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World championships bronze
medallist Simon van Velthooven
credits "self-policing" as the
key reason behind Bike NZ s
success at the world track cycling
championships in Colombia.
e assessment comes after New
Zealand secured two more medals
to take their tally to five in Cali, a
city 1000m above sea level.
Van Velthooven became the
country s fourth medallist at the
meet with bronze in the kilo time
He was followed by Tom Scully s
silver in the points race, the first
time a New Zealand male has
medalled in the discipline at a
Scully finished on 66 points,
four behind local winner Edwin
Alcibiades Avila Vanegas.
New Zealand s Karen Holliday
(gold, 1990), Sarah Ulmer (bronze,
1999), Cath Cheatley (bronze,
2007) and Lauren Ellis (silver,
2010) have medalled in the women s
Scully and van Velthooven joined
the gold won by team sprinters
Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster
and Eddie Dawkins and bronzes
awarded to the team pursuit and
individual pursuiter Marc Ryan.
"In-house competitiveness creates
the self-policing to fire us up," van
" e London Olympics opened
our eyes to the fact we can win
world titles. Boys being boys, we try
to beat each other at all times on
the track. We draw blood and spew
up in training so on race day we re
ready because we ve gone harder
Van Velthooven took silver in the
kilo last year and bronze in 2012.
e London Olympic keirin
bronze medallist completed the
non-Olympic 1000m event in
1m 00.518s, edging fourth place
by 0.015s. He was 1.133 seconds
behind French gold medallist
Francois Per vis.
Van Velthooven was disqualified
in the second round of the keirin on
Friday for fractionally passing the
back wheel of the derny bike which
paces the riders.
"I was puzzled not to get a
warning. I was disappointed but
angry enough to get myself up to
medal with a fresh mind in the kilo.
By the third lap, I was humming,
but the last lap was my strongest."
Scully, 24, has returned to the
track after suffering a serious injury
when he crashed into a lamp-post
in a sprint finish during the 2010
Tour of Ireland.
After nearly a year out recovering,
he moved to the road in Europe but
returned to the track in November
with strong performances at the
New Zealand head coach Dayle
Cheatley said Scully enacted his
plan perfectly by breaking the 40km
non-Olympic race into segments.
" e first third was to get
established, then he wanted to
hanging on at the end through the
final 20 laps.
"It is a reflection of years trying to
up our work ethic by pushing each
other on a daily basis. We didn t
come with a medal target, it was
more an expectation of our athletes.
ose have been met."
Aaron Gate remains in contention
to defend his omnium title.
At halfway, he sits fourth on 21
points with the individual pursuit,
scratch race and kilo time trial to
French rider omas Boudat leads
on 12 points.
New Zealand earned three medals
at last year s world championship
in Belarus --- a gold to Gate in
the omnium and silvers to van
Velthooven in the kilo time trial
and Mitchell, Webster and Dawkins
in the team sprint.
Australian golfer Dimitrios
Papadatos began the final round of
the New Zealand Open with a one-
shot lead and he never looked like
giving it up.
e 22-year-old, who has a
world ranking of 702, delivered a
clutch six-under 66 at e Hills
near Queenstown yesterday as the
drought for a New Zealand winner
professional, had never led a
tournament heading in to the final
day and the stage was set for him
to fall over, but he did not read the
He saved pars, made putts and then
turned it on down the back nine as a
collection of birdies saw him finish
at 18-under for the tournament as
he record a comfortable four-stroke
win ahead of New Zealand s Mark
Playing in the final group
during the fourth round of a golf
tournament has proved too much
for plenty of players in the past but
Papadatos held his nerve well.
" is is massive," he said of the
"Obviously some great players
have won this event, it s a massive
honour. I wouldn t have told you at
the start of the week I was capable
of this ... I m really happy."
