Rovers’ confidence soars


Queenstown Rovers soccer team player-coach Steve Henderson says last Saturday’s surprise 2-1 victory against Dunedin-based University has boosted his side’s confidence.

“The win was certainly against the form book,” Henderson says.

After holding their rivals to nil-all at halftime, the Rovers conceded a goal almost immediately – scored by ex-Queenstowner Tane Gent – but kept their cool to eventually take the game.

Rovers next play Green Island in Dunedin this coming Saturday.

Giants take tumble

The Wakatipu Giants rugby league team’s semi-final aspirations took a tumble last Sunday. 

The Giants, who suffered several injuries, lost 18-6 to Invercargill’s Cowboys in atrocious conditions at the Queenstown Events Centre.

The team, which plays in the Southland club competition, has a bye this weekend then plays Mataura at home on June 30. “We need to win the last three games to have any hope of making the semis,” Giants president Teaukura Moetaua says.

Rovers’ women on fire

Queenstown Rovers women’s soccer team beat Waihopai 4-1 in Invercargill last Saturday to remain top of Southland Premier League.

Kim McMeeking opened the scoring in the first half for Rovers.

“With the wind at their backs in the second half Rovers stretched the Waihopai defence, playing wide and switching the ball across the pitch,” coach Bob Johnson says. 

“In a spell of 10 minutes they scored three more goals through top scorer Christina Werdke, Suz Houge and Meg Bryan.” Rovers play Western at the Events Centre on Sunday, 1pm, hoping to continue their unbeaten record.

Don’t miss the Motatapu

Entries for Motatapu’s mountain biking, running and triathlon events open online on July 1 at 9am. 

Queenstown Trails Trust recently bought the five-race event, which is best-known for its off-road mountain biking and marathon races between Wanaka and Arrowtown. 

The next Motatapu, on March 8, marks the 10th anniversary of the event, which attracts thousands of competitors each year.