Sharks' success goes beyond court

Sharks' co-captain James Paringatai holds up the National Basketball League trophy with team-mates at the Invercargill airport after the team's return from Wellington.

The wider community is reaping the benefits of a much-debated investment in professional sport, Southland community funders say.

Steel likely to land Pulse's Selby-Rickit

Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit is poised to return to the Southern Steel after four seasons with the Central Pulse.

The Central Pulse are poised to lose the most popular member of their team to their NZ rivals.

Southland's strong speedway talent

Speedway New Zealand Solo Competitor of the Year Hayden Sims and Speedway New Zealand Junior Solo Competitor of the Year Sam Taylor.

There must be something in the water at Oreti Speedway because their solo riders dominated the New Zealand Speedway awards.

Key league administrator steps down

Departing Southland District Rugby League chairperson Cheryl Officer.

Cheryl Officer has stepped down as chairperson of Southland District Rugby League.

Southland Sharks stars ready to return in 2016

Southland Sharks player Tai Wesley celebrates after winning the NBL title on Sunday night in Wellington.

Majority of Southland's NBL title-winning team indicate they want to return to defend their crown next year.

Nelson wins national speedway award

Trevor Nelson holds the cup he won for being named Official of the Year at the Speedway New Zealand Awards in Wellington recently.

Winning a Speedway New Zealand award came as a pleasant surprise to Invercargill automotive mechanic Trevor Nelson.

The Bishop ends season with success

Jockey David Walsh and the Dennis brothers, from left, Tony, Ray, Martin and Joe, after The Bishop's win in the Invercargill Gold Cup this season.

The Dennis brothers, of Woodlands, broke new ground when The Bishop won at Ashburton on Friday.

Ohai-Nightcaps topple Pioneer

Club rugby.

Division two club rugby wrap.

Marist impress in win over Star

Marist flanker Tangaroa Walker in action against Star at the Les George Oval.

The 2015 Southland premier club rugby semifinalists have been found with Star, Eastern-Northern Barbarians, Marist and Woodlands advancing to next weekend's playoffs.

Rovers a class above the rest of the pack

Club football.

Queenstown Rovers march toward Southland football's Donald Gray Cup senior men's title remained on track when they beat Southend United 8-1 at the Frankton Events Centre ground on Saturday.

Southland Sharks NBL champions

Kevin Braswell of the Sharks drives to the hoop during the National Basketball League grand final.

Southland Sharks beat Wellington Saints to be crowned NBL champions.

Cooks to play He Tauaa in league final

Cowboys player Jeremy Borland tries to breakaway from Cooks players Mike Lemlai and Kardien Neilson during a rugby league game in Invercargill on Sunday.

Cooks won a tough slog against Cowboys to clinch a place in the Southland rugby league club final next weekend.

Rugby field turns into battle ground

Star players line up to tackle Riverton's Brandon Young, right, in a division three club rugby game at Riverton on Saturday.

Stephen Braithwaite underwent a CT scan at Southland Hospital in Invercargill after suffering neck injuries in the Wrights Bush-Balfour/Lumsden club rugby game at Balfour on Saturday.

Congested division one competition

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Woodlands player Chris Barrett running with the ball chased by Ben Crawford from Star during their premier club rugby game on Saturday.

Division one club rugby wrap.

Brave Highlanders prove unstoppable video

The Highlanders celebrate after beating the Hurricanes to win the Super Rugby title in Wellington on Saturday night.

OPINION: Tough southern men have plenty of reasons to cry after hanging tough in thrilling final.

Two rugby players sent to hospital

Star's Sheldon Laing jumps high for the ball in a division three club rugby game at Riverton on Saturday. Star beat Riverton 41-3.

Wrights Bush players Stephen Braithwaite and Simon Moran were taken to Gore Hospital after suffering injuries in a division three club rugby game at Balfour on Saturday.

Highlanders beat Hurricanes video

Richard Buckman of the Highlanders charges forward as Ma'a Nonu of the Hurricanes pulls him down on Saturday night.

The Highlanders have beaten the Hurricanes 21-14 in an intense Super Rugby final.

Sharks reach NBL final

Tai Wesley lead the Southland Sharks to a win over the Supercity Rangers in the NBL semifinals.

The Southland Sharks reached the NBL final with a 95-80 semifinal win over the Supercity Rangers

Queenstown continue to impress

Club football.

Club football wrap.

Premier semifinal spots sorted

Club rugby.

Premier club rugby wrap

Southland's weightlifting family gallery

Ethan Hawken lifts during a competition at the Southland Olympic Weightlifting clubrooms.

Four Southlanders head to Pacific Games and Oceania Championship.

Southlanders to take on Tour de France

Wayne Duffy, left, and Ginge Burnett are encouraged by Matt Randall as they prepare to mimic riding the Tour de France over 23 days starting on Saturday.

Twenty six Southlanders will get to taste some of the pain a Tour de France a goes through over the next three weeks.

Elusive Catch chasing more success in Queensland

Elusive Catch with part-owner Steve Hansen.

Southland filly Elusive Catch is entered for the first race at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Sharks coach wary of 'dangerous' Rangers

Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare is not taking the Super City Rangers lightly ahead of Saturday's semifinal.

Paul Henare isn't all that comfortable with the hype around the Sharks heading into Saturday's NBL semifinal showdown.

Sharks shoot for title No 2 video

Southland Sharks basketball team at Invercargill Airport before flying to Wellington for the NBL finals weekend.

First up is the Super City Rangers in the semifinal on Saturday with the hope to play in Sunday's final in Wellington.

Southern Steel lock in six more players

Storm Purvis is among six players to re-sign with the Southern Steel for the next trans-Tasman league season.

The Southern Steel has re-signed the core of its 2015 team with six more players committing to the franchise.

Car convoy bound for Te Anau

Ray Oosterbroek and his 1963 Ford Galaxie, which he will drive in the Tour of Duty Cruise on Saturday.

American car enthusiasts will make their annual Tour of Duty Cruise from Invercargill to Te Anau on Saturday.

Ex High beat St Mary Men in tight contest

Club netball.

Southland-wide club netball wrap.

From 'useless' to leading goal scorer

Queens Park AFC football player Nicole Dawson.

When she started playing football, Nicole Dawson was 'so useless' her own brother wouldn't pass her the ball.

Mr Bean or Buttabean?

Invercargill's Kaleni Taetuli has taken on the challenge of fighting boxer David Letele 'Brown Buttabean in an undercard fight before the Joesph Parker bout, at ILT Stadium Southland on 1st August.

Woodlands rugby player Kaleni Taetuli has got his wish.

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