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Former Coaster Paul Coll’s rapid rise
in the squash world continued today
when he was named in the New Zealand
squash team to compete at the Glasgow
Coll, 22, now based in Christchurch,
was named in the eight-strong team this
Coll turned professional in January 2011
and won his first professional tournament
two years later, in January 2013, when he
took out the Australian open title. He won
his second professional event in September.
This year he returned to the Australian
Open and won it for a second time.
At the beginning of this year Coll based
himself in Holland in an attempt to
improve his squash and get more court
Currently he is competing in an event
in Perth, Western Australia, and will
head back to New Zealand in a couple of
weeks to compete in the Cousins Shield
in Christchurch, before returning to
His parents, Julie and Mike Coll, both
stalwarts of the Greymouth Squash Club,
are rapt with their son’s success. Mrs Coll
said Paul had had a squash racquet in his
hand since he was four.
“ He started playing squash properly when
he was about six.”
He has also been a member of the
New Zealand men’s squash team that
has competed in two team world
championships, the first in Germany and
next in France. He reached a career-high
world ranking of world No 86 in March,
and is now ranked 87.
The New Zealand Commonwealth
Games team will be led by women’s world
No 4, Joelle King.
King was the star of the 2010 campaign
in Delhi, claiming a gold medal in the
women’s doubles with Jaclyn Hawkes and
silver in the mixed doubles with Martin
Knight. She also finished fifth in the
Coll will partner Bay of Plenty’s Amanda
Landers-Murphy, ranked No 43 in the
world, in the mixed doubles. The other new
face in the team is 21-year-old Aucklander
Lance Beddoes, who will partner Coll in
the men’s doubles.
New Zealand squash team (world ranking
in brackets): Joelle King (4), Megan Craig
(42), Amanda Landers-Murphy (43), Kylie
Lindsay (55), Campbell Grayson (42),
Martin Knight (48), Paul Coll (87) , Lance
Dylan Cleaver and Andrew Alderson
The Herald can reveal that the player
being named as Player X in evidence to
the international cricket inquiry is New
Zealander Chris Cairns.
The Herald has been told by multiple
sources that the former all-rounder has
been named in testimony to the ICC’s
anti-corruption unit (ACSU), referred to
as Player X, by Lou Vincent and current
captain Brendon McCullum.
He is alleged to have attempted to
manipulate games, including in India when
he was captain of the Chandigarh Lions in
the short lived Indian Cricket League.
Cairns was let go by Chandigarh, due to
what he described as an ankle injury.
In recent days, testimony from Vincent
and McCullum has been leaked into the
public domain, including alleged meetings
between those players and Cairns.
When asked by the Herald on Sunday
whether he was Player X, Cairns said he
did not want to “speculate” but last night
told Fairfax — Cairns was recently a
columnist for the Sunday Star-Times —
the allegations were false.
He said: “I am aware that former cricketer
Lou Vincent and current New Zealand
captain Brendon McCullum have made
a range of allegations against a cricketer
dubbed Player X,” Cairns’s statement said.
“It is well known that the ICC-ACSU has
been investigating allegations of corruption
and my name has been linked by others to
these allegations. I am being asked whether
I am Player X.
“Based on the limited information I have
received during this investigation, I believe
it is being alleged that I am that player.
These allegations against me are a complete
“As for Lou Vincent he appears to have
confessed to match fixing in respect of
games played in numerous countries around
the world, most of which I have had no
“He is in a desperate position. He faces
potential prosecution and in trying to
negotiate a plea bargain he appears to be
willing to falsely accuse me of
McCullum was inter viewed by the ACSU,
as revealed in the Herald on Friday.
He told of a double-pronged approach by
a “former international star” in 2008, which
included advice to launder money gained
from match-fixing through the purchase of
McCullum’s testimony has been leaked
to cricket corruption expert Ed Hawkins,
author of Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy, who
has published it in the UK’s Daily Mail,
much to the chagrin of cricket bosses
Hawkins told National Radio this
morning the same player was named by
both McCullum and Vincent.
McCullum met somebody he described as
his “hero” in the lobby of a hotel on the eve
of the inaugural Indian Premier League to
discuss a business opportunity.
The player explained to McCullum the
intricacies of spread betting. McCullum
was told he could secure up to $210,000 a
“I ask that people reserve judgment
until all the facts are brought to light. I
have nothing to hide. I have been to court
to demonstrate conclusively that I am not
a match fixer before. I will have no
hesitation in doing so again,” Cairns’
“I conclude by saying that I believe
there are dark forces at play. These forces
have long arms, deep pockets and great
influence. I acknowledge that recently I
have upset some powerful people in the
world of cricket, including raising my own
concerns about the health of the game. I
believe I am paying the price for that now.”
