Hawke's Bay man snaps up fishing challenge prize



A Hawke's Bay man's whopping 8.165 kilogram snapper has taken out this years 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza in the Far North.

James Benge from Hastings with is prize fish.

James Benge from Hastings pulled in the large fish on day two of the five day fishing challenge beating eight hundred other surf casters and taking home a $30,000 cheque.

Overall 790 snapper were caught. Second place was a 8.06 kg fish caught the same day.

The event is the biggest snapper competition in the world and this year it saw the largest number of entrants in six years with some coming from as far away as Italy, Canada and the United States.

The annual event has been running since 1982 and organiser Dave Collard says it's estimated to be worth $2.5 million to the local economy with 70 percent of the fisherman coming from outside the region.

"This years event is certainly one of the best ones we've had, the weather was the key, it meant conditions weren't so tough for the guys and the fish were great sizes," Mr Collard says.

The entry fee is $300 and competitors go in the draw to win hundreds of prizes.

Local teacher Renee Sauer drove off with a brand new Mitsubishi Tritan she scored in a spot prize.

Others walked away with $2000 for the biggest catch of the day.

Central Pulse to play Magic in Napier on Saturday


In what will be her shortest road trip of the season, coach Tanya Dearns will kick-start the Central Pulse ANZ Championship netball campaign from her back doorstep in Napier on Saturday.

In a change from the weekly commute to Wellington for trainings, Dearns will welcome her new-look Pulse team to Pettigrew Green Arena when they step out for their first pre-season outing against a seasoned Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.

With seven changes from last year’s edition, the most for any team in the trans-Tasman league, and a new coaching staff in place, the Pulse have spent time bedding in their processes and getting to know each other while clocking up the training miles during their six weeks together.

I’m under no illusions that our first proper hit-out against Magic next Saturday is going to be really tough,’’ Dearns said. It will certainly give us an indication of where we’re at and what else we need to work on between now and the start of the season (April 4).

We have just started putting some full court elements into our training sessions, so the players have had a taste of it and were itching to get stuck in. The stuff we’ve been doing at training is now at the stage where it needs a full court and a proper game to be able to trial some of it.’’

Conceding there was still plenty for the Pulse to work on, the match is timely for Dearns where the focus will be primarily on her own team while providing a valuable opportunity to test the waters.

We want to try and put out the processes and the structures that we’ve been working on and enjoy it for what it is,’’ she said. It’s the first hit-out for us of our pre-season and we need to get out there and enjoy it.’’

The match will be played over six quarters, offering an indication of where the team sits while providing the opportunity to maximise game time for the whole team.

I’m quite excited to be having a game on my home patch,’’ said Dearns, who has resided in Hawke’s Bay for nearly 13 years. It’s an opportunity for my friends and the family that we have here to be able to see where it is I’m going and what I’m doing, and it’s nice to be able to showcase ANZ Championship level netball in the provinces because we don’t get the opportunity to see it very often up here.

It’s also an opportunity to get out and about in the netball community up here and repay some of the loyalty we get from the public and local businesses who support us.

Pettigrew Green Arena is a great venue with a great playing surface, smaller than what we normally play in but hopefully we fill it with 2-1/2 thousand supporters cheering us on at the weekend.’’

The Central and Waikato Bay of Plenty National Netball League teams will play the curtain-raiser at 11.30am in preparation for the season’s new competition which runs in conjunction with the ANZ Championship.

Saturday, February 27, 2pm, Central Pulse vs Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, Napier. Tickets $12 for adults and $5 for children, via Ticket Direct.

Sunday, March 6, 2pm Central Pulse vs Northern Mystics, New Plymouth. Tickets $12 for adults and $5 for children, via Ticket Master.

Central Hawke's Bay's Maurice Beatson claimed the Equissage Horse Grand Prix


Beatson the master at Masterton

Maurice Beatson claimed the Equissage Horse Grand Prix as his own at the Masterton A and P Show today.

