The so-called demise of the Wellington Sevens

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz It's been interesting to hear and read in the media about the so-called demise of the Wellington Sevens, which is being staged at the Cake Tin in New Zealand's capital city this... Read More

Nothing boring about test cricket

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Anyone that says test cricket is boring and has reached its use-by date, obviously didn't watch the Basin Reserve test between the Black Caps and Bangladesh over the weekend. The game... Read More

The unsung heroes of summer

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Amongst the unsung heroes of summer in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel are the volunteer lifeguards, who willingly give up their leisure time to patrol the beaches of the region. With... Read More

Free family fun

Simon NeateCommunication AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track offer free family fun and a chance to win prizes this summer with Join the Gems and geo-teering.    Join the Gems and geo-teering are... Read More

Dishing out roses for the 2016 sporting year

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz With this being the time of the year when the countries sports commentators make up their winners and losers list for the previous twelve months - Sideline Sid has joined the queue... Read More

Summer cricket in the Bay

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The weather gods turned on beautiful Western Bay of Plenty day for the first game of the McDonalds Super Smash at the Bay Oval this summer. One of the biggest crowds of this year's... Read More

Active aging

Catherine McCullochCommunity Team LeaderSport Bay of Plenty A recent project between Sport New Zealand and Sport Bay of Plenty sought to understand the influences on older people's participation in sport and recreation as well as the wide... Read More

The fight of the year

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Like many other sports fans in the country, Sideline Sid coughed up sixty bucks to watch the Joseph Parker fight with Andy Ruiz junior on Saturday night. There is no other sport like... Read More

Sea of red invades Bay Oval

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Sideline Sid received a report from Mount Maunganui last Friday, that a sea of red uniforms had invaded the Bay Oval at Blake Park. His first reaction that it was a convention of Santa... Read More

The start of a festival of cricket

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The start of summer later this week welcomes the start of a festival of cricket at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui. In just over a decade, the Blake Park ground has gone from a wasteland... Read More



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