News for 04 February 2013

All the news for Monday 4 February 2013


Now it’s the real deal, says Investec SA co-captain Marsha Marescia

JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town



Investec South Africa Women line up for the Investeec Challenge at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town. Photo: SA Women's Hockey Team Facebook page

Marsha Marescia, the co-captain of the Investec South African women’s hockey team, said Sunday that not too much can be read into the results of the unofficial internationals leading into the Investec Challenge, which starts at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town Monday night.

“Those matches were performance-driven rather than results-driven, whereas from Monday when we play our first Investec Challenge match [against England at 8 pm] the outcome will be very important,” said the 302-times capped Marescia, who will lead the team alongside Lenise Marais.

The Investec Challenge will see world number one and London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallists The Netherlands, world number four and London 2012 bronze medallists England (playing as Great Britain), world number six Australia and world number 11 South Africa playing each other in a round-robin before next Saturday’s semi-finals and next Sunday’s medal matches.

The Netherlands tackle the Australian Hockeyroos at 6 pm Monday before SA lock horns with England.

South Africa’s form in the unofficial internationals over the past week has been encouraging. A 4-0 win over Australia, the 3-1 victory over England on Saturday sandwiched the 2-0 defeat to out-and-out Investec Challenge favourites The Netherlands.

“We want to play teams of this calibre,” said SA head coach Giles Bonnet. “The Investec Challenge is a major event and will be very tough, and we need to put pressure on ourselves to do the best we can, so our goals are driven by the pressure we want to put on ourselves as a team.”

England co-captain Laura Unsworth, who is sharing the leadership role with Susie Gilbert, said that the inexperienced players in her team need the pressures of being at an event of this nature.

“The players coming through the ranks need exposure against some of the best teams in the world and this will serve to give them that experience,” said Unsworth.

The Netherlands scored exceptional goals during their 6-1 win over Australia Saturday, although the Hockeyroos were much better in the second half and put the Dutch defence under heavy pressure.

It will take a lot, though, for the Hockeyroos to get a point out of Monday’s 6 pm clash.

INVESTEC SA TEAM

Sanani Mangisa, Lisa Deetlefs, Pietie Coetzee, Marsha Marescia (co-captain),  Bernie Coston (all Southern Gauteng); Shelley Russell, Jade Mayne, Quanita Bobbs, Tarryn Bright (all Western Province); Marcelle Keet (Amathole/Border); Lilian du Plessis, Phume Mbande, Dirkie Chamberlain, Nicolene Terblanche (all Northern Blues); Lenise Marais (co-captain), Kelly Madsen (both KZN Coastal Raiders); Sulette Damons, Celia Evans (both North West).

INVESTEC CHALLENGE FIXTURES

Mon, 4 Feb 6 pm: The Netherlands vs Australia
Mon, 4 Feb 8 pm: South Africa vs England

Tues, 5 Feb 6 pm: The Netherlands vs England
Tues, 5 Feb 8 pm: South Africa vs Australia

Thurs, 7 Feb 6 pm: England vs Australia
Thurs, 7 Feb 8 pm: South Africa vs The Netherlands

Sat, 9 Feb 2:30 pm: Semi-Final 1
Sat, 9 Feb 5 pm: Semi-Final 2

Sun, 10 Feb 11:30 am: Bronze Medal Match
Sun, 10 Feb 2 pm: Gold Medal Match

SA Hockey Association media release



Delhi Waveriders blank UP Wizards to keep Mumbai alive

By Asheem Mukerji


LUCKNOW: With a semifinal spot already sealed, Delhi Waveriders showed why they are the best side in the ongoing Hockey India League by beating UP Wizards 3-0 on Sunday. Displaying better anticipation, combination and commitment, they rode the waves with confidence at the Dhyanchand stadium.

Wizards' defeat, meanwhile, has kept the chances of Mumbai Magicians alive as the two are in a fight for the fourth semifinal berth. Delhi with 44, Ranchi Rhinos (31) and Punjab Warriors (27) have already qualified for the last-four stage while Wizards are fourth with 22 and Magicians last with 14. With two more matches to go for all the sides, Wizards play Magicians and Waveriders in away games. If Wizards lose both the matches, and the Magicians win their two games, they can still pip the Wizards.

