Manawatu's Malthus wins Ms Universe title

Manawatu bodybuilder Sarah Malthus has won the Ms NZ Figure and Ms Universe Figure titles this year.

Palmerston North bodybuilder Sarah Malthus won the Ms Universe title at the Philippines.

Winiata not rushing return from back injury

Manawatu and New Zealand sevens star Selica Winiata is laid low with a back injury.

Selica Winiata will patiently give her crook back time to heal before she can explode onto the rugby field again.

Conger continues rise in referee-ranks

Matt Conger's appointment to the Club World Cup could see him reffing some of the world's best players like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Referee Matt Conger's has taken another step closer to refereeing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Manawatu pitchers let rip

Manawatu pitcher Daniel Parkes unleashes during the under-17 Central region boys softball tournament at Colquhoun Park at the weekend. Parkes wasn't able to stop his team finishing last at the competition. Manawatu lost all four games, going down to Hutt Valley 11-2, Hawke’s Bay 7-2, Wellington/Western Bays Gold 10-8 and Wellington/Western Bays Black 9-1. Hawke’s Bay won the tournament, going through the round-robin unbeaten. Hawke’s Bay’s Kristen Munro was the star of the tournament as the top batter and top pitcher. The tournament MVPs were Bayley Taylor (Manawatu), Rawiri Mills (Hutt Valley), Aiden Flemming (Hawke’s Bay) and Taha Corkran (Wellington/Western Bays Black). Manawatu’s Arana Millar, Bradley Hughes and Daniel Parkes won merit awards. Bayley Taylor was the only Manawatu player in the tournament team, which was dominated by Hawke’s Bay and Wellington/Western Bays players.

The Central region under-17 boys softball tournament was in Palmerston North at the weekend.

Good Manawatu contingent heading to schools athletics champs

Awatapu College’s Noah Macdermid is a prospect in the junior boys 1500m and 3000m at the New Zealand track and field championships at Timaru this weekend.

The New Zealand secondary schools track and field championships are in Timaru this weekend.


Hinds hoping for further improvement

Central Hinds coach Nigel Brooke.

 The Central Hinds will look to continue their improvement from last summer this season.

Boys' High on track for Gillette Cup

Palmerston North Boys' High School bowler Jack Lord thinks his school has a good chance of winning the Gillette Cup again this year.

Palmerston North Boys' High School bowler Jack Lord is confident his side is in a good position ahead of the Gillette Cup next month.

Patel leads Manawatu to win

Navin Patel took 12 wickets in Manawatu's nine-wicket win over Wairarapa on the weekend.

Navin Patel played the role of one-man wrecking ball as Manawatu hammered Wairarapa by nine wickets in their first Hawke Cup game of the season in Masterton over the weekend.

Fulton stars as Freyberg win

Dave Fulton top-scored for Freyberg with 69 in his side's seventh-straight win.

Freyberg remains unbeaten in Manawatu club cricket after dispatching Marist for a 70 run win on Saturday.

Manawatu debut for na Nagara

Palmerston North Boys' High School's Whetu na Nagara will make his debut for Manawatu in a two-day match against Wairarapa this weekend.

Palmerston North Boys' High School batsman Whetu na Nagara is set to make his Manawatu debut against Wairarapa.

rugby union

Former Turbo joins Crusaders staff

Shaun Curry, pictured here playing for Old Boys Marist in Manawatu club rugby, played three games for the Turbos in 2012.

A former Manawatu Turbo has been added to the Crusaders' strength and conditioning team.

Freyberg confident of senior 1 future

New Freyberg coach Glen Christini and chairman Andrew Wood are confident the club will retain its place in the senior one division.

Freyberg are confident they have made the necessary adjustments to hang on to their place in the senior one division.

Laumape hopes to emulate Nonu

Former Warrior Ngani Laumape plans to bring a powerful presence to the Hurricanes' midfield next season.

Ngani Laumape hopes to bring a similar physical presence to the Hurricanes' midfield as Ma'a Nonu.

Calf issues see Cama take analysis role video

Tomasi Cama has hung up his boots, moving into an analysis role with the New Zealand Sevens team.

The sevens veteran will still be involved as New Zealand seeks Olympic gold.

Archibald ready for Manawatu return

Rhys Archibald will coach the Manawatu Turbos backs in 2016.

New Manawatu Turbos assistant coach Rhys Archibald is looking forward to concentrating on rugby fulltime.

Lampp's sports comment

We want our national league teams back

Black Caps - or should they really be called the Flat Whites?

OPINION: Somehow we need to galvanise the Manawatu province so we get our national league teams back.

Nehe takes the sky blue international

Nehe Milner-Skudder wore his Massey University sky blue socks while playing for the Barbarians against Gloucester and Argentina last week.

When Manawatu's All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder wore the Massey University sky blue socks while playing for the British Barbarians, it was a first for a Manawatu player in 33 years.

Ross Taylor was a one-man artillery regiment

Ross Taylor interviewed at the WACA ground in Perth.

Ross Taylor was full of aggression from the day he arrived at Palmerston North Boys' High School.

Stevie is back in the rough

Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams in happier times.

OPINION: Steve Williams' golf book Out of the Rough has actually thrown him back into the rough.

For the NZRU, only silence is golden

Ayumu Goromaru of Japan dives over to score the best try at the Rugby World Cup, against South Africa.

OPINION: Manawatu rugby coach Jason O'Halloran punished as if he was earning megabucks.

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