Story behind the fairytale

There is not a spare bed in town and the Craddock Park boundary is expected to be packed with spectators, marquees and temporary viewing positions

For the first time in their 106-year history, little-known Buller achieved something no-one thought possible. How did they do it?

Right concept, wrong colours

Senior cricketer Jarrod Englefield is happy to place his bat over the Wairau logo when he poses for photos in his Cavaliers uniform.

For someone who doesn’t feel particularly comfortable in his uniform, Jarrod Englefield is doing pretty well for the Wairau Cavaliers.

10,000 reasons to smile

Greg Stretch.

Greg Stretch knocked off an individual milestone then set about doing his Wairau Valley team a major service during senior club Twenty20 cricket on Wednesday evening.

North Otago's unexpected challenge

Buller celebrate their Hawke Cup win. They insist their makeshift venue will be suitable for the defence of their crown.

Buller insist venue for historic Hawke Cup cricket defence in Westport will be ready for North Otago's challenge.

Drinks Trolley serves up a win

Drinks Trolley

Drinks Trolley used weight of numbers to sail to victory in race four of the Oddies Marine Summer Twilight Series on a windy evening in the Marlborough Sounds on Tuesday.

Blenheim girls lead small swim team

Geena Langlois on her way to a fourth place finish in the final of the girls’ 100m breaststroke at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Age Group Championships last week, in Nelson.

The Blenheim Swimming Club were outnumbered at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Age Group Championships, but individual team members returned some large medal hauls.

South Island success

Marlborough dressage rider Sarah Wadworth and mount Faemoss B.W at the South Island Festival of Dressage in Christchurch.

Wet weather didn't prevent some major success for Marlborough riders and their mounts at the South Island Festival of Dressage in Christchurch, January 28-30.

No last round heroics for Marlborough


Val Symes of Marlborough in action against Nelson during the representatives match at Stoke Bowling Club on Sunday.

Marlborough’s rep bowlers couldn’t match it with their Nelson counterparts over the weekend, with the hosts taking out both men’s and women’s sections of the Romano-Jones Shield contests at the Stoke Bowling Club.

Trading fairways for bush tracks

Emily Stenhouse during the Tarawera Ultra Marathon on Saturday.

Marlborough rep golfer Emily Stenhouse found herself on a new type of course on Saturday.

Record entries for regional swim meet

Tasman's Sam McKenzie produced a gilt-edged performance at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough age-group champs.

Sam McKenzie and Cassie Hagan each won 13 gold medals to help the Tasman Swim Club to a convincing points win at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough age group championships in Nelson at the weekend.

Marlbororugh beat Nelson in junior Blair Cup clash

Nelson's Amy Hurst in action during the doubles in the Blair Cup fixture against Marlborough at the Tasman Tennis Centre.

Marlborough proved too strong for Nelson in the weekend's junior Blair Cup tennis fixture.

Sports draws

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Junior Tennis from Pollard Park.
Rapaura Aces v Fairhall Aces.
Alice Roughan (Fairhall Aces)

Marlborough's weekly sports draws

Picton pounce on UCVC slip up

Keita Maxwell played an important innings in an important second grade match for Picton on Thursday.

Picton scored a crucial win at their home venue in second grade Twenty20 cricket on Thursday evening, keeping their finals hopes alive.

Galloway grabs third at nationals

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Tua Marina Equestrian Rider Melissa Galloway (22) has won a couple of awards over the weekend on her Dressage horse "Windermere J'Obei W".

Leading Marlborough equestrian rider Melissa Galloway continued the development of her two young horses at the Bates Dressage Nationals over the weekend, coming away from the meet in Feilding with a third place finish in level three.

Nelson bowls team edge out Marlborough

Ian Tyler won his final round triples match as part of Nelson's winning effort against Marlborough at the Stoke Bowling Club on Sunday.

while the Nelson women got their second hurry-up from Marlborough in two weeks

Crusaders hail rookies' win over Reds

Codie Taylor of the Crusaders is tackled during the Super Rugby pre-season match against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Crusaders will introduce more of their All Blacks for Thursday's game against the Highlanders near Gore after a rousing first-up pre-season win over the Reds in Brisbane.

