Monday, August 15, 2016

New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association have agreed that women's cricketers will be paid more.

A new three-year Memorandum of Understanding will see 15 of the country's best women cricketers offered annual retainers ranging in value from $20,000 to $34,000.

Previously, only the top 10 players received contracts worth more than $10,000.

The New Zealand Cricket Association says paying our best women's players more fits in well with the organisation's commitment towards inclusivity and diversity.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Despite a season-ending loss to the Lions at the weekend, the Highlanders are celebrating success, having 7 players selected in the latest All Blacks squad.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen named his side for the upcoming rugby championship, with the now expected contingent of Highlanders making the cut.

He says he and his fellow selectors are very happy with the squad and combinations they had come up with.

The newly named side will assemble later this week for a two-day camp on Auckland's North Shore minus the five Hurricanes who will play in this weekend's Super Rugby Final.

Monday, August 1, 2016
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The Kia Toa Tigers have been crowned this year's Otago rugby league champions after defeating the East Coast Eagles.

The side won 32 to 18 at Forsyth Barr Stadium taking home the coveted William Johnston Cup.

And while there were a few stand-out players, the Tigers captain says it was very much a team effort.

Monday, July 25, 2016

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will retain his position through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

His previous contract was set to expire next year following the British and Irish Lions three test tour.

The 57 year old has been involved in the side's two back-to-back World Cup successes in the past eight years.

And he's lost just three of 57 All Blacks tests as head coach.

Monday, July 25, 2016
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After almost 20 years, Kaikorai is once again at the top of premier rugby.

The side defeated Dunedin 29 points to 22 in Saturday's final at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

And despite a slow start to the season, the winning captain couldn't be happier with how it's finished.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

More than 100 children are participating in a football school holiday programme at the Edgar Centre.

The importance of growing the sport at a grass-roots level is one of the main drivers behind the four day event.

And although the football season's winding down, there's no let-up in local interest.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Dozens of young golfers are braving some trying conditions, in the hope of securing a spot in an upcoming national tournament.

They're using the end of their school holidays to put in some time on the green for a junior tournament at St Clair.

And it's helping the fledgling athletes take their game to the next level.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dunedin born rower Alistair Bond is the latest call-up for the New Zealand rowing team heading to Rio.

The 26 year old is the younger brother of Olympic gold medallist Hamish Bond, who is also part of the 36 strong team.

Hamish will compete in the men's coxless pairs, while Alistair will be in the lightweight men's coxless fours.

It's the first time a New Zealand lightweight four has qualified in the Olympic event.

The younger Bond has been rowing for more than 10 years, and says he would probably not have taken up the sport if it wasn't for his brother.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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Despite the chilly conditions, over a hundred locals got out and about for a fun-run at the Caledonian.

The event is part of the annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival that kicked off at the weekend.

And it gave participants the chance to hit the track and burn off some chocolate.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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The Highlanders have had one last training session on home soil ahead of travelling to Canberra to face the Brumbies.

The side is coming off a win against the Chiefs last weekend, a result they want to recreate in Canberra.

But first they have recovery on their minds.

Monday, July 18, 2016
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More than 70 of the country's top weightlifters have been in Dunedin for the South Island Championships.

A handful of records were set at the two day event in both the male and female categories.

But competitors say it's about more than just winning.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Highlanders have avoided another long-haul trip to South Africa, thanks to a hard-fought victory over the Chiefs.

They'll instead head to Canberra to face the Brumbies on Friday night for a sudden death quarter-final.

The team has already beaten the Australian side this season, winning 23 to 10 in Dunedin.

Currently the reigning Super Rugby side is in the fifth spot on the overall standings, just behind the fourth-placed Brumbies.

Friday, July 15, 2016
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The Highlanders have home turf advantage going into this weekend's last regular game of the Super Rugby season.

The clash against the Chiefs has sold out already and town is filling up fast with rugby fans.

But despite a recent return from overseas commitments, both coach and captain say the team is pumped.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
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The future of basketball in Otago is in the hands of its youngest players.

Basketball Otago is continuing its bounce back from financial issues, with an increasing focus on getting more kids involved.

And with its school holiday programme drawing large numbers, things are looking good.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Highlanders squad are due back in the city tomorrow after two matches overseas.

The team took down Argentinian side the Jaguares 34 to 8 in Buenos Aires yesterday, securing a bonus point win.

The outcome guarantees the defending champion's place in the upcoming play-offs.

The Otago side is now level with the Hurricanes sitting on 48 points in the Australasian conference.

An announcement of the team set to play the Chiefs this weekend in Dunedin will be named on Thursday.