Forwards lead Crusaders to easy win over Highlanders

Israel Dagg

Crusaders grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.

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Dad and daughter mad about the game

Ankur Joshi

Love for cricket has inspired father and daughter Ankur and Rutu Joshi to try and volunteer at the World Cup.

Highlanders’ fling working out well for Osborne

Patrick Osborne

Patrick Osborne's bank manager isn't the only one giggling after the big wing joined the Highlanders' joy ride this year.

Cyclist Laura Heywood loves thrill of the track

Laura Heywood

Laura Heywood had tried nearly every sport going before getting her first taste of track cycling four years ago.

Youngster put Southland table tennis back on map

Michael Zhang

Southland youngsters hope to serve up some lessons at the national table tennis championships next week.

Matulino return boosts Warriors for Eels clash

Ben Matulino

If Warriors forward Ben Matulino has been firing on half a cylinder, imagine what he could do when he is fully fit.

Former medallist Susy Pryde still splitting time

Susy Pryde

As an athlete, Susy Pryde was one of those rare people who could split her talents over disciplines and remain at the top.

HPNZ boss optimistic ahead of Glasgow Games

Alex Baumann

Alex Baumann is not setting medal targets for Glasgow, but expects an improvement on the haul from Delhi four years ago.

Glasgow medal big ask for NZ badminton team

Oliver Leydon-Davis

A young New Zealand team would spring a shock should they feature on the podium in Glasgow.

Highlanders focused on win, not permutations

Jamie Joseph

Coach Jamie Joseph says key for Highlanders is to "control what we can control, which is our performance.''

Unwanted Brown backs replacement Selby-Rickit

Jodi Brown

After being released by the Steel this week, a disappointed Jodi Brown is backing Te Paea Selby-Rickit to perform next season.

St Mary's third time lucky

Rata Red will have time to lick its wounds when taking on Southland Girls' High B in Invercargill Netball Centre games this weekend.

Jodi Brown to be let go by Southern Steel

Jodi Brown

The Southern Steel won't be renewing shooter Jodi Brown's contract as the franchise looks for a new direction.

Strong Southland challenge

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Representative volleyball teams take first steps towards national division two club champs in Southern Zone qualifying.

NZ lawn bowlers hoping for better in Glasgow

jo edwards

The NZ lawn bowls team is looking to break a lean run of Commonwealth Games results in Glasgow later this month.

Time to break medal drought in gymnastics


Not too many sports in NZ have to wind the clock back 16 years to talk about their last medal at the Comm Games.

Adam Milne makes NZ Cricket cut after surgery

Adam Milne

Adam Milne became a NZ Cricket contracted player yesterday, as he braces for elbow surgery.

Francois re-signs for Steel after South beaten

Shannon Francois.

Shannon Francois re-commits to Southern Steel, but Netball South under-23 team beaten in national final again.

Chiefs in a final push for Super Rugby playoffs

Liam Messam

Two very interesting NZ conference matches loom in Super Rugby's last round. Which Kiwi sides will make the playoffs?

Aaron Smith repaying the faith to Highlanders

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith will be back with the Highlanders next season, staying loyal to the franchise that "gave me my shot."

Highlander Ben Smith out for Crusaders clash

Ben Smith

Talismanic fullback fails to recover from a leg infection ahead of Saturday's crucial game against the Crusaders.

Shannon Francois re-signs with Southern Steel

Shannon Francois.

Silver Fern Shannon Francois has re-signed with the Southern Steel for the 2015 ANZ Netball Championship.

Halfback Aaron Smith to stick with Highlanders

Aaron Smith

All Black halfback Aaron Smith has confirmed he'll be a Highlander again next season.

Your kids can be good sports

Brendon McDermott

School holidays can be a challenge for parents, especially mid-winter, but Sport Southland are easing the burden for you.

Henderson crash a worry for road race team

Greg Henderson

What looked like being one of NZ's strongest-ever road race teams for the Commonwealth Games could be anything but.

