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Titles up for grabs on surf and sand


WHAKATANE athletes will be among the 300 athletes on Omanu Beach for the Bay of Plenty Senior Surf Lifesaving Championships this weekend. The Whakatane Surf…

Walker rises again


NEVER give up. That is the ethos for cyclist Sarah Walker. Broken bones, concussions, surgery and disappointment have been overcome with the same determination that…

Lifter chasing the dream


WEIGHT lifter Jordaan Tuitama is chasing a national title. He competed in his second novice competition, the Waikato Bench Fest Compeition on February 11, and…

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Pair conquer Coromandel


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…

Triathletes hit the lake


EASTERN Bay triathletes competed in a variety of races at the Blue Lake Multisport Festival last week. Five events were held over two days at…

Cold adds to already tough race


SNOW featured in the brutal Red Bull Defiance adventure race in Wanaka at the weekend. Whakatane’s Daniel Jones, paired with Australian Alex Hunt, finished second…

More in athletics »athletics

Athletes start year in form


EDGECUMBE College Athletics Academy athletes competed in the Tauranga Twilight athletics meet on New Year’s Day. Athletes were just hours removed from a Guiness World…

Hammer throwers await ruling


THE Edgecumbe College Athletics Academy has lodged its claim to have held the world’s first hammer throw competition for 2017 and now awaits a ruling…

Jones crowned king again


Whakatane athlete Daniel Jones won the annual Mount Maunganui King of the Mountain Race on Boxing Day for what the Beacon understands is the fourth time.…

More in bowls-sport »bowls-sport

Ladies claim pairs title


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…

Camps closely matched in bowls competition


ONE-HUNDRED bowlers of varying ability converged on the Ohope Bowling Club on Friday last week for the annual Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park versus…

Youngsters get taste of bowls


OHOPE Beach School children took to the greens on Friday. It was the second of three sessions where the young players took part in the…

More in boxing »boxing

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…

Having a fair fight crucial to combat event


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

United march towards play-offs


WHAKATANE United are on track to make the Western Bay reserve grade cricket play-offs. They claimed their fourth win in as many weeks on Saturday,…

United remain unbeaten after rout


WHAKATANE United’s winning start to 2017 continues after a third consecutive win in the Western Bay reserve grade on Saturday. Whakatane hosted Cadets at Rex…

Aldridge seeks win in challenge


WHILE Whakatane cricketers have the weekend off one coach has a big fixture on the cards. Bay of Plenty men’s coach, Whakatane’s Graeme Aldridge, is…

More in croquet »croquet

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.…

Croquet club fundraiser


THE Whakatane Croquet Club will hold a golf croquet fundraising tournament on Sunday to raise money for three members selected to play for New Zealand…

More in cycling »cycling

Trophy decided on the roads


THE Whakatane Cycle Club held the Kevin Crook Memorial race last week. Only women could compete for the trophy in the 18 kilometre race, held…

Scratch riders show strength on Braemar


SATURDAY’S 45-kilometre cycle race started from the Awakaponga Hall and took the back road to Matata, then turned and went back to the start on Braemar…

Bosworth wins cycle race


TWENTY-ONE cyclists faced the starter in Saturday’s 39-kilometre race from Paroa School to the south end of Fosters Road and return. With the first rider…

More in football »football

Women footballers bow out on penalties


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…

Waikato-Bay leave it late


WITH two minutes left, Waikato Bay of Plenty’s National Women’s League football season appeared over. They trailed defending champions Northern 2-1 in the 89th minute…

Crunch time for Waikato Bay footballers


THE Waikato Bay of Plenty football team face a massive game in the final round of the National Women’s League this Sunday. They were hammered…

More in golf »golf

Ohope shines for top tourney


THE tricky putting surfaces are usually enough at the Ohope Golf Club, but moody Mother Nature ramped up the challenge at last week’s New Zealand…

Golfers take aim at senior title


A BLEND of sporting comradery and intense competition will feature in one of Ohope Golf Club’s most significant events this week. The New Zealand Men’s…

Good field of for women’s day


SWANNIES Day at the Whakatane Golf Club continues to be popular. More than 40 women played in the weekly tournament on Wednesday and Beacon photographer…

More in gymnastics »gymnastics

Gymnasts end season well


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


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


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


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

Morgan dives into his passion


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…

School Star – High hopes for Hayley


  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 lands number 10 in Paeroa


IT was the same old story with Whakatane’s Tony Rees at the weekend – he’s thoroughly predictable, meticulous and safe – but you could never…