On Sunday, in a high-speed game, it was the work of Nicolas Jacobi under the bar that made things easy for Delhi. The German, who was later named the man-of-the-match, made at least half a dozen smart saves to keep the slate clean for his side. His counterpart George Bazeley found it tough in the opening two quarters. With Sardar Singh manning the half-line and pivoting things, chances came thick and fast for the Waveriders.

Andres Mir Bel opened the scoring with a measured flick in the tenth minute. Seven minutes later, Bazeley let through an Oskar Deecke reverse hit from the top of the circle to quiten the vociferous home crowd. Gurvinder Singh Chandi rounded off the tally with a ferocious angular hit to beat Bazeley hands down.

The Times of India



Punjab Warriors to go for a win over Ranchi Rhinos


JALANDHAR: Punjab Warriors will have revenge on their minds when they face Ranchi Rhinos for the second time in three days in the Hero Hockey India League on Monday.

Rhinos had beaten Warriors 2-1 at the latter's home, before the teams played out a 1-1 draw in Ranchi on Saturday. Warriors would be keen to settle the scores before the teams get ready for the knockout stages this weekend.

Having beaten by Rhinos at home, Warriors would try everything possible to avoid a repeat at Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium on Monday.

Both the teams might have already qualified for the semifinals, but there is still a lot at stake. There is every chance that they could face each other in one of the two semifinals on Saturday, and hence, both teams would like to treat this game as the dress rehearsal of the semifinal.

Had it not been due to Jaap Stockmann's outstanding performance under the bar on Saturday, Warriors could have easily conceded 4-5 goals against the Rhinos. And that means that the home team's defence has some scope to improve.

"Having already qualified for the semis allowed us to try out a few different combinations on the field," Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer explained after Saturday's game.

Monday's match gives them another and possibly last opportunity to do a few more experiments before they settle for their final combination for the knockout stage.

Rhinos, on the other hand, played without their influential skipper Rovers, who was ill, on Saturday. The visitors would hope to have him back, as they missed his creativity a lot against the Warriors.

Warriors created at least four-five penalty corners on Saturday, but despite having drag flickers like Rupinder Pal Singh and Christopher Crielo, were unable to convert even one. That is one thing the Warriors would like to improve upon before the knock-out stages.

Rhinos played a very aggressive game on Saturday, but were missing that final touch that would have resulted in a goal. They entered the Warriors' circle on a number of occasions, but had just one goal to show for their efforts.

The Rhinos team think tank would like to see their young team to convert a few more opportunities, to give their already solid defence a little more margin for error.

In the semis, the top team plays fourth placed team, while second placed team clashes with the third placed team. Both these teams would be keen to finish above the fourth placed team, so that they can avoid top side in the semis.

Ranchi Rhinos coach Gregg Clark said: "We have met Punjab Warriors twice and we have got to know many things about them. We drew last match, where we didn't materialise chances. This time, we will improve our performance and materialise the chances we will get."

Punjab Warriors captain Jamie Dwyer said that their team have learnt a lot from the previous matches and will use the experience on Monday.

"It was an interesting last match for us against Ranchi Rhinos. I think the travel and play will take a lot out of Ranchi in the next game. It will hurt them a lot because they do not have enough experience of Jalandhar conditions. It will be good for us to beat them and get the necessary momentum going into the semifinal," Dwyer said.

The Times of India



Mumbai Magicians: Only 2 wins away from semis

Shashank Gupta


With the completion of 25 games in the ongoing Hero Hockey India League, the points table is delicately poised for a couple of teams and much comfortably placed for the rest.

As just 5 league matches remain, each of five teams has two engagements each.

These matches are inconsequential to Delhi Waveriders (44 points), Ranchi Rhinos (31 points) and Punjab Warriors (27 points) as they are through to the semis.

For the other two -- Mumbai Magicians and Uttar Wizards -- the climax is yet to come.

With 22 points, one win for Uttar Pradesh Wizards will seal the fate for Mumbai Magicians who are at 14 points.

