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Casey Kopua was forced to draw on the
grit and determination she is famed for to
lead her Magic side to a hard-fought 50-49
win over the Adelaide underbirds in her
100th transtasman league match last night.
Known for wearing her heart on her sleeve,
the ace defender red up her troops with a
typically inspirational performance, coming
up with the big plays in a tense nal quarter
to ensure she marked the big milestone with
In a tting piece of sporting symmetry,
Kopua played her rst ANZ Championship
game against the underbirds on the same
court in 2008 --- a game the Magic also
"It just goes to show you play with heart
and passion you get the rewards,"
"We just took it ball-by-ball, moment- by-
moment and made sure we concentrated on
doing our job and weren't overawed by the
Kopua is the third player to have reached
the 100-game mark, behind her former
Magic teammates Laura Langman and Irene
van Dyk. But the Silver Ferns captain is the
rst player to play 100 games for the same
team, and the rst player to celebrate the
milestone with a win.
e reigning premiers arrived in Rotorua
hopelessly out of form, having dropped
their past four matches, including a 38-goal
walloping at the hands of the table-topping
Vixens in round eight. Clearly stung by their
most recent loss, the underbirds last night
turned in a performance we're much more
accustomed to seeing from the three-time
grand nalists, forcing the Magic to dig
After trailing by ve goals at the rst
break, the visitors noticeably ramped up
the intensity in the second period, putting
pressure on every pass to draw within three
at halftime. By the nal turn the visitors lead
by one goal, as the likes of Renae Hallinan,
Rebecca Bulley and Kate Shimmin worked
tirelessly to disrupt the rhythm of the Magic
attack, making them scrap for every goal.
Along Kopua and Leana de Bruin on
defence, English import Jo Harten was
key for the Magic down the nal stretch,
stepping up to settle their attack with some
pressure- relieving shots.
Harten nished the match with 36 goals
from 41 attempts, while down the end of the
court the shooting duties were much more
evenly shared between Carla Borrego and
After a tight start to the match, a run of
ve unanswered goals mid-way through
the spell gave the Magic the jump of the
visitors, as the underbirds attack struggled
to adjust to the range of lanky defenders
Kopua and Leana de Bruin. ey began to
nd their rhythm approaching the end of
the period, but were unable to claw back any
of those goals before the break, as the Magic
took a 16-11 lead at quartertime.
It didn't take the underbirds long to
make in-roads in the second period though,
as the home side made a slow start, scoring
just one goal in the rst ve minutes of the
spell as a series of poor passes into the circle
and two missed shots - one from each of the
shooters - allowed the underbirds to draw
While the Magic were able to recover
later in the quarter, their scoring was slowed
considerably as the underbirds placed
huge pressure on every pass.
Ellen Halpenny looked especially
uncomfortable in the shooting circle,
nishing the rst half with just a 50% return
due to the strong defence of the shot from
Shimmin and Bulley.
e momentum stayed with the
underbirds in the third period as they
continued to out-hustle the Magic, winning
the spell 15-11 to set up a thrilling nal
quarter. --- APNZ
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 9
West Coast hockey resumes on Saturday
after the holiday break with games for the
premier men and junior grades.
Greymouth and Cobden will battle it out to
see who will take the early lead at the head
of the men's division. e women will have
another week o due to the school holidays.
e draw for Saturday is --- 9am: funsticks
and smallsticks, all 4-8-year-olds welcome.
