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The Greymouth women’s hockey
team were crowned 2017 hockey
champions on Saturday when they
came away with the Pam Sutherland
Cup as winners of the premier women’s
While both women’s games last
week ended in low scoring draws,
Greymouth’s 2-2 result against Upper
Grey Valley was enough for them to
hold on to their five-point lead for the
Greymouth went into the lead in the
first half with a goal to Janae Fitzgerald,
and Lashana Maclean added another
after the break. But the valley women
came back to level the score, with goals
to Emma Boddy and Marina Tomasi.
In the other game, Kowhai claimed
their first and only game points of the
season when they produced a scoreless
draw against an under-strength
Kowhai were unlucky not to take
a victory when a penalty corner was
awarded for a Cobden offence late in
the game, just as the Kowhai strikers
were set up to send the ball into the
back of the net.
In the men’s division, Cobden laid
one hand on the 2017 trophy with a
convincing win over Hokitika.
The southerners held Cobden out for
the first half and only trailed 1-3 at the
break thanks to a shot into the top of
the net by Stewart Miller.
Cobden then stepped up a gear in
the second half to score seven more
Harvey Rubbo skirted round the
defence to claim three goals, while
Angus Wallace, Max Rubbo and Sean
Brown added two each.
The other men’s game also produced
a close first half, with Greymouth and
Karoro scoring three goals apiece.
Karoro’s Ricky Hayward and Ryan
O’Connor made some deft touches
past the keeper, while Greg Field and
Breegan Griggs slotted in some good
goals for Greymouth.
In the second half, Greymouth got a
better grip on the match with a flurry
of goals to Jade Blackman and Sean
Gibson. Michael Cook produced a
brilliant solo run to claim the last
goal for Karoro, but Kurtis Perrin-
Smith was his usual steady self in the
Greymouth midfield to guide his team
In the collegiate grade, Karoro
Gladiators completed a successful
season with an 8-3 win over their
Vortex clubmates, while in the
primary grade Greymouth Gold and
Greymouth Vikings battled out a
scoreless draw. The two primary grade
matches scheduled for Friday evening
were called off due to rain and thunder,
so will instead be played this week.
Men: Greymouth 9, Karoro 4;
Cobden 10, Hokitika 1. Women: UGV
2, Greymouth 2; Kowhai 0, Cobden
0. Collegiate: Karoro Gladiators 8,
Karoro Vortex 3. Primary: Greymouth
Gold 0, Greymouth Vikings 0.
In West Coast club hockey this week,
the primary grade ends with some
semi-finals tonight and on Wednesday,
followed by a grand final on Friday
which will decide the overall trophy
winner for the season.
On Thursday, the premier women’s
division has a social trophy competition
between Town and Country teams
that will be formed on the night. All
players are to bring a black and a white
The premier men end their final
round of the main competition on
Saturday, with Cobden having one
hand on the 2017 Nimmo Rose
Bowl trophy. With a three-point
competition lead and a goal difference
advantage of 28, Cobden is unlikely to
be overtaken by Greymouth.
In representative hockey, the
under-15 boys’ and girls’ teams will
play their top of the south tournaments
in Westport on Friday and Saturday.
The draw is.—
Duty team: Hokitika. 5 .30pm,
primary semi-final: Karoro Sharks v
Hokitika Hummingbirds (N Taft-
Boddy, E Boddy).
Wednesday, 5pm, primary semi-
final: Greymouth Aces v Karoro
Krackers (S Friend, T Klopper).
Thursday, 5.10pm, primary, fifth v
sixth Greymouth Gold v Hokitika
Hackers (C O’Connor, T Nicholson).
6.20pm, Women: Town v Country (M
Cook, A Wallace).
Friday, 5pm, primary, plate final:
losers of semi-finals (L Williams, A
Devlin). 6 .10pm primary: grand final
(R Crawford, H Neame). 7.30pm:
primary prizegiving (Greymouth
Saturday, 1.30pm, men: Karoro v
Cobden (P Bone, S Clarke). 3pm, men:
Hokitika v Greymouth (A Schafer, S
Brown). Duty team: Greymouth.
