Sport

Development settle for draw

Football

Marlborough Development carried a 1-0 lead to within a couple of minutes of full time against Nelson Suburbs Seals on Saturday in Blenheim, but a late equaliser from Seals meant the hosts left the field disappointed with a draw.

MBC First XV rue second half slump

Midfielder Nigel Satherley about to score for the Marlborough Boys' College First XV against St Bede's College in Christchurch on Saturday.

Despite holding an 18-10 halftime lead, the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV went down 37-21 to St Bede’s College in Christchurch on Saturday, leaving them just back of the top four in the UC Championship rugby standings.

Geldenhuys says final win 'unreal'

Ross Geldenhuys mingles with the Highlanders' fans after Saturday's thrilling Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

At the beginning of 2014 Ross Geldenhuys arrived in New Zealand looking to revitalise his rugby career.

Moutere make semifinal statement

Moutere centre Chris Ranstead shrugs clear of an attempted Harlequins tackle at Awarua Park on Saturday.

Moutere claimed the favourites’ tag heading into next week’s Marlborough division one rugby semi final against Scott Construction Harlequins, with an emphatic 35-18 victory over the same opponents at Awarua Park, Spring Creek on Saturday. The Magpies scored three tries in each half to put a stake in the ground for the forthcoming play-off.

Saturday sports wrap

Moutere centre Chris Ranstead attempts to shrug clear of a Harlequins' tackler at Awarua Park on Saturday.

Moutere claimed the favourites’ tag heading into next week’s Marlborough division one rugby semi final against Harlequins, with an emphatic 35-18 victory over the same opponents at Awarua Park, Spring Creek on Saturday.

Club sides in semifinal rehearsal

Harlequins centre Chris Tau'alupe takes on the Moutere defence during the sides' previous division one rugby match in April.

Club pride is up for grabs in Saturday's final preliminary matches in the Marlborough division one rugby competition.

St Bede's visit fuels Cragg-Love's fire

Taine Cragg-Love, pictured in action for the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV last weekend, will have plenty to prove when takes on his ex-school mates at St Bede’s College in Christchurch on Saturday.

For the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV Saturday’s match on the St Bede’s College front field in Christchurch will be an eventful one. But for Taine Cragg-Love it will have extra spice.

Crucial day looms for footballers

Football

The clash between Central Pirates and Blenheim Valley Development is likely to determine the division one championship.

Makos squad takes shape

Makos' skipper Shane Christie has made a timely return to top-level rugby and is expected to lead the team in 2015.

The 2015 edition of the Tasman Makos, the nation’s most talked about provincial rugby side, is taking shape.

Referee strike will not affect Blenheim game

George Hercus, on the ball here, returns after a week away to strengthen the Marlborough Development defence on Saturday.

It is expected to be a tough, high-quality match when Marlborough Development meet the table-topping Suburbs Seals in Blenheim on Saturday and, unlike their Nelson counterparts, they are sure to have a referee on hand to control the action.

Blenheim South to fly Marlborough flag

Indoor Bowls

Another big weekend is in store for Marlborough indoor bowlers, with fixtures at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim on both Saturday and Sunday, while the Blenheim South fours team heads to Hokitika in a bid to win the regional title and advance to the national finals.

Makos lose exciting winger for season

James Lowe in try-scoring action for the Makos.

The Tasman Makos have been struck a Lowe blow leading into their 2015 national provincial championship campaign with a key backline player ruled out for the season.

Hockey help at hand

Anita Punt

Marlborough’s hockey fraternity have a chance to receive some top level tuition when a series of coaching clinics are staged in Blenheim next week.

Megan Craig named player of the month

Megan Craig has won the PSA Women's Player of the Month for June, and has improved her world ranking.

Top performances in local tournaments helps New Zealand squash player secure accolade.

Wheeler misses NZ cricket contract

Some impressive efforts on New Zealand's England tour failed to secure Ben Wheeler a national contract.

