Big game for boys
Three Queenstown teens represent Otago in an important football match this weekend. Eighteen-year-olds William McIntyre, Zayn Officer and Jake Johnson, 17, are in the 25-strong Otago Under 19 squad as part of the nationwide ASB Championship. After beating Nelson 1-0 in Dunedin last weekend, the boys play Canterbury this weekend in the South Island finals. The match winner will play the North Island champs in a national decider.
Queenstown boxer Martin Mech had a 15-5 win at a Christchurch club tournament last Saturday. Mech’s trainer Stewart Mitchell says the Fight Science fighter had too much strength and power for Dunedin opponent Sam Beck. Fight Science’s Mike McKee lost 15-6 to Beck’s colleague Matt Crawford. Five Fight Science fighters are in the novice South Island championships in Christchurch, March 23-24.
Cricketers in final
The Queenstown senior men’s cricket team easily won their Koford Cup semi at home last Saturday. Sean Windle took three wickets for 10 and Adam Hubber two for 20 as Queenstown rolled Blacks Hill for 80 runs. Queens-town lost two wickets in reply, with Jarred Andrew blasting 51 off 29 balls. Queenstown meet Upper Clutha’s Albion in the final in Luggate on Saturday.
The country’s best frisbee golfers will descend for the Wakatipu Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday. It attracts about 50 players to the Queens-town Gardens course. NZ champ Simon Feasey is entering. It’s a 36-hole singles tournament with open, women’s, masters, grand masters and locals’ categories. Queenstown Disc Golf Club chairman James Smithells says the club’s been busy upgrading tees. It starts at 9.30am. A Paradise Plates Disc Golf Tournament is at Glenorchy’s Garden of Eden on Sunday from 9.30am.
James Ramsay and Dylan O’Connor were among eight medal-winning Wakatipu High crews at the South Island secondary schools championships. O’Connor and Ramsay won silver in the under-16 boys’ double scull at Twizel last weekend. The pair joined Hayden Bewley, Jacob Flanagan and cox Ben Wales to win gold in the U16 boys’ quadruple scull. The U18 boys’ novice four of George Dennison, Latham Jones, Reid Long, Logan Boyd and coxswain Henry Matthews won gold in the U18 boys’ novice four.