Kawi improved further by most recent outing

Allan Sharrock

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock's confidence in Kawi's chances today's $200,000 Makfi Stakes didn't take a hit when the horse drew barrier 16 of 20 accpetors in the Group I feature race.

Defence the focus for development team

Pomare Samupo returns for the Taranaki development team to play Auckland under-23 in the northern regions competition.

Improving their defence remains the major focal point for the Taranaki development team as they face an Auckland under-23 side in a northern regions competition match at Western Springs on Saturday.

Cracroft-Wilson to captain NZ team

New Plymouth's Paul Cracroft-Wilson to lead New Zealand team.

Putting the pressure on his Aussie competitors in the flag races is high on the agenda for Fitzroy's Paul Cracroft-Wilson when he pulls on the silver fern at next week's International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC).

Airs coaching job up for grabs

Daryn Shaw calling the shots for the Taranaki Mountain Airs in 2015.

Daryn Shaw wants to stay on as coach of the Taranaki Mountain Airs in the National Basketball League competition.

McKenzie injury means a swap for Barrett

Beauden Barrett says he is as passionate as ever to play for Taranaki.

Hometown hero Beauden Barrett admits the opportunity to turn out for Taranaki is a welcome distraction from the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad announcement on Sunday.

Moturoa favourites to win semifinal berth

The Moturoa  premier football team celebrate after scoring a goal against Eltham earlier this season. The New Plymouth team has been the form side this season.

The focus on Taranaki football switches to the two knockout competitions to be played on Saturday.

Pocket rocket on court for Old Boys

Goal attack Jenna Kensington lines up another goal for New Plymouth Old Boys in Taranaki premier one netball this season.

Jenna Kensington is easy to spot on the netball court.

Tysons looking to go one better

New Plymouth Old Boys goal shoot Josie Matuku lines up a goal against Inglewood in last week's sudden-death semifinal.

Twelve months is a long time to wait between grand finals, especially if you are the beaten finalists hurting from a loss the year before.

Bailey-Nowell key player for Tysons

Tysons goal defence Abbie Bailey-Nowell stretches high during a Taranaki premier one netball, match earlier in the season.

Abbie Bailey-Nowell wasn't going to play netball this season.

Family connection on netball court

Taela, left, and her mum Steph Herbert are playing for the Western Suburbs Bengal Tigers in the premier two netball grand final against Stratford.

There's a strong mother-daughter relationship at the Western Suburbs Netball Club.

Taranaki teams competing on Stratford turf

Xavier Hey will be a key player for New Plymouth Boys' High School in Auckland next week.

Five Taranaki teams will take part in a mixed secondary schools' hockey tournament at the Stratford turf next week.

Taranaki netballer nabs Pulse development spot

Kate Wells from Sacred Heart Girls' College, right, fights for possession with Tysons goal shoot Amber Bellringer in a Taranaki premier one netball match earlier this year.

Taranaki's Kate Wells has been named as a development player for the Pulse netball side.

McKenzie to stay at 10 despite Barrett being available

Beauden Barrett will start at fullback for Taranaki against Otago.

A lack of time at team training is the major reason behind Beauden Barrett being stationed at fullback instead of first five-eighth for Taranaki against Otago on Saturday.

Chelsea to pay way over the odds

John Stones will not be waving goodbye to Everton supporters if the club stands firm.

Jaw dropping. That's the only way to describe the latest big money offer coming out of Stamford Bridge with news that Chelsea are prepared to offer £40m ($NZ96m) for Everton defender John Stones.

Limited experience does not bother new skipper

Charlie Ngatai has no issue with taking over the Taranaki captaincy.

His experience might be limited but new Taranaki rugby captain Charlie Ngatai feels comfortable stepping into the role for the remainder of the national provincial championship season.

Cricket summer and winter

National age group indoor  cricket reps Jesse Vertongen , left, and Robson Chapman.

New Plymouth cricketers Robson Chapman and Jesse Vertongen will represent New Zealand age group indoor cricket teams at the World Junior Series in Brisbane next month.

TT go straight into playoffs

Team Taranaki midfielder Nathan Hill (right) beats his Havelock North Wanderers marker to the ball in the final Federation League game of the season last Sunday. Taranaki won the match and the title.

Team Taranaki heads straight into promotion-relegation playoffs.

Myers leads premiership

New Zealand jumper Krase (Richard Cully) leaps a fence on his way to winning the 2014 Australian Steeples at Sandown in Melbourne. The horse lines up at Hawera on Thursday.


From one tournament to the other

New Plymouth Boys' High School's Fletcher Broderick has a busy week ahead with national tournaments.

A team from New Plymouth Boys' High School will head for Wellington this weekend to represent Taranaki in the New Zealand secondary schools finals.

Specialists will win world cup

Julian Savea, centre, might not be around to joke with his All Black team-mates at the world cup on current form.

OPINION: Specialists will win the Rugby World Cup and this thinking will determine the selected 31 All Blacks on Sunday

James Marshall out for rest of season

Taranaki captain James Marshall on the burst against Hawke's Bay in a national provincial championship rugby match.

Taranaki captain and Hurricanes back James Marshall is out for the rest of the season.

James Marshall's season is over

Taranaki's James Marshall heads for the line in last year's national provincial championship rugby final against Tasman in New Plymouth.

Taranaki captain and Hurricanes back James Marshall is out for the rest of the season.

Waikato beat Taranaki in rifle shoot

A smallbore rifle shooter lines up his target.

Waikato target shooters invaded Taranaki and outscored their Taranaki counterparts on the Inglewood smallbore rifle range last Saturday. 

Stratford claim premier hockey titles

Stratford's David Jackson passes the ball during the Taranaki premier men's hockey final against Northern United in Stratford last Saturday.

Central Districts under-21 striker Curtis Boyde bagged a hat-trick to help Stratford to victory in the Taranaki premier men's hockey grand final in Stratford last Saturday.

Greys to race for $35,000

Grey galloper Silver Court (Dylan Mo) return to the winner's circle after success at Hawera last month.

A race for grey or roan coloured horses carrying stake money of $35,000 has been carded for Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing's "Xtreme" raceday at New Plymouth next month.

Moturoa chasing more silverware

Moturoa man-of-the-match Dyl Coutts.

Moturoa AFC win their first premier title since 2010.

Dearden takes up new pony club role

Waitara's Rebecca Dearden has been named on the board of the New Zealand Pony Club Association.

Taranaki equestrian enthusiast Rebecca Dearden has jumped in to a new role with the New Zealand Pony Club Association.

Extra time win to Masters women in hockey

Te Kiri's Phillip Gargan was the player of the match in the championship men's hockey final in Stratford last Saturday.

Leisje Doyle was the toast of the Masters women's hockey team after her last-minute goal in extra time gave her side victory over Te Kiri in the championship women's hockey final in Stratford last Saturday.

The beautiful game in a beautiful place

New Plymouth's Connie Matheson, 4, and Phoebe Bennett, 4, enjoy the beautiful game with the Phoenix mascot at Yarrow Staduim on Sunday.

As a wave of kiwi football stars play for the province's hearts and minds, Troy Savage was on the edge of their seats.

Spoke To Carlo continues his rise

22082015 NEWS  Winning rider Rosie Myers returns on Spoke To Carlo after their win in the 2015 Interprovincial Challenge at New Plymouth on Saturday.

The Interprovincial race for progressive gallopers continues to be a popular as ever with punters.

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