Just the fine tuning left for pro Pieter Bulling

Pieter Bulling

I love the team's pursuit. For me, in cycling, there's nothing better than racing inside the velodrome.

Vining still passionate, 250 games on

Blair Vining

Blair Vining recalls game number one for the Midlands Rugby Club senior team pretty well.

7-1 shocker stuns Queenstown's Brazilians

'If God is Brazilian he is on holidays'

Brazil fans

Brazilian Paulo Ceccerelli, with his head in hands, could barely speak after his country's loss in the World Cup.

Hopes for men's road cycling in Glasgow fade

Linda Villumsen

New Zealand's best-laid plans for the Commonwealth Games men's road race continue to crumble.

Switch to Sunday a fizzer for boxing champs

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Southland Boxing Championships canned after a date switch backfired on the Southland Boxing Association.

Daniel Vettori back in World Cup mix for NZ

Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori hasn't played international cricket in 13 months, but hopes he can play at the World Cup.

King Kenny to trial at Oamaru

King Kenny

Westwood trainer Graeme Anderson will trial King Kenny at Oamaru today with a view to racing there on Sunday.

Joyner Kersee wins on home track

Joyner Kersee and Kristy Eade

Joyner Kersee, who won the 390m, was trainer Bronwyn Eade's lone runner at Ascot Park yesterday.

Under-17 basketballers tournament ready

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Southland has teams competing in the New Zealand under-17 boys and girls basketball tournaments in Auckland.

Louise Ayling wins top Southland award

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Louise Ayling was named Southland's oarsperson of the year at the Southland Rowing Association awards.

A tour to inspire future cyclists

The 101st edition of the Tour de France has created remarkable scenes on its first three stages.

Table tennis team to gather in China for prep

Strike power: Leading New Zealand table tennis player Teng Teng Liu.

The NZ women's table tennis team will gather in China this week in preparation for Glasgow.

Ex-Shark Gareth Dawson case still to be heard

Gareth Dawson

Former Southland Sharks basketballer Gareth Dawson, originally from Timaru, is yet to have any punishment handed down after testing positive for a banned substance.

Crusaders plot to shut down Malakai Fekitoa

Malakai Fekitoa

Churning through the numbers is the easiest task when constructing ways to thwart centre Malakai Fekitoa.

Cyclist Mike Northey to hit the road in Glasgow

Mike Northey

National criterium champion Mike Northey has been added to the New Zealand road race team for Glasgow.

Ben Smith to fly home after leg infection scare

Ben Smith

Highlanders and All Black fullback expected home tomorrow after spending time in an Australian hospital with an illness.

Shark Tai Wesley becomes hot ANBL prospect

Tai Wesley

It seems Tai Wesley's impressive seven games with the Southland Sharks may have ANBL clubs circling.

Sports trust looks for keen trustees

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Mike Piper has seen several changes in the governance of talent development over the years, and he is both enthused and encouraged by the development of a new entity - Talent Development Southland Charitable Trust.

Owen fired up for big test in France

Rowing generic

The recent withdrawal of lightweight rower Lucy Strack from the New Zealand elite team, and the callup of Sophie MacKenzie, highlights the opportunities that arise when you least expect them and how being ready for them when they do is key to impromptu elevation.

Under-19 training squad trimmed

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The Southland under-19 rugby training squad has been trimmed as the buildup to the first national under-19 tournament continues.

Conroy graduates top from elite academy

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Southland racing driver Jamie Conroy has emerged as the top graduate from the 2014 Elite Motorsport Academy.

Games selection means everything to coach

Julian Dempsey

Southlander Julian Dempsey is "over the moon" to be selected as one of three coaches attending the Commonwealth Games.

Ben Smith hospitalised in Sydney with illness

Ben Smith

Highlanders fullback and co-captain Ben Smith is in doubt for Saturday night's match against the Crusaders.

Mataura and Southern A win but in contrasting styles

hockey stick

Mataura and Southern A won contrasting games of women's premier grade hockey in the ninth round of their Southland wide competition over the weekend.
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