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Some of New Zealand ’s
top cyclists will hit the
roads around Hokitika
on Saturday for round
five of the 2017 Calder
Stewart Cycling Series.
Local cyclist Sharlotte
Lucas is one of the
favourites in the women’s
race, and will have the
advantage of racing on
Lucas is one of the
female riders in the
country, and had a stint
riding overseas this
The Hokitika Classic
features a 32.6km lap
The elite men do five
laps totalling 162km;
the masters four laps at
130km, and the women
three laps at 97.5km.
The men start at 10am,
the masters at 10.55am
and the women at
11am, all starting from
the Wests Clubrooms
in Brittan Street and
ending at Cass Square.
The 2017 Calder
Stewart Cycling Series
is raced over six rounds
throughout the South
It showcases some
of New Zealand’s best
riders and teams going
head-to-head over a
masters, full-time career
cyclists and age group
riders are all given the
chance to compete
against the country’s top
The fourth round of
the series was to have
been held in Nelson but
was cancelled due to
snow falling on the Main
Divide at the time.
Top cyclists Hokitika-bound
Few will appreciate the golfing pressure
on Lydia Ko at this week’s McKayson
New Zealand Women’s Open as much as
The 20-year-old was the face for her
home tournament, the Canadian Pacific
Open, last month in Ontario. She
finished tied for 12th.
A similar challenge awaits Ko, who
was identifiable by the swarm following
her around the Windross Farm course
yesterday. Ko has been in a similar
position at home, winning the equivalent
event at Christchurch’s Clearwater
Resort in 2013, 2015 and 2016. However,
the quality of the field has improved
since the tournament earned a place on
the Ladies Professional Golf Association
Eight major winners are involved,
including Ko and Henderson, competing
for a purse of $US1.3 million and a
winner’s cheque of $US195,000.
Henderson won last year’s PGA
Championship at 18 years, nine months
and two days, defeating Ko in a play-
off. She became the second-youngest
major title winner after Ko’s 2015 Evian
Championship victory at 18 years, four
months and 20 days.
The Canadian was the second of the
major-winning octet to register for the
tournament after Ko.
“It ’s exciting (for Lydia) to have a home
event for her fans,” she said yesterday.
“ You’ve got to embrace that. In Canada
one of the highlights (for me) was feeling
that support. Hopefully the same thing
happens for her. We’re good friends and
she’s always inspired me.”
Henderson benefits from a tight family
environment which includes sister and
caddy Brittany, father and coach Dave,
and mother Darlene. Her sister gives
the tour an OE flavour as they travel
the world sharing the experience. That
includes preparing a strategy for what
will be an unfamiliar links-style course
“(Brittany ’s) my best friend. She does a
lot of work for me on and off the course.
It’s so much fun to have her there because
golf could be lonely if you were by yourself,
especially with time changes where you
can’t talk to people back home.”
When she signed in June, Henderson
acknowledged her parents’ sacrifices.
“Mum doesn’t play golf but she is our
No 1 cheerleader, and dad is our coach
and has been since I was three. I wouldn’t
be in the position I am without him.”
The New Zealand women’s eight have
caused a boilover at the rowing world
championships, heading off the all-
conquering United States in the heats.
The New Zealand crew held their
form until the end of a tense race in
Sarasota, Florida, pipping the three-
time defending Olympic champions by
less than a second.
With only the heat winners advancing
automatically to the final on Monday
morning, the New Zealanders were
anxious to win and avoid a Friday
repechage in the prevailing hot
Emma Dyke, Lucy Spoors, Rebecca
Scown, Kelsi Walters, Kelsey Bevan,
Georgia Perry, Ashlee Rowe, Ruby Tew
and cox Sam Bosworth achieved it with
a terrific front-running performance.
After jockeying for the early lead with
Rio Olympic silver medallists Great
Britain, the New Zealanders pulled
clear just after the 500m mark and kept
the US at bay for the rest of the journey.
Their time of 6 minutes 08.42 seconds
was the second-quickest overall, with
Romania fractionally faster in the
They can expect a response from the
stung US crew, who have won all the
major regattas they have entered for the
New Zealand have four crew
members back from the boat which
placed fourth at Rio last year — Dyke,
Scown, Bevan and Tew. The same
foursome were in the eight who won
silver at the 2015 world championships
The men’s eight could not repeat the
dose today, finishing fourth in a heat
dominated by Olympic silver medallists
Stephen Jones, Brook Robertson,
Michael Brake, Shaun Kirkham, Isaac
Grainger, Patrick McInnes, Drikus
Conradie, James Lassche and cox Caleb
Shepherd will contest the repechage.
