Napier confirmed as venue for one of Breakers' NBL preseason clashes against Bullets in September


Napier has been confirmed as one the stops on the New Zealand Skycity Breakers' three-city pre-season tour of New Zealand in September, which will see them take on star-studded Australian national basketball league side, the Brisbane Bullets.

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Hawke's Bay's Maddison Trophy club rugby semi-finals finalised


The make-up of the semi-finals of Hawke's Bay's premier men's Maddison Trophy club rugby competition have been decided.

Undefated Napier Old Boys' Marist will host Havelock North in the main semi-final this Saturday, while defending champs Napier Pirate travel to take on Taradale in the minor semi after the final round of regualr seaosn fixtures on the weekend.

NOBM finished the regular season unbeaten on Saturday after beating second-placed Taradale 34-21 in a possible prelude to the Maddison Trophy final, while Napier Pirate and  Havelock North both scored big wins on their way to the semis.

Read more: Hawke's Bay's Maddison Trophy club rugby semi-finals finalised

Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have continued their good form in the UK


 Rowland Smith Lakeland

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Smith makes it eight in a row for NZ at Lakeland Shears

Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have continued their good form in the UK by extending New Zealand’s run of successes in the Lakelands Shears Open final in England to eight wins in a row.

Smith was first and Kirkpatrick second in the event early today (NZ time, Saturday UK time) at Cockermouth in Cumbria, North West of England, the second stop on their 2016 Shearing Sports New Zealand CP Wool UK tour.

Smith previously won the Lakeland Shears in 2013 and was runner-up to Kiwi great the now Sir David Fagan in 2011. The reigning World, Golden Shears and New Zealand champion, Smith has won 86 finals in an Open-class career of 10 years, including 14 wins in the UK.

Kirkpatrick won the Lakeland title in 2007, 2010, and 2014, and last year New Zealanders were first, second and third in the event, shorn on the Herdwick breed which is almost exclusive to the Lakeland region.

A week ago Smith and Kirkpatrick opened their tour with New Zealand’s first test match win over Scotland at the Lochearnhead Shears in 13 years.

There was no test match at the Lakeland Shears, but Smith and Kirkpatrick will face-up to England midweek at the Great Yorkshire Show before heading west for three test matches against Wales at Lampeter, the Royal Welsh Show, and Corwen.

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.

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