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September 01, 2004

New Zealand's leading news and information website

"In the memorable words of George Gregan: four more years. Words spoken in the heat of a rugby World Cup semifinal apply equally to the world's biggest sporting stage that's now being disassembled to be put up again in Beijing in 2008.

Gregan was telling Byron Kelleher he had four more years to wait to win. So do hundreds of athletes. Some will quit, having run their races. Some won't be required again.

These were the Olympics that were preceded by security fears, concerns that facilities wouldn't be ready and predictions they'd be the drug-tainted Games. The stories ran their course till the Games began, then the central figures of the greatest show on earth, the athletes, took over (aside from a couple of Greek sprinters and a few others who thought they could beat the drug testers yet again)."

Read more at New Zealand's leading news and information website

Posted by Darren at 10:40 AM

August 27, 2004

Leave the wreaths in Greece, New Zealand tells medallists

"New Zealand's medal winning Olympic stars should just take a picture of their wreaths and leave them in Greece because they will not be allowed into the country, a government spokeswoman said Friday.

Each medal winner at the Athens Games has received wreaths made of olive branches, chrysanthemums and roses.

Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton's spokeswoman said biosecurity was vitally important for New Zealand and the rules would not be bent.

"If they want to hold on to their memories they will have to take a picture," the spokeswoman said.

Ministry of Agriculture biosecurity official Veronica Herrera said the wreaths would not get past border control.

"A lot of the material is still viable, so if you plant it and the conditions are right, they could develop roots and grow," she said."

Read more at Leave the wreaths in Greece, New Zealand tells medallists

Posted by Darren at 03:36 PM

August 26, 2004

Double medals for New Zealand in Triathlon

"Hamish Carter of New Zealand won the triathlon on Thursday in a time of one hour, 51 minutes, 7.73 seconds.

Bevan Docherty of New Zealand won the silver. Sven Riederer of Switzerland got the bronze.

Defending Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield of Kingston, Ont., finished 11th while Brent McMahon of Victoria was 39th.

Carter, Docherty and Riederer went together for most of the final leg of the swim-cycle-run endurance test."

Read more at 2004 Games Triathlon : Carter wins triathlon

'New Zealand has moved to 18th place in the Olympic medals table with a first and second placing in the men's triathlon in Athens.

Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty provided New Zealand with one of its greatest moments in Olympic history.

Carter won gold for New Zealand in a time of 1:51:07 and team-mate Docherty has won silver.

It is the first time in history that New Zealand has taken a first and second place in an Olympic event.

Docherty came off in the swim leg in 18th place, while Carter was 32nd out off the water.

However that was only 30 seconds behind the leaders and the kiwis quickly joined a group of 12 riders who broke away from the pack early on the bike leg.

The two kiwis then split away along with four others half way through the bike and opened up a lead of 40 seconds heading into the run.'

Read more at Double medals for New Zealand

Also read about it at Whitfield dethroned in Olympic Triathlon.

Posted by Darren at 08:57 PM

Hamish Carter wins Men's Triathlon Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hamish Carter from New Zealand

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bevan Docherty from New Zealand

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Sven Riederer from Switzerland

August 23, 2004

Sarah Ulmer wins Women's Individual Pursuit Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Sarah Ulmer from New Zealand

The winner of the Silver Medal: Katie Mactier from Australia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel from Netherlands

August 22, 2004

Czech Rep eliminate New Zealand

"In Group B, the Czech Republic eliminated New Zealand with a 74-57 win in the final day of the round robin phase of the women's tournament. in Group A, Nigeria completed their first trip to the Olympics with a fifth straight loss, 93-58 at the hands of Russia.

Australia closed out preliminary round play with an 84-66 victory over Brazil at the women's Olympic basketball tournament on Sunday, clinching top spot in Group A with a perfect 5-0 record.

Brazil (3-2) needed to win by at least 15 points to finish ahead of the Aussies in the standings, but instead place third as Russia (4-1) handed Nigeria a 93-58 drubbing. Greece (1-3) and Japan (1-3) play later on Sunday to determine the fourth and final quarter-final qualifiers from the group."

