Central coach Matt Kilsby has labelled his first season in National Womens' League as a huge learning curve.
The Tainui Rhinos will enter a team in the senior club competition next year.
Freyberg are confident they have made the necessary adjustments to hang on to their place in the senior one division.
A second-chance horse has come up trumps for a Taranaki syndicate.
Palmerston North driver knocking at the door of permanent driver's seat in V8 Supercars Championships.
The Central Hinds will look to continue their improvement from last summer this season.
Palmerston North Boys' High School bowler Jack Lord is confident his side is in a good position ahead of the Gillette Cup next month.
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.
Freyberg remains unbeaten in Manawatu club cricket after dispatching Marist for a 70 run win on Saturday.
Palmerston North Boys' High School batsman Whetu na Nagara is set to make his Manawatu debut against Wairarapa.
Ngani Laumape hopes to bring a similar physical presence to the Hurricanes' midfield as Ma'a Nonu.
The sevens veteran will still be involved as New Zealand seeks Olympic gold.
New Manawatu Turbos assistant coach Rhys Archibald is looking forward to concentrating on rugby fulltime.
Manawatu Turbos No 8 Brice Henderson could be out for up to nine months with a serious knee injury.
A dislocated shoulder to Hamiora Thomas was the only dampener on Manawatu's sevens hit-out in Dannevirke.
OPINION: Somehow we need to galvanise the Manawatu province so we get our national league teams back.
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 full of aggression from the day he arrived at Palmerston North Boys' High School.
OPINION: Steve Williams' golf book Out of the Rough has actually thrown him back into the rough.
OPINION: Manawatu rugby coach Jason O'Halloran punished as if he was earning megabucks.