’s series, credited Daley for helping
develop him into one of the NRL’s elite
players. — AAP
8 - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The men’s division of the West Coast
club hockey competition is shaping up to
be one of the closest in years, with only
two points seperating the top three teams.
Cobden crept closer to the table topping
Greymouth team with a surprisingly
competed well in the first half conceding
only one penalty corner goal by Bailey
Kersten, then the floodgates opened as
Cobden’s superior fitness showed.
Harvey Rubbo showed he has some
of the fastest wheels in West Coast
hockey, grabbing two goals that resulted
from races for the ball fed through by
the Cobden backs. Sean Brown added
another two goals, and Mickey Sweeney
added the sixth.
Greymouth’s Karl Merriman was
solid in defence and broke down a
number of attacks up the wings, while
Breegan Griggs and Kurtis Perrin-Smith
Karoro men stayed within reach of the
competition leaders when they stole a
march on an understrength Hokitika
squad. Michael Cook led the forwards
with a hat-trick to his name, while
Connor Maclean and Ryan O’Connor
added another couple each.
Matt Gardner put in a big effort up
front and Doug Winter cleaned up loose
ball at the back. But the plaudits went
to Guy Wilkins in his first game in the
premier division, scoring two cracking
goals and gaining the gong for player of
Hokitika battled valiantly, with Ray
Barltrop and Stu Millar putting in some
great runs up front and Peter Henderson
and Jeff Kay giving good direction in the
In the women’s grade, Cobden and
Kowhai had a relatively even game
and the final score did not so justice to
Kowhai’s efforts on the pitch.
With new players settling into the
competition for both teams, Cobden took
advantage of the opportunities to convert
Bhavika Ganda showed that she will
be missed, scoring four goals in her
last game for Cobden before she heads
away on her OE. Amy Devlin followed
up with another four goals, while Anna
Donaldson and Kate Wilkins added one
Greymouth again toppled the Upper
Grey Valley team in a hard fought top of
the table match.
Amanda Curry was solid in defence
while Katja Kordle picked up two goals
in her best game to date. Emma Evans
also impressed up front and picked up the
other two goals for Greymouth.
Valley veteran Natalie Taft-Boddy
was tireless on the field and earned her
team’s player of the day award. Youngsters
Emma Boddy and Molly Williams
continue to impress and improve. Two
nice goals were scored for the Valley team
from wingers Lisa Sturkenboom and Ella
In the primary grade, Greymouth Aces
and Karoro Sharks fought out a goalless
draw in a game that could have gone
either way. Both teams had shotsl but
could not find the back of the net. Goalie
Bridget Fowler and half Madisyn Foster
were awarded the Aces’ players of the day.
After an even first half, Greymouth
Gold put the pressure on and gained
several penalty corners but were unlucky
not to score from them due to the
Hokitika Hackers’ strong defence. Zac
Klempel produced a good goal to give
victory to the Greymouth team.
Karoro Krackers put in a huge effort
to upstage a determined Hokitika
Hummingbirds. Krackers started in
defence with Charlie Taylor making
strong saves and supported by Phoebe
Marris and Finn Elcock. On attack,
Kaleb Wisdom and Sasha Ellery created
opportunities by linking well. Players of
the day went to Sam Drawbridge and
Daniel Newton who both continue to
improve. Hummingbirds played strongly
throughout with great efforts by Maia
Grosser, Sophie L ove and John Barker.
Women: Cobden 10, Kowhai 0;
Greymouth 4, UGV 2. Men: Cobden
6, Greymouth 0; Karoro 11, Hokitika 0.
Primary: Greymouth Gold 1, Hokitika
Hackers 0; Karoro Krackers 3, Hokitika
Hummingbirds 0; Greymouth Aces 0,
Karoro Sharks 0.
There is no club hockey this week due
to the school holidays. The West Coast
under-18 boys are playing their national
tournament in Christchurch and the
under-18 girls have theirs in Carterton
for the week.
