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Hawkes Bay Police urge schools and clubs to be vigilant after a coach is sentenced

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Hawke's Bay Police are urging schools and sports clubs to be more vigilant around the use of sports coaches after a woman was sentenced in court today on charges relating to a relationship she had with a young student.

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The Bluewater Napier City Rovers hope Good Friday is what it says it is.

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The Bluewater Napier City Rovers are optimistic that Good Friday will be their time for redemption as they take on Lower Hutt City in Wellington tomorrow.

After receiving a 5-1 thrashing by the Miramar Rangers the Rovers are hoping to bounce back and gain maximum points in the next round of their Lotto Central League campaign.

But winning won't come easy and you would have to go back a few years to the last time the Rover's beat the Wellingtonians which was in June 2012 at Park Island.

To make matters worse Rovers will be without right back Fergus Neil, who will jet off to Ontario to play for Kingston FC in the Canadian Premier League.

But the rest of the squad is definitely willing and able and coach Bill Robertson has said that if the team can perform to the standard that he knows they can he is confident of returning with a win.

 

 

Hugh Henderson says goodbye as he leaves Central Districts HQ in Napier

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Central Districts boss Hugh Henderson is calling it quits after more than a decade in the sports industry and has decided to try his hand in the business arena.

The 43 year old will leave late next month after buying into a marketing consultancy business.

Henderson arrived at the Central Districts HQ after leaving the New Zealand Rugby Union and had no cricket background which many were quick to criticise.

When questioned over his departure Henderson said he had always planned on reviewing his position at the end of four years and felt it was a good opportunity for someone else to come in.

He also said that the position had provided some real challenges with some financial highs and lows but he was proud of what he had achieved.

The Stags have had a dreadful season but Henderson said the coach was not to blame and that it came down to the loss of several seasoned campaigners over a two to three-year period.

He said that he believes that the appointment of Craig Ross as the director of cricket will play a key role in the Central Districts moving forward.

He also said that there has been a definite change in the way that things are done and there has been more thought into practices.

The Central Districts board will decide on the new chief executive with the help of New Zealand Cricket.

Watch Hastings Zac Zaloum's livestream at the NZ Sprint Champs

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KartSport fans the world over will be able to watch this year's Cresswell Electrical National Sprint Championships meeting in Blenheim over the Easter weekend live via the internet thanks to a renewed alliance between KartSport New Zealand and Telecom NZ.

"Telecom is a long time partner and technical supporter of our sport and is currently completing a rollout of broadband across our member clubs," says KartSport New Zealand's Development and Administrative Manager Robert Hutton.

"It's this rollout which has allowed us to partner with local web-streaming specialist i-Film NZ Sport to cover the event live in real-time via the internet."

Coverage starts at 9.45am (NZST) each day on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday and can be accessed through your internet browser at http://new.livestream.com/i filmsport/KartSportNationalSprintChamps and/or via the Livestream app on your smart device (phone or tablet)

Fans can also keep up with the results in real-time on the Race Monitor website at http://www.race-monitor.com/Live (again, free apps are available via the Apple App Store or Google Play) and check out the results and lap charts later at the MyLaps website, www.mylaps.com

The National Sprint Championships meeting in Blenheim is one of an increasing number across all sporting codes being live-streamed and Hutton says that the key factors are reach and cost.

"For us it's a no-brainer," he said this week.

"While we'd love to be able to do more on free-to-air TV, the cost for a relatively small member-driven organization like ours can be prohibitive, even when you have a major naming rights sponsor.

"What livestreaming does is give those who are interested in it but for whatever reason can't get to an event like the Sprint Nationals a window on it.

Not everyone, obviously, is going to watch every race, but that's the beauty both of the technology and the device mobility.

As long as you've got a signal you can keep up with what's going on in Blenheim from wherever you are...for five minutes or five hours."

The Pre-Final and Final races of each class will also be archived on KartSport New Zealand's YouTube channell https://www.youtube.com/user/kartsportnz/videos for later viewing,

This year's Cresswell Electrical-backed event in Blenheim is the 55th annual National Sprint Championships meeting to be held and has attracted a 160+ entry across nine classes.

