Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Kiwi Men's Squash Team Win Tough In World Champs Playoffs

Kiwi Men's Squash Team Win Tough In World Champs Playoffs

The New Zealand men’s squash team have won a hard-fought contest in their first round of playoffs at the WSF World Team Championships in Marseille, France this morning and will now battle the home country for fifth and sixth place.

The Kiwis were pushed all the way by India but somehow managed a 2-1 victory after another marathon match for top player Paul Coll.

With New Zealand down 0-1 after Ben Grindrod from Tauranga had lost to Mahesh Manaokar 4-11, 7-11, 5-11 in the opening match Coll came from two games down to win over world No.16 ranked Sauray Ghosal in 70 minutes in five games.

The 25-year-old from Greymouth who entered the event with a world ranking of No.9 eventually won 7-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-4, 11-1 to force the tie into a third match.

Auckland’s Campbell Grayson then won in four games 11-8, 13-15, 11-1, 11-4 in 51 minutes to secure the victory and retain the teams sixth seeding with the opportunity to finish fifth, although France will be difficult.

The French are led by world No.1 Gregory Gaultier with their remaining two players ranked within the top 30 in the world. Coll and Gaultier clashed in a match last month with the Frenchman narrowly winning in five games.

The championship final will be between the top two seeded teams Egypt and England.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland