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.

No place for badminton in new centre

The Stoke Memorial Hall, built in 1951.

Badminton players have expressed fears that a new Stoke sports and community centre will end 50 years of their sport in the township.

Tuakau goal shoot aims for Northern Mystics

Tuakau teenager Ivana Rowland has been selected to trial for the Northern Mystics, to see if she has what it takes to shoot for the franchise.

Ivana Rowland's dream is unfolding right before her eyes.

Teenagers to trial for Northern Mystics

Pukekohe Netball Centre's Tauhi Lopeti, left, and Saskia-Rae Brown will trial for the Northern Mystics on Friday.

Two more players from Pukekohe Netball Centre will join Ivana Rowland to trial for the Northern Mystics, following the Netball New Zealand Under-19 Championships. 

Parker takes fitness to new levels

Trainer Kevin Barry is dwarfed by his fighters Izu Ugonoh, left, and New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker.

Kiwi heavyweight returns from latest Las Vegas training camp in peak physical condition, unveiling his new look in Auckland.

Rugby final has makings of a classic

Jordan Lay charges forward. University v Pakuranga. Auckland Premier Club Rugby. Semi Final. Alan McEvoy Memorial Shield. Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 18 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

University are happy to wear the underdog tag into the Gallaher Shield final against Grammar TEC.

School rugby violence 'won't be tolerated'

The Otahuhu rugby ground where a large brawl broke out at a schoolboy match at the end of June.

As a schoolboy is punished for a KO punch, everyone, including adults, gets told off.

West Wave full, another aquatic centre wanted

Vanessa Neeson says there need to be more places for people to swim in West Auckland.

There are 24 council swimming pools in Auckland but only one in the west.

Wind leaves grandstand in pieces

A firefighter inspects the damage of the Kiwitea Street grandstand.

A series of ferocious weekend winds has left Central United football club's grandstand in ruins.

Saints heartbreak as Lions grab points

Mt Albert's Edward Purcell attempts to push past the Marist's defense during their Fox Memorial rugby league match.

It was close but no cigar for the Marist Saints as Mt Albert grabbed their rugby league victory.

Rematch beckons in club final

Bombay are hoping for a repeat of last year's success when they beat Karaka in the McNamara Cup final.

Karaka and Bombay will meet in a repeat of last season's McNamara Cup final this Saturday at ECOLight Stadium.

Defence key to Bombay win

Bombay midfielder Sam Vaka shows off his best Jonah Lomu impression to Ardmore Marist's Jonathan Taumateine.

Bombay's formidable defence has propelled them to the final of the Counties Manukau premier club rugby McNamara Cup final with a 18-3 win over Ardmore Marist.

Lee-Lo stars as Karaka make final

Karaka's Rey Lee-Lo skips out of a Nathan De Thierry tackle.

Karaka has booked itself a place in the Counties Manukau premier club rugby McNamara Cup final with a 17-14 win over Pukekohe.

Around the grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Takuya Iwata scored one of Central Utd's three goals.

Central Utd prevail while Western Springs suffer a heavy loss in the NRFL premier league.

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