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Former Runanga boxer Bowyn
Morgan has claimed a berth in the New
Zealand boxing team to compete at the
Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Morgan, who moved to Christchurch
about five months ago to train with
New Zealand boxing coach Phill
Shatford, is a four-time national
championship and one of the main
medal hopes in the team, along with
Auckland Olympian Alexis Pritchard.
The New Zealand Olympic
Committee announced the seven-
strong boxing team for the Glasgow
Morgan boxes in the welter weight
His trainer Shatford said today he was
“ very proud” of Morgan’s selection.
“He was unlucky not to have been
selected in the Commonwealth Games
team for Delhi four years ago — he
deser ves it,” Shatford said.
Morgan has held off turning
professional in the hope of making this
year’s Commonwealth Games team, and
Shatford said the wait had “paid off ”.
Morgan has not been beaten by a
New Zealand opponent in the past four
years. Already this year he has competed
in six international bouts and won five
“He took a bronze medal at an
international contest in Helsinki and
won gold at another competition in
Serbia,” Shatford said.
His former coach Kelly McBride, of
Runanga, was “rapt” with the selection.
“Bowyn started boxing with me as a
14-year-old and I knew then that he
had the goods. He won his first New
Zealand title when he was still living
on the West Coast as a 17-year-old,”
The last time a West Coast boxer
represented New Zealand at the
Commonwealth Games was four years
ago, when Nathan McEwen went to
Morgan is the second Greymouth
athlete to be named in this year’s
Commonwealth Games team.
Paul Coll is a member of the squash
Members of the Westland Motorcycle
Club were on hand in Wellington at the
weekend to collect the coveted award
for ‘best club performance’ over the past
At its annual general meeting,
Motorcycling New Zealand, the body
that governs all types of motorcycle
sport throughout the country, awarded
the Westland club its top honour for
the outstanding work undertaken to
hold two New Zealand Championship
events over the past year.
While the club is more recognised
for its annual Gold Nuggets Moto-x,
this year also held the third round
of the New Zealand Cross-Country
Championship that saw 80 riders from
all over the country compete. That
was followed up two weeks later with
the Junior Nationals, where in excess
of 160 riders from across the country
and Australia competed for the New
Zealand No 1 title.
Westland Motorcycle Club president
Brad Stenhouse said “to receive this
award ahead of over 50 other clubs in
the country is a huge accomplishment,
and recognition of the hard work done
by a small but extremely dedicated
group of club members”. Stenhouse said
that two years ago the club received an
award form MNZ for Technology and
Innovation, however it was still “quite
a big thing” to be recognisd again this
year, especially when the club accepted
the award in front of about 40 other
clubs from around New Zealand.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Westland Motorcycle Club president Brad Stenhouse with the national ‘best
club performance award’ received recently from Motorcycling New Zealand.
Westland Motorcycle Club
tops in NZ
Marina Erakovic has been knocked
out of the French Open overnight
following a straight sets defeat to
fifth seed Petra Kvitova.
Erakovic led 3-1 in the second
set but could not hold off the hard-
ser ving Czech as the world No 6
advanced to the third round with a
Erakovic was looking to reach the
third round in Paris for a second
straight year but did not help her
chances after being broken in the
That was Kvitova’s only break point
of the set but proved to be a crucial
one as she took control of the match
with her dominant ser ve.
Kvitova again broke Erakovic’s
first ser vice game in the second set
to go up 1-0 but the New Zealander
broke straight back followed by her
second break of the match to take an
unexpected 3-1 lead.
Her lead was short-lived as Kvitova,
a semi-finalist at Roland Garros
in 2012, got the set back to ser ve
and then broke again to complete
the 6-4, 6-4 victory. Kvitova, the
2011 Wimbledon champion, will
face Russian 27th seed Svetlana
Kuznetsova in the third round.
Erakovic now shifts her focus to
the doubles with playing partner
Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain.
The tournament ’s 16th seeds face
German duo Kristina Barrois and
Annika Beck tomorrow in the second
round on court 16. — APNZ
Erakovic bundled out of French Open singles
The New Zealand Rugby Union yesterday
confirmed that Crusader Zac Guildford’s
contract has been terminated.
