Author — Tom McDonald

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21/03/11

Rugby league is a guaranteed excitement machine, and hence one of the most enjoyable spectator sports in the world. As far as sports predominant in New Zealand go, it is second to none on the entertainment front. League’s lack of popularity is simply criminal. Unlike its elder sibling and New Zealand’s national game, Rugby Union, [...]

11/10/10

The majority of professional winter sport in New Zealand is finally winding towards its conclusion. With the outbreak of summer nigh and some cracking weather already being enjoyed—even in Hurricane country—it seems wrong that summer sports should still be held back by those of the winter variety. The serial offender, rugby, is gearing up for [...]

04/10/10

The biggest event on the Australasian motorsport calendar gets underway this weekend, as the V8 Championship Series heads to Mount Panorama for the Bathurst 1000. Kiwi and Aussie petrol heads alike will be glued to their screens throughout “The Great Race” on Sunday, with yet another nail-biter on the cards. While the overall series itself [...]

27/09/10

The New Zealand Rugby Sevens team will attempt to win their fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal in Delhi next month. Coach Gordon “Titch” Tietjens has led a side to victory at all three previous Games in which Sevens has been included. Titch has named another tremendously powerful squad to contest this time around and [...]

20/09/10

The New Zealand Warriors’ season came to an abrupt end last weekend, after just the first week of the NRL finals. Hopes were high that the Warriors could have a genuine tilt at the title, following a late-season surge which saw them finish fifth in the regular season. A loss to the fourth-placed Gold Coast [...]

13/09/10

The future of Kiwi basketball looks bright enough. The Tall Blacks made it past the competitive pool stages for the third consecutive time at the World Championships, with some unprecedentedly strong showings along the way, such as a narrow, hard-fought loss against defending champions Spain, and an impressive 82-70 victory over the highly-ranked French. The [...]

06/09/10

All Whites players were predicted to make an impact in the overseas transfer market following New Zealand’s unprecedented success at the recent World Cup. The team’s achievements have since lead to a range of outcomes for the players concerned. While there have not been wholesale, or particularly exceptional transfers, the most outstanding result has to [...]

16/08/10

The NPC is underway, and the opening rounds have again provided plenty of upsets. After two weeks, Counties Manukau— one of the wooden spoon favourites—top the table, as one of only three teams to have recorded two wins from two. Canterbury remains the favourite at the TAB, following a draw and a win leaving them [...]

09/08/10

Formula One has continued to be rife with controversy in recent years, and following the widely publicised Max Mosley scandal, this year has been no different. The season is starting to reach an epic climax, with the top five drivers separated by less than a single win following the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, the last [...]