rugby

Sevens’ heaven

By PHILIP CHANDLER A 16-year-old Arrowtown rugby sevens player’s mixing it with stars like Portia Woodman in Tauranga this week. Olive Watherston, who’s just finished Year 11 at Wakatipu High, is one of four high school students amongst 52 players involved...

Dux award caps stellar year

By PHILIP CHANDLER Anyone who aspires to be a neurosurgeon’s probably pretty brainy — and in the case of Wakatipu High school leaver Om Alva, you’d certainly be right. The 18-year-old, who started his final exams last week, has been named...

New role helping men talk

By MATTHEW MCKEW Campaigns to encourage men to seek mental health support appear to be paying off, with health bods saying plenty are coming forward in Queenstown. It coincides with a new role introduced to Queenstown Medical Centre in August called...

Game on?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's in the running to host three southern hemisphere powerhouse rugby teams for about two months. And Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult’s also pushing for a 2020 Rugby Championship game to be played at the Queenstown Events Centre —...

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtown rugby stalwart Aidan Winter couldn't have picked a better occasion to mark his 200th Bulls game than this Saturday's clash with Cromwell. Not only is it a repeat of last year's Central Otago final, which Arrowtown edged...

Delectable derby

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a possible psychological ploy, Wakatipu Premiers' co-coach claims they're underdogs for Saturday's Battle of the Basin season-opening rugby derby Arrowtown. Grant Murphy backs his claim by pointing out hosts Arrowtown are defending Central Otago title-holders and Arrowtown played...
Arrowtown Rugby Club's outgoing president couldn't be happier bowing out after his Premiers side's Central Otago championship-winning performance last Saturday. Travelling to Cromwell, they beat the Goats 24-21 after a late penalty by first-five Connor Bissett. In the semis the week...
In a huge honour for Wakatipu High's 1st XV rugby team, Saturday's home match against Alexandra's Dunstan High 1st XV will be televised live on Sky Sport 1. The team's been playing for the first time in the Otago premier...
It was raining silverware in the Wakatipu Basin on Saturday night after both the local Premier rugby sides came up trumps in hard-fought battles. Wakatipu retained the White Horse after a fierce challenge from Alexandra, holding on to win 24-17. Waka...
After bestowing one life membership over 30 years, Arrowtown Rugby Club's anointed two more over three days. At last Friday's opening function for its 30th jubilee, the club's Jim O'Malley bestowed a posthumous life membership on "the late, great" Ewen...
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