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Underdogs prove troublesome

June 22, 2017 9:28AM

WAINUI Sharks and Shipwreck Bohemians gave higher-placed opposition the jitters in Eastern League Division 1 football at the weekend. Sharks went 1-0 up 10 minutes …

Voyage of discovery

June 14, 2017 9:44AM

GISBORNE waka ama paddler Vesna Radonich will compete for New Zealand at the IVF Va’a World Distance Championships in Tahiti this month. These will be …

Winning goal worth the wait

June 6, 2017 9:53AM

GISBORNE Thistle striker Corey Adams tore through the Red Sox Manawatu defence to score after seven minutes, and a rout looked on the cards. But …

Hastings break Childers Road Reserve drought

June 6, 2017 9:49AM

FITTER, faster and playing in a stronger competition — that about summed up the difference between Hastings Western Rangers and Gisborne Thistle yesterday. That and …

Natural order restored ... or is it?

June 1, 2017 12:03PM

GISBORNE football’s natural order appeared to be restored on Saturday. Heavy Equipment United got back to winning ways, beating Carpet Court Thistle Reserves 3-1 and …

Grant puts life-saver at reserve

May 30, 2017 11:07AM

AN AUTOMATED external defibrillator (AED) will be available in the Harry Barker Reserve pavilion, thanks to the Rotary Club of Gisborne. An AED is a …

Somerton hat-trick sets up victory

May 25, 2017 9:35AM

A 20-minute hat-trick from Nic Somerton set up Thistle Massive’s 7-2 victory over United in Eastern League Division 1 football at Childers Road Reserve on …

Playing against adults the big difference

May 24, 2017 9:53AM

GERMAN exchange student Caleb Trabitzsch had his last training session with his Gisborne Boys’ High School football teammates last night. As a farewell gesture, coach …

Venema’s goals sink Massey

May 22, 2017 11:26AM

GISBORNE Thistle skipper Kieran Venema led by example on Saturday. His two goals gave the Jags a 2-1 victory over Massey in Central Federation League …

Two in two minutes for Goodlett

May 17, 2017 12:01PM

GISBORNE teams had a win and a loss in Central Federation Cup football in Napier at the weekend. Thistle beat Wanganui Athletic Reserves 4-2, while …

Presence felt in stand and behind scenes

May 12, 2017 8:26AM

THE little woman with the big rattle — Dorothy McCullough — will be remembered by friends at a gathering at the Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club …

Sharks surprise packet of Division 1

May 11, 2017 2:59PM

WAINUI Sharks are proving to be the surprise packet of Eastern League Division 1 football. Don’t put money on them for a league title this …

Change on the sideline for Massive

May 4, 2017 2:08PM

THISTLE Massive will take on Gisborne Boys’ High School on Saturday without John Stirton on the sideline. Stirton has coached the team since they came …

Thistle struggle to find net

May 1, 2017 10:59AM

WHO would have thought a Central Federation League game of football between Gisborne Thistle and Wanganui Athletic would be treated as a derby? Answer: Wanganui …

United coach and skipper do the scoring honours

April 28, 2017 11:20AM

PLAYER-coach Stu Cranswick and skipper Craig Christophers got the goals that took Heavy Equipment United to the top of Eastern League Division 1 football at …

Paddlers set to go the distance

April 22, 2017 10:10AM

NEW Zealand’s best under-19 endurance paddlers have been training in Gisborne this week, preparing for the first long-distance world waka ama championships. They will be …

Somerton hat-trick not quite enough

April 20, 2017 9:28AM

A Nic Somerton hat-trick was not enough to stop Heavy Equipment United beating Thistle Massive 4-3 in Eastern League Division 1 football on Saturday. Somerton’s …

Paddlers to be part of 28,000-strong event

April 19, 2017 10:46AM

GISBORNE will be well represented at the World Masters Games in Auckland this month, not least by the local waka ama community. Five teams of …

A comeback for the ages

April 15, 2017 10:29AM

JOE Hogan says he is amazed to be here. “Here” for Hogan this weekend is likely to be somewhere between Gisborne and Palm Springs, where …

Burton Cup shelved because of lack of interest

April 13, 2017 12:52PM

GISBORNE-East Coast bowling’s premier event for over 100 years, the Burton Cup, has been shelved for lack of interest. The trophy, donated by Mr E.W.Burton …

Ure goals spark fightback

April 13, 2017 12:46PM

THREE goals conceded in 30 minutes should have scuppered Thistle Massive’s hopes in Eastern League Division 1 football at Childers Road Reserve last weekend. But …

