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Judo Club coach Jason King
shed a tear or three as he watched
Darcina Manuel win bronze at
the Commonwealth Games in
Scotland early this morning.
The 21-year-old, from Gisborne
but based in Perth for the past six
years, won an under-57kg bronze
medal fight against Canadian
It was New Zealand’s third
medal on day one of the games,
following gold and bronze on the
“I got up at 5am but her bronze
medal fight, the last in the
category, didn’t start until around
7.15 so the emotion was building
up,” King said, whose partner
Mellissa Jones fought at the
2002 Commonwealth Games in
“ When she won, the tears
flowed and then when she was on
the dais to get her medal, I cried
again” King admitted.
“This is the club’s first medal
at a Commonwealth Games and
means so much to everyone at the
club, like Kiki (Gisborne coach
Esther Velloza-Reedy, who is in
Glasgow as the New Zealand
“It shows all the young players
coming through that you can
reach the top and win medals. It
will do heaps for the club and of
course it’s brilliant for Darcina.
I’m over the moon, absolutely
Manuel started judo in Gisborne
when she was eight and moved to
Perth with her father Darcy and
Rose six years ago.
“As she moved up through the
ranks in the sport, she was asked
to fight for Australia but told
them there was no chance. She
wanted to wear the silver fern.
“The funding is there in
Australia for judo but she’s a true
Kiwi. Once a Kiwi, always a Kiwi
— that was her attitude.” Seeded
No 1 in the Commonwealth in
her weight class, Manuel had
a bye into round two then lost
narrowly to the eventual silver
medallist from Scotland, putting
her into a repechage.
“The fight against the Scottish
girl went the full four minutes and
the repechage went into overtime,
but once Darcina got into it she
won in about 90 seconds.
“S he has a habit of starting
casually but she always stays
composed and once she gets into
her ground-fighting, that ’s when
she’s at her best.
“ When she choked her
opponent, I knew she had the
bronze,” King said.
“I saw Darcy and Rose sitting
together and you see how proud
they were when Darcina won, just
as we all are here. She has put the
club on the map.”
Friday, July 25, 2014
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New Zealand men’s sprint team Edward Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster celebrate with their gold medals at the Sir Chris
Hoy Velodrome on day one of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Marc Ryan, Pieter Bulling, Dylan Kennett and Shane Archbold celebrate their bronze medal.
New Zealand struck gold for the
first time at the Commonwealth
Games in style at the Chris Hoy
The trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam
Webster and Eddie Dawkins flew
around the 250m track in a games
record time of 43.181 seconds,
eclipsing the record they had set in
qualifying a couple of hours earlier.
immediately lifted his bike above
his head saluting a block of New
Zealand fans, before a New
Zealand flag was produced and
draped around the trio’s shoulders.
They always had their noses in
front of gallant England, who
recorded a time of 43.706s.
As world champions, courtesy
of their victory in Cali, Colombia
earlier this year, they were favourites.
But it is one thing to have that
mantle; another altogether to
justify the tag.
The bronze medal went to
Australia, who comfortably saw off
Canada in the third-fourth ride-off.
There were no hiccups, just top
quality team riding. They were
riding in the order which clearly
works, Mitchell out first, Webster
hammering through the middle
stage with Dawkins charging hard
to complete the job.
The three had excuded a quiet
confidence in their ability to
back up the world championship
They gave the concept of being
beaten barely a thought during
It simply did not come into the
‘’We don’t really think about
anything but the gold. Each
training session is about striving for
that,” Aucklander Mitchell had said
before the day ’s racing began.
The men’s team pursuit won a
bronze, easily, capturing Canada at
around halfway on the journey.
There was a touch of bitter sweet
about it. The riders knew they had a
royal chance to have been riding for
gold but were off their game in the
morning qualifying. They clocked
4min 00.501s, over a second behind
Australia won their eighth gold
in the event, beating England
comfortably, although England
might figure the return of cycling
legend Bradley Wiggins to the
track had paid some benefit.
McKenzie was chuffed about
finishing fourth in a national record
in the 500m time trial.
McKenzie, a late call-up to the
Games squad, more than justified
her inclusion by clocking 34.444s.
Champion Australian Anna
Meares won in a Games record
time of 33.435s with aother Aussie
Stephanie Morton second and
England’s Jess Varnish third.
Two late goals have
seen the men’s Black
Sticks side open their
campaign with a 3-1
victory over Canada in
In a close affair,
New Zealand edged
away from the eighth
ranked Canadians with
second half goals to
Arun Panchia and Phil
Burrows after it was 1-1
New Zealand goalie
made a pair of late saves
to ensure the Black
Sticks picked up a
crucial opening win.