— New Zealand Herald
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The Magic have jolted back to
life just in time, arresting their
alarming late season lull with a big
win over the Mainland Tactix in
The clinical 18-goal win
was just the settler the Magic
needed following some sloppy
performances over the last two
rounds, but more importantly
it helped improve their goal-
percentage, which looks like it
will be crucial to determining the
finishing order in the trans-Tasman
What loomed as an uninspiring
match-up earlier in the season
took on more significance in recent
weeks after the Magic dropped
two games on the trot, bringing on
fears of a late season collapse. After
blitzing their way through the
first half of the season, recording
just one loss in the opening seven
rounds to establish themselves
among the pace-setters in the
competition, the Waikato-Bay
of Plenty side’s momentum has
peetered out over the past three
weeks. They were lucky to escape
with a one-goal win over the
Thunderbirds in round nine, before
crashing to a 10-goal loss to the
Pulse the following week and then
a shock defeat at the hands of the
The two losses did not cost
the Magic any places on the
ladder but it saw the points table
condense markedly, with only goal
percentage separating the top four
sides heading into round 12.
With no more room for error, the
urgency was evident in the Magic’s
performance as they rediscovered
their confidence and connections
on attack to deal the Tactix another
Magic captain Casey Kopua said
with a tough match-up against
the third-placed NSW Swifts in
Sydney next week, it was vital her
side rediscovered their form.
“That ’s exactly what we needed, I
think the belief in ourselves really
showed out on court and that ’s
what we have to do each week,” she
“The Magic attackers knew the
last couple of weeks they haven’t
been putting the performance out
there and I think they did that
“Just having that confidence
to let the ball go makes a huge
The Canterbury side competed
well in patches, stringing together
some brilliant phases of attacking
play, but the Magic’s experienced
defensive pairing of Casey Kopua
and Leana de Bruin also had some
strong periods of dominance,
which the homeside ensured they
After fairly level pegging through
most of the opening quarter, the
Magic made their move late in
the period to take 16-13 lead
at the first change of ends, with
young midcourter Jamie-Lee Price
with a couple
of crucial late
kick on after the
break as doubt
to creep into the
end and their
allow the Magic defence more
opportunities to disrupt the play.
By mid-way through the period
the Magic had charged out to a
10-goal lead, virtually putting the
result beyond doubt before the
The Tactix did well to prevent any
further damage on the scoreboard
for most of the third period,
sticking with the Magic for most of
the way before the homeside again
produced a late surge just before
The Magic saved their best
quarter for last, putting their
foot down to charge through the
70-goal mark on their way to an
— New Zealand Herald
Coll off to Commonwealth Games
as Player X
Paul Coll, in front, in action recently against Australian Rex Hedrick in Luxembourg;
Coll won the match.
As the twists and turns in the New
Zealand Super Rugby conference
continue, the best players have been
forced to put aside their differences
for an All Blacks training camp, a
potentially compromising situation
which has placed the four Highlanders
in the squad between a rock and a hard
A day after Aaron Smith, Ben
Smith, Malakai Fekitoa and Liam
Coltman helped upset the Hurricanes
in Wellington, they were mixing with
them in Christchurch, fully aware of the
presence of 10 Crusaders at the camp,
a team they will play in Dunedin on
It’s a bizarre situation that will end
tonight when the players return to their
franchises but will be re-visited next
weekend in Wellington, after which
time the Hurricanes will have hosted
the Chiefs in the city, another match
which could have massive connotations
for the competition.
“There’s a bit of banter, they have
you on a wee bit, but that’s all part of
it, that ’s why these derby games are so
good”, Ben Smith said yesterday.
“ It ’s pretty easy to switch in and out.
When you’re here, you concentrate on
these couple of days but when you get
back to your franchises you do the best
job you can back there. The reason that
we’re probably at these camps is that
we’ve managed to performed well for
our franchises, so that ’s probably a given
that were to perform as well as we can
when we get back. ”
With five rounds to go, only four
points separate top New Zealand
team the Chiefs (35) from the fourth-
placed Hurricanes (31), although the
Wellington-based team have yet to have
their second bye of the season. Only the
Blues, on 25 points, appear to be out of
the play-offs mix.
The Chiefs and Blues had the bye at
the weekend, with the Highlanders the
best performing side their 18-16 victory
in Wellington a continuation of their
bounce back from last year.
The Crusaders (32 points) would have
probably been the grumpiest following
their 30-25 loss to the 14-man Sharks,
though their strength in numbers at the
camp might help keep the ribbing to a
For Ben Smith, Monday ’s at the
Highlanders, who are only one point
behind the Chiefs, are a much happier
time this season compared to last.
“O bviously the Highlanders had a bit
of a rough time last year, but its more
enjoyable this year. Everythings more
enjoyable when youre winning a few
games. Especially the tight games, the
ones that might have got away from
you (last year). It’s been good to come
to training on a Monday knowing we’ve
snuck a win rather than just lost out.
