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Taiwanese great Yani Tseng is among
six notable golfers to confirm their entry
in the New Zealand Women’s Open.
Five-time major champion Tseng
will contest the LPGA tournament
at Windross Farm Golf Course in
Ardmore, south of Auckland, from
September 28 to October 1.
Others to sign on are Scotland ’s
Catriona Matthew, American Brittany
Lincicome and Koreans Na Yeon Choi,
Eun-Hee Ji and Hyo Joo Kim.
The six players have won 70
professional tournaments and amassed
352 top-10 finishes between them,
earning combined prizemoney of more
than $63 million.
They join New Zealand’s world No 5
Lydia Ko and world-ranked Canadian
Brooke Henderson as prominent players
to tee off at the first LPGA tournament
to be staged on New Zealand soil.
Goldstein said the field was starting to
take on a world-class feel.
“They are proven champions in the
women’s game, and it will be a privilege
for New Zealand fans to watch these
players of this calibre in action,” he said.
“It is a level of golf that has never been
seen in this country before.”
Tseng held the No 1 world ranking
for 109 weeks from 2011 to 2013, the
second- longest tenure in the women’s
Women’s PGA Championship twice,
the Women’s British Open twice and
the ANA Inspiration.
The 28-year-old ’s world ranking has
since slipped to 204th. — N Z N
Big names sign
for NZ Women’s
New Zealand combinations have won
five of their six pool matches on the
first day of the doubles squash world
championships in Manchester.
Amanda Landers-Murphy faced
the busiest schedule on day one of
the 12-nation tournament, emerging
victorious from all three of her
She combined for two women’s wins
with Joelle King while notching a
mixed victory alongside Zac Millar.
The toughest encounter for women’s
top seeds Landers-Murphy and King
came against eighth seeded Canadians
Samantha Cornett and Nikki Todd,
who they beat 5-11 11-5 11-9 .
Leading New Zealand men and
fourth seeds Paul Coll and Campbell
Grayson combined effectively in
beating Scottish pair Douglas
Kempsell and Kevin Moran 11-9 11 -6 .
Evan Williams and Lance Beddoes
notched a win and a loss in their two
opening matches, suffering defeat
against Australian second seeds Ryan
Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley.
Coll and King are top seeds in the
Their opening two matches are today.
New Zealand won two gold medals
and a bronze at last year’s tournament.
Coll off to
winning start in
world champs doubles
Grit and determination have
paid off for a former Greymouth
teenager who has just been
selected in the New Zealand
women’s artistic gymnastics team
to compete in Singapore, in
Meg McInroe is a daughter
of Alan and Lisa McInroe, who
moved to Christchurch two
years ago. Meg began with the
Greymouth Gymnastics Club
when she was five, and since
moving to the city she has joined
the Christchurch School of
Lisa McInroe told the
Greymouth Star yesterday that
Meg’s first day of gymnastics
was on her fifth birthday and
she thought it was her birthday
She has been selected in the step
eight grade and will compete in
the all-round competition on the
vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.
She trialled for the New Zealand
team over two days in early July,
after being out with a toe injury
since April so had only had one
full week back training before the
“I told her it was going to be hit
and miss, but she needed to go out
and do her best. On day one of the
trial she over-thought everything,
but on the second day, she nailed
The three weeks following the
trials were a long wait to hear if
she had succeeded.
Meg will continue training, in
preparation for the nationals in the
first week of October.
Last year at the nationals she
finished as the step 7 New Zealand
national champion and aims to
achieve the same this time around,
but in the higher (step 8) grade.
Following the nationals, Meg
will have four weeks of intensive
training before heading to
Now a Year 11 student at
Christchurch Girls’ High School
she trains 23 hours over six days a
week, in between studying for level
Mrs McInroe said Meg was a
natural gymnast from a young age.
“S he could cartwheel from
the age of three and has proven
herself over the years with grit and
At the Singapore competition she
will be aiming to finish in the top
six and wants to achieve an overall
placing in her specialist apparatus,
Lisa McInroe (nee Nelson)
was a top gymnast herself and
represented Canterbury until she
‘retired’ when she was 15.
Former Greymouth teenager Meg McInroe who was this week named in the New Zealand women’s artistic
teenager in NZ
Sonny Bill Williams’ involvement
in the first Bledisloe Cup test of the
year remains uncertain after a judiciary
reserved its decision on his appeal to play.
