Ayers upbeat about Tech tussle

Nelson Suburbs midfielder Sam Ayers surges past a Coastal Spirit opponent.

Sam Ayers hopes Nelson Suburbs can continue their upward turn in the Mainland Premier League

Thompson sticks up for Netball Mainland

Anna Thompson has stuck up for Netball Mainland's high performance programme.

 Foundation player says Netball Mainland high performance system is working, despite Tactix struggles.

New Tactix coach wants gig full-time

New Tactix netball coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek instructs her players at training on Friday.

 Tactix try to put a tumultuous week behind them against Stars on Sunday.

Giants at home to Taranaki

Wellington Saints' Shea Ili, left, and Nelson Giants' Bronson Beri contest possession during Tuesday clash at ...

The Nelson Giants defend the Brian Rampton Memorial Trophy against Taranaki on Saturday. 

Leaders facing big challenges

Flanker Steve Soper, left, scored two tries in Wanderers' win over Central.

More competitive match-ups in store for round two of Tasman Trophy.

Prices A too strong for NCG

Stoke goal attack Kate Hand, left, hauls in a long pass watched by Richmond's Marina Hirst-Tristram.

Prices A, Jacks and Stoke enjoy third round wins in Nelson premier netball.

Makos trial planned

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 31:  Tevita Koloamatangi of the Makos wins a lineout during the round three ITM Cup match ...

 Club rugby players with an eye on Tasman Makos' selection have been given a chance to strut their stuff again this season.

Washington cut by Giants

Inconsistent effort has seen Curtis Washington cut by the Nelson Giants.

Curtis Washington has been cut from the Nelson Giants' NBL team.

Tough opening round for Nelson sides

Nelson College loose forward Brad Pool provides some important continuity from last season's squad.

Nelson College and Waimea Combined each face demanding season openers on Saturday. 

Losing 'stigma' huge barrier for Tactix

Former Silver Ferns captain Belinda Colling says the Tactix losing 'stigma' is a major issue for the franchise.

 Former Silver Ferns captain concerned about constant losing and lack of Canterbury netballers in Tactix.

Carter and Allan win pairs crown

Mike Carter, left, and John Allan are the 2017 Stoke invitation pairs champions.

Mike Carter and John Allan dominate at Stoke.

Anarchy and action as roller derby returns

Sirens of Smash roller derby players get into theme for Saturday's bout.

A bit of anarchy and some explosive action are on the cards as roller derby returns to Nelson.

Prewster enjoying new challenge

Dion Prewster, in action here against Canterbury, has been stacking up the numbers for the Nelson Giants this season.

Dion Prewster looking for better returns ahead for Nelson Giants.

Winning pair remain unbeaten

Mary Jordan, pictured, combined with Jean McKenzie  to win the Golden Bay-Motueka 2-4-2 Lew Inglis Memorial open pairs.

Jean McKenzie and Mary Jordan have completed a successful week of indoor bowls.

Suburbs up to fourth after vital win

Nelson Suburbs goalkeeper Corey Wilson stretches to clutch a cross against Ferrymead Bays.

Four points from two tough games constitutes 'a good weekend' for Nelson Suburbs.

Saints ease past Giants

Nelson Giants forward Finn Delany puts up a shot on Tuesday.

Depsite Finn Delany's best efforts he couldn't stop the Wellington Saints juggernaut from rolling on.

Hawkins wasn't pushed - Tactix boss

Sue Hawkins's tenure as Tactix coach is over.

After five losses, Mainland Tactix coach Sue Hawkins has stepped aside for the good of the team.

Climo set for new role

Tasman Rugby League's new club capability and development manager Duke Climo.

Duke Climo lives and breathes rugby league.

Squance finishes well clear

Hayden Squance during the bike leg of the Mountain Bike Duathlon series at Rabbit island.

Teenager Hayden Squance beat off some strong older talent at Rabbit Island on Sunday.

Suburbs hold leaders to draw

Omar Guardiola (R) of Nelson Suburbs and Coastal Spirit goalscorer Tristan Nicol battle for possession.

Nelson Suburbs gain confidence from draw with MPL football leaders.

Magic wallop woeful Tactix

The Mainland Tactix's woes continued on Sunday as they lost to the Waikato-BOP Magic.

The Magic beat the Tactix 61-46 in a game where the result was effectively sealed by the end of the first quarter.

Sharks to optimise rotation

Southland Sharks coach Judd Flavell.

Southland Sharks coach Judd Flavell will be looking to optimise their squad rotation after a hard fought 95-83 NBL win over the Nelson Giants in Invercargill.

Driven, Motivated and Successful

Nelson athlete Paula Canning in action.

Katrina Tikey catches up with top runner Paula Canning to find out what keeps her going.

Nelson clubs win four of six matches

Harlequins winger Matt Biggar, left, and Marist flanker Kasi Sami scramble for possession during their Tasman Trophy ...

Nelson and Wanderers win in Blenheim to kick-start Tasman Trophy club series. 

Giants upset Rams

Giants guard Kyle Adnam drives past Jeremy Kendle in Christchurch on Friday night.

Dion Prewster poured in 30 points to help the Nelson Giants stun the Canterbury Rams in Christchurch.

Canterbury netball greats call for review

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Canterbury netball has hit rock bottom. Is it time for an independent inquiry into the struggles?

Suburbs face two games in three days

Sam Ayers is Nelson Suburbs' top goal-scorer this season with three strikes.

Two games within the space of three days will challenge Nelson Suburbs' 14-man squad.

Tasman Trophy kicks off

Stoke halfback Sam Parkes in action during Monday's clash with Waimea Old Boys at Nayland College.

Nelson Bays and Marlborough rugby clubs set to square off. 

NCG still unbeaten in Premier netball

Richmond goal keep Amy Cunningham tries to disrupt Jacks goal shoot Hannah Mead's ball during their Premier netball ...

Jacks, Prices A and NCG all secure wins in round two of Premier club netball. 

Tactix in crisis, concede 90 goals

The Tactix are now the laughing stock of New Zealand sport.

OPINION: There's been dismal chapters in Tactix history, but this is rock bottom. It's so dire Netball NZ must step in.

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