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New Zealand’s strength
in two-crew boats has been
underlined with imposing wins
on the second day of the
rowing world championships
The women’s pair, women’s
double and men’s double all
won their heats comfortably
in Sarasota, matching the
achievements of three New
Zealand heat winners on day
Less impressive yesterday were
women’s single sculler Hannah
Osborne (third in her heat) and
the women’s four (sixth), who
must contest repechages.
In hot, humid conditions,
Kerrie Gowler and Grace
Prendergast became the first
New Zealand crew to advance
directly to the A final, aided by
the small size of their field.
They had too much power for
British rivals Holly Hill and
Melissa Wilson, pulling clear in
the second quarter of the 2000m
Winners at both World Cup
regattas they entered this year,
Gowler and Prendergast over
the second half. Their time was
pipped by fastest qualifiers the
United States, who won the
Double scullers John Storey
and Christopher Harris pulled
in the fast-starting Estonian
boat before holding off second-
placed Bulgaria and Germany.
They book a semi-final berth,
along with Brooke Donoghue
and Olivia Loe, who led from
the outset and kept good
distance on nearest rivals Greece
The New Zealand men’s and
women’s eights were to open
their campaign later today.
Rising American golf star
Danielle Kang has put her
participation in this week’s
LPGA New Zealand Women’s
Open down to supporting “baby
sister” and high-profile New
Zealand counterpart Lydia Ko.
The 20-year-old Ko will
headline the first ever LPGA
tour event on New Zealand
soil from Thursday, hoping her
recent strong form holds.
A difficult 2017 campaign
without a tour title has made
way for back-to-back podium
finishes in Indianapolis and last
week’s Evian Championship
Kang, who won her first tour
and major title in this year’s
Women’s PGA Championship
in Illinois, was chuffed to play
her first New Zealand event.
She said she agreed to
participate in the event at
Windross Farm in support of
Ko, who she labelled one of her
closest friends on tour. Rather
than feel daunted by local
expectation, Kang expected Ko
to thrive on her home patch of
Auckland, surrounded by family
Kang still hoped to pip her
colleague to the title.
“She’s family to me — I’ve
known her since she was a baby.
She still is a baby,” the 24-year-
old, Las Vegas-based Kang told
“ It ’s obviously a great honour
to have an event in your home
country, the reason (just)
because of you. It’s an incredible
thing we’ve accomplished as the
LPGA tour, and what Lydia’s
done for the tour and country.
It ’ll be more comforting and
exciting for her.”
Without her regular caddy in
New Zealand, Kang received a
slice of good fortune ahead of
this week’s proceedings when
the legendary Steve Williams —
former caddy to Tiger Woods
— agreed to carry her bags.
The semi-retired New
Zealander — who has also
worked with the likes of Adam
Scott, Greg Norman and
Raymond Floyd — would be
a wealth of knowledge on the
course, in what will be his first
gig in women’s golf.
Kang could not wait to work
“Somehow, someone said,
would you mind having Steve
Williams on your bag? I thought
it was a joke at first,” Kang said.
“He’s as local as it gets — I’ve
done pretty well there. He
knows everything. It’s kind of
interesting, he’s like a walking
yardage book — I don’t even
need to ask, he tells me what I’m
already thinking. ” — NZN
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
New Zealand amateurs
Britney Dryland and
Juliana Hung have been
thrust into the LPGA
Tour spotlight after
booking late berths
for the New Zealand
Hung were among six
qualifiers to advance
to this week’s historic
at Windross Farm Golf
Course on Thursday.
The pair did enough
at the final qualifying
event, comprising one
round at Royal
Auckland Golf Club
The event was won
by South Korean Selin
Hyun, who shot a
two-under 70 to finish
two strokes clear of
Johns, the only
professional among the
The four players
level on one-over 73
were Dryland, Hung,
American Brooke Baker
and Australian Hannah
old Tara Raj was
unfortunate to finish
a shot behind that
foursome. — NZ N
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN’S GOLF OPEN
Kang lauds Ko
ahead of NZ Open
Lydia Ko, left, and Danielle Kang.
Three crews into world champs semis
The sons of late All Blacks great
Jonah Lomu have formed part of
a plea for France to be voted hosts
of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Dhyreille and Brayley Lomu
were on hand as France presented
its proposal to tournament bosses
The other bids came from
Ireland and South Africa,
with the successful nation to
be unveiled on November 15
following a vote from World
Former French international
flanker Sebastien Chabal
explained that Lomu’s sons
involvement with the bid was
because of their family’s close
connection with France.
“ Dhyreille was born in France,
born in Marseille, when their
daddy came over and played for
Marseille,” Chabal said.
“And as he told us earlier, quite
simply, he’s known as the Frenchie
at home. And Jonah Lomu loved
France, that ’s where they saw
their daddy playing rugby. Today I
speak in their name.
“They said they would love to
come back in 2023 to experience
the World Cup in the country
where their father was so happy.
I’ll leave it up to them to decide
which jersey they will wear, blue
or black, but they are very proud
of this dual nationality, this dual
identity and that ’s why they ’re
with us today.”
