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Monday, April 16, 1990
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40 The Sydney Morning Herald Monday, April 16, 1990 wker pulls on SPORT Campese sizzles in Scottish Sevens PETER BILLS " :fmfmmmym "mm0?k Jit boot aim for injii Distinguished Test centre Michael Hawker has been coaxed out of retirement for the third time and will make an unexpected appearance in Sydney University's first-grade team against Gordon at University Oval today. Hawker, 30, has not played competitive football since the Wallaby tour of Argentina in 1987, and had resigned himself to the sideline this season as Sydney University's first-grade coach. However, Hawker, who played 25 Tests, was persuaded by the University lower-grade coaches on Saturday night to put on his boots again for one special appearance, after regular centre George Alexiou dislocated his shoulder against Eastwood at T. G. Millner Field earlier in the day. The coaches convinced Hawker of the logic of playing at inside centre, particularly as there was no training session between the two competition matches over Easter, where they could have taught a replacement the backline moves. "I didn't exactly put my hand up to play, but the other coaches thought that it was worth a try," Hawker said yesterday. "But it is definitely a one-off. I have no real aspirations to spend the rest of the season playing. Although we do not know how Patient Curren owns otter SURFING HEATHER SMITH BELLS BEACH: The sometimes enigmatic, but always brilliant Californian, Tom Curren, is set to .qualify for his third consecutive world tour contest final at the Rip CurlCoca-Cola Bottlers Easter Classic today. Curren took on world champion Martin Potter who he describes as "the best surfer I've seen" in the second quarter-final and the struggle which ensued was fascinating. The 1.5-2m swell was lumpy and both surfers sat outside at Rincon Point waiting for a ride-able wave. Potter caught the first wave of the heat but Curren quickly replied. As the minutes ticked away Curren knew he was left with the following equation, thanks to the beach commentators: a ride worth 9.5 points or more in one minute. Curren, cool as a cucumber in the chilly wind that predominates here at this time of year, did it with ease and won the heat 76.5-72. Curren wasn't expecting anything less than a close result against last year's Bells Beach champion. "I thought it would be difficult, especially because we had so long to wait for a wave at the beginning," Curren said. "In the middle of the heat I had trouble finding a good rhythm. Nine points to get isn't that much but we both could have done with a good wave and it was a matter of who got it." Yesterday was the first time Curren and Potter had met for several years. Potter and Curren have both been on the tour for many years, however, and the head-to-head honours have been evenly distributed. "Martin is a very difficult opponent, especially now that he has more experience," Curren said. Curren believes he has a great chance of beating his semi-final opponent, former world title- Restless Craig Johnston is sitting on the edge of a giant cushion in the living room of his flat in Potts Point. He is like a coiled spring. One knee keeps jiggling up and down, he constantly scratches himself and his eyes dart around the room. The phone rings. "It's Legal and General," says his assistant. Johnston jumps up and takes the call. He is going to Thailand at the end of the month to talk to their top salesmen. "I've got a heavy meeting with Ford and have to be back by the 25th," says Johnston on the phone, "Yeah ... I just got back from Thailand and Europe . . Johnston sits down again and says: "Sorry about that." The phone rings again. It's SBS. Johnston raises his finger and says: "Just a sec," and bounces into the kitchen to take the call. When Johnston comes back, we d P RUGBY GREG GROWDEN long George will be out of action, at least we have training sessions later this week where we can teach a replacement the backline moves." Originally, Hawker retired in 1983 during the Wallaby tour of France but was soon coaxed back. At the end of 1985, Hawker found business responsibilities were too heavy, and again gave the game away. But he was back in 1987 for University and the Wallaby tour of Argentina, until he opted for the third time to finish his footballing career. "I must admit it is very hard to watch from the sideline," Hawker said yesterday. It would be even more excruciating on days