It was a close
encounter in the first
half with both sides
having early chances.
Number two ranked
New Zealand opened
the scoring just seven
minutes in when Andy
Hayward converted a
New Zealand, ranked
sixth in the world, were
awarded the stroke after
Scott Tupper blocked
a crafty penalty corner
with his shoulder.
The Canadians bounced back
quickly though and tied the game
up when Sukhpal Panesar got on
the end of a well-worked cross
with a reverse stick.
The game got more physical
in the second half with both
defensive midfields holding strong.
New Zealand took lead again as
the game moved into the final
quarter when Panchia finished off
a great run into the circle by Steve
Edwards. Canada referred the goal
but it was turned down.
Burrows added a third from a
penalty corner with six minutes to
play with a deft touch deflection
after first laying the ball to the
edge of the circle.
Also in pool B, England thrashed
Trinidad and Tobago 6-1. New
Zealand face Trinidad and Tobago
on Sunday before a crucial match
against England. Malaysia is the
other team pool B. — APNZ
Canada’s Philip Wright and Black Stick Bradley Shaw compete for the ball in
this morning’s match at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
player Paul Coll got
off to a perfect start at
Games, winning his
first competition match
when he took the court
All three New Zealand
men’s squash players easily
advanced to the round
of 32. Coll, Campbell
Grayson and Martin
Knight all beat their
opponents 3-0, however
Coll lost his second round
match to fourth seeded
Indian Sourav Ghosal.
Meanwhile, the second
West Coaster competing
at the Commonwealth
Games, boxer Bowen
Morgan, will be in action
tonight (New Zealand
time) in the welterweight
grade. He is one of the
four of New Zealand’s
who have preliminary
bouts. Other New
Zealand boxers who will
be in action include super
Mailata of Auckland, light
heavyweight David Nyika
Coll off to
Scottish sisters Kimberley and
Louise Renicks landed the host
nation’s first gold medals of the
Commonwealth Games by claiming
judo victories an hour today.
Kimberley, 26, was first to get her
hands on a title after beating India’s
Sushila Likmabam with an ippon
in the -48kg weight category at the
Scottish Exhibition and Conference
Louise, 31, then followed up
by overcoming England’s Kelly
Edwards in a tense -52kg final.
“I watched a bit of my sister’s
fight...but I had to keep myself
focused,” Louise told reporters.
“I feel really proud with us getting
the first gold medals for Scotland
and there is much more to come.”
Scotland’s Stephanie Inglis also
took silver in the women’s -57kg
class while compatriots John
Buchanan (-60kg), James Millar
(-66kg) and Connie Ramsay
(-57kg) all claimed bronzes.
D J Forbes is not short of crowning
moments in his illustrious sevens career but
lunch with the Queen will surely be right
up there for the New Zealand skipper.
The 31-year-old did not even have time to
change out of his dress shirt as he arrived
for today ’s press conference in Glasgow;
standing out like a sore thumb among his
Forbes savoured the occasion and — with
New Zealand bidding for a fifth consecutive
gold at Ibrox Stadium this weekend — he
will now turn his focus to a different kind
of crown at the home of Rangers Football
“I’m not sure how I got nominated, but
to be amongst the Q ueen with some of the
other athletes was special,” Forbes said.
“I met Kate and Wills earlier in the year
and meeting the family has been pretty
good. My etiquette was on point; I made
sure I was sitting properly.
“There wasn’t too much meet and greet.
She was ushered into the dining hall and
the athletes got a chance to take a few
photos. We were pretty reser ved and made
sure we didn’t offend her in anyway. “
Forbes is building up an illustrious list of
regal acquaintances. The royal family are
ardent followers of rugby and there will be
no shortage of interest in this weekend’s
If New Zealand they are going to continue
their record at the Commonwealth Games,
then they must overcome Canada, Scotland
and Barbados in the pool stages.
South Africa, who finished second in
the World Series, will provide the biggest
challenge in the latter stages, but they are
likely to be without Springboks winger
The Toulon star missed the cut-off date to
be named in South Africa’s 12-man squad,
but he has been placed on standby in case
of any injuries. Forbes, however, is not
concerned about a possible face-off with
the XVs star.
“ Everyone knows the game is changing,”
“ No disrespect to Habana, but I think
he knows the pressure that comes with
jumping across to the seven-man code,
where the skillsets and the demands are
“ He could lift the team morale. But the
coach will know that, to be good at sevens,
you’ve got to be playing for a bit longer than
a week. If they do go ahead with him then
so be it, we will see it as an opportunity
to test ourselves against one of the best
wingers in the world.”
