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Regional sports wrap


Big scores highlighted the second round of matches in the Wairarapa Football Local League Division One played on Saturday. Defending champions, Carterton Redbacks were untroubled in extending their unbeaten run in league matches stretching back to July 2021, with an 8–1 drubbing of Greytown Tremains; Douglas Villa Cam Flooring were comfortable 5-0 winners over Property Brokers Featherston United 5–0, and Progressive Engineering Masterton Athletic and DV Skulls battled to a 3–3 draw.

Douglas Villa Vets lead the combined division two and three competition after their 5–1 defeat of Carterton Goal Diggers. In other results, DV Mitre 10 Megabeens edged Carterton Raiders 2–1, Greytown Umbrella Group Spartans held off Evergreens 4–3, McAuleys Masterton triumphed 5–2 over The Offering Greytown, Property Brokers Greytown beat Masterton Ziggy’s Glass Presidents 3–1, Carterton Reapers were 5–1 victors over Featherston, and Masterton Lions had a 5–4 win over Martinborough.


On Saturday, the defending champions Gladstone Bulls were held to a 5–5 draw by Carterton Vets in the second round of Wairarapa Hockey’s Men’s Championship. Old Boys got the better of Featherston, winning 2–0, and Comvita Kia Kaha strolled to an 8–1 win over Dalefield Dodgers.

Dalefield have the early lead in the Wairarapa Women’s Division One after their 4–1 defeat of Tremains Red Star. Gladstone Gold took out their clash with East Coast 4–2, and Comvita Kia Kaha easily dispatched Featherston 5–0.

Featherston Foxies were the big winners in Women’s Division Two, beating Wairarapa Mitsubishi 6–0, Eketāhuna Tuis scored a 2–1 win over Coasties, and Martinborough were 2–0 victors over Gladstone Heifers.


It has been a busy start to the local indoor bowls season, with Central Wairarapa holding the New Zealand mixed pairs and mixed fours elimination series at their Hogg Crescent complex over the weekend.

Four combinations qualified for the playoffs from the 12 teams entered, with Elva and Kelly Simonsen beating Marilyn and Mike King in a closely fought semifinal to progress to the final against Donald Leighton and Tina Patrick, who had beaten Sarndra and Petter Bain. The final went to the wire, with Leighton and Patrick holding on for a 9–8 victory.

Only five teams lined up for Sunday’s mixed fours, with two teams qualifying for the final. The four of George Baker, Alex Butler, Dale Lloyd-Stanton and Sandra Henderson prevailed 11–8 over the combo of Logan Mikoz, Neville Mikoz, Juile Mikz, and Amber Andrews and booked their place in the zone finals in Manawatu in July.

The masters’ fours and the Henselite singles eliminations will be played this weekend, and the winners will represent Wairarapa in the zone finals.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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