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New Zealand golfer
Ryan Fox has broken into
the men’s top 100 for the
first time after consecutive
fourth-place finishes on
the European Tour.
Fresh off his fourth at
the Scottish Open in
Aberdeen, Fox has jumped
from No 122 in the world
second-highest ranked New Zealander.
He trails world No 77 Danny Lee, but
moves ahead of the 110th-ranked Mike
In Aberdeen, Fox matched the career-
best tour outcome he secured at the Irish
Open, despite two late bogeys that ruled
him out of even higher honours.
A closing two-under 70 featured five
mid-course birdies and represented a
remarkable recovery after
sitting in 74th after a poor
He followed that round
up with successive rounds
of 69, rising from 74th to
20th and then to fifth.
The 30-year-old finished
on eight-under, five shots
behind tournament winner
Rafa Cabrera Bello, who
beat England’s Callum
Shinkwin in a play-off.
Fox’s results in Scotland and Ireland,
as well as his sixth-place finish at the
French Open earlier this month, put
him in good stead ahead of the British
It is his second appearance at next
week’s major, having finishing 49th at
St Andrews two years ago.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Croquet green looking sharp
The green is lush again and the century-old pavilion is looking sharp with a new paint job, but the Makura Croquet Club is still five months away from returning to the refurbished
grounds, in Greymouth. The pavilion was moved and the greens shortened to make room for extra car parking at the adjoining Westland Recreation Centre. Club spokeswoman Ailsa
Harrison said that while the facilities were looking quite tidy now, there was still some work to do on the green before play resumed. The grass was being cut in stages to get the correct
length, and some other work was still to be to undertaken in the pavilion. “ W hile there is still a bit of work to be done we plan to have out first tournament on the green at the beginning
of December.” In the meantime, the club continues to play croquet at the former Greymouth RSA bowling green.
Shaun Johnson’s Rugby League World
Cup dream is still alive — but his 2017
Warriors campaign is all but over.
The star Warriors and Kiwis playmaker
was diagnosed with a rupture to the
posterior cruciate ligament in his left
knee yesterday afternoon, after buckling
over in his side’s 34-22 loss to Penrith on
Club doctors initially feared the worst
for Johnson, who had already missed
a large chunk of football in 2015 with
a broken ankle. But, in news that will
provide much relief for David Kidwell
and little for Stephen Kearney, Johnson
will only miss six to eight weeks of
That is enough to miss almost all of the
11th-placed Warriors’ seven remaining
games, five of which they need to win to
sneak into the top eight.
He is all but certain to pull on the
black-and-white jumper for the Kiwis in
November’s World Cup, as they attempt
to wrestle back the trophy from Australia.
The 26-year-old will not need an
“This is a much better outcome than
we had expected,” Warriors team doctor
John Mayhew said. “ We had believed the
injury was likely to be an ACL (anterior
cruciate ligament), but scans have
indicated this isn’t so, and Shaun won’t
need surgical intervention to repair the
After his side’s late defeat to Penrith,
Kearney admitted Johnson’s 62nd-
minute injury — with the Warriors up
22-18 — may have sapped his side.
They conceded three late tries at home
to lose the match.
“That possibly played a bit of a part,”
Ata Hingano, who has made seven
NRL appearances in 2017, is likely to
partner Kieran Foran in the Warriors’
halves in Johnson’s absence. — N ZN
Captain Dane Coles is ready
to make his return for the
Hurricanes, triggering memories
of his inspiring performance in
last year’s charge to the Super
All Blacks hooker Coles is set to
be named on the reser ves bench
for Friday ’s quarter-final against
the Brumbies in Canberra, four
months after his last game.
Coles suffered a calf injury
against the Highlanders in
round four and then developed
concussion symptoms which
lingered, ruling him out of New
Zealand’s drawn test series
against the British and Irish
Hurricanes assistant coach John
Plumtree has felt for the 30-year-
old, whose symptoms cleared a couple
of weeks ago and who is now fizzing
to play his part in a second successful
“It’s been a frustrating sabbatical,”
Plumtree said. “It ’s been unbelievably
difficult for him. He’s a roll-your-
sleeves-up type of bloke and obviously
we’ve missed him in terms of his
Last year Coles suffered painful rib
cartilage damage in the quarter-finals
which ruled him out of their semi-final
defeat of the Chiefs.
