Wheeler replaces Milne in NZ squad

Ben Wheeler, pictured playing for New Zealand against Somerset, has been drafted into the Black Caps one-day squad.

What started as a trip to England for two warm-up cricket matches has escalated for Marlborough’s Ben Wheeler, who was called into New Zealand's one day international squad over the weekend.

Marlborough romp to 7-0 win in Nelson


Despite some notable absences, Marlborough Development easily overcame a young Nelson College Academy XI 7-0 in Nelson on Saturday.

Saturday sport wrap

Moutere prop Lockie McCormick charges towards the Wanderers' goal line at Awarua Park, in Spring Creek, on Saturday.

It was another busy Saturday for Marlborough’s sporting clubs, with plenty of action both in this province and in Nelson.

MBC blow Waimea off the field

Marlborough Boys’ College prop Ty Bampton proves hard to put down for the Waimea College defence as teammate Isaiah Miller supports during the first XV clash on the MBC front field on Friday afternoon.

New Zealand King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV came out firing against Waimea College to put the match result beyond doubt early.

A tale of two netball cities

Good times. The competition-leading Queensland Firebirds are on a roll in 2015.

It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. It all depends which Trans-Tasman Championship netball team you are.

Magpies can do Blues a favour

Moutere flanker Scott Morgan has been in fine form this season.

Marlborough rugby clubs Moutere and Central have always been fierce rivals, but the Blues will be right behind the Magpies on Saturday.

Development aim to build a winning run


Marlborough Development head over the hill to Nelson on Saturday seeking consistency of play but without a consistent line-up due to player unavailability and injury.

Former top junior rower changes lanes

Former international rower Mitchell Mackenzie-Mol is keen to try his hand at road cycling.

For Mitchell Mackenzie-Mol, the sporting wheel has turned full circle.

Tickets still available for Crusaders match

Nelson fans show their support for the Crusaders in 2011, the last time they played a Super Rugby competition match at Trafalgar Park .

Tickets are still available for the pivotal Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and Hurricanes at Trafalgar Park in Nelson next week.

Duathlon series begins

Sam Durrant, who finished third in the competitive men's section on Sunday, heads for the finish line.

The first round of the 2015 Marlborough Duathlon Series was held on Sunday at the Wither Hills Farm Park.

MBC First XV to build on success

Marlborough Boys’ College First XV lock Matt McCormick takes on the Nelson College defence during last week’s match in Nelson. He and his fellow forwards will be called on again to provide a solid platform against Waimea College in Blenheim on Friday. PHOTO: FAIRFAX/NZ

Eight days after downing their biggest rivals, Marlborough Boys’ College First XV look to maintain that momentum in Blenheim on Friday.

New Marlborough bowler making an impression

Marlborough indoor bowls player Natasha McLauchlan, middle, with the Waipa Workingmen's Club ladies' team.

Accountant Natasha McLauchlan has been playing bowls since she was nine. 

Crum sails to victory again

Playwright sailed to division two victory in the second race of the NZ King Salmon Winter Series on Sunday.

Bob Crum and his yacht Blue Bird came out on top when race two of the NZ King Salmon Winter Series was sailed in the Marlborough Sounds on Sunday.

Rugby points awarded

rugby trophy

Front rowers dominated the scoring in the latest round of the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition.

MGC remain in top grade

Malia Manoa carried the bulk of the Marlborough Girls' College shooting during premier netball  on Tuesday night.

A young Marlborough Girls’ College side did just enough to confirm themselves a place in premier grade netball for another round.

Junior squash series up and running


Marlborough’s squash talent was on show when the first of six one-day winter tournaments was held at Marlborough Lines Stadium.

Tennis juniors to square off


Marlborough take on Nelson in the annual Gardiner Trophy junior tennis representative match on Sunday.

Winter sports season hits top gear

Rylee Hall lines up a shot for the Riverlands Eclipse during their Junior 4 netball win over Renwick C at Horton Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

The winter sports season is in full swing and children of Marlborough were busied on Saturday playing a variety of sports around the region.

First XI footballers rebound strongly


Marlborough Boys' College First XI bounced back from an 8-0 loss to Nelson College last week by downing Waimea College 3-1 on Tuesday.

Marlborough bowlers fail to repel challenge

Marlborough’s Janet Fenemor lays down a bowl at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim on Sunday during the triangular tournament featuring Nelson and Golden Bay-Motueka.

The Marlborough Indoor Bowls representatives had a weekend to forget at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim on Saturday and Sunday.

Firebirds roar into Blenheim

A fired-up Romalda Aiken, right, will be one of the major draw cards when, on Sunday night, the Queensland Firebirds play the winless Mainland Tactix in the second Trans-Tasman Championship fixture to be held at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim this season.

For the second time this year, Blenheim will play host to the Trans-Tasman netball Championship’s top side.

On the hunt for league talent

Tasman Titans 15s co-coaches Joshua Kutu, left, and Nick Rangi, centre, with 17s coach Shane Dearman at the Tahunanui Playing Fields.

The tournament is confirmed for Nelson, the Tasman coaches have been named, now they just need some players.

Take on the mountainbike challenge

Kathryn Richards

Marlborough mountainbikers, young and old, weekend warriors and keen racers alike won't want to miss the second annual Bikefit Marlborough Mountain Bike Challenge this weekend.

Marlborough boys stand up to Nelson

Marlborough Boys College winger Owen Ika looks for a way through Nelson College's defence.

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Q&A: Makos head coach Kieran Keane

Tasman Makos head coach Kieran Keane.

CPR Coffee Q & A with Makos head coach Kieran Keane

Leading teams line up for showdown

Renwick under-16 player Flynn Struthers, makes a strong run down the sideline during Sunday’s match with Takaka at Renwick. Renwick won the Tasman under-16 grade match 68-14.

Whale Watch Kaikoura warmed up for their crunch Marlborough division two match with Moutere by putting a half-century on Crafar Crouch Waitohi.

Nelson dominates sporting exchange

Marlborough Boys’ College goalscorer Lachlan Rohloff strides ahead of Nelson defender Elliot Aitken, left, at Blenheim’s College Park on Thursday.

Marlborough Boys' College came out on the wrong side of their annual interschool sporting exchange with Nelson College on Thursday, losing overall 6-4.

Pirates finally made to walk the plank

Blenheim Valley Masters player Khalid Suleiman, left, and Anzac Morel of Rangers Hammers are locked in a battle for possession during grade one football at A and P Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

It took well over a season, but finally Central Pirates have been beaten in Mayfield Motorworld Marlborough division one football.

Weekly sports draws


Marlborough's weekly sports fixtures.

Arotea Kiwi teams at the double


Comprehensive victories to both Arotea Kiwi combinations in the Nelson division one hockey competition at the weekend marked a successful day out for Marlborough’s top sides.

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