Fifth early on, they struggled to make
headway in the quicker of the two
Five rowers and Shepherd are all back
from the New Zealand crew who were
sixth at Rio. — NZN
PICTURE: NZ Herald
The women’s eight won their heat at the world championships, upsetting the United States crew today in Florida.
NZ women cause boilover at world champs
In one fell swoop, Brooke
Henderson engineered the finest
moment of her golfing career
and doomed Lydia Ko to the
sourest of hers.
Tied at six-under par after four
rounds of last year’s Women’s
PGA Championship major in
Washington, Henderson and New
Zealand superstar Ko — then
world No 1, and an irresistible
golfing force — went to a sudden-
Yet, within one par-four hole, it
was all over.
Both golfers hit the green with
their approach shots, only for
Canadian young gun Henderson
to sink her putt and the equally
precocious Ko to miss.
Aged just 18, Henderson had
secured her first LPGA major.
“A dream come true, it really was,”
“ It was amazing, that Sunday,
everything just seemed to go
perfectly for me. Minus six in the
final round of a major, bogey free,
was really cool. To go into the play-
off with her, at first I was pretty
ner vous, but I kind of talked myself
up and realised this was such a
special opportunity — that you can
go and play one hole and hoist a
major championship trophy.”
From that point in June 2016,
the careers of both Henderson and
Ko — who are good friends off the
fairway — have been something of
Ko has not won a LPGA tour
event for more than 12 months,
tumbling to eighth in the women’s
rankings, while Henderson has
fallen to 12th.
Yet the 20-year-old felt her form
was on an upward trend, as she
prepares to rival Ko for this week’s
New Zealand Women’s Open title
Should conditions hold at the firm,
links-style Windross Farm course,
Henderson predicted impressive
scores from many golfers.
“ I had a banner year last year,
everything seemed to be going
really perfectly for me. This year,
starting the season was a little
tougher,” Henderson said.
“ But a win in June (in Michigan),
and then finishing second in the
major I won the year previously,
there was definitely a lot of
confidence and momentum. Golf is
a funny game, sometimes you play
really great golf and don’t score well,
and sometimes it’s the opposite, not
playing very well but get the results.
“ You’ve just got to be patient.”
Henderson backed Ko’s pedigree
to trump results which have
struggled at times over the past year,
although the New Zealander has
come off tying for third in the Evian
“I feel like she maybe hasn’t had
the season she was looking for ... but
she still has a lot of top 10s and is
playing great golf. She’s getting it
back on track.”
Ko’s circumstances from her own
experience. “Sometimes you’ve got
to ride the roller-coaster, I’ve learned
that over the last two years; stay
patient, work hard and good things
will happen.” — NZN
It is all about the World Cup.
That is the obvious inference to take
from All Blacks assistant coach Ian
Foster’s comments, days out from the
Rugby Championship clash against the
Pumas in Buenos Aires.
The All Blacks have left out key players
including the great locking combo of
Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock for
the Argentina test on Sunday morning,
saving them for the Springboks.
Foster said: “ The challenge for us is an
exciting one and if you dwell on who is
not here, you forget who is here. It is a
chance to build real competition and
depth in the squad, which is vital for
where we want to get to over the next
couple of years.
“ It might feel uncomfortable when
some of your so called number one
players are not on the field. Long term,
it is a massive opportunity to grow the
number of international players. ”
Foster admitted Argentina had
“surprised us in a couple of areas” in
New Plymouth earlier this month, and
said there were parts of their game the
All Blacks were injecting into their own
“ We’ve talked a lot about the New
Plymouth game,” Foster, who also
praised Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade,
“In the last five or six years they have
become a real force in world rugby.
Daniel has done an amazing job. If
you look at the offloads and defenders
beaten...they are high in those areas
which is not a traditional part of the
“In some ways they have taken a real
gamble but I think they have reaped the
rewards. Look at the World Cup — they
played outstanding rugby.
“ With it comes risks at times when it
doesn’t come off. We’ve been there this
year. The hard part is getting the balance
Meanwhile Foster refused to give
any hints when the All Blacks would
introduce a rising halfback to replace
Tawera Kerr-Barlow, who heads to a
French club after this season.
Pumas no pushover says ABs assistant coach
Hendersons keep it in the family
PICTURE: Getty Images
Canadian Brooke Henderson, with sister Brittany as her caddie,
benefits from strong family support.
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