Both have a game left where they face each other. In their earlier outings together, it was an even score - once UP won and in the other one Mumbai won, their only win the league so far.

So, if Magicians are able to thrash the Wizards in this game on Wednesday, then they will be eyeing the game against Delhi Waveriders v Uttar Pradesh Wizards game, the penultimate one -- Match No. 29 -- lined up on Thursday at 1800hrs, at Delhi.

In this game, if the Waveriders beat the Wizards or play a draw, then at 2000hrs on the same day in Mumbai, the Magicians will take on the Ranchi Rhinos with their task cut-out crystal clear - A win with a required victory margin known before hand. Not a must mention that beating Rhinos may not be that simple a task though.

However, if Wizards stun the Waveriders then Magicians’ show is over, although that looks to be bleak possibility, witnessing the way Waveriders have gone in this tournament.

And in case of points tie-up with the Wizards –- when Delhi draws with UP and Mumbai manages a win in both games -- Mumbai still have a chance as they are only 3 goals behind Wizards on the goal difference. That is a minuscule one in contemporary Hockey.

Surprisingly, Mumbai Magicians have won only one match but what has kept them in fray is their meticulous picking of points in each game. They have not let their loss margin go out of their hands and have managed to grab 9 points from their 9 defeats – that is equivalent to a win and two draws.

It just a matter of finding the long lost magic wand for the Magicians. If they can bring it back, it can catapult them to the semis. The show isn’t over yet.

Stick2Hockey.com



Hockey India League fails here and there

s2h team


On many fronts, from Indian or global standpoint, the ongoing Hockey India League scores on many vital factors that can redefine the future course the conservative game may take, but as of now some shortcomings that stark on the face need to be weeded out to make it a potentially a popular entity.

Four out of five teams qualify for the semi-finals: If Mumbai Magicians qualify for the semis after so many loses then one wonders what’s the point of having so many matches? There is little fear amongst teams to perform well because in the end, it’s only one team that will be relegated. A look at the points table after 80% of the games are over, and there aren't any awards for guessing who is most likely to be relegated. Thank God for UPW who gave life to MM.

Does it improve the standard of Indian Hockey? Now that 25 matches are over, the question is: Name a few Indian players, with the exception of current Indian team players (both seniors and juniors) whose game impresses you? If you struggle beyond a Malak Singh here and a Mandeep Singh there, you have answered the above question. The League seems to go a long way. The rules facilitate 10 foreign players out of 24 in each team, and 5 foreign players can be fielded at any given time during a game. This does not give adequate opportunity for the unknown lots to make it to the bigger cut.

Bite this, of 100+ goals scored in the league, just over 50% of them have come from Indian players. Now, leave aside Sandeep Singh, Rupinderpal and VR Raghunath, the goal tally goes down to still less. Even further, if you reduce Indian senior/junior members – SV Sunil, Gurwinder Chandi, Dharamvir Singh , Akashdeep Singh, etc. - the figure will drop down drastically further. One can easily say this is the League of refinement of the current Indian team players. There is little in it for those who haven’t made it to the National team.

Poor Commentary: Each person who is interviewed on television says just one thing: Hockey India League is the best thing ever to happen to Indian Hockey. It will take Hockey a long way in India. Some even say, this is the biggest League of the World! When every another person you feature on the screen says the same thing over and over again, you do two things: either you doubt it or you just ignore it.

Most of the commentators are former players. Its an opportunity for them to reminisce their playing years, and enrich our knowledge. Unfortunately, they harp on field proceedings, and have nothing to add on technical matters.

During the game when commentators discuss Chak De India (a movie that released 5 years back) girls, the artificiality strikes on the face, one intends to mute the television. Commentators’ bias towards players of their region or likes, repetition of same points match after match, lack of creative thinking do no good to tv watchers.

English commentary, although better than the Hindi one, brings in a different plethora of problems. Here commentators fumble with their word selection, many a times.

Female anchors add glamour for young generation, but they need to combine skills with commentary.

Public response: All UP Wizards matches were held on holidays, Saturday and Sunday. Apart from the first game, where the stadium was full to watch Katrina Kaif, etc., public did not turn up in good numbers; Most of them are from the ranks of Sahara. Delhi, Jalandhar and Mumbai did not score much either. Innovative ideas to bring crowd is a complete miss. Only Ranchi scores on crowd so far.

