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When you consider their start in life,
it s not surprising Auckland siblings
Alexandra and Andy Maloney ended
up among New Zealand s most exciting
young sailing talent.
e Maloney kids literally grew up on
the water. When the pair were just 5
and 7 respectively, their parents, Jim and
Loretta, packed up their life in California
and moved on to a 13m yacht, making
the South Pacific their new home for
"I think they must have been a little
bit crazy. Dad worked really hard when
we lived in the States and didn t get to
spend a lot of time with us so getting on
the boat was a really good way to make
sure we all spent a lot of time together,"
It was during this period that a love
of sailing was infused in the Maloney
children, so when the family eventually
settled in Kerikeri it was inevitable
Alexandra, 21, and Andy, 23, would
take up sailing themselves. Both quickly
climbed the ranks of New Zealand
sailing --- Andy establishing himself as
one of the country s top young Laser
sailors, while Alexandra progressed
through the junior classes before pairing
up with Molly Meech this year in the
49erFX, one of the new classes to be
introduced at the 2016 Olympics.
e Maloneys are one of three sets of
siblings in the 2014 NZL Sailing team
named by Yachting New Zealand this
week, with Molly and Sam Meech, and
omas and Jason Saunders the others.
While Alexandra and Molly joined
forces in the 49erFX only this year, their
families have long been close friends.
" ey re from Tauranga, so when they
came up to Murrays Bay for regattas
they would always stay with us, and
when we went down there we would
stay with them. So I ve known Molly
for a long time and it really helps with
our relationship on the boat," Alexandra
eir strong understanding was evident
with the pair enjoying immediate success
in the 49erFX, picking up bronze in the
European Championships in Denmark
in July, before making history as the
first world champions in the class with
a gold at the world championships in
While their sisters have teamed up in
the 49erFX, Andy and Sam are in the
more complex position of being friends,
training partners and rivals.
As the country s No 1 and No 2 ranked
Laser sailors respectively, the pair will be
vying alongside omas Saunders for
one spot to represent New Zealand at
the Rio Olympics. Andy was 11th at this
year s world championships, while Sam
was 13th in the highly competitive class.
Andy said it is sometimes difficult
being both teammates and competitors,
but the group all understand the benefits
of training together.
"One of the best things about the
Laser class is that we re a tight group.
It is really competitive when we re out
on the water, but we also realise to get
better than everyone else we need to
work together," he said.
Most of the NZL sailing team will be
in action on home waters early next year
in the Sail Auckland regatta at the Royal
Akarana Yacht Club.
Sailing team 2014.--- Peter Burling and
Blair Tuke (49er, men s skiff ); Marcus
Hansen and Josh Porebski (49er, men s
skiff ); Alexandra Maloney and Molly
Meech (49erFX, women s skiff ); Jo Aleh
and Polly Powrie (women s 470, double-
handed dinghy); Paul Snow-Hansen
and Daniel Willcox (men s 470, double-
handed dinghy); Andrew Murdoch
(Finn, heavyweight men s dinghy); Josh
Junior (Finn, heavyweight men s dinghy);
Andy Maloney (Laser, men s dinghy);
Sam Meech (Laser, men s dinghy);
omas Saunders (Laser, men s dinghy);
Natalia Kosinska (women s RS:X,
windsurfer); Gemma Jones and Jason
Saunders (Nacra 17, mixed multihull).
Tayla Ford used to hate wrestling.
e 20-year-old Cantabrian had to grapple
with her father Pattrick and older brothers
when she was younger, but it was not just
at home where she had to take on the boys.
" e competitions I went to I always lost
because I had to wrestle boys. ey always
cheated so I hated it," Ford said.
at all changed five years ago.
"Since I started winning in about
2008/2009 I actually started to like it and
take a bit more interest in it and I realised
what I m actually doing."
Her increased understanding has
certainly worked in her favour and after
claiming a bronze medal at this month s
Commonwealth Wrestling Championships
in South Africa, the 59kg competitor
shapes as a podium prospect for next year s
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
" at s my short-term goal," Ford said.
"Eventually, I want to go to the Olympics.
I did want to go to last year s Olympics but
that fell through when I did my knee the
We probably should mention that. In
2011, Ford s left knee was pretty much
destroyed when she ruptured her anterior
cruciate ligament, tore her medial and
lateral cruciate ligaments and the meniscus
while playing rugby.
After recovering in time to claim a national
title at 63kg last year, she had to have the
joint drained at the start of this year but
bounced back to win another national title
in September. She has also put rugby on the
shelf for a while to focus on wrestling.
Ford dropped to 59kg for the
Commonwealth championships because
her opposition a grade up are too big and
her weight cut has seen her pick up some
interesting guesses around what she does in
the sporting arena.
e former Avonside Girls High School
student, who still trains alongside her father
and brother Alex Rangi, used to be mistaken
for a rower.