Fight-night ‘cause’ is world champs

April 12, 2017 2:23PM

JUNIOR members of Rangataua o Aotearoa will get into the ring to raise money to reach the muaythai youth world championships in Thailand in August. …

Massive start the way they finished

April 7, 2017 11:44AM

THISTLE Massive started the 2017 football season the way they finished in 2016 — at the top of the table. After one game of the …

Pool work keeps Alison on course

January 14, 2017 10:31AM

ALISON McKay held a few Hawke’s Bay swimming records in her youth. Freestyle was her stroke, and she cleaned up in her age-group. She’s still …

The Catch not the one that got away

January 9, 2017 11:14AM

THE Catch is the little film that could. Director Simon Mark-Brown and lead actor Nicol Munro were in Gisborne for a charity screening that drew …

The Lord of the Rinks

December 14, 2016 11:10AM

THE ascent of Shannon McIlroy to the summit of world bowls on Sunday was celebrated by an army of relatives, friends and fellow bowlers in …

Little nuggets can lift our spirits

December 11, 2016 9:01AM

SOMETHING about him caught my eye. Tall, lean, craggy, he wore a short-brimmed floppy hat that shaded the eyebrows that shaded his eyes. Sixties, maybe …

Local schools feature in bays battle

November 26, 2016 11:30AM

GISBORNE athletes shone in the annual Battle of the Bays beach challenge and triathlon organised by the two local intermediate schools. For the first time …

A gold medal and mixed emotions

November 12, 2016 11:56AM

Ron Robertson came home from Perth, Australia, this week with a gold medal and mixed emotions. On the first day of the World Masters Athletics …

‘Serving humanity’

November 12, 2016 11:30AM

A CENTURY of doing good is cause for celebration, and Rotary International is calling on its members to mark a hundred years of charitable work …

October 15, 2016 8:50AM

WAINUI Demons are the inaugural holders of the Ronnie Cornish Memorial Trophy. They beat Taradale Masters 4-2 in Hawke’s Bay last weekend to win the …

Long-distance nationals in the rough

October 8, 2016 9:33AM

TAIRAWHITI paddlers faced “washing-machine” conditions in the Waka Ama New Zealand long-distance nationals at Tauranga on Friday and Saturday last week. A two-to-three-metre swell at …

Lytton and Thistle win cups

October 10, 2016 10:42AM

GISBORNE football’s past, present and future took a bow in two entertaining cup finals at Childers Road Reserve on Saturday. The future of the game …

Plenty of skill to be on show in knockout finals

October 6, 2016 12:24PM

A FIRST-HALF penalty to Thistle Vintage scoring machine Brad Reynolds got his side over the line, 1-0, against Ngatapa Silkies last weekend. It means Vintage …

Back in the swing of it

October 2, 2016 9:01AM

CROQUET New Zealand Hall of Fame member Joe Hogan gave up serious play 22 years ago to be around for his children. Now the Gisborne …

Playing to recall Ronnie Cornish

October 1, 2016 11:44AM

FORMER Gisborne footballer Ronnie Cornish will be honoured with an annual memorial game between two of the teams he played for, Wainui Demons and Taradale …

Wyllie hat-trick helps Wairoa into cup semifinal

September 29, 2016 11:42AM

A HAT-TRICK from Parys Wyllie and two goals from Marek Schirnack propelled Wairoa Athletic into the semifinals of local football’s Chris Moore Cup. Wairoa beat …

Campion give Wairoa halftime fright

September 22, 2016 12:33PM

WAIROA Athletic came from three goals down to win 7-4 after extra time in their Chris Moore Cup game against Campion College at Childers Road …

Supreme award to Manuel

September 12, 2016 11:07AM

A MOMENTOUS year for Darcina Manuel has just got better. On Saturday she was named Tairawhiti Maori Supreme Sportsperson of the Year. The Perth-based Gisborne …

Waka ama ‘giants’ honoured

September 12, 2016 12:10PM

TWO giants of New Zealand waka ama were honoured in different categories at the Eastland Community Trust Tairawhiti Maori Sports Awards. Kiwi Campbell was named …

Wairoa deserve Division 2 honours

September 8, 2016 10:18AM

WAIROA Athletic took no chances when they clinched Gisborne football’s second division championship with a 10-0 victory over Bohemians (3) at Nelson Park on Saturday. …

Chicken soup for the sporting soul

September 5, 2016 11:11AM

TWO football teams going hammer and tongs for two hours, every player ennobled by the struggle. Even for spectators, it’s good for the soul. That’s …

