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Brisbane have extended
Canberra’s miserable run with a
Dale Copley double lifting the
Broncos to a 28-4 NRL victory
The barnstorming win at
Canberra Stadium was Brisbane’s
fourth straight, while it was the
Raiders’ fifth loss in their last six
It capped off a torrid week
for the Raiders in which James
Tedesco publicly backflipped on
a lucrative deal with the club.
Copley bagged both tries in
the first half — his second double
in as many weeks — although it
was not enough to jag him a
spot in the maroons’ 22-man
Origin squad announced at half-
fullback Anthony Milford and
Josh Papalii were named in
that squad, however both were
limping throughout the second
half in another worrying sign for
Papalii even left the field late.
The Raiders had their chances
but lacked execution and
constantly pushed one too many
Brisbane’s Jack Reed marked
dangerous Raiders centre Jack
Wighton superbly, copping a
head knock for his efforts yet
returning after concussion tests.
The Raiders sur vived several
early scares, holding their
opposition scoreless for the
opening 20 minutes for just the
third time this season.
The Broncos were on the board
just three minutes later when a
half-break from maroons centre
Justin Hodges resulted in Copley
scoring in the corner for his 10th
try of the season.
The Raiders struggled under
the high ball throughout the
night, in particular winger Reece
Robinson, and it was not long
before Copley swooped on his
crumbs to bag a second and give
the Broncos a 12-0 lead into the
The opening exchanges of the
second half were fiery, Raiders
for ward Paul Vaughan and Josh
McGuire both put on report
within three minutes of play
resuming for dangerous tackles.
Robinson then fumbled another
high ball and McGuire slipped
through the Raiders’ defence for
an 18-0 lead.
McGuire was in the thick of
it again when he was placed on
report for a second time for a late
hit on Milford.
Lock Shaun Fensom finally
got the Raiders on the board
when he scrambled over in the
69th minute, but the missed
conversion attempt and tries
to Ben Barba and Alex Glenn
crushed any hopes of a
The Raiders confirmed after the
match that Papalii would miss
three to four weeks, ruling him
out of Origin two.
“ Injuries happen, you just have
to deal with it and see how you
bounce back,” Papalii said.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart
was frustrated that his side was
not getting “rewarded for their
He was also left lamenting
missed catches under the high
“One missed tackle, and two
dropped bombs and we’re 18
points behind,” he said.
“ We’re just doing the little
things wrong at the moment.
And little things in this game
add up to big results. ”
It was Brisbane’s fifth win in-
a-row on the road, and Broncos
co-captain Justin Hodges praised
his side’s goal line defence.
“It was outstanding,” he said.
“There were times there in the
first half where they had three
sets back-to-back. They threw
everything at us there and our
main goal tonight was for just
everyone to turn up for each
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Broncos Sam Thaiday is tackled during their match with the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium last night in Canberra.
The Melbourne Vixens maintained
their composure to be the first team
to win through to the trans-Tasman
netball grand final last night.
The minor premiers never
conceded the lead in a 52-47 victory
over the Queensland Firebirds in
their major semi-final at Hisense
Arena in Melbourne.
The Vixens had lost their last three
finals — two play-off games last
year and the 2012 grand final — but
stayed calm when challenged by the
Firebirds in the final quarter.
The home side dominated the first
quarter to grab a seven-goal lead,
but the Firebirds got as close as two
goals in the third quarter and three
goals in the last term.
position that I saw the Swifts in,”
Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield
said, referring to the NSW Swifts’
minor semi-final loss on Sunday
when they led by five goals before
losing in the final seconds.
“ We knew we had a second chance,
but we did not want to use it.”
The Vixens get a week off before
the decider, while the Firebirds will
host the preliminary final against
the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic,
who pipped the Swifts.
Both sides started ner vously with
errors, wild passes and poor goal-
shooting accuracy punctuating the
The Vixens soon settled, with
Madi Robinson, Liz Watson and
Kate Moloney in the mid-court
giving better delivery to shooters
Karyn Bailey (25 goals from 29
attempts) and Tegan Caldwell (27
At the other end, the Vixens’
defenders Geva Mentor and Bianca
Chatfield were able to get their
hands on enough ball to cut down
the supply to Firebirds shooters
Romelda Aiken (35 from 41) and
Amy Wild (12 from 15).
