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Wellington keeps the Rugby Sevens for three more years

News from Westpac Stadium
World Rugby has today announced that the New Zealand leg of the Rugby Sevens Series will remain in Wellington for 2017-19. Read more »

Hurricanes are backing new app

Press Release – Hurricanes
The Hurricanes can truly say that new sponsor bucqi has their back in 2016. Read more »

Central Pulse defeated by Southern Steel

News from ANZ Championship Netball
Shaking off a week’s worth of cobwebs, the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel strengthened their hold on top spot in the New Zealand Conference with a 67-63 victory over the Central Pulse in Wellington.

The Steel, coming fresh from a bye, were understandably a little rusty in patches. And they had to contend with an invigorated Pulse side, who put up a compelling fight – trailing by just one at all three breaks.

The difference ultimately came down to the Steel’s patience – and another outstanding shooting performance from Jhaniele Fowler Reid.

While Fowler-Reid was on fire, popping in 54 from 56, a lot of the credit had to go to her off-sider, Te Paea Selby-Rickit. The goal attack’s vision and precision dropping feeds in to Fowler-Reid was blinding.

The Steel held a slight advantage for much of the first quarter. In spite of the dogged defence of Pulse goal keep Phoenix Karaka, Fowler-Reid popped in 16 from 16.

The Pulse picked up the intensity towards end of the quarter, and perfect shooting from Maia Wilson and Ameliaranne Wells, who comfortably shared the duties, ensured they kept in touch and trailed 18-17 at the break.

After shuffling their defence, the Pulse began to rattle the Steel attack and by remaining patient, leapt out to a four-goal lead. But the pendulum swung back, and with Jane Watson and Storm Purvis putting the blowtorch on the Pulse shooters, the Steel reclaimed the lead just before halftime to lead 33-32.

The third quarter was a classic see-saw battle for supremacy, that neither team dominated. The Steel scored three in a row from the first whistle, but the Pulse reeled them in again. Cheeky intercepts from Watson and Purvis helped the Steel out to five, but some misunderstanding in the visitors’ communication brought it back to one, where it remained at three-quarter time.

Just when it looked like the Pulse’s momentum would propel them back into the lead, Steel captain Wendy Frew took control and calmed down her side, resetting their attack, and re-establishing a lead of five.

While Fowler-Reid got kudos, the opposing shooters also put on a stellar display – both Wilson and Wells shooting with 93 percent accuracy.

Pulse Shooting Statistics
Maia Wilson 37/40 (93%)
Ameliaranne Wells 26/28 (93%)

Steel Shooting Statistics
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid 54/56 (96%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit 13/21 (62%)

MVP: Gina Crampton (Steel)

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Wellington Marathon partners with Japan

Press Release – Wellington Marathon
The Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has been an annual highlight on the Capital calendar for three decades. This year it undertakes an international partnership that will see a Wellingtonian win a trip to Japan’s Senshu International City Marathon. Read more »

Strong start and consistency crucial for next Pulse outing

News from Central Pulse
Staying with their opponents early will be crucial to the Central Pulse’s chances against ANZ Championship netball pace-setters the Southern Steel in Wellington on Monday. Read more »

Carson, Preston and Andrews-Paul top winners in athletics awards

News from Athletics Wellington
Top middle distance athletes Hamish Carson, James Preston and Alison Andrews-Paul took out the main awards at the Athletics Wellington annual awards at a full Dockside Restaurant and Bar tonight. Read more »

Air Force water polo team to compete in national tournament

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force
The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) water polo team will take on provincial sides this weekend at the New Zealand Tier Two National Tournament at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre. Read more »

Wellington’s Richter City Roller Derby starting eighth home season

News from- Richter City Roller Derby
Richter City Roller Derby (RCRD) will be holding its eighth season of home team games in Wellington; the first on Saturday 28 May. Read more »

Cycling in the eastern suburbs – another week of consultation

News from WCC
There’s still time to comment on the Wellington City Council’s suggestions for safer cycling connections in the eastern suburbs. Feedback closes at 5pm on Monday 23rd. Read more »

Squash favourites take out titles

News from Squash New Zealand
The Big Barrel New Zealand Doubles Championships finals have concluded with the top seeds taking out the titles in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open’s. It was a good weekend for New Zealand’s top player Joelle King and the inform Evan Williams who both claimed two titles. Read more »

Modified cycleway changes proposed for accident-prone Hutt Road

News from WCC
The proposed new Hutt Road cycleway and related transport changes could be implemented in stages if Wellington City Councillors agree with recommendations put forward by Council officers this week. Read more »

Lower Hutt’s Huia Pool to be twice as big – at cost of $9.3million

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Work has begun on expanding Lower Hutt’s Huia Pool, which will double the size of the nationally-acclaimed complex and make it accessible for many more residents. Read more »

Running or walking: sign up now for King of the Hill

Press Release – Hutt City Council
King of the Hill is back and it’s time to register to walk or run up the Wainuiomata Hill on Sunday 3 July. Read more »

Yachting NZ announces new Oceanbridge Regatta

Press Release – Yachting New Zealand
Yachting New Zealand is proud to officially announce the inaugural Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta will be staged in February 2017. Read more »

Former club rugby player banned for 6 years after drug charges

Press Release – Drug Free Sport NZ
A former Wellington club and Wellington Maori rugby player has been banned from all sport for six years for using and distributing anabolic steroids. Read more »

Pulse determined to prove their worth in Mystics rematch on Monday

News from Haier Pulse and Netball Central Zone
Rebounding from pride-bruising previous round clashes is the challenge awaiting the Central Pulse and Northern Mystics in their ANZ Championship netball rematch in Auckland on Monday. Read more »

Josh Junior joins Olympic sailing team

Press Release – Yachting New Nealand
Two sailors have been announced today to join the New Zealand Olympic Team to Rio 2016 with Josh Junior of Wellington named in the Finn class and Sam Meech in the Laser class. Read more »

Motorcycle heroes in Wellington this month

News from Bikesport NZ

Graeme Crosby, perhaps better known simply as “Croz”, will be just one of the New Zealand motorcycling heroes who will help celebrate MNZ’s 100th centenary later this month. Photo by Andy McGechan,

Motorcycle racing heroes of the past will be out in force as the sport’s governing body in New Zealand celebrates its centenary in Wellington this month. Read more »

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