Manson books place in A final

Double sculler Robbie Manson, with crewmate Chris Harris, qualified for the world championship A final in France on Friday night [NZ time].

Marlborough rower Robbie Manson, alongside crewmate Chris Harris, produced a determined effort to qualify for the double scull final at the world rowing championships in France on Friday night (NZ time).

Muddled Makos continue winning way

Makos halfback Billy Guyton clears the ball during Friday's match against Otago at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

The Tasman Makos set high standards, ensuring that their 34-17 national provincial championship win over Otago in Dunedin on Friday won't be cause for undue celebration.

Makos maintain winning run

Fullback Robbie Malneek contributed to the Tasman Makos' try tally in their NPC win over Otago in Dunedin.

Tasman hold onto position at top of NPC premiership ladder with scrappy 34-17 win over Otago in Dunedin.

Red Devils go west with silverware on their minds

The mercurial Johnny Ika slots into the first five-eighth's role for the Red Devils on Saturday.

They may both be officially labelled "Tasman" but, make no mistake, when the Red Devils and Griffins do battle on Saturday, it will be all about Marlborough versus Nelson Bays.

Mixed fortunes for Marlborough rowers

The New Zealand quad of, from left, Karl Manson, John Storey, George Bridgewater and Jade Uru narrowly missed a spot in the A final at the world champs.

There were fluctuating fortunes for the Marlborough rowers involved in semifinals at the world rowing championships at Lake Aigubelette, France on Thursday night [NZ time].

School tournaments wrapping up

Thomas Berg flicks off a pass for Palmerston North Boys’ High School in their loss to Westlake Boys’ High School 2nd XI during the Galletly Cup semi final played at College Park in Blenheim on Thursday.

Marlborough Girls’ College’s First XI football side finished with a flourish, but the Senior A netball side a loss at their respective South Island Secondary School tournaments on Thursday.

Indoor bowlers busy again

Indoor bowls

It will be another busy two days of indoor bowls on the back court of Simcox Stadium in Blenheim this weekend. Following on from the Mark Stevenson First National Marlborough Open last weekend local bowlers will contest the Closed Fours Championship on Saturday then the Champion of Champion Triples on Sunday.

Cold and slippery conditions expected for high country rally


Seven Marlborough drivers will do battle with a large field of Christchurch drivers and the elements at Rally Hanmer on Saturday.

Smog and Quins to renew finals rivalry

Cara Wiapo will captain Smog Bayleys from goal attack, continuing an impressive run of six straight finals for the St Mary’s Old Girls club.

They have met in four of the previous five finals, as well as four times already in 2015, and on Saturday the top teams from Harlequins and Smog clash once more in the premier grade netball final.

Blenheim to Apia, turf to track for speedy teen

Lucy Sheat will represent New Zealand at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa next week, following a challenging winter training in Blenheim.

The Marlborough winter is far from the ideal training ground for a sprinter attending the Youth Commonwealth Games in the tropical climes of Samoa, but it has had to do for Blenheim teenager Lucy Sheat.


Tasman face tricky southern assignment

Midfielder Trael Joass comes into the Tasman Makos' starting line-up against Otago in Dunedin on Friday.

If the Tasman Makos ever harboured thoughts of picking up five easy points against Otago on Friday, events in New Plymouth last Saturday will have put those ideas firmly to rest.

Junior Red Devils grab two wins

Tyrel Chadwick puts in the hard yards.

Marlborough’s junior rugby reps managed two wins from three matches against Nelson Bays’ opposition at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Sunday.

Club rugby sides lose Tasman finals


Both Marlborough junior club rugby teams contesting Tasman age grade finals lost away from home on Saturday, the Marlborough Boys’ College Second XV beaten by Motueka in the under-18 decider and Renwick toppled by Waimea in the under-16 final.

Two from three for Tasman teams

Tasman Red Devils skipper Reyne Volavola dots down his side's third try against Canterbury Colts at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Meatloaf famously sang, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”, but Tasman rugby fans may not agree entirely after their teams lost the one match that counted for competition points at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Fredericks relishes Makos comeback

Vernon Fredericks

Tasman Makos’ loose forward Vernon Fredericks provided the feel-good story of his side’s 41-21 win over Manawatu at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Thursday evening.

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