Gibbston pitches in
Gibbston now has a level playing field.

Gibbston Community Association chairman Susan Stevens and Helen Forsyth from neighbouring Mount Edward Wines admire a newly-sown cricket oval on land bought by Queenstown Lakes District Council two years ago.

The Coal Pit Road oval was prepared last week by students and teachers from Otago Polytechnic’s sports turf management programme, with support from companies and individuals donating fertiliser, seed, irrigation system design and materials, and rolling equipment. QLDC also chipped in with $75,000.

The oval, supplemented by a barbeque area and public toilets, should be ready for Gibbston’s annual Christmas picnic in early December.


Fishing’s reel Test

Glenorchy Fishing Competition entrants on Saturday will be angling for All Blacks vs Wales Test tickets at Carisbrook next year.

Glenorchy Lodge co-owner Liz Fox says the overall winner gets two tickets to the game and two night’s accommodation in Dunedin.

Entrants can register from 6am at Glenorchy Lodge or 6.30am at the Glenorchy Holiday Park store.

Soccer young guns

A group of young Queenstown soccer players will represent Central Otago under-13s at the nationals in Invercargill starting this weekend.

Quintin Jack, Charlie Burton, Harrison Macharg, Pierie McLeod and Matt Bradford have been selected.

Vice-captain Logan Chandler – also of Queenstown – has had to withdraw after a snowboarding accident put him in hospital with a ruptured spleen. It’s the first time Central Otago has entered the tournament.

Sevens heaven

Breakfast with All Blacks Lelia Masaga and Richard Kahui will be auctioned at a fundraiser for Queenstown’s Southern Storm sevens team on Saturday.

The team, including seven Arrowtowners, is trying to raise $30,000 to go to the Cook Islands International Sevens tournament next month.

The Memorial Hall fundraising night is $30 a head for food, a glass of bubbles, fashion show and music by Arrowtown band The Lynch Mob. Door sales on the night from 6pm.