Read more at Czech Rep eliminate New Zealand

Posted by Darren at 11:53 PM

Evers-Swindell twins win gold

"Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell delivered New Zealand the Olympic gold medal they had promised for so long on the Schinias course here today.

The Cambridge sisters had to hold off a frantic late burst from Germany but held on to win a final they were always expected to and handed New Zealand its first medal of the Games.

Up by two lengths at halfway, the gold looked sealed but Germanys Britta Oppelt and Peggy Waleska charged home, finishing within 1.01 seconds of the twins, who seemed to tie up over the closing 250m.

Winners of the last two world championships and unbeaten for nearly three years, the Evers-Swindells werent going to let their first shot at Olympic glory slip, slouching into their cockpit in relief after crossing the line.

Their time of seven minutes 01.71 seconds was significantly slower than they have rowed previously but conditions were tricky.

As well as hot temperatures, they had to counter fluctuating head and cross winds."

Read more at Evers-Swindell twins win gold

Posted by Darren at 06:01 PM

August 21, 2004

NZ rowers set for biggest night in their Olympic history

"The Evers-Swindells and the rest of the New Zealand Olympic rowing team are counting down to what could be the country's most successful day for the sport.

Five crews line up in finals later this evening in Athens, starting with Sonia Waddell at 5.30pm NZ time.

For the twins it has been a long wait since last Saturdays heat.

But Georgina says the double-scullers have been in this situation before, at the 2002 world championships, a race that they won.

She says they will go through their regular routine, which includes having their last meal around three hours before the race."

Read more at NZ rowers set for biggest night in their Olympic history

Posted by Darren at 03:34 PM

Breaking Olympic Drug Scandal News

News has just broken in New Zealand that a Kiwi Cyclist has just withdrawn from the Olympics because he took a banned substance months ago and traces are still showing up in his system.

News is sketchy but we'll update this with more details as they come to hand.

Also in related doping news a Greek Weightlifter is likely to have his bronze medal taken from him after being tested for drugs after competition.

Posted by Darren at 03:10 PM

August 19, 2004

Equestrian: No word on retirement from BlythTait

"Blyth Tait shunted Ready Teddy into retirement yesterday after the pair finished 18th at the Olympic Games, yet remained tightlipped about his own eventing plans.

Tait, 43, has indicated he wants to move on to other projects without stating bluntly that meant the end of his sporting career.

Ready Teddy, the only eventing horse to contest three consecutive Olympics, is headed for a south Auckland paddock and a life of leisure.

"He has earned his retirement," Tait said of his old favourite."

Read more at Equestrian: No word on retirement from Tait

Posted by Darren at 03:41 PM

Ming dunks New Zealand, Chinese press

"The influence of Yao Ming on a basketball game can be overwhelming, just as it was yesterday when the 7-5 Chinese center scored 39 points in a 69-62 win over New Zealand.

But Yao's strength isn't just measured in what he does on the court. Sometimes what he says can send an entire nation into a state of panic.

After a frustrating opening-round loss to Spain on Sunday, Yao became annoyed over questions posed by the Chinese media and the Houston Rockets All-Star responded by making a flippant comment about possibly retiring from the national team. The Chinese took the threat seriously."

Read more at Ming dunks New Zealand, Chinese press

Posted by Darren at 01:22 AM

August 18, 2004

Yao leads China past Tall Blacks

"Houston Rockets center Yao Ming scored 39 points and led China to a 69-62 win over New Zealand on Tuesday. China made up for their opening match loss to Spain by grabbing the provisional lead in Group A ahead of Serbia's clash against Italy."

Read more at Yao leads China past Tall Blacks

Posted by Darren at 01:36 AM

August 15, 2004

Australia inflict heavy defeat on NZ - Men's Hockey

"Australia fired the first salvo in their battle to win an elusive men's hockey gold on Sunday, fighting their way past rivals New Zealand 4-1.

