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New Zealand kayaker Aimee
Fisher has collected double gold at
the under-23 canoe sprint world
championships in Romania, taking
out the K1 200m and 500m double
in a withering display.
It is the first time New Zealand
has won gold at the age group
world championships, although
Fisher won under-18 bronze in
2013 with Kim Thompson in the
Fisher powered away to a
40.096sec win in the K1 200m,
0.568sec faster than Dora Lucz of
Hungary, who beat her in a World
Cup final earlier in the season.
Fisher then had less than four
hours to prepare for her K1 500m
final but stormed home in
1min 48.948sec to finish more
than two seconds ahead of second-
placed Australian Alyssa Ball.
Fisher used the results as the
perfect way to farewell coach Rene
Olsen, who has guided her for the
last three years with the national
K4 squad but now leaves to join
the British coaching team.
Fisher, 22, said she had done her
best to enjoy what was a “really
“ I’ve got this track record of really
shanking it on finals day, even
though I had some wicked races
earlier in the week.
“ But I just wanted it so bad, for
Rene, to send him out in style
and thank him for everything he’s
Fisher now leaves for France
to link up with Lisa Carrington,
Kayla Imrie and Caitlin Ryan
for a crack at the senior world
championship K4 title in the
Czech Republic later in August.
gold for Fisher
at world champs
After 55 years of target shooting,
Colleen Lee still gets a kick out of
pulling the trigger.
Mrs Lee, 76, of Waikouaiti,
who is a patron of both the South
Island Target Shooting Association
and New Zealand association,
was a much-loved figure at the
South Island target shooting
championships on Saturday.
About 200 competitors from across
the South Island, split into groups
of 10, competed at the East Otago
Association’s range in Dunedin for
the Andrew and Faulkner Shield
2017, all using .22 calibre rimfire
East Otago went on to score a
double, winning both the open and
junior grades, replicating the team’s
achievement in Alexandra in 2015.
Mrs Lee was not among the
competitors at the weekend and had
not competed this season, but she
still enjoyed shooting targets when
she got the chance.
Introduced to the sport by her
late husband Terry 55 years ago,
she quickly became fond of it and
eventually competed for New
“It ’s just something that I
absolutely love,’’ she said.
She enjoyed the “wonderful
people’’ involved in the sport and the
feeling it gave her competing.
“ When you have got that target
in front of you ... and the shots are
going in the centre you just get this
real adrenaline rush.
“It ’s just fantastic and if you don’t
have a good shoot, well, you get
down and have another go next
She also enjoyed the fact women
competed against men.
“It ’s always an achievement to beat
Craig Cookson, of Mosgiel, one
of the better target shooters in
New Zealand, who has competed
internationally, said he enjoyed the
camaraderie of the sport.
“The shooting community is
awesome. I’ve made a lot of great
friends around the country,’’ Mr
The sport was still going strong
and there were a lot of young people
Open teams: East Otago,
2921.133 pts, 1; Ashley 2898.110, 2;
Marlborough, 2896.121, 3.
Juniors: East Otago, 1448.054,
1; Nelson 1434.050, 2; Southland
Lindsay Smith Memorial
Trophy: Central Otago, 2888.096,
1; Southland, 2885.111, 2; North
Canterbury, 2876.108, 3.
Top 5 teams: East Otago
1473.074, 1; North Canterbury,
1468.072, 2; Marlborough 1462.070,
3; Christchurch, 1461.068, 4; Ashley,
1458.059, 5. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Colleen Lee, 76, at the South Island target shooting championships in Dunedin on Saturday.
Still getting a kick out of target shooting after 55 years
The West Coast A and B men’s
representative hockey teams had mixed
results in their matches against Nelson
for the Ken Beach and Thompson cups.
The B team went one goal down early
in the match, but quickly recovered
with first-half goals to Harvey Rubbo
(2), Zak Neale, Max Rubbo and Jack
O’Connor to take top honours 6-1 to
win the Thompson Cup.
The game evened up after the break
with only a single goal to West Coast ’s
Geoff Bone, but Coast was always in
control to claim the victory.
