Taranaki shies away from Masters Games

19:36, Jan 21 2013

Taranaki entries remain well down for the New Zealand Masters Games in Whanganui from February 1.

When the Games were last held in Whanganui, Taranaki boasted 424 entrants, three ahead of their 421 total in 2009. But so far, just 292 athletes have entered.

Overall, 4427 have entered for the Games, with the 2011 figure of 6000 still within reach.

Taranaki entries for bowls are particularly low - four. With the region having recently held the nationals, followed by the Taranaki Open, both money and holiday time may be in short supply.

The stronger Taranaki efforts are in football (36 - although just one men's team and one women's), basketball (18, one team for each) hockey (16 - Waverley Mixed Sticks included), netball (37 - Arahi Vintage, captained by Linda Campbell; PGG Wrightson, captained by Karen Stratton; Classics, Paula Neal; and Millwards, captained by Letitia Leath), and volleyball (22 - Lee's Legend, captained by Leeane Albert; Stratford Scrappers, captained by Bruce Cleland; Concrete Toes, captained by Neville Wells; and Swahoak, captained by Denis Frederickson).

Touch also boasts three players from the Taranaki Subzero team and softball has 13 from the Port Taranaki Allstars under the control of John Taipari.

Tennis has 16 entrants, swimming 10, and golf 18.

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