High-profile back Williams is appealing
against the World Rugby Judicial
Committee’s decision not to include
the All Blacks’ final warm-up match on
August 11 in a four-week suspension.
The red card shown to Williams during
the second test against the British and
Irish Lions earned him a red card and a
ban which encompassed the third test,
a Super Rugby match and a pre-season
match for Counties Manukau.
The contentious match is the “game
of three halves” in Pukekohe featuring
an All Blacks team lining up against
Taranaki and Counties Manukau for half
a match each.
World Rugby ruled the match was
not “meaningful” but that decision has
been appealed by New Zealand Rugby,
hoping Williams will become available
for the test against Australia in Sydney
on August 19.
After a two-hour hearing last night,
an independent committee said it had
reserved its decision. It said a ruling
would be delivered “as soon as practicable
given the circumstances”.
The appeal committee comprises
chairman Justice Graeme Mew (Canada),
Shao-Ing Wang (Singapore) and Stefan
Terblanche (South Africa). — A AP
Judiciary delays Williams
The New Zealand Badminton Open
has been rocked by the exit of the men’s
second seed on the opening day in
India’s Ajay Jayaram, ranked 16th in
the world, was toppled in straight games
by Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hung Lu,
going down 21-19, 21-13.
It was not the only first-round upset,
with 16-year-old new Zealander Oscar
Guo upsetting Australian Ashwant
Guo, ranked 701st, dominated his
182nd-ranked opponent, winning 21-7,
Three New Zealanders are through to
the second round.
Dacmen Vong beat Rizky Kurniawan
9-21, 21-10, 22-20, while Tony Fang
also bounced back from a set down
to beat an Indian opponent, winning
17-21, 21-12, 21-18 over Komandani
Meanwhile, top seed Tzu Wei Wang
made no mistake in his opening match,
the 12th- ranked Chinese Taipei player
beating New Zealand qualifier Manula
The women’s singles was to begin
today, along with doubles matches.
Men’s second seed knocked out at NZ Badminton Open
A New Zealand summer of
home cricket flooded with limited
over matches is also scheduled
to feature an historic test under
Dates and venues for the visits
from the West Indies, Pakistan
and England were confirmed by
New Zealand Cricket, which has
also lined up a Twenty20 Tri-
Series featuring Australia.
A tour by the West Indies
women’s team in March was
announced, adding to a packed
schedule which includes hosting
the ICC under-19 World Cup
starting in January.
Four tests bookend the summer,
starting with two against the West
Indies and finishing with two
against England, the first of which
is scheduled to be New Zealand’s
first with a pink ball.
The nature of the test in
Auckland on March 22-26 hinges
on the outcome of an independent
hearing into using lights on a
NZC chief executive David
White is hopeful approval can
be given to the Eden Park Trust,
which has applied for resource
A decision is expected this
“ It’s been quite a lengthy process
but we’re hopeful that we’ ll have
a day-night test match there,”
“ It’s critical for the future of test
cricket at Eden Park, definitely. In
terms of day-night test matches
we’re confident it’s going to go well
and it ’s going to have a big part
in the future of the international
There are 23 successive one-
day international and Twenty20
matches from December 17 to
The West Indies visit in
December and January has had
its test component cut from three
to two, bringing it into line with a
mooted Test championship, which
is to be ratified by the ICC in
A structure of two tests, three
ODIs and three T20s is set to
become a standard template for
touring teams, White confirmed.
“The test game needs to have
more context, and be more
relevant, especially for the younger
generations coming through.”
The scrubbed third test was
set down for Christchurch, to
follow tests in Wellington and
Hagley Oval will instead host
a Boxing Day ODI against the
An eight-match limited overs
visit from Pakistan in January will
be followed by a T20 Tri-Series
involving England and Australia
on both sides of the Tasman, with
a final at Eden Park in February
It will be the first T20 Tri-Series
contested by full ICC members.
England will play five ODIs
ahead of their two Tests.
The drainage overhaul at Napier’s
McLean Park continues, resulting
in the loss of hosting rights for a
Pakistan ODI match.
That match is shifted to
Wellington’s Basin Reserve.
White is confident McLean
Park will be ready to host an ODI
against England on February 28.
The March tour by the West
Indian women will be their first
to New Zealand, with dates and
venues for their three ODIs and
five T20s still to be confirmed.
Shorter forms dominate Black Caps summer
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