Future champions best of talent pool

Sport Taranaki future champions, from left, Olivia Eaton, 17, Ella Toa, 17, and Zoe Hobbs, 17.

Future champions

Trail run and walk series kicks off in fine style

Runners jostle for positions in the opening round of the Taranaki Trail and Walking series on the Lake Mangamahoe course last Sunday.

Record numbers turned up to compete in the first event of the 2015 Taranaki Trail and Walk series held last Sunday.

Cobras strike again in premier league

Marist Dragons hooker Jesse Pirini tries to bust through the tackle of Western Suburbs Tigers second rower Rich Sutton during a Taranaki premier grade rugby league match at New Plymouth's Ngamotu Domain last Saturday.


Boys' High speed too hot for Peringa

Adam Newby for Peringa United, right, stretches for the ball ahead of Drew Farnsworth from New Plymouth Boys' High School in a Taranaki premier grade football match in New Plymouth last Saturday..

New Plymouth Boys' High School first XI used their superior speed and fitness to beat Peringa United 3-0 at the school's Webster field last Saturday.

Two titles to Fleming

Pukekura's Caleb Fleming returns a shot in his doubles match with Patrick Joss during an under-14 junior tennis tournament at the Huatoki courts in New Plymouth last Sunday.

Caleb Fleming in winning form last Sunday.

Airs sunk by Hawks

Aaron Fuller scored a game high 28 points for the Mountain Airs against the Bay Hawks..

The win column remains empty for the Taranaki Mountain Airs after they fell to a 97-90 loss to the Bay Hawks in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Elgar runs away with singles bowls

Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar concluded a spectacular season in superb style when he ran away with the men's champion-of-champions singles at Vogeltown on Sunday.

Mosquera marks return with a hat-trick

Tomas Mosquera was on target for Team Taranaki in their game against Feilding on Saturday.

Team Taranaki striker Tomas Mosquera was on fire on Saturday scoring a hat-trick in his side's dominant 7-0 win over Feilding.

Stratford and Hawera win season openers

The Taranaki premier hockey season is underway.

The Stratford A team started their Taranaki men's premier hockey season with a comfortable 3-0 win against Hawera at Stratford last Friday night.

Spotswood run hot and cold

Spotswood United co-captain Toa Halafihi was hard to stop for Southern in premier club rugby.

Spotswood United co-coach Brent Perrett has put the onus on the players to figure out how they can bring a better level of consistency to their game.

Boys' High top Feilding at Gully

New Plymouth Boys' High School's Brayton Northcott-Hill was happy to attack the line against Feilding High School.

 A first look at the New Plymouth Boys' High School first XV at the Gully for the season would have left spectators pretty satisfied on Saturday.

Kirwan to lose the Blues

John Kirwan often looks sharper than some of his team's play.

OPINION: Blues coach John Kirwan is staying remarkably upbeat for a man who everyone is predicting is gone by season's end.

Barnes contender to assist Chiefs

Neil Barnes would not comment on a possible move to the Chiefs.

Former Taranaki assistant coach Neil Barnes could be in line to take Tom Coventry's position at the Chiefs.

Spotswood props bags a hat-trick

Spotswood United prop Jared Proffit scored a hat-trick of tries as they beat Southern 27-21.


Cameron leading a busy "retirement"

Shane Cameron and his fighter promising fighter Ricky Murphy.

The Mountain Warrior is carving himself a career in the business world.

Battle of the imports

Suleiman Braimoh tries to find a way past Corey Webster while playing for the Taranaki Mountain Airs last year.

It's the battle of the big men when the Taranaki Mountain Airs take on the Bay Hawks in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Spotswood to enjoy last comforts of home

Promising wing Latu Vaeno will be out to add to the two tries he scored last week when Spotswood United play Southern on Saturday.

Spotswood United are hoping their last run around at Yarrow Stadium for two months will be a memorable one against Southern.

Price loses appeal

Leighton Price has lost his appeal against a four-week ban.

Tukapa captain Leighton Price has lost an appeal against the ban handed down to him after he was sent off against Clifton in week two of the premier club competition.

Fresh faces at Francis Douglas

Enele Fidow could be an important player in the Francis Douglas Memorial College backline in 2015.


Tysons show glimpses of form

Tysons' goal shoot Amber Bellringer drags the ball in for her team against Sacred Heart Girls' College in a Taranaki premier one netball match in New Plymouth on Thursday night.

Last year's beaten finalists Tysons showed they were definite title contenders when they beat Sacred Heart Girls' College 54-30 in the opening round of Taranaki premier one netball in New Plymouth on Thursday night.

Hesson hints at change

Black Caps manager Mike Sandle, left, and coach Mike Hesson answer questions from MC Phil Quinney.

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has hinted it might not be too long before separate coaches are appointed to handle the different forms of the game.

Fans name Taranaki team of the decade

Craig Clarke was an obvious choice to lead the Taranaki team of the past decade.

Taranaki rugby fans made a few surprising selections when it came to picking their team of the past decade.

Nigerian official impressed with venue

Nigerian football team secretary Aliyu Lawal Ibrahim was in New Plymouth this week checking out facilities at Stadium Taranaki ahead of the Fifa under-20 World Cup which starts in June.

Stadium Taranaki has had the tick of approval from the Nigerian team's management.

Rugby volunteer awards launched

Director of International Volunteer HQ Daniel Radcliffe with Taranaki Rugby's 2014 Volunteer of the year Philip Marsh at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.

 Some of the hardest working volunteers involved in Taranaki rugby are about to be recognised for their work

Francis Douglas edged out in last play

Francis Douglas Memorial College fullback Steven Snoxell is tackeld by Palmerston North Boys' High School wing Ben Nixon.

Francis Douglas had their home crowd on the edge of their seats ion a close match against Palmerston North Boys' High.

Taranaki premier netball squads

Taranaki premier one and two netball squads for 2015:

Four new coaches in premier grade

Jess Tuki, right, playing for Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in 2012.

New coaches, new faces and a familiar team back in premier one netball after winning promotion last year.

Snook: All Blacks contenders aplenty

Blade Thomson will be a strong contender for the All Blacks in 2016.

OPINION:  Not since the decade of the 1960's has the outlook been so promising for a number of local players to don the black jersey.

Broderick leads the way at champs

Fletcher Broderick was the best of the Taranaki players at the New Zealand amateur champs last week.

The Taranaki contingent failed to make much of an impression at the New Zealand amateur golf championships at the Titirangi course in Auckland last week.

Delayed start a good call

Grayson McEldowney

Full marks to the Taranaki Board for delaying the start of the champion-of-champions this Saturday to 1pm.

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