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New NZ Super Stock champion Jason
Long will be in action at Greenstone
Park Speedway tomorrow evening.
Long was crowned champion at
Woodford Glen Speedway on Saturday
night and his first outing with the 1NZ
number will be at the Cobden speedway
tomorrow for the Badboy Graphix Super
The Hawke’s Bay rugby representative
won the North Island title in Wellington
just before Christmas and has managed
to pip former New Zealand champion
Peter Rees by a point after a hotly
contested final race.
Six times New Zealand champion
Rees, who raced on the West Coast last
year, will again adorn the 2NZ number,
as he did 12 years ago, and will he will
also be in action at Greenstone Park
Last year’s New Zealand champion
William Humphries is returning and
will be looking for more success after
winning the Rees tour title last season
and the NZ Stock Car GP in 2013.
Wellington’s Keegan Levien, who
finished fourth on Saturday, will
join his brother Ethan on the track
tomorrow. Their father Allen grew up
in Greymouth and is looking for ward to
returning to his hometown to watch his
Over 30 super stocks are expected
for the meeting, which involves a 12
x 12 shootout with an old-fashioned
schoolyard pick, plus Youth Ministocks
will be teamed up with a Super Stock
driver in a best pairs competition —
a New Zealand speedway ‘first ’ at
The stock cars and productions will be
support grades. Gates open at 3pm and
racing revs into action at 4pm.
PICTURE: Brian Hopping
Newly crowned NZ super stock champion Jason Long, left, who will have his first race as 1NZ, at Greenstone Park Speedway in Cobden tomorrow evening.
New Zealand tennis player Paige
Hourigan and American partner
Taylor Townsend were beaten in the
doubles final at the ASB Classic in
Hourigan and Townsend lost the
third set super tiebreak to go down
1-6, 6-1, 10-7 to Canadian Eugenie
Bouchard and Sofia Kenin of the
The result means Hourigan was
unsuccessful in her bid to become
the first New Zealand woman to win
an ASB Classic title.
The Whanganui player was the
fourth New Zealand woman to
reach a final at the event and the first
since the recently retired Marina
Erakovic was also beaten in the
doubles final in 2011.
After the first set, it appeared
Hourigan was in fact set to make that
She and Townsend, who met during
Hourigan’s time at Georgia Tech
University in the US, could barely
put a foot wrong as they stormed
through the first set.
As if someone flicked a switch,
the roles were immediately reversed
for the two pairings in the second
While Bouchard and Kenin quickly
found their range and confidence,
the Kiwi-American duo started to
The “away ” team matched their
opponent ’s dominance from the first
set to easily take the second, forcing
the final into a super tiebreak.
The two pairs traded points to
reach 7-7 in the race to 10, before
Bouchard and Kenin made the
decisive move, rattling off three
straight points to seal the title.
Hourigan said she had mixed
emotions after the loss.
“It’s hard, but you’ve just got to
try and look at the positives and
we’ve had some great tennis this
week, some great wins and we gelled
really well on the courts, I mean
we’ve just got to take that and keep
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The Kevin Myers-trained Overtheriver and rider Danielle Hirini takes out the $25,000 Recreation Hotel Greymouth Cup 2000m at Omoto yesterday.
Over theriver romps home in Cup
Whanganui trainer Kevin Myers had
his charge Overtheriver in fighting fit
condition yesterday as rider Danielle
Hirini took advantage to score
an impressive win in the $25,000
Recreation Hotel Greymouth Cup
The eight-year-old gelding was
bringing a last start unlucky third
placing from the $100,000 Manawatu
Gold Cup into the Greymouth
Jockey Club feature race, and had too
many guns for all rivals at Omoto.
“There were no real instructions, just
keep him happy out there and let him
run his own race,” Hirini said after the
race. “He took me to the front and once
he had his mind on the job he kept up
a strong cruising speed throughout.
He felt good and was travelling well
throughout the race.”
Overtheriver was registering its
21st career win after making light
work of its top weight and looked
comfortable free-wheeling around the
tight Omoto track.
“If he had got the split at Awapuni he
could have made it interesting in the
Manawatu Cup,” Jason Myers said.
“After that run he had to be hard
to beat today but it was a good effort
under the weight, Danielle rode a very
The Gordonian, which won the
Greymouth Cup last year, ran
second yesterday after racing handy
throughout, with Kaharau battling well
in third place.
