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Manukura Black dominate first round

Feilding A2 goal defence Nikki Mossman, centre, tries to get in between the slick College Old Girls attackers in their club match at the B&M Centre on Tuesday night.

Manukura Black consolidate top spot after the end of the first round.

Top 10 World Cup players to watch

Manawatu’s Alex Rufer is set to be one of the stars of the Fifa under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which starts this weekend.

The Fifa under-10 World Cup starts this weekend, so we take a look at 10 of the potential stars who are playing in Wellington during the tournament.

Speirs aims to go out on a high

Palmerston North's Estelle Speirs, left, will retire after world taekwondo championships in Italy and wants to finish her career with a win.

Top taekwondo fighter Estelle Speirs competing at her final world championships.

Blokarts throttle back at Sanson

Manawatu Blokart Club president Robert Deighton  sliding off the Sanson Domain track on to the safety escape zone.

No longer will Manawatu Blokart Club sailors reach speeds of up to 94.7 kilometres per hour.

Cotter to fully immerse himself in Manawatu rugby

Turbos forwards coach Jeremy Cotter who will be the team's head coach next year.

As far as Jeremy Cotter, Manawatu Turbos coach-elect for 2016 is concerned, no pressure.

Cricket

New Central Districts boss no stranger to region

Interim Central Districts chief executive Chris Lander.

New Central Districts chief executive has experience working in the region.

Neil Hood quits as Central Districts chief executive

Neil Hood has resigned from his post.

Neil Hood made a shock resignation as Central Districts chief executive on Friday.

Milne had 'amazing journey'

"It was an unbelievable game and to finish it the way [we] did was special."

New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne enjoyed every second of the World Cup ride.

Students bowled over by 'idol' Oram

Jacob Oram gives cricket pointers to keen young Indian players visiting Palmerston North.

A group of Indian students were all smiles when they met one of their idols - former Black Cap Jacob Oram .

Our trump card wasn't Superman

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 31:  Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum (L) and Daniel Vettori (R) enjoy the speeches  during the Zealand Blackcaps Welcome Home Reception at Queen's Wharf on March 31, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand had their most successful Cricket World Cup campaign by making the final of the tournament for the first time.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

OPINION: It almost feels criminal to wag a finger at Brendon McCullum after the exploits he thrilled us with this summer.

rugby union

Early-season pressure for first XVs

Feilding High School should be strong contenders in the national co-ed rugby competition.

Get mixed up with the politics of schools first XV rugby at your peril.

Good feels ready to apply to be backs coach

Aaron Good coached the Manawatu  Development Squad last season.

Aaron Good would love to help coach the Manawatu Turbos.

Stags starting to roar as season gets serious

College Old Boys' halfback Karl Bryson makes a bust against Varsity on Saturday.

The young upstarts from Feilding Old Boys-Oroua could be chasing a semifinal berth.

Gisborne becoming Boys' High's bogey

Palmerston North Boys High School's 1st XV taking on Gisborne Boys High School at Gisborne.

A double whammy for the Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV at Gisborne.

Jason O'Halloran has always been rugby analyst

Manawatu captain Callum Gibbins and coach Jason O'Halloran after winning the  Championship final last year.

Even when Jason O'Halloran was playing rugby he enjoyed analysing the game.

Lampp's sports comment

Skoglund's columns endure in Manawatu gallery

Phil Skoglund, the Northern Bowling Club and Manawatu bowls legend.

OPINION: One day in 2010 Phil Skoglund phoned with a proposition.

Reporoa documentary designed to shock

Reporoa's rugby players getting an earful from their captain

All I can say about Reporoa after watching the rugby documentary, The Ground We Won, is that the hamlet on the volcanic plateau must exist in a 1960s time warp.

Aussies lack Kiwis' Polynesian flair

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Had the Kangaroos been the All Blacks on the receiving end on Sunday night, we would have been a nation in mourning in the morning.

Hood's departure still a mystery

Former Central Districts chief executive 
Neil Hood.

We were hardly impressed with the way the departure of Central Districts Cricket chief executive Neil Hood was handled a week ago.

All Blacks could not do without Cruden

All Blacks and Chiefs first-five Aaron Cruden has his knee wrapped in ice after leaving the field in Christchurch on Friday night.

It might be stretching it to say the ABs' World Cup chances went pear-shaped without Aaron Cruden.

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