Video referrals are a must at least in the next edition onward.

There is a facebook page, dedicated website that takes hockey to new gen. Players are getting good money and something good is happening for Indian Hockey. But it is time to go beyond.

It’s time the organizers look into quality aspect as a whole.

Stick2Hockey.com



Wanderers win Scottish Division 1 championship in emphatic style

National Indoor League Division 1


Dundee Wanderers capped off a remarkable indoor league season with three comprehensive victories over Reid Kerr College Kelburne (5-2), CALA Edinburgh (13-2) and title rivals Grove Menzieshill (11-2) to win the Division 1 championship at today’s final session at Forthbank.

Wanderers finished the season with an impressive 100% record comprising fourteen wins from fourteen matches. The Dundonians also scored well over a century of goals during the league campaign, averaging just fewer than nine goals per game.

City rivals Grove Menzieshill defeated Inverleith in their first match (7-3) but effectively handed the title to Wanderers after a 5-3 loss to Milne Craig Clydesdale Western.

Joining Dundee Wanderers and Grove Menzieshill for next Saturday’s Indoor Gala Day and the European play-offs at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth will be CALA Edinburgh and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western, who finished third and fourth.

The Edinburgh side defeated the Titwood outfit 4-2 and also won against Granite City Wanderers (5-2).  Milne Craig Clydesdale Western’s win over Grove Menzieshill and draw against Western Wildcats (2-2) clinched their place in the mix for European qualification.

Granite City Wanderers and Inverleith Ladies are relegated from the league following today’s losses in their two matches.

National Indoor League Central Division

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II soured the title party for league winners Waverley Inveresk Trinity by ending their unbeaten record with a 5-4 win over the Edinburgh side.

The Titwood outfit also beat Grange EL (4-3) to pip Glasgow rivals Hillhead Ladies to second place in the league on goal difference.

Both Waverley Inveresk Trinity and Hillhead Ladies progress to a play-off against the Midland & North qualifiers with a place in Division 1 next season up for grabs.

National Indoor League Midland & North Division

Grove Menzieshill A celebrated clinching the Midland & North title with victories over Perthshire (5-4) and Stirling Wanderers (4-1) at today’s indoor session at DISC.

They finished twelve points clear of Perthshire, who in turn pipped Dundee Wanderers II to second place despite a 6-4 loss to Wanderers.

Both Perthshire and Dundee Wanderers II now go into a play-off scenario against the qualifiers from the Central Division to determine promotion to Division 1.

Bon Accord MBC finish bottom of the table but enjoyed their final session with wins over Dundee Wanderers II (4-2) and Stirling Wanderers (5-2).

For today's results and final league standings, please visit the Women's National Indoor Leagues.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Down to the wire

The MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League Division One title will only be dertermined on Thursday after Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School defeated Petaling jaya Municipal Council 4-0 at the National Hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The win by the defending champions makes PJCC sweat it out for the next four days. For SSTMI will play UniKL Young Guns and a win for either team will give them the title. And if they end up with a draw, then PJCC will be celebrating in the stands as they will be crowned champions.

PJCC only needed a draw to lift the League title, but SSTMI's Shahril Saabah dented their hopes early with a fourth minute penalty corner goal.After that SSTMI took control of the match and won four more penalty corners, and scored their second in the 30th minute off a Mohamed Zulhamizan field goal to enter the dressing room with the title in sight.

Huzairy Zin then made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute, while Azwar Rahman helped himself to another in the 53rd minute.

SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman knows the score on Thursday: "The defeat to Anderson (2-1) on Friday turned out to be a blessing as it was a wake-up call for my players to play better against PJCC. Now, we can't afford to make too many mistakes in the match against UniKL as its a winner-take-all."

PJCC team manager Zanal Abidin was disappointed with the defeat, but is keeping is fingers crossed for UniKL and SSTMI to end with a draw.

"We will be at the stands on Thursday when UniKL and SSTMI play, and hopefully its a draw so we can celebrate our maiden JHL League title," said Zanal.

