Covid knocks out title fight

Whangaparaoa boxer Nik Charalampous will have to wait for his shot at the cruiserweight NZ title, but he gets to compete instead for the North Island title next month, in an event to be held in Whangaparaoa. Nik, 27, was to have competed for the national...... Read More

Arkles Bay netballer back in black

After a ruptured Achilles tendon at the start of the year ended her netball season, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson did not expect to be back in the Silver Ferns GD bib anytime soon. She says being named in the 16-member squad last month came as a surprise....... Read More

Lifesaving excellence at local clubs

Red Beach and Orewa Surf Lifesaving Clubs will have more silverware for their trophy cabinets, following a raft of wins at last week’s online Northern Regional Awards of Excellence. The awards were originally to be held last month, but the...... Read More

A century for Ross Wright

Ross Wright has played for Wellsford, Northland, the Blues and was a Maori All Black. Wellsford’s Ross Wright is set to play his hundredth game for Northland during the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup season. Covid Alert Level restrictions permitting, Wright’s...... Read More

Northland Rugby secures U19 “consolation” season

Patrick Abellera, right, is one of the Wellsford players selected to represent Northland. School-leaver aged rising rugby stars were left disappointed with the decision by NZ Rugby to cancel all representative level competitions, but Northland Rugby...... Read More

Winter sports’ woes continue

Hibiscus Coast Raiders were “hugely disappointed” to find, after returning to restricted training under Level 2.5 for a short time, that the rest of their season was cancelled. Auckland Rugby League announced on September 6 that a return...... Read More

Lifeguard honoured for long service

Deborah Collings has been with the club for 20 years. Omaha lifeguard Deborah Collings received a service award from Surf Life Saving New Zealand last week, paying tribute to her long-standing commitment to the Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club. The...... Read More

Mangawhai night rescue

A group of people was stranded on the rocks at Mangawhai Heads. A night-time rescue that saw five Mangawhai lifeguards plunging into icy waters and battling two-metre swells has prompted a warning about checking conditions before venturing out. ...... Read More

Winter sports challenged by lockdown

Junior netball is likely to be one of the winter sports hardest hit by lockdowns. The first lockdown restricted play to a 10-week season and this had only just started on July 22 at the Hibiscus Coast Netball Centre (HM August 5). Three weeks later...... Read More

Mahu Rugby seeks fresh talent

Shannon Kloppers and Brad Leggoe received their 40-game blazers after last month’s match against Kumeu. Mahurangi Rugby Club is taking applications for coaching and management positions across all grades for the 2021 season. Director of rugby...... Read More