Australia have made the Olympic semifinals seven times and won six medals -- three silver, three bronze -- but despite having one of the strongest teams on the circuit have never pushed through to gold.

Ranked third in the world, the Aussies put on a strong display of running hockey with Jamie Dwyer finishing off their relentless attacks with three flying field goals off both sides of the stick."

Read more at Australia inflict heavy defeat on NZ

Posted by Darren at 09:49 PM

Italy 71, New Zealand 69 - Men's Basketball

"Gianluca Basile scored 16 points and Italy, which led by as many as 17 points, held on for a 71-69 win Sunday despite failing to score over the final 2{ minutes.

Matteo Soragna scored as the shot clock expired with 2:30 left, giving Italy a 71-62 lead. New Zealand scored seven straight points, getting within two on a pair of free throws by Sean Marks with 41 seconds left.

Basile missed a 3-point attempt with 20 seconds left and New Zealand had a chance to tie, but Phillip Jones lost the ball out of bounds as he started to drive to the basket with 2.5 seconds left. Massimo Bulleri of Italy then missed two free throws, the second on purpose, and New Zealand couldn't get off a good shot at the buzzer."

Read more at Italy 71, New Zealand 69

Posted by Darren at 09:34 PM

August 14, 2004

U.S. Women's Basketball Team Coast Past New Zealand 99-47

"The U.S. women's basketball team got just what it wanted from New Zealand in its Athens opener: a nice, easy tuneup for the rest of the Summer Games. With five players scoring in double figures, the Americans turned it on after a slow start and rolled past New Zealand 99-47 on Saturday.

Favored to win its third straight gold medal, the United States showed why, extending its Olympic winning streak to 18. New Zealand appeared well prepared but was no match for the Americans' athleticism, speed on the fast break, quick hands and feet on defense that resulted in 18 steals and six blocks."

Read more at U.S. Women Coast Past New Zealand 99-47

Posted by Darren at 11:57 PM

Yachting: Barker has best start among New Zealand sailors

"A fifth place by America's Cup skipper Dean Barker was New Zealand's best effort in the first sailing races of the Athens Olympics today.

In tricky conditions gusting up to eight knots, Barker did not have the best of starts in the Finn fleet.

But New Zealand sailing team manager Don Cowie said he seemed to have good boat speed to stay among the top six boats throughout the race.

Local knowledge paid off for Greek sailor Aimilios Papathanasiou, who has been sailing on the Saronic Gulf since 1983, to lead from start to finish in the Finn class."

Read more at Yachting: Barker has best start among NZ sailors

Posted by Darren at 11:21 PM

DIY goggles keep glare off Kiwi eyes

"If North Shore backstroker Cameron Gibson makes a big splash in the Olympic pool he can credit a dose of good old Kiwi DIY.

The Olympic pool is uncovered and that's a problem for those who will chase glory on their backs.

The heats are in the morning when the glare is too strong for standard goggles.

So New Zealand's premier backstrokers, Gibson and Hannah McLean, have gone about rectifying the problem in different ways.

Having spent part of their Olympic buildup at the outdoor complex in Maroochydore on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, both knew what they had in their swimming bags wasn't going to cut it in Athens."

Read more at DIY goggles keep glare off Kiwi eyes

Posted by Darren at 04:34 PM

Beatrice Faumuina overcome by emotion at Athens

"Beatrice Faumuina was overcome with emotion after she led the New Zealand Olympic team into the stadium for the Athens Games opening ceremony today.

Faumuina, 29, the first Pacific Islander to carry the New Zealand flag at an Olympic Games, proudly marched at the head of 151 New Zealanders into the arena where she achieved her greatest sporting feat - the world discus title in 1997.

The occasion was so overpowering that she burst into tears.

"I wasn't going to, but it was just overwhelming and so beautiful," she told NZPA by cellphone from the stadium floor.

The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, she said."