At quarter time, the Vixens led
16-9 and appeared in control.
The Firebirds lifted and with
better work in the mid-court and
patience in their all-court defence,
they slowly worked their way back
into the match.
Midway through the third quarter,
they trailed by just two goals and
appeared to have the momentum.
The Vixens responded to the
pressure, scoring six of the next
seven goals, with Caldwell sinking
several long-range shots to restore
control for the Vixens.
Firebirds coach Roselee Jenkce
praised her side’s tenacious spirit
but bemoaned a poor start.
“ We let them out to that lead in
the first quarter and you can’t play
catch up with the Vixens, you really
do need to make sure you stay in
touch,” she said.
“Our first quarter — we were
tentative, we didn’t take our drives,
we didn’t back ourselves and in a
final you need to be courageous and
New Zealand’s medal ambitions at the
women’s hockey World Cup ended at
The Hague last night.
The Black Sticks, ranked fifth, had to
beat Australia, ranked one spot higher,
in the final pool A game for both
teams. Instead the match, played in hot,
draining conditions, finished in a 0-0
As coach Mark Hager had predicted
earlier in the tournament, their 1-0 loss
to Korea — a game they had targeted as
must-win — came back to haunt them.
New Zealand had the better of the
game overall, had six shots to Australia’s
two in an often-scrappy but tense and
The best chance fell to Auckland
striker Krystal Forgesson, after fine work
down the right by midfielder Anita Punt
shortly before half-time.
Punt pulled the ball back for the
experienced Forgesson to have a clear,
and clean strike from 6m and she struck
it just wide of the post.
Australia did get the ball in the net
early in the second half but quick
thinking by Forgesson, with captain
Kayla Whitelock sitting out a two-
minute suspension, who appealed to the
umpires had the call reversed.
Australia had failed to take the free
hit leading up to the goal with the ball
moving instead of stationary.
Striker Olivia Merry got a one-on -
one chance with Australia’s goalkeeper
Rachel Lynch in the eighth minute but
Lynch blocked the shot.
New Zealand’s one penalty corner —
to two for the Aussies — had Lynch
block Punt ’s low drive.
There was a pile of running and effort
from both teams, with Whitelock and
midfielder Stacey Michelsen particularly
notable contributors, but ultimately
frustration for the Black Sticks.
They will now play a classification
match, either on Friday or Saturday,
depending on their final placing in the
New Zealand finished with two wins,
two losses and a draw for seven points,
while Australia ended with 10 points.
Their hopes of finishing second in the
group and qualify for the semi-finals,
depended on the world No 1 Dutch
beating Korea in a game to be played
early tomorrow. — NZ Herald
Jimmy Neesham has joined a
unique list in test cricket after
scoring his second test century on
day two of the opening test against
the West Indies at Sabina Park.
Neesham became just the eighth
player in the history of test cricket
to score centuries in his first two
tests — and the first to do it
against two different opponents.
He was eventually dismissed for
107, caught behind off the bowling
of spinner Sulieman Ben. Neesham
and B J Watling put on 201 for the
sixth wicket to put New Zealand
in a strong position during the
final session after West Indies spin
bowlers did the damage before
Watling fell 11 runs short of his
fourth test century and the chance
to score back-to-back test tons as
New Zealand declared on 508 for
seven. Tim Southee hit a quickfire
21 from seven balls, including two
sixes to get the Black Caps past
New Zealand declared following
Watling’s dismissal, caught in the
Neesham scored his debut ton
(137 not out) against India at the
Basin Reser ve in Wellington at
the start of the year. He batted
alongside Brendon McCullum in
New Zealand’s second innings of
the test as his skipper became the
first New Zealander to reach 300.
Watling also scored a century
in that innings against India, his
third, putting on a record sixth
wicket 352-run partnership with
In the morning session, New
Zealand’s No 3 Kane Williamson,
who dominated day one with his
sixth test century, eventually went
to Benn for 113.
Former skipper Ross Taylor,
overnight 34, scored a resolute 55
at Sabina Park.
Earlier, Williamson and Taylor
patiently stretched their third-
wicket stand to 85 in the first 45
minutes before Benn knocked
back Williamson’s off stump as
the batsman played no stroke.
