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Sarah Bellis took advantage of Glen
Redmond s mechanical problems
to race away with the Mainland
Ministock Championship, at
Greenstone Speedway on Saturday.
e event attracted 10 cars with
three from Christchurch, including
Racing was close and the non-
contact rule saw multiple drivers
excluded after each race until
Redmond and Bellis were tied for first
In the run-off, Redmond had clutch
issues while Bellis fired off the start
line to take a lead that was never
relinquished. A tie for third ended
with last year s winner Ryan Smith
winning a coin toss from Canterbury s
e biggest field of youth ministocks
of the season contested the King of
the Coast, including visitors from
Christchurch and Nelson.
e referee was strict on the contact
rule so good, clean racing was seen
from the top three placegetters.
Runner-up George Watson started
his racing career in Greymouth,
but over the past two seasons has
been racing in Nelson to gain more
experience with bigger fields.
A good field of nine modifieds raced
hard for the Equip West Coast title.
After the final race, local drivers Steve
ompson and Brandon Parkinson
were tied on 20 points for second,
with ompson winning a run-off to
push Parkinson back to third.
Dwayne Honey took top honours in
the stockcars, with a second and two
firsts. Visiting driver Gavin Marshall
(Blenheim) and veteran local Tony
Oliver were second equal.
James ompson took out the TQ
class over Atama Holland, with Sean
Brown and Ryan Coll tied on third,
while three local drivers battled for
the street stock honours.
Regan Anisy, back home after
competing for the New Zealand street
stocks title in Nelson last week ---
where he won in the non-qualifiers
class --- was first from Kieran
Wisdom and Peter Arnesen.
e South Island street stock title
is expected to attract over 40 cars to
Greenstone Park on February 22.
Mainland ministocks: Sarah Bellis,
24 points, 1; Glen Redmond 24, 2;
Ryan Smith, 19, 3.
Youth ministocks: Shawn Pomeroy,
49, 1; George Watson, 46, 2; Connor
Rangi, 38, 3.
Modified: Mike Gourley, 22, 1;
Steve ompson, 20, 2; Brandon
Parkinson, 20, 3.
Stockcars: Dwayne Honey 41, 1;
Gavin Marshall and Tony Oliver, 35,
TQs: James ompson, 11, 1; Atama
Holland, 10, 2; Sean Brown and Ryan
Coll, 4, 3 equal.
Street stocks: Regan Anisy,7,
1; Kieran Wisdom, 5, 2; Peter
Production saloons: Tyler and
Wayne Stanton, 7, 1; Clynton
Anderson, 2, 2; Ross Brown, 1, 3.
Monday, February 3, 2014
PICTURES: Craig Baker
Taylor Wakelin (9), Brooke Petersen (221), Ethan Rowlands (14) and Georgia Tomasi (34) contest a heat of the youth ministocks at Greenstone Park
Brandon Parkinson (5) and Steve ompson are neck and neck in the run-off for second in the modified class.
Bellis races away with ministock champs
Mi Hyang Lee can
now buy herself one
heck of a backpack.
After the 20-year-old
Korean golfer pocketed
$50,044 for winning the
New Zealand Women s
Open at Clearwater
yesterday she said there
was one thing she
wanted to spend the
"I want to buy a bag,
a backpack. I want to
change my backpack,
it s too old," she said.
"My dad bought for me
last Christmas a car so I
need just a bag."
Lee s victory --- her
first as a professional ---
came about in dramatic
fashion as the world
No 256 fired a course
record nine-under 63 during the
final round yesterday to vault up
After shooting an even-par 72 in
her first two rounds, nobody would
have predicted what unfolded
yesterday and Lee s nine-under
total for the week saw her finish
one shot ahead of defending
champion Lydia Ko.
Ko, who struggled to make
enough birdie putts in her final
round, was tied for second at eight
under with her playing partners
Beth Allen and Anya Alvarez
heading in to the 18th hole but
none of the trio could make a
birdie to force a play-off with Lee.
Allen and Alvarez eventually
bogeyed the last as they slipped to
a share of third alongside former
course record holder Seon Woo
Bae, while Ko s par saw her hold
on to second.
"I think we all tried to go for it,"
Ko said. "It didn t end up as that
birdie miracle or magic but I think
we all played good."
An elated Lee did not even see
Ko s group complete the final
hole as she was practising on the
putting green in anticipation of a
play-off, but her dad, who caddied
for her during the tournament,
gave her the good news shortly
Lee s record-setting effort
included seven birdies and an eagle
at the par-five second hole, which
kickstarted her round.
