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Colleges battle for top hockey honours

Nelson College for Girls player Olivia Dennis in action against Marlborough Girls' College during the Tasman secondary schools hockey championships at Saxton Turf.

Marlborough Boys College are looking likely in the boys' competition while defending champions Waimea College look set to square off with Nelson College for Girls for top honours at the Tasman secondary schools hockey tournament.

Makos name strong side for clash with capital

David Havili, with ball, and Billy Guyton in action against the Wellington Lions last season. Both have been named in the starting line-up for Thursday's re-match at Lansdowne Park.

The Makos have reshuffled the deck for their final shake-down before the national provincial rugby championship begins in earnest next week.

Muir steps up for Suburbs

Nelson Suburbs defender Zac Muir in action against Ferrymead Bays at Saxton Field.

Zac Muir has been thrown in the deep end for Nelson Suburbs many times this season but the 17-year-old hasn't sunk under the pressure yet.

Spence says all the hard work has been worthwhile

Max Spence

Towering winger makes a big impression

Tahunanui Tigers winger Teu Sami in action during their Tasman Rugby League grand final match against Victory Phoenix at Trafalgar Park.

Teu Sami is a towering presence but he has already made an impact as big as himself in the Tasman Rugby League competition this year.

Nelson to contest top 16 after all

Nelson College forward Matt Tod-Smith in action against Marlborough Boys' College.

Nelson College First XI coach Davor Tavich believes his team can go on and challenge for a national title on home soil.

Top coaches call for southern league

Cashmere Technical football coach John Brown.

One of NZ's top domestic football coaches is calling for the Mainland Premier League to be replaced by a South Island league.

Titans trial squads named

Victory Phoenix centre Mitch Ryan, pictured playing in Saturday's TRL grand final, has been selected to trial for the Tasman Titans.

A selection dilemma is the headache every coach wants and incoming Tasman Titans coach Phill Tavite will have a big job on his hands settling on his final squad.

Tasman under-19s lose to West Coast

Denvour Kiel, pictured playing for Nelson, scored the only try for Tasman under-19 in their defeat to West Coast in Murchison on Saturday.

The Tasman under-19 rugby team endured a torrid season-opener after losing 31-5 to the West Coast Heartland team in the wet at Murchison on Saturday.

Nelson College still clinging to playoff hopes

Nelson College first-five William Havili in action during Saturday's UC Championship match against Rangiora High School at Nelson College.

Nelson College did all that was required to keep their UC Championship fading playoff hopes simmering with a 38-0 Crusaders secondary schools rugby win over Rangiora High School in Nelson on Saturday.

Dress rehearsal for hockey finalists

Tasman took the early initiative with a 2-1 win over the Federal Titans on Saturday as a dress rehearsal for their Newman Shield hockey showdown on August 15.

Darts players take aim in Motueka

Tasman player Jocelyn Douthett of Nelson in action against Capital on day one of the teams' event at the NZ Darts Council Championships at the Motueka Recreation Centre.

Four hundred and five players have taken over the Motueka Recreation Centre for the NZ Darts Council Championships.

Hayden Warnes earns a South Island recall

Hayden Warnes of Nelson in action during the Indoor Bowls NZ mixed fours zone 5 finals at Warnes Stadium, Nelson.

Golden Bay-Motueka's Hayden Warnes has been named in the South Island indoor bowls team that begins a tour of the North Island on Friday.

Tigers roar in final gallery

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.

Suburbs' season in jeopardy

Cashmere's Jeremy Wild, left, Nelson's Omar Guardiola during their Mainland Premier League football match at Garrick Memorial Park in Christchurch on Saturday.

Nelson Suburbs' 16-game unbeaten run is over and their hopes of winning the Mainland Premier League could be too.

Tasman snatch late win over Otago

Makos midfielder Trael Joass breaks into open territory during Saturday's match against an Otago XV at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

The Tasman Makos mended some cracks with Saturday's 31-25 pre-season rugby win over an Otago XV at Trafalgar Park but they're still in desperate need of some polish.

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.

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.

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