Short turnaround frustrates Umaga

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga says he is relying on mental preparatiion for his side's match against Taranaki on Wednesday.

Frustrated Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga says his side's short turnaround between matches has left him with little opportunity to make improvements on the training field.

Grand final spot booked for Eastern Suburbs

Suburbs' Damien Mosquera shows his footwork.

The Chatham Cup is within Eastern Suburbs' reach after a dominant semifinal display

Win or bust for Lynn Avon

Lynn Avon's Hanjaar Kidiwala scored a hat-trick to keep his side alive in the second division.

Relegation woes trouble clubs as season draws to a close

Waitakere goes down in '12 minutes of madness'

Centre-back Sammy Khan has played superbly for Waitakere City in what was a disappointing season, player-coach Jake Butler says.

A lack of strike power has seen Waitakere City's premier football side sent down to division one.

Pukekohe netballers keen to hold court

Pukekohe High School's premier netball team are focused on finishing in the top six at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) Tournament this week. Here Shaye Murray, back left, Geffrina Sinisa, Bailee Waller, Georgia Lusty, Katelin Bignell, coach Vicki Morgan, Ma'u Isileli-Fo'ou, front left, MaCauley Newson, Phoebe Kempton and Jojo Coleman celebrate winning the recent Counties Manukau Secondary Schools Netball Competition ahead of the UNISS tournament.

The Pukekohe High School premier netball team is pumped for the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) Tournament which started on Monday. 

Hukatai itching for game time

Ngataua Hukatai was a member of the 2014 National Youth Competition (NYC) champion Junior Warriors before he signed with the Counties Manukau Steelers.

League convert Ngataua Hukatai will try his hand at sevens if a Super Rugby contract does not come his way.

MAGS dominates winter sports

Maddison Wyllie-Papali'i, Holly Fowler and Rebekah van Dort of Mount Albert Grammar School.

Grabbing four titles in a month completes a bumper sporting season for MAGS.

Playing it safe on the sports field

ACC forked out more than $430 million last year in active sports injuries

ACC is confident major sports injuries are down despite increasing costs.

Fifita finding his feet in Counties

Sione Fifita has been a prolific try scorer in Counties Manukau club rugby but has yet to be given much space in a Steelers jersey.

Sione Fifita has yet to have a break-out performance for Counties Manukau but those within the province believe he is a highlight reel waiting to happen.

Bombay's battle ends in bittersweet victory

Bombay's Stephanie Collins looks for someone to pass to, while Mel Brown heads down the court.

Bombay became the giant slayers on the weekend when they toppled the top team by two points.

Patumahoe snatch win from Iwi United

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It was a tight tussle between Alberts Patty Prems and Iwi United Kotare on Saturday at Pukekohe Netball Centre's premier gold division competition.

Smart show strong resilience on court

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A last minute scurry for players did not hinder Smart Monarch Prems when they faced Te Kohanga 1 on Saturday at Pukekohe Netball Centre's premier gold division competition.

Disability league a 'life changer'

Cain Hiko, 16, from Sunnyvale tackles Matt Ngametua.

The introduction of disability rugby league into New Zealand has been a success, its organisers say.

WWE comes to rugby league video

Catalan Dragons centre Ben Pomeroy executes a suplex-style wrestling move on Castleford wing Ashley Gordon.

Catalan centre Ben Pomeroy facing lengthy ban after executing suplex-style move in British Super League game.

Around the football grounds

Western Springs keeper Ashleigh McNaughton suffers an injury against Glenfield.

 Glenfield advance in the Women's KO Cup while Eastern Suburbs are crowned men's champions.

St Paul's tops ARL schools

St Paul's Asalemo Usumanu is tackled.

St Paul's College beat Kelston to at Birkenhead War Memorial Park and are back on top of secondary school rugby league.

Glenfield advance to Women's KO Cup final

Springs' Evie Millynn controls the ball.

Western Springs' cup hopes were shattered on the North Shore.

First XV final ends in nail-biter

St Kentigern`s Carlos Price jumps for joy at the final whistle.

St Kentigern takes the Auckland 1A final in a dramatic match at Eden Park.

Super Rugby interest in Henwood

Two Super Rugby sides are showing interest in Counties Manukau openside flanker Sam Henwood.

Counties Manukau openside flanker Sam Henwood is hoping a stint playing professional rugby in Portugal will be the catayst to his promotion to Super Rugby.

Backlogged sport fees waived

Red card given to sports fees

Balance has been restored as Auckland's sport club fees are scrapped.

Boy rugby player banned

The boy's club said a three season ban is excessive for an 11-year-old boy.

An 11-year-old Auckland rugby player who physically attacked a referee has been suspended from playing rugby for two and a half years.

From Swamp Fox to Steeler

Former Thames Valley halfback Richard Judd is relishing his chance to impress with the Counties Manukau Steelers.

After toiling in the Heartland Championship since 2010, halfback Richard Judd is determined to prove he is worthy of his elevation to the top level of provincial rugby.

Hardie gets his Scots chance

Kiwi John Hardie says "Scotland is in my blood" as he gets set to stake a Rugby World Cup claim with them.

Southland flanker stoutly defends his ancestry as he gets set to debut for Scotland and enter RWC selection race.

Is this the best junior club rugby side ever?

Rugby ball.

You couldn't ask much more of Ponsonby-Kelston's under-13s side. They've won 149 games in a row since 2007.

Cyclists combat human trafficking gallery

Saint Kentigern College's senior boys cycling team will be competing in the Tear Fund Poverty Cycle. From left; Edward Barry, Liam Cappel, Connor Brown, James Brown and Henry Mellsop.

Hundreds of cyclists are looking to shift the gears on human trafficking by competing in a cycle challenge.

Rugby league grand final awaits St Paul's

Captain Beau Cordtz and Christopher Sio after their training in preparation for Saturday's CRL grand final.

St Paul's College premier rugby league squad are preparing to compete in the upcoming CRL grand final.

Franklin riders aim for brilliance

Pokeno's Rachel Stock hopes to qualify for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

Franklin has a vast pool of talented riders all working exceptionally hard to reach their goals. Three of these riders will be followed by sports reporter Briar Hubbard once a month until they have competed at their nominated event.

Three Kings Utd in transfer trouble

Tom Konusi is at the centre of an ineligibilty debacle.

Relegation fears and a costly transfer saga are among the woes at a central Auckland club.

Head boy tackles rugby

Tamaki College head boy John Akau'ola is staring down the path of a potential career in rugby union.

Tamaki College's head boy has been given the ticket to live his rugby dream.

Bears working on consistency

Dean Kouka-Smith gets around Papakura's Zacchues Chong-Nee.

It was a tough end to the season for the Glenora Bears.

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