West Coast schoolboy rugby
league teams will have plenty
of action this weekend when
the under-15 and 17s travel to
Christchurch for their annual
South Island tournaments.
In the 15s, a new district has been
established, Aoraki, representing
South Canterbury, and West Coast
will face the new team on the block
first up on Sunday. They have a
double-header on Monday against
Otago and Southland, which will
test the depth of the West Coast
squad. The final match on Tuesday
is against tournament favourites,
West Coast coach Phil Gibson
says he has a strong squad and
thinks they have a good chance of
winning most of their games, but
acknowledges that Canterbury is
always a tough match and the boys
will have to play out of their skins
to match them.
Under-17s coach Chris Neame
has high hopes of a good showing
by his charges, but it is a numbers
game and some pool players will be
needed to boost the squad.
A difficult job became harder for
Neame with the selection of his son
and star player, Griffin Neame, in
the New Zealand 16s team.
The New Zealand team have
a game next week and Griffin is
obliged to sit out the tournament.
All teams will also be involved in
workshops, which will give players
and coaches an insight into the
pathways rugby league has to offer
them and what help and support is
being provided to look after players
along their pathway.
Nigel Vagana, a former Kiwi player
now involved as the New Zealand
well-being and education manager,
will speak at the tournament, which
also includes a parents’ seminar on
the Monday night.
A tournament dinner will be
held at the end of the tournament
where the 15s and 17s South
Island Scorpions trial teams will be
announced, and then play on the
The tournament draw is. —
All games being played at Halswell
Domain, except for Scorpions trial
at Canterbury Agricultural Park.
Sunday, 9.30am: West Coast v
Aoraki. Monday, 9.30am: West
Coast v Otago. 12.30pm: West
Coast v Southland. Tuesday,
9.30am: West Coast v Canterbury.
Sunday, 11am: West Coast v
Tasman. Monday, 11am: West
Coast v Otago. 2pm: West Coast
v Southland. Tuesday, 11am: West
Coast v Canterbury.
Champion Jeff Horn won seven
rounds to Manny Pacquiao’s five,
according to a World Boxing
Organisation review of their
welter weight title fight in Brisbane.
The WBO re-scored the fight
after a call by a Filipino government
department to review the ‘Battle
of Brisbane’ on July 2, won by the
Australian by unanimous decision in
Five anonymous judges reviewed
the fight, determining Horn won the
first, second, fourth, sixth, seventh,
10th and 12th rounds, while others
were scored in favour of Pacquiao.
Three of the five judges had to be
in agreement to determine a winner
from each round.
Those results were cross-analysed
with the scores of fight-day judges
Waleksa Roldan, Chris Flores
and Ramon Cerdan to find the
percentage agreement by round,
with Horn winning 6-4. Rounds 10
and 11 deemed even rounds.
“Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn
was the winner of the bout,” the
WBO said in a statement.
Despite conducting the review, the
WBO did not have the power to
revoke Horn’s belt.
The Philippines Games and
Amusements Board’s based their
review request on protecting boxing’s
integrity, citing possible miscalls by
the referee and judges.
The original fight was scored
117-111, 115-113 and 115-113
by Roldan, F lores and Cerdan
respectively, who have each overseen
hundreds of fights.
Roldan came in for particularly
scathing criticism over her scorecard,
but the trio received the backing of
the WBO after their decision. WBO
president Francisco Valcarcel said
last week the purpose of the view
was to provide fans with certainty
over the bout ’s winner.
State of Origin may be getting tougher
each year but Cameron Smith admits he
still cannot get enough.
At 34, Smith would be forgiven for
thinking about hanging up the boots
ahead of tomorrow night’s Origin decider
at Suncorp Stadium.
Five-eighth Johnathan Thurston will
receive a pre-match tribute after his
37 game Origin career was ended by a
shoulder injury in Q ueensland’s game two
win in Sydney.
The crunch clash may also mark the
Maroons swansong of Smith’s Melbourne
team-mates Billy Slater and Cooper
Cronk, who are yet to decide their future.
And after a record 41 Origins —
including 17 as captain — Smith sure has
earned a rest.