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Natadola Bay, Fiji
Having defied death a decade ago and
close to giving the game away a few
times since, Jason Norris broke through
for the biggest win of his 21-year golf
career at the Fiji International yesterday.
The 44-year-old Adelaide battler
claimed not only the $250,000 winner’s
cheque at Natadola Bay, but also
European and Asian tour cards for the
next one and two years respectively.
Norris carded a five-under-par final-
round 67 to finish 14-under overall and
triumph by four shots.
Victorians David McKenzie (67) and
James Marchesani (70), tied for second
at 10-under, along with Thai youngster
Jazz Janewattananond, who fired a
course record 64.
In December 2007, Norris suffered
horrific facial injuries in a bicycle crash
at Coolum in Queensland which would
have killed him had his nose been
driven one centimetre further into his
skull. He broke his jaw in 14 places and
has five false teeth, a reminder of how
lucky he is to be alive.
“ I’ve never played as well since that
time, but mentally it has helped me,”
It ’s been a long road for Norris, who
also contracted viral meningitis while
playing at the 2013 Queensland PGA,
and despite threatening to retire from
golf on numerous occasions, he never
stopped believing in a breakthrough.
“ I said it a couple of years ago when
I was about to quit the game, ‘I don’t
want to give the game away until I win
a big tournament because I know I
can’,” Norris said.
Norris seized the lead from overnight
leader and fellow South Australian
Wade Ormsby after six birdies on the
While he had not won since the
2010 Vic Open, he kept his cool after
bogeying the 10th hole and made two
more birdies to set up the victory.
Plagued by putting yips in recent
years, Norris hit the hotel mini-golf
course to prepare for the tournament,
which is tri-sanctioned by the
Australasian, European and Asian tours.
He is prone to changing between
forehand, backhand and claw putting
grips, but didn’t waver in a self-assured
“ I used backhand grip all day,” Norris
said. “ I really didn’t yip any today. I
putted sensationally all day.”
Australians Ormsby (73), Adam Bland
(65) and Peter Wilson (69) shared
fifth place with New Zealander Daniel
Canadian Mike Weir finished the best
of three US Masters winners in the field
at two-under for the tournament, ahead
of Fijian legend Vijay Singh (-1) and
Argentina’s Angel Cabrera (-1).
Other prominent New Zealanders
were strong-finishing pair Gareth
Paddison (ninth) and Mark Brown
(12th) while tournament favourite Ryan
Fox of New Zealand charged home
with a 67 to share 24th. — AAP
The West Coast primary girls
hockey team opened their 2017
season with two matches against
Canterbury, both of which they
In the first match, Canterbury
earned a hard fought 4-2 victory.
West Coast opened the scoring and
held the lead until three minutes
before the break when Canterbury
scored two quick goals.
A goal by captain Molly Williams
shortly after half-time saw West
Coast level, only for Canterbury to
net another two goals and the win,
Ella Beirne, Molly Williams and
Tess Boddy all combined well in
the midfield, while Honor Barry,
making her West Coast debut,
constantly performed above her
age and size. Player of the day was
In their second game, West Coast
were determined to improve on
their previous performance, but
came up against a Canterbury side
eager to play controlled fast hockey.
West Coast could not match the
Canterbury first half and were
down 0-3 at half-time. They put in
a better second-half effort to draw
it 1-1, going down 4-1 .
Williams put in a top
performance along with fullback
Caitlyn Gaunson and centre half
Player of day was goalkeeper
Poppy Williams who controlled
her goal well with many fine saves
and clearing kicks.
West Coast is now preparing for
the Tui Cup in two weeks when
they take on Nelson, Marlborough
and Buller in Nelson.
Tom Walsh continues to hold
sway among the world’s shot put
heavyweights after notching victory
at a Diamond League meet in
Two weeks after New Zealander
Walsh claimed a maiden world
championship title, he eclipsed his
leading rivals in a tight competition
during which nobody cleared 22m.
