Battle of the Basin

Arrowtown draws first blood

By PHILIP CHANDLER For the first time, Queenstown Bowling Club opened its season last Saturday with a ‘Battle of the Basin’ derby against Arrowtown. Each club fielded six teams of four, with Arrowtown prevailing 50 ends to 46. Pictured afterwards are Arrowtown...

Ding-dong battles beckon

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While the Arrowtown Premiers are out to repeat history this Saturday, Wakatipu’s determined to correct it as the sides face old foes Upper Clutha and the Cromwell Goats, respectively, looking to book a 2020 Central Otago Premiers...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having defended The Cup by drawing with Arrowtown, the Wakatipu Premiers this Saturday get a chance to claim one of New Zealand's oldest rugby trophies. They'll travel through the Kawarau Gorge to take on old foes - the...

Delectable derby

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a possible psychological ploy, Wakatipu Premiers' co-coach claims they're underdogs for Saturday's Battle of the Basin season-opening rugby derby Arrowtown. Grant Murphy backs his claim by pointing out hosts Arrowtown are defending Central Otago title-holders and Arrowtown played...

Workmen playing ball

By PHILIP CHANLDER Workmen on a Queenstown wastewater project will double as rugby ball boys this winter. A trench has been dug across the western end of the Recreation Ground to accommodate a pump station as part of a major council infrastructure...

Almost worth the wait

By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER If this doesn't wet the club rugby whistle, there's something wrong. After a nightmare start to the 2020 Central Otago Premiers rugby comp - which, in fact, didn't start at all due to the Covid-19 lockdown...
Last May, Gavin Mason ran up 1100 steps in under 10 minutes, but two weeks later he was barely able to walk up one. After finishing fourth in the annual Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge in Auckland, the Queenstown Airport...

Tribal lines are drawn

Call it the ultimate 'Battle of the Basin' showdown. This Saturday's mouth-watering final of the Central Otago rugby competition pits the Wakatipu Premiers, on their home Queenstown Recreation Ground, against neighbours Arrowtown. Kick-off is 2.30pm. Placed first and second, respectively, after the...
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