Home' Greymouth Star : January 28th 2014 Contents www.greystar.co.nz
PHONE 769 7900
Pete Sampras suspects it is inevitable
Spaniard Rafael Nadal will match the
American s Grand Slam tally and catch
Swiss leader Roger Federer too.
A frustrated Nadal remains stalled
on 13 career major titles, one shy of
Sampras and four adrift of Federer,
after a back injury made it "impossible"
for the world No 1 to beat Swiss
underdog Stanislas Wawrinka in
Sunday night s Australian Open.
It is the fifth time injury has ruined
Nadal s Melbourne Park hopes and
once again left him cursing his battered
body for letting him down.
" e whole year you are working for
a moment like this and the moment
arrives and you feel that you are not
able to play at your best," Nadal said,
who first felt something amiss during
the warm-up before his 6-3, 6-2, 3-6,
"So it was not an easy situation for
me to be on court like this, but I tried
hard until the end. I m obviously
disappointed and very sad about what
happened. But that s life, that s sport."
Injury appears all that stands between
Nadal and further greatness and his
Aussie Open history highlights the risk
of his high impact game.
While he owns one Open title from
2009, he missed the 2006 Open with a
foot injury, retired injured against Andy
Murray in 2010, suffered a hamstring
injury losing to David Ferrer in 2011
and missed last year s tournament as he
returned from knee tendinitis.
Despite his latest setback on Sunday,
Nadal increased his lead atop the world
rankings over Novak Djokovic and, his
body willing, will head to the French
Open in May as a huge favourite to
claim a ninth crown in Paris, and that
"He s in his prime now. Everything
is just second nature," Sampras said
after watching the baseline warrior in
action courtside for the first time in
"Rafa s speed, he s such a great athlete.
He s the best one out there. Some of
the passing shots ... it s just a constant
pressure from Rafa."
Sampras says Nadal and Djokovic
have taken the sport to a new level
since surpassing long-time standard-
"Roger s still there and he s close, but I
just think that Rafa s in his prime now,"
"If you think what Roger was doing
when he was 28, he was dominating."
Sampras believes it is unlikely
Federer will beat Nadal again over five
sets and says the only way the Swiss
can challenge his Spanish nemesis
is through relentless attack, like
Wawrinka did on Sunday night.
"I would come in (to the net),
especially when I see him returning
from so far back in the court," the
"I would just move forward. e last
thing you want to do is get into long
rallies with Rafa. I mean, Roger s good
at it. But you can t maintain it.
"To me, I would be aggressive. I would
take advantage of his second serve, chip
charge. Even if I was missing, you still
" ese guys want you to stay back, try
to rally and it s a losing battle.
"So I would come in on both serves,
get him on the backhand and just close
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
of the New Zealand Herald
Today represents the sixth time in
just over a year where New Zealand
have the chance to seal a one-day
In two --- away against South
Africa and England --- they
In the other three --- home
against England and the West
Indies and away against Sri Lanka
--- they failed.
Up 2-0 against world champions
India with two matches to play, the
New Zealanders cannot afford to
squander a chance to secure ODI
cricket s biggest scalp at Seddon
Park in Hamilton today.
In South Africa the team
appeared to sur vive on pride and
adrenalin. Obliterated in the test
series without Ross Taylor, they
relied on rolled-up-sleeves graft
to triumph in the ODIs. Kane
Williamson s 145 not out provided
the catalyst against a Dale Steyn-
less attack in Kimberley.
In England, the New Zealanders
produced an ODI performance
in Southampton which would
normally only be a figment of Kiwi
backyard cricketers imaginations.
Martin Guptill made 189 not
out, the country s highest ODI
score and Williamson, Taylor and
Brendon McCullum added century
partner-ships for the second, third
and fourth wickets to reach 359 for
Mitchell McClenaghan s three
for 35 from 8.1 overs sealed a
However, several results have
slipped from New Zealand s grasp;
batting meltdowns have been the
culprit in most clutch games, an
area which has seen improvement
this series with first innings totals
of 292 for seven, 271 for five and
First was the home one-day series
against England. New Zealand
triumphed in Hamilton but
stumbled to 269 in Napier and 185
at Auckland. England pounced.
Next was the chance for a rare
sub-continent series win in Sri
Lanka. After a no-result followed
by a win in Hambantota, none of
the top five could muster a score of
double figures in the chase for 163
in 25 overs. Still, New Zealand s
incumbent top five can hardly be
blamed. e personnel responsible
were Tom Latham, Anton Devcich,
Rob Nicol, Grant Elliott and Colin
e incumbents can be held to
account for the defeat in the decider
against the West Indies which
divvied the series 2-2. e top five
mustered 54 runs between them
before New Zealand was bundled
out for 160 in the 30th over.