Two best teams head to head

September 1, 2016 8:57AM

THE two best teams playing local football this season go up against each other again on Saturday in the final of the Bailey Cup. Eastern …

Wairoa lose, Vintage scrape home

August 25, 2016 9:51AM

EASTERN League football Division 2 leaders Wairoa Athletic fell to their second defeat in two weeks, this time to Gisborne Boys’ High School (2) in …

Win shows title race not over

August 18, 2016 8:26AM

THISTLE Vintage breathed life into football’s Eastern League Division 2 title race when they beat Wairoa Athletic 6-2 at Childers Road Reserve on Saturday. Wairoa …

Boys’ High rally from halftime deficit

August 11, 2016 9:31AM

GISBORNE Boys’ High School rallied from two goals down at halftime to beat Bohemians 4-2 in Eastern League Division 1 football on Saturday. Bohemians striker …

Massive champions again

August 8, 2016 9:36AM

THISTLE Massive are Eastern League Division 1 football champions for the second year in a row, and United pushed them to the brink again. They …

Williams made huge impact as city engineer

August 5, 2016 11:14AM

HAROLD Williams, Gisborne’s city engineer for 29 years, died in Gisborne yesterday at the age of 90. He oversaw the construction of the submarine sewer …

Jags prepared for big challenge

August 5, 2016 10:38AM

GISBORNE Thistle are prepared for another big challenge when they take on Havelock North Wanderers in Central Federation League top-four football in Hawke’s Bay tomorrow. …

Title on the line

August 5, 2016 10:32AM

TWO teams everyone knew would fight out the Eastern League Division 1 football honours do just that tomorrow. But who will win is anyone’s guess. …

Reynolds grabs third four-goal bag

August 4, 2016 8:34AM

BRAD Reynolds scored four goals in Thistle Vintage’s 6-6 draw with Liquid Thistle Allsorts in Eastern League Division 2 football on Saturday. It was the …

Messages different but complementary

August 3, 2016 2:08PM

VIC Tamati and Gary Peacham brought different but complementary messages to the Gisborne Tairawhiti Rugby League community last night. Tamati, seen on television promoting the …

Thistle sew it up in last 10 minutes

August 1, 2016 8:33AM

THIS was anybody’s game until the last 10 minutes. Gisborne Thistle beat Palmerston North Marist Reserves 4-1 in Central Federation League football at Childers Road …

Sharks come close to big upset

July 28, 2016 2:22PM

WAINUI Sharks came within 30 seconds of pulling off one of the biggest upsets of Eastern League Division 1 football this year. They lost 2-1 …

'Goal of century' and best game

July 21, 2016 11:21AM

THE best game of the season and the goal of the century both came in a single day’s play in Eastern League Division 1 football …

Muir magic makes difference

July 7, 2016 8:42AM

TWO touches of Warren Muir magic helped Bohemians (2) accomplish a couple of milestones in Eastern League Division 2 football on Saturday. Centreback and man …

Gisborne Rotarians win award

July 5, 2016 10:07AM

RAY Kitchen’s last act as president of the old Rotary Club of Gisborne was to accept an award on its behalf at a function to …

Two Rotary clubs rolled into one

July 4, 2016 12:21PM

GISBORNE’S two Rotary clubs became one on Saturday night. Six months of discussions between Gisborne West and Gisborne club representatives culminated in the presentation of …

Top-four, bottom-five gap laid bare

June 30, 2016 9:37AM

The gap between the top four and bottom five teams in Eastern League Division 1 football was laid bare on Saturday. Thistle Massive, Heavy Equipment …

Thistle face red-shirted wall

June 27, 2016 10:53AM

THE curse of the bouncing ball in the penalty area almost undid Gisborne Thistle at Childers Road Reserve on Saturday. They went a goal down …

Incinerators and hens key to early goal

June 26, 2016 9:01AM

A HEALTH Camp child who became a champion canoeist, a businessman who enjoys manual labour, and an investor who would just as soon raise money …

No holding back for Jags clubmates

June 23, 2016 9:24AM

ANY suspicion that Thistle’s two Eastern League Division 1 football teams might go easy on one another was laid to rest on Saturday. Carpet Court …

United stay on Massive’s heels

June 16, 2016 8:46AM

TWO goals by Stu Cranswick kept Heavy Equipment Services United hard on the heels of competition leaders Thistle Massive in Eastern League Division 1 football …

Murph’s keys to success

June 14, 2016 2:30PM

IT’S a story four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy has told maybe a hundred times, and he tells it as if he’d be happy to …