Brown began the final day as
one of two players who were one
stroke back from Papadatos and the former
European Tour professional shot a bogey-
free three-under 69 yesterday as he finished
at 14-under for the week.
e 39-year-old was particularly harsh on
himself after the final round, but despite not
holing enough putts on his front nine, he did
not disgrace himself as Papadatos lit up e
"It was just a tough day," Brown said. "I
didn t play particularly well tee to green and
sort of hung in there but Dimi played
a great round. You go out with a one-
shot lead and you shoot a six-under
66, it s tough to beat. So it would have
taken seven-under just to tie. So the
way I played, I didn t have it in me. So
he deser ves it."
For Brown, it was yet another missed
opportunity after he finished fourth at
the last Open at Clearwater in 2012
when a poor final round saw him slip
down the leaderboard.
"It s all about winning and
particularly this tournament," Brown
said. "So I take no solace in finishing
second at all. It wasn t what I wanted
so it s just really disappointing."
Heading in to the final day, there
were seven New Zealanders in
contention to become the first local
winner since Mahal Pearce triumphed
at Middlemore in 2003 but nobody
could catch Papadatos who earned the
right to etch his name on the Brodie
Te Anau s David Klein fired a
five-under 67 in his final round, as
he finished third at 13-under and
registered his biggest career pay-day
with a $57,375 cheque.
Aucklander Richard Lee claimed a
share of fourth at 12-under, alongside
Victorian Ashley Hall.
New Zealand Ryan Fox looked like
making a run at Papadatos during his
final round but eventually signed for
a three-under 69 as he finished in a
share of sixth next to Australian Terry
Pilkadaris at 11-under.
e revamped tournament, which
was not contested in 2013, took on
a pro-am format this year and the best ball
pro-am competition was won by Australian
Brody Ninyette and amateur Sam Hamilton
despite Ninyette shooting a 13-over 85 in the
professional tournament yesterday. --- APNZ
Richie McCaw needs surgery
to insert a screw into his broken
left thumb --- a blow for the
Crusaders which could have
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen
looking ner vously at the calendar,
ahead of the June series against
McCaw will see a specialist
today, but the surgery is inevitable.
He faces a lengthy lay-off --- two
months at least.
If he recovers quickly, and the
33-year-old All Blacks skipper
is renowned as a fast healer, he
could be back for the Crusaders
in May. Any complications,
though, and his build-up to the
first England test at Eden Park
on June 7 could be limited.
e All Blacks host England,
who pushed Hansen s men close
at Twickenham in November, for
three tests in June.
Screws holding bones together
are nothing new to McCaw, who
played through the 2011 World
Cup with severe pain in his foot.
e screws inserted into a stress
fracture ended up exacerbating
the problem --- the irritation
meant he hardly trained before
the World Cup final victory over
His latest problem came
midway through the first half of
the Blues stunning 35-24 victory
over the Crusaders at Eden Park
on Friday night, a win which
could set alight the season for Sir
John Kir wan s men.
It left him in pain and unable
grip anything with his left hand
and he was replaced by Matt
Todd at half-time.
Blackadder delivered the initial
news about McCaw s thumb
after watching his team blow
a 17-3 lead and conceding
29 unanswered points as the
Blues gleefully accepted every
opportunity afforded them.
Blackadder has big decisions
to make this week --- including
whether to stick with Tom Taylor
at first-five or switch Colin Slade
from fullback, which appears
likely. If he does go for Slade at
No 10, the 26-year-old will be
the Crusaders third first-five in
Tyler Bleyendaal was dropped
after his inaccurate performance
there against the Chiefs in
Christchurch, with fullback Israel
Dagg also a casualty. However,
Dagg played well when coming
on at fullback in the second half
at Eden Park and can probably
expect to start there against the
Stormers in Christchurch on
While the Crusaders have no
competition points and little
form to speak of, the Blues have
arrived in South Africa upbeat
after a precious victory over the
eir five competition points
has them second in the New
Zealand conference behind the
Chiefs, who have eight points
from their narrow wins over the
Crusaders and Highlanders, the
latter a 21-19 come-from-behind
thriller in Hamilton on Saturday
e Blues face the Bulls at
Loftus Versfeld and Lions at
Ellis Park, two fixtures which
are decidedly winnable with the
likes of Patrick Tuipulotu, Tevita
Li, Frank Halai, George Moala,
Charles Piutau, Jackson Willison
and Simon Hickey in form.