The Olympian started three horses in the 14-strong class, and finished first, third and sixth.

The jump-off came down to the Central Hawke’s Bay farmers - Beatson (Dannevirke) aboard Mandalay Cove and Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) on McMillan’s Midway Smooth Dude.

Beatson dropped a rail mid field, to finish on four faults in 57.33 seconds. The pressure was on Wilson to go clear, however, it wasn’t to be and had to concede the class.

In the opening round, Beatson and Schimmel Warrior had four faults early on, and he also picked up four aboard Conyers, but in a slower time.

In the Country TV Pony Grand Prix, Parys Marshall (New Plymouth) on Spot You Later, Ruby Mason (Napier) on Mr Acho and Sophie Scott (Pautatahanui) on Benrose Playtime were all double clear.

However, Marshall’s 43.83 second time, just edged out her runner-up Mason who stopped the clock at 44.5, with Scott at 46.01.

Fastest time of the round went to the fourth-placed Shanae McKay (Levin) on Guthrie who paid for her 38.73 round with a rail.


Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Maurice Beatson (New Plymouth) Mandalay Cove 1, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillan’s Midway Smooth Dude 2, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Schimmel Warrior 3, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Aunty Annette 4, Melody Matheson (Hastings) Landenfeld 5, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Conyers 6.

Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Parys Marshall (Dannevirke) Spot You Later 1, Ruby Mason (Napier) Mr Acho 2, Sophie Scott (Pautatahanui) Benrose Playtime 3, Shanae McKay (Levin) Guthrie 4, Georgia Percy (Tinui) Surprise Illusion 5, Leah McKay (Levin) Kabo So Far 6.

Telford Junior Rider: Nicholas O’Leary (Wanganui) Obeone Kanobe 1, Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Double J Cloud 9 2, Lucy Rowe (Palmerston North) Samalu 3, Hannah Fraser (Bulls) Vendange 4, Shanae McKay (Levin) TNT 5, Charlotte Gray (Levin) Coup Perfectly Done 6.

Canterbury Equestrian Young Rider Series: Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Larinium LS 1, Melody Matheson (Hastings) Landenfeld 2, Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Mr Marmite 3, Denver Ingram (Dannevirke) Ratu 4, Emily Fraser (Bulls) Kiwi Sunray 5, Rebecca Porter (Napier) Kiwi Jet 6.

Caledonian Amateur Rider Series: Patricia Pearce (Marton) Joan Jet 1, Diana Cottle (Levin) Morpheus Rising 2, Graeme Isaacson (Dannevirke) Pokere 3, Laura Knight (Palmerston North) Allouette 4, John McLaughlan (Dannevirke) Kiwi Wingman 5, Jessica Brough (Kaiapoi) Authentic NZPH 6.

Let’s Bale Pro-Amateur Rider Series: Chloe Akers (Opiki) Kiwi Motto 1, Helen Kippen (Ocean Beach) Velocity NZPH 2, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 3, Caitlin Pemberton (Palmerston North) About Now 4, Kaleigh Kent (Otane) Double J Sponge Bob 5, Libby Rayner (Marton) Magnetism 6.

East Coast Horses Five Year Old Series: John MacLennan (Waipukurau) Ngahiwi Para, Katharine van Tuyl (Palmerston North) Centavino, Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Showtime, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Equador MW, Douglas Isaacson (Dannevirke) Elmo, Helen Kippen (Ocean Beach) Be Mine NZPH, Melanie Cooper (Stratford) Zario, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Meeanee WTF, Wendy Jacobs (Takapau) Double J Breeze On and Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi King =1.

Mitavite Six Year Old Series: Bernard Denton (Feilding) Whiorau Ritchie, Bernard Denton (Feilding) Horsesports Sequel and Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Double J Escape =1.

ESNZ Seven Year Old Series: Robert Steele (Dannevirke) LT Holst Bernadette 1, Tim Pearce (Marton) Oracle WT 2, Helen Kippen (Ocean Beach) Velocity NZPH 3, Daniel Blundell (Ocean Beach) Quiz GNZ 4, Melody Matheson (Hastings) Kittiwake 5, Charlotte Gray (Levin) Coup Perfectly Done 6.

