Crowd for nothing


The Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby teams hope to resume normal service this Saturday after the controversial scrapping of recent matches. 

Second-placed Arrowtown play bottom-placed Alexandra at home after last weekend’s Maniototo fixture was cancelled because parts of Jack Reid Park at Arrowtown were frozen. 

Arrowtown coach Blair Wilce is disappointed Maniototo threw in the towel last weekend. 

His players were changed and came out to warm up only to find their opponents who’d driven over didn’t want to play. 

“We were all teed up for it, we were backing ourselves to have a win,” Wilce says. 

“A good crowd was there wondering what the hell was going on.” 

Wilce says he does concede the ground was dangerous to play on. 

The game is unlikely to be rescheduled because Arrowtown’s and Maniototo’s standings in the table are unlikely to change in the last two rounds of round-robin play. Third-placed Wakatipu play second-last Matakanui in Queenstown. 

Wakatipu suffered a shock 23-20 loss to Clyde last Saturday. The week before, their Cromwell game was controversially postponed. 

Wakatipu Premiers co-coach Tom Bamber says his side is being given a rev-up. 

“At the moment we’re making some pretty stupid decisions.” 

Clyde, who hadn’t beaten Wakatipu since1983 and lost 41-0 to them in the first round, scored an intercept to win last Saturday when Wakatipu should have kicked the ball out. 

“[Clyde] were pretty fired up and our boys were a bit asleep,” Bamber says. 

Wakatipu also had to field a makeshift backline due to injuries and work commitments. 

Blindside flanker Toi Roberts played at centre and halfback Trev McKeown was on the wing.