Duty team, Greymouth. Collegiate: 10.30am,
Greymouth Allstars v Cobden (L Cambus,
P Bone); 11.45am, NBS Karoro Vortex v
Greymouth Phoenix (M Cook, B Kersten):
3.10pm NBS Karoro Gladiators v Hokitika
(R Croy, W van Plateringen). Primary: 1pm,
NBS Karoro Krackers v NBS Karoro Sharks
(T waites, S Crawford); 2.05pm, Hokitika
v Greymouth (H Twaddle, J Vaughan). Men:
4.25pm, Greymouth v Cobden ( J Lord, J
O'Connor); 5.50pm, NBS Karoro v Hokitika
(S Aynsley, G Bone). Duty, Karoro
e Marist rugby team scored
a deserved but fortuitous 17-16
victory over South Westland, at
Karoro, on Saturday, to remain
unbeaten in the New Forrest
Just two tries were scored and
they both came in the last ve
minutes of the match.
e result was fortuitous
because the greens led 12-6 at
the break and appeared to be
cruising to victory, but a 10-2
second-half penalty count in
South Westland's favour (17-
6 overall) kept Marist pinned
down until a converted try put
the visitors in front 16-12 with
just three minutes to play.
Stunned into action, Marist
attacked from the resulting kick
o and somehow conjured up
the match-winning try.
Had the greens lost, their best
player in all facets of the game
--- except passing --- anker
Sam Tau would have been to
blame. Tau ruined an otherwise
powerful performance by his at
refusal to pass.
He created, and then
butchered, two certain tries in
the rst spell and did his best
to ruin the last chance, too,
ignoring three unmarked men
outside him while trying to run
over the top of the last defender.
Fortunately for Tau and, his
team, the ball squirted free for
Melali Mudu to transfer to
Jayden Menzies for the winning
Marist rst- ve Nathan Smith
and South Westland fullback
Cory Deans traded early
penalties and Smith had added
three more to Deans's one by the
e second half was a
procession of penalties, scrums
and lineouts. Deans kicked
one penalty and had two
unsuccessful shots at goal before
South Westland, with time fast
running out, decided to kick
for touch and go for a try. e
tactic worked when a 14-man
rumbling maul - all but one of
the backs had joined in - got
Nathan Wilson over the Marist
line for a try, which Deans
converted from the sideline to
put his team in front for the rst
time in the match.
However, the lead was short-
lived, Menzies scoring within a
minute or two to give the greens
Prop Rob Wilson and anker
Ben Williams earned man of
the match awards in the South
Westland pack, while Deans
was the pick of the backline,
along with halfback Kip Nolan,
who shared a 10-minute spell
in the sin-bin with Marist No
8 Ben Campbell after a brief
altercation. Campbell and Tau
had powerful games in the green
pack while Smith, centre Josh
Costello and fullback Mudu
impressed in the backs.
Marist 17 ( J Menzies try, N
Smith 4 pens); South Westland
16 (N Wilson try, C Deans con,
Kiwi con rmed their
favouritism for the West Coast
Rugby Union New Forrest Cup
competition on Saturday with
a 39-21 victory over a powerful
Grey Valley team, at Walker
In the other game on Saturday,
Blaketown bounced back from a
54-10 humbling at the hands of
Kiwi last week, to thrash Wests
Kiwi's superior tness told
over Grey Valley, with three late
length-of-the- eld tries to give
the blues a attering 18-point
Kiwi had edged ahead with a
try right on half-time but Grey
Valley scored just after the break
and added a penalty to lead 21-
12 midway through the second
However, the visitors had no
answer to Kiwi's late ourish.
Centre, Brent McBride, and
anker Ian Kearns were Kiwi's
players of the day, but player-
coach Dan Tauwhare said the
other anker, Fayne Wilson, and
backs Sean McLure and Daniel
Bishop (three tries) were equally
Grey Valley player-coach Tere
Wycli e said his team had been
caught napping when the blues
took tap penalties and ran the
ball from deep in their half. "We
went to sleep late in the game
and that cost us," Wycli e said.
Wycli e, who played second-
ve because of a dearth of backs,
said anker Dave Crouchley and
rst- ve Tim Priest stood out.
Meanwhile, Blaketown cast
o the shackles of last week's
big loss with a 10-try rout of
Wests to suggest that their
performance against Kiwi may
have been an aberation.
Centre Phil omson
scored twice and added seven
conversions for a personal haul
of 24 points.
