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Friday, 28 April 2017 01:34 pm

Sport

Big weekend goal for young cyclist

Grace Saywell is on a mission to win back the Poneke Plate for Wellington this weekend’s at the Hataitai Velodrome. ANGELA REID reports on the college student’s dreams.

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An open invitation to the Lion Pit

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WATCH: Team Wellington face title challenge

Everyone at Team Wellington knows they have to keep working hard if they want to finish the regular season in first place.

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Footballers ready for Champions League campaign

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Champions League battle pits old against new

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Local bars feel the pinch after dismal Sevens turnout

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Stars to align on Wellington in future

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Good crowds predicted for Blackcaps and Proteas

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Kiwi fighter goes after AFC lightweight title

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Aussie boxer ready for his toughest challenge

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The Nix take their revenge with solid win

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Major League scouts searching for local talent

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Kiwi kids enjoy Yankee’s training camp

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International fighters set their sights on Parker

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Foreign players adding flavour to capital club rugby competition

The regular imports to Wellington this year include 20 from Japanese rugby competitions.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Karate medalist returns from world championships

Lennex Drummond returns from the karate world championships with a second placing.

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Ben Sigmund enjoying a well-planned life after football

Former Pheonix and international footballer has already knocked back All Whites request to stand by.

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College rugby tournament celebrates lesser lights

A rugby tournament at Wellington College showcased the talents of the school’s lower profile teams.

$30,000 and 2000km later, Miramar’s season is over

After Birkenhead defeat, club tallies cost of high number of away games

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Onslow step up to face Naenae in college Premier 3 rugby final

After beating Hutt Valley high, Onslow will play Naenae for Paul Cameron Cup

Volleyball teaches more than winning or losing

KATENI SAU meets a team from Holy Family School in Porirua experiencing the spirit of Wellington region’s second annual Sportsfest.

Tawa stage comeback to snatch Jubilee Cup in tough conditions

Coach puts victory down to fitness and finding the gaps out wide

Local support for Porirua Olympic hopeful

Te Rauparaha Arena is getting behind Porirua kayaker Marty McDowell.

From Olympic competitor to Olympic ambassador

As the next games draw near, Melissa Ingram talks to Dominic Godfrey about her new life mentoring young Kiwis.

Sigmund’s last football battle has a disappointing end

Fans of the Wellington Phoenix said goodbye to a retiring crowd favourite.

Young women a hit in the stock-car world

One in ten stock car racers are female, and 15-year-old Amy Eckersley is one of them. JAMES BAKER catches up with her about her love for racing.

‘No thinking about anything else when you fight’

Fighting is all about solving problems, says Muay Thai kickboxer Angus Lindsey. JOANNA PIATEK talks to him about his sport and his latest bout.

Piwi Pene mad about men’s netball 31 years after first champs

Piwi Pene has just coordinated the men’s netball nationals and has bigger dreams for them.

WATCH: Body builders strut their stuff in lead up to national champs

Amateur body builders vie for a last chance to qualify for the National Amateur Body Building Championships.

Rippa rugby teaches kids discipline

RIPPA rugby is more than just sport for the Porirua’s Tairangi Typhoons. ALIA OVEREND talks to coach Lucho Arca

Gold medalist Joseph Sullivan has “epic” experience inspiring kids

Olympic gold medalist James Sullivan takes time out of his job as a fire fighter to spend time with kids.

Sports kids get to meet their peers from around Wellington region

The Wellington Regional SportsFest has brought together schools which would not normally meet.

Miramar Central School dominates badminton on day one at SportsFest

Fair play abounds at badminton, and Patrick Elsis from St Benedict’s is fairest.

Windley basketballers join 2200 in Sportsfest

The Wellington Regional Sportsfest provides a break from routine and promotes healthy activities for the Windley School basketballers. MATT TSO reports.

St Pat’s First XV champion after 20 long years

A prayer for the late Jerry Collins, a member of the last winning St Pat’s Town team, was one of the inspirations for victory this week. ARANA KENNY reports.

PHOTO ESSAY: NZ Athlete Ashleigh Sando

An insight into New Zealand athlete Ashleigh Sando’s training. Captured by JADE MAISEY.

PHOTO ESSAY: Rock climbing at Fergs Kayaks

Fergs Kayaks rock climbing wall on Wellington’s Waterfront is an attraction for people of all ages.

Small school’s big visit from Phoenix football players

Three Wellingotn Phoenix players visited Linden School as part of their ‘Phoenix in Schools’ programme.

Handball champs hit capital

The IHF trophy Oceania championship made its Wellington debut this week with the sport rapidly gaining national popularity.

Karori downhill tough, but tamed by national champ Sarah Atkin

Lower Hutt’s Sarah Atkin challenges an all-male line-up in the Wellington Mountain Bike Club Downhill Series.

The relief and elation of freediving 70 breathless metres below Pacific

The water is warming up and Wellington freediving club members are getting back in the ocean.

