Kapi-Mana News : August 28th 2012
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For one thing, it's the players, not the coach, who bring fans through the turnstiles. So you don't get rid of your big-name players on a whim. And it's far easier, and cheaper, to sack one coach than half a dozen under-performing players. English football clubs have long followed that policy. Pietersen, who always appears a bit of a malcontent in the Eng- land set-up, sent some extremely inflammatory text messages to his South African opponents during the second test at Headingley last month. The odd thing is, they weren't critical of the South Africans, but of his own captain, Andrew Strauss, and coach, Andy Flower. Shortly after, he intimated that he might retire from all inter- national cricket. That managed to divert atten- tion away from the England team on to him. Then he released on YouTube an interview he organised, in which he announced he now loved international cricket and his team-mates, and wanted to resume playing for England in all forms of the game. Despite his mea culpa, Pietersen remained on the outer. He was dropped for the crucial third test (having scored 149 in the second) and overlooked for the Twenty20 team (despite starring in the last Twenty20 World Cup, two years ago). So player power didn't work with Pietersen, who was put firmly back in his box and is now faced with grovelling and begging to return to the England team. If only New Zealand sports administrators were as strong as those running the England cricket team. We got a look at how things often stand in New Zealand sport when the Black Caps toured the West Indies in 1996. Adam Parore and Chris Cairns got the huff with coach Glenn Turner and walked out on the tour -- a lovely way to treat your team-mates. New Zealand Cricket chief executive Chris Doig labelled them miscreants. The result? Turner was sacked and Parore and Cairns returned to the New Zealand team, no questions asked. I have a suspicion something similar has happened at the Warriors. In 2011 the Warriors played outstandingly and reached the NRL grand final. Throughout 2012, several War- riors players have pranced about as if they were still living on the glory of last year's campaign. I felt sorry for coach McClen- nan, in his first year in the job, trying to get his players' minds on the job. The Warriors have had some miserable results, so just before the end of the season, McClennan has been sacked. Such is the lot of the coach. Little thought of pointing the finger at players who have been unprofessional and inept, especially on defence; little scrutiny of McClennan's assistant coaches and nothing about the club administration. Apparently the Warriors' woe- ful results in 2012 were all the result of one bloke, sitting in the grandstand. McClennan is one of the top coaches in world rugby league, as he showed during his successes with the Mt Albert Lions, the Kiwis and the Leeds Rhinos. Did he suddenly turn into a dud, or was there more to it? It was simplistic to simply sack him, saying he had lost the dress- ing room''. Of course players, given a choice between admitting they've played shockingly all year, or blaming the coach, will point the finger at the coach. But it was shallow to think the problems could be solved simply by removing McClennan. Player power certainly exists at the Warriors. Let's see if they end up any better off. Local skater picked for world championships Lining up: Tanja De Wilde, second from left, skating with The Ring Master's Spell small show skate group. By MARY-ANNE THOMSON Judgeford skater Tanja De Wilde has been selected to represent New Zealand as part of a show skate team at the 2012 World Artistic Rollerskating Champion- ships in October. It is a dream come true for the 17-year-old who started skating as a primary school student. DeWilde and three others from the Upper Hutt Rollerskating Club joined skaters from Palmer- ston North and Hawera to form a small show skate team with an eye on the 2012 World Champion- ships. De Wilde still competes in her individual events for solo dance and figures, and is continuing to train hard in these. The qualifying event for the 2013 Oceania Championships in Sydney is coming up in Wanganui later this month. De Wilde's team will present The Ring Master's Spell at the World Artistic Championships in Auckland from October 1 to 13.
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