Hickey, a 20-year-old on debut at
this level, kicked six from seven
shots at goal and hardly missed a
Kirwan, who was granted
a two-year extension to his
contract last week, just one match
into the new season, was cautious
in his expectations but the future
appears bright for both Hickey
and the Blues if they can play
with the confidence and flair
they did in putting the seven-
time champions to the sword.
Monday, March 3, 2014
e New Zealand Rugby Union
will set up a dedicated integrity
unit to combat corruption and
doping in the sport, a senior
official said yesterday.
Neil Sorenson, NZRU general
manager of professional rugby,
said the governing body aimed
to have the unit set up in six
months, New Zealand Newswire
"We ve been thinking about
integrity now for over a year," he
told the agency. "We need to be
really alert and keep educating
ourselves about this stuff."
A New Zealand government
report last November found there
was little high-level corruption in
sport in the country, but Lavinia
Gould, a former member of the
national women s sevens squad,
was suspended for two years last
November after testing positive
for a banned stimulant. Gould
was the first player contracted to
the NZRU to receive a doping
At the time the NZRU said
more than 1700 tests had been
conducted in the previous five
years with just two minor
e NZRU unit is expected to
devote 90% of its resources to
education and 10% to auditing,
the report said.
e NZRU decision follows on
from a New Zealand government
initiative to provide a more
co-ordinated effort to combat
doping and corruption in sport.
It said last year it would increase
resources to allow government
agencies, including Customs,
the police, Serious Fraud Office
and sporting organisations like
Sports New Zealand (SNZ) and
Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ)
to actively share information and
meet twice a year to discuss any
issues that arise.
Previously, law enforcement
agencies, individual sports
organisations and DFSNZ
had taken responsibility for
the implementation of anti-
corruption and doping policy.
A national match-fixing policy
would also be introduced this
year and would include the sport
sector and betting industry.
Despite a long injury list and playing
far from their best, the defending
champions still found a way to win
21-19 on Saturday night.
It is early in the piece to be definitive, but the
Chiefs gave a strong hint that they can collect a
third consecutive championship.
It was not the class of the performance
that impressed. Far from it, in fact. It was
not anything particularly special in terms of
creativity and intensity.
It was not bad --- just not up there with
their best. Maybe not even in the top half of
their portfolio. But what it displayed is their
incredible resilience, strength of character and
depth of squad.
Super Rugby has long ceased to be a sprint
--- the best sides blasting out of the blocks and
never looking back until they have hit the tape.
Now, it is a war of attrition --- a painful slog
into the depths of winter and the champion is
the last side standing.
Injuries are inevitable and plentiful and it is
the way the Chiefs shrug them off that is so
ey were missing Ben Afeaki, Brodie
Retallick, Sam Cane, Kane ompson,
Augustine Pulu and many more last night and
yet they found a way to win.
Others hoist the white flag and see a full
physio s room as reason to make excuses. Not
ey had an inexperienced locking duo and
a bench that had barely played at this level and
yet there was not a peep about this being a
challenge too far.
ey had to be patient --- the Highlanders
were organised and destructive on defence and
more than useful when they had the ball.
e Chiefs had to believe the breakthrough
would come in the final quarter and stick to
their patterns, trust their plan and execution.
It was easy to feel for them. Chasing the game
at 14-19, they had so much ball, played so well
up until they hit the red zone, but their moment
would not come.
e Highlanders scrambled, the Chiefs would
make a mistake, the ball would be cleared, the
pattern would begin all over again.
e frustration is often hard to keep at bay
in such a scenario and it was ironic that it was
perhaps a wrong option by Aaron Cruden that
put them ahead.
A stunning break by Liam Squire opened an
acre of space on the right with an overlap but
Cruden checked and cross-kicked. ey got
e ricochet fell to Charlie Ngatai and
the replay could not pick up whether Asaeli
Tikoirotuma was in front of the kicker or not.
