football

Local’s Ali coup

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a heavyweight coup, a Queenstowner and another Kiwi are creating a giant tourist attraction in the United States dedicated to one of the world’s biggest icons, Muhammad Ali. Local Stu Robertson — a marketing guru and philanthropist...
By MATTHEW MCKEW The allure of a new South Island-wide football league’s having the desired impact in Otago, with Queenstown Rovers finding themselves locked in a season-long, hard-fought battle for a place in the coveted higher division. Five games in and...

Hockey to get Q’town home

By MATTHEW MCKEW A new dawn for hockey’s on its way with outline plans for an artificial pitch at the Queenstown Events Centre. Hockey players in the Wakatipu currently travel to Cromwell to play matches and make do with two tennis...

Rovers promote young locals

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘I CAN’T play football tomorrow, I’ve been called into work’’. It’s a familiar convo in amateur football, particularly in Queenstown, where Rovers’ men rely almost entirely on overseas players working casual contracts. For stalwart manager Jamie Whitmarsh, Covid-19 was...

NZ call-up for young hotshot

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown Rovers’ stand-out midfielder’s heading to the Junior All Whites training camp to stake his place in their World Cup qualifier squad. Young gun Willem Ebbinge, 19, has been an ever-present threat this season and his hard work’s paid off...

Debutante’s goal

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown Rovers women’s gaffer says they’re ‘‘in it to win it’’ and wants all three points on Saturday at the Queenstown Events Centre. Mark Ford says it’s been a topsy-turvy football season for the side so far, but...

Rovers feeling the blues

By MATTHEW MCKEW Four weeks of disrupted training has left Queenstown Rovers manager ‘‘frustrated’’, to say the least, and he’s desperate to see a solution. Jamie Whitmarsh says there were some serious words had after the men’s senior football side lost...

Support for sports

By MATTHEW MCKEW A $151 million overhaul of Queenstown Events Centre - including the resort's first full-size artificial turf pitches  - is set public consultation. The proposal includes an extension to the swimming pool and new buildings, where the existing main...

TV wrestling to grip viewers

Queenstown's next pro wrestling show will be filmed for TV as the 'sport' increasingly gains a hold on New Zealand. TVNZ Duke will film the sixth edition of 'Queenstown WrestleFest' on March 14, for screening around July. It's a coup for...
Queenstown's Mr Football is a true-blue local now. In an early Christmas present from Immigration New Zealand, Jamie Whitmarsh was granted permanent residency on December 23. The popular former Londoner, now enjoying a summer break before his school holiday training camps start...

A tough season

Queenstown AFC may be changing tactics and recruiting more youth players ahead of next season after "one of the most difficult years" for the side, its head coach says. Jamie Whitmarsh, who's been involved in the club for many years,...

Kids flock to academy

A new Queenstown football academy teaching children to curl free kicks like a pro and providing opportunities to play in overseas tournaments has been met "phenomenal" interest, its head coach says. The Whitmarsh Academy – named after head coach Jamie...
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