Jonah Lomu died in November
2015 after a long battle with
French rugby federation (FFR)
president Bernard Laporte hailed
the Lomu boys’ appearance,
saying: “It is very moving to have
them with us, very good of them
to have come all the way from
New Zealand. ”
France’s Minister for Sport
Laura Flessel insisted France’s bid
would be boosted by the country
also hosting the 2024 Olympics.
He also revealed France aim to
stage the first closing ceremony in
Rugby World Cup history.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Sebastien Chabal with Brayley and Dhyreille Lomu at the Rugby
World Cup 2023 bid presentations event in London.
Lomu’s sons suppor t French bid
Former New Zealand
Breakers import Akil
Mitchell has picked up
an NBA deal with the
Brooklyn Nets franchise.
Mitchell, a 25-year-
old forward, produced
the goods in his sole
Australian NBL season
until suffering a nasty eye
injury in January.
His left eye popped out
of its socket after a mid-
game collision against
Cairns, causing some to
fear his basketball career
He played no further
games for the Breakers as
they missed the 2016-17
ANBL play-offs, but has
recovered well enough to
earn an NBA deal.
“Everyone at the club is
delighted Akil has secured
an NBA-level opportunity,
a dream chance to prove
himself in the toughest
competition in the
world, and we’re proud
we’ve been able to help,”
Breakers manager Dillon
“Akil was a fantastic
Breaker and is much loved
by the entire club.”
During his single
campaign in the black
singlet, Mitchell played 25
ANBL games, averaging
almost 10 points and
seven rebounds per game.
Coach Shane Bond managed to
eke out a positive after his New
Zealand A side were trounced by
India A in just over two days in
The tourists crumbled to defeat
by an innings and 31 runs in their
opening match, skittled for 142 in
their second innings yesterday.
Faced with intense heat and low,
turning pitch conditions, New
Zealand A suffered the same
difficulties as the first innings when
they reached 147. India A replied
Openers George Worker (35)
and Jeet Raval (21) were the only
batsmen to surpass 15 runs as
Indian spinners Karn Sharma
and Shahbaz Nadeem snared
four wickets each for the second
“The Indians just wore us down
and put relentless pressure on us
and we weren’t quite good enough,”
“ We had two good opening
partnerships, but lost wickets in
clumps and that ’s something you
see a lot with teams touring here.”
Bond said a primary goal of the A
tours was to expose New Zealand
players to subcontinent conditions.
They got that in spades and would
be better for it when the teams
meet at the same venue for another
scheduled four-day game starting
on Saturday, he said.
“It was great that you had guys
exposed to these conditions.
“The things they had done, the
training at home in preparation
was nothing like the conditions
“At least now those guys have an
idea of what they ’re walking into.”
Better than Cooper Cronk? Do
not make Michael Morgan laugh.
North Queensland playmaker
Morgan may be rated the game’s
best halfback by no less than Cronk
himself. However, the Cowboys
No 7 considers himself a Cronk fan
rather than a foe.
Cronk became the latest to
lavish praise on Morgan after he
stepped up in Johnathan Thurston’s
absence to guide an injury hit
North Queensland from eighth
to Sunday ’s grand final against
Morgan knew comparisons were
coming ahead of the season decider
against Cronk’s Storm but clearly
did not expect the Melbourne
halfback’s huge rap.
“ People will compare us because
we are both wearing No 7, it doesn’t
bother me too much,” he said.
“ But I know Cooper is far and
beyond a better and smarter player
compared with him I am not
thinking I am better than Cooper
Cronk. He will go down as one
of the better halves we have ever
someone I look up to as a player.”
Cronk will only have himself
to blame if Morgan sparks the
Cowboys’ second premiership win
in three years.
Morgan has spoken openly about
his “ lightbulb moment ” when
Cronk pulled him aside for a heart
to heart on his game in this year’s
Kangaroos camp, citing it as the
spark to find another gear.
Morgan also revealed he kept
learning off Cronk in Queensland
State of Origin camp this year —
not that the Maroons matchwinner
knew it at the time.
“ Without talking to him I have
learned off him (at Queensland
camp),” Morgan said.
“ Whether it is the way that he
prepares himself for training, the
way he trains, the amount of time
and effort he puts in smaller things
that people wouldn’t practice as
much, or take much notice of.
“Those sort of things you pick up.
He has been that good for 300 odd
games, you learn you don’t have a
career that long without hard work
and playing consistently, doing it
“He doesn’t plateau in his career.
He continues to be the best and
that is a reason why (he is No 1).”
Lessons learned from test and
Queensland camp have also taught
Morgan that Cronk won’t be
distracted by the hype surrounding
his last game for Melbourne.
Cronk will leave the Storm at
season’s end to be with his fiancee
let outside emotions affect him too
much,” Morgan said.
“I am sure he will be very clear
headed coming into the game. Yes
he will want to win and it being
his last game will be a motivating
factor but the fact it is a grand final,
it won’t be hard to get up for. ”
Cowboys’ Michael Morgan, left,
and Storm’s Cooper Cronk.
Red-hot Morgan dismisses
Kerrie Gowler and Grace Prendergast
NZ A crushed in tour opener
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