Aussies break NZ hearts in World Cup indoor cricket in Petone

Hutt Valley Indoor Sports hosts Indoor Cricket World Cup and NZ wants to stop Aussie dominance.

WATCH: Bump or be bumped in latest sporting craze

Have a look at a different way people play the most watched sport in the world right here in Wellington.

Youth Olympian didn’t stop at white lines

A dislike of stopping at the lines in netball led Bridget Kiddle to hockey and to China this year. ASHLEIGH MANNING talks to her about the Youth Olympics and the future.

Phoenix optimistic about reaching A-League finals

Wellington Pheonix manager Ernie Merrick speaks after team training ahead of the inaugural FFA Cup.

VIDEO: Journalism students thrown curve ball for World Cup

LIAM CAVANAGH and HAYLEY GASTMEIER report routine was ditched when Whitireia Journalism students covered World Cup final.

Bertos was close to Thai deal before signing to play in India

Leo Bertos earns marquee status in league rated higher than Aussie

Teams up for ultimate challenge at frisbee world champs

Two Ultimate Frisbee teams from Wellington have made it to the Wolrd Championships in Italy

All Whites veteran rejuvenates defeated Futsal Whites

LEO Bertos makes his international futsal debut, but still wants to be an All White

VIDEO: Journalism students thrown curve ball for World Cup

LIAM CAVANAGH and HAYLEY GASTMEIER report routine was thrown out the window when Whitireia Journalism students covered the Football World Cup final.

Beers, tears and cheers for World Cup final

WATCH: Argentinian and German fans endure an emotional rollercoaster ride, as they watch the FIFA World Cup final in Wellington.

Hear fans react as they watch the World Cup in Wellington

WATCH AND LISTEN: Argentinian and German supporters watch as the World Cup final unfolds

Wellingtonians and visitors get excited for FIFA World Cup final

In homes, bars and businesses across greater Wellington, football fans gathered to watch the FIFA World Cup final. The NEWSWIRE TEAM ventured to different venues across the city to cover the event.

German ambassador celebrates World Cup win

The German community in Wellington cheers as their team scores an historic World Cup win

FIFA World Cup as it happened – LIVE BLOG

Germany wins the 2014 FIFA World Cup – the NewsWire Team follows mainstream and social media coverage.

Tawa rugby on the rise

Tawa rugby has come a long way in 18 months, and according to Tawa RFC’s chairman, Dave Banks, that’s down to some changes in key areas.

New coach spurs renewed interest in Johnsonville club rugby

A change in fortunes for the Johnsonville rugby club is being attributed to the new coach.

Lawrence leads Johnsonville to resurgence in Club Rugby

In 12 months, new Johnsonville rugby coach Mason Lawrence has improved team performances.

Rising star Tuitama aiming for U20 World Rugby Championship

Northern United and Hurricanes Academy player Aukuso Tuitama in NZ Under-20s training group.

Blundell’s class beginning to shine for Firebirds

Injury and illness have not stopped breakthrough first-class season for wicket keeper and batsman.

Lower Hutt footballer slims his way to big break

It took self determination and regular weigh ins, but Lower Hutt striker Hamish Watson has been signed to the Wellington Phoenix for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Footy food and cold beer to get upgrade at Westpac Stadium

Stadium-goers sick of standard footy food will be able to swap hotdogs and chips for steak sandwiches, vegetarian burritos and even Yorkshire puddings. LAUREN MANN reports.

Council backs Culture Kicks 2014 to help rebuild team numbers

MORE than 32 teams are expected at the eight annual multicultural football tournament on Saturday.

PHOTO ESSAY: Surf-lifesavers take over Ohope

EACH year surf lifeguards from around the country compete in their national champs. NEWSWIRE reporter LAUREN MANN was there to capture the action.

Wellington welcomes sevens superstars in streets.

Wellington came alive for the annual sevens Parade which welcomes the international teams to the city.

PHOTO ESSAY: Bowl-A-Rama grabs skate fans

Brazilian Pedro Barras took out last week’s international skateboard competition in Wellington’s Waitang Park. ELLIOT PARKER captured the action in photos.

PHOTO ESSAY: Drag racing on nitro

Flames shoot from the exhaust of a nitro-fuelled dragster at Fram Autolite Dragway, Meremere. CAMERON MASSEY captures the action on camera.

Young cycling champions enjoy the ride to their dreams

Cycling is a way of life for Ione Johnson and Eden Cruise, who have bigger goals.

New-look Wellington sevens rugby team coming into form

The Wellington sevens team got off to a good start finishing third in the Auckland sevens

Bianca van Dyk selected for Netball NZ elite development camp

Irene’s daughter wants to make her own way in netball, but she accepts the connection to her famous mother will always be there. JESSE CLARK talks with the pair about the expectations.

Tawa tennis ace flies high

Rising tennis star Pratt Keerasuntonpong keeps winning titles.

Exciting season for North Wellington badminton

Wellington badminton club earns silver medal at NZ champs.