Parker's small town approach works video

Joseph Parker training at ILT Stadium Southland ahead of his fight on Saturday night.

Fighting in provincial New Zealand is not holding Joseph Parker back, trainer says.

Concern over Southland netball numbers

Rata Hopa.

Southland senior netball team's 2015 campaign could be in jepordy because of a 'disappointing' number of players seeking selection.

Parker's journey to household name

Joseph Parker during his win over China's A Sihati in a amateur bout in 2011.

Five years or so ago I was a made aware of a talented young South Auckland boxer.

Dunn travels overseas for work and holiday

New Zealand's top reinsman Dexter Dunn.

Champion reinsman Dexter Dunn will be out of New Zealand for the next three and a half weeks.

Parker arrives in Invercargill

Boxer Joseph Parker arrives in Invercargill.

New Zealand's leading heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has arrived in Invercargill.

Generations heed Bonspiel call

Blackstone Hill v Manorburn at Bonspiel 1954. Stewart McKnight is in the foreground.

Stewart McKnight has been curling for over 60 years and won three Bonspiels. Jo McKenzie-McLean talks to the life-time member and patron of the Blackstone Hill Club.

Waiau Star favoured with home ground advantage

Balfour/Lumsden midfielder Charlie Rowberry (red and blue) heads for the try line in a game against Bluff recently. Rowberry will be playing for Balfour/Lumsden in Saturday's division three final.

Interest is high in the showdown between Waiau Star and Balfour/Lumsden in the third division rugby final at Tuatapere on Saturday.

Stags flanker ready to test lungs

Tim Boys.

Tim Boys is ready to go.

Jones takes a break from training

Taking a break: Horseman Peter Jones.

Peter Jones, who has been associated with major winners as a reinsman and trainer, has decided not to renew his licence to train for the new season.

Heffer goes back-to-back in PBA

Lawn bowls.

Jason Heffer has retained his World Singles qualifier tag following a successful title defence in an action packed weekend at Waverley Bowling Club. 

Challenge Wanaka winners will be national champs

Gina Crawford competes during Challenge Wanaka 2015.

The winners of Challenge Wanaka in February will be New Zealand's national long distance triathlon champions.

Hunter wouldn't trade US scholarship for anything

Basketballer Morgan Hunter.

Morgan Hunter is two years into a four year basketball scholarship at Minot University in North Dakota – and so far it's an experience she's making the most of.   

Todd heading to US on golf scholarship

Next month Nightcaps golfer Liam Todd will depart for Sterling College in Kansas, US on a scholarship.

Next month Nightcaps golfer Liam Todd will depart for the United States on a four-year scholarship.

Fraser more motivated than ever

Footballer Mary Fraser.

Mary Fraser might be half way through her football scholarship in the US, but she's more motivated than ever to achieve on the field as she approaches the next two years. 

Alexandra underdogs win rugby final after 21-year drought

The victorious Alexandra team after winning the Central Otago Rugby final against Maniototo at Ranfurly on Saturday. Alexandra won the Central Otago title from defending champions Maniototo 23-20. Matakanui Combined beat Cromwell 24-22 in the final of the bottom four competition while Wakatipu defaulted to Arrowtown in the battle for third place, due to the lack of a front row. The unofficial game still went ahead with Arrowtown taking the win.

Alexandra was the underdog going into Saturday's Central Otago Premier Rugby final against Maniototo. They came last in 2014 and hadn't won a final in 21 years.

Southern Stampede secure home final

Returning Southern Stampede player Ryan Strayer battles West Auckland Admirals' Blake Jackson

Queenstown ice hockey team pumped ahead of next weekend's games against Dunedin Thunder.

Volleyball, cycling occupy McIntyre's spare time

Jamie McIntyre, who attends James Hargest College, is in the New Zealand under-17 volleyball development squad.

Within four months of taking up volleyball, Jamie McIntyre was named in a Southland team.

Racing briefs

Jockey Ross Doherty

 A memorial service will be held for Ross Doherty in the Grey Way lounge at the Washdyke racecourse, Timaru, on Thursday at 2 pm.

Cowie's sights set on playing basketball in United States

Tom Cowie (James Hargest College)  is hopeful of making the New Zealand under-16 basketball squad.

Basketball coach Richard Hamilton can see shades of Nathan Cohen in teenager Tom Cowie.

Horse racing was a big part of Phil Andrews' life

Riccarton racecourse, where Phil Andrews trained for 32 years.

Phil Andrews, who trained racehorses  for  65 years and won  a race  as a 91-year-old, died on Monday at his Christchurch home.

Jockey death referred to coroner

Ross Doherty pictured at a race meeting earlier this year.

An Invercargill jockey has died at Wingatui Racecourse, south of Dunedin, during the weekend.

Wyndham pacer set for more success

Wyndham horseman Brendon McLellan.

Wick, favourite for the $12,000 final of the race for horses trained south of the Waitaki at Addington on Friday night, is following in the footsteps of his dam, On The Double.

Stadium Southland's biggest event

Joseph Parker.

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said more general admission tickets to Joseph Parker's heavyweight boxing fight had been made available.

Under-18 rugby final promises plenty of action

Josh Harwood (left, with ball), from St Peter's College, is tackled by Menzies College's Caleb Young in a semifinal of the Southland-wide under-18 rugby championship at Wyndham on Saturday..

Gore High School and Menzies College will square off in the final of the Southland-wide under-18 rugby competition at Gore on Saturday.

Kiwi's triple bad luck blow

New Zealand triathlete Tony Dodds is suffering a bad run of luck in Europe suffering injury and robbery.

Top NZ triathlete to miss key Olympic build-up event injured is robbed twice; of race winnings and X-rays.

Southland Girls' High School in winning form

Kayla Brocks (red), from Southland Girls' High School, tackles a Motueka High School player in a game at the Girls' Festival of Rugby at Oamaru.

Southland Girls' High School recorded a win and a draw in the finals at the Girls' Festival of Rugby.

Brown Buttabean's rise from dark place

Dave 'The Brown Buttabean' Letele before and after.

He's the Brown Buttabean and his job is to talk smack.

Blackguard's Corner, Run To Hide look promising

Trainer Brett Gray with Run To Hide, left, and Blackguard's Corner at the Ascot Park workouts on Saturday. Blackguard's Corner won the trotters' heat and Run To Hide finished second in the free-for-all.

Harness racing workouts at Ascot Park on Saturday resulted:

Rata ready for pay back

Rata player Tegan Hunt, left, and St Mary's  Memory McLeod contest the ball in Saturday's club netball final at Stadium Southland.

Rata coach Shelley Stevens is expecting a bit of pay back come Thursday night.

Queenstown too good

Club football wrap.

Queenstown capped off their Southland Football Donald Gray Cup campaign with a 5-1 win over Queens Park at Frankton on Saturday.

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