A classic derby rugby game unfolded at the Queenstown Recreation Ground yesterday. On a sodden pitch, Arrowtown completed a rare 10-7 away win against Wakatipu based on unrelenting defence.
Wakatipu had more than 70 per cent of both territory and possession, but only had one second-half try, by bullocking no.8 Ben Blakely, to show for their efforts.
Arrowtown led 5-0 at halftime courtesy of a brilliant kick-and-chase try by young fullback Daniel Eyles. Down 7-5 halfway through the second half, Arrowtown’s winning points came from a try by yeoman flanker Aidan Winter, after a tackle-breaking run by veteran replacement back Simon Spark.
With Arrowtown second in the Central Otago competition to Maniototo and Wakatipu still lying third, and with only four rounds left, there’s a good chance the two local rivals will meet again in the semi-finals on July 17, but this time in Arrowtown.
The Queenstown-based Southern Stampede last night lost the first of two games in Auckland this weekend to Botany Swarm, 4-2. That’s after the Stampede opened their 2010 campaign with two away games against Dunedin Thunder last weekend. The Stampede were disappointing last night, player Braden Lee says, but he says their goalie, 16-year-old Aston Brookes, was outstanding, taking 57 shots at goal and only letting in four.
The Queenstown Rovers soccer side lost their home game against Mosgiel 4-1 yesterday after being one apiece at halftime. “We lost our way a little bit in the second half,” Rovers player Steve Henderson says. In Central Otago league games, the Rovers reserves beat Alexandra away 6-0, and Wakatipu United beat Wanaka 3-0 at home.
Wakatipu High’s A team managed to sneak in a few extra goals against the Harcourts team in the final quarter of their Premier game to win 44-40 at the Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday.
In other games Chico’s/ABL walloped the new premier team Cougar Security 90-30 while GR Concrete had a convincing win against Arrowtown United 50-36.
In the Senior A grade, experienced Executive Accommodation easily beat youngsters WHS Blue 70-21 while the strong WHS Yr 9A team beat schoolmates WHS Gold 40-20. The other highs school team WHS Yr10A easily took out their game against Glenorchy 50-16.