Archive for July, 2018

  • Haddin patched up and poised for Test captaincy

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    Brad Haddin is set to continue his remarkable career revival when the Cricket Australia board receives a recommendation that the patched-up wicketkeeper be Australia’s 45th Test captain.
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    With Michael Clarke facing a stint on the sidelines, the selectors have decided to avoid anointing a long-term successor to the ailing skipper and instead concentrate on the here and now. Haddin is the official vice-captain but he has been in doubt for the first Test against India since partially dislocating a shoulder during the Abu Dhabi Test.

    However, CA has enough confidence in his fitness to appoint the tough wicketkeeper-batsman as captain for the first Test against India in Brisbane from December 4. He will also represent NSW in the Sheffield Shield game that precedes the Test series.

    Haddin, a former Australia under-19 captain who has led NSW, has been an influential senior figure in the Australian teams since returning to a fractured dressing room during the 2013 tour of India and helped drag the Test side out of the mire. His ascent to acting captain, assuming there are no further dramas with his shoulder between now and the first Test, is a testament to the 37-year-old’s resilience, given that just two summers ago he was overlooked after taking compassionate leave while his daughter was seriously ill.

    The Gundagai-raised gloveman’s toughness was also evident in Abu Dhabi, where he came out to bat and even kept for a while despite his shoulder being black and blue.

    “This is a board matter but I will be applying to the board for Brad Haddin to be the captain of Australia. Nice and simple,” said Cricket Australia team performance chief Pat Howard.

    “Brad has been very good in this process of supporting his captain so we’re not looking for a succession planning captain at this time. We are looking for a person that is ready to go now. We’ve got a lot of other people who in the future might put their hands up but we’ve got a very clear framework of what we’re going with.”

    Howard declined to nominate a vice-captain but it could be an important choice if Haddin lands heavily on his shoulder again, an occupational hazard for wicketkeepers.

    “There’s no one confirmed at this point,” he said. “The fact Brad’s going to be playing in the next round of shield probably alleviates that. We think he’ll be playing and if we need a vice-captain, and injuries happen, we’ll have to think about that.”

    Steve Smith and David Warner both have leadership experience but CA is clearly wary of burdening a young player with the tag of “Next Test captain”. Among the more experienced alternatives, Shane Watson captained one Test in India when Clarke had a back injury while Chris Rogers has captained Middlesex.

    “What we are trying to avoid is to anoint anybody,” Howard said.

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  • Kangaroos furious over forward pass ruling

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    Dylan Walker draws the defender and prepares to throw a pass to Sione Mata’utia Mata’utia picks up the ball before it is ruled forward.
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    Here is the moment the Kangaroos believe they were dudded a try to winger Sione Mata’utia which could have seen them retain their Four Nations trophy against New Zealand.

    Mata’utia scooped up a pass from teammate Dylan Walker before racing into the corner to score what seemed to be a match-equalling try in the dying stages of the game. But referee Phil Bentham – on advice from Australian touch judge Jason Walsh – ruled the pass had travelled forward. Bentham reacted instantly to Walsh’s call. The pass – at worst – was line ball and privately Kangaroos officials are seething. They are adamant Walker’s pass was legal, and Mata’utia scored which would have given skipper Cameron Smith a match-winning sideline conversion attempt.

    It capped an unhappy relationship between the Kangaroos and the match officials throughout the tournament. The Kangaroos grew tired of their opponents’ wrestling tactics and felt there were several inaccuracies throughout the competition. It is understood Australian coach Tim Sheens will take his frustrations to referees’ boss Tony Archer this week. Test matches being controlled by one referee – not two, as in the NRL – and the preference for neutral referees caused the Kangaroos the most angst.

    Mata’utia still had a challenge to score the try, but the Newcastle winger believed he touched the ball down inside the sideline.

    “I got it down definitely,” Mata’utia said. “I’m not too sure about the pass. It’s a bit blurry but I know I got it down. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the try. That’s footy.

    “All I knew was that I had to get the ball down to give it a chance. The ref thought it was forward. Whatever the ref says goes, so I can’t really say much.”

    Mata’utia was left shattered at the decision. He needed to be consoled by senior Kangaroos teammates after the game.

