Wairau Valley to the fore early in Twenty20


Wairau Valley out in front as WineWorks Twenty20 second-grade cricket season kicks off.

Triumphant Giesens claim double


Giesens crew grab win for a second year at the Blenheim Rowing Club Inter-winery Regatta.

Kiwi duo have experience to cope


Marlborough-based rally co-driver John Kennard and driver Hayden Paddon to compete again at Rally Spain.

Want to fly to the final?

An urgent message is going out to Makos fans wanting to fly to Saturday’s NPC final in New Plymouth.

Billet a Makos supporter

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A beds for billets campaign for Tasman Makos fans wanting to attend the NPC final in New Plymouth has been launched.

Accommodation crunch for union

Joe Wheeler

The Makos overcame a formidable foe on Saturday but staff and fans are struggling to find cup final accommodation in fully booked New Plymouth.

Marlborough teams off to a good start

Marlborough's three senior softball teams all got off to winning starts in the season's first intercity games against Nelson clubs on Saturday.

Tarrant Cup honours shared

The final round of the Marlborough table tennis season saw much excitment, tight matches and late finishes.

No obstacles to Tasman's biggest challenge

Tasman has set a new challenge for next year - designed to test endurance, strength and teamwork - with the Wairau Warrior obstacle race.

Falcons unbeaten after three

Marty Banks

The Nelson Marlborough Falcons continue to soar at the top of the ASB Youth League standings after they got the better of Auckland United.

Makos end Canterbury's long run as champions

Marty Banks

Tasman are one win away from becoming the first team to win the championship and premiership titles in consecutive seasons.

Tasman end Canterbury's NPC title streak

James Lowe

Canterbury's six-year reign as NPC champions is over after the Tasman Makos' emphatic semifinal win.

Nothing risky about the Makos

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The Tasman Makos are nearing the end of a ground-breaking season. Wayne Martin speaks to head coach Kieran Keane about the team's success.

Tasman up for biggest game in short history

Sophie Mackenzie

Expect both teams to be firing on all cylinders when the Tasman and Canterbury square off in their ITM Cup premiership semifinal at Trafalgar Park.

McKenzie-Mol off to great scull start

The Wairau Rowing Club's long distance single sculling race was held as the first event of the season on Sunday morning, with Mitch McKenzie-Mol of Picton Rowing Club taking the win.

Rally prelude to the main event

The dust will fly on Sunday as rally drivers blast their away along the Tuamarina track as part of the Tuamarina Gravel Bent Sprint, hosted by the Marlborough Car Club.

Bohally cricket team steps into the unknown

Bohally Intermediate School will continue their quest to be named New Zealand's top cricketing primary school next week when they represent Tasman in the ActivePost Cup in Christchurch.

Full strength Falcons facing a tough test

The Nelson Marlborough Falcons will seek to continue their unbeaten start to the ASB Youth League season against Auckland United on Sunday.

Intercity rivals down to business

After last weekend's start to the local club season Marlborough's top softballers will turn their attention to the intercity competition with Nelson tomorrow.

Top honours for Barcello

Top young netballer Portia Barcello, 18, was named the Marlborough Girls' College sportsperson of the year at the school's sports prizegiving last night.

Mackenzie in disbelief at world nomination

Sophie Mackenzie

Marlborough rower Sophie Mackenzie was shocked to be nominated for the World Rowing Female Crew of the Year award.

Picton player at home in Northland

Daniel Hawkins

PATRICK DAWKINS - The Marlborough Express

Picton export Daniel Hawkins will lineup for Northland on Friday night when they play Hawke's Bay in the first championship semifinal.

Pedal power takes to track

Daniel Hawkins

SVEN HERSELMAN - Marlborough

The Marlborough track cycling season starts tonight with the first in the Honey Company Track Cycling Series at Athletic Park.

Wheeler to boost XI in cup rerun

The Marlborough cricket team travels to Napier today for the Chapple Cup seeking a reversal of their loss to Taranaki in game one 12 months ago.

