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The Greymouth Fat Max’s
Gym powerlifting team
cleaned up at the South Island
championships, in D unedin at
The seven Greymouth
powerlifters either won or
came second in their various
classes, and all have now
qualified for the New Zealand
National Championships to
be held in Christchurch in
Jordan Paterson took top
place in the junior 105kg
contest by lifting 220kg in the
squat, 140kg in the bench and
230kg in the deadlift.
In the women’s open 83kg
event, Jennie Bell won with a
135kg squat, 80kg bench and
180kg deadlift. She was also
named best woman lifter in
her class and won the trophy
for the best overall woman.
Steve Barnes won the
masters II 74 class, lifting
192kg in the squat, 128kg in
the bench and 22kg in the
Barnes was named the top
male lifter in his class.
Matt Gardyne was first in the
open 83kg class with a 245kg
squat, 155kg bench and 255kg
James Mathieson, competing
in the open 120kg class, took
out first place with a 240kg
squat, 135kg bench and 245kg
deadlift, and in the open 93kg
class, Sam Coleman won with
a 230kg squat, 190kg bench
and 280kg deadlift.
Matt Blanchfield was also in
good form, placed second in
the junior 93kg class, lifting
150kg in the squat, 95kg bench
and 195kg deadlift.
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The triumphant Greymouth powerlifting team from Fat Max’s Gym — Jordan Paterson, back
left, Matt Blanchfield, James Mathieson, Jennie Bell, Matt Gardyne and Sam Coleman, front left,
and Steve Barnes.
Coast powerlifters win gold
A brilliant individual goal by
striker Simon Child earned New
Zealand a 1-1 draw with hosts
the Netherlands in their final
men’s World Cup pool B game
in The Hague today.
The Dutch had taken a first-
half lead through a sharp reverse
stick shot by Valentin Verga,
helped by sloppy marking, after
However New Zealand toiled
hard, created chances and were
richly rewarded when Child went
on a 30m run, swer ved past four
Dutch tacklers before spinning
and slapping a shot past Dutch
goalkeeper Jaap Stockman.
New Zealand had three penalty
corners but drag flick maestro
Andy Hayward was thwarted on
each occasion by the impressive
The world No 3 Dutch also had
three opportunities from the set
piece, but were unable to convert.
Goalkeeper Hamish McGregor
marshaled a resolute New
Zealand defence, and Child gave
the sixth-ranked Black Sticks
an immensely satisfying result.
Olympic champions Germany
tonked Korea 6-1 but missed out
on the last four.
Child was pleased with his
effort but felt New Zealand’s
overall performance at the cup
had been below what they had
The 3-1 loss to semi-finalists
Argentina had damaged their
hopes, he admitted.
‘‘It’s always nice to score goals
on the big stage so I was really
pleased about that,” the Auckland
‘‘It was a fantastic game for us,
a great atmosphere and Holland
are a fantastic team.
‘‘But we were a little bit
disappointed in the Argentina
game. We had targed that as a
Child felt the Black Sticks
had struggled to put together a
consistent run of form over the
course of their five round robin
New Zealand will play Spain
for seventh on Sunday night
while the women’s Black Sticks
will play China — at No 7
ranked two places lower than the
New Zealanders — for fifth spot
on Saturday night.
The Netherlands finished top
of the group despite the draw
and will now face fourth-ranked
England in the semi-finals.
The other semi-final will be
between world No 1 Australia
and 11th-ranked Argentina, who
confirmed their place with a 5-1
win over South Africa.
The women’s semi-finals will
have the top-ranked Dutch
against Argentina, and Australia
against surprise packages the
— NZ Herald
New Zealand are in pole position to claim
the first test against the West Indies after a
dominant third day in Kingston.
The tourists dismissed the home side for
262 midway through today ’s final session,
seizing a first-innings lead of 262 runs,
before losing a couple of late wickets to take
some gloss off proceedings.
The Black Caps will still be more than
content with the way the match lies heading
into the final two days at Sabina Park, with
Tom Latham and night watchman Ish Sodhi
set to resume tomorrow.
The pair will begin with an advantage of
260 runs in the chase for New Zealand’s first
test victory overseas since 2012. The chances
of achieving that were aided chiefly by
paceman Tim Southee and debutant Mark
Craig, who combined for eight wickets to rip
through the Windies’ batting order.
enforcing the follow-on, instead giving New
Zealand a chance to rack up an unassailable
advantage, but that search began poorly
when Peter Fulton was caught behind for a
Fulton’s dismissal, slashing at a wide half-
volley from Jerome Taylor, came after a
failure in the first innings and the opener’s
days in a black cap could be numbered.
