Defence the key for Valeron

For his Valeron Wanderers to be competitive in the women's Central League, coach Craig Newell needs to plug the holes in the defence.

Short cameo in World Cup

Sitting on the bench at the women's under-17 World Cup was tough for Karin Ingram.

Manawatu beat Wairarapa for three-peat


A lad from the Congo, Kenel Mouthys, tapped in a rebound to secure YoungHeart Manawatu's third win a row.

YoungHeart dish up first loss for Falcons

Win over previously unbeaten Nelson-Marlborough Falcons was tasty scalp for the YoungHeart Manawatu youth team.

Rimnongrua gives YoungHeart lead

A goal in each half from Bart Rimnongrua sealed a precious 2-0 win for the YoungHeart Manawatu football team.

Adam Cowan looking south

Adam Cowan

But veteran footballer looks forward to the day YoungHeart are back in the top flight again.

YoungHeart looks to veteran

Steve Burnley

Youth football team hopes high as new coach aims to overcome a late start.

Player a cinch for accolade

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Alex Rufer is named Manawatu schools male sportsperson-of-the-year after being signed by the Wellington Phoenix in high school

Schoolboy striker called up for NZ

Jack-Henry Sinclair may be the most prolific schoolboy striker in Manawatu, but he might find himself slotting in at defender for New Zealand.

Red Sox, Marist square off

Red Sox-Manawatu coach predicts tight derby against league leaders.

Women's title in the bag

The curtain closes on the women's Central League on Sunday with plenty to play for, while Palmerston North Marist should go a step closer to winning the men's Federation League.

Old carving out career in China

Steven Old

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Steven Old is back earning a living as a fulltime professional - in the middle of China.

North End face big test

North End have the chance to test themselves against the Federation League favourites this Saturday.

Clash kicks off league

The new combined Central Federation league gets under way with a clash between Marist and Red Sox Manawatu.

End of the long locks nigh

Nathan Cooksley

The signature dreadlocks will soon be coming off YoungHeart midfielder Nathan Cooksley, now a veteran of the side.

YoungHeart goalie detects improvement

In his 40-plus games for YoungHeart Manawatu, Matt Borren has been busier than any other national league goalie.

Cards kill YoungHeart's chances

Adam Cowan

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YoungHeart Manawatu's clash with Otago United at Memorial Park yesterday deteriorated to something that barely resembled a football match.

Home team thirsty for win

Nathan Cooksley

YoungHeart Manawatu midfielder Nathan Cooksley is hoping his experience can help lead the side to a win when the national league resumes tomorrow.

Manawatu pin hopes on upset

 Tom Mosquera

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Golden boot league leader Tom Mosquera will need his good fortune to continue when YoungHeart Manawatu play heavyweights Auckland City away tomorrow.

Manawatu trio in NZ team

Three Manawatu girls are on the path to the under-17 World Cup having been selected in the New Zealand secondary schools under-16 side.

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