Tasman highlight abilities as a genuine premiership force in convincing 38-14 NPC victory over Southland.
Sir John Kirwan has high expectations of former All Blacks halfback coming to fill hole left by Piri Weepu.
MarlboroughA round-up of golf results and events from across the region.
The Marlborough ExpressTasman's top junior tennis players were unable to back up last year's convincing home win over Hutt Valley when they went down 58-26 to their annual opponents at Mitchell Park in Lower Hutt at the weekend.
Marlborough's Janet Fenemor narrowly missed qualification to the top 12 of the Champion of Champion singles indoors bowls tournament in Hamilton on Saturday.
It was a busy weekend for the province's leading squash players, with both the Marlborough Squash Rackets Club and Marlborough College Old Boys' Squash Club championships being decided.
Andrew Hore is in line to make his Stags debut from the bench against Tasman in Invercargill tonight.
A sudden-death playoff was needed to decide the MacDonald Cup holder when Awatere and Rarangi battled it out at the Marlborough golf course.
Key midfielder Tom Marshall will miss tomorrow's ITM Cup rugby clash against Southland through injury.
Prizegiving concluded a busy Marlborough senior netball finals day at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Saturday.
The Marlborough ExpressTwo regional records were broken when Blenheim Swimming Club hosted their first swim meet of the season at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tasman under-19 rugby team appears resigned to second-tier status after its heavy 55-13 loss to Canterbury Metro at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.
What the hell happened at the end of the Makos' disastrous game against Taranaki? Tasman lock Joe Wheeler gives the players' side of the story.
With senior interclub table tennis leaders Full of Spirit having a bye, the next six teams on the table all gained ground on Thursday with big wins.
Notorious D.I.G continued to make waves in Marlborough's premier grade volleyball league on Thursday, but they won't be competing in the September 25 final.
Following a last-minute meltdown against Taranaki, a chastened Tasman Makos team heads south today to meet Southland.
The Woodbourne Wizards proved too strong at both ends of the basketball court on Saturday when they finished the Marlborough men's A grade season as champions.
Red Devils end South Island campaign in disappointing fashion with a 25-19 loss to Canterbury Maori.
Smog Bayleys claim back-to-back Marlborough premier grade netball titles with win over Harlequins.
The All Blacks withstand a late onslaught from the Springboks to eke out a 14-10 win in Wellington.
The Tasman Red Devils complete their South Island Invitational tournament campaign in Kaiapoi tomorrow when they meet Canterbury Maori.
Smog Bayleys have the opportunity to wrap up a dominant netball season, and claim back-to-back premier titles, when they front up against Harlequins Radich Law in the final at Marlborough Lines Stadium tomorrow.
Team Wellington coach Matt Calcott has secured his first two signings for the 2014-15 national football league, landing former Marlborough goalkeeper Michael O'Keeffe and centre back Bill Robertson.
PATRICK DAWKINS - The Marlborough ExpressBoth Marlborough men's and women's A grade basketball winter leagues head into finals this weekend after the men's round-robin and women's semifinals were completed on Monday night at Marlborough Lines Stadium.
Tasman's hockey sides are still on track for finals berths at the senior nationals in North Harbour after both the men's and women's teams reached the semifinals yesterday.
A strong contingent of 30 riders from the Cuddon Cycling Marlborough club headed to Nelson on Saturday for the first interclub road race of the season.
Marlborough's top indoor bowls singles player, Janet Fenemor, carries the local flag in the National Champion of Champion Singles Championship in Hamilton tomorrow.
A 60-21 loss to the Tasman Red Devils on Wednesday is not likely to dull the New Zealand Defence Force rugby side's enthusiasm or endeavour when they take on Te Waipounamu South Island Maori at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim tomorrow.
The Cycle World/Fairweathers women's cycling team have their sights set on reclaiming some lost ground tomorrow.
A last minute try helped Taranaki steal a dramatic 31-30 win over the Tasman Makos last night.
The brothers Marshall will be staring each other down when Tasman face off against Taranaki at Trafalgar Park tonight.
Marlborough squash players Amelia Wadsworth and Quinn Udy represented their country with distinction during a successful trip to Australia with the New Zealand secondary schools' team late last month.
The Marlborough Pool Association recently held its Open Singles Championships, with Calvin Hart taking the title.
Marlborough Girls' College Scaffold Marlborough captain Tessa-Jane Power, named 2014 Marlborough Express Netballer of the Year this week, is "pretty surprised and pretty stoked to say the least."
Club championships at the Marlborough Squash Club (MSRC) and the College Old Boys' Squash Club will be played tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.
The inclusion of four rowers from Marlborough clubs, and a total of 15 from the Central Rowing Performance Centre, are the major features of Rowing New Zealand's summer squad.
A busy summer just got busier for Marlborough cricket with the news that Blenheim will host an Under-19 World Cup qualification tournament.
A burst of second-half scoring pushed the Tasman Red Devils to a 60-21 victory over New Zealand Defence Force at Lansdowne Park last night.
Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane suggests tomorrow's clash with Taranaki could be a defining moment of their ITM Cup rugby season.
With time expired and scores tied, an exhausted Mhicca King had one shot to secure her Harlequins Radich Law team a final with Smog Bayleys - and she nailed it.
In a remarkable comeback, Rapaura Indoor Bowls Club claimed the champion of champions triples title on Sunday despite being down 9-0 after four ends.
Brad Palatchie was the star of the night when the Marlborough champion of champions smallbore shooting competition was held at the Blenheim range last Thursday.
A round up of results from across the region.
Tasman Makos lock Joe Wheeler looks forward to tomorrow's crucial clash against Taranaki.
PETER JONES - The Marlborough Express
For the first time in the Craig's Investment Partners Charity Tournament's history, men's teams dominated the top placings.
The Marlborough senior representative golf team turned on some superb golf to shade Nelson and Buller/Westland at Westport Golf Club at the weekend.
Marlborough Harrier Club president Bill Hunter took out the top trophy when the annual Fairhall Road Race was held on Saturday.
Harlequins Woodbourne Tavern's 33-30 grade-one semifinal victory over Marlborough Girls' College KITE highlighted a busy day of netball at Horton Park.
The Tasman Red Devils, fresh from a thrilling 45-41 win over Tasman Griffins on Saturday, will play the New Zealand Defence Force rugby side at Lansdowne Park tomorrow.