Marlborough pair chosen for U19s

Matthew Stretch will get a chance to make amends, after missing last year's tournament, and Nick Weaver will get a second go-round with both Marlborough cricketers being named yesterday in the Central Districts under-19 team to contest the national tournament next month.

Plenty to smile about

The Scaffold Marlborough junior touch finals were played on Thursday, December 11, and Monday, December 15.

Mainland succeed at national tourney

Two Marlborough players and a coach helped Mainland Football hoist the Federation Cup in Wellington on Tuesday.

Talented youngsters have fun on the water

The Waikawa Boating Club action in the Marlborough Sounds took on a slightly more social atmosphere on Tuesday evening, and some talented youths got in on the fun too.

Anything you can do, Sue can do better

Marlborough's Sue Murray struck a blow for the country's older golfers at the women's national interprovincial championships last week.

Bowlers celebrate Christmas spirit

The Christmas spirit prevailed when the Bowls Marlborough Christmas 2x4x2 mixed pairs bowls competition was staged at the Picton and Blenheim greens on Saturday.

Second yellow hurts Hollis

Falcons left back Keegan Hollis is "gutted" that he will miss this weekend's final round match against Team Wellington.

U15 side grabs thrilling tie

The Marlborough team kept their cool and came away with an unlikely tie on the first day of the Central Districts under-15 cricket tournament in Levin on Monday.

McKenzie to coach NZ team

Marlborough volleyball coach Alister McKenzie has been appointed head coach of the New Zealand senior women's team.

T20 to serve up appetiser to senior final

Grove Tavern Wairau and Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley will go head-to-head tomorrow evening in Twenty20 cricket, just two days prior to meeting in the senior championship final.

Six of the best to end competition

Marlborough Volleyball's Subway Spikers and Premiers schools competition wound up for the year on Friday with an exciting finals day, which was followed on Sunday by the annual Tasman Spikers Championships.

'Amazing' All Blacks can beat odds: Henry

Winning the World Cup on foreign soil has eluded the All Blacks but former coach Sir Graham Henry has confidence they can lift the trophy in England.

Two centuries in third-grade cricket

A captain's knock from Alex Kennedy kept the Wairau third grade cricket team in winning form on Saturday at Oliver Park in Blenheim.

Sports draws


Draws for sporting events across the region from December 16.

Loza, McMath smash Blenheim swimming club records

Thomas Loza and Sally McMath broke Blenheim Swim Club records on Saturday, with Loza setting a mark nearly 16 seconds faster than the previous best in the 10 and 11-year-old boys' 200m breaststroke.

Cookie Monsters get touch-up

A thrilling men's encounter marked the penultimate round of senior touch before Christmas at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Thursday.

Manson wins double at Karapiro

Marlborough rower Robbie Manson gave himself an early Christmas present at the weekend, taking out the premier single and double sculls titles on Lake Karapiro.

Tasman pipped for spot in sevens

Rookies Mhicca King and Pippa Andrews "absolutely loved" their first taste of provincial sevens.

Wairau win ahead of final

Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley will take all the momentum into the SBS Bank senior championship cricket final on Saturday after recording an outright win.

National win for Lindsay-Brown

Marlborough beach volleyballer Micah Lindsay-Brown was part of the winning women's combination in last weekend's inaugural two-day Pines Beach Grand Slam event in Nelson.

Catterick shows his class

Brodie Catterick raced strongly in demanding conditions to take out the A grade title during the sixth round of the BikeFit Marlborough Summer Road Series on Tuesday.

Queen Charlotte aiming for crown

The Queen Charlotte College touch team has the chance to "shoot for the stars" this weekend.

Physical side holds no fears for duo

Two multi-talented Marlborough athletes will transfer their silky touch skills to the more physical world of top level sevens rugby in Timaru tomorrow.

Death at the wicket

The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has rekindled memories of a 1960 fatality on the cricket fields of Marlborough.

