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Buller Gorge Marathon eventual winner, Nelson runner Simon Mardon (220), pictured at the Hawks Crag drink station 12km into
the race, was part of a trio that quickly broke free from the pack to run away from the rest of the field on Saturday. Mardon won in
2.40.10, with runner-up, Greymouth s Ben Aynsley (251), 20 seconds behind, and Simon Leaning (198) fading to third.
For all the talk about what headline
acts might join the New Zealand sevens
side when they take a tilt at the Rio
de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, it was
their old campaigners who did the job
for them in Wellington during the
New Zealand s impressive tournament
victory --- which was built on near-
unbreakable defence as they kept their
opponents scoreless in five of their six
games --- also saw them return to the
top of the world series standings after
New Zealand skipper D J Forbes
was at the centre of the charge as
he produced a high volume of work,
including a strong display in New
Zealand s 21-0 win over South Africa
in Saturday night s final.
ere were also decent performances
from New Zealand regulars Tim
Mikkleson, Sherwin Stowers and Bryce
Forbes has heard all the speculation
around who New Zealand coach Sir
Gordon Tietjens might have at his
disposal in Rio but it has not bothered
the 31-year-old who welcomed the
" at s part and parcel of professional
sport; every man and his dog s going
to come and give it a crack and who
wouldn t want to be a part of an
Olympic event," Forbes said.
"So as far as we are concerned we
want all the best players in New
Zealand to put their hand up to be a
part of this team and then we ll leave
all the hard decisions to Titch and if we
just keep doing our job, hopefully, we ll
still be there as well."
Based on Tietjens assessment of his
captain s form in Wellington, he should
not have too much to worry about
given Tietjens picked him as his best on
show during the weekend.
"I just thought he was simply
magnificent," Tietjens said. "He just
led so well and he s extremely fit and
motivated. I know he wants to be here
for the long haul and the Olympics and
the way he s going, it s going to be hard
for someone to come along and push
him out of his spot and I m extremely
proud of D J."
Forbes only scored one try during the
tournament in Wellington but it was a
After he made a break in the final
pool game against France on Friday,
he dished up a nice pass for Mikkelson
who cantered away to the tryline but
Mikkelson then passed the ball back to
Forbes over the line for the captain to
place it down.
at try moved Forbes ahead of
former New Zealand sevens stalwart
Karl Te Nana by one five-pointer on
the world series all-time list.
Forbes, who has now scored 114
tries on the circuit, sits 14th on the
overall standings and is the third New
Zealander behind Mikkelson in 11th
with 130 tries and Tomasi Cama (7th,
Retired Argentinian Santiago Gomez
Cora sits at the top of the tree with 230
e world series, which New Zealand
leads by two points ahead of South
Africa, now goes on a six-week break
before the sixth tournament of the
nine-leg circuit takes place in Japan
from March 22-23. --- APNZ
delivered a clutch birdie
on the final hole to claim
the 2014 Victorian PGA
Championship on the
PGA Tour of Australasia.
e 33-year-old, who
began the final round
with a two-stroke
lead, looked in control
throughout the day
before an untimely bogey
on the 17th had him tied
with compatriot Michael
Hendry on 15-under par.
Paddison hit a confident
tee shot down the last
and set up a good birdie
chance with a brilliant
approach shot to within
three feet of the hole.
e left-hander made
the uphill birdie putt
on the 18th to claim his
second Victorian PGA
"I was disappointed
with my tee shot on the
17th but I couldn t put
the whole tournament
down to one shot,"
"I still had a job to do.
Golf is a real mental
battle, to birdie the last
when you have to, that
is what all the practice is
Paddison, who is
expected to be among the
leading Kiwi challengers
at the NZ Open at the
end of the month in
Queenstown, said that
beating a good mate like
Hendry made the win
that little bit sweeter.
exceptionally well to
draw level with me.
To beat a compatriot,
especially Mike Hendry,
is great. He has beaten
me enough over the
years," added Paddison.
"But it s nice to see
him playing well, first
and second on the
leaderboard is great for
New Zealand golf."
Paddison believed it
was his tournament to
win, having recently
worked hard on his
game with coach and
PGA Professional Denis
"I was confident and
always sure of myself
on course. I hit some
fantastic shots. I did
some great work earlier
in the year with my coach
Denis McDade. He said
to me, that what I had
now was good enough to
win. I felt that too and
I came here determined
to compete and felt like
I should be up there,"
Conditions at the
Heritage Golf and
Country Club were
challenging all day and
Paddison was relieved it
was finally over.
" e wind was so
strong out there all day.
It was very tricky. To be
able to hold on to my
lead and win by one shot
e former European
Tour pro has forged a
successful career on the
PGA Tour of Australasia
and now he wants to go
on to bigger and better
" is is my fifth win
on the PGA Tour of
Australasia and I feel I
am over due to win an
event overseas, which
is my goal for this year.