However, on this occasion there
was an element of sympathy for the
batsmen after a wild bowling effort
conceded 363 for four.
ese next two games are crucial
to building a World Cup jigsaw.
Satisfaction and a hint at relief came
with the tie in Auckland but, at 184
for six, New Zealand was favourite
to win. Not many seventh wicket
partnerships produce 85 runs off
55 balls. e outfield catching
and death bowling are areas to be
observed when the pressure next
Vice-captain Williamson believes
their Eden Park effort demonstrated
more maturity than complacency.
"You know what they re capable of
but you can sometimes let go. ey
get away but you get a wicket and
pull it back and for some reason you
can be quite calm. I think we have
been in the last few games."
"Hamilton s a good test for us,"
McCullum said. "We are playing
against the best and we have been
confronted with some pressure
situations. We re learning a lot
about ourselves which should hold
us in good stead in 12 months (for
World Cup)." --- APNZ
e paleo diet and CrossFit
training have revolutionised
Mitchell McClenaghan s world
almost as much as he has improved
the New Zealand cricket team s
limited overs performances in the
e fast bowler believes the
combination has contributed to a
lifestyle change which sees him on
the cusp of becoming the second
fastest one-day international bowler
to take 50 wickets. McClenaghan
ended Saturday night s match on
48 ODI wickets from 20 games. Sri
Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis
achieved it fastest in 19, with Ajit
Agarkar next best on 23.
CrossFit is a mix of aerobic
work, gymnastics and Olympic
weightlifting disciplines founded
in the United States at the turn of
the century. It involves a swathe
of exercises from climbing ropes
to flipping tyres in the quest for
flexibility, strength and explosive
power. e paleo diet works by
asking: what would people have
eaten in the paleolithic era or
Stone Age? Put simply, you have to
channel your inner caveman.
e theory is human genetics
haven t changed much from 10,000
years ago. e diet advocates
eating fish, grass-fed stock, eggs,
vegetables, fruit and nuts but
excludes grains, dairy products,
spuds and refined sugar.
McClenaghan was so taken
with the concept he and business
partner Ryan Kamins started a
business called Clean Paleo which
sells products such as cereal, biltong
and free-range egg protein powder
made through the paleo diet
e business has been running
nine months, the products are in
more than 20 gourmet stores and
it has been endorsed by athletes
such as netballer Katrina Grant,
cyclist Myron Simpson and hockey
player Shay Neal. ere has already
been demand from the United
States, Britain, India, Hong Kong
and Singapore. As a result, the pair
have set up an account seeking
$US100,000 capital at the business
fundraising site indiegogo.com.
ey want investment to develop
supply channels, cover their
overheads and get an export licence.
$US1242 has been raised so far.
"I prefer to think of it as a
lifestyle change rather than a diet,"
McClenaghan says. "Diets put
pressure on you to follow them
strictly and that s when people give
up. is is a natural route for people
who can t have dairy or gluten
"I found the roof of my mouth was
always itchy from consuming bread
and I would feel quite bloated ---
so I cut those elements out of my
diet and started to feel lighter with
more energy. I try to do the paleo
diet 80% of the time, which can be
difficult if you are on the road, but it
has helped me lose weight and get
back to health when I was injured."
McClenaghan s not militant
about it: "If you re going out with
friends for a nice meal or dessert,
don t let paleo get in the way. We
advocate putting your social health
first; it s important to be well-
rounded. I find the hardest thing to
stay away from is ice cream."
However, he has cut out almost
all alcohol: "In the last year I ve
probably had six bottles of beer.
I ll stick around with the boys to
celebrate a win but I ve found my
body doesn t respond well to alcohol
if I want to perform at the highest
level. at s a personal preference,
people can do what they like. A lot
of guys need a beer before a game
to relax but I find it doesn t work.
at ties in with paleo where I tend
to stay away from grain and yeast
which can give me digestive and
McClenaghan s diet is com-
plemented by Cross Fit, giving him
bowling explosiveness. He also uses
it as a weight loss/muscle building
tool. McClenaghan started the
season at 110kg, has dropped to
106kg now and expects to be 102kg
once he reaches Bangladesh for the
World T20 in March.
"I got into it through my brother
because I love the high intensity
nature of the training. Most
sessions are quite short --- about an
hour. ey allow you to lift weights
quicker, while building strength
" e guys are doing a lot more
gym sessions these days; they re
lifting more and getting stronger,
fitter and faster. A guy like Corey
(Anderson) has picked it up
quickly. He started when he joined
us in England (for the Champions
Trophy) and just look at the power
he s got. I can only think it s doing
wonders for his cricket.