like Saturday when University were thrashed 30-3 by Eastwood. Australia's most capped Test player Simon Poidevin was late night included in the NSW team to play Queensland at the Sydney Football Stadium tomorrow night. The NSW camp were concerned with breakaway Steve Tuynman's knee strain and speculation of Poidevin's recall intensified whei he appeared at State V, r - On edge ... American Tom arcs a turn on the face of over world holder Barton Lynch, today to progress to the final if the swell increases overnight "I'm hoping the surf gets bigger because I've got a good board for eight to ten feet waves," he said. "I didn't start this contest too well I was lucky to win in the first round and since then I've been trying to make up for it." Perhaps ominously for Lynch, Curren said that he thought Potter would be the hardest to beat "on paper" and that he was concentrating on winning this event to consolidate his excellent start to the year. Lynch does have a head-to-head advantage over Curren, but is not as suited to the prevailing surf conditions because he is a goofyfooter. In the other semi-final, Tahitian Vetea David will paddle out against Western Australian Dave Macaulay. Johnston ROLAftSD FISHMAN resume our conversation about life after soccer. He believes that the principles that apply to sport can be applied to business. His basic philosophy is that the most talented people come second and it is those with some ability who work harder than anyone else who come out on top. Several companies, including Legal and General, AMP, BMW, AGC Finance and Bond Corp have already signed him Uni training on Saturday morning. O Test and Sydney University second-rower Damien Frawley was issued with a severe caution last night by the Sydney Rugby Union judicial committee after being sent off by referee David Kennedy for allegedly punching an Eastwood player after the whistle on Saturday. Frawley, who had not been sent off before in 12 years of major football, denied at the judicial meeting that he had punched an opponent. After cautioning Frawley, the judicial committee chairman Malcolm McPhee said he would not be as lenient if the second-rower was sent off again. The caution enables Frawley to captain NSW B against Queensland B tomorrow night. O Former Test halfback Phillip Cox will be sidelined for three weeks after rupturing his medial ligament against Gordon at Chats-wood Oval on Saturday. For Cox to miss only one match for the out-of-form Manly is disastrous news for the Seasiders who depend heavily on his services. But the club is thankful that the injury is not as serious as first assumed. Manly president Peter Brad-street, who was with Cox when he was inspected by the team doctor, Curren, vying for his third straight tournament win, a Bell's Beach wave during his quarter-final victory champion Martin Potter yesterday. David upset Narrabeen's Damien Hardman late yesterday afternoon with his usual brand of flamboyant surfing. Macaulay reached the semis thanks to a solid win over Hawaiian trialist John Shimooka. , O World champion Wendy Botha rediscovered the vagaries of Bells Beach yesterday and nearly succumbed to the experience of veteran Toni Sawyer in the quarter-finals of the Quit Women's Pro. With the wave peaks shifting from Rincon Point around into the "bowl" and back again, Botha, by her own admission, panicked and had to kick out of several " rides which fizzled into nothing. "I was freaking out," Botha said. "The waves were too full in the bowl; I kept hearing scores of seven and I thought 'what do I have to do to get a good wave?' knows the score and means up to motivate their troops. Johnston is a great self motivator. He spent most of his life being driven to be a great soccer player. The dream was partly fuelled by his father, Colin, who was a competent player. He went to England when he was 20, but it was too late in life and he didn't make it. Johnston jun went over when he was 15 and joined the Middlesbrough club as an unpaid apprentice. When he got there he found that his skills were nowhere as good as his English counterparts. He was relegated to cleaning duties. But on the field, he made up for his lack of skill by being the fittest player on the park. He ran and chased until he dropped and then he ran and chased some more. Some said he played like a headless chook. But it paid off. Liverpool snapped up Johnston from Mid Warringah winger Greg Waldermarsson evades a prod attack during their 22-3 win on Saturday. said yesterday the injured knee involved a