Like Ko, Lee also battled with a
stomach bug during the first two
days of the tournament and said
it was some home cooking that
helped put her health right before
the final round.
"I m staying with my host family
and my host family friend is
Korean and they make Kim Chi
and Korean food and it s better."
Ko said she felt okay during
her final round, although some
stomach pains at the turn did not
hot favourite to become to first
back-to-back champion in the
tournament s short history, began
the day two shots back from
Alvarez and it looked like the
pressure may get the better of her
when she bogeyed the first.
But despite a crowd of about
4000 people following her every
shot, the 16-year-old steadied
herself and made birdies at two
and three as she kept in touch with
She gave the crowd hope when
she holed a great putt at 17 but
when she missed her birdie chance
at 18, Lee was left victorious and
Ko had to settle for second as she
carded a two-under 70 in her final
round. "I was coming like fourth or
fifth until the 16th hole and then I
kind of came second just by myself.
So it also says you re a little short
of coming first but it also means
that you re close and you can do it
Ko will take this week off before
she heads across the Tasman to
play in the Australian Open in
Melbourne from February 13.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Phoenix s Carlos Hernandez scores a penalty goal in Saturday s clash with Adelaide United at Eden Park in
Lee spoils Ko s
PICTURE: Getty Images
Mi Hyang Lee lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the
ISPS Handa New Zealand Women s Open in Christchurch.
Auckland got a first-hand
look at Ernie Merrick s Phoenix
revolution on Saturday night,
with Wellington turning on the
style in a 2-1 win over Adelaide.
e Phoenix are now unbeaten
in three games at Eden Park but,
where the football was dour in
previous years, Saturday night s
18,000-strong crowd were treated
to some sparkling attacking play.
at was especially true in
the first half, with goals from
Carlos Hernandez and Kenny
Cunningham earning the points,
before Adelaide came into the
contest more in the second spell.
Wellington will not be too
worried about that --- especially
considering their defence
remained resolute for the large
part --- and the victory took them
to seventh on the A-League
ladder, a point outside the play-
offs pending other results.
Having shown promise but
failing to win in the first 10
matches of Merrick s reign, the
Phoenix have now emerged
victorious in five of their last seven
outings and seem set to make a
serious run at the finals.
Where Wellington sides of
years past were built on a solid
rearguard, this side can crackle
in possession. e Costa Rican
duo were again outstanding
after missing last week s loss to
Brisbane, while Tyler Boyd was
also impressive starting in place of
After failing to fire at Eden
Park in the 1-0 win over Perth
and the 1-1 draw with Adelaide,
the Auckland public were treated
with Wellington s new brand of
attacking football in a lively first
half. ey led by two at the break
and it could have been more but for
a combination of some inaccurate
finishing and questionable calls
from the linesman.
Wellington started brightly and
Stein Huysegems really should
have scored when he was put
clean through by a brilliant ball
from Hernandez. Barely a minute
later, though, the Phoenix were in
Adelaide s defence failed to clear
following Eugene Galekovic s
one-on-one save and, after
Hernandez was barged over in the
box, he coolly slotted the resulting
e Phoenix were getting
behind the Adelaide defence with
relative ease but, 10 minutes after
the goal, they somehow failed
to add to their advantage, when
Huysegems hit the post with his
left foot and the bar with his right
in the space of a second.
e second goal their football
deserved finally arrived just before
the break, courtesy of the Costa
Rican connection. Hernandez was
the supplier and his perfect pass
allowed Cunningham to advance
into the box, jink onto his right
foot and unleash an unstoppable
strike inside the far post.
Adelaide had a guilt-edged
chance to pull one back shortly
after halftime but former Phoenix
man Jon McKain, hardly known
for his finishing, applied what
resembled a defensive clearance
when a free kick fell to him in
front of goal.
e squandered opportunity
appeared to invigorate Adelaide,
bossing much of the second spell
but unable to find the goal they
needed to get back in the game.
Merrick looked to the bench to
turn the tide but Brockie could not
convert two decent chances late
on. Fortunately for the Phoenix,
the final whistle sounded shortly
after Awer Mabil bundled home a
consolation goal. --- APNZ
Phoenix fires at Eden Park
Rugby league players reportedly
might have their cell phones
confiscated on game day as part of
the biggest NRL crackdown on
gambling security in the game s
According to a News Corp
Australia report, the NRL s
integrity unit is working on strict
new guidelines ahead of the 2014
Also being considered is new
photo identification for players,
coaches and officials to restrict access
to dressing rooms, the report says.