Unofficial MJHL site




PJCC forced to wait

THURSDAY DECIDER: They must now hope their conquerors SSTMI and UniKL draw to claim title

By Jugjet Singh



SSTMI players celebrate after defeating PJCC at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Pic by Hasriyasyah Sabudin

TENGKU Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) kept alive their hopes of defending the Division One League title when they beat Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC) 4-0 in the NSC-Milo-MHC Junior Hockey League yesterday.The league title will now be decided on Thursday when SSTMI play UniKL Young Guns in a winner-take-all match as both teams are tied on 15 points.

PJCC ended their campaign on 18 points but their goals-scored count is too low to challenge for the title unless the SSTMI-UniKL match ends in a draw which means they will be crowned champions without breaking sweat while watching from the stands.

Playing at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, PJCC only needed a draw to lift the League title but SSTMI's Shahril Saabah dented their hopes early with a fourth minute penalty corner goal.

After that, SSTMI took control of the match and won four more penalty corners but scored their second in the 30th minute off a Mohamed Zulhamizan field goal to enter the break with the title in sight.

Huzairy Zin then made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute before Azwar Rahman helped himself to another in the 53rd minute.

SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman knows the score and said: "The defeat to Anderson (2-1) on Friday turned out to be a blessing as it was a wake-up call for my players to play better against PJCC. Now we can't afford to make too many mistakes in the match against UniKL as it is a winner-take-all."

PJCC team manager Zanal Abidin was disappointed with the defeat but is keeping his fingers crossed that the UniKL v SSTMI match ends in a draw.

"We will be on the stands on Thursday when UniKL and SSTMI play, and hopefully it is a draw so we can celebrate our maiden JHL League title," said Zanal.

Two red cards were yesterday flashed to PJCC player Khairol Shafik and Politeknik player Mohamed Kamarul.

RESULTS -- Division One: SSTMI 4 PJCC 0.

Division Two -- Group A: Nur Insafi 1 Kelantan HA 7, Perlis 1 1Mas Penang 0, Anderson Jnrs 3 SERATAS 0.

Group B: Tunas Muda Pahang 2 Bukit Jalil SS Juniors 3, Padang Midin 2 Johor HA 5, Olak PKT 1 Politeknik KPT 2.

New Straits Times



MPBJ fail to get the point needed to win league title

By S. RAMAGURU



Great joy: Thunderbolt’s Mohamed Huzairy Zin (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after netting a field goal in the 43rd minute against MBPJ during their MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League match yesterday. — SAMUEL ONG / The Star


KUALA LUMPUR: It was a point too far for Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) as they fell to their first defeat in the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League yesterday.

Needing just a draw to clinch the title, MBPJ were soundly beaten 4-0 by SSTMI-Thunderbolt at the National Hockey Stadium. It was MPBJ’s last match. The title decider will now go down to the wire with the last league match on Thursday when Thunderbolt take on Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).

MBPJ still lead the standings on 18 points from seven matches in the eight-team league. Thunderbolt are second on 16 points from six matches followed by UniKL, also on 16 points but with an inferior goal difference.

Thunderbolt, who needed a victory to keep their hopes of retaining the title alive, took the fight to the MPBJ side from the get-go.

The Petaling Jaya side were at a disadvantage from the start as they were without skipper Mohamed Shahiram Zali and Mohamed Asraf Zulzali due to suspension.

Thunderbolt showed they were not troubled by their first loss of the season — a 3-2 defeat by MBI-Anderson on Friday.

The match was only four minutes old when Shahril Saabah breached the MPBJ side with a penalty corner conversion to give Thunderbolt the lead. Mohamed Sufi Ismat and Mohamed Zul­hamisan had chances to increase Thunderbolt’s lead but muffed their chances.

Zulhamisan, however, made amends in the 30th minute, scoring a field goal to give Thunderbolt a 2-0 first-half lead.

Not happy with the lead, Thunderbolt continued to torment MPBJ.

They were rewarded in the 43rd minute when Mohamed Huzairy Zin netted a field goal.

Ten minutes later, Mohamed Azwar Rahman completed the rout.