Williamson hit 12 fours off 298
Shane Shillingford soon added
the scalp of Taylor, who chipped
an ondrive to Kirk Edwards at
midwicket. Taylor hit eight fours
in just under three hours.
New Zealand quickly dipped to
279-5 when Benn got one to turn
and bounce. McCullum’s edge
went to Chris Gayle at slip via the
shoulder of wicketkeeper Denesh
Centuries in first two tests. — Bill
Ponsford (Australia) vs England,
Sydney and Melbourne, 1924-
5; Doug Walters (Australia) vs
England, Brisbane and Melbourne,
1965-66; Alvin Kallicharran
(West Indies) vs New Zealand,
Georgetown and Port of Spain,
1972; Mohammad Azharuddin
(India) vs England, Kolkata and
Chennai, 1984-85; Greg Blewett
(Australia) vs England, Adelaide
and perth, 1994-95; Sourav
Ganguly (India) vs England,
Lord’s and Notthingham, 1996;
Rohit Sharma (India) vs West
Indies, Kolkata and Mumbai,
2013; Jimmy Neesham (New
Zealand) v India and West Indies,
Wellington and Kingston, 2014.
Queensland ’s injury woes deepened
last night when forward Josh Papalii was
ruled out an hour after being named in
a 22-man squad for June 18’s must-win
second State of Origin clash.
The maroons had already been forced
to name five extra players with doubts
over the fitness of Greg Inglis, Billy
Slater, Daly Cherry-Evans and Cameron
While those players will all be given
until the end of the week to prove their
fitness, Papalii was immediately ruled out
after rolling his ankle late in Canberra’s
28-4 loss to the Broncos.
The 22-year-old will be forced to sit out
three to four weeks, putting him in doubt
for Origin III and opening the door
for Warriors forward Jacob Lillyman to
return to Queensland’s set-up following
his selection in the extended game-two
“I’ve been carrying this injury for a
while now and knew if I kept going I
wouldn’t be helping the boys,” Papalii
“I’ve got to go back and get it right.”
Despite the concerns over so many
players, Queensland chairman of
selectors Des Morris says the extended
squad is hopefully nothing more than
a case of being overly cautious and it is
hoped none of those carrying injuries
will be ruled out.
“Everyone thinks they ’ll be right but
we all know that they all want to play and
they ’re all keen,” Morris told AAP.
“Sometimes that clouds your judgment
a bit so we’re just taking a precaution by
naming the extra guys.
“The bottom line is we need to start
training as a team anyway. By bringing
these guys in, the guys that are in doubt,
if they aren’t available to train we can
have a full training squad and give the
rest of the team a bit of an idea of what’s
Inglis’ ankle injury remains the biggest
worry as the maroons head into camp,
after he suffered a syndesmosis injury
during South Sydney ’s win over the
Warriors in Perth on Saturday night.
If the superstar centre cannot prove
his fitness, Melbourne’s Will Chambers
looks the most likely candidate to replace
him in what would be his Origin debut.
Veteran Willie Tonga and Raiders
fullback Anthony Milford are also in
contention but their selection appears
to be more about providing cover for
fullback Slater, who has not played since
injuring his shoulder in game one in
Brisbane on May 28.
Milford said he will head up to the
camp with the mindset that he will be
“I think you have to,” he said. “Just to
take the camp as serious as you can and
prepare just in case. Look what happened
to Cronk in week one.”
There’s also doubts over Cherry-Evans,
poised to take the halfback spot with
Cooper Cronk’s broken arm from game
one ruling him out of the remainder of
The Manly half failed to finish last
weekend’s win by the Sea Eagles over
Canterbury due to a knee injury, leaving
the possibility of Brisbane No 7 Ben
Hunt being given the chance to debut
Hunt said the call-up had left him
“It’s always the goal. But it wasn’t for
this year,” he said. “I was just trying to
play good footy for the Broncos and
was lucky enough to get selected in that
squad. I was just speechless. Didn’t really
know what to do.”
Cameron Smith’s ankle injury from
game one is less of a worry with the
maroons’ skipper playing in both of the
Storm’s NRL fixtures since the Origin
The other new face from the game one
squad is for ward Sam Thaiday, who earns
an instant recall after missing game one
due to a calf injury.