New Zealand are unbeaten in 25 games
in Commonwealth competition. Forbes was
part of the victorious team at Delhi 2010
and — after a week-long camp in Holland
he is satisfied with preparations for this
“The camp was top notch,” he said.
“The club we trained at are like a New
Zealand rugby club, in terms of the support
that turned out for us. We played a local
Dutch side and I think 5,000 plus turned
out to our training venue. The facilities were
great, the food was good, and our hotel was
right on the beach, which was good for
Lauren Boyle missed out on a
medal in the 200m freestyle final
at the Commonwealth Games this
Boyle finished fourth behind
England’s Siobhan O’Connor and
Australia’s Bronte Barratt, who took
gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Boyle went into the final with the
third best time in qualifying but
couldn’t stay with the leaders.
“I’m pretty happy. I wasn’t ranked
anywhere near a medal coming in,
so coming fourth is good,” Boyle
told Sky Sport.
“I’m really happy to have a good
200m to start the meet off. I didn’t
really know what to expect coming
in, so it’s good to have some speed
Boyle, the oldest swimmer in the
200m field, will now look to her
favoured 400m and 800m events to
It was in those events that Boyle
claimed bronze in the worlds at
Barcelona last year.
Meanwhile, Corey Main qualified
for the final of the 100m backstroke
after finishing second in his semi.
Samantha Lee was unable to qualify
for the final of the 100m butterfly,
after finishing sixth in her semi.
The relay quartet of Samantha
Samantha Lee, and Ellen Q uirke
were unable to medal in the 4 x 100
freestyle final, finishing fourth. It
was a fast race, with the Australian
quartet posting a world record time.
The relay result was New Zealand’s
third fourth-place finish of the
morning. — APNZ
Andrea Hewitt had her eyes on
providing a golden start to New
campaign. Instead she was left with the
harsh feeling of fourth.
The Kiwi efforts at the Glasgow
Games began in agonising fashion
overnight, with Hewitt huffing and
puffing but unable to break into the
Hewitt had hoped to claim the first
gold medal of the Glasgow Games but,
like at the London Olympics two year
ago, she was unable to manage a medal
after the event dissolved into a straight
The 32-year-old was confident the
hilly course around Strathclyde Park in
Mother well would suit her style but,
on a brilliantly sunny day, the English
athletes were just too strong on the final
Jodie Stimpson, ranked second in
the world, combined with compatriot
Vicky Holland to press the pace on the
run, claiming gold as Holland grabbed
bronze. Canada’s Kirsten Sweetman
took silver, with Hewitt 30 seconds
behind Stimpson in fourth.
Hewitt was smart on the bike,
conser ving her energy in the front group
of 10 knowing she would need it for the
run. And so it proved, with an undulating
course leaving legs weary and the pulse
racing as the run progressed.
Unfortunately for the New Zealander,
the pace on the final lap proved too
brutal. She initially ran with true grit
to bridge a couple of gaps, hanging on
as the leading trio threatened to streak
away, but the writing was well and truly
on the wall.
One final surge from the English
finally shook off Hewitt, her medal
prospects disappearing with a couple of
kilometres to go. Hewitt was proud of
her efforts post-race, saying she “gave
itt everything”, but acknowledged her
opponents were too formidable for her
tired body to counter.
“ I’ve got mixed feelings,” she said. “I
wanted a podium, so fourth’s not a great
result. I did my best — I was in that
front group on the bike but at the start
of the run my legs felt like jelly going up
the first hill.
“The hill on the last lap, with all the
surges, I just couldn’t go with it. I felt my
legs skip, I couldn’t actually pick them
up to get up the hill. I was doing my best
but I couldn’t get up there.”
Elsewhere for New Zealand, Nicky
Samuels came home almost five minutes
back in 10th after leading the New
Zealand team out of the water before
being unable to keep touch on the run.
In a strange way, both Samuels and
the national selectors will feel somewhat
vindicated after the saga that saw her
inclusion in the team coming only after
an appeal. Kate McIlroy finished 12th.
Meanwhile, in the men’s race, New
Zealand were shut out of the medals
in a predictable master-class from the
Brownlee brothers. The English duo
dominated from start to finish, with
Alistair claiming gold ahead of younger
brother Jonny, as South Africa’s Henri
Schoeman took bronze.
Sisters land gold for hosts
Boyle misses out on swimming medal
Forbes dines with Queen
Darcina Manuel with her bronze medal.
Manuel fights for bronze
New Zealand triathletes fall short
Men’s Black Sticks
start win a win
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