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The Waipukurau Squash Club will send a team to the National Superchamps tournament in Ashburton later this year.

In what is believed to be a first for the Club, the Ladies F Grade team will play in the Superchamps after winning at a District Elimination Tournament recently.

Team spokesperson Nicky Heremaia said each region hosts a District Elimination Tournament where local clubs are able to enter teams to compete & qualify for the national tournament.

Teams consisting of 5 players each play a 'best of 5' match.

Only two clubs entered a team into the Ladies F Grade Division - Waipukurau Lawn Tennis & Squash Club and Surf City Gisborne Squash Club.

Nicky said the Waipukurau team won 3 of the 5 matches & so qualify to compete at the National Superchamps in September.

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Full traffic control will be in place tonight with a closure of a section of State Highway 2 near Waipawa.

One lane of the highway will be closed between Ongaonga Road and Tapairu Road (southern entrance) from 11pm until 3am tomorrow.

Southbound traffic will use one lane of the State Highway, while northbound traffic will use the detour of Tapairu Road and Tapairu Road Extension.

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There have now been 38 deaths in Hawke’s Bay from COVID-19.

Three further deaths were reported yesterday.

There were also 121 new cases for the region yesterday, including seven in Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

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Weekend Rugby :

Manawatu :

Losses for the both the Dannevirke Colts and Dannevirke Seniors.

Both teams played Massey University, with Massey Colts winning 31-19, and Massey Seniors winning 33-7.

Hawke’s Bay :