Dempster touch and go

Sam Dempster has remained on the sidelines since the Rangers clash two weeks ago.

Sam Dempster is working hard to be fit for Friday's Saints clash.

The battle back from brain surgery

Vernon Fredericks

The road to becoming Crusader No 213 has been far from smooth for Vernon Fredericks.

NZ finish 11th at Asian champs

Nelson's Holly Chandler (No 10) in action against Iran at the Asian volleyball champs in Thailand.

Nelson's Holly Chandler and Natasha Bannister part of NZ volleyball lineup at Asian champs.

Drummond in sevens heaven

Jess Drummond could be set for her New Zealand sevens debut after being selected in the latest squad.

The unavailability of five key players has opened the door for a Riwaka school teacher to make her NZ sevens debut.

Bellis' defend titles

Lloyd Bellis and wife Rhonda are heading to the NZ mixed fours and pairs regional finals.

Lloyd and Rhonda Bellis defend NZ qualifying mixed fours and pairs titles.

Another win for talented teen

Cameron Jones took out the final round of the Mountainbike Duathlon Series.

Cameron Jones wins third and final round of the Mountainbike Duathlon Series.

Union offers support to player in coma

Bevan Moody suffered a cardiac arrest as he ran back to halfway for a restart in a club rugby game in Nelson.

The Tasman Rugby Union have offered their full support to Marlborough rugby player Bevan Moody, who collapsed during a senior club match in Nelson on Saturday.

Proud parents savour 'landmark' win

George Bennett became the first Kiwi to win a World Tour in his Tour of California triumph.

George Bennett's dad labels Tour of California win a huge milestone for NZ cycling.

Ingham thrives in first start

Tom Ingham inspired the Nelson Giants to an important win over the Bay Hawks on Friday.

Giants coach admits it might be hard to take Tom Ingham out of the starting five after that one.

Suburbs' road woes continue

Nelson Suburbs midfielder Robbie Pearson makes a pass during their goalless draw with Western.

Nelson Suburbs remain eight points off the pace after failing to beat lowly Western.

Mystics overpower hapless Tactix

Mystics shooter Maria Tutaia was a standout in the second half as her side overcame the Tactix in Nelson.

 Northern Mystics produce huge second half to keep Mainland Tactix winless.

Bennett: It's the big one video

George Bennett celebrates claiming the leader's yellow jersey earlier in the Tour of California.

Kiwi winner of the Tour of California expresses relief at pulling off the biggest cycling win of his career.

Rugby player suffers cardiac arrest

Marist midfielder James Hawkey attempts to break past Central No 10 Trance Poa.

Nelson's Tasman Trophy clash with Waitohi cut short after Waitohi player collapses. 

Stevenson bags brace

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Waimea Combined have secured their second straight win in this year's UC Championship.

Kiwi chases historic World Tour win

George Bennett leads the Tour of California with one stage to go.

George Bennett roared into the overall lead with one stage to go in the World Tour event.

Giants hang on against Hawks

Tom Ingham inspired the Nelson Giants to an important win over the Bay Hawks.

A career-best night from Tom Ingham saw the Nelson Giants avoid a clean sweep against the Bay Hawks.

Uia shooting for Tactix

Tactix player Zoe Walker, left with Nelson College for Girls student Tali Uia, who has been selected in the Pathway to ...

Nelson College for Girls netballer Tali Uia has been selected in the Pathway to Tactix programme.

Bennett bags another podium

George Bennett has been a prominent figure on this year's Tour of California.

Kiwi cyclist remains second overall on Tour of California despite coming up just short in another gruelling climb.

Late bloomer Bird starting to soar

Goal shoot Ellie Bird gives the Tactix franchise optimism for the future.

Ellie Bird has gone from playing second grade netball to starring for the hapless Tactix.

Mid-season arrivals bolster Suburbs squad

Sam Wilson, pictured in action for Tasman United, is one of four US-based college players to link up with Nelson Suburbs.

Return of four US-based college players creates selection dilemma at Nelson Suburbs.

Sisters team up at Tasman

Sola and Kaisa Tsuruta are the first sisters to play for the Tasman United women's football team.

Kaisa and Sola Tsuruta become first sisters to play for Tasman United.

Giants looking to avoid sweep

The Nelson Giants' Morgan Grim, left, attempts to halt Hawks centre Amir Williams' progress during their previous clash ...

Nelson Giants desperate for win against Bay Hawks.

More newbies expected for marathon

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Aditya Kesarcodi-Watso during Sunday's Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon.

The Monaco-Nelson Mid-Winter Marathon is expected to attract more newcomers this year.

Playoff race heats up

Marist first five-eighth Cayden Edwards in action against Renwick last weekend.

Eight teams remain in Tasman Trophy playoff contention with two rounds remaining.

Uia scores 71 in NCG victory

Nelson College for Girls goal attack Lydia Swaney receives a pass under pressure from Waimea College's Riley McKendry.

Tali Uia scored a season high 71 goals as NCG continued their dominance over Waimea.

Super Makos travelling well

Tasman loose forward Jordan Taufua, along with several of his Makos team mates, have been stand outs for the unbeaten ...

 The Makos' coaching staff must be licking their lips with anticipation.

Squance holds comfortable lead

Jase Christie finished two minutes behind series leader Hayden Squance in race two.

Hayden Squance is six minutes ahead in the mountainbike duathlon series after two races.

Christie's mystery illness lingers

Highlanders flanker Shane Christie hasn't played all season.

Shane Christie hasn't been sighted for the Highlanders all season, but Tasman are confident he'll be fit for the NPC.

Makos hopefuls shine in the rain

Musseleers No 8 Isaiah Miller was one of the stand-outs in the Tasman Makos trial match at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday ...

Two motivated trial teams underlined the growing depth at the top level of Tasman rugby on Wednesday evening.

Nelson to host Tactix

Zoe Walker gets a rare chance to play in front of her hometown this Sunday.

Tactix return to Nelson to take on Maria Tutaia's Northern Mystics.

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