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OLYMPIC EFFORTS

WORLD attention may be on the Tokyo Olympics but there was plenty of action happening on our own backyard on Saturday.

The onfield action included a “local derby” netball game between Waikohu 1 and Waikohu 3 at the YMCA and an action-packed Poverty Bay men's club hockey clash between arch-rivals Lytton Old Boys NZ Fruits and YMP A on the turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

And if they were handing out medals for attrition, Gisborne Civic Brass Band members would have earned gold for their 24-hour Band-A-Thon fundraiser.

UNDER AND OVER: Lytton Old Boys NZ Fruits player Oliver Shivnan reaches over the top of YMP A's Thomas Rutene as he falls during an action-packed men's A-grade hockey game between the rivals on the turf at Harry Barker Reserve. LOB won 2-1.
IN HOT PURSUIT: YMP A's Gareth Knox has LOB's Wade Manson hot on his trail.
GIVING NO QUARTER: It may not have been the quality of the Olympic Games but the intensity was no different when rivals LOB NZ Fruits and YMP A met in a men's A-grade hockey game on the turf. YMP's Heath Tupara hits the deck in this confrontation with Gareth Yaxley (left) and Sean Wills.
FOOT PLANTED: Waikohu 1 goal attack Arahia Ruru gathers in the ball in the shooting circle in a 'local derby' premier-grade netball game against Waikohu 3 at the YMCA. It proved a classic tussle, with the No.1 team winning 58-55.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES: Waikohu 3 goal attack Princess Tomoana's shot finds the net as (from left) Panache Hale, Sensamelia Hina and Kawaiwhakaheke Winiata stand ready to contest any rebound.
KEEPING TEMPO: Band-A-Thon participants Esther Hudson and Jude Ureta.
CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC: Trombonist Amanda Maclean was among those who took part in Gisborne Civic Brass Band's Band-A-Thon 24-hour fundraiser. The event culminated in a public concert.
IN CONTROL: Gisborne Civic Brass Band leader Chris Reynolds had a well-earned kip after a long session at the helm.
ON HIS CASE: LOB's Peter Kapene is chased by YMP A's Dylan Lardelli. A close encounter went the way of the men in orange by a goal.