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Coast junior league honours
Two players and a coach were yesterday awarded top honours for their ser vice to West Coast junior rugby
league. Rabahn Sopp, left, was named senior schoolboy player of the year, Paul Gibson coach of the year and
Henry Gibson junior player of the year. Sopp, who plays for Suburbs, was a member of the West Coast 15s team
and gained selection in the South Island 15s side as prop. He was named that team s most dedicated player, while
at home he was named Suburbs best for ward and senior player of the year. Paul Gibson coached the Waro-rakau
under-9s and was successful at coaching at West Coast level. Henry Gibson played for the Waro-rakau under-12s
and also represented West Coast.
England paceman Stuart Broad
ignored the jeers, chants and catcalls
of a hostile Gabba crowd to take five
wickets and leave Australia clinging
on at 273 for eight on the first day of
the first Ashes test yesterday.
Cast as a villain in Australia after his
failure to walk at Trent Bridge earlier
this year, Broad skittled Australia s
top order with his first four wickets
and returned with the second new
ball to end a Brad Haddin-inspired
"After losing the toss on what
looked like a fantastic batting wicket
and to get eight wickets in that day,
the guys are tired in there but they
are absolutely delighted," Broad told
"We probably weren t at our best
but if you d given us 260 for eight at
the start of the day we d have snapped
your hand off."
Australia came into the match
boasting of a renewed confidence but
a batting collapse from 71 for the loss
of a single wicket to 132-6 looked like
very much like their performances in
the 3-0 defeat in England earlier this
Haddin bucked that trend, however,
sharing a 114-run seventh wicket
stand with Mitchell Johnson (64) and
was unbeaten on 78 when stumps
were drawn. He will resume on day
two with Ryan Harris, who had
"We fought back very hard,"
Johnson said. " at was quite
important, had to really dig in.
" e position we re in is definitely
par for today. We want to get 300-
plus and we think that definitely is
a good score to have."
Australia won the toss and
decided to bat on a bright, sunny
morning at the Gabba and the
booing of Broad, branded a "smug
Pommy cheat" on the front page of
the local Courier-Mail newspaper,
contributed to a festive atmosphere.
"Good fun," grinned Broad, who
brought the paper into the news
conference with him. "It s all good
banter, at the end of the day fans
come, they like to have a beer with
their mates and sing along but they
want to see good cricket and I think
they ve seen really good cricket."
Opener Chris Rogers was the first
victim of the bounce Broad managed
to generate from the Gabba track
but it was the dismissals of Shane
Watson, Michael Clarke and David
Warner around lunch that shifted
the momentum firmly in England s
favour. Watson, whose preparations
for the series were disrupted by a
hamstring injury, looked like reaching
lunch with his wicket intact until
Broad inter vened.
e all-rounder pushed at a ball he
could have left and edged it to Graeme
Swann at second slip, swatting his bat
in disgust at the manner and timing
of his dismissal for 22.
Australia captain Clarke faced seven
balls after lunch before he was making
his way back to the pavilion with one
run to his name after he popped a
catch to Ian Bell at short leg off the
first short ball Broad fired at him.
"We know what a world class player
he is, and to get him cheaply in the
first innings of the first test means a
lot to the team," Broad said, who has
dismissed Clarke six times in his last
"When it hit him and went to
Belly, you saw the reaction of the
team and how much it meant to
Opener Warner had looked
dangerous in building a score of
49 with some choice shots but he
threw it all away when he swatted
a Broad delivery straight to Kevin
Pietersen in the covers.
James Anderson then pitched in
to remove debutant George Bailey
for three before Chris Tremlett,
the third England quick, curtailed
a promising innings from Steve
Smith for 31.
Haddin, whose half century was
his 13th in tests, was forced to
combine with Johnson, recalled
for his pace bowling rather than
his batting prowess, to stem the flow
of wickets. Johnson hit six fours and
two huge sixes for his eighth test 50
before Broad shattered his wickets
to complete his 11th test five-wicket
Despite something of a dis-
appointing day, Australia can look to
the corresponding Gabba test in the
2010-11 series for some comfort.