Included in that number are several defending class title holders like James Penrose from Loburn in North Canterbury (100cc Senior Yamaha Light), Matthew Hamilton (KZ2) and Marcus Armstrong (100cc Junior Yamaha) from Christchurch, Zach Zaloum from Hastings (125cc Rotax Max Heavy), Daniel Kinsman from Auckland (125cc Rotax Max Light) and former Christchurch but now Gold Coast-based Simon Hunter (100cc Yamaha Heavy).

Two Australian drivers are also crossing the Tasman for the meeting One is Tyler O'Leary who will compete in the Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha class, the other, Lane Moore, who will compete in both 100cc Yamaha Heavy and 125cc Rotax Max Heavy.

Other 2013 NZ title holders Callum Hedge (Cadet) and Caleb Cross (Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha) are also entered but have moved up a class, while Auckland-based international Daniel Bray, who won the Open class title at last year's Sprint National Championships meeting in Wellington, is back in the KZ2 class where he won the NZ title in 2012.

With new classes set to replace them these will be the last Sprint National Championships for the Cadet Raket and Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha classes.

That fact doesn't seem to have affected the entry, however, with 20-strong grids and at least three drivers vying for the top spot in each class.

In Cadet Raket last year's Island champions, Josh Parkinson from Auckland (North) and Jacob Mitchell (South) from Christchurch, are set for a battle royal with last year's NZ Schools' class champion, Thomas Boniface from New Plymouth.

While last year's Cadet Raket class title holder, Callum Hedge, is one of a number of recent arrivals who are expected to take the fight for the final National Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha Sprint title to reigning South Island champion Reuben Adams from Christchurch, Liam Lawson and Matthew Payne from Auckland, and Josh Donohue and the country's top emerging female driver, Rianna O'Meara-Hunt, from Wellington.

There will be action at KartSport Marlborough's Wither Rd track from Thursday April 18 with qualifying on Easter Friday then heats, Pre-Finals and Finals for five classes - Cadet, Junior 100cc Yamaha, 125cc Rotax Max Light, 100cc Yamaha Heavy and KZ2 - on Easter Saturday, and four - Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha, 125cc Rotax Max Junior, 125cc Rotax Max Heavy and 100cc Yamaha Light - on Easter Sunday.

Spectators are welcome, with gates opening at 7.30am and karts on track from 9.00am each day. For more information go to http://www.kartsport.org.nz/about-us/latest-news/nz-sprint-champs-online-live.

 

A Napier man proves you are never too old to play rugby

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The Tamatea Rugby and Sports Club could have made history on Saturday when they played a 69 year old during their match against Napier Technical at Whitmore Park.

Both 69 year old former Tamatea Rugby and Sports Club president Don Hutana and 56 year old club stalwart Paul Harris took the field for their club's reserve grade side with Mr Hutana managing to put in a solid 30 minute performance.

Mr Hutana had not planned on playing but because they were short of players he and Mr Harris did not want the team to default for the second time in row.

In the end the team lost 32-20 but Mr Hutana said he enjoyed the game but did not want to be doing it on a regular basis.

Hawke's Bay Rugby Union's club competition manager Gary Macdonald said his union has no strict age rules and that it was up to the individual although he did think that 69 was stretching things a bit.

 

Hawkes Bay Hawks are winners on the night after beating the Mountain Airs

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Saturday night proved to be a winner for the Bay Hawks after beating the Mountain Airs 88-80 in Napier.

The win didn’t come easy for the Hawks who had to outscore the Mountain Airs 44-28 in the second half to win the match.

Taranaki came out strong, leading by eight points in the first half, but much like the Pistons game last week, the Hawks went up a gear in the fourth quarter, holding the visitors to 10 points.

Hawks centre Kareem Johnson had 22 points, and shooting guard Everard Bartlett had 19, as the Hawks are now 2-0 at home.

IMS Payroll Hawks 88 (Kareem Johnson 22, Everard Bartlett 19, Marco Alexander 14) The Good Home Taranaki Mountainairs 80.