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Central Hawke’s Bay rugby player Ben Carpenter has won the PGG Wrightson Rural Club Player of the Year.

The award is presented annually to a player who is nominated following their representation of one of the non-Napier or Hastings based clubs. 

Over the years there have been some big names on the trophy, including All Black Brodie Retallick.

Ben, who is a school teacher, has been playing for the Otane Sports Club for 5 years, and has had an outstanding season both on and off the field.

He also featured on the TV show ‘Second Chance Charlie’ where, through hard work and commitment to his training, made the final 5 participants and represented the Highlanders region. 

Judges said Ben was an extremely deserving recipient of the PGG Wrightson Rural Club Player of the Year award.

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The second round of the Stevenson & Taylor sponsored CHB Country Social T20 Cricket Competition was played over the weekend.

Both games were played at the Sherwood Cricket Ground, with the first game between Sherwood and Waipawa.

The match was tied at 154 runs, meaning a Super Over was used as a tie breaker.

A 15 run tie also resulted from the playing of the over.

The other game was between Wallingford and Onga-Tiko, with Wallingford winning by three wickets, chasing 172 balls with five balls remaining.

Our 2021 cricket coverage is thanks to Angus Schaw – Carrfields Livestock Agent.

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The Magpies notched up a further win in the Bunnings NPC Premiership, with a 40-31 win over Manawatu in Palmerston North on Saturday.

After being behind by five points at halftime, the Magpies gained their composure in the second half to see off a very tough challenge from the Turbos.

The win also sees the Magpies retain the Kel Tremain Memorial Trophy.

This weekend they play Northland in a “friendly” game at McLean Park on Saturday night.

Our 2021 Magpies coverage thanks to The Leopard Hotel Waipukurau.

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After nearly two years working out of a shipping container, staff at Dannevirke’s Westpac Bank branch return to their building this week.

The branch building was closed down due to earthquake strengthening concerns, with the shipping container brought in to house staff.

Staff move back in today, with opening days being Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10am to 2pm.

Customers can also book appointments Monday to Friday.