Olympic track cyclist Natasha Hansen fired up for Rio 2016

Ex-Olympic track cyclist Natasha Hansen is focused on returning to the sport's biggest stage.

Time to cash in on darts hype

Invercargill Darts Association officials think their sport's rare stint in the headlines could prompt a boost in numbers.

Central Stags upset Otago Volts to make one-day final with Auckland Aces

Central Stags defy predictions and make one-day final after 49-run win over Otago Volts.

Young bowler keen to make an impression

Bailey Andrews-Kennedy hopes he has grabbed the attention of the national selectors.

Andrews-Kennedy hopes for higher honours

Bailey Andrews-Kennedy hopes he might have waved his name in front of the national scouts.

Wild Descent adventure race cancelled

Low entries for this weekend's Wild Descent kayak adventure race on the Clutha River has forced organisers to cancel.

Diamond ready to shine

Johnathan Parkes is the new rider for The Diamond One in her bid to win the listed $70,000 White Robe Lodge Handicap for a second successive year at Wingatui on Saturday.

Belle Miraaj set for Guineas

Trainer Gay Robinson is hoping for no more barrier worries with Belle Miraaj in the Dunedin Guineas on Saturday.

Unwanted Black Cap Jimmy Neesham keen to spark Otago Volts

Unwanted for World Cup, NZ all-rounder still pretty happy with a domestic one-day play-off against the Central Stags.

We're actively dedicated to getting you active

The team at Sport Southland is gearing up for an active 2015 - and we hope you'll be joining us.

Stroke play championships good opportunity to tee off

If you haven't already teed off your 2015 golfing year, next weekend provides a great opportunity to do just that.

El Chico still at the top of his game

El Chico  proved a remarkable thoroughbred by winning the  Timaru Stakes as a 10-year-old at Ashburton on Saturday.

Partnership continues to pay off

Agnes Brown extended a winning association between Ryal Bush breeders, Ben and Karen Calder and Christchurch trainer Kevin Townley when the 3-year-old filly won a maiden trot at Blenheim on Sunday.

Franco primed for Cup

Franco Ledger's trainer, Geoff Webster, is predicting Saturday's Victoria Cup in Melbourne will attract the best field in the race's history.

Toyota Racing Series success for stars in waiting Jamie Conroy and Brendon Leitch

Drivers Jamie Conroy and Brendon Leitch have thrust their sport in front of everyone in Southland through their impressive results, but neither are content - they want more success.

Southland athletes excel on trip north

Some of Southland's top teenage athletes achieved pleasing results at North Island track and field events this month.

Rush of medals for Otago swimmers

A group of 17 swimmers, representing four Southland clubs - Hokonui, Murihiku, Orca and Waverley - competed at the 13-and-over Otago champs last week.

Kid Cormac clinches Peewee Solo title

He may only be eight years old but Cormac Buchanan showed experience and talent beyond his years to claim the Southland Peewee Solo title at Oreti Park.

Arden's Legacy under offer

Arden's Legacy, who finished third to Alta Las Vegas in the 2-year-old race at Ascot Park on Saturday, is under offer to Australian buyers.

A day to remember

Poppymalda's impressive win at Ascot Park on Saturday gave Nathan Williamson more reason to consider taking her to the North Island Trotting Breeders' Stakes at Alexandra Park on February 27.

Cup delivers Orange win 999

Melbourne-owned Johnny Fox provided Blair Orange with his fifth Invercargill Cup win on Saturday.

Blair Orange weaves his magic again

Melbourne-owned Johnny Fox provided reinsman Blair Orange with his fifth Invercargill Cup win on Saturday.

Highlanders prove too sharp for Crusaders in pre-season hitout in Timaru

The Highlanders notched up a win but more importantly got through their pre-season match with the Crusaders relatively unscathed.

Otago Volts coach Dimitri Mascarenhas wants more from batsmen despite win

The Otago Volts are one win away from a domestic one-day finals berth but that has not stopped coach Dimitri Mascarenhas from getting a little grumpy.

