Sport

Bright future for childhood friends

Willem Ludick once ran out his friend Dean Foxcroft on 98, then went on to make a century. It remains a source of cheerful banter to this day. They were young boys at the time playing junior cricket together, never imagining that one day they would...... Read More

Futsal Ferns return to the court

The Futsal Ferns do not yet have a World Cup to build towards but that is likely to change in the coming years and steps are currently being taken to ensure they are ready to compete at the highest level when that opportunity arises. To that end, a...... Read More

Saruta determined to bring title back to Japan

Top contender Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta has a mission heading into his title bout against reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio in the main event of ONE: ETERNAL GLORY on Saturday, 19 January in...... Read More

Two-time Olympic kayaker Mike Dawson retires

Mike Dawson pulled the curtain down on an extraordinary 15-year canoe slalom career this month but don’t expect the two-time Olympian to hang up his paddle just yet, as Jamie Troughton writes. If Mike Dawson’s retirement plans are anything...... Read More

Three teenagers named in Black Ferns Sevens squad

Three teenagers have been named to make the step up to the New Zealand Women's Rugby Sevens squad for 2019. Jazmin Hotham and Montessa Tairakena of Waikato and Mahina Paul of Bay of Plenty have finished their schooling and moved to the High Performance...... Read More

Bantamweight World title up for grabs in Bangkok

A brand new world champion will be crowned when ONE Championship makes their first stop in Bangkok for 2019. ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS on Saturday, 16 February will be headlined by a five-round world championship Muay Thai bout, as Thai star Nong-O Gaiyanghadao...... Read More

Strongmen set new BOP records

Not only can three time New Zealand strongman Mathew Ragg be called the Bay of Plenty’s strongest man, but he can also be called a record breaker. Mathew took out the Bay of Plenty Strongest Man competition at the Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show...... Read More

Waka ama champs: ’I just love being out on the water’

More than 3500 paddlers will take to Lake Karāpiro this week for the National Waka Ama Championship in Cambridge. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tournament, attracting the most paddlers the event has seen. The Junior Under 16 Women's...... Read More

Darren Kelly wins D1NZ 2019 season opener

  Auckland’s Darren Kelly has taken out the first round of the 2019 D1NZ Drifting Championship Series in Tauranga despite technical issues with his brake lights during practice and qualifying.   Driving the Nissan R35 GTR, the 2015...... Read More

Sevens competition hotting up

  Just ask Sir Gordon Tietjens how tough it is to win the HSBC World Series these days.   The man who guided New Zealand to 12 titles, and the only sevens coach to be inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame, says the men’s game is the...... Read More