Up-and-coming golfers to play in Marton

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Taranaki Golf's up-and-coming players compete in the junior development quadrangular at the Marton Golf Club next week.

Smarts, ticker get Francis Douglas home

Enele Fidow

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If there is one thing we have come to expect from Francis Douglas Memorial College over the last few seasons it's that size doesn't really matter.

Snook: Sharks the big fish as SA sides struggle

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OPINION: Which Super Rugby franchise has found itself one of the bottom two teams in the competition an alarming 11 times?

Taranaki face Giant challenge without captain

Brad Anderson

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The Taranaki Mountain Airs face an uphill battle against the Nelson Giants in New Plymouth.

Tough at top for Sacred Heart Girls' College

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It's been a tough introduction to premier one netball for New Plymouth's Sacred Heart Girls' College.

Drubbing turns up the pressure on Clifton

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Clifton did not have to look too hard during the review of their big loss to New Plymouth Old Boys to figure out where they need to improve.

Smarts, ticker get boys home

FDMC have it where it counts


Francis Douglas Memorial College show that size doesn't really matter in rugby.

Henderson quits as boss of Central Districts

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A wretched season on the field has ended with Central Districts boss Hugh Henderson calling it quits.

Elliott the past, present and future in bowls

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Neville Elliott will become the first person in the history of Taranaki bowls to have held down the three most powerful administration roles.

Rhys Marshall learning to stand tall with Chiefs

Rhys Marshall

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Rhys Marshall has figured a few things out as the 2014 Super Rugby season progresses.

Top two New Plymouth colleges get ready

The top two secondary school sides in Taranaki are about to battle it out as in their traditional fixtures for the season.

Smith on course for three in a row

Mokau's Adrian Smith is on the verge of making New Zealand cross-country motorcycle racing history and, if he can keep a clear head and stay out of trouble, he'll possibly do just that next month.

Bears rip Hawks apart with 14 tries

league ball

The Waitara Bears mauled the Hawera Hawks 70-4 in a Taranaki premier rugby league club match in Hawera on Saturday.

College side makes winning start

Close marking: Francis Douglas Memorial College player Ryan Hawken, left, gets tangled up with Inglewood’s Shaun Bracegirdle during their premier men’s football match at Inglewood’s Karo Park on Saturday.

FDMC open their premier football season with a convincing 4-1 win against Inglewood.

Inglewood out-dour Spotswood

AT A GLANCE NPOB 52 Clifton 20

Old Boys stamp class on competition

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New Plymouth Old Boys made it two from two in premier club rugby on Saturday when thrashing Clifton 52-20.

Hard-man Hoeata signs off on illustrious innings


The last of the old Taranaki rugby crew has left.

Fresh fields for top players

Andre Taylor

Taranaki are on the cusp of losing two of their most influential players ahead of the national provincial championship.

Team Taranaki runs through Red Sox

Team Taranaki got off to a fast start against Palmerston North side Red Sox in New Plymouth yesterday.

Pistons outperform Mountain Airs

Waikato Pistons

Aaron Bailey-Nowell's 200th National Basketball League match wasn't meant to end like this - a hefty 84-62 loss to the Waikato Pistons in Hamilton yesterday.

Aussies underline open water supremacy

New Plymouth's Charlotte Webby had to settle for second overall in the open water swim series behind Australian champion Melissa Gorman.

Taranaki weekend rugby

New Plymouth Old Boys made a statement in just the second week of Taranaki premier rugby, thumping Clifton 55-20 at Vogeltown Park on Saturday.

Taranaki rugby loses hard man.

Jarrad Hoeata

One of Taranaki rugby's hard men is leaving the side to play with the Cardiff Blues in Wales.

Unbeaten sides clash for chance to stay winners

Warwick Lahmert

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Four is likely to become two this afternoon in just the second round of the Taranaki premier club competition.

Team Taranaki up for Manawatu challenge

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Team Taranaki coach Ian McGrath is wary of his side's chances against a new-look Red Sox team from Palmerston North in tomorrow's Federation League football match at New Plymouth's Onuku Taipari Domain.