American Olympic champion
Ryan Crouser led through the first
four rounds, courtesy of opening
distance of 21.55m.
Walsh, whose best was 21.29m
until that stage, made his move in
round five with a 21.75m heave.
When none of his opponents could
match it, Walsh had no pressure on
his final throw, which he extended
out to 21.83m.
Tomas Stanek of the Czech
Republic was third (21.16m) while
the two other world championship
Joe Kovacs of the United States
was seventh (20.52m) and Stipe
Zunic of Croatia eighth (20.29m).
Walsh admitted to feeling self-
imposed pressure coming in after
his world title in London was later
shrouded in controversy.
unsuccessfully appealed that result,
believing they had each had fouls
incorrectly called on throws which
had superseded Walsh’s winning
distance of 22.03m.
“My biggest worry today was not
performing like a world champion,”
“I wanted to prove I deserved to
be world champion and I’m pleased
that I did that. I got better as the
competition went on. To throw that
far with a slightly uphill throwing
area is very encouraging.”
Crouser leads the Diamond
League standings on 31 points, with
Walsh second on 22.
The pair will square off at the final
Diamond League meet in Brussels
on September 1.
New Zealand driver Scott Dixon is
looking anxiously at the leaderboard
after a frustrating sixth placing at the
Pennsylvania round of the IndyCar
Starting ninth on the grid, Dixon made
an early fuel stop and led for a race- high
51 of 200 laps at the Pocono Raceway
but issues with downforce on his car
curtailed his late progress.
Australian Will Power won the ABC
Supply 500 while Dixon’s finish, just
over three seconds behind, lifted him
past Brazilian Helio Castroneves from
third to second overall.
However, Dixon lost further ground on
American series leader Josef Newgarden,
whose runner-up finish pushed him 18
points clear of the New Zealand four-
time series champion.
Dixon, 37, says another title rests on a
strong finish over the three remaining
The long straights at next week’s oval
circuit race in St Louis, Illinois may
not suit Dixon’s Chip Gannasi team
set-up. He will target big points at two
subsequent road circuit events.
He won at Watkins Glen in New York
last year while the final round at Sonoma,
California carries double points.
“It’s going to be a get-what-you-can
at St Louis,” Dixon said. “ Hopefully we
can take something away from that and
then finish strong at Watkins Glen and
Power overcame severe wing damage
to hold off Team Penske team-mate
Newgarden and repeat his 2016 triumph
It was Power ’s third win of the season
and the 32nd of his career, placing him
ninth on the all-time list.
Dixon, who has tasted success only
once this year, sits fourth on that list
with 41 wins.
IndyCar standings: Josef Newgarden
(USA) 494 pts 1, Scott Dixon (NZ)
476 2, Helio Castroneves (Brazil) 472
3, Simon Pagenaud (France) 468 4, Will
Power (Australia) 452 5. — NZ N
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Panthers rookie Tyrone May reaches out to score the match-winning try yesterday against the Canberra
Raiders at GIO Stadium in Canberra.
Hayden Paddon’s tyres remained
blessedly inflated on the final day of
Rallye Deutschland, leaving the New
Zealand driver to settle for eighth place.
Paddon finished more than four minutes
behind Estonian winner Ott Tanak and
could only lament punctures on each of
the first two days which cost him nearly
He was satisfied at completing four
short, fast stages without difficulty on
Sunday, with the highlight being a second
placing in the 13km penultimate stage.
“It ’s good to finish and most importantly
with no mistakes,” he said. “ We have
shown some progress on this event from
12 months ago.”
Paddon drops one place to ninth in
the drivers’ standings with three rounds
Of more concern, his second-placed
Hyundai team lost considerable ground
to leading rivals M-Sport in the
manufacturers’ standings after team-
mates Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo
both struck major problems.