"Now they think that I do bodybuilding,"
she said with a laugh. "I don t mind being
called a bodybuilder."
It is that powerful physique and a dominant
approach that has national coach Mark
Grayling excited about Ford s potential as
they eye Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro.
championships, Ford beat eventual gold-
medallist Aminat Adeniyi of Nigeria,
although a loss to India s Geeta Phogat,
who claimed silver, bumped Ford down the
" at s the best result for quite a while,"
Grayling said of Ford s performance. "Not
so much the placing but just who she beat
and the way she beat them. She beat the
gold medallist, the Nigerian Adeniyi, the
South African, Norma Gordon, and the No
Ford s attitude to her match-ups gives an
indication of what makes her successful.
"I m really strong mentally and I just get
selfish and self-involved and it s all about
myself when it comes to competition. I don t
really listen to anyone, I don t go out there
just to wrestle, I go out there to do what I
want to do. I go out there to dominate, to
make it my match, not theirs. I don t try to
Ford was part of a nine-strong New
Zealand team that competed in South
Africa. Other notable Kiwi results in the
men s freestyle section included Marcus
Carney finishing fourth in the 120kg
division, while 96kg contender Samuel
Belkin came fifth and Craig Miller claimed
sixth in the 66kg class.
New Zealand s next major tournament
will be the Oceania Championships in
American Samoa in March where a top-two
finish should help individual competitors
secure a berth at the Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow. --- APNZ
Boris Becker said
approached him to
become his head coach
the day the Serb lost the
world No 1 ranking to
Spaniard Rafa Nadal in
October this year.
week that the German
six-times grand slam
champion was to
become his coach was greeted with
surprise and Becker himself said it
had been unexpected.
"I was approached by Novak and
his manager while he was playing
in Beijing," London-based Becker
told BBC Sport today. "He decided
he needed somebody in his corner
that had been there and done it. I
was surprised --- I didn t expect the
phone call. I was very honoured."
Marian Vajda, who has been
26-year-old Djokovic s coach for
each of his six grand slam titles, will
continue as part of the team but
Becker is set to assume head coach
responsibilities at the forthcoming
Australian Open which starts on
It will be Becker s first foray into
coaching a top-level player and he
said he would put 100% into it.
" is isn t a half-hearted job, it
wouldn t be right for him or for
me," Becker said. "You re in it to
win it. You either go
at it fully or you don t
--- either I commit
myself or I don t commit
Becker joins another
former world No 1 and
multiple grand slam
winner Ivan Lendl
in the coaching circle
after the Czech-born
American teamed up
with Andy Murray at
the start of 2012 and has
since guided the British player to
two major titles.
"When Ivan was appointed, I
thought about what took some of
these guys so long to talk about
some of these all-time greats (as
coaches)," Becker said.
" ere was a generation that
really changed tennis and the way
we played in the 1980s is not that
different to how we re playing
today." --- Reuters
Sailing in the Sydney to Hobart
and around the world is proving to
be the perfect fit and an incredible
adventure for injured but fiercely
competitive England Sevens rugby
star Ollie Phillips.
e 2009 World Sevens Player
of the Year, Phillips captained
England in 2008-09, but has been
laid low by a calf injury.
With no running allowed during
his rehabilitation, 30-year-old
Phillips turned to sailing to satisfy
his desire for competition.
He is sailing aboard GREAT
Britain in the Clipper Round the
World Yacht Race, the next leg of
which is Australia s iconic Sydney
"I cleared it with all the physios
and they said it s not going to be
detrimental (and they told me to)
go for it," Phillips told AAP in
"What a fantastic experience. I
wanted, I needed that competition,
that camaraderie, as well that you
get from working with a team and
achieving something and having
goals. is was a perfect fit and it
has been an incredible adventure so
" is Sydney to Hobart is going
to probably be the pinnacle of that,
I think. For me, it s been a really
steep learning cur ve, because I had
not the faintest idea about how to
sail, so I was always playing catch
e 12 crews in the Clipper fleet
have a professional skipper but
Phillips admitted his competitive
spirit honed by years of professional
sport had sometimes bubbled to the
"I ve been told I m bossy from
time to time by a couple of my
crewmates," Phillips said.
"Occasionally, I ve found myself,
like let s chuck this up, let s do that,
let s do this . Other people have
been like whoa, whoa, can we just
calm down a little bit? . at s part
and part of the learning curve for
me, adapting to my situations and
the people around me."
Once his injury heals, Phillips
hopes to secure a fulltime Sevens
contract with the Rugby Football
Union and ultimately earn a place
at the 2016 Olympics. --- AAP
of the New Zealand Herald
Sonny Bill Williams decision to
return to rugby is intriguing.