Land hits hat-trick in 5-1 win

June 13, 2016 12:30PM

NICKY Land scored a hat-trick as Gisborne Thistle beat Red Sox Manawatu 5-1 in Central Federation League football at Childers Road Reserve on Saturday. The …

Bowls coaching and mentoring vital

June 13, 2016 10:46AM

GET a good coach and a good mentor. That is the advice of Blackjacks coach Dave Edwards to bowlers wanting to make the most of …

Demons cause another upset

June 9, 2016 10:11AM

WAINUI Demons have done it again. They sneaked up on Carpet Court Thistle, coshed them and took off with three points. The Demons came from …

Taranaki show how it's done

June 7, 2016 10:09AM

GISBORNE Thistle could do a lot worse than study the way Team Taranaki went about their business at Childers Road Reserve on Saturday. Two goals …

NZ teams top the medal tables

June 5, 2016 9:01AM

PART of me wondered whether it might be a crocodile making that ruckus near the edge of Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. We were …

Tough calls for coaches come with the territory

June 4, 2016 8:38AM

THE road to gold is paved with tough decisions. Horouta Junior 16 women’s waka ama coach Sharni Wainohu knows that only too well. Her Puhi …

Not rocking this boat a good plan for success

June 4, 2016 8:31AM

SOMETIMES it’s best just to make sure you don’t spoil a good thing. That’s the approach Horouta Junior 19 women’s coach Richard Campbell took with …

Paddlers looking ahead to next world champs already

June 4, 2016 8:20AM

BEFORE the Sunshine Coast sand had dried on their feet, Gisborne waka ama paddlers were talking about the next world sprint championships. Lake Kawana was …

Thistle to try training

June 2, 2016 8:46AM

LACK of training could be an excuse for Carpet Court Thistle’s slow start to the football season. They are up and running now, though, and …

Tolaga Bay trio go the extra miles

May 30, 2016 9:11AM

THREE girls from Tolaga Bay went the extra miles to train for the waka ama world sprint championships in Australia. Shania Lee, Manutangirua Potaka and …

Boys’ High hold off United charge

May 26, 2016 4:12PM

A 2-2 draw between United and Gisborne Boys’ High School showed why hardly anyone gets rich betting on sport. Boys’ High held Eastern League football’s …

Baple keeps Port Hill scoreless

May 23, 2016 10:41AM

GISBORNE Thistle goalkeeper Mark Baple produced a string of top-class saves to keep a clean sheet against Port Hill United at Childers Road Reserve on …

Cousins go far in search of waka ama gold

May 21, 2016 8:39AM

GISBORNE cousins born two days apart helped power northern crews to first and second places in the same race at the waka ama world sprint …

Amber extends the sporting line

May 7, 2016 10:11AM

SIXTEEN-year-old Amber Phillips is showing the type of football ability that thrust her father Neal into a champion Gisborne City team straight from school. Amber …

Sharks storm back for win

May 5, 2016 2:33PM

WAINUI Sharks beat Bohemians 4-3 at Wainui on Saturday, but the scoreline is not even half of this Eastern League Division 1 football story. Bohemians …

Thistle come through tough test

May 2, 2016 2:30PM

GISBORNE Thistle proved a point at Childers Road Reserve on Saturday. Playing with 10 men for the last 16 minutes, they beat previously unbeaten Havelock …

Campbell's hat-trick nearly does it

April 28, 2016 8:48AM

WAINUI Sharks striker Marcel Campbell scored a hat-trick but it wasn’t enough to put away Carpet Court Thistle in Eastern League Division 1 football on …

Challenge to save kiwis from ‘invaders’

April 27, 2016 12:26PM

THREE days before Anzac Day, Rob Fenwick issued a call to arms against invaders he said were as dangerous and fearsome as any New Zealand …

Red Sox ‘ambush’ Jags

April 26, 2016 2:38PM

GISBORNE Thistle were “ambushed” by a fired-up Red Sox Manawatu side who beat them 6-1 in Central Federation League football in Palmerston North on Saturday. …

Club celebrates 90 with merger coming

April 23, 2016 12:08PM

A CELEBRATION of 90 years of community service last night became a last hurrah for the Rotary Club of Gisborne in its present form. Club …

Rotary celebrates a milestone

April 17, 2016 9:31AM

IT'S in the hundred-year plan, and it will be opened as part of the 90th birthday celebrations of the Rotary Club of Gisborne. The club’s …

Coach thrilled with his charges

April 14, 2016 2:47PM

HIS team have one point from two games, yet you’d think Ronnie Young had just coached Real Madrid to Champions League glory. It’s understandable though. …