Dominant Maracas claims the overall honours

Final positions in the Marlborough Sounds Marinas Spring Twilight Series were gained and lost during Tuesday evening's racing, but Maracas took a comfortable series lead into the final week's racing to claim division one honours.

Sprinter Sheat bags silver and eyes gold

Lucy Sheat is on a fast track to the top and, at this stage, she's happy to have Blenheim as her starting line.

It's a learning curve for Marlborough trio

Two of Marlborough's most talented youth footballers will get to test their skills against the best in the country this weekend - and the same can be said for their coach.

Touch and go for Nats

QCC Nats won a thrilling senior mixed touch encounter over Lansdowne Latinos on Wednesday.

Reeve finds right formula

Rookie motor racing driver Brook Reeve has scored his maiden race win in the New Zealand Formula First championship at just his third outing.

Midnight triumphs in testing conditions

A surprise southerly change had the crews on their toes and the Waikawa Boating Club yachts on the move in the Marlborough Sounds last Sunday afternoon.

Special honour for Blenheim runner

Blenheim athlete Dale Smit has been selected as the New Zealand athlete for the final leg of the Torch Run for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015.

Northern swim first-up challenge

Blenheim masters swimmers took part in sea swimming competitions in both Paihia and Nelson over the last few weekends.

UCVC notch up unlikely victory

Batting collapses handed both Wairau and United Country and Vineyard Cricket wins in second grade 40-over cricket on Saturday.

Sports draws


Draws for sporting events across the region from December 9.

Bunt wins singles crown

Sandra Bunt showed some solid early-season form to take out the Bowls Marlborough Harcourts women's open singles at the Springlands green on Sunday.

Marlborough touch players shine in U-15 team selections

Eight Marlborough players have been selected in the Tasman under-15 mixed touch team to contest the national championships in Auckland.

Back-to-back victories for dominant Wairau

The Wairau Cricket Club went two-for-two in the latest round of the WineWorks senior Twenty20 competition on Friday.

Tasman confident of a good showing

Despite a tough draw, the Tasman women's golf team have high hopes of bettering their national ranking at the Toro interprovincial champs, beginning in Hamilton tomorrow.

Homer heartbreak for Marlborough

Marlborough's chances of hoisting softball's Jefferies Cup for the first time since 1988 were ended by "one swing of the bat" at Christchurch's Mainland Foundation Ballpark yesterday.

Armbands, titles for Alethea

Marlborough's rowing clubs kick-started their season with two days of hard racing on the Wairau River.

Knowles knocks over nine

A big, fast opening bowler rolled through the opposition when Marlborough hosted Buller at Horton Park in Blenheim, but not the one most were expecting to do the damage.

Falcons without star schoolboy

The Nelson Marlborough Falcons will be without midfielder Atkin Kaua for this weekend's do-or-die clash with table-toppers Waitakere United.

Barnes claims the cup

The first silverware of the 2014-15 Marlborough senior athletics season was handed out on Tuesday night.

Blenheim six just too classy for opponents

The Blenheim Bowling Club team Touch of Class took out the Allan Scott Summer League Trophy on Saturday with a convincing 3-0 win over Renwick.

Records tumble at BikeFit time trial

Records tumbled at the BikeFit Marlborough Summer Road Series time trial on Tuesday night.

Young pitcher key in bid to end long title drought

The Marlborough senior men's softball team have their first Jefferies Cup title since 1988 firmly in their sights when they begin their 2014 campaign at Christchurch's Mainland Foundation ballpark tomorrow.

Stars halt Renwick's trot

Renwick Whitehaven One's winning streak was halted at six games when they came up against Marlborough Stars in a top-of-the-table Marlborough premier club tennis clash this week.

Moment of truth for rowers

The 2014 Meridian Marlborough Rowing Championships begin tomorrow on the Wairau River.

Wheeler returns to boost Marlborough

Marlborough needed a boost to get their Hawke Cup campaign back on track and they got it with the news that paceman Ben Wheeler will be available this weekend.

Rare chance for boys to shine in front of home fans

Twelve Marlborough boys have been selected to represent their province in the South Island Primary School tournament.
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