Orr-West consistent in series


EDGECUMBE driver Christina Orr-West had a solid weekend in the third round of the SsangYong Racing Series at Hampton Downs during the weekend. Orr-West earned…

Fast action on country road


A RALLYSPRINT on McIvor Road, Manawahe drew residents to their gates last week. The wild weather that hit the Eastern Bay on January 22 only…

More in multisport »multisport

Clark conquers coast again


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


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…

Clark comeback claims second title


Whakatane’s Sam Clark has defended his Coast to Coast title after staging a remarkable comeback today. After starting the 243-kilometre race across the South Island…

More in netball »netball

Patron’s passion strong as ever


FAMILY is a big part of Becky Tukukino’s 47-year commitment to Whakatane netball. Tukukino is the patron of Netball Whakatane Centre, just like her parents,…

Araroa’s rise continues


WHAKATANE’S Mary-Jane Araroa has been named the head coach of the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ netball team for 2017. The appointment continues Araroa’s rise through…

Fast game ahead for Araroa


A NEW challenge awaits one of Whakatane’s top netball coaches. Mary-Jane Araroa will be the assistant coach for the New Zealand team to play in…

More in rowing »rowing

Rowers double up at Karapiro


WHAKATANE rowers were busy last week as they competed in the North Island Champs and Cambridge Cup regattas at Lake Karapiro. At the North Island…

Wild weather cuts regatta short


WHAKATANE rowers showed good form at the Blue Lake Regatta before Sunday’s wild weather blew away any chance of results. The Lake Karapiro event staged…

Lovett pulls pin on paddling


WHAKATANE Olympic kayaker Jaimee Lovett is hanging up her paddle, retiring from the sport after 10 years of toil and two years of world-class performances.…

More in rugby »rugby

Age-group comp on the cards


A POTENTIAL Bay of Plenty under-20 rugby competition is gaining momentum. Eastern Bay rugby manager Mark Seymour said he was keen to get an Eastern…

Pre-season injuries for Chiefs


WINNING the Brisbane Global Tens came at a heavy price for the Chiefs. Although it was a fitting tribute to former Chief Sione Lauaki, who…

Black Ferns prepare


TWO Eastern Bay players have been named in the Black Ferns training squad. Ruatoki midfielder Stacey Waaka and Opotiki forward Luka Connor were both named…

More in rugby-league »rugby-league

School star – Double code talent


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


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…

On the ball for under-11s


OHANE Poihipi charges at the defence at the New Zealand Maori Rugby League tournament in Ngruawahia at the weekend. The 52-team, two-day tournament was played…

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

Tournament brings clubs together


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


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…

Aces have titles in their sights


FOUR Whakatane Squash players are hunting down national titles. Brothers Te Aorangi and Manaia Murphy-Fell will compete at the New Zealand Junior Age Group championships…

More in surf »surf

Juniors tackle tough conditions


THE Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club sent 37 athletes to the eastern region competition at Waihi at the weekend. The under-8 to under-10 athletes competed for…

Teams battle in the surf


EASTERN Bay athletes were among more than 800 athletes at the surf lifesaving Eastern Region Championships in Tauranga at the weekend. Olympic canoe sprint champion,…

Juniors in form at surf carnival


WHAKATANE Surf Lifesaving Club members performed well at the Papamoa Junior Surf Carnival on Saturday. Athletes from Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Omanu, Whangamata and Waihi competed alongside…

More in swimming »swimming

Top coach guides young swimmers


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


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


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

Young tennis players benefit


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


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…

Shield remains in the west


THE Whakatane Tennis Club hosted the Gould-Morgan Shield Challenge on Sunday. The Eastern Bay team also included players from Rotorua and Taupo as they lost…

More in touch »touch

Team unity pays off for young touch stars


EASTERN Bay touch players played key roles in Bay of Plenty success at the junior Northern Inter-Provincial Series at Rotorua at the weekend. Bay of…

Big crowds watch top tournament


SUNSHINE and one of its biggest crowds made the annual Whakatane Touch Association tournament a hit on Saturday. Tournament organiser George Rogers said the event…

Big tournament ready to shine


THE 31st annual Whakatane Touch Association tournament is back for more tomorrow. Entries closed in November as the 72-team capacity was reached and the tournament…

More in volleyball »volleyball

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…

Action a plenty at Open


IT was business as usual as the National Beach Volleyball Tour stopped in Ohope. The Ohope Open was staged at Maraetotara Reserve and was the…

Back to the beach for Open


AFTER ending a six-month hiatus last year, beach volleyball returns to Ohope tomorrow. The Ohope Open, part of the New Zealand Beach Volleyball tour held…

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…