Read more at Faumuina overcome by emotion at Athens

Posted by Darren at 04:32 PM

Soulan Pownceby - Controversial New Zealand Boxer Makes Early Exit

"New Zealander Soulan Pownceby, once jailed for killing his infant daughter, made an early exit from the Olympic boxing tournament on Saturday.

Pownceby's controversial selection for the Athens Games sparked a moral debate in his country but on the opening day of competition he left the Peristeri hall without a word after losing his first-round bout to Turkey's Yildirim Ihsan Tarhan.

The technically limited light-heavyweight, who had received a caution for wrestling his opponent to the ground and a warning for hitting him with the head, was trailing by 20 points in the third round when the referee stopped the bout.

"He's had a pretty rough time and clearly he's disappointed with that performance," said the New Zealand team chief David Currie."

Read more at Controversial New Zealand Boxer Makes Early Exit.

Posted by Darren at 12:17 AM

August 11, 2004

New Zealand, Pakistan tie in friendly hockey match

"New Zealand managed a 22 drawagainst higher ranked Pakistan in a friendly training match on Tuesday, 10 August.

New Zealand, ranked 11th in the world, opened the scoring inside the first five minutes when Phillip BURROWS (NZL) scored a field goal from the left side.

The Black Sticks dominated possession in the first half, with seven field goal attempts, while Pakistan had few opportunities.

But Pakistan, the world's fifth ranked team,hit back in the second half when Kashif JAWWAD (PAK) scored to make it 1-1. The favourites then took a 2-1 lead when star player Sohail ABBAS (PAK) converted a penalty corner."

Read more at Men : New Zealand, Pakistan tie in friendly match

Posted by Darren at 04:32 PM

NZ team happy with Athens wind conditions

"The wind's a breeze and the pods are legal, bringing smiles to the New Zealand Olympic rowing team here today.

After nearly two months of preparation in Belgium, all 11 rowers hit the water at the controversial Schinias course for the first time, completing a morning and afternoon session.

They were heartened to find just a moderate breeze in their 8am session rather than the strong winds that were anticipated and which caused several crews to capsize at the world junior championships at this time last year.

And the pods attached to boats to counter choppy water have been ruled legitimate.

Rowing New Zealand chief executive Craig Ross arrived late last week and said the wind had never risen beyond steady in three days of monitoring."

Read more at NZ team happy with Athens wind conditions

Posted by Darren at 01:12 PM

August 10, 2004

Experts predict five Olympic Gold Medals for New Zealand

"New Zealand to win five gold medals?

Sounds a shade optimistic? Not in the eyes of celebrated American magazine Sports Illustrated.

Every four years it rolls out a list of predictions for the medal-winners in each of the 301 events.

This time, it reckons five gold and one bronze medal will be New Zealand's lot.

Three of the five are good bets, one relies on an element of luck, and the fifth is an eyebrow-raiser.

The magazine plumps for world-champion Hamilton twins, Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell, to win their double scull; Sarah Ulmer, world record-holder and champion, to triumph in the women's 3000m individual pursuit; and world champion Ben Fouhy to dominate his K1 1000m paddling discipline."

Read more at Experts predict five golds for Kiwis.

Posted by Darren at 10:21 PM

August 09, 2004

New Zealand tie with Korea - Men's Hockey

"Korea, bronze medalists at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, matched skills against 11th-ranked New Zealand on Monday, playing to a 2 - 2 draw in a friendlymen'smatch at the Olympic Hockey Center.

Both New Zealand and Korea had chances to take an early lead, but failed to convert field goal opportunities, with New Zealand missing three shots and Korea missing five.

No penalty corners were awarded in the first half.

In the second half, New Zealand opened the score 1 0 with a field goal in the 3rd minute.

Five penalty corners were awarded to the Koreans in the second half, but they converted only the first,given in the 8th minute, when Jung Seon LEE tied the score 1 - 1with a drag flick into the net."

Read more at New Zealand, Korea tie in friendly match.