Hawke's Bay United beat the Wellington Phoenix.


Hawke's Bay United earned a scrappy 2-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix at Newtown Park on Saturday to move into second place in the ASB Premiership.

In a game that didn't reach the heights of the 5-5 draw that occurred the last time these two teams met, Sam Mason-Smith's bookend double - moving his tally for the season to six - secured Hawke’s Bay’s third win in four matches, moving his team eight points behind leaders Auckland City FC.

Hawke’s Bay United coach Brett Angell was pleased to earn the victory but the manner in which it was achieved needs work from his view.

"We came here to win the game and that’s what we’ve done," Angell said.

"I felt we were too quick to get ourselves in during the first half, we never really linked that well. Also I think we had a lot of opportunities where the final ball was lacking or players haven’t attacked the box to try and score goals.

"Overall, it’s great we’ve won the game but on reflection from a performance point of view we have played better this season."

Phoenix coach Andy Hedge felt his side tailed off in the second 45 minutes after a good start against a team in the thick of the playoff race.

"First half I thought we were really good," Hedge said, "in the second half were just weren't anywhere near as good as we should be.

"Hawke's Bay played very well in certain areas of the pitch. They bullied us a lot, which they will do against young kids. Their two strikers in particular were really strong in holding the ball up, linking play and bullying our young boys into submission really."

Mason-Smith opened the scoring in the sixth minute after being played into space, the Hawke's Bay striker used some fancy footwork to fool Lewis Italiano in goal, then tapped the ball into an open net.

Hawke's Bay were the better side for the remainder of the first half, but Logan Rogerson had a chance to send the home team into the break level. After being played in one-on-one, he successfully rounded Hill in goal, only to have his shot cleared off the line by Cory Chettleburgh.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first, with Hawke's Bay creating a chance in the first minute of the half through Hamish Watson, but his shot flashed across the face of goal and wide.

The remainder of the second half played out with very few goal scoring chances being created, as solid defensive work prevented the Phoenix from creating the chance for an equaliser.

Mason-Smith changed that in the 89th minute, as he shot from an acute angle, past Oliver Sail in goal and just inside the far post to confirm a much-needed three points for his team as they make their run towards the playoffs.

The ASB Premiership action continues on Sunday with Southern United hosting Team Wellington and WaiBOP United entertaining Canterbury United.

ASB Premiership 2015-16 - Round 11

Saturday 6 February

Wellington Phoenix 0-2 Hawke’s Bay United (half: 0-1)

WP: -

HB: Sam Mason-Smith 6', 89’

Wellington Phoenix: 20. Lewis ITALIANO (GK - 30. Oliver SAIL 60'), 3. Justin GULLEY, 15. James McGARRY (35. Ruari CAHILL-FLEURY 46'), 24. Logan ROGERSON, 36. Liam WOOD, 37. Sam PHILIP, 39. Joe BELL, 41. Cherbel KHOUCHABA, 44. Louis EVANS, 46. Jack-Henry SINCLAIR, 47. Liam HARE

Substitutes not used: 31. Luke TONGUE, 38. Sam WILSON, 42. Nick LANE

Coach: Andy Hedge

Hawkes Bay United 1. Josh HILL (GK), 2. Sean LIDDICOAT, 3. Kohei MATSUMOTO, 4. Fin MILNE, 7. Cory CHETTLEBURG (19. Bihanu TAYE 86'), 10. Zane SOLE, 14. Paul IFILL (8. Tom BISS 57'), 15. Sam MASON-SMITH, 16. Hamish WATSON, 18. Martin CANALES, 21. Fabien Kurimati ()11. Khair JONES 69')

Substitutes not used: 5. Harrison NASH, 26. Kyle BAXTER

Coach: Brett Angell

Match report by Wellington Phoenix

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