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Franklin notches up 50

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TOM Franklin has racked up 50 Super Rugby games, but still has nerves before a game. The Opotiki-born Highlanders lock reached the milestone in the…

Paroa miss their shot

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MISSED opportunities hurt Paroa on a cold night in Paengaroa. They were beaten 30-5 in their Baywide rugby premier division clash against Rotoiti last night…

Golds galore in Portugal

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NEW Zealand kayakers have stormed to their best-ever World Cup performance, collecting four gold medals after some team-boat success on the final day of the…

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Big adventure set to get dirty

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WATER, spectacular views and mud make up the Opotiki Adventure Race this Sunday. The event will offer three, six and 12-hour options and is a…

Tough race has ups and downs

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NEIL Jones confirms when you go past 50 the hills are harder. The 55-year-old was part of team Purao Active, which finished 14th out of…

Hard road ahead for adventure racer

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ONE of New Zealand’s toughest races began on Saturday and two Eastern Bay adventure racers are in the thick of it. Competing at the sixth…

More in athletics »athletics

Masters wrap up with more medals

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MEDALS were added to the Eastern Bay tally at the weekend as the World Masters Games wrapped up on Sunday. After Eastern Bay athletes earned…

Eastern Bay athletes master the medals

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SOME Eastern Bay athletes are heading into the last days of competition at the World Masters Games in Auckland while other are already home with…

Race two in the books

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THE Whakatane Athletic and Harrier Club held the second race of its cross-country series on Saturday. The recent wet weather meant the surrounds of the…

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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

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…

Having a fair fight crucial to combat event

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FINDING balanced fights is a key skill for kickboxing promoter Carl Cowley. The former international champion has teed-up 17 bouts for the card at the…

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

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…

Club’s time trial champs a tight contest

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REX Humpherson tore around the roads of Rewatu to claim the Whakatane Cycle Club time trial championship on Thursday. The 20-kilometre course started on Te…

More in football »football

Whakatane sink competition leaders

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WHAKATANE made a statement in the Bay of Plenty women’s football competition on Sunday. Their 1-0 away win over league leaders Tauranga closed the gap…

Football teams win big

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EASTERN Bay teams were in good form in football matches across the Bay of Plenty at the weekend. Whakatane swept to a 4-0 win at…

Tour experience huge for players

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NOT long removed from another tour of the United Kingdom, Trident High School’s senior football team are already looking forward to the next one. It…

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 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…

Medals for young gymnasts

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THERE were mixed fortunes for Eastern Bay gymnasts at the New Zealand Gymsport Championships recently. The event included 956 athletes and was held in Invercargill.…

Duo ready for national competition

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TWO Whakatane gymnasts have battled the odds to reach next week’s New Zealand Gymsport Championships in Invercargill. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Biggs will compete in level 6…

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

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…

Junior hockey squads

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TWO Eastern Bay hockey players have been named in junior national squads. Paraone Muru and Tori Robinson have both been named in the men’s and…

More in kayaking »kayaking

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…

Carrington changes it up

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WORLD and Olympic champion Lisa Carrington will skip her favoured K1 200m event on the upcoming ICF World Cup series in Europe. With a record…

Paddlers battle for titles

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AIMEE Fisher has further cemented her place as Lisa Carrington’s heir apparent after a commanding performance at the New Zealand Canoe Racing Championships at Lake…

More in martial-arts »martial-arts

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…

School Star – High hopes for Hayley

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  HAYLEY Mackey has already tasted judo success abroad and has her sights set on higher honours. She spent time in Michigan, United States, last…

More in motorsport »motorsport

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…

Rees thrilled with final outcome

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THE verdict is out – Whakatane’s Tony Rees is New Zealand superbike champion for 2017. This season’s New Zealand Superbike Championships finished under a cloud…

Wilson too fast in class

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HE says he has a need for speed and Whakatane’s Gary Wilson goes fast enough to win. The Onepu driver won the 1800cc class of…

More in multisport »multisport

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…

Clark conquers coast again

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SAM Clark’s exuberant finish-line celebration was the only thing that matched his ferocity in claiming a second consecutive Coast to Coast title on Saturday. Ohope’s…

More in netball »netball

Magic lose to Stars

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THE Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic suffered their fifth loss of the season as they went down to the Northern Stars 55-50 in Manukau on…

Young netball player dishes high fives

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A YOUNG Whakatane netballer was at the heart of the action at Sunday’s ANZ Premiership match between the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and the…

Solid debut for young star

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MERERANGI Paul was nervous coming off the bench, but couldn’t hide her excitement at making her ANZ premiership debut. The 18-year-old Whakatane mid-courter played 18…

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

Slim spread as rugby teams jostle for places

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MAKING the premier two grade is an important goal for Te Teko rugby coach Simon Geddes. Te Teko ground out their fifth win of the…

Crunch time for tight comp

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THE race for the Baywide first division top four is heating up and Te Teko have a massive game in round nine tomorrow. Te Teko…

Loss may be costly for Paroa

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WAIMANA women bounced back from defeat to win in round two of the Baywide women’s rugby competition on Sunday. They came from behind to beat…

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

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…

School star – Driven by sense of achievement

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Jean-Daniel Rosset Year 10 Whakatane High School Swimming/gymnastics JEAN-Daniel Rosset’s hectic schedule is fuelled by a desire for success. Predominantly a gymnast and swimmer, Jean-Daniel…

Early mornings a small price

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Ryan Wilkinson Year 12 Trident High School Swimming THE 5am starts are part of the addiction for top swimmer Ryan Wilkinson. Ryan is less than…

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…