Posted by Darren at 11:36 PM

Tab Baldwin takes responsibility for Tall Blacks loss

"New Zealand men's basketball coach Tab Baldwin accepted the blame for his team's 74-77 loss to Bulgaria in Yambol on Saturday.

Baldwin said the Tall Blacks had little knowledge of the unheralded Europeans.

"They were a lot stiffer competition than we expected," Baldwin said.

"We knew nothing about them. Our natural inclination was that they weren't as tough a side as the other European teams we've played before.

"But we have learned that anywhere you go in Europe, the kids play basketball.

"It's my fault. I didn't have the guys as primed as I should have. I'm a little disappointed in myself. We were guilty of focusing more on the Olympics and not the team that we are playing."

The Tall Blacks, who have won just one match - their first against Puerto Rico - during a pre-Olympic tour of Europe, found the going tough in the first half when they were down 33-40."

Read more at Baldwin takes rap for Tall Blacks loss

Posted by Darren at 11:34 AM

August 07, 2004

Ben Fouhy - NZ Kayaker

"In the wake of his stunning world championship kayaking victory, a frazzled Ben Fouhy approached weightlifting gold medallist Nigel Avery.

"He was quite overwhelmed with the attention," recalls Avery. "All of a sudden, everybody wanted a piece of him. He came and asked me about how I dealt with that side of things and we talked through a few things."

It is a pattern the K1 1000m Olympic gold-medal favourite has repeated often in the past year.

In the build-up to these games, he has approached Avery, gold-medal rower Rob Waddell, canoeist Paul McDonald and 1960 Olympic champion runner Sir Murray Halberg, soaking up ideas, advice and inspiration."

Read more at Kayaking: Fouhy soaking up inspiration

Posted by Darren at 09:18 AM

August 06, 2004

US defeats New Zealand - Men's Basketball

"A young United States team routed New Zealand 94-68 in a pre-Olympic men's basketball scrimmage but US coach Larry Brown was concerned about lapses that could mean losses in Athens.

Tim Duncan scored 16 points while Amare Stoudamire and Dwayne Wade each had 14 for a National Basketball Association squad that lacked starting guard Allen Iverson, out with a finger sprain, and forward Carlos Boozer, away on business.

"We had no Al and no Carlos. I'm worried who will settle them down," Brown said. "This is kind of a setback right now. But they're energy level is up and they have done the things they have to do."

New Zealand, led by 17 points from Phil Jones, went on an 11-2 run late in the fourth quarter, which the Kiwis won 31-25, and settled for a 16-16 draw in the second only because US forward Lamar Odom made a tip-in at the buzzer."

Read mLapses haunt US Olympic squad despite rout of Kiwis.

Posted by Darren at 10:48 AM

New Zealand Equestrian Team - Jumping at Opportunity

"No New Zealand team at the Athens Olympics will have more of a United Nations flavour to it than the showjumping quartet.

The four riders - Bruce Goodin, Daniel Meech, Guy Thomas and Grant Cashmore - are drawn from four countries, none of them New Zealand. The experienced Goodin, preparing for his fourth trip to the Olympics, is based in Sweden; the best-ranked of the four, Meech, is in Germany, while Thomas lives in California and Cashmore has been in England about eight years.

They see a bit of each other at international shows, but Goodin reckons it was important that they had time together in Holland before heading to Greece to go through some planning and strategies for the event."

Read more at Equestrian: Jumping at opportunity.

Posted by Darren at 10:37 AM

Hamish Pepper - NZ Sailing

"Hamish Pepper, by his own admission, has been ugly company.

"To tell you the truth, I've been a pain in the arse to be around," the Olympic sailor admits.

Normal everyday niggles that would not usually matter have annoyed the hell out of him this past month. Stomping around Europe, he tended to flip his lid, lose his cool, sink down.

It doesn't take a doctor to figure out he's been stressed.

Getting to the start line of the Laser class in Athens has not been dream sailing for the former Team New Zealand tactician."