It was widely expected he would sit
out the home final against the Lions
but he played in pain for 60 minutes,
something his team-mates later said
they found inspiring.
Plumtree says the world class rake
could have a similar impact.
“He’s our captain, he hasn’t been
there for us and hopefully he can play a
major role now,” Plumtree said.
“He’ ll make a massive difference to
our performance, I’d say. Once he’s
made his first tackle, hit his first ruck,
he’ ll be straight back into it.”
Lock Mark Abbott expects Coles
to take his pent-up frustration out on
the Australian Conference champions
when he replaces Ricky Riccitelli at
some point in the match.
“It ’ll be good to see him back. He’s
been a persistent niggler at training the
last couple of weeks,” Abbott said.
Meanwhile, Plumtree expects All
Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett
to return after missing Saturday ’s
crucial 31-22 defeat of the Crusaders in
Wellington because of a virus.
There is less certainty around fleet-
footed centre Vince Aso, whose groin
injury will be closely monitored.
Aso was ruled out 40 minutes before
kick-off against the Crusaders, forcing
a backline reshuffle which sent rising
star Jordie Barrett from fullback to
centre. — N ZN
NZ U21 netballers on top of the world
The jubilant New Zealand U21 team celebrate clinching back-to-back Netball World Youth Cup titles edging Australia 60-57 yesterday morning in Gabarone,
Second-baseman Joel Evans
came up trumps when his Black
Sox needed it most, smashing a
grand slam homerun to propel
New Zealand to their seventh
world softball title at Whitehorse,
Trailling Australia 3-2 in the
final, the New Zealanders loaded
bases, as Aussie pitching ace Adam
Folkard began to tire.
In the bottom of the sixth
inning, Wayne Laula reached
base on a grounder, Folkard hit
catcher Kallan Compain to gift
him a base and then pinch hitter
Josh Harbrow cleared the infield
to fill the bases. Initially, lead-
off batter Campbell Enoka was
unable to capitalise, struck out
swinging, but next up, Evans made
no mistake, sending the ball over
the centrefield fence and out of the
stadium to bring his team-mates
“ We got to a stage today where
we scoreboard-watched for a
couple of innings and just got a
little bit tense,” reflected Black Sox
coach Mark Sorenson.
“ We just needed to relax the guys
... we needed a couple of runners
on base to create some pressure
and an opportunity.
“ We weren’t able to capitalise on
it an inning before, but in the sixth
inning, we were able to load the
bases and then Joel Evans comes
up with probably the biggest hit of
With just one inning left to
respond, Australian slugger Nick
Shailes also “went yard” to narrow
the deficit 6-4, but it was a case of
too little, too late.
Black Sox relief pitcher Nick
Hayes held his nerve to secure
the last three outs, striking out
Brendan O’Byrne and James
Kirkpatrick grounded out.
New Zealand had opened the
scoring in their first at-bat, when
captain Nathan Nukunuku’s
sacrifice fly-ball brought lead-off
batter Campbell Enoka home.
But as Black Sox pitcher Josh
Pettett began to struggle with his
control, the Aussies answered with
two runs in the third inning and
another in the fourth to take the
The New Zealanders got one
back in the fifth inning, when
they filled the bases and veteran
Brad Rona’s sacrifice brought
Enoka home. They were not able
to take full toll of that opportunity,
though, and needed Evans’ heroics
in their next turn at bat to seal the
New Zealand had made 10
consecutive world championship
finals, with their last victory
circumstances against Venezuela
at North Harbour’s Rosedale Park
four years ago.
On that occasion, captain Rhys
Casley hit a three-run homer in
the third innings for a 4-1 victory.
But this was their first success on
Canadian soil, where the home
team were defending champions
entering this tournament.
The Black Sox made the final
by defeating Canada 12-11 in a
thriller yesterday, before Australia
reduced the hosts to the bronze
medal in a play-off earlier
Evans a hero
as Black Sox
take world title
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Black Sox Joel Evans hits a home run against Australia yesterday to win the world title in Canada.
World Cup dream still alive
Fox breaks into top 100
Canes captain back
to face Brumbies
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Saturday, October 14, 2017
PETER LESTER will be at this
year’s West Coast Sports Awards
as guest speaker to talk about
his experience at this year’s
triumphant Team NZ Victory.
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