England were bowled out for 260
on the opening day three years ago
but battled back for a draw, carrying
the momentum from that recovery to
clinch the series 3-1. --- Reuters
Manu Vatuvei has lost his race to be
fit for Sunday morning s World Cup
semi-final with England and will be
replaced by Jason Nightingale and
there is still doubt over whether Frank
Pritchard will take his place.
Nightingale is one of two changes
to the side that beat Scotland 40-4 in
their quarter-final last weekend, with
Sam Kasiano replacing Sam Moa on
the interchange bench. Kevin Locke
retains his place at fullback, beating
off the challenge of Josh Hoffman.
Pritchard strained his hamstring in
training but it is not yet known whether
it will keep the second-rower out of
Sunday s double header at Wembley
Stadium --- Australia play Fiji in the
other semi-final immediately after the
Kiwis. It is not an injury the 30-year-
old has experienced before and Alex
Glenn has been placed on standby.
It is something the Kiwis had
been hoping to avoid, given the cold
conditions in London this week, and
they had organised extra stretching
sessions and a yoga class in the hope
of keeping everyone running freely.
"We are mindful that the lads are
ready when they train but sometimes
it doesn t work out that way,"
coach Stephen Kearney said. "It s
unfortunate. We are hopeful (with
"We just have to see how he pulls
up in the next couple of days but we
have Alex Glenn on standby who I
know if Frank is unavailable will do a
wonderful job for us."
Kearney has conceded defeat
around Vatuvei and opted to go with
Nightingale had been a fixture in
the side since 2008, playing 18 tests,
but has had to bide his time behind
Vatuvei and impressive youngster
"Given what is at stake, I wanted to
give Jason a full week s preparation
on the wing so he could get his mind
around playing," Kearney said. "We
are hopeful that should we get past
this week (and make next weekend s
final) that Manu will be right to play.
"I know Jason Nightingale is a
tremendous footballer and is hard to
leave off our list when you are picking
Kearney felt he could not leave out
Locke, who came into the tournament
behind Hoffman in the pecking order.
Locke impressed against Scotland
and offers a little more spark from the
back and it will be a tantilising contest
with Sam Tomkins, the man signed
to play in his position at the Warriors
next season, running at fullback for
"I thought Kevin had a really good
match last week and was the best
choice for this week," Kearney said.
"He deserves the opportunity."
Kasiano will add more beef to an
already meaty for ward pack and
replaces Moa on the bench. Kearney
is spoiled for choice at prop, with five
world-class front-rowers, and will
restore Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to
the starting lineup in place of Ben
"I think we need him out there to
start the game, given the occasion
and opposition. Sam Kasiano offers
something a little different to the
"He s got a lovely touch with the
hands and he s also a big guy who can
ready for him."
Kiwis: Kevin Locke, Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck, Dean Whare,
Bryson Goodwin, Jason Nightingale,
Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, Jared
Waerea-Hargreaves, Issac Luke, Jesse
Bromwich, Frank Pritchard-Alex
Glenn, Sonny Bill Williams, Simon
Mannering (c). Interchange: Elijah
Taylor, Ben Matulino, Frank-Paul
Nu uausala, Sam Kasiano.
England: Carl Ablett, George
Burgess, Sam Burgess, Rob Burrow,
Josh Charnley, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam
Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham,
Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Lee Mossop,
Sean O Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin
Sinfield, Sam Tomkins, Kallum
Watkins, Ben Westwood, Gareth
Widdop (two to be omitted).
PICTURE: Getty Images
England s Stuart Broad celebrates his fifth
wicket after dismissing Australia s Mitchell
Johnson yesterday at e Gabba in Brisbane.
Nightingale one of two changes to Kiwis side
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