Source - Simplicity of solo racing drawcard for Pepper.

Posted by Darren at 10:36 AM

Nicky Coles and Juliette Haigh - Grafeful for Olympic Inclusion

"They were the last New Zealand crew to qualify, but Nicky Coles and Juliette Haigh are confident they will do more than merely make up the numbers at the Olympic rowing regatta.

The coxless pair, who have been together only since last October, secured their trip to Greece in the final qualifying regatta at Lucerne in June.

Needing to finish in the top two of a straight final comprising five crews, Coles and Haigh came in second behind Bulgarians Milka Tancheva and Anna Chuk in 7m 15.06s, 10s ahead of Australia."

Read more at Grateful rowers seize second chance

Posted by Darren at 10:34 AM

New Zealand defeat Britain - Men's Hockey Warmup

"The New Zealand men's hockey team has scored a 1-0 win over Great Britain in an Olympic warm up game in Barcelona.

The match was played on Friday morning our time after being postponed from Thursday because of heavy rain.

Bevan Hari scored the winner in the first half.

Coach Kevin Towns says it has really shaken off the cobwebs and it has been a huge relief to finally play again after two weeks since their last game."

Continue reading NZ record pre-Olympic victory.

Posted by Darren at 10:33 AM

August 04, 2004

Aussies offering good odds on medal-free Olympics for NZ

"Cripes mate! Australian bookmaker Centrebet is offering odds of 25-1 on New Zealand failing to win a single medal at the Athens Olympics.

It has been 24 years since New Zealand came home from the Olympics empty handed mainly due to all but four athletes boycotting the Moscow Olympics.

Moscow aside, the last time New Zealand went medal-free was in 1948 in London, so mark Centrebet down as an Aussie wind-up designed to draw attention to their product.

Centrebet is taking bets on every Athens Games gold medal.

New Zealand won four medals in Sydney but Centrebet is tipping it to double that haul in Athens.

Centrebet has rowing twins Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell as odds on to win the women's double sculls.

Bevan Docherty is favourite in the men's triathlon."

Continue reading Aussies offering good odds on medal-free Olympics for NZ.

Posted by Darren at 10:55 AM

July 31, 2004

US defeats New Zealand - Men's Basketball

"A young United States team routed New Zealand 94-68 in a pre-Olympic men's basketball scrimmage but US coach Larry Brown was concerned about lapses that could mean losses in Athens.

Tim Duncan scored 16 points while Amare Stoudamire and Dwayne Wade each had 14 for a National Basketball Association squad that lacked starting guard Allen Iverson, out with a finger sprain, and forward Carlos Boozer, away on business.

"We had no Al and no Carlos. I'm worried who will settle them down," Brown said. "This is kind of a setback right now. But they're energy level is up and they have done the things they have to do."

New Zealand, led by 17 points from Phil Jones, went on an 11-2 run late in the fourth quarter, which the Kiwis won 31-25, and settled for a 16-16 draw in the second only because US forward Lamar Odom made a tip-in at the buzzer."

Read mLapses haunt US Olympic squad despite rout of Kiwis.

Posted by Darren at 01:18 PM

July 29, 2004

NZ - Australian Olympic rivalry Fueled by Rugby

"Olympic teams from New Zealand and Australia are set for a high noon clash in Athens days before the Games open next month.

A large television screen is being set up in the athletes village so the fierce trans-Tasman rivals can watch the Tri-Nations rugby test between the All Blacks and Wallabies on August 7.

"Our Australian colleagues have done that," New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie told NZPA from Athens.

"We have been invited down to watch...we may have to take them up on that."

If it can be picked up live, the game will screen just after midday in Athens.

Currie had no fears of the All Blacks exposing his team to Australian ribbing.

"I think we'll be fine," he said."

Read more at Trans-Tasman rivalry at Olympics to start before games open

Posted by Darren at 12:18 PM

July 27, 2004

New Zealand defeated by Holland 7 - 0: Women's Hockey

"The New Zealand women's hockey team were hammered 7-0 by the Netherlands in an Olympics warm-up match this morning with coach Ian Rutledge describing his team's performance as "very embarrassing".

