The Arrowtown Premiers rugby side had a resounding 27-11 win over Wakatipu in a pumped-up derby in Queenstown yesterday (Saturday).
The game was a classic game of two halves, with Wakatipu finishing the first half 11-3 ahead after largely starving Arrowtown of possession.
Wakatipu’s first-half try was an outstanding solo effort by right wing Rich Sim.
Wakatipu also started the second half strongly, blonde-haired winger Mark Tewhiti almost scoring after outpacing four Arrowtown tacklers in a barnstorming 50m run.
After that, however, Arrowtown dominated possession.
Guided by veteran replacement back Hayden Finch, the rearranged Arrowtown backline kicked intelligently and their loosies, led by player of the day Dan Iosefo, ran rings round a tiring Wakatipu forward pack.
Arrowtown’s second half try scorers were centre Rhys Chamberlain, first-five Josh Brazier and second-five Aidan Winter.
Winter, who was openside flanker in the first half, was playing his 100th game for Arrowtown.
In ice hockey action, the Queenstown-based Southern Stampede were beaten 3-1 by the Canterbury Red Devils in Christchurch last night.
The teams square off again tonight in the second game of a double-header.
In Wakatipu premier netball yesterday, Chico’s/ABL nailed Pub on Wharf 61-45 to win the first round cup.
Both teams had been undefeated heading into the game.