Nelson Giants pushed by rugged Taranaki outfit

Taranaki player Chris Hagan is defended by Nelson's DeRonn Scott during their NBL basketball game at Saxton Stadium.

Giants eventually secure hard-earned 83-75 win at home to remain unbeaten in NBL after four games.

Excitement ahead of netball season

Nelson Netball centre manager Chelsea Routhan, in the car, back left, with board members Gary Cox, Les Edwards, Julie Baxendine, Leanne Cook, Carol Cook and development coordinator Dayna Whiting.

With a new board, new sponsors, an expanded Premier 1 grade, there is plenty of excitement ahead of the new netball season.

Junior players get tips from the pros

Former Ireland international Alan Kernaghan assesses players during a drill at the Rangers Soccer School camp at Saxton Field in Nelson.

Professional coaches from Scottish club Rangers were in Nelson this week, giving lessons to more than 80 young football players.

Sparks clamber out of hole

ProBrands Nelson Sparks forward Jess Bygate calls for the ball in the post on her way to a double-double against Auckland.

Nelson women win twice on opening day of Women's Basketball Championship

WOB look to maintain unbeaten run

Robbie Malneek will vital experience to Nelson's backline.

Waimea Old Boys could complete an unbeaten opening phase of club rugby when they host Nelson at Jubilee Park.

Nelson trio have much to prove

Mitchell Hunt adds utility value to the NZ under-20 squad.

Three Former Nelson College First XV players have been named in the initial 31-player squad for the New Zealand Under-20 team.

Sam's still going strong

Ferrymead Bays midfielder Michael Forshaw, left, and Nelson Suburbs winger Sam Ayers challenge for the ball during their Mainland Premier League football match at Saxton Field.

When Nelson Suburbs Sam Ayers lines up against Halswell United on Saturday it will mark 10 years since his debut against the same opposition.

Variety spices Pogo's life

Pogo McAuley is now a national age group champion in the Xterra discipline.

Age group championship for Nelson multisport athlete

Chisnall well on the pace

Greenacres golfer Ryan Chisnall finished the qualifying phase of the New Zealand amateur championships tied for second.

Chisnall tied for second

Ryan Chisnall finished tied for second after day one of the NZ amateur golf champs.
Final (3rd) day of the Harewood Open Charles Tour Golf Tournament (Christchurch). Photo:  The winner, Ryan Chisnall from Nelson

Greenacres' Ryan Chisnall fired a two-under 68 to finish tied for second after the first round of the New Zealand men's amateur golf championships in Auckland.

Boxer wins novice title

Bailey Orlowski, 16, of Whakatu Boxing and Garin College, won the youth light heavyweight title at the South Island Novice Boxing Championships in Christchurch last month.

Nelson boxer Bailey Orlowski won the youth light heavyweight title at the South Island novice champs.

Bailey Banks first national title

Nelson's Reece Walker (Yamaha), on his way to finishing third overall in the 14-16 years' 250cc class at the annual New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships near Te Kuiti.

Nelson College's Bailey Banks won the 12-14 years 125cc title at the National Junior Motocross Championships near Te Kuiti on the weekend.

McKenzie in record-breaking form

Sam McKenzie set a new national age-group freestyle record in Sydney on Tuesday.

 Tasman swimmer Sam McKenzie has broken a New Zealand age group record in Australia.

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.

Wolves get two week rest

Wanderers Wolves player Symon Duncan in action during their Tasman Rugby League round two match against the Victory Phoenix at Trafalgar Park.

With the bye this weekend, and all teams getting Anzac Day off, TRL leaders the Wanderers Wolves are in the unfortunate situation where they won't play again until May 2.

Growing up in public

Southland Sharks guard Kevin Braswell has his shot blocked by Mike Pero Nelson Giant Mckenzie Moore during their NBL game at Saxton Stadium on Saturday.

Nelson Giants import Mckenzie Moore is his own harshest critic.

Spieth is golf's newest star

Jordan Spieth is the new kid on the block but will already be aware that the game affords no-one any favours.

Stoke keeping young players on the ball

Fabian Atkinson, 7, lines up a tackle bag at Stoke Rugby Club's junior coaching camp.

The Stoke Rugby Club is helping to keep the region's young players on the ball

Sparks showing girls the pathway

Nelson Sparks basketballer Kat Jones demonstrates ball handling skills to the juniors, who might one day go on to become Sparks in the national women's league.

Basketballers building teams for today and tomorrow

Nepia breaks own NZ record

Jaydene Nepia set another New Zealand record in Christchurch at the weekend.

Nelson's Jaydene Nepia and Stella Hampton each set New Zealand records and won gold at the Christchurch City Weightlifting competition.

Rabbits still searching for first win

Richmond Rabbits player Grahme Smith exploits a hole in Wanderers Wolves defense during Saturday's match at Lower Ngawhatu.

Wanderers Wolves remain top of the TRL table after beating defending champions Richmond Rabbits 28-16 on Saturday.

Tasman golfers struggle

Eve Clarke finished fourth in the under-17 girls' competition at the South Island age groups.

Tasman's golfers struggled on a tight Coringa course at last week's South Island age group golf championships and junior interprovincials in Christchurch.

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.

Fulton takes leader's jersey

Tasman Wheelers rider Karen Fulton in action during round two of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Timaru.

Karen Fulton's disappointment quickly turned into joy on Saturday.

Goals galore in season opener

FC Nelson's Marcello Riley in action during their 4-1 loss to Marlborough Development at Nelson's Guppy Park.

There were goals galore in the opening round of the Nelson Pine Industries division one football season.

Suburbs cut off at the pass

Nelson Suburbs midfielder Ross McPhie darts past Western’s Chris Fernando during their 0-0 draw at Saxton Field on Sunday.

The final pass was the only thing lacking as AMI Nelson Suburbs were held to a goalless draw against Western.

Joass treble buries Kahurangi

Marist halfback Shaun Begg lines up Nelson prop Inoke Latu during Saturday’s Trafalgar Park clash.

Trael Joass is commanding a significant on-field presence this season.

First NZ titles for winners

Jack Beaumont, of Winton, won the junior men’s 9.3km title.

Dougal Thorburn and Sally Gibbs won their first national mountain running titles in Nelson on Saturday.

King among the race-day queens

Another 200-plus field finished their 5km run or 3km walk, 14km cycle then four length swim at the McFadden McMeeken Phillips Lawyers Nelson Women's Triathlon.

Sunshine in full force despite rain

Waimea Dragons players gather before playing Christchurch Comets at the Sunshine Football Tournament held at Saxton playing Fields on Saturday.

After seven years searching for an opponent, Christchurch's Sunshine Football team for disabled children came to Saxton Field to play a mini-tournament.

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