slight rupture. Second grade halfback Kevin Hutchinson moves into the team to play Randwick at Manly Oval today. Another veteran of the 1987 Wallaby tour of Argentina, Enrique Rodriguez, will remain in "So I just bailed out and went over to Rincon and got a few good waves at the end." Sawyer led for much of the heat and Botha only caught the Manly naturalfooter in the last minute. Botha, who is still recovering from recent knee surgery, had a scare on Saturday when her right leg began to cramp up during her first-round heat against Vanessa Osborne. The same problem caused her downfall at the Bunda-berg Rum Masters at the Gold Coast last week. Botha will meet her victor at the Gold Coast, eventual contest winner Lisa Andersen, in the semi-finals this morning. The other semi-final will be fought out by Californians Kim Mearig and Alisa Schwarzstein, who caused an upset when she beat world No 2 Pam Burridge, from Newport. dlesbrough and he made a big impression in the first division. In 1986, he scored a goal for Liverpool in the FA Cup final. Kenny Dalglish, who was playing and managing the team, came up to him . and said : "Enjoy it son. This is as good as it gets." And it was. Johnston didn't have the same drive the next season and spent most of his time in the reserves or on the bench. He retired, aged 28. In his biography, Walk Alone, Johnston, referring to Dalglish, says: "He was right, it never did get any better than that magical moment. Perhaps I should have gone home then." But Johnston isn't the kind of guy who can just sit still. He thinks relaxing is for losers. Now he wants to succeed in business. "I can't tell anyone exactly what my ideas are because someone will steal them. But I know they are absolute winners." first-grade for Warringah against Northern Suburbs at North Sydney Oval, after a competent performance against Eastern Suburbs on Saturday. Rodriguez was a late inclusion in the Rats side after prop Martin Rota withdrew with influenza on Saturday morning. Although Olympic's play-off hopes depend on a Marconi win Sydney Olympic have the final chance to force their way into the Quit National League play-offs by beating co-tenants St George in the penultimate round today, but even then their fate is not in their own hands. While two points against the Saints at St George Stadium are essential if Olympic are to have any hopes of competing in the semi-finals, they must also rely on arch rivals Apia-Leichhardt losing at home in their Italian-derby match against champions Marconi-Fair-field. , v-'f-. It is a difficult set of circumstances entirely of Olympic's own making. A poor run of just four points out of eight in their past four matches has taken the sting out of their semi-final challenge. Yet if there is some cause for optimism in the face of these seemingly impossible odds it is the form displayed by a reshuffled Olympic line-up in the NSL Cup semi-final against Apia last Wednesday night. Taking on a virtually full-strength Apia side, Olympic waltzed away with a 4-1 victory which could easily have been more convincing if striker Abbas Saad had not squandered a penalty and substitute Eric Hristodoulou had not contrived to waste the simplest of chances just minutes from time. The outstanding performer on the night was winger Alistair Edwards, making his return to first IT T V ina ciose LONDON, Sunday: The destiny of the English soccer championship is turning into as tense and unpredictable a climax as last season with Aston Villa moving to within a point of leaders Liverpool yesterday. Liverpool's 2-2 draw at; home to Nottingham Forest, after squandering a two-goal lead, has given second-placed Villa renewed hope of grabbing the league title. The Merseysiders have five games remaining, one more than Villa, and are still favourites to land their 18th title, but nerves will play a vital part in the run-in. Villa manager Graham Taylor admitted his side's 1-0 home win against Chelsea was a struggle. "With all the tension around that result will do us fine. Four But like most things in Johnston's life, it's not coming easy. "I'm getting heaps of knock-backs," he said, "but I think that's fantastic" Why? "I love being knocked back. I had heaps of knock-backs in soccer. The coach of the Booragul High school Under-13 team told me I wasn't good enough. I had the same thing all through my career, people saying I'm not good enough. The same thing is happening now. "I think it's an advantage. It drives me on. I can't wait to prove everyone wrong. Everything I've ever