Nelson also took an early lead in the
men’s A match when Sam Solly took
an easy shot past the West Coast
Michael Cook replied after a tight
scuffle in the Nelson circle, but Solly
scored once again for Nelson to go
ahead at the break. The game was close
throughout and Sean Brown levelled
the score to 2-2 with less than five
minutes to go.
That was not enough, though, and
Nelson retained the Ken Beach Trophy
for another season.
Results: Men’s B (Thompson Cup):
West Coast 6, Nelson 1. Men’s A (Ken
Beach Trophy): West Coast 2, Nelson
Mixed results for Coast against Nelson
WEST COAST HOCKEY
Greymouth women confirmed their
spot at the top of the points table
with a convincing 15-1 win over
Kowhai in the West Coast club hockey
competition last week.
Greymouth went on attack from the
opening whistle and reached a 10-0
half-time lead. Kowhai stepped up
in the second half and were first to
score with a backstick shot by Amber
Katja Kordel, Amanda Curry and
Mikayla Sweetman all picked up hat-
tricks for Greymouth. Players of the
day were Brooke Smith and Aimee
Hancock. For Kowhai, Charlotte
O’Connor fought hard all game and
Andrea Forrest repelled many attacks.
Upper Grey Valley women struggled
to gain the advantage in the first half
of their game against Cobden, and both
teams scored two goals each, valley
taking a 5-3 win.
After the break, Grey Valley team
sent the ball into the back of the net
three more times, while Cobden only
managed one. Meg Tomasi led the
scoring for valley with two goals, and
Amy Devlin replied with the same for
In the men’s grade, Karoro was unable
to hold back the tide of attacks by
Cobden, despite some good play in the
midfield by Michael Cook and Connor
Maclean, giving the riversiders a 6-1
Mickey Sweeney combined well up
front with Sean Brown and Har vey
Rubbo. Max Rubbo slipped the ball
past the keeper with deft touches close
in on a couple of occasions. Wouter van
Plateringen scored his second goal of
the season, to signal that he is yet to
reach the peak of his hockey career.
Karoro’s younger players shone out
with some good performances by Matt
Gardner and Connor Howe, while Zak
Nicol made some vital saves in goal.
Greymouth had ample numbers on
the bench to take control in their match
against Hokitika with a 10-4 victory.
Sean Gibson put his usual mark on
the game with skilful dribbling, and
Tony Hayden returned to the goal with
an athletic display. Thomas Thwaites
claimed a hat-trick for Greymouth and
Josh Morgan and Jade Blackman also
added a goal each.
Liam Hopper carried Hokitika back
into the match with some strong drag
flicks into the net, and Stu Millar
and Shane Reeves worked well on the
right. Jordan Hopper added a goal for
Hokitika in the second half with a
cracking shot past the keeper.
In the primary grade, Karoro Krackers
started their game against Greymouth
Aces well and scored a good goal to
Kaleb Wisdom. Play remained even
with Greymouth Aces starting to put
more passes together, but Krackers
goalie Charlie Taylor played well to
keep Krackers in front at half-time.
Aces improved their passing and were
rewarded with a goal to Honor Barry.
Jordan Rissman was next to score for
the Aces and added his second goal
with a big effort. Krackers had the
final say as Kaleb Wisdom picked
up another goal, but it was not quite
enough to level the scores.
The Aces players of the day were
Matt Friend and Bridget Rooney, while
Phoebe Marris, Zach Wilkins and
Milan Jamieson all played well for the
two goals up in the first half against
Greymouth Gold and just managed to
hang on till the end of the match.
Gold came back in the second half
with a goal to Emma Coates before
Hummingbirds added another to lead
John Barker scored twice for Hokitika
and Jasmine Peneda added another.
Greymouth Gold had the final say,
Coates combining well for Molly
Monk to score but it was not enough,
Hokitika winning 3-2.
Women: Greymouth 15, Kowhai 1;
UGV 5, Cobden 3. Men: Greymouth
10, Hokitika 4; Cobden 6, Karoro 1.
Primary: Greymouth Aces 3, Karoro
Krackers 2; Hokitika Hummingbirds 3,
Greymouth Gold 2; Hokitika Hackers
2, Greymouth Vikings 0.
