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Sport

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.

Inline hockey comes to Wellingtonian for first time

The annual event drew large crowds and the home side took home the cup.

Titans finish season on a high

THE Titan’s football team rounded off a successful season by winning their grade at the John McCartney invitational tournament this month. The 11th grade Western Suburbs team beat Ellerslie 6-0 in the final. Coach Dean Eagar said the players were thrilled with the win against a highly regarded side. “The team wanted to beat the […]

Roller derby not all about fishnet tights and violence, says player

Roller derby is growing in popularity. A keen skater tells JANELLE CHEESMAN what makes the fast-paced sport so much fun.

New clubhouse dream a step closer to reality for Lyall Bay

Permission timely after storm damage to old surf lifesaving home – but they will have to last until 2015.

Late call-up pits Lyall Bay teen against his childhood idols

Jack Manners New Zealand team for the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan.

Grassroots key to Axemen’s successful comeback

After a long time away from premier rugby, 2013 saw Wellington’s Axemen return to top-tier club rugby. CALLY MARTIN reports

Miss V8 Supercars crowned at contest finals in Wellington

Beauty contests might be controversial but the Miss V8 Supercars finalists were unrepentant.

Sold out boxing event hits fundraising targets for rugby club

More than 500 people watched twenty fighters battle it out in the ring at a boxing fundraiser

Wellingtonians get the run around from wild workout business

An exercise that could have you admiring the view from the top of Mt Vic or watching glow-worms.

Social Rugby Club take a punch for a trip to Argentina

Social rugby club the 69ers are fighting to fund a trip to follow the All Blacks to Argentina.

No dream outcome for rugby team – but nobody minded

The Bergs weren’t quite able to keep their winning streak going, but that didn’t worry anyone.

Special Olympian will be brave in bid for Games gold

Wellington Special Olympics swimmer Richard Bruce embodies the event’s motto.

Invincible Wellington rugby team inspired by loss of teammate

The Bergs – (Victoria) Old Boys University club – have just won their eleventh straight game.

Maori and PI kids need to think outside the rugby square

Being the only Maori football player on almost every team he’s played on is nothing new to Nephi Harrison.

PHOTO ESSAY: Poneke celebrate Old Timers’ day with a victory

Poneke and Wainuiomata fought an epic battle at Kilbirnie Park. AARON MEREDITH was there and caught the action.

Pair earn national spot and give Newlands a bowls milestone

Talented teenagers enthusiastic about ‘indie cred’ and affordability of lawn bowls.

Student world cup still $2000 away for young league player

With work, study and training Bernard Gregorius has no time to set up big fundraising projects.

Stokes Valley Bowls Club prepares for its 50th anniversary jubilee

Past and present Stokes Valley bowlers will be putting the weekend of March 14 in their next-year diaries.

Celebrating the good old days at the Wainui Rugby Club

Wainui’s rugby club is celebrating its Old Timers Day this weekend, remembering past achievements.

Local skier sets sights on win as Porirua Harbour hosts champs

Eighth time lucky charm needed to beat almost 70 riders to NZ jet skiing’s top spot

Fans use social media to support injured cricket star

Jesse Ryder supporters flock to Facebook page to express sympathy after cricketer attacked.

Young netballer has a shot at getting into a top team

Young Charlotte Browning’s talent could get her a spot in Rockz premier 1 team. She talks to NICOLE BAXTER.

Barmy Army joins campaign against Basin Reserve flyover

Flyover opponents grateful for international support from England’s cricket supporters.

Three new artificial turfs in Council plans

The Wellington City Council is building on success of all-weather turfs.

Wet weather fails to dampen Barmy Army spirit at Basin Reserve

IN PICTURES: Black Caps efforts helped by rain in drawn Wellington test match.

National champions mix with college students on croquet lawn

Wellington boasts ‘the best little croquet club in the world’ tucked away in Newtown.

Plunket Shield cricketers battle the wind in suburbia

Wellington Firebirds and Central Stags play their Plunket Shield match at Karori Park.

More Wellington workers take up cross-union soccer

STRIKEFORCE brings together workers from New Zealand on the indoor soccer pitch for fitness fun.

Heritage rifle enthusiasts battle it out for sharpshooter trophy

Heritage firearms enthusiasts can be very competitive. SOPHIE JACKMAN attended a recent shoot.

Bikers face rain and danger to honour old friend

A race held in Otaki showed the enjoyment and friendly competition of cyclists around NZ.

Sport of waka ama sprints ahead in high school

High school waka ama students had a great day at the recent championships in Petone. EMILY LIPSYS reports on a fast-growing sport.

STORIFY: US sports community doesn’t hold back on election views

‘Thanks @BarackObama for letting me run the court with you’, tweets basketballer Scottie Pippen.

Halftime show gives candidates last chance to sway football fans

Obama links sports and politics, while Romney wants rid of drugs cheats.

Obama in trouble if football election rules prove correct

Historic sporting trends show losing teams lead to losing incumbents.

Mitt Romney steals ‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Steal?’

But television show’s slogan may still take sporty voters away from Obama.

Kiwi champions taking arborism to the top

Previous national champs take the prize for top NZ tree climbers.

Rockz up on verge of netball superleague

Journey from social team to top Porirua club takes just a decade.

$1m safety upgrade for Newtown athletics track

Athletes seek new training venues while track is resurfaced.

Footballer’s chance to crack top English ranks

Former coach: Musa has ‘big opportunity’ at Fulham.

Declining numbers hit American Football

Rugby pressure forces idea of seven-a-side games in capital.