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Luuka Jones has opened a
hectic world canoe slalom
championships campaign in
impressive style in France.
The New Zealand Olympic K1
silver medallist was 12th-fastest
in the C1 heats yesterday, earning
her an automatic berth in the
Her time of 101.67 seconds
included a 2sec penalty for
touching a gate and left her just
over 6sec behind top-qualifying
Briton Mallory Franklin.
Making a strong start was
important for the 28-year-old,
as she will be on the water every
day at the week-long
championships in Pau.
“My goal was to qualify in the
first rounds to eliminate a few
runs over the week,” Jones said.
“It’s a pretty busy schedule
racing C1, K1, K1 teams and
the boatercross (extreme slalom).
It was a good day and hopefully
I can qualify in K1 on the first run
tomorrow as well.”
Fellow-Olympian Mike Dawson
was also solid in the men’s K1
heats, clocking the 16th-quickest
time in a field numbering more
A clear run time of 81.02sec
was 3.12secs slower than top-
ranked Olympic champion Joe
Clarke of Great Britain.
“The course we raced on wasn’t
super-difficult which meant the
times were extremely tight,”
“There wasn’t a big margin for
error and everyone was just going
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She may well have also been leading
the women’s classification in the Calder
Stewart Cycling Series if it was not for
missing out of points on the opening
round where she rode as an individual so
was not eligible for points.
“I’ve flagged my chances of getting into
the leaders jersey for this series due to
not getting my points in the first round,”
Lucas, who now rides for Cycle Surgery
Women in the series, said.
“So the overall lead is a two rider
contest between Kate (McIIroy) and
Mikayla, so I will enjoy the Hokitika
race and the luxury of not having to
travel for hours to get there.”
Lucas thought the women’s race in the
CYB Construction Hokitika Classic
will come down to a sprint finish so
think’s McIIroy ’s Benchmark Homes
team will combine with other teams
that lack strong sprinters to try to break
up the race and put the better sprinters,
that includes Lucas and Har vey, under
McIIroy and Har vey are locked
together at the top of the women’s points
table on 55 points.
Har vey has not raced in Hokitika but
said she was hoping for some tough
conditions to “really blow the field
The elite men’s series leader is
Christchurch cycling coach Paul Odlin,
who holds an 11-point lead over Sam
Horgan but is only one point ahead of
the under-23 series leader Jake Marryatt.
The young line-up should feature,
backing up a strong showing in Nelson
that saw Connor Brown claim the win
in the reduced event. He will have good
support from Chris Denholm and Max
Other riders to watch include New
Zealand junior track representative and
junior World Championship bronze
medallist Josh Scott, Ollie Jones, Max
Beckert, Tim Rushand and D unedin
19-year-old student William Milburn.
Lucas counting on
It was the NRL record Cameron
Smith almost did not break.
Smith re-wrote the history books
for the umpteenth time last night
when he became the oldest player to
claim the Dally M medal, 11 years
after winning his first.
Ahead of Sunday ’s grand final
against North Queensland, Smith
beat Cowboys rival Michael Morgan
by eight points to be crowned the
game’s best player this year.
Manly legend Cliff Lyons was 33
when he wore the medal in 1994.
However, a 34-year-old Smith took
out his second in a year where he
also overtook Darren Lockyer’s
record for most games and became
the first to 40 State of Origin
He also became the first for ward
to reach 2000 points and is the only
player to kick 1000 goals, however
Smith was too humble to label this
season as the best of his career.
“I don’t sit back at the end of each
year and compare it to others,”
“Playing in a team that ’s only lost
four games all season, that certainly
helps with my performances,
but I’ve been happy with my
involvement this year. I’ve taken my
opportunities more this year than I
ever have. I think that ’s all I’ve ever
tried to do — help the team in every
paid off this year for me.”
The Storm captain admitting
thinking he could not add to his
first medal in 2006.
“I’d just turned 23, I’d been in
the game for three years and if you
asked me back then I was really
happy with the way I played in
2006,” he said.
“Thinking now, you probably start
each year thinking I’m past the
opportunity to win a Dally M. But
you just never know. When you’re
enjoying yourself and having fun
and competing every week, then
strange things can happen. This
has happened now and I’m really
Smith’s latest achievement comes
despite fears players would boycott
the awards night due to the player
bargaining agreement talks with the
Such an act would have denied
Smith a chance at winning the
medal, although the RLPA
president is confident a deal would
be agreed on after the grand final.
“I think not attending a night like
this, it hurts players and fans more
than anything,” Smith said.
“And to make things clear, we
never said there was going to be a
boycott of the Dally Ms. It was an
option we had if the NRL didn’t
come to the table and have more
discussions with the RLPA.