First innings centurion Kane Williamson
then shouldered arms to a straightening
delivery from Kemar Roach, leaving Latham
(8no) and Sodhi (4no) to see their side
through to stumps.
Earlier, after beginning the day on 19-0 in
reply to New Zealand’s 508-7 declared, Craig
ended the West Indies’ opening partnership
by trapping Kieran Powell in front for 28.
The Otago off-spinner struck again just
two balls later to remove Kirk Edwards for
a duck and, the following over, things got
worse for the hosts when Darren Bravo was
also dismissed without scoring, the victim of
a caught-and-bowled by Ish Sodhi.
The New Zealand spin duo left the
Windies teetering at 97-3 at the lunch break,
although dangerman Chris Gale was still at
the crease, unbeaten on 59. The opener’s stint
did not last much longer, however, denied a
century in his 100th test when Southee had
him caught behind for 64.
Southee followed up that key wicket by
trapping Marlon Samuels for a duck, leaving
the Windies trailing by more than 400 runs
with only five first-innings wickets in hand.
After a brief period on consolidation
between Shivnarine Chanderpaul (43no)
and Denesh Ramdin (39), Southee struck
again to remove the Windies’ captain and
reduce the home side to 176-6 at tea.
Craig made early inroads in the final
session of the day, claiming the scalps of
Kemar Roach and Sulieman Benn to finish
with figures of 4-91 in his first run in the
national side, while Southee took the final
wicket to fall to record 4-19 . — APNZ
Black Caps in control
Child earns Dutch draw
Having achieved the miraculous in leading
Oracle Team USA to the America’s Cup last
year, Ben Ainslie has set his sights on arguably
a greater challenge: returning sport’s oldest
trophy to Britain for the first time since 1851.
Ainslie, regarded by some as the greatest
Olympic sailor, confirmed today he is building
a team with the goal of returning the “Auld
Mug” to Britain, which lost the first America’s
Cup race to the yacht America and has never
won it back.
He fulfilled a childhood dream of winning
the competition when he masterminded
Orcale’s come-from-behind 9-8 victory over
Emirates Team New Zealand, after standing
on the brink of defeat at 8-1 down in the first-
Now he wants to satisfy another in leading
his homeland to victory in 35th America’s
Cup in 2017.
“Can we win it? Yeah, we can,” Ainslie said at
the launch of the America’s Cup Challenge at
the Royal Museums Greenwich in south-east
“I don’t think any of us would be standing
here if we didn’t think this was winnable. We’ve
put together a very strong core group. Yes, it ’s
a huge challenge, to take on Larry Ellison
and to take on Oracle is one of the toughest
challenges in sport, but we’re determined to do
that and we’ve got a great group of people.”
Having experienced a cup campaign with
Oracle’s software mogul owner Ellison and
his extensive reserves of funding, Ben Ainslie
Racing will be a more frugal affair — albeit
one with a £80 million ($NZ157.2 million)
budget. Around 40% of that has been secured
from wealthy benefactors, but the operation is
still searching for a naming rights sponsor and
other corporate backers.
Perennial contenders New Zealand, with
support from their government, have managed
to remain competitive on a budget much
smaller than their American rivals.
Ainslie is confident their funding target
is enough to give them a fighting chance of
“ We’ve actually been pretty firm with our
budget the whole way through, with half
an idea of where the cup was going and the
challenges ahead,” he said.
“Really, it ’s taking it down to focusing on
the design, the logistics and, of course, having
the best possible talent we can have,” Ainslie,
who won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games
followed by four consecutive golds, explained.
“ We really need to be very focused. It’s a
target to give us a winning team, but this
isn’t a Larry Ellison budget so we need to be
extremely focused with the money that we do
Ainslie spoke of being inspired by watching
Peter de Savary ’s America’s Cup boats training
off Falmouth in Cornwall as a youngster, but
given the money and prestige at stake in the
current competition there is little place for
The cup has been marred in recent years by
off-the-water bickering, and with defender
Oracle having negotiated the rules for the next
cup with Team Australia’s Hamilton Island
Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record, there
is likely to be plenty more debate. — Reuters
Among the new protocols, 2017’s cup will be
sailed with a similar but smaller version of the
72-foot, wing-sail catamarans used in 2013.
The new 62-foot boats, called AC62s, will be
crewed by eight people, three fewer than last
Two of those crew in 2017 must be nationals
of the country of the yacht club represented,
while perhaps most importantly, the venues
for the challenger series and America’s Cup
have yet to be decided.
Ainslie favoured a return to San Francisco,
venue for last year’s Cup, and acknowledged
there were concerns over the rules and
regulations for the next regatta that needed to
be worked through. — Reuters
Ainslie vows to take Auld Mug back to Britain
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