    “I was flying,” Mata’utia said when he thought he scored. “I was on top of the moon. Then I looked back and the referee gave the signal that it was a forward pass. It was gut wrenching. There was no come back after that. I was a bit emotional after it. Smithy [Cameron Smith] and Coops [Cooper Cronk] came in and gave me a bit of advice.

    “They told me to keep my head up and I’m young and I have a bright future ahead of me and hopefully plenty more games in the green and gold. After [the game] I’ve changed my goals to get that trophy back. Hopefully if I do get a jersey, and get another crack I can get that trophy back.”

    Smith was also of the belief Mata’utia had scored.

    “From where I was standing I thought it was good,” Smith said. “If it was forward then it wasn’t any more forward than their pass to score in the corner in the first half. We’re not going to blame that. We left our run too late and they were good enough to hold on.”

    Meanwhile, Mata’utia revealed he played the bulk of the second half with a popped rib thanks to a bullocking Manu Vatuvei. Vatuvei barged over the top of Mata’utia twice to score, but it was his 62nd minute try which left Mata’utia nursing damaged ribs.

    “I felt it popped twice,” Mata’utia said. “I thought it was another knock. I was carrying an injury from last week.

    “I looked at Coops and Coops was like ‘mate you have to stay in the game’. I tried my best. I’m paying for it now. They don’t call [Vatuvei] the best for nothing. I closed my eyes and grit my teeth and went in hard. He got the better of me. It’s a lesson learnt. Hopefully I get the chance to go against him again.”

    Scoring the match winning try would have capped a dream tournament for Mata’utia who became Australia’s youngest ever player when he made his debut against England.

    “Not many 18-year-olds can go through this,” Mata’utia said. “It’s something every kid dreams of. I’ve always dreamed of putting on the green and gold.”

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  • Kiwis centre Dean Whare made baby dash before Four-Nations final win

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    Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters
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    Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters

    Who’s your daddy?: Dean Whare was a rock for New Zealand against Australia Photo: Hannah Peters

    Kiwis centre Dean Whare made a mad mercy dash to Sydney to be at his partner’s side for the birth of their second child just days before Saturday’s Four Nations final.

    Whare broke from New Zealand camp on Tuesday before returning to Wellington two days later to rejoin the side in time for their final training session.

    Coach Stephen Kearney allowed Whare to visit Sydney to watch partner Natasha give birth to Zahlia, a younger sister to Mia who turns two next month.

    “The start of the tour I knew my Mrs was due soon,” Whare said. “I let [Kearney] know and he was 100 per cent behind me.  He gave me the time off and it was a little bit of a freshen up. I was comforting my partner. It gave me a lot of energy and motivation to try and not win this just for my country and the boys but for my family.”

    Whare missed just one training session while in Sydney. The Penrith centre considered pulling out of the tournament so he could guarantee his presence at the birth.

    “If my partner was going to give a natural birth I would have stayed home but lucky enough she was booked in for a caesarean so the date was booked in and everything was ready to go,” Whare said. “She let me come here which was good for me.

    “I missed the Wednesday [training] session. We’ve been playing since February so I don’t think it would make a difference if I missed one session. I was happy that I had a nice little healthy girl.”

    Whare played a starring role in helping the Kiwis secure their first piece of international silverware since 2010 when they claimed the Four Nations with a 22-18 victory against the Kangaroos on Saturday night. He kept the dangerous Michael Jennings at bay and minimised the impact of Australia’s best attacking option.

    “Both of them coming on the same week is pretty awesome and pretty surreal,” Whare said. “I haven’t been in a final since back in school days. To win one is even better.

    “I’m always thinking about my family and they were definitely going through my mind during the game.”

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  • Big win puts Townview into final

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    TOWNVIEW Cricket Club has qualified for the Mount Isa Cricket Association Twenty20 final after defeating Western Bulls at the weekend.
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    ALL ROUND PERFORMER: Wayne Wood is proving to be one of Townview’s most important players with another strong game at the weekend.

    Needing a big win to boost its percentage, Townview restricted Bulls to only 117 from 20 overs, after earlier making 199.

    “We spoke about the need to try and win this match by the largest margin that we could,” Townview vice-captain Billy Baillie said.

    “With Panthers losing to the Challengers, we knew there was no reason to have a crack.”

