NZ men's four win on day of mixed results

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012

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The New Zealand men's four finally got off the mark at the world championships at the third attempt in Adelaide yesterday, reinvigorating their campaign with a comfortable 20-7 defeat of Namibia in pool play.

After suffering losses to England and Ireland on the opening day, Tony Grantham, Matt Gallop, Ali Forsyth and Richard Girvan secured a morale-boosting win.

The women's triple of Lisa White, Jan Khan and Mandy Boyd also experienced their first success following reversals to Australia and Hong Kong on Saturday, when they overwhelmed Ireland 17-5.

Shannon McIlroy, New Zealand's entrant in the men's singles, started his tournament with a heavy loss to Australia's world No 2 Leif Selby but recovered to beat England's Jamie Chesney 21-15.

His form continued yesterday when he was too strong for Robin Chok (Hong Kong) 21-4 and Nicholas Cole (Spain) 21-18.

Defending pairs champions Val Smith and Jo Edwards were again a mixed bag as they produced a two-win two-loss record after four rounds.

They lost to Australia and thrashed Canada on Saturday and were inconsistent again yesterday, dropping their first match to South Africa 19-14 before crushing Israel 21-9.

Qualifying rounds for the men's singles and fours, and the women's pairs and triples will continue until Thursday when both genders switch to the opposite disciplines.

Post-sectional play begins on Tuesday next week and the championships end five days later.

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