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Second half power surge shuts down Turbos

Marty Banks is lowered in  a copybook tackle.

Tasman continued their blazing start to the National Provincial Championship rugby season, bagging their third consecutive five-pointer against Manawatu in Blenheim on Thursday.

Makos surge past the Turbos

Mitchell Scott of the Tasman Makos is stopped by the Manawatu defence.

The Tasman Makos used an 11 minute second half scoring spurt to bank another five NPC points.

School cyclists set to test skills around Marlborough

Marlborough Boys’ College student Ethan Batt will be in the field on familiar roads when the Cuddons Two Day Schools Tour is cycled in Marlborough over the weekend.

Several of Marlborough’s roads will be busy with young cyclists this weekend, a strong local team set to race alongside school students from around New Zealand in the Cuddons Two Day Schools Tour.

Tournament week takes students far and wide

The Marlborough Girls’ College Senior A netball team which will be one of many secondary schools sports teams in action next week. From left, McKynlee Breen, Kelsie Fitzpatrick, Jalen-Rose Graham-King, Etelini Manoa, Malia Manoa, Ellen Halfacre, Lorin Cook, Livvy Hodson and Sophie Robinson. Absent is Jodie Jensen.

All the training gets put into practice next week for many of Marlborough’s best young athletes as secondary school sports tournaments take place around New Zealand.

Strong fields for major indoor bowls prizes

Simon Hitchcock, who has been a standout on the Marlborough indoor bowls scene this season, will line up at the Marlborough Open this weekend looking to add to his trophy collection.

Brian Stewart and Natasha McLauchlan have formed a formidable combination on the indoor bowls mats this year and on Saturday they will seek to add the region’s biggest prize of the season to their collection, the Mark Stevenson First National Marlborough Open.

Rugby reps, club finalists in action home and away

Tasman Red Devils midfielder Jake Cresswell will be looking for a big game against Canterbury Colts on Saturday.

Marlborough rugby fans have a chance to see some of Tasman's top rugby talent at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Marlborough knowingly broke the rules

Suspended Marlborough Development coach Dave Turner acting as linesman during Saturdays match.

Nelson Suburbs president Graeme Duncan said his club should not be blamed for Marlborough Development's removal from the Tasman Trophy.

Club cyclists enjoy handicap racing

Cycling

Some exciting finishes eventuated when Cuddon Cycling Marlborough held their seventh race of the winter/spring series last weekend around the Jones Rd/Dillons Point Rd circuit in the Lower Wairau.

Murray has faith in Kiwi eight

Tom Murray, pictured competing at the Windermere Cup in May in Seattle, has his sights set on qualifying the New Zealand eight for Rio.

Marlborough rower Tom Murray is confident the New Zealand eight has a realistic chance of earning Olympic qualification at the world championships in Aiguebelette, France which begin on Sunday evening (NZ time).

Fredericks makes remarkable recovery

Vernon Fredericks, who underwent brain surgery in May, was named on the Tasman Makos bench for Thursday's NPC game.

Hearing his name read out in the Tasman Makos’ playing squad on Tuesday completed a tumultuous and emotional four months for loose forward Vernon Fredericks.

Squash juniors rise in national rankings

Up-and-coming Marlborough junior squash players, from left, Tom Marshall, Charlie Prince and Chris Hebberd.

 Marlborough junior squash players Tom Marshall, Charlie Prince and Chris Hebberd have made the top ten national junior rankings in the under-11 boys section for August.

Top qualifiers survive semi final challenges

Jenna Gilbert looks up court for Harlequins Radich Law team-mates as Tokomaru defenders Letita Leonard, left, and Tash Ford, right, look to keep pace during their premier netball semi final at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim on Tuesday night.

Both premier netball semi finals played on Tuesday night in Blenheim followed a similar pattern, but when all was said and done the grade’s two best teams all season long survived and will contest the final.

Gifford relishes competition with world’s best young sailors

Queen Charlotte Yacht Club sailor Alistair Gifford, pictured at the Tasman Secondary School Sports Awards last year, has returned home from sailing at the Laser Radial World Championships in Canada.

The skill level was high and the racing tight when Marlborough teenager Alistair Gifford took on the best youth sailors in the world last week in Canada.

Marlborough Development tossed from Tasman Trophy

Marlborough Development look likely to be left out in the cold from Nelson Bays Football's Tasman Trophy semi-finals.