It s all out there for the
taking and it s off to a
second was Hendry on
A further shot back
was Jamie Arnold
(NSW) and rounding
out the top-five were
Kurt Barnes (NSW) and
Andrew Martin (VIC)
on 12-under 276.
e PGA Tour of
Australasia now heads
to City Golf Club in
Toowoomba for the
PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealand sevens captain D J Forbes holds up the Sevens Trophy after
winning the final against South Africa at Westpac Stadium, in Wellington on
Forbes sends a reminder of his class
of the New Zealand Herald
Jesse Ryder has
been dumped from
the New Zealand test
cricket squad for the
against India starting
in Wellington on
Friday, following his
late night episode with team-mate
Bracewell s foot injury, suffered while
the pair were out drinking in the early
hours of ursday morning, has counted
New Zealand Cricket have held
off issuing a statement on their
investigation into the incident but
New Zealand coach, and selector, Mike
Hesson spoke about it today.
"We need to make sure all our players
prepare themselves accordingly for test
cricket and at the moment we don t
have confidence that that s the case."
Hesson fell short of saying their
international careers were, at least
" ere s an investigation taking place
and we ll let that run its course before
making any bold statements about that
sort of thing," he said.
Hesson said the fact the early
questions at a press conference today
were about the pair s behaviour and not
New Zealand s fine 40-run first test win
at Eden Park "is clearly disappointing
for the team and takes away from a
superb effort over the last four days."
Hesson admitted he had seen
television footage of Ryder drunk
outside an Auckland bar on the night
of January 25, and having to be helped
into a taxi. "It s not a good look," he
e second test squad will be named
tomorrow morning. e most obvious
contender to replace Bracewell as fast-
medium back-up, Canterbury s Matt
Henry, is sidelined by a groin strain.
Another batsman may be needed in
the group as cover for leading batsman
Ross Taylor, whose wife is due to give
birth to a second child around the time
of the second test.
New Zealand s world T20 squad was
to be named on Wednesday. at would
certainly have included Ryder, until a
few days ago.
NZC have until Sunday to name the
squad, under International Cricket
Council regulations, for the tournament
next month in Bangladesh. --- APNZ
Chris Cairns has lambasted New
Zealand Cricket, chief executive
David White and former players-
Richard Hadlee, Martin Snedden
and Geoff Allott in addressing
the International Cricket Council
match-fixing allegations involving
himself, Lou Vincent and Daryl
e story was broken by the New
Zealand Herald in December.
Cairns went on the front foot
with media yesterday at Eden Park s
outer oval, making a statement
and answering questions about
his circumstances. e former all-
rounder has been on gardening leave
from his commentary role with
Sky Television since the allegations
broke. His contract was due to finish
after this test, after which he has
no further employment plans to
support his family.
" e NZC board has a lawyer
in its ranks in the form of Martin
Snedden. Does he see this as a just
process for someone to be exposed
to in an investigation?
"Geoff Allott is another board
member, a successful businessman.
As of tomorrow, when this test is
over, I ll be unemployed. How would
Geoff feel if that was him?
"Sir Richard Hadlee is a board
member, too. How would he feel
having his family name drawn
through the mud? Also David
White as chief executive; is he
happy for someone who gave 16
years of his life to this institution
(NZC) and over 250 games for New
Zealand to be treated this way. NZC
has declined to comment. Why?"
Cairns said no former team-mates
have spoken up in his defence,
including former captain Stephen
Fleming. He has had contact only
with Tuffey. "(I want them to) go
on the record. Contact the ICC. If
anyone is man enough to be saying
things behind my back, say it to the
people you should be saying it to, or
to me. e thing that irks me with
NZC from day one is that I ve had
the door shut in my face. If you ve got
information, go to the authorities;
man up. at s all I ve ever done.
e way the ICC is recklessly going
about tarnishing my employment
chances and future earnings means
I can t sign any further contracts
until I m cleared by the ICC. is
is severely impacting my ability to
provide for my family.
"I ve had contact from nobody
except Daryl Tuffey. I ve had no
contact with Lou Vincent. e
circumstances are extraordinary in
that my name was leaked to media,
therefore the damage it does to
your reputation and employment
possibilities is quite substantial.
We re reviewing that.
Shane Dobbin finished
14th in the 5000m speed
skating race in Sochi but
the NZ flag-bearer felt
on target for his more
favoured 10,000m event.
Fresh from leading the
New Zealand team at
the opening ceremony,
Dobbin faced off with
Russian Ivan Skobrev in
Adler Arena as the event
was contested in time trial
e noise from the local
crowd left the long-track
speed skater unable to
hear coach Kalon Dobbin,
hardly helping his cause
as he finished with a
time of 6:26.90 in the
But Dobbin was
relatively satisfied with
the run-out, which left
him on track for next
week s longer event.
"It was about bang-on,
actually," he said.
" e result itself is
probably not that good,
ending up at 14th, but
the goal was to set about
30.8s per lap and I (went)
a little faster.
"If you were to break
down the race, my last
two or three laps were the
quickest and that s a good
sign going into the 10k."
of the New Zealand Herald
"I m pretty shattered to be honest."
