Manawatu's pride flies into title defence

PETER LAMPP AND GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 11/03/2013

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The pride of Manawatu freestyle motocross, Levi Sherwood, made a flying start to his title defence at the opening round of the Red Bull X-Fighters series in Mexico City on Saturday morning.

He was third behind Frenchman Tom Pages and Dany Torres of Spain competing in front of 38,000 people in the Monumental Plaza de Toros bullring. It was the same venue where Sherwood won his first event in 2009. His next stop is Dubai on April 12.

Arana Noema-Barnett was named last week in the New Zealand under-19 cricket squad to play Australia.

He really shone in a recent Butler Cup game, the Palmerston North Boys' High School interclub competition played on Fridays after school. Playing for Vernon club, he scored 118, which might not sound remarkable, but Vernon's total was only 130. Noema-Barnett hit 11 fours and 11 sixes to account for more than 90 per cent of his team's total.

Daniel Clout, who is at the centre of the wheel-clamping controversy in New Plymouth, was a Manawatu man.

Born in Palmerston North, as a triathlete he travelled the world, contested eight world championship races in Olympic-distance triathlon and standard-distance duathlon until about 2007.

He spent much time in the United States and in 2004 contemplated turning his back on New Zealand and representing the Americans. He won silver as a 19-year-old in his first time overseas at the 2000 duathlon worlds in Calais, France.

New Manawatu Jets coach Mike Kalavros may have taken a giant dip in the profile of the teams he has been involved with.

He has come from being assistant of the Shanghai Sharks, owned by former NBA star Yao Ming, where games are reportedly watched by 500 million people. Arena Manawatu holds about 2500 people, when full, and the games aren't televised.

The Football Ferns could do with Anna Green starting more often.

The Palmerston North woman scored in the team's 2-0 win over Italy in Cyprus at the weekend, for their second win of the tournament. Slotting in at left back, Green hit the post, then scored their second goal as her cross went straight into the net midway through the second half.

New Zealand's final group match is against England tomorrow morning (NZT).

Manawatu's Turbos will have only one ITM Cup match as late as 7.35pm in their five home games this year.

Yes, there are five, not four, as was mistakenly published on Friday. The first against Auckland on Sunday, August 25 kicks off at 4.35pm, the second against North Harbour is a 2.35pm Sunday game on September 8, then Southland at 6pm on Friday, September 13, 5.35pm on Saturday, September 28 against Taranaki and 7.35pm against Northland on Friday, October 4.

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- The Manawatu Standard

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