"Before Cross Fit, I was potentially
mentally weak but this encourages
you to keep going by working hard
and cheering on your team-mates
until the clock stops. It has helped
me when the going gets tough."
Eat like McClenaghan
Breakfast: He avoids grains and
refined sugars so devours a nut-
based cereal with almond milk and
fresh fruit. He keeps it gluten free.
Lunch: He stays away from
processed food. Loves a feed of
broccoli and chicken but will hoe
into as many vegetables as he can.
Tries to stay away from starches ---
so potatoes, you re banned.
Dinner: He tucks into steak,
chicken or fish with perhaps a
kumara mash and a personal
Snacks: To keep the energy levels
up around training, he keeps a ready
supply of biltong, nuts and fruits on
hand, as well as the odd free-range
egg protein shake.
Sampras certain Nadal will
surpass him, body willing
PICTURE: Getty Images
Rafael Nadal, right, shares a light moment with former champion Pete Sampras at the presentation ceremony of the
Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
of the New Zealand Herald
Team New Zealand has lost a key
designer to Artemis as syndicates firm
up their design teams ahead of the
release of the new class rules.
Oracle Team USA are expected
to release the protocol for the 35th
America s Cup --- likely to be in
August 2017 --- in March and teams
will be aiming to have their design
personnel in place and ready to get to
work as soon as the class rules have
Emirates Team New Zealand boss
Grant Dalton told the Herald on
Sunday late last year they had managed
to retain all key members of the 34th
cup campaign, with the exception of
"an important designer". e identity
of that designer was unknown
until Artemis announced two key
appointments to their design team over
e Swedish team, whose first
America s Cup challenge was effectively
brought to an end by a horrific training
accident on San Francisco Bay less
than two months out from the start of
the regatta, have secured iha Win,
a mechanical systems engineer for
Team NZ in the 2013 America s Cup,
and former Oracle designer Michel
Win joined Team NZ after stints
with Luna Rossa and Oracle, where
he was a member of the design team
that produced the giant 90ft trimaran
that blitzed Alinghi in the deed of
gift challenge in 2010. Kermarec, who
specialises in performance prediction
and appendage design, also helped with
that design project and was retained by
Oracle Team USA for their successful
defence of the 34th America s Cup in
San Francisco last year.
e next America s Cup is expected
to once again be raced in foiling
catamarans, but in a bid to try to curb
costs that ballooned out to more than
$120 million in the last cup, Oracle
have signalled the boat will likely
be smaller with more one-design
elements. Although some parts of the
design will be standardised, it is still
expected to be a complex project.
"We hope this next America s Cup
will be racing on foiling catamarans
and continue to excite sailors, designers
and general public alike. I m extremely
excited to be joining such a talented
group of sailors and designers, and look
forward to pushing myself to the limits
to find success with Artemis Racing,"
Artemis Racing said in a statement
they are building a team based on
experience, talent and collaboration.
Black Caps great chance
to seal the deal
New diet key to McClenaghan s success
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Cap Mitchell McClenaghan bowls at India s Virat Kohli in their last encounter.
Team New Zealand designer jumps ship to Artemis
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Bowlers in Blaketown roll-up
Sioux Morgan, right, eyes up her bowl as Enid Holley waits her turn in the Blaketown Bowling Club Championship Pairs
this morning. e winning pair will play off against other bowling clubs from around Greymouth.
NRL player Willie Mason has
apologised after he was charged
with drink-driving in Newcastle
e Newcastle Knights
forward was pulled over for
a random breath test on his
way to training, the Australian
Associated Press reported.
He is due in court on February
Yesterday afternoon he issued
an apology on Twitter.
"Jus want 2 say sorry
to everyone. I take full
responsibility it was bad
"I thought I was fine 2 drive.
Obviously not.sorry again." he
Mason has been heavily
involved in promoting the NRL
Nines in New Zealand and
Australia in the lead-up to the
Eden Park event on February 15
His involvement is under a
cloud with the incident under
investigation by the NRL
" e NRL Integrity Unit
is aware of the incident and
will work through the proper
processes with Newcastle," an
NRL spokesman told AAP.
e incident comes less than
a month after fellow Knights
prop Russell Packer was jailed
for assaulting a man outside a
Sydney bar shortly after joining
the club on a four-year contract.
Former New Zealand
international Packer, who is
appealing against the sentence,
had yet to play for the club and
was subsequently sacked.
Links Archive January 27th 2014 January 29th 2014 Navigation Previous Page