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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,…

More in adventure-racing »adventure-racing

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…

Pair conquer Coromandel

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TWO former Trident High School students won the Adventure Race Coromandel event on Saturday. Glen Tarboton and Sam Dobbin finished the demanding race in 14…

More in athletics »athletics

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…

Running series takes off

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THE first race of the Whakatane Athletic and Harrier Club cross-country series took place on Saturday. The race was held at Coastlands and included a…

Race takes final steps

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LOW entries have meant the end of one of the Eastern Bay’s newest races. The Podium Ohope Express, originally scheduled for April 22, has been…

More in bowls-sport »bowls-sport

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…

Ladies claim pairs title

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THE Whakatane Bowling Club held its pairs championships for men and women at the weekend. Thirty-six players took part in the tournament and play was…

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

Tough second half costs Rangers

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THE football season continued with close results for Eastern Bay teams at the weekend. In the third week of the Bay of Plenty men’s first…

Football season begins with a bang

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THE Bay of Plenty men’s football competition started in contrasting fashion for Eastern Bay teams. Kawerau racked up an 18-1 win over Papamoa in Tauranga…

Women footballers bow out on penalties

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WHAKATANE’S Chelsea Elliott appeared to have scored a match winner in Sunday’s National Women’s League football semi-final in Wellington. Waikato Bay of Plenty took a…

More in golf »golf

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…

Good start for young golfer

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HENRY Spring returned solid scores at the opening leg of the Charles Tour at the weekend. The Whakatane golfer fired a consistent 16-under-par to share…

Spring hitting well as tour looms

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HENRY Spring is hoping to take good form into an important part of the season. The 18-year-old Whakatane golfer finished in a tie for fourth…

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

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…

Carrington tops the best

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OHOPE’S Lisa Carrington claimed the top award at the 54th annual Halberg Awards in Auckland last night. The three-time Olympic canoe sprint medallist won the…

Carrington wins prestigious award

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TRIPLE Olympic medallist Lisa Carrington has capped off 2016 being awarded the prestigious Lonsdale Cup. The trophy is awarded annually to a New Zealand athlete…

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

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…

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…

More in multisport »multisport

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…

Runners tested on long course

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MORE than 1400 people took on the Tarawera Ultramarathon on Saturday. The event offered three distances which all finished at Kawerau’s Firmin Field and American…

More in netball »netball

Magic take first loss of season

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THE Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic suffered their first loss of the ANZ Premiership on Monday. The Magic were beaten 72-59 by the Southern Steel…

Young shooter shines with solid start

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FORMER Trident High School student Monica Faulkner has made a solid start to the ANZ Premiership netball competition. The 20-year-old Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic…

Sports fire up as winter looms

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AS the mercury battles to fill the thermometer, many senior athletes will stretch the hamstrings for the first time this weekend. The winter codes have…

More in rowing »rowing

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…

High school rowers win early heats

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WHAKATANE rowers made a strong showing on day-one of New Zealand’s largest rowing regatta, the Aon Maadi Cup, which began at Lake Karapiro on Monday.…

Gold in sights for rowers

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CREWS are aiming for gold at next week’s National Secondary School Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro. As well as thousands of rowers the Maadi Cup,…

More in rugby »rugby

Kick seals important win for Paroa in Baywide

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A LATE penalty secured Paroa their fourth win of the season in the Baywide rugby premier division on Saturday. Paroa fullback Kurt Baker kicked a…

Teams jostle for top spots

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AFTER a disrupted Easter weekend, Baywide rugby returns to normal tomorrow. Three Eastern Bay teams in the premier division host tough fixtures in round six.…

Teams prepare for long weekend

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EASTER means a different look to the Baywide rugby draw this weekend. In the premier division, second-placed Paroa will play Te Puke in Te Puke…

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

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…

Surf titles up for grabs

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WHAKATANE Surf Lifesaving Club members will be gunning for titles at the national championships in Christchurch this weekend. The Whakatane club is sending a team…

Athletes step up for nationals

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WHAKATANE Surf Lifesaving Club’s young members shone on the national stage at the weekend. The three-day Under-14 New Zealand 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

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.…

Young tennis players benefit

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MANY hands make light work at the Whakatane Tennis Club. The junior scene is thriving at the club, but less than a year ago it…

Te Teko star meets the pros

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TE TEKO’S Kalani Savage rubbed shoulders with some inspiring sports people this week, including Serena Williams. The tennis star was selected as one of five…

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…