Francis' eyes on Super Rugby contract

Piers Francis played for the Counties Manukau club premiership champions Bombay in 2015.

The promising rugby career of Piers Francis was looking in danger of derailing but the English-born playmaker is determined to get it back on track with Counties Manukau.

Ellerslie Eagles mark Old Boys' Day

Ellerslie Eagles halfback Anund Manga looks for support against the Waitemata Seagulls.

The Ellerslie Eagles celebrated their Old Boys' Day in style with a strong win over Waitemata.

Disappointing loss for Te Kohanga

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Te Kohanga 1 were hanging their heads after Saturday's premier gold game at Pukekohe Netball Centre.

School swimmers embrace formidable oceans

Six of the endurance swimmers. Jack Anderson, Hamish Waddell, William Ashforth, Oliver Wooles, Burhan Haidermota and Gus Falconer.

A squad of Auckland Grammar endurance swimmers have returned from a series of successful northern hemisphere swims.

Smart back on track

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It was a collective sigh of relief for Smart Monarch Prems who finally put together the precise, defensive game they are known for.

Iwi suffer colossal defeat at the hands of Maramarua

Rebecca Taupo of Maramarua 1 made passing on the run look effortless, while Michaela Leaupepe of Iwi United Kotare tries to get in front of her.

When facing Maramarua 1, teams need to bring their A game. Unfortunately Iwi United Kotare did not, resulting in a 48-goal punishment.

Paralympic hopeful's bike stolen

Losi Harford's won the road chair category for the Kerikeri half marathon earlier this year.

Losalini Harford has her sights set on trialing for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio but the theft of her custom tricycle has halted her plans.

Pt Chev athletics club seeks memorabilia

Pt Chevalier Athletics Club member Maddie Kelso-Heap, senior club captain Fiona Kelso president Michael Christini and young athlete of the year Truman Tepai.

The Pt Chev Athletics Club is calling for photos to share for their platinum jubilee.

Playoff spot sealed for Marist

Marist's Corey Seator looks for the offload opportunity.

The Marist Saints are hoping to create some big upsets as we get closer to the pointy end of the ARL season.

Rugby stars dazzle pupils

ITM Cup stars hung up their boots for the morning to help out at school.

It's not every day professional rugby players decide to join the classroom.

Flame goes out on sevens career

Logan Martin says playing sevens for Fire Service has allowed him to travel the world with "a great group of guys".

The captain of the New Zealand Fire Service sevens side is retiring on top of the world.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane

This tackle from Springs Rebecca O'Neill on Suburbs Jacqueline Hand earned Suburbs a penalty and subsequent goal.

Springs advance in the ASB Women's Knockout Cup while central Auckland teams taste success in the men's division.

Springs progress, Suburbs out in women's football

Dejected: Suburbs Jolene Muir following the loss to Western Springs.

Western Springs AFC moved into the semi-finals of the ASB Women's Knockout Cup via a dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory.

Umaga names five Steelers debutants

Jared Page scored 33 points in his Counties Manukau debut against Thames Valley last year.

Five players will make their Counties Manukau debuts in the side's first pre-season hit out of the year against Taranaki in Otorohanga on Saturday.

Young runners unbeaten

Two young athletes have blitzed their cross-country competition

Olympian too sick for committee

Sir John Walker has stepped down from a council committee because of health issues.

Sir John Walker steps down from Auckland Council committee, but will continue on council.

Tupou to captain Steelers

Counties Manukau captain Jimmy Tupou wants to spend more time at blindside flanker this season.

Jimmy Tupou hopes to lead with his actions in his first year as captain of Counties Manukau.

Eastern Suburbs prepare for sudden death clash

Suburbs coach Paul Marshall will be hoping to get one over his former players.

Two football rivals are set to clash with a semifinal spot up for grabs.

Indoor rowing world record

New world record holders Vicky Bruce-Miller and Ashton Lovell.

A pair of Northland rowers have clinched a world record in indoor tandem rowing

Maramarua keep Te Kohanga at bay - just

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Pukekohe Netball Centre's hotshot team Maramarua 1 had their closest game of the season when they faced young guns Te Kohanga 1.

Patty Prems prove too strong

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The newly promoted BNZ Bombay team were initiated into Pukekohe Netball Centre's premier gold division on Saturday by Alberts Patty Prems, who did not go easy on the opposition.

Scrambled start for Smart's championship round

Jessica Rose of Smart Monarch Prems waits on the circle edge as back up for the team's new shooter, Annemarie Fowlie, who has replaced goal shoot Alesha Parkes.

Smart Monarch Prems are scrambling to put together the performance they are known for and with changes in the team, it could prove difficult to for them to get back on track.

Massey take back the cup

The victorious Massey premiers and supporters hoist their prize.

The ASB Cup is back in the hands of the Massey Rugby Club premiers.

Silverware for Ponsonby rugby

Ponsonby's Vince Aso in full flight. Ponsonby v Papatoetoe. Auckland Premier Club Rugby. Jubilee Trophy Final. Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 25 July 2015. Copyright Photo: David Joseph /

Ponsonby rugby had something to crow about after a disappointing season.

Kilday's place in history books

Andrea Kilday is looking toward the Rio Olympics after taking gold at the Pacific Games.

Andrea Kilday has fought her way into the New Zealand history books by becoming the first Kiwi to win gold at the Pacific Games.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Three King's Harrison Nash scored two goals against Central.

Three Kings steer clear of relegation while Western Springs keep slipping.

Grammar TEC secure Gallaher Shield

Grammar halfback Jono Hickey celebrates his try. Grammar TEC v University. Auckland Premier Club Rugby, Gallaher Shield Final. Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 25 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

A second half masterclass hands Grammar TEC the 2015 Auckland premier rugby title.

Hockey ace bound for US

Sarah Holland is off to study and play hockey at Princeton in the USA.

An Auckland hockey star will be studying and playing at one of the United States' most prestigious universities.

Roosters not counting their chickens just yet

Te Atatu Roosters' To'o Alo palms off the Barracudas.

The Roosters are taking nothing for granted as they display the grit required to advance out of the Sharman Cup

Cancer-stricken cricket legend still battling strong

A tearful Martin Crowe is inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame at Eden Park during the Cricket World Cup.

Martin Crowe has been spending time in a hospice as his illness worsens.

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