Smokin Bird ruled out of Addington feature

Soreness has cost Smokin Bird a start in Saturday's 3-year-old fillies' classic at Addington.

Smokin Bird ruled out of $150,000 Sires' Stakes Final for 3-year-old fillies at Addington on Saturday.

Beach work added to King Prawn's training

King Prawn, a candidate for the Wairio Cup on Sunday.

King Prawn, who is in the Wairio Cup at Winton on Sunday, has had three weeks at the beach with Westwood trainer Amber Hoffman.

Purvis out, Watson ready for chance with Steel

Southern Steel player Brooke Leaver receives a Facial from SIT Therapy Student Olivia Trainor.

Key Steel defender Storm Purvis is out of action and Jane Watson is ready to step up and fill the void.

Netball South under 23 coach named

Successful Otago coach Lauren Piebenga has been appointed to the helm of the Netball South under 23 team this season.

Hockey Club helps sport to grow

Southern Women's Hockey Club members, from left, club captains Wiki Burdon and Andie Gentle, president Kay McKinnel, current holder of the club???s Sara Loo Memorial Trophy Maxzara Steedman, Southern A coach Geoff Jenkins and vice president Allison Bishop.

Southland Times Club Of The Week series continues with a hockey club playing a key role in developing the sport in Invercargill.

Mother's Day extra special for Fowler-Reid

01032015 News. Robyn Edie/Fairfax NZ.  ANZ Championship netball game between Southern Steel v NSW Swifts, played at Invercargill's Stadium Southland on Sunday night. Pictured Steel GS Jhaniele Fowler-Reid shooting a goal.

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid doesn't hesitate when asked to describe her mum Dorothy Gibson.

Students take to Turbo Touch

Kirri Ruki, 13, challenges Maleko Nanai, 13, in a game of Turbo Touch at Aurora College gym.

Unlike traditional touch, in turbo touch the ball can be passed forwards, backwards, sideways with teams only having two possessions to create a Touchdown

Pealing and Redmond stand out at championships

Hugh Adamson (James Hargest College) strides out at the Southland secondary schools' orienteering championships at Sandy Point.

Douglas Pealing and Anna Redmond won senior events at the Southland secondary schools' orienteering championships at Sandy Point, near Invercargill, on Sunday.

Student shearers show their skills

Jorge Story (Menzies College) in action at the Southland secondary schools' shearing competition.

Jorge Story, Brodie Horrell and Tiana Tohiariki took honours in shearing competitions recently.

Footballer to play at international level

Blue MountaIn College's Ben Rea, right, will soon be packing his bags for the Milk Cup football tournament in Northern Ireland.

Many years of dedicated football training and playing in competitions has paid off for Ben Rea.

Invercargill driver wants to fuel his knowledge

Invercargill race car driver Jamie Conroy will this month head to the United States to learn more about his sport.

Invercargill race car driver Jamie Conroy is heading to the United States on a "reconnaissance trip".

Three-year-old Titan Banner heading to Addington

Rising star Titan Banner is entered for the Addington meeting on Saturday.

Titan Banner, rated by Westwood trainer Graeme Anderson as the best pacer he has trained, will step out at Addington on Saturday.

Mooar: Stags, Highlanders relationship blossoming

Stags hooker Dillan Halaholo, right, has been called into the Highlanders squad for their trip to South Africa.

Stags coach Brad Mooar says the relationship between the Stags and the Highlanders is blossoming.

Southland hooker Halaholo gets Highlanders call up

Southland Stags Dillan Halaholo has been called into the highlanders squad for their two-game trip to South Africa.

Southland hooker called into the Highlanders squad for their trip to South Africa to play the Lions and Cheetahs.

Thistle puts preseason form to one side to produce stunning upset

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Football, L/R  Queenstown Rovers Allan O'Sullivan being challenged by Reon Calder of Southend United  at Bain Park Invercargill

Thistle dumped its horrific early season form line when they convincingly upset Queens Park 3-1 in Southland senior men's Donald Gray cup football competition at the ILT Football Turf in Invercargill on Saturday.

