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Dunedin police have been called in to
investigate threats made against netball
coach Norma Plummer.
e threats were made last year by
a New Zealand fan and were serious
enough for the Australian Federal Police
to contact local authorities in advance of
Plummer travelling to the city with her
West Coast Fever side for the weekend s
trans-Tasman league game against the
e Fever said last night that the
threats were made via a posting on
Plummer s personal website. e Herald
understands Plummer was so shaken up
by the sinister tone that the team beefed
up security during their stay down
south. e team and support staff left
the stadium swiftly after their one-goal
loss to the Steel on Saturday, missing a post-
Police Southern District confirmed
information had been received from the
Australian authorities but would not
comment on the investigation.
Plummer did not wish to comment on
the incident and a spokeswoman for the
franchise said the veteran coach "just wants
to do her job".
e Fever team are now in Tauranga
as they prepare for Sunday s round five
match against the unbeaten Waikato-
Bay of Plenty Magic.
Steel chief executive Sue Clarke said
the franchise was not made aware of the
Fever camp s concerns in the lead-up
to the weekend s game. "We would be
very disappointed to learn of any visiting
coach or team being treated in a negative
way," she said.
Known for her outspoken style,
Plummer has often courted controversy
over her coaching career. She got off to a
rocky start with New Zealand fans when,
after taking on the Australian coaching
job, she famously claimed the Silver
Ferns played like a "bunch of scrubbers"
in the 2003 world championship final.
While her frank and forthright
approach has often jarred with the
conservative netball set, many consider
Plummer to be a breath of fresh air for the
--- New Zealand Herald
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A small but elite Greymouth Swimming
Club team returned from the New Zealand
Division II Swimming Championships,
in Hamilton, recently with three medals,
several West Coast records and a host of
powerful performances to their credit.
John Hughes, contesting the 16-18yrs
grade, graduated to three finals, finishing in
fourth in 50m and 100m breaststroke and
claiming the silver medal in the 200m. He
also set two new West Coast records.
Ben Whitmore, competing in the 15yrs
grade, qualified for five finals and finished
fourth in the 200m butterfly and third in
the 100m backstroke.
Rachel Crawford, the youngest member
of the team, competed in the 13yrs grade,
which had a field of over 50 swimmers. She
broke two West Coast records, while Mason
Hunt (13yrs) contested two finals and set
three new West Coast records against some
e Greymouth Swimming Club team --- John Hughes, left, Mason Hunt, Rachel
Crawford and Ben Whitmore.
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White Ferns captain Suzie
Bates and Frankie Mackay run
between the wickets during their
ICC Women s World Twenty20
match against Ireland at the
Sylhet International Cricket
Stadium, in Bangladesh.
e New Zealand women s
cricket side backed up their
opening victory over Australia
with a comfortable 42-run
win over Ireland at the World
Twenty20 competition in
e back-to-back victories put
the White Ferns on the verge of
securing a semi-final spot, needing
a victory over either Pakistan on
South Africa in their final two
pool matches to progress to the
e victory over Ireland was
set up by the batsmen, with
openers Suzie Bates (68) and
Frances Mackay (51) leading
New Zealand to an imposing
total of 171 for three in their 20
overs. In response, Ireland never
truly threatened and were held to
Having won the toss and opting
to bat, Bates was quickly on
the attack for the White Ferns,
blasting her way to a half-century
off just 37 balls. She and Mackay
put on 116 for the first wicket
before the captain finally fell.
Mackay continued on and
brought up her own half-century
and Sara McGlashan added the
finishing touches, punishing
Ireland with an unbeaten 34 from
Ireland s chase featured handy
cameos from Clare Shillington
(28), Isobel Joyce (24) and Cecilia
Joyce (39 not out), but they
were unable to keep up with the
Morna Nielsen was tidy,
finishing with figures of 2-23 from
New Zealand next face Pakistan
on Friday morning.
Newcastle back-rower Alex
McKinnon has been placed in an
induced coma after undergoing
McKinnon, 22, had emergency
surgery early yesterday in
Melbourne to stabilise his neck
following a lifting tackle by three
players in Monday night s NRL
defeat by the Storm.
e surgery consisted of a
disc removal at C4 and C5 and
"He s been in an induced coma
just to help with the recovery
from the surgery and to make
sure there is no movement there,"
Knights chief executive Matt
Gidley told News Corp Australia.
" e scans showed the spinal
cord was not cut but they are still
determining what damage might
have been done there. It s just a
real anxious time at the moment."
Knights coach Wayne Bennett
said the club would give
McKinnon all the help he needed
"It s sad and extremely
disappointing for him. ere is
not much we can do about it,"
"He is getting the best care
now and we are giving him all
the support we can possibly give
him. After that we just have to
hope for the best. It s tough on all
of us. is kind of thing doesn t
e veteran coach, who
took McKinnon with him to
Newcastle from St George
Illawarra when he moved to the
Knights in 2012, admitted he was
struggling to get his head around
what had happened to a player
who had been tipped to represent
"It really does bugger your
mind up," Bennett said. "He is an
outstanding young man."
e incident shocked the NRL
community, with players from
various club taking to social
media yesterday to express their
best wishes towards the NSW
Country Origin representative.
Storm prop Jordan McLean s
lifting tackle that led to
McKinnon s injury was referred
straight to a judiciary hearing
which has been deferred.
e match review panel
yesterday announced McLean
had been charged with a
dangerous throw for his part in
the tackle alongside team-mates
Jesse and Kenny Bromwich and it
would go to a hearing because of
the serious injury that arose.
Two from two for
Police probe Plummer death threats
McKinnon in induced coma
Two former world No 1 badminton players
are in the field for next month s New Zealand
Open at North Shore Events Centre.
row in a former world No 3 and the
quality of the field will be just about the best
seen in the country.
Korea s Lee Hyun Il was the game s top-
ranked male player midway through the
2000s. He was beaten in the semi-finals at
the 2008 Olympics and lost the bronze medal
play-off in London two years ago. Indonesian
Simon Santoso got as high as No 3 on the
ranking list. e 29-year-old, has a string of
international titles to his name.
e other former world No 1, Koo Kien
Keat, is a five-times Commonwealth Games
gold medallist in 2006 and 2010, a world
championship silver medallist, and among
the most proficient doubles exponents in the
game. e 29-year-old adds piles of skill to the
event. With regular partner Boon Heong Tan,
the pair are now ranked No 10 in the world.
e top-ranked player in the men s singles
field is Jen Hao Hsu of Taiwan, at No 28.
"I am thrilled at the quality and number of
players entered across all events," tournament
director Julie Carrel said.
"All these players have huge respect in the
sport and bring a real touch of class to the
--- New Zealand Herald
Former world No 1s in NZ Open
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