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14 teams chase Westland pool title

Fourteen teams will vie for top honours in the Westland pool competition, which starts on Thursday. Teams are playing for the first round Vanderdrift Trophy, which is held by 2016 winners Club Red. The draw is: Pioneer v Royal Mail; Club Red v Empire Ross; Railway Steelers v Railway Others; Kaniere v Kan 2; HCC v Kokatahi; City Ross v Aces;...

Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him

London Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him in a biopic. The 76-year-old singer has given Robbie, 43, the seal of approval to portray him in a re-telling of his life but admitted he would prefer to do the singing himself, despite Robbie's success with Take That and as a solo artist. He told The Sun on Sunday: "I said...

Kiwi wins Coast sevens

The Wests and Kiwi scrums pack down, with Wests halfback Damon Subritzky, left, waiting for the ball as his opponent Troy Tauwhare eyes up the situation in the final of the West Coast rugby club sevens tournament, played at McLean Park, Blaketown, on Saturday. Kiwi took top honours with a 39-7 win over fellow Hokitika side Wests. In the...

Ko calls for rule change after Thompson’s drama

California Lydia Ko has spoken out against the ruling which denied Lexi Thompson a major title at the ANA Inspiration. Ko finished in a tie for 11th at a controversial first women's major tournament of the year to retain her world No 1 ranking, but the tournament was overshadowed by a contentious ruling which saw Thompson penalised four shots to negate...

Fit Suburbs smash Brunner-Runanga

Viv Logie Suburbs were too fast and too fit for Brunner-Runanga in the top-of-the-table clash in the West Coast premier rugby league competition at the weekend, winning 72-6. However, the country side were missing a number of crucial players including Alan Monk, Adam Richardson, Louis Jackman and Rob Thomson. While it was a thrashing, the opening 20 minutes were relatively even, with Brunner-Runanga...

Black Sticks power past USA

Hastings The Vantage Black Sticks have proven too strong for USA, winning their third round clash 3-2 at the Vantage Hawke's Bay Festival of Hockey last night. Both teams came into the match with a draw and a loss from their first two matches at the tournament. USA were first on the score sheet in the 11th minute when Erin Matson pounced...

Steel pulls away from Mystics

Wellington Southern Steel finally broke the shackles to beat Northern Mystics 74-67 in a free-scoring national premiership netball match in Auckland. Neither side led by more than three points through the first three quarters, with the lead changing hands 10 times. Some key late turnovers turned the match in favour of the visitors, who restricted the Mystics to 14 goals in the final stanza. In...

Carter, Rokococo cleared of doping

Wellington Paris-based former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokococo have been officially cleared of doping by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD). The two New Zealanders and Racing 92 club team-mate Juan Imhoff, an Argentina international, were investigated after last year returning urine samples that contained a corticosteroid used as a painkiller. They were cleared by the medical commission of the French...

McCartney wins Aussie pole vault

Wellington Eliza McCartney failed to scale the same heights as earlier in the summer but did enough to clinch the pole vault honours at the Australian athletics championships. Olympic bronze medal-winning New Zealander McCartney cleared 4.50m to finish 20cm clear of the field at Sydney Olympic Park. However, the 20-year-old failed in all three attempts at 4.70m. It is five weeks since...

High scores in hockey openers

The first round of competition in the West Coast club hockey produced some high scores in both the men's and women's divisions. In the men's competition on Saturday, Hokitika started their match well against Karoro, with some good passing and structure. As the game progressed, Karoro's Jamie Green, Michael Cook and Connor McLean found chinks in the Hokitika defence and...
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