Home advantage for Marlborough teams

Both the Marlborough under-13 boys and girls basketball teams will seek to become Mainland Zone champions this weekend and they will have the advantage of a home court.

Bird out to pay the Makos back

Nathan Fa’avae

All Blacks lock Dominic Bird has warned Tasman that Canterbury "are up for some revenge" when they clash in Saturday's NPC semifinal.

Father-and-son team a Masters-ful double

Ross Hutchison

Blenheim's oldest rower, Brian Hutchison hasn't let his 82 years stop him from returning home from the South Island Masters Games with three gold medals and the New Zealand 1000 metre indoor rowing record for his age group.

Peterson-Clark takes the honours

The second event in the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club summer race series saw 24 riders turn out to compete on the fast and flowing Condors Bend track, outside Renwick, on Thursday evening.

Canterbury will be tough, but we're ready

Joe Wheeler

Makos lock Joe Wheeler hopes Tasman attract their biggest crowd of the season when they take on Canterbury in the semifinals on Saturday night in Nelson.

Falcons desperate for sponsor

Nelson Marlborough Falcons

The Nelson Marlborough Falcons' home games are looking increasingly unlikely unless they can secure a major naming rights sponsor.

Big medal haul for Top of the South

Sam Fu-Allen


The Top of the South team has come away with an impressive haul of 23 medals at the New Zealand national gymsports championship

Last year's runners-up, this year's champs

The Bowls Marlborough Wai Devine open mixed pairs tournament, the first open event for the season, was held at the weekend.

Tasman lose to strong Canterbury side

Tasman suffered defeat at the hands of Canterbury for the second year running when they met in their annual junior tennis representative fixture at the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre in Blenheim on the weekend.

Warriors lead A grade into title round

The Marlborough Table Tennis A grade title is set to be decided this week .

Falcons free of hoodoo

It took three seasons and an own goal but the Nelson Marlborough Falcons have finally beaten Canterbury United away.

Tough going for Marlborough sides

The Gavin Roberts 12th grade junior football tournament took advantage of the good weather conditions in Marlborough last week and ran smoothly according to Marlborough Football general manager Andrea Smith-Scott.

Wendt sails on to laser championship win

Terry Hoggart

Queen Charlotte Yacht Club held their first short course championships for the season on Saturday with laser, optimist and starling fleets as well as an open fleet competing.

Saints sides off to ideal starts

Terry Hoggart

Both Saints teams opened their Marlborough senior softball season with resounding victories at A & P Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

Sports draws


Weekly sports draws around Marlborough from October 14.

Taylor proves he's got plenty to offer


Top club cricketers took the field for the first time this summer on Saturday and it was a newcomer who made the difference.

Finned fans flock to see Makos heroes, SBW

Makos fans

Thousands came out for the much-anticipated match against Counties Manukau and to see SBW in action.

Counties finish on high note against Tasman

Sonny Bill Williams

The Makos have blown their chance of qualifying top for next weekend's NPC premiership semis.

Makos, SBW the hottest ticket in town


Tickets for today's Makos vs Counties Manakau game - featuring Sonny Bill Williams - are selling fast.

McManaway gets season off to great start

Five young Wairau Rowing Club rowers from Marlborough Girls' College got the season off to a strong start by posting some good results at the R2K Concept Singles Regatta in Twizel at the weekend.

Sailors will benefit from Gali's skills

Bernat Gali

In the world of competitive sailing, Spanish-born coach Bernat Gali has a real soft spot for the underdog.

First Mt Stokes 'challenge' just that for competitors

Mount Stokes Challenge

The inaugural Burnsco Huff and Puff Mount Stokes Challenge saw eight yachts and 10 runners tackle the unusual event on Saturday.

What a great way to celebrate Christie's big game

Joe Wheeler

Makos lock Joe Wheeler gives a players' eye view on Tasman's historic victory over Canterbury last weekend.

Favourable response to interclub 5's tourney

The Marlborough Interclub 5's tournament was held on Saturday, with Blenheim, Picton, Awatere, Kaikoura, Takahang and Riverside facing off.
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