Confident Blues eye another AAFL title

University Blues have won the title two years consecutively, and are hoping to make it a third this year.

Defending Auckland AFL champions University Blues are eyeing their third consecutive title, but they need to get past unbeaten Waitakere Magpies first in round four of the competition.

Blind cricketers return to world stage

Trialists for the New Zealand blind cricket team are put through their paces during an indoor training.

New Zealand is ready to return to international blind cricket after a decade-long hiatus.

Storm bounce back to advance to final

Auckland fullback and New Zealand sevens star Tyla Nathan-Wong will again be a key player for Auckland in their quest ...

The Auckland Storm Women's Rugby team are into the Farah Palmer Cup final after beating Canterbury 33-3 in Saturday's semi-final. 

Hockey in her blood

Belinda Smith in action for the Auckland side this month.

Both her parents played hockey, and so did her grandfather. Belinda Smith is continuing the family sport, even earning her 100th cap for the Auckland side.

We are now a strong netball school: Faunt

One Tree Hill College qualified for the Premier 1 netball grade for the first time.

A three-year programme has helped One Tree Hill College establish itself as a strong netball school.

'Horrible day at the beach'

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Caine Shoebridge from Massey is this week???s winner of the Western Leader ...

Two lifeguards' decision to stay at work late ended up saving six lives.

Running in Waitakere bush at night video

The Waitakere Snails Night Trail Runners, from left: Steph Mackie, Frances Colgan, Kerry Dawson, Simon Wickham, Cameron ...

Being out in a forest at night is scary for some, but these Aucklanders are taking it in their stride.

Raiders shine at festival

Raiders team members celebrate the win.

The Hibiscus Coast Raiders under-10 team has claimed national kudos by taking the overall honours at the first Kiwi Junior Rugby League Festival.

Silver Ferns pass on their elite skills

Silver Ferns on training duties at Saint Kentigern College, from left, Grace Rasmussen, Maria Tutaia, Leana de Bruin and ...

Silver Ferns stars have taken time out to train the next generation of netballers, at Saint Kentigern College in East Auckland.

Ramblers eye top four finish

Ramblers host the pre-season U23 tournament this weekend.

The Mt Albert Ramblers are hoping to right their wrongs from last year when the AFC kicks off next weekend.

Finishing last really hurt us: Marist

Marist  finished last in the 2015 AFC season.

Despite finishing last in the both the Auckland and national tournaments last year, the Marist women's premier softball side have high hopes of being better this season.

Development programme improved my game: Allen

Finn Allen says being in the DFA programme has helped him become a better all-round player.

Young cricketer Finn Allen wants to represent NZ again in the U19 ICC World Cup and is looking to the Development Future Aces programme to get him there.

Pukekohe archer hits her mark

Jill Gillette will compete in the World Field Archery Championship in Wagga Wagga, Australia.

Pukekohe solo mum lines up to compete against the best field archers in the world.

Waiheke football's Cinderella story video

The Waiheke United Fullers Football Team wins Senior Men's Conference.

They can't even train after dark but this small island's football team have defied the odds.

All Black's wife 'haunted' by attack

All Black Charlie Faumuina's wife Rachelle said she was "haunted" by Robert Moka's attack on her.

Man who punched heavily pregnant wife of Charlie Faumuina gets 10-month sentence.

Top five finish for last year's NRFL winners

Eastern Suburbs couldn't back up their 2015 NRFL success.

With one game remaining, Eastern Suburbs look to wrap up their NRFL season on a high note this weekend and look forward to the national league next month.

Choose another artificial option: Onehunga Cricket

The Auckland Cricket District Tournament was held at Waikaraka Park this year.

Onehunga Cricket is not pleased with proposed concrete artificial wickets at Waikaraka Park.

Kicking it with the best of them

Ella Soper in her team New Zealand tracksuit, at the 2016 Oceania Karate Championships, Noumea.

It started as a bit of fitness and self-defence training but after winning gold in her first tournament, Ella Soper was hooked.

NRL is 'real sport', not ABs - Watson

Warriors owner Eric Watson (R) says the NRL, not All Blacks test matches, is "real sport''.

All Blacks dominance "nice and fun'', but the NRL is "real sport'', Warriors owner Eric Watson says.

Pathway for young players

Myer Bevan is currently a member of the Nike Academy.

Nike may seem an odd benefactor, but its academy presents an opportunity for NZ footballers.

Fighters bring back the goods

Rhyme Loto and Tarquin McKinley will be heading back to the championships next year looking for gold.

Two junior Hibiscus Coast fighters have held their own against international fighters at the 2016 IFMA World Muaythai Youth Championships.

Cup goes back to Orewa

Orewa have taken the 2016 Northern Region Surf Life Saving Pool Championships for the second year running.

Orewa Surf Lifesaving have the Cosgrove Trophy back in their cabinet after dominating the Northern Region Pool Championships.

Chatham Cup heartbreak doesn't define season

Waitakere's Dylan Manickum remains optimistic about the future despite his club falling at the final hurdle.

It took 110 minutes of end to end action for the killer blow to be delivered as Birkenhead United claimed their first Chatham Cup title at the expense of Waitakere City Football Club, 3-2.

Sand carpet for Western Springs likely

The outer field is used for many community sporting events.

Ponsonby Rugby's desperate cries for redevelopment of Western Springs' outer fields might have finally be heard.

Premier league promotion out of our hands: Mt Albert-Ponsonby

The last time Mt Albert-Ponsonby was in the Premier League was eight years ago.

Mt Albert-Ponsonby hopes to make the NRFL Premier League division after eight years, but their fate rests on Waitakere City.

Strong wins to Auckland teams

Counties Manukau's Raymond Talimalie, pictured against the Akarana Falcons in 2015, gave a pinpoint goalkicking display ...

The Akarana Falcons and Counties Manuka Stingrays have started the national provincial premiership strongly.

Birkenhead claim Cup video

Waitakere's Jake Butler controls the ball under pressure from Birkenhead's Sam Burfoot.

Birkenhead United gave up a 2-0 lead, but stayed strong in extra time to win the Chatham Cup final.

Forrest Hill win cup on penalties

Forrest Hill's Chisato Nagahama and Glenfield's Emily Oosterhof clash in the first half.

A sudden-death shootout win over Glenfield Rovers handed Forrest Hill Milford their first National Women's Knockout Cup title.

Softening rugby's hard blow video

Cody Everson was paralysed in a rugby game playing for Shirley Boys' High School in 2011.

A bad tackle can alter a rugby player's life, but when they hit the ground someone's there to pick them up.

Chatham Cup final a long time coming

Birkenhead United defender David Parkinson (right) says his team want to win the Chatham Cup for their fans.

Birkenhead United will play their first Chatham Cup final on Sunday against Waitakere City, who have a proud history in the competition.

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