Young rugby player heads to Japan

Anastasia Sekene, right, holds the national trophy with former Auckland Women's Seven coach Peter Walters and team member Tysha Ikenasio.

High school student Anastasia Sekene says playing rugby with older women is a tough ask.

Massive ABs banner unveiled video

Schoolchildren display a huge banner at Eden Park in support of the All Blacks. Jerome Kaino, Andy Ellis and Hika Elliot attended the event.

An All Blacks fan banner as long as a Boeing 777-300 aircraft has been unveiled at Eden Park.

The transformation of Renes Bashota

Club Physical manager Richard Hala, Renes Bashota and CCS Disability Action trainer James Quintal.

Renes Bashota is showing up able-bodied gym buffs with his against-the-odds change.

Commute no hassle for Ponies duo

Ponsonby Ponies premier players Luke Maoate, left, and Ryan Walton go the extra mile to play for their club

 By car or by boat, Luke Maoate and Ryan Walton will be on the field come Saturday.

Lacey is back and ready to win

Mick Lacey's got the nickname The Lone Wolf as his son says he always travels by himself to tournaments.

Mick Lacey is back and ready to take on Super League Darts.

Te Kohanga on the rise

Te Kohanga 1's Zoe Ashby feeds to goal shoot Hemoata Rau while Iwi United Kotare players try defend the pass.

Te Kohanga 1 bounced back from their heavy defeat in round three to win the game against Iwi United Kotare at the Pukekohe Netball Centre's premier gold division competition held on Saturday.

Maramarua bring Tuakau to their knees

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It was the thrashing of the season when Maramarua 1 crushed Tuakau 1 by 50 points on Saturday.

Predictions of a tight tussle don't materialise

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Both coaches predicted it would be a close game but Smart Monarch Prems steamed ahead with a 19-point win.

Consecutive losses put Pirates on back foot

Pt Chev's Pierre Pili makes a run. Auckland Rugby League, Fox Memorial Premier, Pt Chevalier Pirates v Papakura Sea Eagles, Walker Park, Auckland, Saturday 27th June 2015. Photo: David Joseph /

ARL Fox Memorial results round 11

Time change for NBL semis

People wanting to see either Leon Henry, left, or Todd Blanchfield play during the NBL semifinals in Wellington will be able to after a change of start time.

The Super Rugby final has forced a shift in the scheduling of the NBL playoffs.

The power of lifting

Powerlifter Fila Fuamatu is off to represent Samoa at the 2015 Pacific Games.

Sport has opened many doors for powerlifter Fila Fuamatu. Now she wants to encourage others to open their own.

Goal-fest sees Three Kings Utd through

Oratia's Tom Van Leeuwan gets a head to the ball ahead of TKU's Nick Hindson. 2015 Chatham Cup, Round Three, Oratia United v Three Kings United, Parrs Park Auckland, Sunday 28th June 2015. Photo: Shane Wenzlick /

Parrs Park spectators were treated to a feast of goals as Three Kings prevail in the latest round of the Chatham Cup.

Oratia hurting after Chatham Cup loss

Daniel Semp, right, goes head to head with Three Kings' Mathew Greenslade.

The 6-2 scoreline is not a fair reflection of Sunday's Chatham Cup match, Oratia United's coach says.

Rugby brawl teen 'doing well'

The Otahuhu rugby ground where a large brawl broke out on
Saturday morning.

The condition of the schoolboy, who was knocked out in a post-match rugby brawl, has improved.

Putting to the world champs

Black Swings putters Mary Jaynes, Rory Sullivan and Lucy Giesen.

Meet the minigolfers representing New Zealand on the world stage for the very first time.

Running in the family

Conal Wilson (far left) has joined his brothers Declan and Finn in their winning ways.

Tradition runs strong in the Wilson family with three brothers claiming national cross country championship titles.

'Freak accident' ends match scoreless

Three Kings keeper Rebecca Rolls goes up high to take the ball from a corner.

Injury woes have gone from bad to worse for Three Kings United.

Ainslie expects tough TNZ challenge

Ben Ainslie shows the Duchess of Cambridge around his team's new headquarters in February.

Ben Ainslie thinks Team New Zealand is having a tumultuous time at the moment but will be on the start line in 2017.

Umaga has unfinished business with Counties

Tana Umaga (right) celebrates with Steelers Hika Elliot and Sean Reidy and fans after the province's first Ranfurly Shield victory against Hawke's Bay in 2013.

Tana Umaga has unfinished business with Counties Manukau before he joins the Blues while the union is in no rush to find his replacement.

"Freak accident" ends match scoreless

Three Kings' Martine Puketapu, right, suffered a horrific injury against Eastern Suburbs.

An Eastern Suburbs football match ended early after a horrific on-field injury.

Marist confident despite tight roster

Marist's William Lloyd is not available for the game as his Auckland Blue's contract stipulates he must take a three-week break.

TEC take on Marist at War Memorial park this weekend. Coming off losses both teams are expecting to up their games.

Western Springs outclassed by Rood

Springs' Evie Millynn tangles with Glenfield's Emily Oosterhof.

A slip in the standings may just be the wake up call Western Springs needs.

Patumahoe prove prowess on court

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Patumahoe Prems bounce back to win their third Premier Gold game at Pukekohe Netball Centre.

Smart slip back to slow starts

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Smart Monarch Prems met their nemesis on the weekend, but it was not their opponent, it was their first quarter.

Hundreds of young wrestlers to fight it out

Young wrestlers representing their country next month, from left: Matthew Oxenham, Brahm Richards, and Winson Koh.

Three West Auckland school kids are about to wrestle athletes from around the world.

Maramarua continue their charge

Rebecca Taupo passes on the run in an effort to stay in front of Te Kohanga's sturdy defence.

Three matches into the season, Maramarua 1 have conquered each game by at least 21 points.

Deafblind man takes on tough guy challenge

Terry Richards is gearing up for a muddy cross-country run and obstacle course.

Being deaf and blind isn't going to stop Terry Richards from being tough.

Playoff teams almost finalised

Manurewa's Mark Talaese kicked two conversions in his side's loss to Patumahoe.

Two more teams have been mathematically eliminated from Counties Manukau's McNamara Cup playoffs with just three rounds remaining.

Rampant first half secures Karaka victory

Karaka No 8 Siulongoua Fotofili was one of the standout performers for his side against Waiuku.

A dominant first half has helped Karaka cruise to a 40-10 victory over Waiuku in the McNamara Cup on Saturday.

Last gasp try clinches Bombay win

Samuel Henwood makes a break upfield for Pukekohe as Bombay defenders Matiaha Martin and Sam Vaka give chase. Counties Manukau Premier Club Rugby  between Bombay and Pukekohe, played at Bombay, on Saturday June 20 2015. Bombay won the game 15 - 10 after leading 10 - 5 at halftime  Photo by Richard Spranger

A try in the final minute of the game has helped Bombay secure a 15-10 win over Pukekohe in wet conditions on Saturday.

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