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Park Speedway will on Sunday
welcome 22 V8 saloon cars to the
West Coast to compete for the
third edition of the
Do Duck in Bakery Pike River
Memorial Saloon Car Salute.
Prior to the big race the national
anthem will be performed, and
a minute s silence will be held in
memory of the Pike 29.
With drivers travelling from
Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton,
Dunedin, Cromwell, Westport,
Christchurch and Blenheim
this event will be a forerunner
to the New Zealand Saloon Car
Championship, to be contested
later in the season.
One of the instigators of the
event is super caddie Steve
Williams, who returns to defend
the title he won last year, bringing
with him some quick North
Island cars which are competing
around the South Island in the
DHL series. is includes back-
to-back DHL series winner Chris
Cowling, current New Zealand
No 2 and brother, Steve Cowling,
both from Tauranga, as well as
former Pike River Memorial
winner Darryl Ainsley, from
Cromwell, among a veritable
who s who of saloon car racing.
e series starts tonight in
Blenhiem, moves to Christchurch
tomorrow and arrives on the
Coast on Sunday before a three-
day break before the southern
tracks host the tour.
" e big wheels and big
horsepower fit really well on our
big wide track," Greenstone Park
president Robbie Brown said.
" e track is looking good for
this Sunday s racing, and I think
it will surprise a few with how
much drive is out wide, which
will make it very entertaining for
In what looks to be a massive
day for the West Coast Speedway
Club, the West Coast production
saloon championships and the
streetstock championships will
also be contested, supported by
stockcars, TQs and ministocks.
Friday, December 6, 2013
of the New Zealand Herald
e International Cricket Council
anti-corruption panel is believed to
be looking at matches involving New
Zealand players that took place in India,
South Africa and England, raising the
possibility that criminal charges could
follow if any are found guilty.
While match- and spot-fixing is not
illegal in all countries, it is in England,
where recently Pakistani and English
players have been jailed for accepting
money to manipulate results.
Last night, the Herald sought
clarification from the ICC on the
location of the matches in question,
but a spokesman said it would not
be adding to a statement yesterday
morning. In that release the ICC said:
"Following the publication of an article
in a leading New Zealand newspaper
earlier today ... the ICC confirms that
it has indeed been working closely over
the past few months with its colleagues
in the domestic anti-corruption units of
member boards to investigate these and
Lou Vincent yesterday admitted he
was talking to the ICC in relation to an
investigation into match-fixing.
He is one of three players under the
spotlight of the anti-corruption unit.
e others are bowler Daryl Tuffey and
Chris Cairns, one of New Zealand s all-
time great all-rounders.
"I wish to let everyone know that
I am co-operating with an ongoing
ICC anti-corruption investigation that
has been made public today," Vincent
said in a statement. " is investigation
is bound by a number of rules and
regulations that mean I am unable to
make any further public comment. I
will personally talk to the public when
I am able to. In the meantime I cannot
comment. Please respect me and my
family s privacy until such time."
Cairns, speaking last night at Auckland
Airport, said he had not been aware of
the allegations against him until earlier
He said he had had no contact with any
ICC investigators and "my heart sank"
when he found out about the claims.
"At the moment it s about waiting to see
what unfolds and honestly, as I ve said,
I ve yet to be contacted. I ll be taking
the relevant advice and going from
there. But as I said, I m very much in
"With regards to what s happened, I ve
said I ve been through a very arduous
process in England last year, that s on
record, and I stand by that, and with
regards to what s occurred now, I d just
like to reiterate the fact that I ve spoken
He was referring to his successful
defence of match-fixing allegations.
e New Zealander sued Indian
cricket official Lalit Modi in the
London High Court over a tweet. He
won a settlement of $174,000 in March
last year and Modi was ordered to pay
Cairns legal bill. Modi unsuccessfully
appealed the ruling.
Cairns, in a statement issued later last
night, noted the judge ruled that his
accuser had "singularly failed to provide
any reliable evidence that Cairns was
involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing,
or even that there were strong grounds
for suspicion that he was".
Modi tweeted from London last night:
"NZ fixing story ... is a big one as i said
for the game ... completely shocking ...
will wait for legal advise on next steps."
Cairns had been in Dunedin as a
commentator for Sky, but left the
ground when the news broke.
e Herald could not reach Tuffey
for comment but TVNZ s Australia
correspondent, Steve Marshall, tweeted
that Tuffey had not been aware of the
inquiry until yesterday.
Last night, New Zealand s best bowler
on day three of the test against the
West Indies, Tim Southee, said it was
disappointing to wake up to the story
that former New Zealand players were
under the microscope.
" ere were a few conversations going
around but it is out of our hands; there s
nothing we can do about it."
e Herald yesterday broke the story
that the ICC s anti-corruption and
security unit had been in New Zealand
several times over the past four months,
investigating claims the players had
been involved in match- and spot-
Match-fixing is the manipulation
of results, and spot-fixing is the
manipulation of events within a game,
to aid bookmakers who can make
millions on the gambling blackmarket.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive
David White spoke to media yesterday,
but would not comment later after the
names became public.
He said NZC was "shocked and
surprised" by the allegations. --- APNZ
Williams back to defend memorial title
Darryl Ainsley, Cromwell
Peter Schouten, Cromwell
in three countries
e All Blacks, Kieran Read and Steve
Hansen enjoyed a fitting conclusion
to their perfect season when they were
recognised at last night s Steinlager rugby
awards in Auckland.
Read and Hansen took the player of
the year and coach of the year awards,
respectively, with the All Blacks winning
team of the year --- all three won the same
prizes at this week s International Rugby
Board s awards.
e recognition at Sky City in front of
their peers puts a seal on the All Blacks
14 victories from 14 tests in 2013 --- the
first time a major rugby nation has done
so in the professional era. No 8 Read was
a standout player, particularly throughout
the Rugby Championship and recent
Northern Hemisphere tour. e latter
produced three hard-fought victories over
France, England and Ireland. In Dublin,
the All Blacks did not overtake the Irish
until Aaron Cruden s re-taken conversion
well after the 80 minutes were up. e
All Blacks have lost only once under head
coach Hansen --- last year s shock defeat to
England at Twickenham.
e judging panel included former All
Blacks captains Andy Leslie and Graham
Mourie, broadcaster Grant Nisbett and the
NZRU s Brent Anderson.
NZRU chairman Mike Eagle said he
sympathised with the judges. Also in
the running for team of the year were
Super Rugby champions the Chiefs, who
won back-to-back titles, the national
sevens team who won the World Cup,
and Canterbury who won the national
provincial title for the sixth year in a row.
Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens and the
Chiefs Dave Rennie were also up for coach
of the year.
" is has been another exceptional year
in rugby without doubt," Eagle said. " is
has been an extremely difficult year for our
judges. When there is so much to celebrate;
when we have been overwhelmed with
extraordinary performances, there will
always be great champions of our game
who miss out on the final accolades."
All Black Ben Smith, who played every
minute of the Highlanders campaign ---
and shone despite their consistently poor
run of results --- was named Super Rugby
player of the year. Canterbury halfback
Andy Ellis won the ITM Cup player of the
year. Portia Woodman, in her first year of
rugby, won the NZ women s sevens player
of the year after picking up the IRB player
of the tournament award at the sevens
World Cup. Kurt Baker was named men s
sevens player of the year.
e Steinlager Salver was awarded to
NZRU board member Mourie, recognising
his contribution over many decades as
a player, coach and administrator at the
highest levels. --- APNZ
Read, All Blacks, Hansen scoop top awards
All Black Kieran Read is presented with the
Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year
award from Pam Tremain at last night s awards.
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