Greymouth women confirm top spot with win
West Coast will host the 66th Maadi
Cup hockey tournament at the Westurf
Stadium, in Greymouth, on Friday and
The men’s top of the south event
has a long tradition among the
West Coast, Buller, Nelson and
Marlborough provinces, and West
Coast will be aiming to win it back
after narrowly losing the tournament to
Nelson last year. The event promises to
put on show some of the best hockey
to be seen in Greymouth for several
In club hockey, no primary grade
games will be played this week
but the women’s and collegiate teams
will be pairing up on Thursday
Maadi Cup matches on Saturday
will be separated in the early
afternoon by the final session of
mini hockey for the season, followed
by a men’s Westland versus Grey
social match for non-representative
players. (Contact Don Neale or
Jack O’Connor if you would like to
The club hockey draw is.—
Duty team: Greymouth. 5pm,
Collegiate: Karoro Gladiators v
Greymouth (A Devlin, B Morgan);
bye, Karoro Vortex. 6 .20pm, women:
Greymouth v Cobden (A Forrest, M
Cook). 7 .50pm, women: Kowhai v
Upper Grey Valley (A Curry, W van
Plateringen). D uty team: Upper Grey
12.30pm: Mini hockey final session.
1.35pm, men: Westland District v Grey
District (all players bring a black and a
Maadi Cup, top of the south
Friday, 4pm: West Coast
Marlborough (T Laney, A Bryden, J
Savage). 5 .30pm: Nelson v Buller ( J
Savage, S Coleman, T Laney).
Saturday, 9.30am: West Coast v Buller
(T Laney, S Coleman, A Bryden).
11am Nelson v Marlborough ( J Savage,
A Bryden, S Coleman). 3pm: Buller v
Marlborough (S Coleman, A Bryden, T
Laney). 4.30pm: Nelson v West Coast
( J Savage, T Laney, S Coleman). D uty
team: West Coast. Maadi Cup dinner
Greymouth to host Maadi Cup tournament
New Zealand golfer Danny Lee
has qualified for his first major of the
year after a solid performance at the
Lee finished in a tie of 32nd following
a final round four-under 68, 11 shots
behind winner Jhonattan Vegas who
defeated American Charley Hoffman
in a playoff.
Lee earned $30,480 for his
performance and a spot in the PGA
Championship at Quail Hollow next
month. Lee qualifies after sitting in the
top 70 on the PGA Tour money list
over the last 12 months.
It is his first major of the year after
missing out on the previous three
major tournaments. Lee has made
the cut the last two years at the PGA
Ryan Fox is also set to receive an
invite with players inside the world’s
top 100 granted entry in recent years
at the PGA Championship. Fox was
ranked 98th in the world in the latest
rankings. — New Zealand Herald
Lee qualifies for
Scott Dixon has lost the lead of the
Indycar Championship after Josef
Newgarden stormed to victory at Mid-
Ohio and jumped to the top of the
Dixon started sixth and struggled in
his opening stint to fall outside the top
10 but he fought his way back to finish
ninth. It means he is eight points behind
Newgarden and one behind second-
placed Helio Castroneves.
Newgarden built a big lead but a safety
car with 15 laps to go closed the field
up. The American was able to jump away
again and take the chequered flag from
Australian and Penske team-mate Will
It signals back-to-back championship
wins for Newgarden to bring him to the
top of the title fight. Graham Rahal was
third while championship contenders
Simon Pagenaud and Castroneves
finished fourth and seventh respectively.
“ I got a great crew,” Newgarden said.
“ When they give me a good car like
this, I don’t want to say it is easy but it is
easier at least.
“ It was a really fast car — reds or blacks
it didn’t matter.”
It is the first time an America driver
has led the Indycar series since Ryan
Hunter-Reay led briefly in the middle of
the 2014 season.
“That ’s great,” the Tennessee native said.
“ We just have to keep it up. No mistakes
— if we don’t have any mistakes we have
enough to win this championship. ”
“ Really bizarre — right from the get-
go,” Dixon said. “ The car just had no rear
end all day. I was two or three seconds
a lap off.
“As soon as I turned the wheel it just
wanted to spin out. I think something
mechanically is broken on the rear of the
“ It was just one of those days where
everything that could go wrong did go
“ It is frustrating but that is how it goes
“ We are fortunate to be where we are
— it is still very tight pints race.