Manager, Gavin Davy said that
Alan Monk was main player
of the day with Brogan Watt
and Phill omson also being
Others to play well were Nik
Davy, Kevin Curtis and Robertt
omson. "Our young and
inexperienced players also stood
up and performed well.'
Scorers .--- Blaketown 64 (B
Houston, K Curtis, B Watt,
P omson, N Davy 2, R
omson 2, A Monk 2, tries; P
omson 7 cons) Wests 0. Kiwi
39 (D Bishop 3, M Brown, P Te
Rakau, S McClure tries, McLure
2 cons, pen; D Tauwhare con);
Grey Valley 21 (D Crouchley, T
Priest tries; Priest 3 pens, con).
shows true grit
PICTURE: Getty Images
Magics Casey Williams competes with underbirds Carla Borrego for the ball.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Kiwi and Grey Valley contest a line up.
Kiwi continue winning ways
One-point victory to Marist
With a rst title in 24 years close enough to
touch Liverpool were undone by old nemesis
Jose Mourinho whose Chelsea side in icted
a potentially mortal blow with a 2-0 win at
An eld today.
Chelsea's victory might have come too
late for Mourinho's side to win the Premier
League title, but it ung the door wide open
for Manchester City who took full advantage
with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.
At the bottom, Sunderland demolished
Cardi City 4-0 to leave the Welsh club
propping up the table and lift themselves
out of the bottom three at the expense of
In the latest twist of a fascinating Premier
League season, under-strength Chelsea cut
the gap at the top to two points with two
games remaining, although City are only
three points behind with a game in hand and
healthier goal di erence.
Should Liverpool and City both win
their remaining games, City would almost
certainly grab the title on goal di erence just
as they did two seasons ago, although if both
drop points Chelsea could sneak through on
Victory on Sunday was Mourinho's seventh
win in nine Premier League matches against
Liverpool and completed the double over
Brendan Rodgers's side this season ---
ending their 11-game winning streak that
has propelled them towards the title.
Demba Ba, capitalising on a calamitous
slip by captain Steven Gerrard, and Willian
did the damage for a weakened Chelsea side
but despite Mourinho's tactical triumph he
immediately ruled his team out of contention
for the title.
"We are Champions League for sure,"
"We need one point to nish third ... the
champions, whether it is Liverpool or Man
City we can say we won both matches
against them. Forget the title, forget it."
City's supporters at Selhurst Park cheered
news of Liverpool's defeat and had further
cause for celebration as Yaya Toure, returning
from injury, made the rst goal for Edin
Dzeko with a perfect cross.
Toure scored the second, his 19th in the
league this season, before halftime after a
ne run from the halfway line.
While City are now masters of their
own destiny coach Manuel Pellegrini was
refusing to get carried away.
" e only thing that is di erent is that we
are not depending on other teams and what
matters is only what we do between now
and the end of the season," the cautious City
coach told the club's website.
"I was obviously very happy with Chelsea's
win, but this is far from the end of the title
race because all three teams have very hard
games still to play."
Chelsea have beaten both City and
Liverpool home and away and despite
missing ve leading players through injury
and suspension, Mourinho rested others
ahead of Wednesday's Champions League
semi- nal, second leg against Atletico
On paper it seemed the perfect scenario
for Liverpool to knock Chelsea out of the
title equation but with the league's leading
scorer Luis Suarez failing to re, they looked
crestfallen as their winning run ended limply.
Rodgers, who once worked under
Mourinho at Chelsea, accused his former
club of playing defensively and having "two
buses parked" in front of their goal.
But his side failed to make enough chances.
"Congratulations to Chelsea for getting
the result but my team is a team that wants
to be o ensive, win games by playing good
football, to be creative," Rodgers said.
"Chelsea played with a back six and just hit
long balls up to Demba Ba. But the players
Philippe Coutinho wasted an early
opportunity and Mamadou Sakho also
missed the target but Chelsea's reser ve
goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer did not have a
shot to save for almost an hour.
