Life father, like son
In a rare feat, former halfback Brian Dagg (left) was made a life member of Wakatipu Rugby Club last Saturday, two years after his dad Bill was conferred the same honour. Brian, 49, played more than 300 games for Wakatipu’s top team, retiring in 2001.
He’s served 20-plus years on the committee and also coached. Bill, 79, believes he’s the last surviving member of the club’s original 1953 team. He also served 11 years as club president.
Retiring Arrowtown lock Jim O’Malley, who passed the 100-game milestone this season, was named player of the year at the championship-winning rugby club’s awards dinner last Saturday.
Players’ player was Nathan Pullar, Ryan McMaster the outstanding contribution award, Todd Adolph the most promising player and Ed Spence the most improved.
The Wakatipu Rugby Club awards, also presented last Saturday, saw Guy McCone named player of the year, John Strickland the most improved, Brad Patterson club man of the year and vice-president Kevin Rae personality of the year.
Sole under-18 rep selection
Eighteen-year-old Wakatipu High lock/flanker James Aoake is the only local selected for Otago Country’s under-18 rugby squad, who play three rep matches from September 12-26 then the South Island under-18 tournament from October 2-4.
The squad’s coached by Arrowtowners Simon Spark and Andy Watherston.
Two into one
Hugh MacPhee (left) and Rob Freer both scored holes-in-one during the weekly mixed competition at Queenstown Golf Club’s Kelvin Heights course last Thursday. MacPhee’s ace was on the 110m 10th hole while Freer’s was on the 158m 13th.
Winning at home
After their 4-0 away thrashing of Invercargill’s Queens Park last weekend, the Queenstown Rovers women’s soccer team – formed just this year – play their first home game on Sunday, a semi-final against Invercargill’s Southend United at the Events Centre at 1pm. Coach Darren Rewi, who’s confident of a win, says their star player last Sunday was midfielder Zoe Albon, who scored two goals.
Hockey women chasing third spot
Queenstown senior women’s hockey player Helena Bateman of Scotland heads upfield during her side’s semi-final loss to competition favourites Alexandra Waratahs. The Waratahs won 3-0 last Saturday and play Cromwell in the final on Saturday at Cromwell.
Queenstown face Maniototo for the third-place play-off at Cromwell just after 1pm the same day.