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Allez, Pascale
A former French tennis professional is taking the court for the Queenstown Open this weekend. Pascale Leroy, once ranked 300 in the world and in the French top 20, has entered the local open’s singles tournament which offers $500 prizemoney to the winner. The 29-year-old recently moved to Wanaka as a part-time tennis coach and sports physio/massage therapist. Last month, she helped the Southern Lakes A team retain its regional tennis title, defeating Otago A in Dunedin. 

Summer hockey over
Queenstown’s second season of Maxwell Cup summer hockey finished last Thursday. Team Four – comprising Ruth Peddie, Ronan Gannon, Loren Hrynkewycz, Fenagh Smith and Sarah Watson – beat Team Six in the final of the six-team weekly league played at Frankton. Gannon was top scorer for the season. 

Moke Lake tri time
Queenstown’s scenic Moke Lake is the start and finish line for a triathlon this Saturday. The sprint distance triathlon for individuals or teams starts with either a 750m swim or 4km kayak. There’s also an easier ‘du it’ triathlon challenge and a run/mountain bike duathlon. Along with 6km and 10km trail runs there’s also the challenging 10km Ben Lomond Assault from Moke Lake to the Ben Lomond summit and back. This race starts at 12pm and others start at 1pm. Race-day registration is 10.30am-12.30pm at the Ben Lomond Woolshed. The event is part of a five-race Ultimate Tri Series organised by local runner Adrian Bailey. 

Local’s top shots
Novice Queens­town shooter Rob Dean had a good result at the New Zealand Clay Target Association Down The Line nationals at Hamilton last week. Dean, 37, who’s a Wakatipu Gun Club shooter, finished fourth in C grade of the NZ Minis Championship. 

Rugby hit-outs
The Arrowtown Premiers rugby team notched a good win in their first pre-season game last Saturday. They beat Waiau Star in hot conditions in Tuatapere, near Invercargill, 55-15. This Saturday they play Southland’s Wyndham in a pre-season game at their home ground, Jack Reid Park, at 2.30pm. Meanwhile the Wakatipu Premiers face their first pre-season opposition this Saturday following inter-squad warm-up games last weekend. The squad, who’ll field two Premiers teams in the Central Otago competition, starting April 6, play Riversdale at the Events Centre, also at 2.30pm.