These games in Super Rugby are so
tight it can come down to a couple of
moments in a game.”
Fekitoa, meanwhile, involved with
the All Blacks for the first time thanks
to his stunning performances for Jamie
Josephs team this season, still has a sore
foot from the weekend’s victory but the
moon boot is off and he hopes to be
available to play the Crusaders.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been
rooming with veteran centre Conrad
Smith which he said was initially
“I look up to him, he’s the best in the
world at the moment. I want to get a
chance to learn off him and see what he
does,” Fekitoa said.
“I was scared at the start, knowing it
was him coming in (to room). I couldnt
believe it was happening, me being in
the same room as him. It was huge.”
PICTURE: Getty Images
Chiefs’ Aaron Cruden and Crusaders’ Richie McCaw warm up at yesterday’s All Blacks wider squad training camp at
Pioneer Stadium, in Christchurch.
Camp brings enemies together
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Magic player, Leanna de Bruin, fights for the ball with
Magic jolts back
to life with win
Adam Scott would swap his new world
No 1 golf ranking right now for next month’s
US Open title.
Not that Scott does not appreciate the
magnitude of today ’s achievement, as he
supplants Tiger Woods atop the mountain of
It is sweet fruit indeed after almost 14 years
of graft as a tour pro and makes him just the
17th player — and second Australian after
Greg Norman — to hold the No 1 spot since
the rankings started in 1986.
To 33-year-old Scott, being No 1 is “a nice
achievement ” and “a feel-good thing that can
inflate your ego a little bit ”.
It remains far from his main focus as he
targets a second major championship at the
US Open at Pinehurst from June 16-19 with
a long-term view to his place in golf history.
“I think No 1 is a nice feather in the cap and
if I was never world No 1 when I was this close
I’d have been disappointed,” Scott said.
“But I’d also much rather win the US Open
and not be No 1 at all this year. That’s what it
comes down to.
“There weren’t rankings back in the day and
guys won a lot of majors and that ’s how they ’re
Be sure though that Scott will reflect on all
what a key role his childhood hero and mentor
Norman played in getting him there.
Five years ago, in the midst of a deep slump,
Scott could have just given the game away,
picked up his surfboard and ridden waves into
He turned it all around with some soul-
searching, a clean out of his team, sweeping
changes in his preparation for big events and
also a confidence boost from Norman, who
spent 331 weeks of his career as No 1, the last
back in January 1998.
Had Norman not stuck his neck out as
President ’s Cup captain in 2009 and picked the
slumping Scott on his team, the resurrection
may have never taken place.
After being entrenched in the top 10 and
as high as No 3 from early 2005 to mid-2008
Scott began a freefall.
winning the Byron Nelson
Championship in April of 2008, Scott had
just one other top-10 finish all year on the US
Tour and that was in the next tournament.
In 2009 things really went south.
After a tie for second in Hawaii in January,
Scott finished no higher than a tie for 33rd
and missed 10 cuts in 19 starts all season,
including a run of six missed cuts in a row. By
October, he had bottomed out at No.76 in the
world and was wondering if it was all worth it.
Norman’s show of confidence set the ball
rolling, allowing Scott to once again believe in
his ability to beat the best.
In December he won the Australian Open
and began his climb back.
Despite having multiple tour wins around
the world Scott knew he would need to make
changes to add the missing link from his career
— good finishes in major championships.
“I just didn’t have the best plan in place,”
“I went through the motions and did all the
practise, but maybe it wasn’t intense enough,
there wasn’t a narrow enough focus on exactly
what I had to do.”
To get that focus he dumped world renowned
Butch Harmon as coach, let go caddie Tony
Navarro from his bag and would also change
his management team as he revolutionised his
With new coach Brad Malone, also his
brother-in-law, the pair came up with a system
to peak for majors.
Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams came
onto the bag and immediately results came.
The 2011 Masters could have easily been
his before South African Charl Schwartzel
incredibly birdied the final four holes to win
Scott was gathering momentum and in
recent times no player has been close to the
Queenslander’s consistency in the majors.
In the past 13 major championships, Scott
has missed just one cut (US Open 2011) and
has been outside the top-15 just three times.
In 2012 and 2013 he was the best player in
relation to par across all four majors.
His 2013 was a monumental year as he
became the first Australian to win the Masters
before adding a tie for third in the British
Open and a tie for fifth at the US PGA
That consistency is the reason he has taken
over Woods’ latest reign at the top and why,
given his drive to win more majors, he could
stay there a long time yet.
“No one else has played better in the last
three years than Scotty, especially in big
tournaments,” countryman and 2006 US
Open champion Geoff Ogilvy said. — AP
Scott No 1 but he’d prefer US Open
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