“Congrats to Josef.
“ We had our hands full today but I
think we can still turn it around.”
There are four races left in the
championship. — New Zealand Herald
Newgarden takes Dixon’s
Daniel Ricciardo had his
Hungarian Grand Prix ended on the
opening lap when Red Bull team-
mate Max Verstappen drove into the
side of the Australian’s RB13 racer.
The pair made good starts from
sixth and fifth respectively, both
jumping the Mercedes of Lewis
Hamilton on the first turn.
Ricciardo then passed his D utch
teammate into turn two to move into
fourth before Verstappen hit him as
they came through the next corner.
The incident did irreparable damage
to Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which went
off the circuit and was spilling a lot
The incident sparked an angry
reaction from Ricciardo over the
“Someone hit me. Is that who I
think it was?” Ricciardo asked his
“ Yes,” came the reply from Red
Bull, and then Ricciardo did not
mince his words.
“ F****ng sore loser,” Ricciardo
While the incident
Ricciardo’s race Verstappen was
given a 10 second penalty but still
managed to finish the race in fifth as
he barrelled down on the Mercedes
of Hamilton at the death.
Ricciardo was left to fume some
more when asked by reporters at the
circuit about the collision between
the two Red Bulls.
“That was amateur to say the least,”
“It’s not like he was trying to pass.
He doesn’t like people passing him.
didn’t really know what
happened. It ’s just frustrating — it
was not even an overtaking move.
“ It was an emotional response.”
Ricciardo also called for his
19-year-old team-mate to take full
responsibility for the error, hinting
the pair might have further issues
with each other if the Dutchman
does not accept the incident was his
“In that moment the team said
sorry and they will speak to Max,”
“Let’s see if he acts his age or like
a man about it and admits the error.
“I could go and call him names after
the accident but if he starts bringing
in other excuses in then we will have
Given Verstappen’s tale of woe in
recent races, which has seen him
retire five times this year, Ricciardo
was asked if he felt his team-mate
might have an excuse for pushing so
hard but the Australian was having
none of it.
“I don’t think there is an excuse for
it,” he said. — NZ ME-AAP
Verstappen a ‘sore loser’
England tightened their grip on
the fourth morning of the third test
against South Africa with debutant
Tom Westley striking an unbeaten half-
century as they extended their lead to
331 at the O val.
By lunch they had reached 153-2
with Westley on 50 and Joe Root on 38
with the captain seeking to accelerate
the scoring ahead of a likely afternoon
No test team has successfully chased
more than 263 runs in the fourth innings
to win at the Oval but there are plenty of
examples of last-day defiance and Root
must leave his bowlers enough time to
force the victory that would put England
2-1 up in the four-test series.
Rain has already shortened the match
by more than 80 overs and Root will
probably be looking to set South Africa
a target in the region of 450 runs.
England began the morning on 74-1,
seeking to make the most of brighter
conditions following Saturday ’s heavy
Keaton Jennings was the only wicket
to fall, caught by Chris Morris at gully
from a ball that rose steeply from Kagiso
Rabada. Jennings, who had scored just
44 runs from his first five innings of the
series, made a patient 48.
At the other end, Westley, who was
28 overnight, began patiently and
played within himself. Although Root
dominated their partnership, scoring 35
of their first 50 from 99 balls, the Essex
right-hander grew in confidence once
the dangerous Morne Morkel had been
South Africa’s attack lacked the
potency of Trent Bridge, with Vernon
Philander still affected by the stomach
bug that has disrupted his test and
caused him to spend the previous night
on a drip.
Morris also struggled to reproduce
his second-test form and England
accumulated runs steadily despite a
damp outfield slowing their progress.
Morkel returned for another testing
spell before lunch but Westley proved up
to the challenge, clipping the paceman
off his legs to reach his half-century in
only his second test innings.
It was fair reward for a watchful innings
that should guarantee him an extended
run at England’s problem number three
England won the first test at Lord’s
but South Africa tied the series 1-1 by
winning at Trent Bridge. The final test is
at Old Trafford. — Reuters
England tightens grip
over South Africa
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