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Weekend warriors

WINTER sport continued at full throttle in Gisborne over the weekend.

Premier club rugby produced a cracker of a game between YMP and OBM; the YMP women powered to a premier-grade netball victory over Waikohu; Gisborne Boys' High and Waituhi played their parts in an entertaining Poverty Bay men's club hockey fixture, and on Sunday, Gisborne Thistle football team had to bow to the superiority of Central Federation League leaders Havelock North Wanderers.

like christian cullen . . . with a football: Gisborne Thistle midfielder Cullen Spawforth flies past a Havelock North Wanderers player. Wanderers won the Central Football League match 4-1 to Gisborne to remain unbeaten and top of the table by five ponts, with Thistle fourth. Picture by Paul Rickard
TO THE RESCUE: Gisborne Thistle goalkeeper Mitchell Stewart-Hill punches the ball over the bar, one of several saves he was called on to make in a tough Central Federation League football clash with Havelock North Wanderers at Childers Road Reserve. Picture by Paul Rickard
Hockey BHS v Waituhi - Harry Allan, Piri Orotaunga, Zane Tuhou, William Matthews, David Moa
GET OFF MY BACK: Waituhi's George Whitehead has to contend with a human backpack in the form of Gisborne Boys' High's Oliver Cranefield in Poverty Bay men's club hockey action. Picture by Paul Rickard
TRYLINE IN SIGHT: OBM flaner Keanu Taumata only has eyes for the tryline as he goes low towards the YMP defence in a Poverty Bay premier club rugby game at Rugby Park. YMP won 33-24 while Ngatapa beat High School Old Boys 48-19. YMP's win lifted them to top of the table, three points ahead of Waikohu who have a game in hand. Picture by Paul Rickard
collision course: YMP's Nehe Papuni prepares for impact with an OBM defender in premier club rugby action at Rugby Park. Picture by Paul Rickard
WHAT GOES UP: YMP'S Paku-Jane Skudder reaches out for an incoming ball thrown over the top of Waikohu 1 goal keep Karyn Matahia in a premier grade netball game at the YMCA. Picture by Paul Rickard
LOOKING UPCOURT: YMP wing attack Anatea Taituha about to move the ball on in front of Waikohu's Panache Hale. Picture by Paul Rickard