Marlborough bowler Ben Wheeler has narrowly missed out on a New Zealand Cricket contract. The Central Districts Stags' left-armer was probably the most unlucky of the current crop after he turned heads in England with his bowling in the pre-test tour matches and on ODI debut.

'Wheels' gets his timing just right

Joe Wheeler, right, congratulates fellow Highlanders' lock Mark Reddish after their semifinal win over the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.

Top level sport doesn’t offer up too many second chances, especially where injuries are concerned.

Ian Columbus: a man of vision

Ian Columbus

Ian Columbus, who died in Blenheim on June 16 aged 83, was a little man with a big heart and even bigger ambitions.

Wiapo, Baker lead Wizards to narrow win

Basketball

The Woodbourne Wizards kept their unbeaten season in tact on Monday night in Blenheim, but it was a close run thing as a potential match winning three-pointer from the Trail Blazers’ Hamish Penlington rimmed out.

Harlequins hold nerve in battle of the big guns

Malia Manoa, who was once again unstoppable in the Marlborough Girls’ College shooting circle, lines up a goal during premier grade netball at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim on Tuesday night.

Harlequins Radich Law dealt Smog Bayleys successive Marlborough premier grade netball losses on Tuesday night in Blenheim, claiming round two honours in the process.

Annual rogaine attracts big field

Rogaine

Several Marlborough teams were among over 400 competitors to hit the Hurunui Hills on Saturday for a test of brain and body in the Heights of Winter rogaine event.

Junior sports results

Waitohi under 11 player Bray Taumoefalau is wrapped up by the Central defence during junior rugby action at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

Marlborough’s junior footballers, netballers and rugby players were in again in action for their club and school teams on Saturday, making the most of the winter sports season.

Foundation player Malneek is a true Mako man

Tasman Makos fullback Robbie Malneek has signed on for his 10th season with the province.

Robbie Malneek probably bleeds shark blood. He is Mako through-and-through.

MacDonald in Maori ABs

Quentin MacDonald: was announced on Tuesday as one of two Tasman Makos in the New Zealand Maori rugby team to play Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians in July.

Renwick hooker Quentin MacDonald was shocked when he found out through a friend on social media that he was back in New Zealand Maori team.

Pelorus on target for return

Netball

Pelorus Speight’s Ale House looks to have booked a trip back to the premier netball ranks.

Senior football leagues nearing climax

Mitch Lee, who scored the go ahead goal for Central in their 3-1 win over Blenheim Valley Masters at Athletic Park in Blenheim on Saturday, winds up as the defence closes in during Marlborough division one football action.

Both Mayfield Motorworld division one and two football leagues are set to go down to the wire with two weeks left to play.

Marlborough bowled over

Jill Hurcomb lays down a bowl during play in the L.D.and E.K. Daines Insurance Triples indoor bowls played at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim on Saturday, prior to the Marlborough rep team's McNabb Trophy defeat at the hands of Golden Bay/Motueka on Sunday at the same venue.

Marlborough’s McNabb Challenge Trophy reign became a brief one when the province’s indoor bowlers were beaten on Sunday.

Redbacks far from their best in Christchurch

Volleyball

The Marlborough Redbacks women’s volleyball team picked up a win and loss in Christchurch on Sunday, keeping them in the race to qualify for the club national championships.

Weekly sports draws

Netball

Marlborough's weekly sporting fixtures.

Kaikoura hold onto division two lead

No 8 Max Boyce, who scored a late try for Renwick,  takes on the Waitohi defence during division two rugby at the Renwick Domain on Saturday.

Whale Watch Kaikoura retained their two point lead in the Marlborough division two rugby race with a tense 23-17 victory over Scott Construction Harlequins at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Runners defend cross country titles

Harriers

Marlborough runners successfully defended last year's titles at the Marlborough Harrier Club's annual cross country championships on Sunday.

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