The Wakatipu Premiers rugby team spearheaded a good weekend for local sports teams.
In their first game at the Queenstown Recreation Ground, after two earlier ‘home’ games at the Events Centre, the Premiers romped in with six tries to beat Clyde 41-0.
Before the game Clyde – formerly easy-beats in the Central Otago competition – had been third on the points table and Wakatipu had been fourth. Those positions are now reversed.
Wakatipu, wearing dashing as a breast cancer fundraiser, impressed with the forwards performing strongly, especially in the scrum, and the backs finishing off moves more effectively than they’ve done all season.
The Arrowtown Premiers recorded a creditable 15-all draw with Maniototo in a top-of-the-table clash. However coach Blair Wilce was understandably disappointed the Bulls couldn’t record a rare win in Ranfurly after his team raced to 15-nil up in the first 20 minutes. The result leaves Arrowtown three points behind top-of-the-table Manitoto with two first-round games to come.
The Rovers soccer team recorded their first away win in the Footballsouth League on Saturday, beating Dunedin’s bottom-placed Green Island 3-1.
The Rovers women’s team, playing their first season in the Southland league, beat Queens Park at the Events Centre 4-1.
On Sunday a good crowd turned up to the Events Centre to watch the reformed Wakatipu Giants team play the first game of rugby league seen in the resort for three years.
The Giants matched Invercargill’s He Tauaa team for much of the match, but fell away towards the end to lose 44-30.