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Good signs from hockey men
Experienced captain: Dean Couzins is one of four players in the New Zealand team with more than 200 test caps.
It s worth only a whisper just
now, but the New Zealand
men s hockey team looks good
enough to be among the medals at
next year s London Olympics.
Dean Couzins and his team
aren t better than other leading
combinations, but they re right in
Their fourth-place finish at the
Champions Trophy tournament in
Auckland over the weekend
should not be dismissed lightly.
Not only did New Zealand
thrash Korea 6-1, but they did
well to snatch a 3-3 draw with The
Netherlands early in the tourna-
ment. The Netherlands led 3-0,
but New Zealand doggedly clawed
their way back.
In the other pool match, New
Zealand were pipped 2-1 by
Germany. They lost 3-2 to Spain
in post-section play and went
down 2-1 to world champions
Australia in a semifinal that could
have gone either way.
In the bronze medal play-off
New Zealand fought The Nether-
lands goal for goal before going
The heartening aspects of the
New Zealanders performances
were that they were never out-
classed, and the high number of
goals they scored (16 in six
The Champions Trophy is for
the elite of world men s hockey
and New Zealand, on the
occasions when they have been
invited to play, have struggled to
make an impact.
They did finish fourth in 1978,
but that was in a five-team compe-
This time they looked as good as
any team, which bodes well for the
There have been two New Zea-
land men s hockey teams of par-
In 1956, New Zealand,
captained by Jack Tynan, one of
the game s greats, acquitted them-
selves well on their Olympic
Showing no first-game nerves,
they led the highly-rated German
team 3-0 before going down 5-4. In
other pool matches, New Zealand
lost 5-1 to eventual silver
medallists Pakistan, and beat
In post-section play New Zea-
land set an Olympic record in
smashing Singapore 13-0, with
centre forward Guy McGregor
slotting six goals. There followed
another 1-0 loss to Australia and
another win over Belgium, which
secured sixth place overall, a com-
mendable first-up performance.
Of course, the highpoint in New
Zealand hockey history was the
Olympic gold medal performance
in Montreal in 1976, the first time
the tournament was played on an
New Zealand fielded a vastly
experienced team that year, many
of the players coached by Canter-
bury hockey wizard Cyril Walter.
The New Zealanders survived a
tough draw and two extra-time
matches to reach the final, where
they beat Australia 1-0, courtesy
of a goal by captain Tony Ineson.
The final is often recalled
because Wellington goalie Trevor
Manning stopped a sizzling shot
with his knee 13 minutes from
time. His kneecap was broken, but
he bravely remained on the park
and helped the New Zealanders to
Expecting the current team to
reach those dizzy heights might be
a bit much. But there s no denying
how experienced they are.
Couzins (237), Ryan Archibald
(251), Blair Hopping (240) and
Phil Burrows (262) have more
than 200 test caps and another
seven players have topped the
century mark. No wonder they
looked composed under pressure.
The New Zealanders, coached
by Shane McLeod, hinted at their
potential by winning a bronze
medal at the 2010 Delhi Common-
wealth Games, beating England in
a penalty shootout in the deciding
match. They looked better still in
Auckland. If they can go up
another notch by London, any-
thing s possible.
Fun softball weekend planned
By EMMA BEER
The Poneke Kilbirnie club is hoping to
give Wellington softball a shot in the arm
The club is holding a tournament in
January and hopes to encourage more
people to think about trying the sport.
The tournament would run over Wel-
lington Anniversary weekend, from Janu-
ary 20 to 23, Poneke Kilbirnie team coach
Warren Stoddart said.
We ll have five teams from around
New Zealand, he said. Auckland
United, Northcote, Fastpitch from Hast-
ings, and a composite team from the
South Island [plus Poneke Kilbirnie].
The first game, on the Friday night,
will pit Poneke Kilbirnie against the New
Zealand Junior Black Sox.
Stoddart said there would be several
big softball names attending, including
international representatives from the
Poneke Kilbirnie club.
Players such as Thomas Cameron,
Thomas Makea, Campbell Makea, Dan
Tarapi and Junior Black Sox player
Jerome Raemaki would be there, Stod-
[Jerome Raemaki s] a homegrown kid,
goes to Rongotai College, has been
playing for PK club all his life.
Softball in Wellington was not as pop-
ular as it used to be, he said.
Auckland is going quite well but
numbers [all over] are dropping. We want
to help promote softball.
Because it was considered a
minority sport, it was not
televised as much as it used to
be, he said.
The weekend tournament
would be a lot of fun, Stoddart said.
He said there would be tents with
drinks, food and a few barbecue areas.
There would also be some under-11 and
under-13 games scheduled.
On the Sunday night, after the round-
robin finishes, we ll have a home run
One player from each team will get
the chance to hit as many balls out of the
park as he can.
Hopefully the weather will be kind to
us, we ll get some people down there and
they can enjoy themselves.
By EMMA BEER
Things are heating up for summer with Ten-
nis Central at the Renouf centre in Brooklyn.
Several tournaments will be held at the
centre during the summer.
A professional women s tournament will be
held in February. It will be a $US25,000
(NZ$32,765) event sponsored by women s
gym Configure Express.
Tennis Central chief executive Charlie
Cordwell said the last time the event was
held, eight New Zealand women made
It s a good opportunity for them to earn
world ranking points, he said, and it s good
to have international tennis in Wellington.
There would likely be a good mix of players
particularly from Australia and Asia.
Cordwell said many of the visiting players
would come with a world ranking of between
150 and 250 in the world, so a good standard
of tennis was guaranteed.
It will be a very multicultural event.
There will also be some top junior tennis in
Wellington this summer.
The centre will hold the under-12 nationals
tournament in January.
Cordwell said the event would feature
many of New Zealand s up-and-coming
In February there will be an international
junior tournament, which will also give
players a chance to earn ranking points.
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