Queenstown Rec Ground

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...

‘Definitely capable’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu Premiers kicked off their rugby season with a pleasing away win against Alexandra last weekend but face a stern test tomorrow. They’re at home to last season’s Central Otago champs, Cromwell Goats, who showed they’re again a...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Rugby Club expects a ‘‘readymade replacement’’ for its Queenstown CBD clubrooms should they get bowled to make way for the second stage of an arterial bypass road. In a submission to an Environmental Protection Agency consenting...

Irish sporting spectacle

By PHILIP CHANDLER For fast-paced action, there’s no better place to be this Saturday afternoon than the Queenstown Rec Ground. Queenstown’s ‘Band of Brothers’ tackle Christchurch-based Canterbury GAA in the very Irish sport of hurling, while also fundraising for St John...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH After Covid decimated its ranks, the Whakatipu women’s rugby team’s looking to make a comeback. Coach Grant Scannell says the ramifications of the global pandemic on the ladies — many of whom were made redundant and forced to...

Game plans for rugby club HQ

By PHILIP CHANDLER The future of Wakatipu Rugby Club’s valuable Queenstown CBD clubrooms, if they’re bowled for an arterial road, was kicked around at its AGM this month. The clubrooms, overlooking the club’s Recreation Ground playing field, would be doomed, along...

Tough rugby roadies ahead

By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite tough away games this Saturday against Maniototo and Upper Clutha, Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby coaches are confident they’ll prevail. Arrowtown headed off Upper Clutha, 20-16, at home last weekend, and despite a long second-half break for a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Playing for your captain takes on a new dimension for the Arrowtown rugby side’s crunch home game against Upper Clutha today. That’s because Malcolm Sutherland, who’s in sole charge this year after being co-captain last season, brings up his...
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...

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...

To Oz, with love

It's set to be one of the biggest Queenstown parties this summer, but the sentiment behind it's no cause for celebration. This Sunday the free Wakatipu Waiata for Australia's being held on Queenstown's Rec Ground, from 11am till 7pm, raising...
Vandalism at a Queenstown rugby ground has its club seeing red – and firing shots at the council. Long stretches of tyre marks were visible across the Queenstown Recreation Ground this week, cutting deep into the muddy turf. Council signs said...
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