Tasman seal victory at the death

Tasman flanker Pete Samu takes on the Otago defence during their ITM Cup pre-season match at Trafalgar Park.

The Tasman Makos produced a solid second half performance to seal a tight 31-25 preseason rugby win over an Otago XV at Nelson's Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Tigers roar in final

Tahunanui Tigers players celebrate winning the Tasman Rugby League title for 2015.

Anchor Engineering Tahunanui Tigers have broken a six year drought to secure their first ever Tasman Rugby League title, edging the Victory Phoenix 30-22 in Saturday's grand final.

Phoenix coach Merrick still on hunt for top striker

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick enjoys the sunshine along the Monaco peninsula in Nelson.

He may have been asking advice for things to see and do during a holiday in Nelson, but Phoenix coach's No 1 priority is finding a gun goal-scorer.

Tasman strengthened for Otago preseason clash.

The Tasman Makos will field a significantly stronger lineup for Saturday's preseason rugby clash with an Otago XV at Nelson's TrafalgarPark.

Stretching the limits of the self

Debbi Bamfield races in a triathlon at Rabbit Island, Nelson.

Sport has a way of making us transcend our normal limitations and expectations.

Not guilty pleas: $30m gaming charges

Pokie machines.

Four men have pleaded not guilty to allegations of $30 million in gaming fraud.

Victory reach TRL final for the first time video

Sa Akuola of the Tahunanui Tigers chases Victory Phoenix winger TJ Tiananga during their match at Nelson Intermediate School.

After three years of Richmond Rabbits dominance, it is time for a new conqueror to emerge.

Jacks race past Richmond

Jacks centre Jodi Hikuroa-Jeffrey in action against Richmond at Saxton Stadium.

The secret weapon, Jodi Hikuroa-Jeffrey, has struck again.

Tasman Makos sign Trent Renata

Former Otago player Trent Renata has signed with the Tasman Makos.

The Tasman Makos' 2015 ITM Cup rugby squad now has another champion Highlander in its midst following the signing of fullback Trent Renata.

Suburbs set for potential title decider

Nelson Suburbs midfielder Mark Johnston in action against Cashmere Technical at Saxton Field.

After spending most of the season riding shotgun Nelson Suburbs want a turn in the driver's seat.

Tasman under-19 squad named

Quinten Strange (with ball) joins his former Nelson College team mate Brendan Asomua-Goodman (left) in this year's Tasman under-19 rugby team.

Tasman under-19 representative rugby squad 2015

Nelson College First XV struggling to make top four

The Nelson College First XV perform their haka before last weekend's game at Waimea College.

Shirley Boys High School's shock 21-0 win over previously unbeaten St Andrews College last Saturday hasn't done Nelson College any favours with just two regular season rounds of the UC Championship secondary schools rugby competition remaining.

Makos mauled by Manawatu

Tasman's David Havili moves the ball in Wednesday's loss to Manawatu.

It's only preseason, but Wednesday's decisive 47-19 rugby loss to the Manawatu Turbos still stung.

Nelson Netball set to revive its senior rep team

Richmond's Amy Cunningham is taken through her paces by master coach and former Silver Fern Leigh Gibbs at the Nelson senior rep netball team trial at the Nelson College for Girls gymnasium on Monday.

Nelson Netball is reviving its senior representative team after several years' absence.

2014 finalists meet again

Richmond's Amiee Book in action during their Premier 1 netball match against Stoke NBS at Saxton Stadium

For three years Nelson's Premier 1 netball has been about two teams -- Jacks OPD and Richmond Glass.

New cup honours tennis stalwart

Nelson Lawn Tennis Club players Simon Phillips, left and Sholto Duncan with the HR Duncan Cup.

The past eight weeks has seen 20 hardy Nelson Lawn tennis players leave the comfort of their homes and face the near freezing winter nights to compete for the club's mens' doubles championship.

Coombs-King has world title in her sights

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Coaches Warwick King, left and Alex Coombs-King, right, with Kit Vining, second left, Alice Bailey, Justin Sturrock and Jessica Sturrock, the 4 Nelsonians off to the world youth underwater hockey championships in Spain.

Nelson's Alex Coombs-King now has a third world underwater hockey title in her sights.

Collingwood pupils play their plart

Collingwood Area School students Shannon McLellan, Taryn McLellan, Lizzy Rillstone and Mizuki Yamahata recently competed at the New Zealand secondary schools area schools tournament in Whanganui.

Five students from Collingwood Area School recently competed at the New Zealand secondary schools area schools sports tournament in Whanganui, helping Top of the South to third place overall.

Tahuna's div one credentials to be tested

Sprig & Fern Tahuna First XI midfielder Piter Zakariah in action against FC Nelson Reserves at Neale Park.

The division one creditials of Sprig & Fern Tahuna will be tested when they meet Nelson College Academy in the opening round of the Tasman Trophy this Saturday.

Kroos seeks perfection

Rhythmic gymnast Gracie Kroos, 15, trains at the Nelson College for Girls gymnasium.

The fear of failure is what strives Gracie Kroos to be perfect on the floor.

Tasman's best recognised in team of the decade

Kahn Fotuali'i wears the No 9 jersey in the Tasman Makos Team of the Decade.

In considering the Tasman Makos' best players from the past decade, it would be tempting perhaps to simply list the 2014 team as the standard-bearer. That's it - done deal.

U-15 netball team off to winning start gallery

Nelson Under-15 wing attack Olivia Avery in action during the Nelson age group netball tournament at Saxton Stadium.

Nelson got its Netball Mainland under-15 championship off to the perfect start on Sunday, beating both Marlborough and Mid Canterbury 2 to progress through to the next phase of the tournament.

Basketball academy launched at Nayland

The Stoke Nayland basketball team at the Nayland Basketball Academy launch.

Nayland College, fourth in New Zealand in 2013 and 2011, has taken a major step on its basketball development pathway with the launch of the Nayland Basketball Academy.

Britta left sweating on Kona

Britta Martin wins Ironman Western Australia.

Elite Ironman competitor Britta Martin has a big dream, and that is success at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October.

Basalaj wins final southern round

Nevil Basalaj powers to victory in Sunday's Ruff `n' Tuff 250.

Nelson racer Nevil Basalaj has overcome huge odds to win the final southern round of the 2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship, the Ruff'n'Tuff 250 in Hancock Forest near Dovedale.

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.

Tigers and Phoenix reach final

Tahunanui Tigers forward James Piukala tries to fend his way through the Wanderers Wolves defence.

A seismic shock was delivered in the Tasman Rugby League semifinals on Saturday with top qualifiers Wanderers Wolves and three-time champions Richmond Rabbits both missing out on a place in the grandfinal.

Bumper season ahead at speedway

Expect to see more of the Nelson Tigers in action this summer with teams races against Hawke's Bay and Christchurch.

Superstock and stockcar drivers will be busy if the Nelson Speedway Association can put all its plans in place.

Nelson College ease home in local derby gallery video

Nelson College half back Jack Grooby passes off the back of his teams scrum during the UC Championship rugby game against Waimea College at Waimea College.

There were few surprises in Richmond on Saturday as Nelson College eased to a comfortable 59-5 UC Championship secondary schools rugby win over Waimea College.

Nelson's rep teams dominate Marlborough

Nayland College student Tayla Nesbitt was in top form for Nelson.

The Nelson A representative table tennis team has retained the Perry Shield following a 46-20 win over Marlborough at Saxton Stadium on Saturday.

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