Luck, graft, skill ... they have a habit of
combining effectively for champion sides.
Without having shown anywhere near their
full repertoire in the opening two weeks, the
Chiefs have picked up eight points and have
the luxury of a bye to recuperate and mend the
walking wounded. e win takes the Chiefs to
the top of the New Zealand Conference as the
only team to win both their first two games.
e extra satisfaction for the Chiefs will have
come in knowing that they beat an opponent
who were more than worthy.
e Highlanders have lavished attention
on their deficiencies. ey have given up the
irritating habit of going side-to-side endlessly.
ey are a more direct side now, with a greater
desire and ability to go forward.
ey are also more willing to kick from hand
and not churn through the energy with ball
in hand when one big hoof would be a more
It would be a surprise if they can retain their
current momentum all the way to the play-offs
--- they do not have the depth or firepower ---
but they deser ve acknowledgement for their
tidy, smart and at times enterprising rugby.
ey looked about, roughly, one million times
better last night than they did at any stage last
season and if they can continue to follow their
simple game plan, execute as well as they have,
then they can at least be reassured they will be a
hard enough side to beat.
McCaw surgery could limit ABs build-up
New Zealand drought continues
PICTURE: Getty Images
Australia s Dimitrios Papadatos celebrates on the 18 hole
as he won the New Zealand Open at e Hills Golf Club in
PICTURE: Getty Images
Chiefs Nick Crosswell on the charge in their encounter with the Highlanders at Waikato
Stadium, in Hamilton on Saturday.
World No 1 Rafa Nadal will team up
with 14-times major champion Pete
Sampras for Mumbai in the inaugural
International Premier Tennis League
(IPTL) later this year, tournament
organisers said today.
Serena Williams, the top-ranked
women s player, will headline the
Singapore team alongside Tomas
Berdych and Andre Agassi in the off-
season tournament from November 28 to
Decemver14, which is styled on cricket s
franchise-based Indian Premier League.
Four teams --- Bangkok and Dubai
being the others --- will compete in men s
and women s singles, men s and mixed
doubles and a men s legends singles with
one set per match, and no advantage
Serb Novak Djokovic and former
women s No 1 Caroline Wozniacki will
lead Dubai while Britain s Andy Murray,
Frenchman Jo Wilfried-Tsonga and
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus were picked
by Bangkok when the teams were drafted
today in Dubai.
e 2014 season will feature 24 matches
across the four host cities with all four
teams competing in a round-robin format
in each of the four cities, organisers said.
"As an Indian and the owner of the
tournament I m delighted that the world
number one Rafa Nadal is playing for an
Indian city," promoter Mahesh Bhupathi
said. "I think the teams are evenly
balanced, I m happy for the players who
have been picked."
e IPTL has been generally well-
received by the world s top players
although not all have signed up.
Roger Federer, winner of a record 17
grand slam titles, and former women s
world No 1 Maria Sharapova will not be
"I don t know that much about it to be
honest," Federer said in Dubai this week
where he won the title.
"I wish I could tell you exactly what s
going on. I just didn t sign up because I
didn t want to. I just first wanted to see it
get off the ground."
Some will question why players who
have regularly raised concerns about the
length of the season are willing to take
long-haul flights to play matches in the
It promises to be extremely lucrative,
however, with organisers saying today s
initial draft had seen an outlay of $24
million with salaries for each team
expected to be between $4 and $10
"Really happy that I was drafted
for Dubai... anks," Serbia s Janko
Tipsarevic said on Twitter while his
compatriot Ana Ivanovic said she was
happy to join Nadal playing for Mumbai.
"So excited to learn I have been picked
for #Mumbai team for #IPTL! Can t wait
to get on court and get together with my
great team-mates! :))" she said. --- Reuters
Nadal to team up with
Sampras in new league
Self-policing New Zealanders again among medals
Simon van Velthooven
Champions show character
NZ rugby to set up integrity unit
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