His two-year deal with the Chiefs
from 2015 gives that franchise a
strong start for their recruiting and
a better grasp on their plans rather
than the single season deals SBW s
manager insisted on.
Williams is a talented athlete
who was starting to develop as an
All Black after three seasons of
Super rugby and 19 tests including
his selection for the World Cup
squad. His return at the start of
the next World Cup year is the
start of his push towards selection
in that group with an eye on sevens
selection the following year at the
2016 Olympics. Quite how he will
fit that in around his Super rugby
commitments remains a little
His deferred return to rugby gives
others their chance to develop
further and make more progress in
their international careers.
Ma a Nonu will not want to share
national duties at second five-
eighths or shift out a place as he
had to on occasions when SBW
first appeared. Nonu has 88 caps
and is one rock in the All Black
backline the selectors do not want
Francis Saili, Tom Taylor and
Ryan Crotty get all this year to
work on their skills and match
management while SBW is playing
league across the Ditch.
He will return to the Chiefs with
a much better rugby knowledge
and intuition than he had when he
turned up in 2010. He has all the
skills to switch into his new code
quickly but some of the nuances
will be a touch fuzzy.
Team patterns and styles will
have altered but unless something
happens, he will have the advantage
of playing outside Aaron Cruden
at the Chiefs and that should offer
a fast-track remedial course.
Williams will need to be on the
money and off the injury list to
convince the All Black selectors
he is ready to emulate Brad orn
who bounced back and forth across
the Tasman between codes.
orn played 12 tests in his
first rugby stint, had a three-year
spell away from the game and
then added another 47 tests and
a World Cup winner s medal
alongside Williams in 2011.
He was a dedicated professional
who coped with the code changes
especially second time around.
Williams gives every impression
he is equally committed to
whatever craft he pursues.
He will be 28 when he returns
and should be in his prime during
a Super rugby audition for the All
Blacks brief four test schedule
before their tilt at the 2015 World
rugby deal for SBW
Ford finds her wrestling niche
Maloney siblings NZ s most exciting young talent
Tayla Ford, right, finds her niche in wrestling.
Sevens star relishes sailing task
Novak s call surprised Becker
Boris Becker and Novak Djokovic
Rotorua and Palmerston North will
host the Silver Ferns next October
during a two-test series against
England for the Taini Jamison
Netball New Zealand confirmed next
year s schedule for the Silver Ferns, which
is highlighted by the Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow in July.
e ever-improving English will
travel to New Zealand to play two
tests with Rotorua playing host on
Tuesday, October 28 before the
series moves to Arena Manawatu in
Palmerston North three days later.
e four-test Constellation Cup
between the Silver Ferns and
Australian Diamonds will take place
in the first half of October with two tests
being held in each country.
New Zealand will host the first and
fourth encounters in Invercargill and
Auckland respectively, while Australia
will stage the middle two.
e Ferns begin their year with a tour
to England and Scotland in January
before the ANZ Championship takes
Silver Ferns in 2014. UK Tour.---
January 12 and 14: Silver Ferns
v Scotland, Glasgow (exhibition
matches); January 17: Silver Ferns vs
Jamaica, London; January 20: Silver
Ferns vs England, London; January
21: Silver Ferns vs England A, London
Commonwealth Games.--- July
24-August 3, Glasgow, Scotland.
Constellation Cup versus Australian
Diamonds.--- ursday, October 2,
test one, ILT Stadium Southland,
Invercargill; Wednesday, October 15,
test four, e Trusts Arena, Auckland.
Taini Jamison Trophy vs England.---
Tuesday, October 28, test one, Rotorua
Energy Events Centre, Rotorua; Friday,
October 31, test two, Arena Manawatu,
Fast5 Netball World Series.---
November 7-9, Vector Arena, Auckland.
Argentina hopes to have
a Super Rugby franchise
from 2016 and will hold
talks with senior officials
early next year, the
national union s (UAR)
Guillermo Quevedo said.
" ere will be a meeting
with the Sanzar (South
Africa, New Zealand
and Australia) nations
in March," Quevedo
told Reuters at the
launch of a new Pumas
marketing drive at UAR
Establishing one or two
franchises in the southern
hemisphere s top club
competition is seen by
Argentina as another step
in their growth as a rugby
nation, following their
outstanding third place at
the 2007 World Cup in
e UAR launched
a new badge and team
brand this week, in an
effort to cash in on the
Pumas selling power.
"We pushed the idea that
the Pumas should start to
walk their own identity
path in a similar way to
that begun previously by
world powers, particularly
those in the southern
hemisphere like the All
Blacks, Springboks and
Wallabies," former Pumas
centre Fernando del
Castillo said. --- AP
Netball New Zealand confirms Ferns 2014 schedule
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