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Loving life on the GC

Former Marlborough Boys' College rugby star James Baker, pictured during a workout near his new home on Australia's Gold Coast.

Former Express reporter John Alexander continues his series on ex-Marlburains now living on the Gold Coast of Australia.

River making waves

River Hopkins, aged 8, from Blenheim, was the youngest competitor int he NZ National Optimist sailing champs held in Wellington this year.

He’s only 8, and he’s not very big, but River Hopkins is making waves in all the right places.

Harlequins, Moutere face crunch battle

Moutere number eight Baxter Wilson is expected to be a key figure in Saturday's big game at Lansdowne Park.

Harlequins and Moutere, rivals in the main game at Lansdowne Park on Saturday, are well aware of the significance of the fixture.

Development firm favourites

Marlborough Development players Bjorn Waechter, 10, Martin Delgado and George Bond, 2, celebrate a goal during their 4-1 win over FC Nelson last Saturday. This Saturday they play a home opener at A and P Park in Blenheim against Wakefield starting at 3pm.

Things are looking up for Marlborough Development’s home opener in Blenheim on Saturday,.

Flying Fox sails to lead

Flying Fox, which scored an early win in the Mount Gay Offshore series on Saturday.

The southerly that hit Marlborough on Friday died down just in time for the Mount Gay Offshore series on Saturday.

Harness racing trainer on a roll

Allan Shutkowski

Marlborough harness racing owner, trainer and driver Allan Shutkowski is on a winning roll.

Udy helps juniors dispatch Australia

Quinn Udy

Quinn Udy scored a win and battled the Australian number one close as part of the New Zealand junior squash team.

Hockey sisters named in NZ side

Pip Lunn and Stacey Lloyd.

Hockey-playing sisters Pip Lunn and Stacey Lloyd have been rewarded for their consistency with selection in the NZ President's XI.

Quins Fairweathers, Pelorus impress

Harlequins Fairweathers and Crafar Crouch Tokomaru during their close contest, one of six premier grading games held at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim on Tuesday night.

A couple of teams made strong cases for inclusion in the top grade when premier grade netball hopefuls contested week one of grading.

Barnes takes national title

Harriers

 Robbie Barnes added another national running title to his collection when he lined up in the NZ Mountain Running Championships on Saturday.

Weekly golf notes

Golf

Weekly golf notes - Awatere, Picton, Blenheim, Marlborough, Rarangi, RSA

Mini Makos camp a hit with kids

Moutere player Finn Neal, left, and Lewis Renner from Harlequins, enjoy themselves at the Mini Makos rugby camp at Lansdowne Park on Monday.

Over 50 primary school-aged youngsters were put through their paces at the Farmlands Mini Makos rugby camp.

Junior tennis team to tackle Coasters

Bella Rose will be a member of the 12 years Marlborough team to play West Coast at the weekend.

Marlborough take on the West Coast in an inaugural junior representative  tennis match on Saturday and Sunday, contested in the 10s and12 age groups, comprising four boys and four girls in each.

Batt climbs to Tour success

Rising cycling star Ethan Batt has enjoyed support from Dene Hall from Giant, left, and Cycleworld's Ray Dunstan, right, as he makes his way to the top.

Marlborough cyclist Ethan Batt underlined his growing status as an up-and-coming talent with a top performance in the Tour de Lakes,

Sailors fight conditions at nationals

Fail force winds over the last two days meant no Starling Nationals competition.

The weather did not play ball for the 112 sailors, including five from Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, at the Starling Nationals in New Plymouth last week.

Kaikoura make rugby statement

Kaikoura left winger Jeremy Taylor scored three tries against Pelorus at Takahanga Domain on Saturday.

Whale Watch Kaikoura convincingly defeated the previously-unbeaten Pelorus side 50-7 at Takahanga Domain on Saturday.

Blenheim fighter on way to Vegas

Marcelo Lopes and Brayden Graham enjoy the feel of victory in Auckland on Saturday.

Marlborough's Brayden Graham fought his way from Auckland to Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Bateman enters the big pond

Marlborough rally driver Richard Bateman will be in a much bigger spotlight when he debuts in the National Rally Championship this weekend.

With just days to go until the biggest rally of his life, time was fast running out for Blenheim driver Richard Bateman to diagnose and fix the turbo problem severely hampering his car's performance.

TRU back in black

Makos and Chiefs back Tom Marhsall.

The Tasman Rugby Union announced a surplus of almost half a million dollars at their AGM on Monday.

Tasman rugby union announce moderate profit

Tony Lewis, Tasman Rugby chief executive.

It is said that success breeds success, and so it is with the Tasman Rugby Union who announced an operating surplus of $457,490 at their annual general meeting in Blenheim on Monday.

Fever shooter rises above rest

Ace shooter Caitlin Bassett ruled under the Fever goal hoop at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Sunday.

 One player stood out well above the rest at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Sunday evening.

Squash contingent spring into action

The Marlborough contingent at the NZ Junior Squash Open in Timaru. From left, back row, Quinn Udy, Kiriana Andrew, Libby Craighead, Amelia Wadsworth, Leonie Marshall, Nikki Kennedy. Front row, Tom Marshall, Chris Hebberd, Paul Moran, Henry Moran.

It's been a big weekend of Marlborough squash.

Warriors unable to disarm Cannons

Volleyball

The presidents grade-leading Cannons were given a warning by fellow Woodbourne side the Warriors.

Weekly sports draws

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Katie Ditzel of Waimea College A spikes during the volleyball final against Burnside College A at the volleyball tournament at Nelson College for Girls.

Sports draws and fixtures from across the region from April 13.

Blenheim South take narrow lead

Indoor bowlers laid out their mats Saturday and Sunday at the Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre.

The Blenheim South duo of Jennifer Crawford and Geraldine Rush took out the popular 2x4x2 pairs competition on Sunday to conclude two days of indoor bowls at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim.

Harlequins make statement in Picton

Central flanker Quentin MacDonald bursts clear of the Renwick defence at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Scott Construction Harlequins showed they will be a force in this year's  premier rugby competitions with a well-deserved 28-11 win over Crafar Crouch Waitohi at Endeavour Park in Picton on Saturday.

Development solid in first up win

Lukas Simpson looks to control the ball for Marlborough Development during their season opening 4-1 win over FC Nelson on a wet day on Saturday in Nelson.

Marlborough Development got their season off to a solid start with a 4-1 win over FC Nelson on Saturday.

Brave Tactix go down fighting

Tactix goal shoot Mwai Kumwenda contests possession during her side’s 66-51 loss to the West Coast Fever in Blenheim on Sunday.

The Mainland Tactix showed grit in defeat as trans-Tasman netball came to Marlborough for the first time on Sunday.

Harlequins reap rewards

Harlequins winger Willie Tau'alupe, pictued here against Awatere last year, scored two tries for Harlequins in Picton.

Scott Construction Harlequins underlined their credentials with a hard-fought 28-11 win over Crafar Crouch Waitohi in Picton on Saturday.

Footballers prepare for kick off

Bjorn Waechter’s speed in the midfield will be key for Marlborough Development in their second season in the Nelson division one competition.

Tomorrow the Marlborough senior football season will begin with some scheduling changes and a new team.

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