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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.

Kimura's return key for Pioneer

Aaron Kimura.

Pioneer are keen to put last weekend's loss to Mataura behind them, when they welcome back first five-eighth Aaron Kimura for their division two match against the unbeaten Ohai-Nightcaps at Newman Park.

Gargamel's race schedule uncertain

Winton jumper Gargamel, left.

The prospects of Gargamel starting at the Grand National meeting are dimming.

Joseph promises 'few surprises'

Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith, pictured breaking the tackle of Adam Ashley-Cooper during the 35-17 win over the Waratahs last weekend, will be a key cog in his side's attack in Saturday's Super Rugby final in Wellington.

Highlanders coach reveals team not out of ideas yet with some "different approaches" prepped for the final.

Central Southland first XV not to blame

Central Southland College deputy principal and first XV co-coach Cameron Davis.

Club or school, what is the best way for rugby to prosper in Central and Western Southland?

Crunch time for Cooks and Cowboys

Cowboys player-manager Nathan Anderson shows the bruises and the haematoma he suffered in a rugby league game in Invercargill last weekend.

Cooks have beaten Cowboys twice from as many games this year and deserve favouritism for the third encounter at Elles Road in Invercargill on Sunday.

Try-scoring machine catches US eyes

St Peter's College pupil Pita Naruma has scored a scholarship to play rugby at a university in the United States next year.

He's scored 23 tries so far this year and can play on the wing, at centre, number 8, halfback, flanker or lock.

Ice hockey player is Sweden-bound

Sweden-bound Anna Goulding, left, in action for the New Zealand Ice Fernz.

Shifting breaks in the cold on the family farm at Wendonside could be acclimatising Anna Goulding for the next step in her ice hockey career.

Romantics should holler for Highlanders

A bloodied Alex Ainley typifies the spirit and verve in the Highlanders' unheralded forward pack on their march to the Super Rugby final.

OPINION: Southern folk choking on their cheese rolls have just two words to say about a Canes runaway: Alex Ainley.

He Tauaa prepares for rugby league final

He Tauaa player Heath Roberts makes a pass in Sunday's game against Cooks at Rugby Park, Invercargill.

He Tauaa are looking to win the Southland rugby league club final for the 15th time.

Highlanders fan's popular video video

Highlanders fans Marie and David Fahey, of Invercargill, with the original video tape from when David recorded crowd footage from the 1999 Super Rugby final between Highlanders and Crusaders at Carisbrook.

Invercargill-based Highlanders fan's video an internet hit.

Barbarians concept has flourished

Scott McKee.

There was no shortage of doubters when the Eastern-Northern Barbarians team was formed in 2012.

Live: Hurricanes vs Highlanders

Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders, left, and Julian Savea of the Hurricanes will be two of the biggest stars on show.

Excitement is building in Wellington for the all-Kiwi Super Rugby final between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.

Party like it was 1999

Tony Brown.

Andrew Merterns was the key to the 1999 final between the Highlanders and Crusaders.

McRae moving to Christchurch

Horseman Ken McRae

Waimumu horseman Ken McRae has retired from training and will move to West Melton, Christchurch, in late July.

Duck'n'Dash fundraiser for triathlon goal

Mitch McRae hopes his Duck'n'Dash fundraiser will help him get to the world triathlon championship.

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Wrights Bush ready for important game

Action from last weekend's game between Waiau Star (red and blue) and Wrights Bush.

Several factors motivate Wrights Bush ahead of their division three clash with Balfour/Lumsden at Balfour on Saturday.

Family's success continues at Forbury Park

Lauras Legacy with owners Allen Harley, left, and Rob Walker and driver Dexter Dunn at Forbury Park on Friday night.

Allen Harley, who raced the fine race mare Torrent close on 50 years ago, was back in the winner's circle with her descendant.

What makes the 2015 Sharks so special?

Sharks coach Paul Henare addresses his team.

The Southland Sharks will attempt to win the organisation's second National Basketball League title in just their sixth season competing in the national competition when they head to the playoffs in Wellington this weekend.

Highlanders by nine, oracle says

Highlanders fan, including Gus Schaumkel, centre, wait for tickets at Dunedin's Regent Theatre.

Bad luck Hurricanes' fans, the oracle has spoken and it'll be a Highlanders win on Saturday.

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