Team Taranaki on top of ladder

Competing for the ball in a Federation League football match between Team Taranaki and Havlelock North are (left to right)   Havelock's Tuhiwai Kennedy and Taranaki's Tom Mosquera.

Team Taranaki surged to the top of the competition ladder when beating the previously undefeated Havelock North side 2-0 at Pukekura Park on Sunday.

Highlanders are heroes to their fans

Highlanders heroes Malakai Fekitoa and Waisake Naholo deserved their Super Rugby final victory over the Hurricanes.

OPINION: The trip home to all parts of the country will feel a long, long one for Hurricanes' fans.

Semifinalists found in Taranaki club rugby

Inglewood captain Berny Hall tries to evade a Clifton defender during their 14-9 premier club rugby win.

Inglewood will get a chance to defend their Taranaki premier club rugby title after they grabbed a semifinal spot with a tough 14-9 win over Clifton at the TET Stadium.

Lindisfarne beat Francis Douglas

Francis Douglas Memorial College No 8 Polaiu'amea Kirifi is wrapped up by the Lindisfarne College defence during their Central North Island match.

The chances of Francis Douglas Memorial College making this year's Central North Island rugby competition final took a serious hit on Saturday after they lost 15-7 to Lindisfarne College.

Heavy track no problem for Vile stablemates

Awapuni mare Dragon Beauty with Dylan Mo aboard (black cap) wins a 1500m open handicap on her home track.

Gary Vile has changed plans for his two Winter Cup aspirants with a view of taking up an opportunity too good to turn down.

Eltham go five points clear leader board

23052015 Sport Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Taranaki Premier grade football, Moturoa V Eltham (green) played at Onuku Taipari Domain in New Plymouth.  From left Jake Andrews & Mark Mekalick fight for possession.

Eltham extended their lead to five points in the Taranaki premier grade competition when they beat Hawera 5-2 in a catch up game at Taumata Park in Eltham on Wednesday night.

Taranaki cricketers line up for CD contracts

William Young hits a four and and expected to have his CD cricket contract renewed later this month. CD.

Four Taranaki representative cricketers have been enjoying a successful northern hemisphere summer in the United Kingdom.

Rumbold available to play crucial match for Team Taranaki

Leigh Rumbold (left) close to scoring with a header for Team Taranaki  in a match against PNBHS this winter.

Team Taranaki have retained the services of overseas import Leigh Rumbold for its crucial match against Havelock North at Pukekura Park on Sunday.

New golf sponsor teed up for Taranaki Open

Sponsorship deal ironed out for Taranaki Open.

Taranaki Golf has teed up a naming rights sponsor for its major event, the Taranaki Open.

Taranaki Rugby looks to US

Taranaki Rugby boss Michael Collins.

Taranaki Rugby has announced a new partnership with USA Rugby to provide international opportunities for both.

All or nothing for Inglewood and Clifton

Inglewood No 8 Mark Neilson brings plenty of experience to his side after playing 224 premier club games.

The formula for Inglewood and Clifton is simple - win and they make the premier club rugby semifinals.

Tysons head to break with unbeaten record intact

Sacred Heart Girls' College centre Renee Sandle changes the direction of attack in a Taranaki premier one netball match in New Plymouth on Thursday night. Tysons won 58-42.

Taranaki premier one netball leaders Tysons will appreciate the bye week more than most.

Hawera athlete wins prestigious Stan Lay award

Supreme award for talented Hawera athlete Arnold Fage.

Hawera's Arnold Fage has won Athletic Taranaki's supreme award - the Stan Lay Trophy for the most outstanding athlete for the 2014-2015 the

Battle on for third spot in premier one netball

07052015 News photo: Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ. Premier club netball at TSB Stadium, NPOB vs SHGC. Jessie Aitken-Fowell for NPOB.

Naumai and New Plymouth Old Boys meet in the feature match of Taranaki premier one netball in New Plymouth on Thursday night.

NPBHS Super 8 football champion

New Plymouth Boys' High School 1st XI football team after winning the 2015 Super 8 tournament at Gisborne.

The New Plymouth Boys' High School first XI football team broke a long drought when winning the Super 8 tournament in Gisborne this week.

