Arrowtown in bonny form against Clyde


The Arrowtown Premiers rugby team consolidated their second position in the Central Otago competition with a good 45-12 away win against Clyde on Saturday. The backs particularly enjoyed running in good conditions after several weeks playing on muddy grounds, Arrowtown coach Blair Wilce says. 

He says players to impress included Fijian winger John Nayaloga who scored two tries, halfback Nick Dunn, who was player of the day, and loose forward Aidan Winter. 

The Wakatipu Premiers had been due to play Cromwell last Thursday night, to avoid clashing with the All Blacks Test in Dunedin on Saturday. However Cromwell pulled out of the game which will have to be rescheduled again.

Rugby league

The Wakatipu Giants rugby league team impressively beat Southland’s Bluff-Cooks 50-10 at the Events Centre on Sunday, after leading 16-6 at the break. Just to illustrate how the Giants are improving, they lost 42-32 to the same team in the first round. The Giants player of the day was winger Cyril Cracknell, a 45-year-old who last played a game of league 13 years ago.


The Queenstown Rovers soccer lost 1-0 to lower-placed Grants Braes in a Footballsouth Premier League game in Dunedin on Saturday. Rovers coach Jamie Whitmarsh, however, praises the application of his team, who were missing eight regular players. “We should have won but lost on the back of a poor refereeing decision.”



In the premier grade, Pub on Wharf took it to the Wakatipu High A team winning 65-37 on Saturday after the school girls beat Pub in their last match by four points.

GR Concrete has stepped up a notch, winning by two goals against top team Chico’s/ABL on the weekend. In the first round Chico’s won by a definitive 16 goals but on Saturday GR Concrete came away with a 51-49 win.

Cougar Security are still at the bottom of the premier rung, losing 73-29 to Harcourts, a slightly closer result than Cougar’s 60 goal loss to Chico’s the previous Saturday.

In the senior A competition, Wakatipu High’s Yr 9A girls are on a four week winning streak, beating Glenorchy 40-20, exactly the same score they racked up against WHS Gold the week before.

Executive Accommodation took it to WHS Gold, winning 61-28, while Wakatipu High B won 51-25 against fellow students Wakatipu High Blue.