Brendon McCullum looked it too,
but call it a happy shattered, after New
Zealand pulled off a thrilling 40-run win
over India in the opening test at Eden
It continued the hold they have had
on the world No 2 test nation since they
arrived in New Zealand and lost the ODI
series 4-0; and it moves New Zealand up
to seventh on the test rankings.
at might not sound much, but is a
step in the right direction, on the back
of a third successive test victory, having
beaten the West Indies before Christmas,
for a side who struggled through a grim,
e smiles are back, the self belief is
growing and the fighting qualities are
"It was a gripping test," man of the
match McCullum said. "While we
didn t ram home the advantage in the
second innings with the bat I thought we
showed a lot of heart and character today
to continue to bash away, keep fighting
hard and get the result. I m immensely
proud of all the boys."
India started the fourth day at 87 for
one, chasing 407. Only four times in
history has a side scored over 400 to
win a test; the odds were heavily against
the visitors, but they gave it a real crack.
Fortunes swung through the day.
When century maker Shikhar Dhawan
and Virat Kohli were in full flight, they
made batting look easy and the target
just a matter of time.
But Kohli, so gifted but prone to
moments of rashness, played a poor
stroke to give wicketkeeper B J Watling
one of his six catches in the innings, on
Dhawan, having completed his second
test hundred, fell to a Neil Wagner
snorter and New Zealand lucked in
when Ajinkya Rahane was given lbw by
umpire Steve Davis off an inside edge,
off the first delivery with the second new
ball just before tea.
When Rohit Sharma departed the first
ball after the restart, New Zealand could
see an opening. But MS Dhoni and Ravi
Jadeja caught them off guard with a
roaring stand of 54 in 34 balls.
If Jadeja s dismissal, holing out to mid
on, was vital, Dhoni s was the clincher,
playing a pull shot onto his stumps,
dislodging a bail.
On such small margins tests swing.
Last March England wicketkeeper Matt
Prior played a ball onto his stumps. e
bails wobbled but stayed in place. Prior
finished unbeaten with a century and
England s last pair hung on.
"It was a matter of working out the
ebbs and flows, when to push, when to
pull, obviously attack at times, defend at
others," McCullum said.
He reserved special praise for sparky
left armer Wagner, whose wholehearted
display was crucial. He was rewarded
with eight wickets in the match, his best
Trent Boult got the final wicket and
split the other 12 wickets in the match
with the third seamer, Tim Southee.
India s seam trio were collectively
strong and demanding in New Zealand s
second innings tumble; the New Zealand
threesome matched it.
Dhoni was magnanimous last night,
acknowledging the quality of the contest.
"You want test cricket to be really
exciting because that s what draws fans
into arena," he said. "It was a perfect
script for that. It was a fantastic test."
McCullum had no regrets over his
contentious decision not to send India
back in a second time on Saturday. But at
220 for two yesterday, he would have been
swallowing hard. In the end, persistence
and a refusal to lie down when the game
seemed slipping, produced the ultimate
reward. --- APNZ
Black Caps first
Cairns hits back
Greymouth runner Ben Aynsley was the
new boy among the top finishers in the
Buller Marathon, on Saturday.
Aynsley finished strongly in a time of
2hr 40m 30s, only 20 seconds behind the
eventual winner, Simon Mardon, of
Mardon took full honours for 2014,
after finishing third last year, while Simon
Leaning (2h 46m 26s) also of Nelson,
managed to break the top three; he was
fourth last year.
Competing in his first marathon, Aynsley
carried on the form that saw him take first
place in the 26km Goat Race over Croesus
Track last month.
Yesterday, finishing second overall, he
managed to take top spot in his class, male
Aynsley said today he was pleased
with the run, which was "well above"
expectations for his first marathon.
"It s the toughest distance I ve run, with
the mix of speed and distance. Near perfect
conditions in the gorge developing into hot
sun for the second half of the race."
" e race felt great for 26km, running
with Simon (Leaning). en I had a tough
10km and got dropped before closing back
in the final 5km."
A field of 122 runners from all over New
Zealand and international entries from
Australia, Europe and America lined up
for the full marathon run, with 880 in the
In the half-marathon, favourite Phil
Costley, of Nelson, put another win to his
name in a time of 1hr 06m 52s, just over
two minutes faster than his winning time
Westport s Jos Hoetjes was the first West
Coast runner home, finishing second in 1hr
Tim Bolter, of Hokitika, took fifth place
overall in a time of 1hr 15m 43s.
In the half-marathon walk, Michael
waites, of Greymouth, finished second
overall and was first in the male 40-49yrs
class in 2hr 20m 44s.
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
Simon Mardon wins the full marathon.
Ben Aynsley strides home 20sec behind the winner.
Mardon wins Buller
Marathon by 20secs
Dobbin on track
NZ golfer Tim
Wilkinson has a share
of second after his third
Pebble Beach National
Pro-Am but will need
more than a bit of luck
if he wants to overhaul
leader Jimmy Walker.
shares second SEVENS
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