Junior sports wrap

Renwick wing attack Michaela Robertson and St Mary's defender Laura Theyers in grade four junior netball action at Horton Park on Saturday.

Marlborough junior sport wrap from last weekend.

Chance for potential Tasman Makos to show wares

Big English lock Will Carrick-Smith gets his chance to impress against Manawatu.

The payoff for compelling club form is about to be rewarded as the Tasman Makos rugby selectors cast their eye over the province's emerging talent.

Burnside ultimately too good for MBC

MBC First XV hooker Sam Moli takes on the Burnside defence at the college front field on Saturday.

The King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV gave their all, but came up eight points shy of Burnside College in their University of Canterbury championship rugby fixture in Blenheim on Saturday.

Hawkins chuffed to ink deal with Melbourne Rebels

Northland first five-eighth Dan Hawkins has signed a one-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels.

Not long ago he was drinking double browns in Picton. Now Northland's first-five has signed with the Rebels.

MBC hope for home advantage

The Marlborough Boys' College First XV will be hoping they can follow their haka with a top performance against Burnside High School on Saturday.

The NZ King Salmon MBC First XV return home on Saturday, to tackle a dangerous Burnside High School outfit on the college front field.

Miller powering his way ahead

Isaiah Miller, ball in hand, bursts off the back of the Marlborough Boys' College First XV scrum against Christchurch Boys' High School on the MBC front field in June.

For the past two years Isaiah Miller has been a driving force in both the MBC First XV rugby team and the college’s high-performing senior rowing eight.

New movie will help rugby club'™s recovery

The Ground We Won

The first screening in Marlborough of the newly-released Kiwi movie The Ground We Won will take place at Blenheim’s Top Town Cinema on Sunday, July 26.

Tamati, Fisher lead scoring stakes

Rawiri Tamati ... top points scorer.

Their teams may have missed out on the title, but two Central stars picked up notable accolades when the club season concluded on Saturday.

Ill-discipline limits MBC to a draw


A lack of finishing and poor discipline cost the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV victory on Saturday.

Cray Coasters win battle royal

Kaikoura halfback Chris Young scampers away for his side's only try in the Marlborough division two final at Lansdowne Park.

Whale Watch Kaikoura claimed back-to-back Marlborough division two rugby titles at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

They said it ...

Moutere captain Jordan Hart.

Quotes from the respective camps immediately after Saturday's division one final at Lansdowne Park.

Magpies add title to collection

The Moutere division one team and their supporters celebrate their 22-11 win over Central in the grand final at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Moutere are the 2015 Marlborough division one club rugby champions after downing reigning champions Biddy Kate's Central 22-11.

Red Devils squad named

Kade Poki, named in the Red Devils squad on Thursday, makes a break during a Super Rugby match for the Highlanders in 2013.

A mixture of familiar faces and new blood is a feature of the 2015 Tasman Red Devils team named on Thursday.

MBC to tackle Ashburton from the middle of the pack


The NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV return to action on Saturday against Ashburton College, heading into the final four weeks of the season before playoffs with only an outside chance of reaching the semifinals.

Scaffold crew get ready to rumble

Scaffold Marlborough employees square off in the yard at their workplace before Saturday’s division one rugby final. From left, Jesse MacDonald, Simon McFadyen, Jake Cresswell, Thomas McFadyen and Jordan Marsh, representing Central, Brigham Hart, Vernon Fredericks, Baxter Wilson, Jordan Newman and Mike Curry, from Moutere.

Workplace banter leading up to a club rugby final is not new, but the lads at Blenheim company Scaffold Marlborough, as befits their trade, take it to a whole new level.

Rugby decider too close to call

The main prize on Saturday, the Marlborough Rugby Union Champions of Champions Trophy.

Only a brave, or foolish, punter would wage a sizeable bet on the outcome of Saturday’s Marlborough division one club rugby final.

Quins, Coasters to meet in division two showdown


Whale Watch Kaikoura head into Saturday's Marlborough division two rugby final as favourites, but their opponents are peaking at the right time.

Peters has plans in place for Pumas

Greg Peters, left, developed a strong bond with Argentine Rugby Union president Carlos Araujo when he was with Sanzar.

As Argentina undertake their maiden voyage into Super Rugby waters in 2016, they will have an experienced skipper at the helm.

Sutherland enjoys modern Makos

Ramon Sutherland, the most-capped Marlborough rugby player, was behind the Tasman concept from the beginning.

As the Tasman union moves into its tenth year of existence, Ramon Sutherland looks back at the previous decade with quiet satisfaction.

Nelson primary schoolboys dominate Seddon Shield tournament

Marlborough primary school rep rugby player Unique Tupara meets some stiff Nelson defence in their clash on the final day of the Seddon Shield tournament in Nelson on Friday.

The Marlborough primary school representative rugby team had some strong showings last week at the Seddon Shield tournament in Nelson, but were no match for the hosts.

Get snap happy for 48 hours

A winning image from last year's 48 Hours in Kaikoura photo contest from professional photographer Paul Boocock, called Town on Starry Night.

One woman's quest to get Kaikoura residents out and enjoying their own back yard has resulted in an annual photographic contest which enters its 14th instalment this year.

Kaikoura, Harlequins to meet in final

Kaikoura number eight Dwayne Timms was his side's player of the day against Pelorus on Saturday.

Whale Watch Kaikoura have earned a chance to defend their Marlborough division two rugby crown, beating Pelorus 34-15 at Takahanga Domain in their semi final on Saturday.

Knights put to the sword in Blenheim

Crusaders Knights No 8 Isaiah Miller carries into some heavy contact against the Hurricanes under-18 team at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim yesterday.

The Crusaders Knights stuck with their opponents for half their rugby match in Blenheim on Monday, but the Hurricanes under-18 side blew them off the field in the second spell to win 58-17.

Top schoolboy rugby talent on show


Marlborough Boys’ College First XV players Isaiah Miller and Sam Moli have been selected to a 25-strong Crusaders Knights Under-18 team to play in Blenheim on Monday.

Blues, Magpies to meet in rugby final

Waitohi midfielder Solomona Ligaliga looks for support as he is lowered by the Central defence at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Central and Moutere will contest next week’s Marlborough division one rugby final after winning their semi finals at Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Semifinals expected to be close

Harlequins forward Vaea Samasoni.

There will be a strong sense of déjà vu for Marlborough’s division one rugby semifinalista on Saturday.

'Moutere magician' claims trophy

Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year Johnny Ika in action for Moutere.

Moutere backline dynamo Johnny Ika is the 2015 Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year.

Highlanders' spirit exceptional: Peters

Highlanders' board member Mark Peters has had a good week.

It’s a shame the spirit that propelled the Highlanders to their first Super Rugby title couldn’t be bottled, says board member Mark Peters.

Makos call in reinforcements

Moutere flanker Mike Curry, front, is the only Marlborough-based player of 11 uncontracted players plucked from club ranks to join the Makos Emerging Players team to tackle Manawatu on July 29.

Tasman coaches call on players from club ranks for the Makos Emerging Players training squad.

Ainley keen to extend winning run with Tasman

Alex Ainley of the Highlanders takes the ball in the lineout  during the Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium.

Foundation player Alex Ainley sat back and watched as many of his Tasman Makos team-mates signed Super Rugby contracts.

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