    Townview had many batsmen make starts, but middle-order pair Chris Phillips (43) and Wayne Wood (47) had a strong partnership.

    “This was only Wayne’s second match for us and his first Twenty20 match after playing in the six-a-side last week,” Baillie said.

    “He is already proving to be a crucial member of our side, as he also opened the bowling and took a wicket on Saturday.

    “But unfortunately, it looks like he won’t be available for the final next week, with both Clint Heuir and Az Germaine coming back into the team.”

    After a strong innings, Townview started its bowling innings off perfectly when skipper Cody Tully bowled a two-wicket maiden in the opening over.

    “Cody got the innings off to a perfect start and that really set the platform for us trying to keep them around 100,” Baillie said.

    “The early wickets lifted the team spirit and saw a really determined effort in the field.

    “If we can play with that same intensity next weekend against Black Stars it should be a tight encounter.”

    Tully finished with figures of 3-15 off his four overs, with Baillie claiming 3-16 himself.

    The only Bulls batsman to provide any sort of resistance was opener Wes Hall, who made 45.

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  • Zabisco beach rehab a winner

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    Extensive beach work at Warrnambool helped Zabisco recover from a suspensory ligament injury to win the group 3 $150,000 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.
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    The Darren Weir-trained horse injured his off-side front tendon when he won the Woodford Cup at Warrnambool last December.

    The seven-year-old, trained in Warrnambool since his injury, could embark on an interstate mission in the future.

    Daniel Bowman, who heads Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable, said the stallion had a long rehabilitation program to get him back to racing.

    “Zabisco has been a long-time project,” he said. “He had a long and slow rehab program. We’ve done lots of work with him at the Warrnambool beach and the dunes to strengthen his leg,” Bowman said.

    “We’ve got to give a lot of credit to jockey Kerrin McEvoy. It was an excellent ride. Jockeys must ride him quietly and allow him to have the last crack at them — Kerrin did everything perfectly.

    “It was a 10-out-of-10 ride. Darren has indicated we may take Zabisco to Tasmania for its carnival in Feburary or Queensland later in the year.”

    Weir acknowledged his Warrnambool staff after Zabisco defeated the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pheidon and Extra Zero in the 1800-metre race.

    “I’ve got to give a big thank you to all the staff down at Warrnambool. They’ve done all the work with him,” he said.

    “The staff at Warrnambool are a major part of why our stable is having so much success.”

    Stratum Star, also trained at Weir’s Warrnambool stable, ran second in the $300,000 Sandown Guineas.

    The three-year-old should develop into a better horse in the autumn, according to Bowman.

    From his 11 starts Stratum Star has won three races and earned more than $250,000 in prizemoney.

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  • Isa Challengers finally break through in Twenty20

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    ON THE back of their grand final appearance in the Mount Isa Cricket Association six-a-side competition, the Isa Challengers have secured their first win.
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    STRIKE WEAPON: Melwin Jerome was one of the key performers as the Challengers secured their first Twenty20 win.

    Playing Panthers in the last round of the Twenty20, the Challengers chased down their opponents’ score of 109 in the 16th over.

    Challengers skipper Naren Ramachandran is relieved his side’s hard work has finally resulted in its first victory.

    “We have been close in a couple of our previous matches but Saturday was our day,” Ramachandran said.

    “Every one of our players chipped in and contributed to what was a win to remember for us.”

    Panthers were sitting comfortably at 4-89 at drinks, but Ramachandran introducing spin caused issues for their opponents.

    “Our opening bowlers got a couple of early wickets, which allowed me to experiment through the middle over of the innings,” Ramachandran said.

    “In the five overs after drinks, our spinners really found their grooves, which led to a collapse in their batting line-up.”

    Ramachandran and his side will use the confidence-boosting win as a stepping stone to its first 40-over match in two weeks.

    “The six-a-side competition allowed a lot of our players to get their confidence back up and they have gone on from there,” he said.

    “The longer 40-over matches should suit our team better, especially our batsmen.

    “Our batsmen like to take their time getting their eye in before playing their shots, which they will be able to do in the longer format.”

    For the Challengers, Srikar Modhukuri claimed 3-14 off his three overs, while Melwin Jerome (2-17) and Kuldip Sodha (2-10) caused issues for Panthers.

