Local Premiers bridesmaids


Finalists last year, beaten semi-finalists this year.

Defending Central Otago Premiers rugby champions Wakatipu lost their home semi 8-6 to Cromwell last Saturday, while Arrowtown lost by the same score to top-of-the-table Upper Clutha in Wanaka.

Atrocious conditions turned both games into a bit of a lottery with forward exchanges dominating.

Wakatipu co-coach Brett Anderson, whose team headed the table for much of the season, but lost their last three games, says: “I thought we had the team to do it but the old wheels fell off at the end.

“It was a very long season, and if we’re all taking learnings out of it, you’ve got to keep the boys mentally fresh as well as physically fresh.”

Arrowtown coach Simon Spark says: “Our season was definitely up and down.

“When we could pick our best players we went alright, but probably lack of consistency in the first round and at the start of the second round cost us being further up the table [and not having to travel for their semi-final].

“I guess, winning the competition, there’s a wee smidgen of luck involved, and we just didn’t really seem to have that this year.”

Spark, however, says holding on to the White Horse Cup was a positive.

“It’s nice to be taking that into our [30th] jubilee year, and it’s something for the players to be proud of.”

Meanwhile, the Wakatipu Wand-erers lost their Southland division 2A semi-final to Blues, 59-15, in Invercargill.