Just before the interval Gerrard slipped
after failing to control a routine square pass
near the halfway line and Ba ran in to nish
Schwarzer, standing in for the injured Petr
Cech, did well to keep out Joe Allen's volley
and pushed over a Suarez shot.
e Uruguayan striker was generally well
controlled by a solid Chelsea defence and
although the London side were pushed
back for much of the second half, they still
Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet saved
low down from Andre Schuerrle on one
such break and in stoppage time Fernando
Torres, once a Liverpool hero, set up Willian
to tap in.
While Chelsea's fans celebrated they will
rue a shock home defeat by Sunderland
in their previous match, the rst time
Mourinho had lost in 78 league games at
Had they won that match they would now
have been top of the table and would have
the title in their own hands.
Chelsea's remaining xtures are against
two relegation candidates, Norwich at home
and Cardi away.
Liverpool play away to Crystal Palace and
nish at home to Newcastle, hoping that
City will drop points in what has been a
topsy-turvy Premier League season either
away to Everton or at home to struggling
Aston Villa and West Ham.
Connor Wickham scored twice for
Sunderland who have now taken seven
points from their last three games to move
out of the drop zone on goal di erence. ey
also have a game in hand of their survival
Arsenal host Newcastle on Monday
looking to consolidate their hold on fourth
place. --- Reuters
Free-spirited Canes go top
e crazy thing is not that the Hurricanes
nd themselves top of the New Zealand
Conference it is the fact that it feels entirely
right that is a bit hard to take in.
It was only a few weeks back the world was
howling for their coach to be sacked such
was the insipid, bumbling work of the Canes.
Now the coach has kind of sacked himself,
the Hurricanes can do no wrong.
ey beat the Reds 35-21 with yet more
o -the-cu rugby that didn't appear to
adhere to any game plan. Some of it was
quite brilliant; some of it was a bit loose and
that's why the Reds were still in it until Ardie
Savea hammered through the throng to kill
the contest on 75 minutes.
It would have been too bizarre even in
this most bizarre of weekends had the
Hurricanes not got the job done. eir good
bits far outweighed the patchy, the skill level
was reassuringly high and a heap of players
important to the national cause contributed.
None more so than T J Perenara, who is
beginning to play as well as he did in 2012
when he captured the nation's imagination.
He probed and darted, twisted and turned
and sparked the Hurricanes into life. It was
a surprise to see him leave after 63 minutes
butperhaps he was wilting after running non-
Not that the Hurricanes were short of
willing ball carriers; Alapati Leiua was always
on hand to take his team forward and the
Hurricanes still probably haven't come to
terms with how much they are going to miss
him next season.
Or Andre Taylor for that matter as he too
was in vintage form, carving chunks out of
the Reds with his arcing runs from deep.
ere is something almost hypnotic about
the Hurricanes when they seemingly play like
Jedi Knights --- shut their eyes and trust in
the force. Maybe all that is only possible after
deep analysis of the technical and tactical
detail during the week.
Or maybe the Hurricanes could actually
forget about training and just turn up on
game day and see what happens.
So many teams get caught up thinking
about the game plan --- not the Hurricanes.
ey appeared happy once again to simply
trust their instincts and pass, catch and run
Cory Jane's second try was breathtaking in
speed, simplicity and skill execution. It was
pass and catch and straight line running at its
best. What made it particularly special was
that there were forwards in there who made
it look like it was the most natural thing in
the world for them.
One of those forwards was Dane Coles,
who has shown an uncanny ability to make
unorthodox passes to create crucial tries.
e other was Victor Vito, who delivered a
performance All Black coach Steve Hansen
would have found hard to ignore.
e advice to Vito last year was to clear his
mind of clutter, hit hard and run hard. Don't
think, just play was the general message and
might he now at last have learned that art?
His work rate was high, his close defence
was telling and when he found himself in
space, he ran with the intention of not being
He at last is playing with freedom and
con dence --- just as the Hurricanes are
and maybe at the end of this season, coach
Hammett should stay on, start next year and
then say again he won't be staying.
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