The start of a festival of cricket

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian 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

Top-level sport watching

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Having been a spectator at plenty of top-level sport over the years, the atmosphere and action remains just as intense as watching the All Blacks play the Springboks in 1956 - but the... Read More

Tauranga's boxing greats

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid was delighted to see SunLive share the success of local professional boxer Jonathan Taylor on Sunday morning. Taylor, who few gave any chance of lifting the NZPBA Super... Read More

The comings and goings of Joseph Parker

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid has been intrigued by a soap opera that has been playing out in the last few months - no not Shortland Street, but the almost daily media reports on the comings and goings... Read More

The race that stops two nations

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian The first Tuesday in November brings "the race that stops two nations", with the Melbourne Cup grabbing the attention of punters on both sides of the ditch. Ten of thousands of once... Read More

What does the future hold for Joseph Parker?

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian There has been plenty of talk in the media about Joseph Parker's likely challenge for a world heavyweight title in the next few months. The good news is that since Tyson Fury... Read More

Rugby in the headlines for the wrong reasons

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Rugby has once again been in the sporting headlines for all the wrong reasons. People forget that the media is a two-edged sword and that if you court the newspapers, radio and television... Read More

A weekend of wrong picks

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid's crystal ball is in a thousand pieces on his office floor after he failed to pick the winners of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals played last weekend. To rub salt into his... Read More

NRL championship

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian While New Zealand Warriors critics point to the failure of the Mount Smart sides failure to win a NRL championship since formation in 1995 – spare a tear for Cronula that have... Read More

Kane Hanes' All Black debut

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian One sports story that flew under Sideline Sids radar while on some R&R over the ditch, was the All Black debut of former Steamers prop Kane Hames against the Wallabies in Sydney. In... Read More

Opinion Poll

What do you think of the forthcoming Wairoa cycle bridge?

Love it! Great addition to the city
Bit of a waste of money
I can take it or leave it
New things scare me

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