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McCartney wins Aussie pole vault

Wellington Eliza McCartney failed to scale the same heights as earlier in the summer but did enough to clinch the pole vault honours at the Australian athletics championships. Olympic bronze medal-winning New Zealander McCartney cleared 4.50m to finish 20cm clear of the field at Sydney Olympic Park. However, the 20-year-old failed in all three attempts at 4.70m. It is five weeks since...

High scores in hockey openers

The first round of competition in the West Coast club hockey produced some high scores in both the men's and women's divisions. In the men's competition on Saturday, Hokitika started their match well against Karoro, with some good passing and structure. As the game progressed, Karoro's Jamie Green, Michael Cook and Connor McLean found chinks in the Hokitika defence and...

Pulse ready for Magic

Wellington Central Pulse are pushing for improvement when they face Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in a clash of unbeaten national netball premiership teams in Rotorua. Coach Yvette McCausland-Durie was delighted the Pulse were able to overcome early-season rust to pip the Northern Mytics 56-55 in their opening-round match last week. However, she says the level they reached will not be enough...

Jamaica unleashes new sprint star

Jamaica Jamaica may have another sprinting sensation on their hands, after a 12-year-old female athlete posted a record time at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships over the weekend. Brianna Lyston left her competitors in her wake to win the 200m race in the Caribbean nation, clocking a time of 23.72 seconds almost within two seconds of the senior world record...

New Zealand teams clean-sweep Aussies

Sydney All-conquering New Zealand have underlined their dominance of Super Rugby with another merciless whitewash of Australian opposition. The Crusaders' 41-22 victory over the NSW Waratahs yesterday not only rounded off a miserable weekend for Australian franchises, it also set a new tournament record for the seven-time champions from Christchurch. The undefeated Crusaders retain top spot on the table after racking up...

Phoenix stuns Victory

Melbourne Roly Bonevacia fired Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory last night. Dutch-born livewire Bonevacia struck two long-range first-half goals to put the Nix in control at AAMI Park, with substitute Shane Smeltz adding a third in the 89th minute. Wellington arrived in Melbourne as the only team with something to play for and it showed. While the...

Federer back to No 4 after Miami win

Miami Roger Federer will return to fourth in the world rankings after beating his long-time Spanish rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win a third Miami Open title. Federer, who sat out the second half of 2016 with a knee problem, now owns three trophies since January, when he started it all as he beat Nadal in an epic Australian Open...

Black Sticks steal draw with Aussies

Wellington Erin Goad scored a late equaliser for New Zealand to snatch a 1-1 result against Australia on day two of the women's Festival of Hockey tournament in Hastings. The Hockeyroos appeared on track for their first win courtesy of a first-quarter goal to Laura Barden. However, they could not prevent Goad scoring with less than two minutes remaining. New Zealand pick up...

Comets dominate six-a-side

Comets were the dominant team in the women's section of the West Coast Football six-a-side tournament played on Saturday. Teams played each other once, the top two going into the final to face off in a single game. Comets won all five pool games, plus the final, without conceding a single goal, winning the final 3-0 against the Goblins. In the pool,...

Foran: Warriors missing link

Sydney Kieran Foran is back in the NRL and already he is promising to be the steadying influence the Warriors have been yearning for. After 307 days on the sidelines, Foran had an immediate impact in his New Zealand Warriors club debut, scoring a decisive try in their 28-22 win over the Gold Coast at Mt Smart Stadium yesterday. With his side down...
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