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Volcanix team ready for season

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TWO Eastern Bay players have been named in the Bay of Plenty Volcanix squad for the Farah Palmer Cup. Matata’s Davina Thompson and Opotiki’s Luka…

Surf club double

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THE Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club was recognised at the Zespri Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Awards of Excellence for surf lifesaving last week. Whakatane vice…

Best foot forward

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THE hard yards have paid off for footballer Shae Brady. Seventeen-year-old Shae plays for her Trident High School on Saturdays and Hamilton Wanderers in the…

Runners tackle Pomona slopes

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TWO Eastern Bay runners earned top places in the Pomona King of the Mountain race on Sunday. The event is held annually near Australia’s Sunshine…

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Another great adventure for Kawerau

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IT started with 35 scared teams in 2010 now the Kawerau Six Hour Adventure Race attracts hundreds of competitors. The seventh edition of the race…

Big money for adventure

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AT least $50,000 will be on the line for teams at next year’s Godzone Adventure Race. The seventh instalment of the event will be held…

Adventure challenges, but loved

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MORE than 250 competitors took on the demanding terrain around Ohiwa Harbour for the Opotiki Adventure Race on Saturday. The event included trekking, mountain biking…

More in athletics »athletics

Thrower hammers new milestone

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THE Edgecumbe College Athletics Academy has its first Oceania champion. Caleb Moore won the under-18 hammer throw title at the Oceania Athletic Area Championships in…

Runners battle for titles

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EASTERN Bay runners were among the top competitors at the Bay of Plenty Cross-Country Championships in Rotorua on Tuesday. More than 500 children from 79…

Boost for Eastern Bay athletes

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FOUR athletes have been named as BayTrust Athlete and Coach Scholarship recipients this week. Triathlete Hayden Wilde, motorcycle racer Damon Rees, hockey player Paraone Muru…

More in bowls-sport »bowls-sport

Women play Paradise

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THE annual Ladies’ Paradise Tournament was played at the Ohope Bowling Club this week. The event included 28 teams. Play began on Tuesday and some…

Top of their game

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WHAKATANE bowlers Kathy Dempster-Rivett and Dianne Mackey, pictured, are the best in the Bay. The pair claimed the Bay of Plenty Champion of Champions title…

Indoor bowling club looks to rise out of recess

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A WHAKATANE bowling club is making changes as its sets about its revival. The Scouts Indoor Bowling Club has been in recess after a lack…

More in boxing »boxing

Close call earns Robbie’s first title

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KICKBOXER Robbie Cameron-Henry is getting used to being hit and now has a title. Less than two years into the sport, 16-year-old Robbie claimed the…

Right call made in Parker fight

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WHAKATANE boxing experts were unanimous in supporting the judges’ decision of Joseph Parker’s big fight on Saturday night. Parker went the distance with Mexico’s Andy…

Fight night lands solid hit

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A BALANCED card made for a good night at Whakatane’s annual kickboxing event. The Mortal Combat Fight Night included a heap of Eastern Bay fighters…

More in cricket »cricket

Wizards just short of comeback

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IT is said from defeat comes learning, but cricket can be a cruel teacher. The Whakatane Wizards hosted the Western Bay Intermediate premier final on…

United trip at final hurdle

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WHAKATANE United ended an encouraging season with defeat on Saturday. Going into Saturday’s Western Bay Reserve Grade cricket final, United had only been defeated once…

United make cricket final

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WHAKATANE United will contest the Western Bay reserve grade cricket final after prevailing in a tense semi-final on Saturday. Hosting Tauranga side Sikh Sports, United…

More in croquet »croquet

Brothers battle on world croquet stage

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TWO Whakatane brothers met on the world croquet stage last week. Twenty-year-old George Coulter and 16-year-old Angus Coulter were part of the New Zealand team…

Players ready for battle on the greens

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EASTERN Bay players will take on the world on Melbourne’s croquet greens from tomorrow. Whakatane brothers George and Angus Coulter will play in the under-21…

Croquet tournament a boost for reps

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THE Whakatane Croquet Club held a golf croquet fundraiser on Sunday. The field was full and included players from the Eastern Bay and out-of-town clubs.…

