Late call pays off for Nikita

Eventual winner Nikita Watkins strides along the Taylor Riverbank during the opening stages of the Jules Taylor Marlborough Women’s Triathlon.

She may have been nearly the last to enter Sunday’s Jules Taylor Marlborough Women’s Triathlon, but Nikita Watkins was clearly the first to finish.

South Canterbury qualify at Southland's expense

South Canterbury's Pangi Iketau tries to wriggle through the tackle of Southland's Hayden Edgeley, left, and Scott Eade in their fifth and sixth playoff match.

The South Canterbury men's sevens side is on its way to Rotorua.

Falcons beat league leaders

Nelson Marlborough Falcons midfielder Max Winterton celebrates after scoring his second goal during his team's 3-1 win over Team Wellington at Trafalgar Park.

The Nelson Marlborough Falcons have blown the ASB Youth League title race wide open.

Final play anguish for Tasman

Jesse Pitman was a standout for Tasman during the Southern regional sevens tournament in Timaru on Saturday.

Tasman lose Southern regional sevens final after conceding a try after the hooter.

Decisive innings decide Aces' fate

Saints Aces' batter Jordan Tulloch lines up a low pitch during his side's match against Central at Lansdowne Softball Park on Saturday.

A pivotal inning in both their matches spelled bad news and good for Saints Aces, who played a double-header at Lansdowne Softball Park on Saturday.

Otago win regional sevens qualifiers

South Canterbury's Leone Nawalu on the attack as Southland's Scott Eade, left, approaches him in the Southern Regional Sevens Qualifiers in Timaru on Saturday.

A try after the final hooter propelled Otago to a 29-27 win over Tasman in the final of the Southern Regional Sevens Qualifiers.

Nelson calling the shots against Marlborough

Nelson wicket keeper Joel Harden watches proceedings as Marlborough batsman Rikki Bovey plays a defensive shot in their Hawke Cup cricket clash in Nelson on Saturday.

Big half centuries to Dan Cooper and Greg Hay have left Nelson firmly in control after day one of their zone 3 Hawke Cup elimination cricket match against Marlborough at Nelson's Saxton Oval.

Mainland Football backs Tasman bid

Trafalgar Park hosted the early 2014 ASB Youth League final between the Nelson Marlborough Falcons and Auckland City.

This time next year Julian Bowden hopes to be sitting at Trafalgar Park watching Canterbury United take on Tasman United.

A big score for women's football

Waimea College player Flo MacIntyre and Nelson College for Girls player Anna McPhie compete for the ball during their Nelson Bays Football senior women's football league match at Little Wembley.

Nelson-Marlborough will enter the Mainland Women's Premier League from 2016.

Stanton to debut in do-or-die clash

Marlborough's Nick Stanton is set to make his debut for the Nelson Marlborough Falcons.

Can the Nelson Marlborough Falcons keep their title hopes alive?


Makos' stint highlight of coach Keane's career ... so far

Tasman head coach Kieran Keane joins up with the Chiefs after completing a successful seven years with the Makos.

Kieran Keane, the Tasman Makos' most successful coach, chats about his time in the top of the south.

Super Rugby return creates interest

Youthful Crusaders and Hurricanes fans enjoy pre-season action at Trafalgar Park in Nelson last year.

It has been a long time between drinks, but Marlborough rugby fans appear to be buying into the chance to catch some Super Rugby action early next year.

Loyalty pays rich dividend

Steve Hansen salutes the All Blacks supporters after the RWC final at Twickenham.

Steve Hansen has many admirable qualities. He's an astute coach, a clever planner, a fine motivator; on occasion lately, a stand-up comedian.

Makos' 2016 opponents revealed

Premiership side Tasman and North Harbour, from the championship division, will meet again in 2016.

The Tasman Makos’ opponents in the round robin section of next season’s national provincial rugby championship have been decided.

Wheeler rues semi final loss

Joe Wheeler has been a tower of strength in the Tasman Makos' lineout this season.

The Tasman Makos’ 44-24 loss to Auckland in Friday’s national provincial championship rugby semi final meant there was no icing on Joe Wheeler’s cake.

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