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U13 Boys Hockey
The 2017 Wairarapa U13 Hatch Cup representative hockey team performed well at its first mini tournament in Stratford on the 12 and 13 August, securing wins over Manawatu, Wanganui and Horowhenua. The team is well represented by the South Wairarapa this year with Jarrod Yee, Hamish Kill, Alex Clark and Charlie Heard all attending Greytown School, Flynn Register lives in Greytown and attends Hadlow School and Patrick Nicholson attends Martinborough School.
There is one further mini tournament which will take place at the Clareville turf on the 23 and 24 September followed by the week long tournament in Auckland from the 9-14 October.
The boys would like to thank all those that have purchased raffle tickets from them and South Wairarapa sponsors: Holmes Construction, Mike Pero Real Estate, P J Warren Earthmoving, Valley Plumbing, Martinborough Transport, South Wairarapa Vet Services and South Wairarapa Rotary.

Southern Netball
A fabulous season for Southern Netball is drawing to a close. The sun came out on Saturday and spurred our teams to some fantastic results. The Southern Stars coached by Kim Holsted gained a place in the Grade 5A final on September 9th with a hard fought win over Carterton.

The Southern Swans finals hopes are alive and well with a semi final against Douglas Park on the 2nd September while the Southern Steel will play in the Grade One Plate final against St Matthew’s following a win against MIS Steel with the help of super subs Ashanti Hawkins and Aria Whiteman.
The Southern Stings season came to an end with a big effort against St Patrick’s to finish 7th in Grade 5.
We look forward to celebrating the end of the season later in month and hope off the back of such strong results to see some of our players named in the Netball Wairarapa Talent Squad  in a couple of weeks.
We would like to thank Nicholle Hawkins for managing the finances, Mitre 10 for joining the team next season and all those who helped or supported our BBQ’s at Kuranui this season.
Photo caption: Ashanti and Aria may have given away a few centimeters in height in Saturdays game

Junior football
Saturday 26 September saw the final games of the inaugural season for the Martinborough Junior football club.
All the teams enjoyed the season, competed well, and we had many favourable comments from the coaches and supporters of the established clubs in the Wairarapa.   A real positive was the amazement at the state of our grounds throughout which was a very wet winter.  Many opposition coaches expressed to me the fantastic way the junior pitches were large and professionally marked out.  A huge thank you to Carl Whitby and the junior club volunteers for enabling this, it really helps the kids to express themselves on a pitch in which they have room to play.
Thank you also to the other volunteers who help run the club and festival days, we could not do any of this without the generous donation of your time and support – it is very much appreciated.
Thanks also to the players, from the games I saw you should all be very proud of the way that you represented yourselves and the club this season.  Big thank you to the coaches and managers for giving up your time to develop and coral the kids along, and to all you parents for ensuring your kids get to the games and for trusting the coaches in your childs football development.  Also thank you to the other clubs in the Wairarapa, it is great to have our kids play football in a competitive, yet fun and safe environment.
A big thank you to Paul Brandon for his vision and dedication in setting up the club, it is a real asset for Martinborough to have its own football club, and we all look forward to taking in the learnings from this season and watching the club reach greater heights in the future.
Finally, thank you to our amazing and supportive community, whether it be Fresh as a Daisy for laundering the senior team’s football kit (we couldn’t possibly have asked them to do all the junior strips!), the rugby club for the use of the grounds, changing rooms and clubrooms, P&K and Mitre10 for the donation of the Community BBQ, bread and sausages – your support is appreciated.
Junior prizegiving will be held at the clubrooms around 11am on Sunday September 17, more details to follow, but we are sure the kids will enjoy the bouncy castle supplied by the Wairarapa Building Society. 
Junior Football commitee

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