More in cycling »cycling

Prize pool increases for Motu Challenge

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THE prize pool for the Motu Challenge multisport event has increased. More than $10,000 of prize money will be awarded to athletes across four events…

Cyclists prepare for worlds

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FOUR cyclists from the Whakatane Cycle Club raced at the Waikato road champs in Cambridge on Sunday. Brian Fahey came away with a silver medal…

Cyclists in top form for nationals

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TRIDENT High school won the best overall school award at the New Zealand Secondary School Mountainbike Championships on Sunday. The event, held at the sky…

More in football »football

Cup run goes all the way for Kawerau

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KAWERAU bounced back from a league defeat last week to make the final of football’s Bay Sports Centre Cup. Kawerau beat Otumoetai 3-2 in Saturday’s…

Whakatane stun rivals in tight contest

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WHAKATANE produced a stunning upset in the Bay of Plenty football first division on Saturday. A 2-1 win over rivals Kawerau at Tarawera Park ended…

A little ‘thank you’ for coach

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WHAKATANE football coach Carwyn Evans has been recognised for his volunteer efforts. Evans, who coaches two junior Whakatane Town teams and a representative side, was…

More in golf »golf

Brake has eyes on US national title

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Name: Zoe Brake Sport: Golf University: Ohio State University City: Columbus, OH ZOE Brake’s journey took a break at a crucial time in her career,…

Record round captures title

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FORMER Ohope golfer Alanna Campbell equalled a course record to complete a clinical come-from-behind victory at the Carrus Open in Tauranga at the weekend. Campbell,…

Tough second round for Spring

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WHAKATANE golfer Henry Spring missed the cut in the second leg of the Charles tour last week. He carded rounds of 77 an at the…

More in gymnastics »gymnastics

Gymnasts show top form

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EBOP Gymnastics Club’s Dylan Biggs took top honours at the Canterbury Classic Gymnastics Competition in Christchurch last weekend. Competing over two days, Dylan performed well…

Junior gymnasts show their stuff

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MORE than 321 students from 17 schools took part in the Eastern Bay Primary School Gymnastics Competition on Friday. The event was held at the…

Gymnasts end season well

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SIX Eastern Bay gymnasts competed in the final event of the season at the Gisborne Halloween Competition last week. In the step 2 unders division…

More in harriers »harriers

Hitting the road in the rain

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RUNNERS from the Whakatane and Kawerau harrier clubs took on the Burma Road Trophy event on Saturday. The weather eased enough for the race to…

Harriers in forest relay race

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WHAKATANE Harrier Club members took part in the annual Red Stag relay event in Rotorua. Held in the Whakarewarewa Forest, the event drew teams of…

Warm conditions for harriers

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ALTHOUGH Whakatane Harrier Club members avoided last week’s strong winds for Saturday’s event, they instead had some energy-sapping temperatures to contend with, especially in sheltered…

More in hockey »hockey

Warriors leave for battle

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CAR washes, sausage sizzles and hours of practice bear fruit for a group of Whakatane hockey players today. Pictured are some members of the Whakatane…

Morgan dives into his passion

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BEAUMAN Morgan’s stubbornness has been at the core of overcoming adversity. The Tarawera High School teacher will coach the New Zealand masters men’s underwater hockey…

Hockey team sets sight on Australia

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AN Australian hockey tournament is on the cards for a group of Whakatane players next year. Players from Rotorua, Whakatane Intermediate and Whakatane and Trident…

More in kayaking »kayaking

Champ returns to single seat

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LISA Carrington will make a return to her favoured K1 200 at August’s world championships in the Czech Republic, with selectors confirming a powerful four-strong…

Golden run continues for sprinteres

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THE New Zealand canoe sprint team has made an emphatic statement at the second ICF World Cup of the season, heading home with four more…

World cup kicks off season

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NEW Zealand’s top canoe sprinters, including Ohope’s Lisa Carrington, will be focused on the long game as their international season begins with the ICF World…