Following on the Black Sticks' 2-5 loss to Germany in Mannheim on Saturday, Rutledge told NZPA this morning it was very disappointing that the team had failed to lift from that match.

"It was very embarrassing, very disappointing," Rutledge said.

The Dutch, ranked No 3 in the world, scored the opening goal in the first minute and proceeded to mercilessly expose New Zealand's lack of intensity to take a 4-0 lead at halftime, adding two more in the second half."

Read more at Hockey: Black Sticks hammered 7-0

Posted by Darren at 11:50 AM

July 23, 2004

Anger over scheduling at Opening Ceremony

New Zealand Olympic team officials are angry at the late scheduling of the athletes march past in the Athens opening ceremony.

Athletes will not be on the track until after 11 o'clock at night, meaning that they will not be back in the village until two in the morning.

This means most of the rowing and sailing teams will not make the opening, given they are competing on the first full day of competition.

New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie had an issue with the late opening at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, and says he is angry with officials who constantly say the Games are all about the athletes, but then they schedule the opening ceremony so late.


Posted by at 07:51 AM

July 17, 2004

Australian Men's Hockey Team Defeat Kiwis...Again

The Australian Men's Hockey team, the Kookaburras, have defeated the New Zealand team in an Olympic lead up series in Cairns with its latest win a 3-1 margin.

'The victory saw the Kookaburras clinch the series 2-0 and brought their unbeaten run against the Kiwis to 13 matches.

Bevan George, Jamie Dwyer and Nathan Eglington each scored for Australia, while Bevan Hari grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors.

It was Australia's final competitive match before the Olympic Games in Athens.

And despite the victory, Kookaburras coach Barry Dancer said he was looking for more consistency with the Athens Games less than one month away.'

Read More at ABC - Kookaburras complete series win over Kiwis

Posted by Darren at 10:25 PM

July 12, 2004

Australian Men's Basketball Team Beat New Zealand

The Australian Men's Basketball team have continued their Olympics warm up with a win against New Zealand's team 90-79. This brings the series against New Zealand to a close with Australia winning 2-1.

'With just over four weeks left until the Boomers open the Olympic tournament with a showdown against host-nation Greece, Brian Goorjian's new-look team proved too strong for the Tall Blacks in a physical series in New Zealand.' Source - Boomers claim series win against NZ

Posted by Darren at 12:01 PM

July 03, 2004

New Zealand Athletics Team

The New Zealand Track and Field Team continues to be announced in the lead up to the Athens Olympics. The NZ team so far is:

Valerie Adams (Auckland)���������������� Shot Put
Craig Barrett (Waikato BOP)�������������50km Walk
Beatrice Faumuina (Auckland)��������� Discus
Melina Hamilton (Canterbury)���������� Pole Vault
John Henwood (Auckland)���������������� 10,000m
Kimberley Smith (USA)��������������������� 5,000m
Dale Warrander (North)�������������������� Marathon
Jonathon Wyatt (Wellington)������������ Marathon

Source - New Zealand - Olympic team so far

Posted by Darren at 11:03 PM

June 23, 2004

NZ Boxer Controversy

Debate is raging in New Zealand over one of their boxing team members and a criminal history.

The boxer representing New Zealand at the Olympics and jailed for killing his daughter should make a public apology and set himself up as a role model for others wanting to turn a corner, says Prime Minister Helen Clark....

'In 1995, when Pownceby was known as Soulan Rikihana, he was sentenced to four years' jail for killing his five-month-old daughter.

Aged 20 at the time, Pownceby was found guilty of manslaughter but not guilty of murder after the High Court at Christchurch heard how he dropped his daughter while his de facto wife was out getting takeaways.' Source - Boxer should apologise says PM via Cre8d

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Posted by Darren at 02:12 PM

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