Several changes to Taranaki team to face Northland

Marty McKenzie should be jumping to get back into action for Taranaki against Northland.

The annual trek to Whangarei is on again as Taranaki prepare to face Northland on Sunday.

Team Taranaki chase promotion

Team Taranaki goalkeeper Nick Hayward punches the ball away from the goal in a Federation League game  and returns Hayward is back from injury for the first playoff game. mouth.  Taranaki goal keeper Nick Hayward punches the ball awayin a Federation League game this season and is expected to pull on the keeping gloves in the first of the playoff games.

It will be the clash of the heavyweights in their respective leagues when Team Taranaki and Wellington United go head-to-head at the Merrilands Domain in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Batman not fazed by Betham challenge

James "Batman" Langton was too good for Scott Talialui last month and he's picking he'll be too good for Monty Betham.

Facing up to former Warriors league star Monty Betham does not send a single shudder up James "Batman" Langton's back.

T20 cricket bowling into town

T20 cricket will return to New Plymouth and will play at Pukekura Park and Yarrow Stadium.

The best of New Zealand's Twenty20 cricket is returning to New Plymouth after the game was knocked out of the region for a year.

Counties Manukau will be tough opponent

David Ormrod will start for the development side against Counties Manukau at Yarrow Stadium.

The chances of the Taranaki development rugby side finishing in the top four of the northern regions competition could very well depend on them beating Counties Manukau on Saturday.

Betham to fight for NZ title

Former Warrior Monty Betham will fight James Langton for the NZ cruiserweight title in Auckland on November 3.

Former Warrior keen to follow in his father's footsteps and wear the belt of a cruiserweight champ.

Rugby's champions for cheaper tickets

L to R Grace, 17, Dave (Dad) & Hannah McKenzie, 20, say that going to the rugby is value for money.

A rugby ground where you can still bring food from home.

Kelly happy with filly's progress

Darryl Bradley has the mount on New York Minute at Wanganui.

Promising New Plymouth filly New York Minute is on trial for the major three-year-old fillies races.

T20 Super Smash goes to Taranaki

Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth is better known as a rugby ground but will also host the Twenty20 cricket finals in December.

Lack of available grounds sees domestic Twenty20 finals weekend scheduled for New Plymouth.

United keeper must be privately seething

Manchester United keeper David de Gea must feel liked he's being pulled two ways after his proposed move to Real Madrid fell over.

OPINION: The international window could not have come at a better time for Manchester United keeper David de Gea.

New Plymouth swimmer off to youth champs

New Plymouth's Eliot Lundon-Moore has two international swimming competitions in his sights.

New Plymouth's Eliot Lundon-Moore is one of New Zealand eight swimmers competing at the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games in Apia, Samoa.

Captain sets up two tries and proves the difference

Taranaki captain Charlie Ngatai leaves Counties Manukau defenders Sam Aiono and Sione Anga'aelangi behind in a match winning performance at Yarrow Stadium.

If ever there was a case of a captain leading by example, then Taranaki skipper Charlie Ngatai epitomised it on Wednesday night.

Ngatai leads Taranaki to win

Charlie Ngatai was one of few players to standout on Wednesday night.

Charlie Ngatai has rescued the NPC champions from a fourth straight defeat against Counties.

Banter billboards rally the provinces

Taranaki banter billboards are popping up around the country.

The battle lines have been drawn for Taranaki's upcoming rugby clash with Manawatu. 

Taranaki Masters title for Rowland

Fitzroy's Brian Rowland won the Taranaki Masters strokeplay golf title by one stroke last weekend.

Fitzroy golfer Brian Rowland won his first Taranaki Masters last weekend beating New Plymouth's Murray Martin by one shot.

Picking a world cup squad always a mystery

Winger Waisake Naholo at an All Blacks training session in Wellington earlier this week.

OPINION: So much for knowing anything about selection of a World Cup squad. 

All Blacks hooker needed somewhere to play

Hika Ellitot trained with his new Taranaki team-mates at Yarrow Stadium on Tuesday.

All Blacks hooker Hika Elliot needed a place to call home.

Taranaki in desperate need of first win

Kurt Baker will play his 50th match for Taranaki while Marty McKenzie remains on the injured list to face Counties Manukau.

Kurt Baker does not know where the time has gone.

Moturoa and Hawera to face off in Rosebowl final

New Plymouth Rangers Reserves footballer  Adam Stuart (blue) blocks a pass from Moturoa's Zayed Rabbenery in a Duff Rosebowl semifinal at Merrilands Domain in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Hawera meet Moturoa in Taranaki football's Duff Rosebowl knockout competition final at Hawera's Turuturu Park on Saturday.

Four-wheel action for Taranaki

16112013 SPORTS ANDY McGECHAN/ CAPTION: Stratford's Scott Keegan (Honda), certain to be among the leading contenders for a national ATV title in November. Photo by Andy McGechan,

The fast and the furious best of New Zealand's off-road racing community will arrive in Taranaki in November for the 2015 New Zealand ATV (all terrain vehicle) Championships.

Zittersteijn stars at nationals

Aidan Zittersteijn.

North Taranaki's Aidan Zittersteijn won the New Zealand Junior (under18) singles Indoor Bowls championships played at Titahi Bay on Saturday.

Sharrock has good day at the office

Allan Sharrock

Bookmakers slash odds for New Plymouth galloper Kawi after his dominant Hastings win on Saturday.

Tigers roar in premier two netball final

Stratford's Marissa Clough, left, and Western Suburbs Bengal Tigers wing attack Janna Slaats compete for the ball.

Western Suburbs Bengal Tigers turned the tables on Stratford to win the Taranaki premier two netball grand final 44-37 in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Taranaki need to find quick improvement

An Otago defender is lost in a puddle after Beauden Barrett skips past him.

OPINION: The short walk from the players' entrance to the back carpark at Yarrow Stadium was all it took to have several theories thrown at me from some pretty disappointed fans on Saturday night.

Tysons class above Old Boys

Tysons goal defence Jess Tuki looks for someone to pass to during Saturday's Taranaki premier one netball grand final in New Plymouth.

Tysons were in a class of their own - and almost a game of their own - as the powered to an easy win over New Plymouth Old Boys in the Taranaki premier one netball grand final in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Taranaki fall to Otago at home

Beauden Barrett makes a line break in horrible conditions at Yarrow Stadium.

Homecoming of Beauden Barrett was not enough to help Taranaki to first win of NPC season.

Kawi too good in Makfi Stakes

Kawi swoops past Ryan Mark to win the Makfi Stakes at Hastings on Saturday.

Allan Sharrock-trained horse storms away to win first Group I race of the season at Hastings.

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).

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