More in martial-arts »martial-arts

Hayley grabs her chance

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WHAKATANE High School’s Hayley Mackey is one of the world’s top judo fighters. The year-11 student is the fourth-ranked under-18/under-70-kilogram fighter after winning her class…

Fighters bag medal haul

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THE Whakatane Freestyle Club competed in the Japan Karate Association New Zealand National Championships in Auckland last week. Eight club members won 15 medals, including…

Medal added to collection

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HENARE Vercoe has collected another medal. The Whakatane fighter claimed a bronze medal in the under-90 kilogram division at the Full Force Submission-Only Tournament in…

More in motorsport »motorsport

Clubs tear it up for national title tilt

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EASTERN Bay riders were in good form at the eighth annual Battle of the Clubs Motocross Championships in Taupo on Saturday. The Bay of Plenty…

Reece on the fast track

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EDGECUMBE teenager Reece Hendl-Cox has made the step up to the elite level. The 16-year-old race car driver completed the eight-round Formula First series in…

Shapley takes the lead

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WHAKATANE rally driver Jono Shapley and his rookie co-driver Sam Byrne hold a slender points lead in the New Zealand Gull Rally Challenge coming out…

More in multisport »multisport

Wilde on form in Asia

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WHAKATANE triathlete Hayden Wilde earned two top 10 placings in the Asia Cup Series triathlon in Japan. Wilde placed seventh in race one last week…

Motu event a good test for winter training

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THE new Motu duathlon is being hailed as the toughest duathlon in New Zealand and organisers believe it is the perfect test of winter training…

Xterra success for young stars

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EASTERN Bay athletes were in good form across a range of off-road events at the Xterra Rotorua Festival on Saturday. Since its inception 13 years…

More in netball »netball

Eastern Bay rep team steps up

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THE Eastern Bay team placed 10th at the New Zealand under-17 Netball Championships in Pukekohe last week. The four-day outdoor tournament is the largest event…

Rep team rule the court

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THE Eastern Bay team dominated the under-15 North Island Netball Championships in New Plymouth last week. The team capped off a superb season by sweeping…

World cup wrapped up in tense final

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A DECISIVE second half secured the New Zealand under-21 team a fourth Netball World Youth Cup title in Botswana on Sunday. They fended off Australia…

More in rowing »rowing

Jenkins on learning curve

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Name: Lenny Jenkins Sport: Rowing University: Yale University City: New Haven, CT TOP-LEVEL university rowing is not the only eye-opener for Whakatane’s Lenny Jenkins. The…

Rowers make junior team for world champs

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CONTRASTING journeys have earned two Whakatane rowers the black singlet. Whakatane High School’s Finn Jenkins and Trident High School rower Gus Olifiers were named in…

Eastern Bay rowers shine on the big stage

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A BRACE of gold delivered the perfect finish at the National Secondary School Rowing Championships last week. The annual regatta, more commonly known as the…

More in rugby »rugby

Pressure on as play-offs near

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THE semi-finals are set after an intense final week of Baywide rugby on Saturday. Paroa seized the top-qualifying spot in the premier two division after…

Delany is home for the Steamers

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ONE of the favourite sons to wear the blue and yellow has returned to the Bay. First-five Mike Delany will play for the Bay of…

Steamers away for pre-season

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THE Bay of Plenty Steamers will not play in Whakatane this year. The team has played pre-season matches at Rugby Park for the past five…

More in rugby-league »rugby-league

League teams have final hit out

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THE Werohia Rugby League pre-season tournament was held in Kawerau on Saturday. In the premier two grade games, Putauaki Stags beat Te Teko Bulldogs 14-12…

School star – Double code talent

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Josh Lillas, Year 13, Trident High School Rugby and League THE path with the oval ball has been a typical one for Josh Lillas. On…

Good news as season ends

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THE Whakatane Roller Derby League continue their rise as they are granted global status. After being made an apprentice league in January, they were granted…

More in softball »softball

Pitcher perfect

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POROPORO’S Bev Paul delivers a pitch during the opening round of the Liz Marshall Memorial Trophy softball competition at Rex Morpeth Park on Saturday. The…

Swinging for the fences

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POROPORO’S William Martin smashes a pitch during the Liz Marshall Memorial softball finals on Saturday. The final day of the competition was held at Poroporo…