Todd Greenberg) was very
accommodating. He put a lot of
time over the last fortnight to
sit down with (RLPA boss) Ian
“Speaking with Ian over the last
two weeks, there’s a CBA deal very
close which for me is very pleasing
to hear considering we’re in grand
final week now.
“If there’s a deal done a few days
after, what a great ending to the
season for everyone.” — AAP
Even a month later, Fiao’o Fa’amausili
gets goosebumps thinking of the Rugby
World Cup triumph over England.
The Black Ferns skipper and most of
the victorious team were given a rowdy
reception at the Vodafone Events Centre
in Manukau today, as a guard of honour
of local schoolchildren welcomed them
to the venue.
Fa’amausili is New Zealand’s most
capped ever women’s player, playing her
52nd game as the Ferns beat England
41-32 in Belfast on August 26.
She said the feeling of winning her
fourth World Cup in five attempts gives
her a thrill, even today.
“I still get goosebumps watching that
final again, it was an amazing time for
Fa’amausili said this team loved to sing,
dance and smile and it was support from
back in New Zealand that carried them
in the second half of the final.
“Our morals are based on family —
you defend and you fight for your family.
In that second half we lifted because we
knew our family and supporters were
behind us. We hope we made you all
She said her team-mates were
incredible ambassadors for the women’s
game, which was going from strength to
Earlier, chairman of the New Zealand
Rugby Union, Brent Impey, said the
2017 team were inspirational.
“The challenge for rugby now is to
grow the women’s game and this group
here will inspire others going for ward,”
The speeches were generally informal,
with laughter and stories showing off
the warmth within the team. — N ZN
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith
has broken yet another NRL record
by becoming the oldest player to claim
the the Dally M medal, 11 years after
winning his first.
Just four days before the Storm’s
grand final against North Queensland,
Smith claimed an early win by beating
Cowboys star Michael Morgan for the
Dally M by eight points at The Star.
St George Illawarra’s Gareth Widdop
finished third (25 points), while Sydney
Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary and
Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen came
equal fourth (22).
“In 2006 it was quite a shock. I ’d just
turned 23, I’d been in the game for three
years and if you asked me back then I
was really happy with the way I played
in 2006,” Smith said.
“Thinking now, you probably start each
year thinking I’m past the opportunity to
win a Dally M. But you just never know.
When you’re enjoying yourself and
having fun and competing every week,
then strange things can happen. This has
happened now and I’m really pleased. ”
It is the eighth year in a row a maroons
player has worn the medal.
Smith also took captain and hooker of
the year honours on a night to remember
for the Storm, with Craig Bellamy and
Billy Slater crowned best coach and
fullback of the season respectively.
His latest achievement continues
a record year for the 34-year-old,
overtaking Darren Lockyer for most
games and becoming the first player to
rack up 40 State of Origin matches.
Smith also became the first for ward to
reach 2000 points. He is the only member
of the 1000-goal club after hitting the
mark in the club’s preliminary-final win
Morgan won the halfback of year gong
after his breakthrough season in the
absence of Johnathan Thurston, while
Canberra youngster Nick Cotric was
named rookie of the year.
Simamia Taufua was the female player
of the year, while the Cowboys’ Jake
Clifford took out the top prize for the
The NRL also handed out new
accolades for interchange player of the
year (Reagan Campbell-Gillard) and
best tackle (Nathan Brown) and try
Dally M class of 2017: Dally M,
captain, hooker: Cameron Smith
(Storm); coach: Craig Bellamy (Storm);
fullback: Billy Slater (Storm); wing:
Jordan Rapana (Raiders); centre: Dylan
Walker (Sea Eagles); five-eighth: Gareth
Widdop (Dragons); halfback: Michael
Morgan (Cowboys); prop: Aaron Woods
(Tigers); second-rower: Matt Gillett
(Broncos); lock: Paul Gallen (Sharks);
interchange: Reagan Campbell-Gillard
(Panthers); tackle: Nathan Brown
(Eels); try: Kyle Feldt (Cowboys); top
pointscorer: Nathan Cleary (Panthers);
top tryscorer: Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm);
Provan Summons People’s Choice:
Clinton Gutherson (Eels). — NZ N
New Zealand gold medal favourite
Robbie Manson has kept effort to a
bare minimum in advancing to the
single sculls semi-finals at the rowing
world championships in Florida.
Manson was third in his quarter-
final and just the 12th fastest of 24
contenders in Sarasota today but it
was enough to reach the next stage on
Needing a top three finish, Manson
nestled comfortably behind behind the
race winner, Cuban two-time world
championships singles medallist Angel
Fournier Rodriguez, and Croatian
Damir Martin, the man pipped
dramatically for gold by New Zealand
great Mahe Drysdale at last year’s
With Drysdale taking the year off,
Manson burst spectacularly onto the
singles stage, winning both World Cup
regattas entered and clocking a world
best time in Poland in June.
