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Taranaki need to be more potent on attack

Taranaki rugby coach Colin Cooper will be hoping Marty McKenzie can spark the backline against Counties Manukau.

Getting their attack going has moved to the top of the list for Taranaki just a fortnight out from the start of their national provincial rugby defence.

Team Taranaki marches on

Team Taranaki forward Vinnie Sharp controls the ball and is the highest scorer in the league this season with a total of 14 goals.

Team Taranaki will face a battle scarred North End side with plenty to prove when the two football teams meet at Memorial Park in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Sacred Heart upset defending champs

Grace Major slotted the winning goal for Sacred Heart Girls' College against Inglewood in Stratford on Thursday night.

Sacred Heart Girls' College scored a late goal to upset defending champions Inglewood 49-48 in a Taranaki premier one netball match in Stratford on Thursday night.

Development team named for first match

Openside Adrian Wyrill will start for the Taranaki development side against King Country.

The Taranaki development side get their first taste of action on Saturday when they meet King Country in Pio Pio.

Davis enjoying change of codes

Mark Davis on the charge for Coastal in in Taranaki division one club rugby.

Mark Davis' resume with the oval ball is almost complete.

Taranaki Rugby drop their ticket prices

Taranaki rugby fans will pay less at the gate this season.

Success has not turned into greed for defending national rugby champions Taranaki.

Marist Dragons look to go one better

Coastal Cobras prop Maloni Tuitupou crashes over Waitara Bears defender Chalice Crean in last Saturday's semifinal in Opunake.

The Bell Block Marist Dragons don't have to look far for motivation when they meet the Coastal Cobras in the Taranaki premier grade rugby league grand final on Saturday.

Players to be put up by fans

Taranaki's rugby players will be billeted during their pre-season camp.

Defending national rugby champions Taranaki are going back to some traditional grassroots values with their pre-season camp in Hawera next week.

New York Minute heading to richer pickings

Darryl Bradley.

Impressive debut winner New York Minute could have her next start against black-type company after crushing her opposition in the race for two-year-olds at Waverley on Thursday.

Several first choice players still missing

Kurt Baker adds some experience to the Taranaki backline to face Counties Manukau on Saturday.

A full-strength Taranaki rugby side will have just one game together before their national provincial title defence kicks off after the squad to face Counties Manukau in their second pre-season match was named on Thursday.

Baxter out to extend his unbeaten run this season

Matt Baxter

Matt Baxter faces his toughest challenge when he attempts to lift the senior cross country crown at Halswell Quarry in Christchurch on Saturday.

Boys' High will aim for third place in Super 8

Luke Dravitzki, with ball, scored one of only two tries for Francis Douglas Memorial College against Feilding High School on Saturday during their 64-12 loss.

A third place finish in the Super 8 rugby competition is a distinct possibility for New Plymouth Boys' High School as they head into their last match against Rotorua Boys' High School on Saturday.

Tysons need to be wary of southern ambush

Wing attack Rochelle Ngatai, a key player in the midcourt for Naumai in Taranaki premier one netball. .

Naumai will be hoping to end Tysons unbeaten run in Taranaki premier one netball when the two sides meet in Hawera on Thursday night.

Martin continues his good form across the Tasman

Dean Baldock came from five shots behind to win Westown's senior men's strokeplay championship.

Murray Martin's consistent form across the Tasman has continued after he had a top 10 finish at the Gold Coast Senior Classic, despite a final round 81.

The cut for the Rugby World Cup is no clearer

James Broadhurst's loyalty to New Zealand rugby might not be enough to earn him a world cup spot with the All Blacks.

The final make-up of the All Blacks 31-man Rugby World Cup squad remains intriguing.     

Harvey keeps coming back for more

North Island indoor bowls captain Grant Harvey with the North v South trophy the North has a stranglehold on.

Grant Harvey's reckons if the cap fits, then keep wearing it.