Central, Saints Aces share points

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Nathan Gill hits for Saints Aces vs Central in softball at Lansdowne park, Blenheim.

Despite being outscored in both matches, Central came away from their senior softball double-header in Blenheim last week with a draw from one of their clashes with Saints opposition.

Cavs await final opponent

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Senior T20 cricket starts 5.15pm. Wairau Valley v
Grove Tavern Wairau from Horton Park. 
Wairau Batsman Fraser McIntosh.

A semifinal was not scheduled for Marlborough Cricket’s senior Twenty20 competition this season, but it will play out that way on Wednesday with Biddy Kate’s Celtic and Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley set to battle for a place in the final.

No pain no gain

Jeremy McKenzie, knee well strapped, strides over the Sounds Half finish line on London Quay in Picton on Saturday, securing victory. Finn McKenzie, right, ran the final kilometre with his father.

Marlborough multisport ace Jeremy McKenzie battled pain and injury on Saturday to win the second edition of the Sounds Half race, based in Picton.

Blair Cup bound

Bella Rose will make her debut for the Marlborough under-18 tennis team age of 13 in Richmond on Sunday.

Marlborough enter their annual Blair Cup tennis fixture against Nelson on Sunday seeking to overcome their recent struggles in the under-18 matches.

Sounds Half set for round two

Sounds Half race organiser Pete Halligan, left, and pre-race favourite Jeremy McKenzie, who will be battling injury to be ready, on the Picton foreshore where the race will be centred on Saturday.

Leading Marlborough multisporter Jeremy McKenzie will be looking to go one better while race organiser Peter Halligan is hoping for a repeat of last year’s occasion when the second te Pa Marlborough Sounds Half ironman is raced in Picton on Saturday.

Hinds hoping for long shot

The Central Hinds have the final round of the women's competition this weekend, against Northern Districts at Whangarei.

The Central Hinds are still a chance of reaching the Twenty20 final.

Two-up riders team up

road cycling

Veteran time trial specialist Ray Dunstan and under-19 rider Ethan Batt combined to win Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s 2-up time-trial on Tuesday, distancing themselves from the rest of the field by one minute and 20 seconds.

Renwick men set-up surprise win

Dave Sandford helped guide Renwick to their first premier tennis win of the competition on Wednesday evening in Blenheim.

Bottom placed Renwick Whitehaven scored their first premier tennis win of the competition on Wednesday night, beating table-toppers Grove Tavern Grovetown at the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre.

Local swimmers selected for Southern Makos

Tasman's Sam McKenzie will be among a trio of Nelson Marlborough swimmers competing in Auckland next weekend.

Three of Nelson Marlborough's top swimmers will join their Southern Makos team mates and travel to Auckland on February 13 to contest the New Zealand Zonal Championships at the new Sir Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre.

Back trouble is back

Injury has turned Central Districts fast bowler Ben Wheeler into a drinks carrier for at least their first Plunket Shield match of 2016 and potentially much longer.

Only a few days after bowling seven overs in the Central Districts Stags’ domestic one-day final victory over Canterbury, Marlborough fast-bowler Ben Wheeler has been ruled out of the side’s opening Plunket Shield match of 2016.

Stag party over for CD

Central Districts now have to focus on the Plunket Shield four-day competition, which resumes on Friday, after winning the one-day final against Canterbury last weekend.

One-day champions CD now have to front for the Plunket Shield.

Talented Tiana to lead Tasman

Ruby Smith, left, and Tiana Williams will step up to foot it with the big girls for Tasman United in the Mainland Women’s Premier League this season.

When Tasman United Women run onto the field for their first ever match, on March 19, Marlborough teenager Tiana Williams will be at the helm.

Tasman squad full of young talent

Midfielder Ariana Whittington in action for Nelson College for Girls at Little Wembley last year.

Tasman United women's squad brimming with youthful talent.

Polo weekend goes down to the wire

Georgie Martin, centre, completes a strike of the ball for the tournament winning King Contracting, in green, during the crucial match of the Speight’s Tournament on Sunday, against Lawson’s Dry Hills at Rewi Murray Polo Park in Blenheim.

English professional player Olly Tuthill led his King Contracting team to victory in the annual Speight’s Tournament at the Blenheim Polo Club.

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