Green Island

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...

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...

Young tyros do the business

By MATTHEW MCKEW Former Scottish footballer Alan Hansen’s infamous claim ‘‘you don’t win anything with kids’’ was once again entirely wrong last Saturday, when a Rovers’ side with three 16-year- olds in the team won 9-0. The three points were vital for the...
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