However, the evergreen hooker said he
had not even entertained representative
retirement despite Origin getting harder
“It most definitely is. The bodies are
bigger, every player is getting faster and
stronger,” Smith said.
“For those people saying the game is not
tough enough any more because you can’t
throw a punch or do a shoulder charge,
come out next Wednesday and stand in
front of Andrew Fifita.
“Or stand in front of David Klemmer
and see if it ’s not tough then. ”
Smith has missed just one game since
his Origin debut in 2003, racking up some
He has made 1533 Origin tackles,
almost 700 more than the next player,
Gary Larson (813).
Smith has also touched the ball 4234
times in Origin — almost 2000 more
than next on the list, Allan Langer (2162).
He has won six Origin man of the
match awards, just two shy of equalling
Wally Lewis’s record.
Yet Smith still wanted more.
“I am still enjoying State of Origin,” he
“It’s been a bit of a shock to the system
the last couple of years with Corey Parker
finishing up last year, now Johnathan
Thurston but the time had to come, you
can’t go on forever.
“Unfortunately there are a lot of guys
who have been part of this team for a long
time that are going to finish their Origin
“Personally I still feel really good
mentally and physically and still enjoy
coming into camp and competing at this
level. When that desire or hunger is gone
and say ‘give another bloke a go’.”
Smith though is showing no signs of
slowing down ahead of Origin III despite
reports of a sternum concern.
“It’s the most talked-about sternum in
the competition,” he laughed.
I’m under an injury cloud. I actually had
the sternum injury before game one. It
took a couple of weeks to settle down but
it’s all good now.” — AAP
STATE OF ORIGIN
After five years
dominating the New
Zealand netball scene,
the Southern Steel’s
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is
heading to Australia.
The 1.98m Jamaican
international is bidding
farewell to the Steel to
compete in the 2018
Suncorp Super League,
where she is tipped to join
the West Coast Fever.
“It wasn’t easy because
thinking around leaving
behind something that
I’ve grown to know for
five years and just the
culture and everything so
the decision to move away
from that has been hard,”
“It definitely comes
down to me needing a
new challenge and me
broadening my horizons
and seeing what else
is out there for me. It’s
going to be a new lifestyle
and a new environment
with different people but
I adapt easily so that ’s a
The prolific goal scorer
has slotted 3678 goals
from 4020 attempts with
an accuracy rate of 91.4%
over the past five seasons
with the Steel. Her last
season with the Steels
was the franchise’s best,
going through the ANZ
before also winning the
Super Club tournament
“I’ve grown so much
— n ot only within my
career but also personally,”
“My game has changed
tremendously ... I have
many tricks up my sleeve
now to keep defenders
thinking. I’m not a one-
trick pony anymore.”
She was “incredibly
grateful” for the
opportunity to join the
Steel ranks in 2013.
“It has changed me and
it has grown me so much
and the opportunity
to come over to New
Zealand is something
that I really appreciate.
The Steel have had such
patience with me and
supported me so much in
feeling like I’m at home,”
The competitive nature
of the inaugural Super
League was a definite
drawcard for Fowler-
Reid. “I’m impressed.
I feel the teams over
there are tracking good
and there’s some pretty
exciting players over there.
I know it’s going to be
a good league to ply my
trade,” she said. “ There’s
some tough defenders but
I’ve played them before so
I know them. They may
not know me because I
think I’ve evolved in the
past season so it will be a
good thing for me to go
in even stronger.”
A battle against
the 2017 champions
the Sunshine Coast
Lightning, coached by her
former mentor Noeline
Taurua, also loomed.
“I look forward to
playing against her team
and I know she’s going to
have her defenders pull
out all the stops on me
but I’m sure I’m going to
have some stops myself.”
Fight re-scoring shows Horn beat Pacquiao
COAST SCHOOLBOY LEAGUE
Tests ahead for Coast sides
Smith: No retirement plans
Queensland captain Cameron Smith.
Hockey comp close
New South Wales captain Boyd Cordner
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