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There were mixed results for New
Zealand’s best squash players at the
US Open yesterday.
World No 10 women’s player Joelle
King pulled off a huge upset as she
downed third seed and defending
champ Camille Serme (France) in
the second round of the $US165,000
($NZ232,770) Open to secure a
There was disappointment however,
for Greymouth’s Paul Coll, who had
a big upset in his first round match at
Philadelphia’s Drexel University,
against world No 2 Karem Abdel
Gawad (Egypt), when he lost to
another Egyptain Omar Mossad in 46
Mossad, who is currently ranked 31 in
the world, won 12-10 11-8 11-8 .
Coll’s opponent was ranked No 3 last
year and Mossad was also a finalist at
the US Open in 2015.
Mossad turned in an impressive
performance as he dismantled Coll,
conqueror of the world champion in the
first round in straight games.
The big Egyptian powered ahead in
the first, moving to 10-6 but needing a
fifth game ball to take the lead after a
Mosaad was always ahead in the next
two games, finishing off in style to set
up a quarter-final with Diego Elias.
After the match Mossad said he was
“really happy ”.
On the US Open website Mossad
said: “ To play against Paul (Coll) is
really hard but I’m really happy to reach
the quarter-finals and hopefully I can
win the next round.”
Throughout the match Coll displayed
the fitness everyone has come to expect
of the 25-year-old as he flew around
the court to live up to his ‘Superman’
title but unfortunately for Coll, Mossad
was at his clinical best as he was able
to pick off the New Zealander with his
accurate shot selection.
Mossad led in every single game as
Coll was unable to work his game plan
to tire the Egyptian out.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
of the Westport News
Next year’s Old Ghost Ultra
is already sold out with 18 West
Coast athletes are among the
record 250 competitors.
Trust chair Phil Rossiter said most
similar events took years to achieve
the same level of growth, whereas
the ultra only began last year.
Six competitors from Westport
were among the 150 who took part
in this year’s event on February 25.
Rossiter said the Buller con-
tingent from Westport and
Waimangoroa for 2018 included
Jim McIlraith who had been
“ instrumental in building the
Rhys Bowen, who formerly
worked for the OGR but is now
doing a building apprenticeship in
Christchurch, would also be back.
Another six West Coasters from
Grey and Westland are registered.
for next year had been “pretty
overwhelming” with 20% of com-
petitors from overseas, Rossiter
“There are genuinely people
coming from the opposite side
of the globe for the weekend. It
happened last year — fly in, land
in Christchurch Friday, get across,
run, go back Sunday.”
The 85km run will be held for
the third time on February 24. It
includes 2600m of ascent.
Winner of this year’s women’s
section, West Coast top cop Mel
Aitken, will be back again.
Overall winner Matt Flaherty
has had to give the event a miss
due to study commitments.
He blitzed this year’s field in
6:52 with Aitken crossing the line
seventh overall in 8:24.
The 2018 line-up will include
Belgium, the United Kingdom,
Singapore, Switzerland, France,
Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, United
States, Hong Kong and French
Rossiter said news of the race
spread by word of mouth, there
was no marketing budget.
No major changes were planned
to the way the race was run.
“ We identified 63 things from
last year which we wanted to
improve but nothing major.
“ We’re focusing on detail and
getting things right so we can
deliver an even better event.”
The full field meant that the
Ultra was now into “fundraising
As well as showing the OGR off
it would help sustain the trail.
Rossiter said the race would also
give Westport businesses a boost.
“ People hang around for two or
three nights so accommodation is
Extra SoundsAir flights on the
day before and after the race are
booked out. There was a waitlist
for the ultra in case of withdrawals,
Rossiter said. Quite a few entrants
were likely to pull out between
now and February as “it isn’t one
of those things that you can hobble
King pulls off upset
PICTURE: US Open
Former Coaster Paul Coll stretches out to play a shot against Omar Mossad yesterday in the US Open in Philadelphia.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth High skatepark takes shape
Greymouth High School students Dean Wisdom, left, and Caleb Butcher get some advice from Dave North on how to shape the bowl on the school’s skatepark
development. Skatepark designer North said they were shaping the bowl to get it ready for concreting. He had hoped the concrete pour would have
happened today, however, the recent wet weather has hindered progress.
250 chasing Old
Ghost Ultra honours
ULTRA RUN CHALLENGE
Nick Kyrgios has been fined
almost $A40,000 by the ATP today
after walking off the court during
his opening match at the Shanghai
Masters a day earlier.
The 13th-seed packed his bag
and left the court after losing the
first set 7-6 (7-5) to Steve Johnson
yesterday. He was booed from the
court by the crowd.
Kyrgios was fined his first-round
prizemoney of $A27,071, for failing
to see the doctor following his
According to ATP Tour rules,
it is mandatory to be examined
by a physician if injured. He was
fined an additional $A12,840 for
Hours after he abandoned the
match, Kyrgios offered an apology
and said he had a stomach ache and
sore shoulder. — A AP
Kyrgios fined $40,000 for Shanghai Masters
Remember nothing but the pain.
All Whites boss Anthony Hudson
has demanded his senior troops cast
aside their disastrous 2014 World
Cup play-off defeat to Mexico, as
they gear up for a crack at the 2018
tournament against Peru.
Facing a venemous El Tri, the Ricki
Herbert-coached All Whites were
thumped 5-1 away and 4-2 at home
in November 2013 to miss out on a
place at the Brazil showpiece.
That squad included a host of
current New Zealand stalwarts,
including Andrew Durante, Mike
McGlinchey and red-hot No 9 Chris
Wood — the same players who will
need to get the All Whites over the
line against Los Incas.
The first leg will be played in
Wellington on either November 10
or 11, with the date to be set in stone
by FIFA in the coming days.
The All Whites will then travel to
Lima for the return leg.
Hudson said the New Zealanders
could learn little from their 2013
experience, but should keep the
agony of falling short at the back of
He added that, since 2013, the All
Whites have played Mexico twice —
once in 2016 and once at this year’s
Confederations Cup — and held
They lost both matches 2-1.
“The one thing they can take from
it is probably the pain, the pain
of losing and not wanting that to
happen again,” Hudson said. “ The
confidence and the belief doesn’t
come from those games. It comes
from playing Mexico twice now, away
from home, and the second time we
really should’ve beaten them, created
lots of chances.”
In a frenetic final round of South
American qualifying, Peru’s 1-1 draw
with Colombia on Wednesday was
enough to see them finish fifth above
Hudson watched events unfold in
South America with interest, and
said he was glad to finally have an
opponent for whom to prepare. He
backed his side to upset the Peruvians
and earn a spot in Russia.
“ We’ve worked incredibly hard to
get this far, and we’ ll make sure we’re
at our best for this next window,”
“Now, finally, we can start planning
— now we can get to work.”
All Whites face Peru for World Cup place
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