Girls' High live up to their favourites tag in semi

New Plymouth Girls' High left back Vienna Morpeth-Rodden (right) clears the ball ahead of a Massey defender in a Federation Cup women's football semifinal in Palmerston North.

The New Plymouth Girls' High School first XI will play Hawera women in an all-Taranaki final of Central Football's Federation Cup women's league next month.

New Plymouth Boys' High win three legs of exchange with Wellington College

New Plymouth Boy's High School rep Ross Stembridge, left, and Wellington College player battle for possesion in a !st XI hockey match played in New Plymouth on Monday.

New Plymouth Boys' High School had mixed results in their annual sporting exchange with Wellington College in New Plymouth on Monday.

Hawera through to semis in Federation Cup competition

FC Western's Ben Furze wins the race to the ball from New Plymouth Rangers defender Matt Goodey in a Taranaki premier league game last Saturday.

Hawera claimed a semifinal spot in Central Football’s Federation Cup when beating defending champions Gisborne United 3-2 in a quarterfinal game in Napier last Saturday.

Coastal Cobras ready to strike in Taranaki grand final

Coastal Cobras player Levi McPhee claims a try against the Waitara Bears in a Taranaki premier grade rugby league match at the Opunake Domanin last Saturday.

The Coastal Cobras scored an emphatic 74-14 win over the Waitara Bears at the Opunake Domain last Saturday to advance to the Taranaki premier grade rugby league grand final.

Boys' High score two crucial wins

New Plymouth Boys' High School player Xavier Hey a key figure against Hawera.

New Plymouth Boys' High School picked up two important wins in the Taranaki senior men's top-four hockey competition last week.

Taranaki lose preseason match against Auckland

Jackson Ormond was the only try scorer for Taranaki against Auckland.

It's hard to know if any of Taranaki's fringe rugby squad members made a big enough impression on coach Colin Cooper to put pressure on the predicted first choice players after Sunday's first preseason hit-out against Auckland.

Brad Hickling on fire for Team Taranaki

Team Taranaki striker Brad Hickling (centre)  was the star scoring four goals for his side against Marists Reserves on Saturday.

Eight second half goals sealed Team Taranaki an emphatic 10-0 victory against Palmerston North Marist Reserves in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Taranaki under-19 squad named

Tim Stuck has named a 32-man under-19 rugby squad to prepare for the national tournament.

A 32-man Taranaki under-19 rugby squad has been named to prepare for the national tournament in September.

Team Taranaki back on the road after run of home games

Team Taranaki midfielder Mark Bland  (right) on the ball in the game against Manwatu Red Sox last weekend.

After a long run of six home games,Team Taranaki are back on the road this weekend to take on bottom-of-table side Palmerston North Marist at Skoglund Park.

Raw Taranaki team will be tested by Auckland

Inglewood's Blake Hohaia will start at second five-eighth for a Taranaki XV against Auckland on Sunday.

Just how a host of untested club players will handle the demands of facing an Auckland side will be one of the main observations for veteran Taranaki coach Colin Cooper on Sunday.

Graham to captain Taranaki against Auckland

Mitchell Graham will captain a Taranaki XV against Auckland on Sunday.

Chiefs prop Mitchell Graham will captain an inexperienced Taranaki side against Auckland in a preseason rugby match in Te Awamutu on Sunday.

Tysons too strong for defending champs

Naumai centre Kate Baxter, a key figure in the midcourt against New Plymouth Girls' High School in a Taranaki premier one netball match on Thursday night.

It's going to take something special to knock over Tysons in Taranaki premier one netball this season.

Stradivarius should behave well

Cambridge colt Stradivarius, left, gets the better of Miss Wilson to win on debut, at Rotorua last April.

Stradivarius will race in blinkers for the first time in the $50k Ryder Stakes at Otaki on Saturday.

Fight undercard should be a crowd pleaser

Professional cruiserweight James Langton (right) in action against  Monty Filimaea in his title winning bout in Opunake last month.

A strong undercard has been named for next month's international boxing fight night in New Plymouth.

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