Belgian Neuville’s failure leaves French
three-time series defending champion
Sebastien Ogier with a healthy lead
heading into the Rally of Catalunya in six
weeks time. — N ZN
Jamie Whincup has claimed the record
for most Supercars wins after running
away with Sunday ’s race at Sydney
He is right back in the title mix after a
near-perfect weekend at Eastern Creek.
Whincup followed his Saturday
podium with victory ahead of Fabian
Coulthard and Shane Van Gisbergen in
yesterday’s 200km race.
His bumper haul of points reduced his
129-point deficit to series leader Scott
McLaughlin to just 12 heading into the
endurance events while Whincup’s 106th
win lifted him above Craig Lowndes on
the list of all-time race victories.
Starting fourth on the grid, Whincup
was one of a clutch of drivers to swamp
polesitter McLaughlin off the line.
He grabbed the race lead from Chaz
Mostert after undercutting him in the
pits, and returned to the front later
when Van Gisbergen — who led after a
speedier pit lane effort — yielded under
team orders. — AAP
Canberra’s late dash for an NRL finals
spot is all but over after being pipped by
Penrith 26-22 in an enthralling contest
at GIO Stadium yesterday.
The Raiders erased a 10-point half-
time deficit to lead with eight minutes
to go before unlikely Panthers rookie
Tyrone May dived over from short range
to steal a thrilling win.
The defeat ended the Raiders’ four-
game winning streak but, more
importantly, leaves Ricky Stuart ’s side
four points out of the top eight with two
games to go. They must now win both
their matches against Newcastle and
Melbourne and rely on either Manly or
North Queensland losing both of theirs
to quality for September action.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart blamed the
defeat on their slow start, but lamented a
lost opportunity to move within striking
distance of the finals.
“I was really happy with the way we
got back into that game, we should never
have allowed getting up to that 20-10
(with) so much on the line,” Stuart said.
“The first 25 minutes of the game let us
down. If we had of played the first 25
minutes of the game the way we played
the remainder of it (we’re) probably not
in this position. ”
For the Panthers, their seventh straight
victory all but cements their finals spot
and also keeps them in the hunt for a
charge at the top four.
Not since their 2003 premiership
triumph have the Panthers recorded
seven wins on the trot.
Panthers coach Anthony Griffin hailed
their performance as one of the best of
“We had a chance to win it today in
our own right, and then we had to win
it again when they surged at us,” he said.
“That ’s hard to do at this time of the
year — win tight games of football
twice. We’ll take a lot of confidence out
The Raiders were down 20-10 at half-
time, but drew first blood in the second
half when Jack Wighton dummied over
for a try and Joe Tapine then crashed
through from close range.
It was a near-flawless opening half
from the Panthers, who put the early
pressure on with a Waqa Blake try and
Cleary penalty goal for an 8-0 lead.
Canberra responded through Nick
Cotric, although Penrith restored the
lead when Blake tore into the backfield
for Cleary to finish off a 70m movement.
He converted his own try to become
the youngest player to reach 200 points.
The Raiders again hit back thanks to
Dave Taylor’s miracle offload for Josh
Papalii, but conceded a soft try to Josh
Mansour just before the break.
Other results. — Parramatta 30, Gold
Coast 8; South Sydney 36, Warriors 18;
Brisbane 24, St George Illawarra 12;
Melbourne 44, Newcastle 12; Sydney
Roosters 22, Wests Tigers 18; Cronulla
26, North Queensland 16. — AAP
Manly’s NRL season is on life
support after they were beaten 30-16
by Canterbury yesterday to continue a
slump that dropped them to eighth on
The Sea Eagles, who were third a
month ago, have now lost four of their
past five games and have conceded a
whopping 170 points along the way.
Coach Trent Barrett admitted his
players looked shell-shocked when
they entered the sheds down 12-10 at
half-time, and things only got worse
as Canterbury turned on their best
attacking performance of the season.