achieved has been through courage and determination and it's not going to be any different this time." Fear of rejection . and paranoia have been great motivation forces for Johnston in the past. In his biography, he writes of his time at Liverpool : "I lived in constant fear of rejection. My paranoia was such that from Easts centre Glen Taylor to put the Rats into Picture by philup lock. occasionally collapsing during the game with what appeared to be serious injuries, Rodriguez said later that he had never felt better. "There was nothing wrong with me during the game. I was told to go down to give some other players a chance to get their breath back," Rodriguez said SOCCER MICHAEL COCKERILL grade after spending three weeks in the youth league following his return from a series of trials in England. Edwards scored a goal, had a hand in two others and worried the life out of the Apia defence with his pace, his strength and his direct line towards goal. The former youth international will again be a key figure against the Saints today. Meanwhile at Lambert Park, Apia need only a draw against Marconi to ensure their place in the top five series a task which is by no means beyond them. Apia coach Manfred Schaefer has recalled experienced goalkeeper Tony Pez-zano, while defender Mark Brown has also been included in the squad after missing last week's Cup match. With everything to play for, and the added incentive of a large crowd, Apia will be tough opposition for a Marconi side looking for a win to clinch the minor premiership. The champions, however, are gradually returning to peak form and the recent return of midfielder Ian Gray after a month's absence with an ankle injury is a timely boost on the eve of the semi-finals. Gray's value to the side was evident during Marconi's last game against Adelaide City, and with the extra more one-nils will suit me, said. "At this stage of the season as much as I would have liked to see something better, I accept we live in a real world. With a little less tension maybe we wouldn't have been quite so jittery." Gordon Cowans scored the vital goal for Villa after only 14 minutes when Chelsea goalkeeper Dave Beasant could only parry a fierce drive from Tony Cascarino. Liverpool manager Kenny Dal-glish was anxious about his team's performance. "Obviously I was not happy to throw away a lead. We have only ourselves to blame. If we can't put them in the net at one end and then give them away at the other what can you expect?" Liverpool led Forest 2-0 at business I felt I had to put in a Pele-like performance just to stay in the side." It's no different today. "I feel so much hostility. I have achieved already and I'm walking into someone else's territory and they want to see me fall on my face. "They smile to my face and stab me in the back. But they are not fooling this kid . . . I left school when I was 14 and went to England when I was 15, nobody is going to put me down." In theory he likes the challenge. "It's not much fun winning a game 15-0," he said. "Where's the joy in that? The thing is to play a team that's better than you and through teamwork and aggression to beat them 1-0. That's where the love is. That's where the sport is." The trouble is that for people like Johnston, you are only as good as your next game and it's hard to sit still in the meantime. ear in t ' he tongue-in-cheek. In other matches today, Southern Districts want to establish their position at the top of the premiership by beating Eastwood at Forshaw Rugby Park, while Eastern Suburbs should defeat Western Suburbs at Woollahra Oval. match fitness he will be a constant danger against his old club today. In other matches scheduled for today Sydney Croatia host Wollon-gong City at Edensor Park, Parra-matta Melita travel to Victoria without the suspended Alfredo Barrios for the game against South Melbourne, and Preston host already-relegated Blacktown City at Conner Reserve. In Melbourne, Adelaide Hellas lost their long battle against relegation from the NSL when they drew 1-1 with Sunshine George Cross at Skinner Reserve yesterday. Melbourne Croatia and Adelaide City played out a fiery goalless draw in a match dominated by goalkeepers David Miller (Melbourne) and Robert Zabica in Adelaide last night. The draw: TODAY (all 3pm): Sydney Olympic v Si George. St George Stadium; Apia-Leichhardt v Marconi-Fairfietd. Lambert Park : Sydney Croatia Wollon-gong City. Croatian Sports Centre; Preston v Blacktown City, Conner Reserve; South Melbourne v Parramatta Melita. Middle Park. The