Germany ’s Julia Goerges
is the women’s singles
champion at the ASB
Classic tennis tournament
for the second straight
The world No 14 has
ended the stunning run of
Canadian teenager Bianca
Andreescu with a come-
from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
win in last night’s final in
The victory makes
Goerges the first player
to win back-to-back
women’s title at the event
since Greek player Eleni
Daniilidou pulled off the
feat in 2004.
Despite giving away 12
years and 138 ranking
places to her opponent,
Andreescu certainly did
not appear intimidated
by the magnitude of the
match early on.
After holding ser ve in
the first game, she set
the tone for the first set
by immediately breaking
Goerges for a 2-0 lead.
That trend continued,
and while usually the
usually strong ser ving
German was off in that
department, the young
Canadian was also mostly in the
ascendancy when the ball was in
Andreescu being broken twice
herself did not matter as she broke
Goerges three more times to take
the set in commanding fashion.
Mustering her superior
experience, and perhaps looking to
halt the momentum of her teenage
opponent, Goerges opted for a
bathroom break before the start of
the second set.
The brief delay worked
immediately, the 2018 champion
breaking ser ve then holding twice
to claim a 3-1 buffer.
Andreescu refused to go away,
breaking back to get to 4-4, but
Goerges had the bit between her
She won a crucial game to go up
6-5, before making no mistake on
ser ve to ensure a third set would be
After it got her back on level
terms in the second set, Goerges’
experience further came to the fore
in the decider.
She broke Andreescu for a
2-0 lead and, as her confidence
continued to rise, repeated the dose
the silver ware.
Two games later and the title
was Goerges’ once more, yet again
giving her the ideal lead-in to the
looming Australian Open.
While unable to finish her
brilliant run with the trophy,
Andreescu was still able to reflect
on what had been a breakthrough
The teenager had never even
reached a semi-final at an WTA
event before this week, while she
beat two stars of the women’s
game, Caroline Wozniacki and
Venus Williams, on her path to the
Earlier yesterday, Roberto
Bautista-Agut joined fellow Qatar
Open finalist Tomas Berdych in
withdrawing from this week’s
men’s tournament in Auckland.
The Spanish world No 24, who
beat Czech Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
in the Doha final on Saturday,
would have been unable to get to
New Zealand for the Australian
Open warm-up until tonight,
organisers said. — RN Z
Mandi has been hit with
a three-week suspension
following his reckless
challenge on Adelaide
United’s Vince Lia.
The Spanish midfielder
received a straight red
card against the Reds
for lashing out at Lia
while he was on the
ground contesting for
the ball during Saturday ’s
match which ended in a
nil-nil draw in Adelaide.
The independent match
review panel determined
that the 68th minute
incident constituted the
offence of an “assault on
a player (violent conduct
when not challenging
for the ball) or against
any other person other
than a match official,
including an attempted
The MRP determined
Mandi would receive the
minimum of two matches
for the offence, plus an
Mandi had until 2pm
today to advise whether
he will appeal the
Julia Goerges kisses the ASB Classic Women’s singles trophy after defeating
Bianca Andreescu last night.
Wins back-to-back ASB Classic titles
Hourigan and partner beaten in ASB Classic doubles final
A one man batting effort by Sri
Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera was
not quite enough as New Zealand won
the second one-day international by 21
runs at Mt Maunganui.
Sri Lanka was 128 for seven at one
stage in their chase for 320 runs, but a
century by Perera got them close.
Perera hit the highest score by a Sri
Lankan against New Zealand in ODI’s,
his 140 included 13 sixes and eight fours.
The tourists were bowled out in the
Earlier New Zealand scored 319 for
seven in their 50 overs with Ross Taylor
top scoring with 90, while Colin Munro
made 87 and James Neesham 64.
Ish Sodhi finished with three wickets.
New Zealand won the series 2-nil
with the third and final match in Nelson
Captain Kane Williamson conceded
he had visions of his side snatching
defeat from the jaws of victory as
Perera’s blistering century threatened
to turn the match. He wasn’t the only
Black Cap feeling the pressure, with
spinner Ish Sodhi also admiring the Sri
“ It was a fantastic innings,” Sodhi said.
“Any innings like that is obviously very
special — I ’d say nine times out of 10
they ’d come up on the winning side but
it was thanks to some early wickets that
they didn’t have enough wickets in the
tank to keep it going the entire 50 overs.
“ We’re happy to get away with the win
and the series.”
Black Caps seal series despite Perera’s efforts
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