A rib injury has hampered the
27-year-old’s build-up but he will
hope to unearth his best in the final on
Manson was second-fastest of 40
rowers in the heats. His quarter-final
time of 6 minutes 55.880 seconds was
slightly quicker but still more than
15sec down on what he has produced.
Russian Vladislav Ryabcev was the
fastest in the quarter-finals, with all the
other big names advancing, including
four-time world champion Ondrej
Synek of the Czech Republic.
Elsewhere, New Zealand lightweight
single sculler Matt Dunham also
cruised into the semi-finals.
Dunham won his quarter-final easily
from Hungarian Peter Galambos
and clocked the fourth-quickest time
The lightweight men face an intense
schedule, with the semi-finals and final
taking place on consecutive days.
Hannah Osborne is still afloat in
the women’s single sculls after placing
second in her repechage behind
Canada’s Carling Zeeman.
Osborne, competing in her first senior
international season, was third in her
Earlier, the women’s four became the
first of New Zealand’s 13 crews to lose
any hope of winning a medal.
Jackie Gowler, Kirstyn Goodger, Beth
Ross and Ellie Jeurissen were fourth
in their repechage and will contest the
Leading New Zealand doubles
specialists Michael Venus and Marcus
Daniell will square off in the second
round of an ATP tournament in
World No 16 Venus and 47th-ranked
Daniell won contrasting opening-round
matches at the Chengdu Open, setting
up a rare clash later today.
French Open champion Venus is
teaming up this week with Chilean
veteran Julio Peralta and the second
seeds had few problems beating Borna
Coric (Croatia) and Guido Pella
(Argentina) 6-1, 6-3.
Daniell and regular Brazilian partner
Marcelo Demoliner fought back to win
4-6, 6-4, 10-6 over Nikoloz Basilashvili
Meanwhile, New Zealand Artem
Sitak bowed out in the first round of a
concurrent tournament in Shenzhen.
Sitak and Dutch partner Wesley
Koolhof, who reached the final of a
tournament in Metz, France last week,
succumbed 7-5, 7-6 to Andre Begemann
(Germany) and Franko Skugor
(Croatia). — NZ N
A pink ball will be used in New
Zealand A’s second tour match in India
although it will remain a daytime fixture.
Indian officials will continue its
domestic pink ball trial by employing it
in the four-day match involving India A
at Vijayawada starting on Saturday.
It is the second of two matches, with
the tourists having crashed to an innings
and 31-run loss in the first, which
employed the traditional red ball.
A lack of floodlights at the Dr Gokaraju
Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground
means the match will have the same
New Zealand Cricket gave its approval
to use the pink ball, which is gaining
traction in the international game.
NZC will host its first day-night test
against England, at Auckland, in March.
The Black Caps played in the first-
ever day-night test, against Australia in
Adelaide two years ago. — NZ N
Ferns skipper ‘still
NZ doubles pair to square off
Pink ball for NZ A match
NZ pair impress at canoe
slalom world champs
with Dally M
PICTURE: Getty Images
Storm’s Cameron Smith after winning the Dally M Medal last night in Sydney.
Smith domination continues
A professional cycling team has
banned its riders from growing
beards and told them to find new
employers if they will not shave.
Belgium’s Sport Vlaanderen-
Baloise has imposed the crackdown
on facial hair to protect “the
elegance of cycling”.
The Flemish team’s sporting
director is Walter Planckaert, a
former champion of the Tour of
He used a regular column in
newspaper Het Niewsblad to blast
beards as “unhygienic”.
We are a cycling team, with riders,
not motocross riders or rugby
players,” Planckaert wrote.
“The snot and the leftover food in
the beard of a rider in the middle of
the race is dirty.”
At a push Plackaert would tolerate
a short beard or if, in the middle of
a hard classics season, his riders
were simply too exhausted to shave.
However, any rider planning on
growing a full bushy beard or an
ignoring the rule would have to
find another team, he said.
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise race at
the Professional Continental level,
the second division of road race
cycling when given wildcards at
higher level road races as well.
The team is a Belgian sporting
institution and has a reputation
for talent spotting the best young
Dutch-speaking talent and giving
them their first professional
At the end of each season, many
of its young cyclists join leading
professional teams riding in the
first class World Tour events.
Planckaert singled out the full
beard of German Tour de France
rider Simon Geschke as an example
of unacceptable facial hair.
The winner of the Tour, Chris
Froome, is clean-shaven.
Manson cruises into semis
Cycling team bans riders from
growing ‘unhygienic’ beards
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ko finishes day two down
Lydia Ko closed out her opening round of the McKayson New Zealand
Women’s Open at Windross Farm in Auckland with a solid par and finished at
two under for the day. She was five shots off the lead. Canadian Brooke
Henderson and England’s Jodi Shadoff shared the lead with rounds of seven-
under 65 and Brittany Lincicome of the United States was five under.
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