Blenheim Polo weekend a winner

Matt O’Sullivan playing for the McCarthy Contracting team during the first round of the South Island Open polo league at Rewi Murray Polo Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

The Canterbury Equine South Island Open polo league got underway in Blenheim on Saturday and Sunday, with success on and off the field.

Top reward for hard work

Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year Ayla Sweeney.

Young gymnast Ayla Sweeney has been named Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year following an outstanding year of training and competing.

A hard day’s night for Harper

Marlborough’s Craig Harper, following his gruelling four-lap 640km Maxi Enduro win at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday.

Craig Harper powered his weary body through driving rain to a resounding, but far from comfortable, victory in the Maxi Enduro 640km race at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Blenheim bowlers wrap it up

Blenheim club bowlers, from left, Maurice Symes, Lloyd Gallop, Roy Biggs, Neil Davies, Kelvin Chapman and Salve Muollo celebrate success in the Allan Scott summer league.

The team from the Blenheim Bowling Club were clear winners when the Allan Scott summer league wound up at the Riverside club on Saturday.

Primary school cricket squad named after draw with Buller

Tom Sloan.

Two age group rep cricket matches were played on Sunday by Marlborough teams, with the primary school side to play at the South Island tournament named following their match against Buller.

Price relishes latest challenge

Steve Price, speaking at the Marlborough Sports Awards last week, made a whistle-stop trip to Blenheim from Waipu in Northland where he owns a supermarket.

After climbing to the top of rugby league, Steve Price is starting from the bottom in his new career and thoroughly enjoying it.

UCVC hit the ground running

Ryan Cottrell.

Defending champions United Country and Vineyard Cricket took little time stamping their authority on the second grade Twenty20 cricket competition in Blenheim on Friday night, rolling Celtic for 61 to set up a four-wicket win on the opening evening of matches.

Weekly sports draws


Marlborough sports fixtures

Cresswell to try luck in Scotland

Jake Cresswell in action for Marlborough.

Red Devils’ centre Jake Cresswell’s rugby career headed in a whole new direction this week when he set out for Scotland.

Tears at the finish line

Katrina Taualupe, left, Kirsty Barrett, Virginia Archer, Kylie Senior, Shanae Yates, her mum -Betty Yates, Danielle Blackmore and Tasha Williams.

For Shanae Yates, Sunday was a truly memorable day.


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.

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.

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