North Otago's unexpected challenge

Buller celebrate their Hawke Cup win. They insist their makeshift venue will be suitable for the defence of their crown.

Buller insist venue for historic Hawke Cup cricket defence in Westport will be ready for North Otago's challenge.

Carey's a doer not a watcher

Shane Carey (12N) races alongside Ian Burson at Carey's only appearance at the Top of the South Speedway this season before he suffered a serious injury. Photo: TOM LANEY/IMAGEPRESS

Saturday's Hotel South Island super saloon camps might be the first Shane Carey has missed in 30 seasons.

Hope too strong once again

Amy Hurst picked up a singles win for Hope in their women's interclub clash with Tasman.

The Hope women's team preserved their unbeaten record when the Nelson NBS interclub A ladies' tennis league resumed on Tuesday for the second half of the season.

Keeper in stitches after head knock

Coey Turipa makes a save for Canterbury United earlier in the season. He has six stitches after a cut to his head after a game in Hamilton.

Six stitches to a head wound means Canterbury United keeper Coey Turipa is in doubt for Sunday's top of the table game with champions Auckland City.

Golden Monday for Stoke players


The Stoke Bowling Club picked up both the men's and women's Bowls Nelson champion-of-champions pairs titles at the weekend.

Stilwell hoping for good result on home circuit

Julian Stilwell's Johnston Associates South boat had a near perfect run at the Karapiro round of the NZ F1 Powerboat Tour with three firsts and a second.

Nelson Formula 1 powerboat driver Julian Stilwell is expecting tough competition at the final national series leg at Lake Rotoiti.

Warriors to ignite passion for league

Shaun Johnson and the Warriors will be in action at Nelson's Trafalgar Park on February 20.

Tasman Rugby League hopes to cash in on Warriors buzz.

Record entries for regional swim meet

Tasman's Sam McKenzie produced a gilt-edged performance at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough age-group champs.

Sam McKenzie and Cassie Hagan each won 13 gold medals to help the Tasman Swim Club to a convincing points win at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough age group championships in Nelson at the weekend.

Marlbororugh beat Nelson in junior Blair Cup clash

Nelson's Amy Hurst in action during the doubles in the Blair Cup fixture against Marlborough at the Tasman Tennis Centre.

Marlborough proved too strong for Nelson in the weekend's junior Blair Cup tennis fixture.

Reid fastest in Lakes to Sea

Robin Reid won the Lakes to Sea cycle race on Saturday.

Robin Reid ducks under two hours in the Lakes to Sea cycle race.

Strong signing for Giants

Nelson Giants signing Ben Strong in action for the Westchester Knicks in the NBA D-League.

Experienced D-League centre Ben Strong becomes Nelson Giants' second import.

Waimea pairs collect medals

The Waimea College pairs that competed at the New Zealand secondary schools beach volleyball champs. Top row; Harriet Ogilvie, 15, left, Florence MacIntyre, 15, Charles Ching, 17, Alex Bloomberg, 15, Ellie MacIntyre, 17, Tane MacDonald, 16. Bottom row; Matt Heyward, 16, left, Holly Chandler, 17.

Waimea College pairs win two medals at NZ secondary schools beach volleyball championships.

Blenkinsop goes back-to-back

Sam Blenkinsop in action during the Dodzy Memorial Enduro held in the Wairoa Gorge on Sunday.

Sam Blenkinsop becomes the first male rider to win the Dodzy Memorial Enduro twice.

Burnt car doesn't stop Harwood

Shane Harwood of the Nelson Tigers had his car catch fire during the qualifying rounds of the Superstocks Teams Champs in Palmerston North.

Despite his car being left a blackened mess, Nelson Tigers' Shane Harwood kept on racing on Sunday night.

Wallace made to work for 800m victory

Nick Matthews, left, Thomas Littleworth, Angus Weymss and William Wallace contest the men's 800m.

Paced by Julian Matthews, William Wallace responded with the fastest 800m race of his life.