Marlborough’s flagship football side may have had their season cut short, going from the high of a quarter final win to the low of being tossed out of the Tasman Trophy competition three days later.

Makos keen to take wind out of Turbos

Makos' veteran Robbie Malneek, pictured here against Manawatu midfielder Jason Emery in 2012, returns to the Tasman starting XV for Thursday's match at Lansdowne Park.

The Tasman Makos sit alone on top of the national provincial championship premiership table - with a very large target on their backs.

Rarangi, Marlborough advance to MacDonald Cup final

golf

Home course advantage was to the fore on Sunday as Rarangi over-powered Awatere 7-1 in their MacDonald Cup interclub golf semi final.

Marlborough veterans outplayed on home courts

Tennis

Despite pushing eventual tournament winners Nelson close, the Marlborough veterans' tennis team finished in last place during their annual Quad Tournament in Blenheim over the weekend.

Samoan sides lead top volleyball grade

Volleyball

A pair of straight sets wins saw Uso Fiafia streak further ahead in the president’s grade standings during Fairweathers Winter League volleyball at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim on Thursday.

Defensive determination qualifies Quins in top spot

Central centre Leah Newman looks to keep the ball moving during her team’s crucial grade three senior netball win over Harlequins AP Ltd, which saw Central lock up a semifinal spot ahead of their opponents. Harlequins centre Lauren Hynd follows the action.

Semi finalists were confirmed in senior netball on Saturday with grades 1-7 and social playing final round-robin fixtures at Horton Park in Blenheim.

Weekly sports draws

Netball

Weekly sports fixtures.

Junior rugby reps have mixed fortunes

Marlborough under-14 centre Liam Duncan struggles to break free of the Nelson Bays defence at Lansdowne Park on Sunday.

A day after 15 of the Marlborough under-13 rep rugby team played against each other in the local junior club final, they combined to beat the Nelson Bays under-65kg team 63-24 at Brightwater Domain on Sunday.

Happy hooker prepares for 'family time' at Lansdowne Park

Makos hooker Quentin MacDonald.

Rugby is definitely a family affair for Quentin MacDonald, especially when he comes “home” to Lansdowne Park.

Marlborough unable to stop Coast clean-up

Pip Lunn was one of several standout players for the Marlborough A hockey side which played in Westport at the weekend.

Marlborough's representative hockey sides were unable to prevent West Coast taking the spoils at the women's quadrangular tournament in Westport on Saturday and Sunday.

Nelson tennis vets regain Quad Shield

Nelson veteran tennis rep Ngaire Calder was unbeaten during the Quadrangular tournament.

The Nelson Veterans Tennis Club won all three rubbers in their annual Quad Tournament and regained the shield which they had won in 2013.

Junior player claims closed table tennis title

Teenager Alex Kennedy won the Marlborough closed table tennis crown on Saturday.

Marlborough’s top junior, Alex Kennedy, claimed the men’s singles title at the Marlborough closed table tennis championships played at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim on Saturday.

Marlborough Development contain ex-Mariner to earn quarterfinal win

Cailan Thompson celebrates after a second half goal for Marlborough Development.

A Tasman Trophy semi final awaits Marlborough Development after the football side hit their straps in the second half against Nelson Suburbs First XI at A and P Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

Premier netball semifinalists all in with a shot

Bridget Gane, with ball, will captain Harlequins Radich Law against Tokomaru in one premier netball semifinal on Tuesday night in Blenheim. Slowing her passing game will be crucial if Tokomaru have any hope of upsetting the top qualifiers.

A feature of the Marlborough premier netball season has been the closeness of the competition, and on Tuesday night that looks set to continue when teams clash in semifinals at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim.

Bateman catches a break in Coromandel

Sharisse Guckert and Richard Bateman in Whitianga on Saturday.

Marlborough rally drivers Richard Bateman and Regan Ross both completed successful days at the Mahindra Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel on Saturday, placing 10th and 19th overall respectively.

Red Devils beaten by Metro side

Rugby

The Tasman Red Devils were left to rue a slow a slow start after they went down 28-12 to Canterbury Metro in a South Island Invitational clash at Rugby Park in Christchurch on Saturday.

Saturday sports wrap

Moutere under-13 player Tristan Taylor attempts to burst clear of the Harlequins' defence during junior finals day at Lansdowne Park.

A roundup of results from a busy day of sport involving Marlborough teams and competitors.

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