“ We’re in a hole,” Barrett said. “ Down
on confidence and probably lacking a fair
bit of belief. How does it happen? It’s
something I’ve got to work out and work
out quite quickly. As do the players. ”
Manly’s only saving grace could come
from both the Dragons and 10th-placed
Canberra who suffered defeats this
weekend, meaning one more win could
still be enough to make the play-offs.
The Sea Eagles face the Warriors in
Auckland on Sunday before playing
Penrith at home in round 26.
Captain Daly Cherry-Evans battled
flu in the lead-up to the game, but
it appeared as if the entire team was
affected as their attack lacked the
impetus evident for most of the season.
“There is a look in everyone’s eye that
is just not there at the moment,” five-
eighth Blake Green said.
“ We went from a team that was gritty
and tough and resilient and worked
really hard and those things that we got
a lot of wins from just haven’t been there
in the last couple of weeks.”
In comparison, the often-c lunky
Bulldogs scored 30 points for the first
time this season in what will only ser ve
as a relief for under-pressure coach Des
“It’s always good to get a smile on your
face when you win,” Hasler said. “ We
were able to build some pressure, some
field position and score more than two
Will Hopoate produced the last pass
for three tries, as the Bulldogs worked the
same play twice for Marcelo Montoya to
score a first-half double.
Brett Morris also crossed closed to
halftime to get Canterbury past 10
points in the opening half for the first
time this season, before he and twin
brother Josh both scored after the break.
for Norris in Fiji
Dixon chasing big finish
Paddon eighth in Rallye Deutschland
Whincup surges in Sydney
Greymouth wins premier women’s hockey
NZ’s Walsh wins Diamond League shot put
Tim Wilkinson has
equalled his best result of
the US PGA Tour season
but now faces a fight to
retain his card.
shared 14th place at the
Greensboro, North Carolina,
improving four places with
his final round three-under
67. His 12-under tally left
him 10 shots shy of Swedish
winner Henrik Stenson.
It also matched his 14th-
placed finish at the New
Orleans Classic in April.
Wilkinson’s position on the
FedEx Cup point ranking
climbed to 156th.
While he missed out on
the top-125 ranking needed
to automatically retain his
card, he has done enough to
qualify through the second-
tier web.com Tour’s finals.
The 39-year-old from
Palmerston North will
need to emerge with a
top-25 ranking after four
tournaments, starting in
Ohio on September 3.
A frustrated Nick Kyrgios has lost the Cincinnati
Masters final to Grigor Dimitrov in straight-sets.
Kyrgios went down 6-3, 7-5 today, with the
Australian unable to maintain the form which saw
him beat world No 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarter-
Kyrgios capitulated with three double faults in
the second set at 5-5 to hand Bulgarian Dimitrov
a decisive break.
World No 23 Kyrgios had the first break point of
the match at 2-2 in the first set, but sent a forehand
wide to blow the chance.
Dimitrov, however, took full advantage of his one
break opportunity when Kyrgios netted a forehand
to take a 4-2 lead.
The Australian had a chance to break back in the
very next game, but a backhand error proved costly.
It was all world No 11 Dimitrov required and he
took the set to stamp his authority in the match.
Kyrgios remonstrated with the chair umpire
during the second set, expressing anger with line
“I know everyone makes mistakes, but come on,
man,” Kygrios told the umpire.
Kyrgios hit 15 aces to six but was weaker on ser ve
throughout, winning only 36% of points on his
second-ser ve in the second-set.
He was forced to twice save break points in the
second set at 3-3.
Dimitrov did not lose a set on the way to winning
his first ATP Masters tournament, with Kygrios in
full praise of his opponent ’s fitness.
“I was struggling a couple of weeks ago and he
got me out on the practice court. We practised for
an hour-and-a -half and I was struggling and he
was fresh,” Kyrgios said.
“ You had me mentally today already. I was like, ‘I
know this guy ’s fitter than me’. ”
Kyrgios will next turn his attention to the US
Open, beginning August 28 in New York. — AAP
Wilkinson in fight to
retain tour card
Coast girls fall in season openers
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