General manager of rugby Neil Sorensen said
following discussions with the Crusaders and
Guildford, the national union has agreed to
terminate his contract effective immediately.
Guildford was contracted to the end of this
Super Rugby season but is now free to take up
a new contract he has signed with Clermont
Auvergne in France. Todd Blackadder has not
selected him for any match this season.
“ We’re really disappointed that Zac has
not been able to achieve his full potential in
New Zealand. He is a good man, talented but
troubled,” Sorensen said.
“Zac has struggled to continue to meet the
commitments he made to himself to keep on
top of his personal issues.
“ Ultimately those issues are private to Zac
but all parties agree that cutting ties now is the
“ We hope that a change of environment,
culture, new mates and challenges for this next
stage of his young career will be the catalyst
to springboard him back into the top form we
know he can achieve both on and off the field.
“ We hope he keeps the dream to pursue the
black jersey alive, and returns one day to fulfil
that,” Sorensen said.
of the Otago Daily Times
Everyone likes visiting the
In fact, any trip across the Tasman
is usually a pleasant experience, but
the Highlanders need to buck a
worrying trend if they are going to
come out on top in a vital match
against the Reds in Brisbane tonight.
In their last 10 visits to Australia,
the Highlanders have bagged just
one win and that was over a very
average Rebels team three years ago.
The Highlanders have also been
on the wrong end of the scoreline
against the Reds in recent years
when playing in Q ueensland.
Their last victory against the Reds
in Australia was in 2005.
So, the weight of history is against
the Highlanders, but the game is
won out on the field and not in past
deeds and the record book.
Form and motivation are firmly
in the Highlanders’ corner, and the
visiting team will face a home team
on the slide.
The Reds were fancied to be right
in the mix come play-offs this
season but the wheels have well and
truly fallen off. Th ey have lost their
last six games and will be without
the ser vices of playmaker Quade
Cooper, who is out for four months
with a shoulder injury. Many of
those losses have been very close.
The luck does not appear to have
run the Reds’ way this season.
That eventually turns, and the
Highlanders will be hoping it does
not start tonight. The Highlanders
are still very much in the play-off
equation and this game is a carrot
they need to grab.
Highlanders on the competition
ladder are playing against each other.
Some are going to fall behind. That
is why the Highlanders must win
this match, win it well and go into
the June test window and the three-
week break in a good frame of mind.
Their attack has looked potent at
times this season. They will look to
continue that tonight, and must find
The likes of Ben Smith and
Malakai Fekitoa have been in fine
attacking form, and every chance
that comes along must be taken.
The Reds have conceded 19 tries in
the past four games so there is some
defensive frailty there.
The Highlanders will be looking to
exploit that and use their continuity
game against a Reds side which is
green in some areas.
The Highlanders trained in
Brisbane yesterday but were not
allowed on to Suncorp Stadium as
the ground will have three games
inside six days, following the State
of Origin match on Wednesday
The Broncos take on Manly at the
venue on Sunday afternoon.
The Highlanders have made three
changes to their starting team, all in
the for wards.
Hooker Liam Coltman is over
a calf injury which ruled him out
of last week’s close loss to the
Crusaders and his energy will be
appreciated. Ma’afu Fia comes into
the tighthead role, ahead of Chris
King, who moves to the reser ves.
Gareth Evans swaps places with
Elliot Dixon in the loose for wards
as the D unedin man gets a start.
Evans has looked good coming
off the bench in past weeks while
Dixon had a quiet game against the
The match will be Reds halfback
Will Genia’s 100th game for
Highlanders: Ben Smith (co-
captain), Richard Buckman, Malakai
Fekitoa, Shaun Treeby, Patrick
Osborne, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron
Smith, Nasi Manu (co-captain),
Shane Christie, Gareth Evans, Joe
Wheeler, Jarrad Hoeata, Ma’afu
Fia, Liam Coltman, Kane Hames.
Reser ves: Ged Robinson, Chris
King, Matias Diaz, Tom Franklin,
Elliot Dixon, Fumiaki Tanaka,
Hayden Parker, Phil Burleigh.
NZRU terminates Guildford’s contract
Highlanders keen to turn tables on Reds
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