Auckland Tuatara coach 'really excited' by open trials turnout

As the Auckland Tuatara wrap up their open trials in Auckland today, manager Steve Mintz says that the organisation are thrilled with the turnout.

With the Tuatara coming into existence ahead of the new Australian Baseball League season, the Auckland side have been holding trials, hoping to find an undiscovered talent among New Zealand amateurs.

Speaking to 1 NEWS this morning, Mintz said that the trials have been a success.

"We've been very excited with the turnouts that we've had," he began.

"We've been able to find a handful of people that we think can help us.

"We're super excited about the people with the interest, the willingness to do the trials. For me, that speaks volumes about them - we're excited about everything that's happened the last couple of days."

The Tuatara will assemble as a team for the first time in November, ahead of their inaugural season.
 

The Kiwi baseball side are looking for top amateur players to join their ranks. Source: 1 NEWS


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Dillian Whyte looming as next opponent for Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua's next opponent appears to be all but confirmed, with a rematch against compatriot Dillian Whyte to go ahead despite declaring he's targeting American champion Deontay Wilder, according to the Times.

Having defeated Alexander Povetkin with a seventh round knockout last weekend, Joshua is still wanting a bout with WBC title holder Wilder, as victory would see him crowned heavyweight boxing's unified, undisputed champion.

However, with Wilder to fight Brit Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on December 1, Joshua's options have thinned, meaning a possible rematch with Whyte firming as the most lucrative for the undefeated 28-year old.

Joshua defeated Whyte in 2015, handing him his only career loss to date, while both fighters have defeated New Zealand's Joseph Parker in 2018.

Whyte meanwhile, appears likely to face longtime rival Dereck Chisora in December, although his status as the WBO's leading challenger could see him be given another fight against Joshua as a mandatory challenger. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Joshua's next bout will be on April 13 after Sunday's victory.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Dillian Whyte knocks Joseph Parker down during the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker at The O2 Arena on July 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Kiwi weightlifting champion David Liti breaks 16-year national record

New Zealand's weightlifting golden boy David Liti is showing no signs of slowing down, toppling a national record today in Auckland which has stood for 16 years.

The 22-year-old surpassed Kiwi great Nigel Avery with a record 176kg snatch.

Liti said he was chuffed with his record lift.

"Over the moon really, I've wanted those records since I started weightlifting," said Liti.

His coach Tina Bell says his form is coming just right before the November world championships.

"We are just well and truly on our way to a great preparation for the world's," said Bell.

Liti won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games men's 105kg+ division in April and was awarded a special sportsmanship award during the closing ceremony.

Liti lifted a record 176kg snatch to surpass former record holder Nigel Avery. Source: 1 NEWS


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