Swinging into softball action

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POROPORO pitcher Bev Paul fires a pitch at a Paroa batsman during the Liz Marshall Memorial competition at Rex Morpeth Park on Saturday. Poroporo had…

More in squash »squash

Squash open strikes right note in first hit out

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THE Eastern Bay Open drew quality squash players for its debut at the weekend. Tournament director Mark Fell was rapt with the tournament which included…

Tournament brings clubs together

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A NEW squash tournament is being organised to bring the Eastern Bay together. The inaugural Eastern Bay Open will be held in March and will…

Players take on national champs

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WHAKATANE squash players represented the Bay of Plenty in two tournaments recently. Kathryn McKay and Annette Hahipene, pictured, competed at the New Zealand Masters Championships…

More in surf »surf

Manning family dominates awards

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THE surname Manning was dominant at Saturday night’s Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club annual awards, taking home three of the top four trophies. Catriona Manning received…

Top placings for young surfer

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OHOPE surfer Jared Gebert gained two podium places at the Backdoor GromBash in Raglan at the weekend. He finished runner-up in the under-20 boys division…

Athletes claim medals

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WHAKATANE Surf Lifesaving Club athletes hit top form at the national championships in Christchurch at the weekend. The National Surf Lifesaving Championships were held at…

More in swimming »swimming

Swim club scoops Bay awards

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SEVERAL Whakatane swimmers, officials and volunteers won awards at the Bay of Plenty Swimming Awards last week. Whakatane’s Tarquin Magner, who swims for the Otumoetai…

Swimmers claim big medal haul

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WHAKATANE Swimming Club brought back a massive haul of 56 medals – 17 gold, 22 silver and 16 bronze – from the XLR8 swim meet…

Top coach guides young swimmers

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WHAKATANE Swimming Club’s new coach is keen on increasing the competitive portion of the junior ranks. Irishman Richard Gheel has been hired by the club…

More in tennis »tennis

Barr sets high standard

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This week is the final profile for the Stars in the States series, but next week sport reporter Adyn Ogle talks to three young athletes…

Sun setting on college career

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Name: Alex Howe Sport: Tennis University: Delta State University City: Cleveland, MS WITH graduation looming, Alex Howe is not sure what is next but she…

Players double up for titles

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THE Whakatane Tennis Club held its annual doubles championships on Sunday. Teams battled across men’s and women’s divisions with some tight battles for the titles.…

More in touch »touch

Touch player steps up

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WHAKATANE touch player Mahina Paul has been called up for top honours. The 15-year-old was named in the women’s Touch Blacks team to compete in…

Winners crowned at touch tourney

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KAWERAU Putauaki School were crowned winners at an Eastern Bay touch tournament last week. The tournament included 24 teams which took part in the annual…

Mess a sore point for organiser

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ONE hundred broken bottles left at Rex Morpeth Park after Saturday’s Whakatane Touch Association open finals has angered one of the organisers. Senior module co-ordinator…

More in volleyball »volleyball

Team effort earns title

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A FIRST-EVER senior girls title was a collaborative effort for the Trident High School girls volleyball team. They claimed the division one title at last…

Pair far from beached in games dream

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A WHAKATANE beach volleyball pairing has its eyes on gold. Rene Kapa and Morgan Seymour have not only set their sights on winning, but want…

Phoenix China-bound

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LAST year volleyball took Phoenix Paniora to the United States. This year the 16-year-old Trident High School student has again won a place in a…

More in waka-ama »waka-ama

Paddling with the best in championships

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TRIDENT High School competed at the New Zealand Secondary School Waka Ama Championships at Rotorua’s Lake Tikitapu last week. Pictured is the Trident crew of…

Paddlers to wind up for nationals

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TRIDENT High School will be one of nearly 100 schools competing at the ActivePost National Secondary School Waka Ama Championships this week. Now in its…

Crews ready for sprint showdown

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THIRTY Eastern Bay paddlers will compete at the 26th ActivePost National Waka Ama Sprint Championships on Lake Karapiro next week. Crews from 61 clubs will…