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Celebrating the work of our staff photographers.

Celebrating the work of our staff photographers.

UNDER THE EYE: Rebecca Grunwell captures the ghost-like presence of Dr Jigoro Kano — the “father of judo” — watching over the Gisborne Judo Club mats from the wall as Tim Brew (white) trains towards the Oceania championships.
CIRCUS ACT: Gisborne Gymnastics Club members turned on a stunning Cirque du Soleil-like performance at the Logans Sporting Excellence Awards ribbons display. Paul Rickard took this shot of Dara Mulrooney in action.
BORN TO SCOOT: Australia-based Luke Hutchings, back in his home town for the holidays, performs in the open section of the ActivSk8 competition held at Alfred Cox Skate Park. Paul Rickard captured the aerial antics.
WHAT GOES UP: OK, we’re pushing out the boat on this one but the stars of the We Wrestle event held at Showgrounds Park Event Centre were not just entertainers but athletes in their own right, as shown by El Santo Loco as he launches himself off the rope in a bout with Mikey Legend. Don’t try this at home. Liam Clayton was ringside for this one.
Right place, right time: Liam Clayton caught crashes (this pic and the following two) at different speedway meetings. His favourite involves Ben McArthur (8G) and Darren Melling during the semifinals of the New Zealand streetstock teams’ championship at Eastland Group Raceway.
NZ Stockcar Teams Finals Night - Neville Hazelton 71H puts 835R Michael Rumney into the concrete
The semifinals of the New Zealand streetstock teams’ championship on Saturday night produced one of the most spectacular prangs seen at Eastland Group Raceway. The right rear wheel rim of Darren Melling’s 3NZ car dug into the track on pit corner with hard-charging local driver Ben McArthur (8G) right behind him. As the rear of Melling’s car sank, McArthur’s car went on to the back of the 3NZ machine and ended up on Melling’s roof. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Picture by Paul Rickard
FINALISTS FOUND: Woodbank HSOB No.8 Siosiua Moala reaches out to score a try despite the attentions of Larsawn Ngatapa’s Sione Ngatu and Chris Richardson as the 2016 Poverty Bay premier club rugby finalists were sorted at Rugby Park on Saturday. Picture by Paul Rickard
THOU SHALT NOT SCORE: Lytton Old Boys A cannot get the ball past YMP A goalie Andrew Carter on this occasion in Poverty Bay men’s club hockey photographed by Paul Rickard. Carter was beaten three times but his side scored 10 in reply on the LJ Hooker Turf.
GRASPING THIN AIR: Gisborne Boys’ High School fullback Moses Christie eludes the flailing effort of a St Paul’s Collegiate player in a first 15 rugby match photographed by Paul Rickard.
GETTING CARRIED AWAY: Enterprise Cars OBM players hold up Larsawn Ngatapa No.8 Alex Chrisp in a premier club rugby match Paul Rickard snapped at Patutahi. Ngatapa won 26-24.
Rugby BHS v St Peters - Austin Brown, Treigh Akuhata-Christy
THE CALL OF THE OCEAN: When the surf’s up, it’s tools down as Liam Clayton discovered when sent out to cover this busy August morning of riding the storm at Makorori.
WATER HAZARD: Brollies went up and wet weather gear went on for the opening strokeplay qualifying round of the Poverty Bay men’s golf open on the Poverty Bay course. Heading down the first fairway are (from left) Mark Kennedy, Anthony Pahina, Willie Donnelly and Kenny White. Avid golfer Paul Rickard was behind the camera and happy not to be playing in these miserable conditions.

WHO was there to illustrate the deeds of our sports-mad community over 2016?

The Herald’s crew of chief-in-charge Paul Rickard aka Rick aka Camp Mother, Rebecca Grunwell aka Becs and Liam Clayton (we’re still working on his aka).

From archery to judo, from karting to yachting, our snap-happy trio turned up all over the show to add a thousand words to our sports-writing team’s stories.

The Herald was also fortunate enough to be generously supplied with many other images from amateurs and professionals, and we thank them for their contribution.

These pictures are just a small representation of the Herald sports department’s favourite shots from the cameras of our photography team.

WHO was there to illustrate the deeds of our sports-mad community over 2016?

The Herald’s crew of chief-in-charge Paul Rickard aka Rick aka Camp Mother, Rebecca Grunwell aka Becs and Liam Clayton (we’re still working on his aka).

From archery to judo, from karting to yachting, our snap-happy trio turned up all over the show to add a thousand words to our sports-writing team’s stories.

The Herald was also fortunate enough to be generously supplied with many other images from amateurs and professionals, and we thank them for their contribution.

These pictures are just a small representation of the Herald sports department’s favourite shots from the cameras of our photography team.

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