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Making waves


OHOPE surfer Jared Gebert will have another chance to advance to the next round after finishing third in his first heat at the 2017 VISSLA…

Optometrist squashes the opposition


WHAKATANE optometrist Michael White took his second win at New Zealand Masters National Championships for men 55+ at New Plymouth last week. White, who has…

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Big adventure draws entries


THE deep dark woods sound like something out of a fairytale, but competitors in Sunday’s Waimana Wonder had to face it. In the woods, teams…

Another great adventure for Kawerau


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


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…

More in athletics »athletics

Australian invasion expected


EARLY indications are that Kiwi runners will have a tough task ahead of them at this year’s Kawerau King of the Mountain race. A strong…

Club calls for more helping hands


A STAPLE of Whakatane sport is facing challenging times. The Whakatane Athletic and Harrier Club’s weekly children’s athletics meets have spanned generations, drawing barefoot youngsters…

Motu crown defended


THE Motu Special mountainbike race was won by Gisborne rider Callum Gordon on Sunday. Gordon rode away to win the 50-kilometre weka special in two…

More in bowls-sport »bowls-sport

Singles crown on the line


WHAKATANE’S Gary Hunt will take on the best indoor bowlers in the country this weekend. Hunt won the Whakatane and Bay of Plenty singles titles…

Bowled over


THREE Whakatane indoor bowlers claimed a Bay of Plenty title last week. Pictured is the Whakatane triples team of Luke Goodall, Josh Walker and Tony…

Women play Paradise


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…

More in boxing »boxing

Close call earns Robbie’s first title


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


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


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

Twilight cricket


THE arrival of daylight saving heralds a multitude of social cricket players dusting cobwebs off bats, balls and pads as twilight cricket takes centre stage.…

Dual role for Jones


A SELF-CONFESSED fanatic of both sports, Whakatane’s Brent Jones is stepping into a unique role in rugby league and cricket. Jones has been the Upper…

New Bay coach named


CHARLES Williams will be the Bay of Plenty senior men cricket coach for the upcoming season. The Bay has a big season ahead as they…

More in croquet »croquet

Brothers battle on world croquet stage


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


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


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


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


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


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

Bay champions


KAWERAU were confirmed as Bay of Plenty football division one champions on Saturday. Second-placed Katikati beat Plains Rangers 4-1 in the final catch up game…

Kawerau made to wait for title


KAWERAU can only wait to see if they have done enough to claim the Bay of Plenty division one football title. They beat neighbours Plains…

School teams battle at tournaments


TRIDENT and Whakatane High school sports teams competed in various codes around the country last week Trident’s boys football team placed 10th at the Rex…

More in golf »golf

Perfect course for big tournament


THE 61st Bay of Plenty Open returns to the Whakatane Golf Club this week. Pictured is club president Bob Thompson sitting on the temporary gallery…

Ohope hosts season opener


THE representative season begins at the Ohope Golf Club this weekend. Bay of Plenty take on North Harbour with seniors, under-19 and under-16 players making…

Brake has eyes on US national title


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,…

More in gymnastics »gymnastics

Students take to the floor


NINE Eastern Bay gymnasts competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Gymnastics Championships in Auckland at the weekend. Trident High School’s Amy Pilkington placed second…

Gymnast makes top 10


WHAKATANE gymnast Dylan Biggs placed sixth on the first day of the two-day Auckland Manukau Gymnastics Championships, held in Auckland over the weekend. Biggs placed…

Gymnasts show top form


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…

More in harriers »harriers

Hitting the road in the rain


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


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


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

Hockey scholarship fuels nursing dream


NGAHUIA Muru’s dream to become a nurse will become a reality next year thanks to a new Wintec scholarship. The Ohope teenager will study a…

Junior teams celebrate success


THE Whakatane Hockey year 5 and 6 division had its biggest year yet and players, parents and coaches celebrated at Stadium Horizon last week. The…

Fluid team work earns world underwater title


A DOMINANT New Zealand team won a world underwater hockey title last week and an Eastern Bay contingent was at the heart of the triumph.…

