Highlanders eye private investment

Highlanders co-captains Ben Smith and Nasi Manu hold the 2015 Super Rugby trophy aloft after beating the Hurricanes in Wellington. The champion franchise is expected to announce a private investor on Friday.

The Highlanders may be on the brink of becoming the last NZ rugby franchise to embrace private ownership.

Muddy fun set up to raise funds

Roncalli College students from left, Grace Piddington, Nicole Fahey, Jaymee Cannell and Sophie Hale are organising Timaru's first big mud run as fundraiser for a social justice trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Competitors in Timaru's first big mud run can expect a real challenge.

Showjumping coming to Waimate as well

Kate Taylor competes on her horse 'Next'. She will be one rider hoping to do well.

Showjumpers from throughout the South Island will be in Waimate this weekend

Ireland loving life at famous course

Hamish Ireland at the Highfield Golf Club. Ireland has been caddying in Scotland and is about to do some summer work at Tara Iti Golf Club in Mangawhai.

Timaru's Hamish Ireland works at one of the most prestigious overseas golf courses in the world and will soon be seen on the silver screens.

Edmondston raring to go

Holly Edmondston

Waimate's Holly Edmondston is relishing the chance to compete in a world event at home.

South Canterbury in the swing

Tennis South Canterbury's southern region  reps (from left) Ryan McNulty, George McAleer, Kate Crawford, Matilda Hayman and Josh Cameron. James Watt also made the team.

Tennis South Canterbury is again well represented in the Southern region's junior teams for the national teams' competition in Auckland.

Pilcher wins national skeet doubles

Brittany Pilcher won the women's New Zealand Skeet Doubles Championship in Christchurch

Timaru's Brittany Pilcher held her nerve to win the women's double skeet title at the New Zealand Skeet Championships in Christchurch.

SC sevens hoping to qualify for nationals

South Canterbury sevens co-captain George Lott

The South Canterbury sevens side is confident of qualifying for the national tournament after an excellent build-up.

Speed skating clubrooms underway

South Canterbury Roller Skating Club's Mark Lowen is happy with the early progress on their new clubrooms on Caroline Bay which should be finished by April.

Stage two of a plan to bring the speed skating world championships to Timaru is underway with the building of new clubrooms.

Players take opportunities with both hands

Craig Hinton, who bowled well for South Canterbury on Sunday.

South Canterbury player-coach Nick Horsley was full of praise for his side following Sunday's warmup match against Christchurch Metro in at Edgar MacIntosh Park in Christchurch.

Number of records broken by athletes

Ben Collerton, left, Jack Henry and Alex Mander, of Christchurch, compete in the 100m of the Combined Events Championship.

A number of records were broken in the South Island Masters Track and Field Championships in Timaru.

Bowlers show their class in low scoring round

Sasindu Nanayakkara plays a shot to the leg side in his innings of 38 against Celtic.

Craig Hinton and Kevin Teahen grab five-wicket hauls in opening round of new competition.

Selection dilemmas for sevens coaches

K P Smith

Peni Latu and Shaun Breen left the Methven Rugby Club full of smiles on Saturday following some promising performances from the South Canterbury Sevens side.

Leonard enjoying being back in NZ

Pleasant Point cricketer Tim Leonard is loving being back on the cricket pitch after an eight year absence.

Tim Leonard has swapped his golf clubs for a cricket bat for now.

Final hit-out for sevens hopefuls

Junior Kolisio, left, recieves a pass from team-mate Nathan Robinson at sevens training last week. Both players will be hoping to make the 12-man squad for next weekend.

Saturday's warm-up matches against Canterbury and Mid Canterbury at the Methven Rugby Club, shape as the final hit-out for players wanting to make their way into the South Canterbury Sevens side.

Hawke Cup hopefuls' chance to impress

Prabodha Arthavidu has been moved up to number three in the batting order to get some time out in the middle.

The South Canterbury Hawke Cup side features a number of changes from their first pre-season hit-out against North Otago last weekend.

Kurow open for Richie in red

Richie McCaw has retired after 15 years as an All Black. His hometown club, Kurow, would welcome him back.

Small North Otago rugby club has quiet hopes ex-All Blacks captain might don their jersey.

Aorangi focused on top 10 finish

Aorangi golfer Dan Perham gets in some practice at the Higfield Golf Course ahead of the Toro interprovincials in Invercargill from November 29-December 5.

Highfield Golf Club member Dan Perham is hoping he can help the Aorangi side secure a top eight finish at the Toro interprovincials.

Juniors looking to get back into cricket

Harry Elliotte, 9, from Highfield school bats in a match against Bluestone school during a South Canterbury primary schools cricket tournament at Ashbury Park.

Junior cricket numbers are on the rise in South Canterbury.

Hogan thrilled to have started at home

Southern United footballer Michael Hogan.

Former Northern Hearts footballer Michael Hogan was handed a starting debut in Southern United's opening match of the ASB Premiership last Sunday.

Body builder tops in Phillipines

Ruth Tae'iloa took out the "Ms Shape" section at the Universe Bodybuilding Championships in the Philippines.

Ruth Tae'iloa has gone from student to bodybuilding champ.

Williams causes centre fours upset

Kia Toa bowler Noel Williams delivered an upset in the first centre championships to be decided.

The underdogs prevailed in the first title event of the men's bowls season, the centre fours.

McNicol looking forward to England

Former South Canterbury bowler Nathan McNicol has made the Canterbury A squad and scored a cricket contract in England.

Former South Canterbury cricket representative Nathan McNicol will head to England next winter.

Dobbs makes it a three peat

Tony Dobbs has recently returned from Christchurch where he won his third successive national Blade Shearing title.

Blade shearer Tony Dobbs has done it again.

Timaru teams do well

Bike polo team Ash Samwidch from left, Ash Ronald, Sam Callander and Ash Manson which placed second at the national championships in Auckland last weekend.

Two Timaru Bike Polo sides competed at the national bike polo championships in Auckland at the weekend and came back with some top results.

Junior tennis players in top form

The South Canterbury junior tennis side which had a successful weekend at a tournament in Dunedin.

South Canterbury's junior tennis stars have performed exceptionally well throughout the last week.

Aorangi Oval temporary base for Point

Cameron Lundie, left, and Mark Medlicott at the Pleasant Point Domain where the new grass pitch will be placed.

Pleasant Point's senior cricket side will have to wait until next season to play a match at their proper home.

Paddon focused on 2016

Hayden Paddon competing in Wales where he placed fifth. Paddon had a successful 2015 and is looking forward to next season.

The New Zealand driver is determined to win a rally next year.

Paddon improves to fifth in Rally Wales GB

Hayden Paddon hangs on in a storm-lashed Wales Rally GB to finish fifth.

Hayden Paddon proves the master of escape to finish fifth in the final round of the World Rally Championships.

Kiwi speed skaters struggle at worlds

Dahna Penty is finding the going tough at her first world championships.

The Kiwis found the going tough on the opening day of the world speed championships in Taiwan.

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