Mountain Airs will man up in double-header

Adrian Oliver

Things don't get any easier for the Mountain Airs with a doubleheader on the road.

Phillips to oversee Taranaki's under-19 talent

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Jono Phillips will head a three-man coaching panel for the new Taranaki under-19 team.

Drew Farnworth's big chance at academy

Talented teenage New Plymouth Boys' High School football player Drew Farnsworth left yesterday for a two-week trip with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.

Season already heating up for NPBHS first XI

High heat and humidity await a group of New Plymouth Boys' High School students as they embark on a hockey tour of Asia.

Girls' High side have the talent to dominate

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New Plymouth Girls' High School looks the team to beat in the Taranaki premier two netball competition this year.

It's a case of back to the future with Liverpool


I t was pretty tough growing up in Tokoroa.

McLean: Hammett true to form does it his way

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OPINION: Outgoing Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has never stuck to the conventional path. Not that of your stereotypical NZ coach.

Provincial swim records tumble at nationals

Several Taranaki swimmers set personal bests and provincial records on day two of the New Zealand Open championships in Henderson.

Old Boys in first round romp over Naumai

Grace Major

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New Plymouth Old Boys made it clear they were title contenders with an emphatic 53-29 win over Naumai in the opening round of Taranaki premier one netball.

Chiefs doing their best to gain Taranaki favour

Chiefs jersey

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The Chiefs have all but finalised the itinerary for their first "home" game at Yarrow Stadium.

'The Good Life' with young surfer Daniel Farr

Daniel Farr

The Good Life this month features talented young surfer Daniel Farr.

New combinations feature in premier netball

Jamie Te Pau Konui

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It's new faces and new teams for some, but business as usual for defending champions Inglewood.

New Plymouth Boys' High adventure champions

New Plymouth Boys' High School are the official adventure racing champions of New Zealand.

Taranaki's Hobbs, McCallum lead the charge

Top Taranaki sprinter Zoe Hobbs competed a notable double at the North Island secondary schools' athletics championships in Masterton.

Te Ngutu relies on countback to win pennant

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A countback was needed to separate three teams in a nail-biting final round of the Taranaki men's handicap pennant golf competition.

Snook: Loss of Cruden huge setback for Chiefs

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OPINION: Don't be fooled. The Chiefs will miss Aaron Cruden big time over the next six weeks.

Consistent Roberts leads way in Taranaki bowls

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As the number of playing members has decreased during the past 25 years, there has been a common call that Taranaki lacks specialists.

Kiwi Kurtis Rowe to start for the Wests Tigers

Kurtis Rowe

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A graduate from Benji Marshall's finishing school has been chosen to make his NRL debut on Saturday.

Young Guns stockcar team winners

The Wellington Young Guns stockcar team proved to be too strong for the Stratford Stormers in front of a large crowd at Stratford Speedway's last race meeting of the season on Saturday night.

Boys' High turn up the heat late

Taranaki premier football

Four goals in the final 10 minutes gave New Plymouth Boys' High School an unlikely 4-2 win over Moturoa in a Taranaki premier football match in New Plymouth last Saturday.

Marist Dragons overwhelm Coastal Cobras

The Bell Block Marist Dragons scored the big win in Taranaki premier grade rugby league on Saturday, over-powering the Coastal Cobras in the final quarter to win 66-10 at Bell Block's Hickford Park.

Barrett's on fire and pushing Cruden well away


Mark the first weekend of April down as the date Beauden Barrett took over from Aaron Cruden in the pecking order for New Zealand first five-eighths.

Season off to predictable start

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The opening round of the Taranaki premier competition proved something many had thought before the ball was kicked.

Last-gasp effort gets Fitzroy trio home

The tried and true came through in the Taranaki champion-of-champions triples yesterday.

Airs fail to claw back shortfall

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For a first-up hitout, the Taranaki Mountain Airs probably surprised their most ardent fans.
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