    With the bat, Lucky Singh sealed the win with a commanding 52 not out, to carry his bat.

    Girish Mahendranath (26) and Naren Ramachandran (17) also scored runs for the Challengers, while Ryan Francis top scored for Panthers with 40.

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  • Tincknell dominates in saddle at Julia Creek

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    TAMARA Tincknell has continued her strong spring racing season at the Julia Creek Turf Club at the weekend.
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    The Mount Isa jockey claimed two winners and a third place from her five starts, including in the 1350 metre Open Handicap.

    Pairing up with trainer Ray Hermann and Light Warrior saw Tincknell win by 0.2 lengths ahead of Shaun Mossman and Carry Me.

    “We were expecting a strong showing from him, as he has been in pretty strong form over his past couple of starts,” Hermann said.

    “With a strong field assembled, we knew the victory wasn’t going to come easy and it wasn’t with Tamara not hitting the front to the last possible moment.

    “Carry Me was leading for most of the home stretch and Light Warrior managed to stick his head out at the right time to claim the win.

    “He has been looking really solid in training and I’m just happy that the result went his way on Saturday.”

    Tincknell also won the 1100metre Maiden Plate with Damien Finter’s Bowled Over, by a dominating seven lengths.

    “After his strong second place at Mount Isa in his last start, I asked Damien if I could ride him in his next race,” Tincknell said.

    “He’d been in pretty solid form and knew that he was going to be hard to beat on Saturday.

    “Although I was confident that he could win, I was surprised by the margin of victory in the end.”

    Tim Brummell and Fashion Kurv ran second, while Liberty Market and Terrence Hill claimed third.

    Brummell went one better with Masataka in the 1200 metre Benchmark 55 Handicap, with Tincknell managing third place with Brother Bob.

    Other winners on the day were Aaron Spradau and Ghost Train in the 1100 metre Class 6 Plate and Keith Ballard and All Fives in the 1350 metre Benchmark 60 Handicap.

    Elsewhere, Mount Isa trainer Shryn Gabriel-Royes’ sprinter Smooth General secured victory at Townsville’s seven-race program.

    The six-year-old gelding and jockey Matthew McGillivary won the Benchmark 65 Handicap by 0.8 lengths ahead of Exceeded and Mainshaft and 1.5 lengths back.

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  • Diamonds At Noon sparkles to win Dunkeld Cup

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    Diamonds At Noon, with hoop Steven Vella in the saddle, leads home Orientaped (number 3), ridden by Jarrod Fry and Henshaw, ridden by Dean Holland, to take out the Dunkeld Cup on Saturday.VETERAN comeback galloper Diamonds At Noon earned a possible trip to Tasmania for feature races in the new year after he scored a gallant win in the $25,000 Dunkeld Cup on Saturday.
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    Having his third start in the 1800-metre race, Diamonds At Noon, aided by a brilliant ride from Steven Vella, defeated Orientaped and Henshaw.

    His win for Colac trainer Bill Cerchi followed his fourth placings in 2012 and 2013.

    A delighted Cerchi said the eight-year-old deserved the win.

    “I thought he was unlucky not to have won in 2012 and 2013 — so it’s third time lucky,” he said.

    “Diamonds At Noon has been plagued with various injuries during his career.

    “I had thought of running him in the Donald Cup on Sunday.

    “My head told me to run over 1620m at Donald but my heart told me to run at Dunkeld. I’m glad I decided on Dunkeld,” Cerchi said.

    “I have not be able to give Diamonds At Noon any trials or track gallops.

    “He had a virus for a few weeks and then injured his near side back hock which put me behind again. He’s a tough old horse who was having his first run for three months.” Diamonds At Noon was last at the 450-metre mark before Vella hugged the rail on the consistent galloper, only going around Henshaw to win the race.

    “It was an amazing ride by Steven. I reckon he’s ridden nearly 100 winners for me over 20 years but that ride has to rate as one of his best,” Cerchi said.

    “Steven never panics. He’s a very underrated jockey. I would say that’s how he’s been all his career.

    “He just goes about his job and that is to ride winners. He hates getting beaten.”

    Cerchi feared Diamonds At Noon’s career was over after he ran an unlucky second in the Penshurst Cup last year.

    “He injured ligaments in his near side pastern on his front leg in the Penshurst Cup,” he said.

