rugby

Eight year winning tear

Arrowtown School has established an almost unrivalled sporting dynasty with its Year 5/6 rippa rugby team. Last week the team won the Otago Year 5/6 champs for the eighth year running in Dunedin. It beat Alexandra's The Terrace School six tries...
Queenstown-raised professional rugby player Michael Collins is nothing if not loyal. Despite talk he's heading back to Wales after a successful stint with the Llanelli-based Scarlets in 2015-16, he's re-signed for a third season with New Zealand's worst-performing Super Rugby...
Finalists last year, beaten semi-finalists this year. Defending Central Otago Premiers rugby champions Wakatipu lost their home semi 8-6 to Cromwell last Saturday, while Arrowtown lost by the same score to top-of-the-table Upper Clutha in Wanaka. Atrocious conditions turned both games...

Semis challenge

The Wakatipu and Arrowtown Premiers rugby sides need to go where they haven't gone this season to win their Central Otago semi-final games this Saturday. Second-placed Wakatipu have a home semi against third-placed Cromwell at the Queenstown Recreation Ground after...

Post-derby clashes

Fresh from their hard-fought derby, the Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby sides finish their round robin season with must-win fixtures this Saturday. Fourth-placed Arrowtown, who beat Wakatipu 16-13 last weekend, need to fend off Matakanui Combined, at the Queenstown Events...

Dog fight at the Rec

Basin rugby battle lines will be drawn this weekend – all going well at the Queenstown Rec Ground. Ten days ago the ground, home to the Wakatipu Prems rugby team, was ripped up after a car managed to gain access...

Cup fever in A’town

Fresh from snatching the White Horse Cup off Cromwell, the Arrowtown Premiers face two very winnable challenges before their name's inscribed on the prestigious rugby trophy. The Bulls meet the Central Otago competition's bottom-placed sides – Alexandra, at their Queenstown...

Grudge match

IT'S shaping up to be a doozy. This weekend the Wakatipu Prems rugby team will go head-to-head with their first round foe, Cromwell, at the Queenstown Rec Ground. Waka – off the back of a 53-0 win in Alexandra at the...
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...
This Saturday sees the unusual spectacle of two Central Otago rugby semi-finals taking place just six kilometres apart in Queenstown. Top-placed Wakatipu Premiers host fourth-placed Cromwell at the Recreation Ground while second-placed Arrowtown host Maniototo at their adopted Events Centre...
Top-of-the-table Wakatipu Premiers were rattled by a more determined Arrowtown in an exciting rugby derby last Saturday. Reversing their first-round result, the Arrowtown Bulls won 25-18 on Wakatipu's home ground. Arrowtown coach Simon Spark says he's proud of his players. "Even the...
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