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Junior gymnasts show their stuff


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…

Waaka reflects on solid series


FROM hail to head knocks, Stacey Waaka’s comeback from injury had everything. The 21-year-old played three tests for the Black Ferns in the International Women’s…

World champs soar into town


WEIGHING just 220 grams, Eastern Bay competitors are launching a different kind of discus this weekend. The F3K discus launch glider New Zealand team will…

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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…

Adventure challenges, but loved


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

Boost for Eastern Bay athletes


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…

Masters wrap up with more medals


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


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…

More in bowls-sport »bowls-sport

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…

Top of their game


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


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


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

Wizards just short of comeback


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


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


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


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

Kawerau open up gap


OVERCOMING a niggly first half earned Kawerau the lead in the Bay of Plenty football first division on Saturday. Hosting Otumoetai at Tarawera Park, both…

Goals cement table placings


A BIG second half earned Whakatane maximum points in week nine of the Bay of Plenty football first division on Saturday. After a goal-less first…

Rangers’ hopes dashed despite free-flowing match


PLAINS Rangers travelled to play Rotorua United in the Bay of Plenty football division one match on Saturday. The conditions were fine and Rangers’ hopes…

More in golf »golf

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,…

Record round captures title


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


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


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

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…

Golden run continues for sprinteres


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


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


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

Reece on the fast track


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


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


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

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…

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…

More in netball »netball

Magic hopes hang by a thread


A LATE surge couldn’t prevent defeat as the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic lost 59-58 to the Northern Mysitcs in the ANZ Premiership on Monday.…

Waaka named in Black Ferns


RUATOKI’S Stacey Waaka has been named in the Black Ferns side to take on Canada at Westpac Stadium tonight in their first test of the…

Dream netball delivery for Thornton School


YOUNG players from Thornton School are stepping on to the court with new training gear, thanks to an ANZ Dream Delivery last week. Since an…

More in rowing »rowing

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…

Eastern Bay rowers shine on the big stage


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

Paroa triumph in razzle dazzle derby


PAROA leveraged off an explosive first half to deny Whakatane Marist in week two of the Baywide rugby premier two competition on Saturday. On a…

Rippa teams go forward


THE top 12 teams from across the Bay of Plenty competed in the Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup on Friday at Rotorua’s Boord Park. The…

Ripping time ahead for juniors


EASTERN Bay schools will compete in the Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup in Rotorua today. Over the past three weeks the qualifying tournaments were held…

More in rugby-league »rugby-league

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

More in surf »surf

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…

Top placings for young surfer


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


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

Swimmers claim big medal haul


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


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…

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…