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By PHILIP CHANDLER After another thrilling ‘Battle of the Basin’, Arrowtown tomorrow at last score a home game while Wakatipu Premiers undertake the Central Otago rugby comp’s longest bus ride. Playing on their home ground last weekend, Wakatipu triumphed 18-10 over...

Noah’s double win

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown fighter last Saturday added a South Island Muay Thai belt to go with a South Island kickboxing title he won last October. Noah Shepherd, 26, a light cruiserweight who fights at 84.6kg, says it’s ‘‘a big...
By PHILIP CHANDLER You can just about count on a close ‘Battle of the Basin’ rugby match in Queenstown tomorrow — even if duckshooting’s claiming several players. Matches between the Wakatipu and Arrowtown Premiers have invariably been nail-biters in recent seasons, and in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Attempting her first half ironman just over two years ago, Queenstowner Fiona Gallagher crashed her bike and broke her collarbone. Undeterred, late last month the 27-year-old convincingly won her age group and was fourth-fastest female amateur in her...
By PHILIP CHANDLER You probably couldn’t kick off the Central Otago Premiers rugby season this Saturday any better than with a replay of last year’s Arrowtown Bulls v Cromwell final in Cromwell. ‘‘It’s probably the perfect way to start a season,’’...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's run a scorching sub-1 hour 20 minute half marathon to showcase her phenomenal talent. Angela Waters, 28, finished third-fastest female in last Sunday’s Christchurch half marathon, out of 572 female runners, in 1:19.28sec. She was just a...

Maadi Cup magnificence

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High punched above its weight at the Maadi Cup secondary schools’ rowing regatta at Lake Karapiro in the North Island last week. Out of a record field of 2623 rowers from 122 schools, Wakatipu picked up one...
By GUY WILLIAMS A whipping right hand in the closing seconds of the last round won Queenstown kickboxer Rob Horrocks the King In the Ring 8 Man Series in Auckland at the weekend. The Manchester native, one of eight fighting for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Spare a thought for five Queenstown triathletes entering New Zealand’s biggest ironman after being mucked around this month. Aaron Fleming, who’s tackling Taupo’s Ironman NZ for an incredible 10th time, Paul Preston, who has completed three full ironmans...

Run every mountain

By PHILIP CHANDLER Someon carrying good form into the 50km race held as part of tomorrow's Northburn 100 mountain run, near Cromwell, is Queenstowner Maureen Stachowicz. The 27-year-old Frenchwoman, who loves nothing better than running in the mountains, won the women’s...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Ace Queenstown ultrarunner Brooke Thomas says she received a ‘‘lovely’’ message from the Aussie whose length-of-New Zealand women’s record she’s just smashed. The 32-year-old nurse, who finished in Bluff last Friday night, completed the 3000km Te Araroa Trail,...

‘Bitter pill’ for Robinson

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson’s gutted after two ‘did not finish’ esults at the FIS World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. Robinson’s coach, Cantabrian Chris Knight, got a course set for the race — the first time...
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