Strike pair on song

April 11, 2016 2:08PM

FOUR goals from Corey Adams and one from younger brother Josh gave Gisborne Thistle a 5-1 win against Massey University in Central Federation League football …

Demons pull off first upset of the season

April 7, 2016 2:52PM

A WAINUI Demons side bolstered by the addition of several Eastgate players from last season pulled off the upset of the opening day of the …

Obituary Joe Oates

March 11, 2016 9:53AM

JOE Oates, who had links to the early Gisborne days of accounting firm McCulloch, Butler and Spence, and to the start of the firm’s East …

Gisborne club gets award for contribution to Rotary

February 29, 2016 8:50AM

A CONTRIBUTION that amounted to $US505 a member won the Rotary Club of Gisborne an award for “meritorious annual contribution” to the Rotary Foundation. The …

Living, breathing waka ama

February 21, 2016 9:31AM

MATAHI and Raipoia Brightwell are the father and mother of Gisborne’s Mareikura Canoe Club, and among the pioneers of waka ama as a sport in …

A shorts story for the ages

February 7, 2016 9:31AM

HERE on Antiques Roadshow, we get to see artefacts that speak to us from another age. So when we came to Gisborne, we were delighted …

Gisborne are waka ama champions!

January 25, 2016 9:41AM

HOROUTA Waka Hoe Club completed a hat-trick at the waka ama sprint national championships at Lake Karapiro on Saturday. The club won the points trophy …

Tairawhiti paddlers ready

January 16, 2016 8:46AM

TAIRAWHITI paddlers have history on their side in the waka ama national sprint championships at Lake Karapiro next week, but Horouta Waka Hoe face strong …

Some things don’t change in football

January 14, 2016 2:52PM

DIFFERENT eras, same issues. Former Everton professional footballer and Gisborne City player-coach Ray Veall says the observations of New Zealand team coach Anthony Hudson are …

NZ rafting team do well in Indonesia

December 8, 2015 2:49PM

KEAGHAN Hartshorne had family support stretching all the way back to the East Coast as he contested the under-23 division of the world rafting championships …

Embracing change crucial to Rotary’s future

November 28, 2015 10:16AM

A THIRD of current Rotarians will not be around in seven years, so Rotary clubs should embrace change now to survive, says district governor Mike …

Gone fishin'

November 22, 2015 9:55AM

TAKING in the sight of an engine room awash does wonders for your awareness of safety at sea. Barry “Baz” Kirk was 17 when it …

League-cup doubles order of the day

September 21, 2015 12:01PM

THISTLE Massive completed Gisborne football’s league-and-cup double on Saturday . . . the hard way. They beat clubmates Carpet Court Thistle 3-2 in the Bailey …

Riverina, Wairoa win the silverware

September 22, 2015 12:04PM

RIVERINA and Wairoa Athletic completed league-and-cup doubles for Eastern League second and third division football on Saturday. Riverina won the Chris Moore Cup for Division …

Wairoa clinch Eastern League Division 3 title

September 4, 2015 11:32AM

WAIROA Athletic clinched the Eastern League Division 3 football title with a 3-0 victory over Gisborne Boys’ High School (3) at the Rectory field on …

Not yet time to celebrate

September 4, 2015 11:28AM

THISTLE Massive won Eastern League football’s Division 1 showdown against Heavy Equipment United on Saturday. But they still can’t call themselves league champions . . …

Up from the deep

August 10, 2015 2:10PM

BOTTLES of wine, natural wonders and brass souvenirs pepper Alan Mackintosh’s diving stories like sharks in a comic-book shipwreck. Sharks . . . he has …

Big win takes Riverina to top of the table

July 31, 2015 11:39AM

RIVERINA went to the top of the Eastern League Division 2 football ladder with a 7-5 win against Wainui Demons in a top-of-the-table clash at …

United now to defend league title

July 31, 2015 11:31AM

A DISPUTED sending-off 10 minutes into the second half cast a shadow over Heavy Equipment United’s loss to Hawera in a Federation Cup football game …

Hiller's a legend

July 6, 2015 1:58PM

THESE two contrasting scenarios typify John’s football career, but — like the other apparent contradictions in his football journey — they make sense when you …

Team Gisborne now second

May 19, 2015 11:02AM

GISBORNE are one point behind Napier Marist, who did not play at the weekend, and two ahead of third-placed Taradale. Goals by Nicky Land and …

Thistle take it to wire in Federation Cup contest

April 29, 2015 3:21PM

THEY lost 4-3 after extra time, but it only went that far because Port Hill drew level at 2-2 in the last minute of ordinary …