Despite the Ryan Tandy scandal in
2010, there is nothing to stop players
or officials passing on last-minute
information on team changes to
punters or bookies leading up to
Players, coaches, officials and
managers are not allowed to bet on
games but there is nothing to stop
family or friends.
e News Corp report says the
integrity unit has been working on
more stringent security since the
end of last season, with betting on
rugby league increasing 10-fold in a
decade to an expected $500 million
this year. e unit will put proposed
new laws to the players association
before the new NRL season kicks
off in March. --- AAP
of the Herald on Sunday
e clock is ticking
on Western Springs as
a speedway venue, with
the popular sport "almost
certain" to move from the
historic Central Auckland
A speedway shift was
first mooted several
years ago as part of a
venues swap in the
Queen City involving
the Warriors, Auckland
Cricket and speedway.
At the time, the
speedway move was only
a proposal but it seems to
now be a fait accompli.
"It is almost certain
that we are going to
move out of here sooner
rather than later," veteran
speedway promoter Bill
Buckley told the Herald
on Sunday. " ere are
too many cards stacked
against us; too many
forces that want change. I
have to consider another
venue seriously, when it
becomes available, and
that is most likely Mt
Speedway was granted
a three-year extension
on its lease last year. at
will expire at the end of
the 2017 season and it
is believed there is little
chance of a renewal
beyond that. Speedway
has been raced in various
forms at Western Springs
It still draws tens of
thousands of fans every
summer (mainly thanks
to speedway s popularity,
Western Springs is
understood to be the only
Auckland council stadium
that posts an annual
profit) but operational
restrictions imposed in
the past decade have
placed severe limitations
on the sport.
Speedway is allowed
only 12 meetings a year,
all of which must be
completed by 10.30pm.
e promoters even
have to set their rain
dates in advance (an
given Auckland s climate)
and usually cannot have
more than two events a
"All of the restrictions
have put so much pressure
on us," says Buckley. "It
gets a bit ridiculous. As
an example, we can t have
speedway on Auckland
Anniversary day. What
is Auckland Anniversary
for if you can t celebrate
Auckland events? at is
crazy --- it should be my
biggest speedway day and
I am not allowed to run it.
"When we bring drivers
from overseas, they re
unable to have a test
run on the track," adds
Buckley. " ere is no
other sport where you
come here and get on
the track dry (without
For most fans, Western
Springs is synonymous
with speedway. e
created by the
surrounding hills creates a
One of the longest hitters in golf
has signed up to play the New
Zealand Open next month.
Queenslander Scott Hend, the
first foreign player to win the
driving distance title on the PGA
tour (in 2005), will be one of biggest
drawcards at the Queenstown event.
He has always been renowned for
his heavy hitting and has recorded
staggering distances of more than
400m off the tee during his career.
"Back in my younger years, I ve
hit a couple of long ones," Hend
told the Herald on Sunday. "I think
about 411m (was the longest) but of
course that was downhill."
While distance off the tee is always
advantageous, it is often decried,
with the adage of drive for show,
putt for dough one of the most
enduring in the sport.
"I totally disagree with that adage,"
laughs Hend. "If you bomb it down
the fair way, it usually leads to shorter
irons into the green, therefore you
get much better chances to get
shorter putts for birdies. (Hitting
a long drive) also makes those par
fives a little easier."
ough there is often mystique
associated with those men who
thunder the ball immense distances
--- remember the fascination with
John Daly --- Hend says there is
not a huge mental edge to be gained
from regularly out-driving playing
"I don t think being the longest in a
group is a psychological advantage,"
Hend said. "If you are playing with
other professionals, it really doesn t
make a difference. We are all out
there doing our stuff and playing to
Anyway, Hend is far from a one-
shot wonder. e 40-year-old is
coming off his best season, after
winning three tournaments on
the Asian Tour (Chiang Mai Golf
Classic, Mercuries Taiwan Masters
and the Venetian Macau Open).
He finished second on the Asian
Tour Order of Merit, pocketing
$US598,000 ($NZ739,550) in
prizemoney. "It was nice to convert
good positions on Saturdays into
wins on Sundays. I have been playing
well for a long time now and, with
golf, you need a little fortune to go
your way." --- APNZ
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