Demons dodge a bullet in softball league

Softball resumed after the Christmas break-new year at Surrey Park on Saturday, with the Calder Mackay competition results going as expected.

Glenn finds a work-mate in winning partnership

Jamie Glenn provided the individual highlight in Southland senior club cricket twenty20 action on Saturday.

Invercargill Cup Day briefs

Christchurch reinsman Blair Orange chalked up his fifth Invercargill Cup success when Johnny Fox won the Group III feature at Ascot Park today.

Crusaders halfback Willi Heinz breaks leg in pre-season loss to Highlanders

Highlanders beat Crusaders 29-26 in pre-season clash but most concern is for halfback Willi Heinz.

Ascot Park tips

Jamie Searle's selections for today's Invercargill Cup meeting at Ascot Park:

Ascot Park harness briefs

* Invercargill Cup runner The Wrath Of Robyn will wear hopple shorteners today after he galloped away and lost 60m in Northern Southland Cup.

Jones fined over bicarb

Trainer Mark Jones has been fined $4500 and ordered to pay $2400 costs for presenting a horse to race with a high bicarbonate reading.

Sir Lexington destined for Victoria

Sir Lexington, a starter in the C3 and faster trot at Ascot Park today, will be exported to Melbourne in the next month.

Legends of Sport: Racing identity Tony Dennis

When it comes to the racing game there would be few people who do not know of Tony Dennis.

Title wait over after 32 years for Cockerill

Gore bowler Tony Cockerill combined with Waikiwi's Linda Milne to win his first Southland title after 32 years.

Stags' Tim Boys signs with Irish club Ulster

Tim Boys is heading to play in Ireland but is still likely to be back to play for the Stags in this season's provincial rugby campaign.

McWilliam shows class in under-17 tourney

Promising cricketer Liam McWilliam thinks he may have let a good opportunity slip during the recent national under-17 tournament in Wellington.

Trainer Mark Jones fined over Remiss failed test

Trainer Mark Jones has been fined $4500 and ordered to pay $2400 costs for presenting a horse to race with a high bicarbonate reading.

Winsloe springs surprise

Debut winner Thought That surprised punters but not trainer Ellis Winsloe in the first race at Gore yesterday.

Williams back in town for Cup day

A two-year stint in Southland helped Tim Williams' driving career  and tomorrow, he returns to the province to rein Meticulous in the $40,000 Invercargill Cup.

Payne hoping for success at Ascot Park

Arden's Legacy could tomorrow provide Ross Payne with his first Ascot Park win for nearly 24 years.

Top-up for waterways a welcome event

The rain over the weekend and early this week was a welcome relief to our rivers that were getting pretty low.

Boy wonder Buchanan sets sights on title

Waverley Park student Cormac Buchanan has set his sights on his first ever Southland Peewee Solo Title.

Elliot Dixon extends Southland Stags stay

The Stags hopes have received a major boost with Elliot Dixon extending his contract with Rugby Southland.

Highlanders and Crusaders fired up for pre-season clash in Timaru

It might be only a pre-season game, but the Highlanders and Crusaders coaches are keen to get under way in Timaru tomorrow.

Southern Super Rugby derby hits Timaru

The Super Rugby pre-season clash between the Highlanders and Crusaders in Timaru tomorrow is likely to divide the town.

Meticulous planning pays off for Williams

A two-year stint in Southland helped Tim Williams' driving career and tomorrow, he returns to the province to rein Meticulous in the $40,000 Invercargill Cup.

Gore RC tips

Jamie Searle's selections for today's Gore Racing Club meeting:

Thornton trio chasing a Profit

The Cambridge galloper Fast Profit is up to  carrying 59kg and mastering 2000m at Gore today.

Kaemyn earns a Rest spot

National softball selectors have noticed the skills of 14-year-old Kaemyn Smith.

Teretonga draws royalty and high rollers for weekend racing

Two 16-year-olds, one an imperial prince and the other a son of a billionaire fashion magnate, to race in Invercargill.
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