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Te Papa spends $140,000 buying Peter Snell’s Tokyo Olympics singlet

News from Te Papa
At an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland, Te Papa purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Read more »

The council and the All Blacks

As we watched the All Blacks take on Wales on Saturday night for a thrilling 36-22 win, little did we know that we had the Wellington City Council to thank for the great game – at least, this is according to a breathless press release from Celia Wade-Brown and Jo Coughlan. We’re quite surprised that Steve Hansen didn’t thank them by name after the match. Read more »

Wellington’s pink dragons win paddling events in Queensland

Press Release – Can Survive
You may be impressed by the exceptional results of our local pink dragons in Australia over the weekend. As a fitting end to a hugely successful season, the breast cancer survivor Cansurvive Dragonboat Team are proudly bringing home the silverware again. Read more »

Second home season game for Richter City Roller Derby

Press Release – Richter City Roller Derby

On Saturday 2nd July Richter City Roller Derby (RCRD) will have its second home season round robin game between 2015’s champion Brutal Pageant and Comic Slams at the Kilbirnie Rec Centre. This is the second of four home season bouts; Smash Malice also still have to play Comic Slams on3 September and then the deciding final for 2016 will be held on 24 September. Read more »

Stadium sold out for All Blacks v Wales – over 35,000 tickets sold

News from Wellington City Council
More than 35,000 tickets have been sold for the All Blacks v Wales match on Saturday at Westpac Stadium. Read more »

Two Phoenix games for Auckland Stadiums next summer

Press Release – Regional Facilities Auckland
The FFA have this afternoon announced that the Wellington Phoenix will play two games in Auckland in the forthcoming (2016/17) Hyundai A-League football season. Read more »

Free swimming for parents with toddlers at Upper Hutt’s aquatic centre

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt’s H²O Xtream aquatic centre continues to offer supervising adults free entry when bringing their under-5s to the pool. Read more »

Ricki Herbert home again, and ready for next coaching challenge

Press Release – Ricki Herbert Football Academy
Ricki Herbert will consider coaching roles in New Zealand or abroad after ending his eight-month stint as head coach of the Maldives. Read more »

More wins for O’meara-Hunt and Rooney at Waitara

Press Release – KartSport
The wins kept on coming for 2015/16 Bayleys WPKA Goldstar class champions Rianna O’Meara-Hunt and Jackson Rooney at the series’ annual season-ending one-day ‘Championship’ meeting in Taranaki on Sunday. Read more »

Free swims for under 5s, but no free swimming lessons, at council pools

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council feels compelled to make it clear to parents that, unfortunately, it cannot offer free swimming lessons to children under 5 years of age. Read more »

Mayor gets a taiaha trophy in preparation for two Lions matches next year

News from WCC
Wellington will be hosting two back-to-back British and Irish Lions rugby matches and a legion of fans during the New Zealand Lions Series 2017. Read more »

$900,000 from government to support golf tournament in Upper Hutt

News from Chris Bishop MP
The government has announced funding of $900,000 to support Upper Hutt’s Royal Wellington Golf Club in hosting the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. Read more »

Timely break for Pulse this weekend

Press Release – Netball Central
With a number of players laid low by flu, the bye round couldn’t have come at a better time for Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship netball competition. Read more »

CofC wants review of Sevens policies

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Confirmation that the Sevens tournament will stay in Wellington for at least three more years is great news, says Chamber Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Pulse fired up to kick on

Press Release – Central Pulse
More of the same is the focus for Central Pulse ahead of their ANZ Championship netball clash with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in Tauranga on Monday. Read more »

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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