Emotional win for Bellew

Sean Bellew gives Sucre a kiss for winning at Riccarton on Saturday. Bellew spent most of the weekend duck shooting.

Sean Bellew cried for five minutes after his racehorse Sucre won the $50,000 Great Easter Handicap in Christchurch on Saturday.

Sucre breaks $200,000 in earnings

Sucre (Darryl Bradley) wins the Great Easter Handicap at Riccarton on Saturday. Trainer and part-owner Sean Bellew was unable to attend the race meeting because of duck shooting commitments. He shot 101 ducks at Avondale, near Winton.

The Invercargill-trained Sucre took her stake earnings beyond $200,000 with success in the listed $50,000 Great Easter Handicap (1400m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

Tough road ahead for Southern Steel

Shannon Francois, left, hugs Gina Crampton in celebration as captain Wendy Frew looks on after the Steel's thrilling 50-49 win over the Central Pulse in Dunedin.

Dramatic one-goal win over the Pulse moves Steel up to second in the NZ conference but they have arguably the hardest road home of playoff contenders.

Every rider has their reasons

Local cyclist's meet at the SIT Zerofees Velodrome before heading out on a training ride ahead on the 250km Westpac Chopper charity ride, on 8th May. From left, Kara Wandless, Sara Bain, Ben Winrow, Peter Redpath, Reece McDonald and Stephen Hebbend.

Every rider has their reason.

Steel come-from-behind to pip Pulse at death

Southern Steel players celebrate their narrow victory over the Central Pulse in Dunedin.

Significant step taken towards trans-Tasman netball playoffs with pulsating 50-49 come-from-behind win in Dunedin.

Big turn out expected for winter mountain bike series

Defending champion Ryan Cull racing in the 2103 Winter Series.

Mud will fly this weekend as mountain bikers take to Sandy Point for the 2015 winter series.

Student's first win in racing

Mallory Gerken and her winner, Rockefeller, at Forbury Park.

Mallory Gerken, a 20-year-old Dunedin polytechnic student, had her first win as an owner when Rockefeller prevailed at Forbury Park on Thursday night.

Sharks hit form against Rangers in NBL masterclass

Todd Blanchfield was a standout for the Southland Sharks in their impressive win over the Super City Rangers.

Southland turn on masterclass at home in impressive 84-69 win over NBL pre-season favourites.

Highlanders thump Sharks as hosts turn on class video

Highlanders wing Patrick Osborne avoids yet another Sharks tackle during his sides comprehensive victory.

Hosts head for South Africa on high after turning on class to score seven tries in 48-15 humbling of Durban franchise.

Tribute would've pulled crowd

Veteran netball coach Robyn Broughton.

A wonderful opportunity was missed by playing the Southern Steel v Pulse game in Dunedin.

Steel and Pulse do battle for ticket to post-season

Young Steel shooter Brooke Leaver will be out to match an impressive effort in her sides draw on Monday when they face the Pulse in Wellington.

Southern franchise must break a capital hoodoo to keep trans-Tasman netball league playoff ambitions alive.

Frye making good recovery

North Canterbury rider Ashley Frye

Rider Ashley Frye, steadily recovering from a race fall, is in the process of gaining a clearance to drive.

Queenstown women win national bowls title

Queenstown bowlers Margaret O'Connor, Christine Buchanan and Debra Floyd are the New Zealand champion triple winners after a tournament in Tauranga.

xxx: Queenstown bowlers Margaret O'Connor, Christine Buchanan and Debra Floyd are the New Zealand champion triple winners after a tournament in Tauranga. Photo: suppliedĀ 

Running Mum: it's geting cold out there

It has been very hard getting out for a run while the weather hasĀ 

Wynne records 100th riding win

Christchurch apprentice Sam Wynne.

Sam Wynne, who rides Invercargill mare Miss Three Stars in the Great Autumn Handicap at Riccarton on Saturday, has reached 100 wins.

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