Hawkes Bay swoop in for champs win

Hawke's Bay Hawkeye Thomas Stanaway (87B) ends the Manawatu Mustangs final hopes spinning race leader Jordan Dare.

The Hawkes Bay Hawkeyes have won their first Teams Champs title.

Nelson primary skaters heat up the Timaru track

Nelson boys Kaleb Donker, right, and Blake McCormack lead the primary boys' 1000m final.

No-one could match the speed of Nelson's primary skaters on the Timaru international level banked track this weekend.

ACOB lose CD club cricket final

ACOB bowler Marty Kain delivered nine tight overs but in a losing cause against Napier Tech OB in the CD club final.

Athletic College Old Boys couldn't match Saturday's high as they were eventually undone by Napier Tech Old Boys in Sunday's Central Districts club cricket final in Palmerston North.

Nelson bowls team edge out Marlborough

Ian Tyler won his final round triples match as part of Nelson's winning effort against Marlborough at the Stoke Bowling Club on Sunday.

while the Nelson women got their second hurry-up from Marlborough in two weeks

Crusaders hail rookies' win over Reds

Codie Taylor of the Crusaders is tackled during the Super Rugby pre-season match against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Crusaders will introduce more of their All Blacks for Thursday's game against the Highlanders near Gore after a rousing first-up pre-season win over the Reds in Brisbane.

Great Britain face steep mountain

Gisborne Giants blockman Gavin Taniwha, top, comes to a sudden halt as Wellington Wildcats' Paul Fairbrother fires him up the wall at the first night of the Teams Champs at Arena Manawatu on Saturday night.

The Teams Champs semifinalists have been found.

Griffith super charged up

Hometown driver Craig Griffith starred at the NZDRA Southern Nationals at the Motueka Dragway on Saturday, winning the supercharged outlaw class

Some of New Zealand's slickest and quickest drag racers were in action in Motueka on Saturday.

ACOB scored five-wicket win over Levin Old Boys

Simon McGowan top-scored with 97 runs in ACOB's five-wicket win over Levin Old Boys in Palmerston North to advance to the CD club final.

Nelson's Athletic College Old Boys will meet Napier Tech in Sunday's Central District club cricket final after easing to a comfortable five-wicket win over Levin Old Boys in Palmerston North.

Friends pay tribute to McGarry

Hundreds of friends, family and fans farewell New Zealand mountain biking legend Kelly McGarry in Queenstown on Friday night.

There were beers, tears and hundreds of riders shredding downhill to say goodbye to Kelly McGarry.

McCaw leads GodZone hype

All eyes will be on former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in his first ever crack at GodZone.

All Blacks great the headline act as 11 nations descend on New Zealand's premier adventure race.

Rabbits president recognised by NZRL

The Female Volunteer of the Year was presented to Leanne Anderson by Chris Bourke at the 2015 New Zealand Rugby League Awards.

Leanne Anderson has been named female rugby league volunteer of the year.

Depleted Tigers still have some bite

1NZ Shane Harwood headlines the Nelson Tigers team for the Teams Champs in Palmerston North.

The Nelson Tigers have been decimated before the first race has even begun.

Waimea heads north with high hopes

The Waimea College pairs are off to the New Zealand secondary schools beach volleyball champs. Top row; Harriet Ogilvie, 15, left, Florence MacIntyre, 15, Charles Ching, 17, Alex Bloomberg, 15, Ellie MacIntyre, 17, Tane MacDonald, 16. Bottom row; Matt Heyward, 16, left, Holly Chandler, 17.

Waimea College looks to replicate indoor success when the NZ secondary schools beach volleyball champs begins this weekend.

Stoke-Nayland still unbeaten

Stoke-Nayland fielder Brendan Hodgson attempts a catch on the boundary but his foot touched the line.

Stoke-Nayland are becoming accustomed to winning tight contests after assuming the outright lead in Thursday's fourth round of the Car Company Nelson premier Twenty20 club cricket competition.

Hinds hoping for long shot

The Central Hinds have the final round of the women's competition this weekend, against Northern Districts at Whangarei.

The Central Hinds are still a chance of reaching the Twenty20 final.

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