venue for the NSL Cup final between Sydney Olympic and South Melbourne will be drawn out of a hat on the ABC's Big Match program tonight. Rivals players Paul Trimboli (South Melbourne) and Steve Georgakis will participate in the draw. The final is scheduled for Anzac Day, April 25, and the competing venues are Olympic Park in Melbourne and Parramatta Stadium. i -a me race half-time. Israeli international Ronnie Rosenthal gave Liverpool the lead after 12 minutes and Steve McMahon added a second three minutes later, but Forest hit back with goals from Steve Hodge and Nigel Jemson. Both title contenders have difficult away matches this week. Villa visit a revitalised Manchester United on Tuesday night while Liverpool, beaten only once in 18 league matches, go to Arsenal on Wednesday. Manchester City edged closer to first division survival with a 2-1 home win over fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday. Millwall became the first club to learn their fate with a 2-0 defeat at Derby consigning them to the second division. LONDON, Sunday: David Campese, looking fit and in great form, captivated thousands, of Scots as Randwick won the Melrose Centenary Sevens with a thrilling exhibition of open Rugby in the Scottish Borders town yesterday. Randwick beat Scottish club Kelso 26-8 in the final. The Sydney club was by far the most impressive of the four guest teams and deserved their eventually comfortable triumph, despite a narrow squeak in the semifinals. But victory for the Sydney side was not achieved without cost. Lloyd Walker and Acura Niuqila both went to hospital at the end, Walker fearing he had suffered torn medial ligaments in a knee and Niuqila with a suspected cracked bone in his ankle. ; But the day belonged to Campese who gave a glorious exhibition of his running skills to silence any comment back home that a winter in Italian Rugby has taken the edge off his game. He was outstanding in every respect, amassing 44 points in Randwick's four matches by means of seven tries and eight conversions. Throughout the afternoon, watched despite the heavy showers by a crowd of up to 16,000, Campese demonstrated just what Australia had missed at the recent Hong Kong tournament. Randwick began the day by overwhelming Glasgow Academicals 30-0, then cruised past Edinburgh Academicals 20-6 in ' the quarter-finals. Their tightest match was undoubtedly the semi-final against host club Melrose, the Scottish champions this season. Campese scored an early try which he converted for a 6-0 lead but Melrose were level 6-6 at the break. In the second half, Campese quickly scored again, and converted but the hosts got back to 12-12 and then, with just two minutes remaining, captain Craig Chalmers kicked a penalty goal for a 15-12 lead. Randwick looked briefly flustered but Campese, skipping through on a 30m run, rescued the game with 60 seconds remaining, to send the Australians through 16-15.' Kelso had come through from the other half of the draw but could not match Randwick's pace, power and proven Sevens technique in a one-sided final. John Flett's early try gave Randwick a 6-0 lead, Campese converting and although Eric Paxton scored before half-time to make it 6-4 at the interval, Randwick then ran away with the final in the second half. Campese, throughout the day benefiting from his telepathic understanding with Mark Ella, scored an outstanding, individual try from his own 22, Ella converting for a 12-4 lead. Althoiigh Darren Phillips replaced Niuqila, Randwick's superiority was confirmed when Gavin Boneham scored. The locals then scored to make it 16-8 but Flett's second try of the final, converted by Campese, wrapped it up before Michael Cheika added a late try. Walker had played throughout to the semi-final but missed the final because of his injury. Of the other guest sides, Racing Club de France went out 14-8 in the first round to Melville, London Scottish lost 12-8 to Kelso and Harlequins went down 15-12 to Melrose. Campese had delighted the crowd all afternoon withOiis magical running, even in .the slippery conditions. He said later: "It was a marvellous day for us all. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the hospitality we received from the moment we arrived here. "We had heard all about the Melrose Sevens and it was great to experience this atmosphere. We set out to play good Rugby and were very pleased with the result. I would love to come back next year with the team to defend the trophy."

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