    “He should have won the race. I took him to the vets and they said he would never race again. I took him back home and nursed him back to good health.

    “He’s been a good horse, very underrated. I wish I had a stable full of horses like him.”

    The former Coleraine trainer said the cup win would weight Diamonds At Noon out of next month’s Penshurst Cup but his focus would now centre on races in Tasmania.

    “I would say I’ll be looking at races like the Launceston and Hobart cups in February,” Cerchi said.

    “He’ll get light weights in those types of races.

    “I’ve just got to do a bit of planning on working out leadup races to get him ready for the cups. I’ll probably end up taking about four or five horses over to Tassie for its summer carnival.”

    Diamonds At Noon took his record to nine wins and 15 minor placings for $215,000 prizemoney with his Dunkeld win.

    Andrew Mallyon and Linda Meech shared the riding honours at the popular annual race meeting. Both had winning doubles on the eight-race card.

    Mallyon was successful on Gotakeepthefaith and Black Cat Moon, while Meech won on Apple Thief and Deduct.

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  • Warrigals upset ladder leader

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    WARRIGALS have put in their strongest performance of the season by upsetting the ladder-leading Euros at Rugby Park.
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    PUTTING THE BOOT IN: Warrigals kicker Mason Holm was one of Warrigals’ best in their second win of the season. – Picture: KERRY BRISBANE

    Fresh off their first win of the season last weekend, the Dingoes made it two consecutive victories by defeating Euros 27-5.

    Tries to Tim Conlan, Ryan Cassidy, Kurt McGregor and Dylan Buckingham set up the bonus-point victory.

    “Both teams were under-strength, with numerous key players missing, but I was happy with the effort the boys showed,” Warrigals coach Rob Peters said.

    “Our boys proved that last weekend wasn’t just a one-week wonder and backed it up with a full team performance.”

    Warrigals headed into the break leading 8-0, which Peters said could have been more if his side had taken advantage of its chances.

    “We were guilty of missing a couple of easy penalties in the first half and should have been leading by more,” he said.

    “Both teams played with solid structure, especially on defence in the first half, but it opened up in the second.

    “By getting the ball out wide to our backs, we moved their big forwards around, which was our plan.

    “Skipper Kurt McGregor was sensational for us again, leading the team around while having an excellent kicking game.

    “We spoke about giving Kurt strong chase on his kicks to put pressure on their fullback Regan Thatcher.

    “Lachie Miller was a standout in the forwards, while Ryan Cassidy again was handy in the centres.

    “The only downside was the sloppy defence we played on their try, but overall, I’m very happy.

    “Our attention now turns to next week and Cloncurry, who will no doubt be up for the game.

    “Our win sends a message to the rest of the competition that we are finally clicking, so we are expecting nothing less than a hard-fought home match next weekend.”

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  • Beams looks sharp at titles

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    WINKLEIGH axeman Dale Beams was part of the Australian team that won the STIHL Timbersports World Championship teams event in Austria at the weekend.
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    The 49-year-old woodchopper is a multiple Australian and world champion, and was picked by Australian selectors as part of the five-man team that took on the world’s best cutters and sawers at the championships in Innsbruck.

    It was Beams’s first time contesting the international championships along with Australian teammates in NSW’s Brad Delosa, Victorians Brayden Meyer and Laurence O’Toole and West Australian Brent Rees.

    ‘‘They competed against 25 countries in a team’s event,’’ Beams’s wife Amanda said yesterday.

    ‘‘They start with the stock-saw, followed by an underhand block, single-hand saw, and finish with the standing block.

    ‘‘Dale cut the standing block in the final but they had about six races throughout the day and they all had a go at each discipline during the competition.

    ‘‘Dale called me after they finished and they were rapt to win it.

    ‘‘There was only one hit difference between them and Canada at the end and could have gone either way.

    ‘‘Dale started four hits behind the Canadian he was battling but he finished it with two hits on him.’’

    Beams has been a member and captain of the Australian woodchopping team for the past 10 years and prides himself on his three world titles he has won during a distinguished career.

    WA’s Delosa competed for Australia in the individual championship in Innsbruck and placed third after winning the event last year.

    Dale Beams was part of the Australian team that won the World Championship teams event in Austria.

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