MBPJ assistant team manager Zainal Abidin Ismail said they just could not perform due to the suspension of Mohamed Shahiram and Mohamed Asraf.

But he believes MBPJ are still in the hunt for the title.

“We can still win the title although it’s quite slim. A draw between Thunderbolt and UniKL will give us the title. But we are not going to worry about it. Our aim now is to prepare for the knockout stage,” said Zainal.

Thunderbolt coach Wan Mohamed Roslan said the defeat on Friday was a wake-up call for the players.

“So maybe the defeat was good after all. We now have a clear shot at keeping our title. But we will not take it easy and will be well prepared to face UniKL. The players did well to improve on their performance today and they will go all out for the title,” he added.

The Star of Malaysia



Gold for Mr. T



S.THYAGARAJAN (MR.T to the hockey fraternity) was felicitated last week by the Directors and the Staff of THE HINDU Group for completing fifty years in sports journalism at the newspaper. He is currently the Deputy Sports Editor in the rank of an Associate Editor. Joining THE HINDU in 1962, he has covered various national and international tournaments with hockey as the main sport.

Thyagarajan has reported for THE HINDU and its sister puiblication, THE SPORTSTAR, on six Olympic Games (1984-2004), eight World Hockey Championships (1982-2010), eight Asian Games (1982-2010), Asian Championships (1985-2005) apart from a host of internationals including Champions Trophy, Azlan Shah Cup and over twenty National Championships. Besides hockey, he has reported international events, athletics, tennis, table tennis and badminton.

Mr. Thyagarajan is now heading the Media Commission of the Asian Hockey Federation. He was President of the Field Hockey Commission in the AIPS from 1998 to 2006 and also served as member of the Communication Committee of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) till it was disbanded two years ago. He was also a former President of the Sports Journalists Federation of India. (SJFI).

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Black Stick Punt steals limelight off Nick Willis

GREG FORD



MULTI-TALENTED: Black Stick Anita Punt easily transferred her speed on hockey turf to a grass track.

It's not often Nick Willis gets upstaged at a track and field meeting in New Zealand. But on Saturday, in Christchurch, Anita Punt did just that.

The Black Sticks forward, with a reputation for burning up hockey turfs, turned heads at Christ's College when she blazed to the lead in the women's 100m and 300m - on Upper - the college's pompous name for their sports field - confirming she's one of the fastest women on two legs in New Zealand.

Punt was invited to the International Track Meet by sponsor New Balance to add some novelty value but the Nelson-born Wellington resident won both her events and is now eyeing the national championships in March.

While her 100m time (12.61sec) was not especially fast, it was on grass and only a fraction slower than one of the men in the 100m final (won by Joseph Millar from Auckland in 11.22sec).

She recorded 39.6sec in the 300m dash, easing up with the race in the bag, suggesting she has a future in the longer sprints.

Her next sporting assignment is a low-key track meet in Hamilton on Saturday, before she heads away with the New Zealand hockey team for a tour of Argentina later this month.

"So that means if I run at the nationals I will have about one week to prepare while the other girls will have been building for it all year. But it is fun and I am enjoying it, so why not?"

Willis was comparatively pedestrian.

The Beijing Olympic silver medallist attempted to run under four minutes for the mile but conditions - a fresh easterly - put paid to those aspirations.

His time of 4min 8.1sec was slow, yet he still recorded his first victory at the meeting after a number of aborted attempts to compete in Christchurch and a couple of shock losses.

He later pleased the masses - about 3000 people came to watch him run - when he announced he would be back next year.

Event promoter Paul Coughlan said he was rapt with the turnout and other notable performances including a gripping 3000m race between New Zealand Olympian Lucy Van Dalen and Susan Kuijken (Netherlands).

Kuijken, based in Melbourne, kicked away from Van Dalen on the home straight.

"I spoke to Lucy and Nick yesterday and they said the atmosphere was amazing," he said. "But the performance of the day, for me, came from Tom Walsh."

The Timaru shot putter smashed his personal best by half a metre.Walsh hefted the 7.26kg shot 19.83m eclipsing Les Mills' old personal best, making Walsh New Zealand's second best thrower behind Jacko Gill (who has broken the 20 metre barrier).

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