More in kayaking »kayaking

Carrington unstoppable


LISA Carrington enriched her Canoe Sprint World Championship legacy at the weekend. It was New Zealand’s most successful world championship campaign and Ohope’s Carrington led…

All on for our champion paddler


  LISA Carrington will take a large step into the unknown this week as she heads into her busiest canoe sprint world championships ever. The…

Champ returns to single seat


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…

More in martial-arts »martial-arts

Hayley grabs her chance


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


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


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

Long recovery begins


FOR the second time in his 22 years, Damon Rees’ ability to walk again is in question. The Whakatane superbike rider had a 100kmh crash…

New competition for riders


AN entry level motorcycle racing competition will give new riders a chance to take up the sport. Racing on tracks such as Manfeild, Hampton Downs,…

Battle for school pride on the track


  NEARLY 200 riders carved up the track at the Inter Schools Motocross Championships at Awakaponga on Friday. The event included a range of classes…

More in multisport »multisport

Wilde on form in Asia


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


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


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

League festival returns


THE Kiwi Junior Rugby League Festival returns to Whakatane this weekend following a successful debut last year. The event hosts teams from all over New…

Another nod for Araroa


WHAKATANE’S Mary Jane Araroa will coach the Waikato Bay of Plenty Beko Netball League team next year. The league is a second-tier competition underneath the…

Fast ferns call-up for Falkner


WHAKATANE’S Monica Falkner has been named in the Fast5 Ferns squad. The fast-paced shortened format of netball has been a successful format for the New…

More in rowing »rowing

Rowers take on the world


EASTERN Bay athletes took on the best on the planet at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Lithuania recently. The best result for the Eastern…

Jenkins on learning curve


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


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…

More in rugby »rugby

Fatty Nuku back at Poroporo


THE Fatty Nuku trophy will remain in Poroporo’s cabinet until next season, after the rugby club laid a successful assault on Ruatoki over the weekend.…

Volcanix remain unbeaten


THE Bay of Plenty Volcanix are at the top of the women’s national provincial rugby competition after beating North Harbour 34-12 in Rotorua on Saturday.…

Trophy moves again


RUATOKI wrested the Fatty Nuku trophy from Murupara after an explosive second half on Saturday. RUATOKI wrested the Fatty Nuku trophy from Murupara after an…

More in rugby-league »rugby-league

Festival on the rise


ORGANISERS of the second Kiwi Junior League Festival are happy with improvements from year one – but they are not done yet. The 36-team event…

League tournament around corner


THE second Kiwi Junior Rugby League Festival is just two weeks away. The 2017 tournament will include 33 teams who will be hosted at marae…

League teams have final hit out


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…

More in softball »softball

Pitcher perfect


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


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


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

Taneatua squash opposition to claim title


A BUNCH of “retired wannabes” wrote their own underdog story at the weekend. The Taneatua Squash Club won the C-grade women’s Bay of Plenty Superchamps…

Teams take to the court in eliminations


SQUASH elimination tournaments will be held around the Bay of Plenty this weekend. Players will represent clubs at the teams tournaments with winners progressing to…

Squash open strikes right note in first hit out


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…

More in surf »surf

Lifesavers hit the pool


THE surf sport season begins for the Eastern Region this weekend with the more than 200 athletes contesting the annual pool championships in Hamilton. The…

Surf club double


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…

Manning family dominates awards


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…

More in swimming »swimming

Swimmers wrap up series


WHAKATANE Swimming Club competitors earned top placings at the final event of the three-round TYR Junior League swimming competition in Mount Maunganui recently. In the…

Swimmers hit form at Bay champs


WHAKATANE Swimming Club’s Marley Orr dominated the breaststroke at the Bay of Plenty Short Course Championships in Tauranga last weekend. Competing in the boys aged…

Relay team streaks ahead


A WHAKATANE Swimming Club relay team cleaned up in the first two rounds of the TYR Junior League competition, while several of the club’s swimmers…

More in tennis »tennis

Barr sets high standard


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…