Challenge Roth awaits New Plymouth ironwoman

New Plymouth's Melanie Hansen heading to Germany to race.

New Plymouth's Melanie Hansen knows all about challenges.

Comfortable warm-up for Francis Douglas

Francis Douglas Memorial College wing Feterika Fidow tries to bust through the St John's College defence during their inter-school first XV rugby match in New Plymouth.

Francis Douglas Memorial College warmed up for their crunch Central North Island rugby competition match against Lindisfarne College on Saturday with a comfortable 48-10 win over St John's College of Hastings on Wednesday.

National recognition for Taranaki dressage riders

Oakura's Vanessa Way has been named in national squad.

Taranaki's Vanessa Way has been named in Equestrian Sports New Zealand's first high performance dressage squad.

Focus now on Ranfurly Shield for Ricky Riccitelli

Ricky Riccitelli heads to Hawke's Bay on Friday to take up a two-year contract.

Ricky Riccitelli wants to move from being a world champion to becoming a Ranfurly Shield defender.

Moturoa women claim another Wellington scalp

Moturoa women beat Brooklyn 2-1.

Moturoa showed last Sunday that any team coming to New Plymouth needs to be at their best to take home any points when they beat Wellington side Brooklyn 2-1.

Hornets sting too much for Rebels

Tim White squared his match to secure the win for the Hornets.

All three Taranaki senior invitational pennant matches produced tight finishes in the third round of play at the Stratford golf course last Sunday.

The key statistics fall the way of the Highlanders

Lima Sogoaga's goal kicking could prove crucial for the Highlanders against the Hurricanes.

OPINION: What a weekend! It could not have gone better.

Stratford lift annual sporting exchange challenge trophy

Stratford High School's Michael Muir breaks attempted tackes by Taita College reps on his way to scoring the opening try in the inter- school first XV rugby match in Stratford on Tuesday.

Stratford High School emerged comfortable winners of the challenge trophy after beating Wellington's Taita College in all but two of 11 events in the annual sporting and cultural exchange held at Stratford on Tuesday.

Academy a helping hand for budding cricketers

Dion Ebrahim (left) oversees an academy coaching session involving registered members from left, Mitchell Proffit, Tyler Slingsby and Ryan Gilmour.

Dion Ebrahim is busy passing on knowledge gleaned from more than 15 years as a professional sportsman.

Eight Taranaki players named in Maori All Blacks

Charlie Ngatai celebrates scoring a try with Taranaki teammate Marty McKenzie in last year's ITM Cup grand final. The pair are among eight Taranaki players named in the Maori All Blacks squad.

Eight Taranaki players have been named in the 27-strong Maori All Blacks squad for games against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians this month.

Brooks lands deal to play college basketball in States

Dane Brooks goes up for a basket playing for the Taranaki Mountain Airs against the Otago Nuggets last year.

New Plymouth's Dane Brooks has landed a full scholarship to play college basketball in the United States. 

A record of sorts for Mountain Airs import

Taranaki Mountain Airs import Aaron Fuller goes up for another basket.

There's some murky water when it comes to records in the National Basketball League.

Rippa of a day for rugby youngsters

Carter Reweti, 11, scores for Oakura School against Manukorihi Intermediate at the year seven and eight Rippa rugby tournament at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Monday. More than 700 children took part, with ???

Carter Reweti, 11, was one of more than 700 children involved in the year seven and eight Rippa rugby tournament at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Monday.

Eltham making the pace in premier competition

Rangers midfielder Jeremy Hawkes heads the ball forward of  Western Suburbs defender Elliott Collier in the round three Chatham Cup qualifier in New Plymouth last Sunday.

Eltham went out to a two-point lead on the Taranaki premier grade football competition when beating Inglewood 2-0 at Eltham's Taumata Park last Saturday.

Debutante shows how it's done at North Island champs

New Plymouth novice power lifter Jonathan Faapoi lifting 230Kg on his first lift at the North Island championships in New Plymouth last Saturday.

New Plymouth's Jonathan Faapoi showed he was one to watch out for when winning the novice division at the North Island power lifting championships in New Plymouth on Saturday.

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