City Utd in fifth
Tauranga City United are back to fifth equal in the Northern League first division after a 3-2 win over North Shore United in Auckland on Saturday.
In a game that saw all the scoring take place in the first half, Alex Luiten and Ben Wall were responsible for Shore's strikes, while Shaun Goldsbury and Reece Edmonds netted in a five-minute spell just before the half-hour mark for Tauranga.
City clinched the points thanks to an own goal just before the interval. Tauranga are at home this weekend to Fencibles (Links Ave at 2.30pm), who sit one win below them in the league.
North Force and Ellerslie continued on their winning way on Saturday as the top four teams in the grading round clashed.
North Force handed Western Springs their first loss of the season 2-0 while Ellerslie were 4-0 winners over Hibiscus Coast.
Mt Albert-Ponsonby jumped to third in the league with a 2-0 win at home to Birkenhead United while an early goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Fencibles United over Matamata Swifts.
Mangere United downed Papakura City 4-1 with Pukekohe denied a rare league win by an injury-time equaliser at Cambridge.
North Force 2 (Scott Burgess, Keegan Baddely) Western Springs 0. HT: 1-0.
Ellerslie 4 (Warrick Hart 2, Nathan Palmer 2) Hibiscus Coast 0. HT: 4-0.
Papakura City 1 (Dean Delany) Mangere United 4 (Sarfraz Ali 2, Sumendra Pooni, Sandip Singh). HT: 0-3.
Cambridge 2 (Josh Powell, Gareth Clark) Pukekohe 2 (Geoff Rickard, Jethro Conway). HT: 1-1.
Fencibles 1 (Martin Pike) Matamata Swifts 0. HT: 1-0.
North Shore United 2 (Alex Luiten, Ben Wall) Tauranga City 3 (Shaun Goldsbury, Reece Edmonds, own goal). HT: 2-3.
Onehunga Mangere 3 (Joel Facon, Abraham Turner, Sangster Crawford) Waiuku 2 (Sam van Pomeron, Simon Millynn). HT: 2-1.
Mt Albert Ponsonby 2 (Chris Gage, own goal) Birkenhead 0. HT: 0-0.Points
Otorohanga defeated Hamilton Wanderers 3-1 to
retain their unbeaten record and extend their lead in
the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation division one
league, while Claudelands Rovers drew 1-1 with Finn
MacCahuls Taupo to move into outright second a
point ahead of Tauranga Boys' College.
Tauranga Boys beat Melville United 2-1, Te Awamutu
downed Ngaruawahia 3-2, Whakatane Town defeated
Rotorua United 3-0 and IPC Te Puke were beaten 5-3
For Rotorua United, supporters watching their team is
like watching reruns of old movies. The cast may
change from week to week, but the script never
changes. United once again dominated possession
and territory against Whakatane Town but it was the
visitors who took the points, playing much of the game
a man short after Clinton Petersen was red carded by
referee David Grey for deliberate hand ball.
Otumoetai arrived at Litt Park looking for their first win
against unbeaten Te Puke knowing they would be
playing in front of passionate and vocal home
There was always going to be an edge to this game
and when Otumoetai led 3-1 the intensity was sure to
Te Puke lost centre back Nick Barraclough with a
hamstring injury while Otumoetai's Michael Green was
taken to hospital after having his leg broken. Te Puke
battled back to equalise at 3-3 but it was the visitors
who finished better to win 5-3.
In division two action Ngongotaha and AFC Fury
remain unbeaten after three games. Ngongotaha
defeated Hamilton North 4-0 while Fury were
untroubled to thump Cambridge 6-1.
Rotorua United were put to the sword by Tauranga
City, losing 8-2, and Kawerau defeated Matamata to
record their first win.
Hockey stars hit road
Eight Tauranga masters hockey players will be feeling
the aches and pains over the next week after leaving
for Australia and the Transtasman Cup in Newcastle
from May 5-8.
Veronica Romagnoli will play in goal for the women's
40+ team. She is the only one of the masters group
still playing Intercity premier hockey.
Sue Furmage and Sandra Kindley are in the 45+ side,
Brenda Telfer, Liz Spratt and Jenny Harrington in 50+
and Barbara Northey and Jill Tran Van in 55+ women.
Battle in Intercity
Otumoetai have grabbed the spoils into the Midlands
men's Intercity hockey derby clash with Tauranga Old
Boys' at the Tauranga Hockey Centre in a game that
failed to reach significant heights in skill or intensity.