Darius Boyd, Will
Chambers, Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt
Gillett, Aidan Guerra, Justin Hodges,
Ben Hunt, Greg Inglis, Jacob Lillyman,
Chris McQ ueen, Anthony Milford, Nate
Myles, Josh Papalii, Corey Parker, Matt
Scott, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Brent
Tate, Ben Te’o, Sam Thaiday, Johnathan
Thurston, Willie Tonga. — A AP
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Black Sticks Sophie Cocks takes on Ausralia’s Anna Flanagan.
Draw ends NZ’s World Cup ambitions
puts him in
STATE OF ORIGIN
Papalii out as maroons’ injury woes deepen
Broncos add to Raiders’ misery
The West Coast rugby league draw for the weekend
Monteith’s Brewery Championship, Sunday,
2.30pm: Runanga v Cobden-Kohinoor, Jellyman Park
(G Lindsay); Suburbs v Brunner, Karoro (K Willman).
Westland Milk under-18 Championship, 1pm:
Suburbs v Brunner, Karoro (P Gibson).
Senior league draw
Vixens take easy road
to trans-Tasman finals
Firebirds to face Magic
The Magic’s Ellen Halpenny
will step into the Silver Ferns
shooting spot left vacant following
the unexpected retirement of
Irene van Dyk for next month’s
Halpenny is the only uncapped
player named in the 12-strong team
for the Glasgow tournament after
being elevated from outside the
wider Silver Ferns squad straight
into the test line-up for the pinnacle
event. The 23-year-old Cantabrian,
who moved north to the Magic last
year, has been New Zealand ’s best
performing goal attack across the
trans-Tasman league season, landing
more goals than both Maria Tutaia
and Pulse veteran Donna Wilkins at
an accuracy rate of just under 82%.
Halpenny is joined by recalled
veterans Liana L eota and Anna
Harrison as the key changes to the
side. Leota, who returned to the
court late in the season following
the birth of her third child in
March, last played for the Ferns in
2011, while Harrison missed the
2013 international season due to
Leota is joined by the Steel’s
Shannon Francois in the midcourt,
with in-form Magic wing attack
Grace Rasmussen and the Pulse’s
Camilla L ees the unlucky players
to miss selection in a tight race.
New Zealand coach Waimarama
Taumaunu said there were some
tough selection decisions but she
and the national selectors are
confident the 12 players selected
provided a strong combination of
youth and experience.
While Halpenny has been in
strong form for the Magic, many
had tipped the selectors would
plump for Mystics utility Bailey
Mes in the fourth shooting spot.
Despite limited court time at
ANZ Championship level, Mes
was expected to be the frontrunner
having toured England with the
Ferns at the beginning of the year.
Taumaunu said Halpenny ’s
versaility and greater experience in
the trans-Tasman league gave her
“ We are pleased to be able to name
a new cap in the team, Ellen has had
a very strong ANZ Championship
season with the Magic, her addition
to the side means we have cover for
both GA and GS,” Taumaunu said.
New Zealand Olympic Com-
mittee chief executive Kereyn
Smith said that she was delighted to
welcome the players to the team for
Glasgow 2014. “Netball is one of the
highlights of the Commonwealth
Games and we know New
Zealanders will be right behind the
players named today,” she said.
“Glasgow 2014 will feature the
world’s best netball teams all vying
for the gold medal. The competition
will be tough but we have no doubts
our team will be ready for the
Halpenny, Francois, Cathrine
Latu, and Jodi Brown will all be
attending their first Commonwealth
Games for New Zealand.
Brown was named in the New
Zealand team in 2006,but was forced
to withdraw due to injury while Latu
has previously represented Samoa at
a Commonwealth Games.
The Ferns leave New Zealand on
July 14 and head to Bath, England
for a week-long training camp before
making their way up to Scotland
for the games. New Zealand are
the defending Commonwealth
champions after defeating Australia
in Delhi four years ago in a thrilling
double extra time match.
Silver Ferns: Casey Kopua
(captain), Laura Langman (vice-
captain), Jodi Brown, Leana de
Bruin, Shannon Francois, Katrina
Grant, Ellen Halpenny, Anna
Harrison, Joline Henry, Cathrine
Latu, Liana L eota and Maria Tutaia.
Halpenny joins Silver Ferns
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