Stu Sutherland 2, Manu Singh and Jonothan
Simmonds scored for Otumoetai, who took
advantage of a disjointed Old Boys' to rattle in three
field goals in the first half-hour.
Tauranga Old Boys' hit back in the second half through
Brad McKenzie and Aaron McNabb, with Logan
Gemming prominent at centre-half. Old Boys gave
notice that with more practice they could be a tougher
opponent as the season progresses.
Sutherland gave an accomplished display in the
Mt Maunganui men went down 1-0 to Onewhero-
Pukekohe, with the absence of a go-to man costing
them in front of goal.
Pukekohe Indians drew 5-5 with Hamilton Old Boys
while Thames Valley lashed eight past Rotorua Indians
and Waikato University were far too slick for Intercity
newcomers Te Awamutu.
Several games, including Otumoetai women's clash
with Onewhero, were deferred because of the national
Otumoetai 4 (Stu Sutherland 2, Manu Singh, Jonothan
Simmonds) Tauranga Old Boys 2 (Brad McKenzie,
Aaron McNabb), HT 3-0.
Onewhero-Pukekohe 1 (Max Farmer) Mt Maunganui 0,
Pukekohe Indians 5 Hamilton Old Boys 5, HT 4-3.
Thames Valley 8 Rotorua Indians 2, HT 3-2.
Waikato University 8 Te Awamutu 0, HT 3-0.
Suburbs Piako 9 University Reserves 1, HT 2-1.
Fraser-Tech v Rotorua Aces deferred, Kohekohe bye.
Hamilton Old Girls 2 Te Awamutu 2, HT 2-1.
Waikato University 3 Thames Valley 0, HT 1-0.
Otumoetai vs Onewhero, Fraser-Tech vs Rotorua Aces
TBC start strongly
Tauranga Boys' College made a
winning start to their Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
secondary schools first rugby campaign on Saturday,
thrashing Opotiki College 36-0 at Nicholson Field.
Jacob Proctor led the Tauranga tryscoring with three
as his side jumped to a 17-0 halftime lead. Tauranga's
other tries were scored by Frano Turner, Paranihi
Lovett and Mark Reilly, with player of the day, first-five
Te Aihe Toma, kicking three conversions.
Rotorua Boys' High's first XV also had a successful
first up win, thumping Te Puke High School 74-5.
Trident High School scored a hard fought 15-11 win
over Tauranga Boys' second XV.
In division two, Mt Maunganui College lost out to a last-
minute try, going down 15-11 to Whakatane.
Bay secondary schools rugby results:
First XV division one:
Tauranga Boys' College 1st XV 36 (Jacob Proctor 3,
Frano Turner, Paranihi Lovett, Mark Reilly tries; Te
Aihe Toma 3 cons) Opotiki 0
Rotorua Boys' High 2nd XV 38 (Shaq Stone 3, Danyon
Stowers, Ethan Brake, Matt Megaw tries; Cody Fell 4
con) Western Heights High 5 (Bowen Ngatai try)
Trident High 15 Tauranga Boys' College 2nd XV 11
(Carlin Tata try; Reece Wylie 2 pen).
Rotorua Boys' High 1st XV 75 Te Puke High 5.
Whakatane High 15 (W Kereopa, H Maunsell, C Kora
tries) Mount Maunganui College 10 (JK Kopa try; Sam
Bessant pen, con)
Reporoa 50 Tauhara 0, Otumoetai 55 Katikati 0, John
Paul College 13 Edgecumbe 8, Tauranga BC 18
Rotorua BHS 15.
Division three: Taupo Nui A Tia 35 Bethlehem 13,
Aquinas 32 Tongariro 8, Kawerau 48 Rangitaki
24.Underdogs no more
With eight rounds completed
in the Kaimai Darts association's Monday night
competition, Underdogs remain unbeaten in the
Graham Monroe Trophy.
The Underdogs beat Babas 15-5 to stay top of the
table. In a close-fought match, Spoilers beat Cruzers
11-9 to keep them in touch with the Underdogs on the
table. In the night's other game Allsorts downed
Bluebirds 16-4 to move them into third place.
Interested in playing darts?  Contact  Faye Knaggs on
Standings: Underdogs 17, Spoilers 15, Allsorts 12,
Cruzers 11, High Fives 3, Babas 3, Bluebirds 0.
180s: Richard Taylor 1, John Kelly 1, Mark Crighton
1, Ray Knaggs 1. 171s: Trevor Peden.