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Japan’s yen for Ben

In a career-defining move, Queenstown tennis pro Ben McLachlan has been chosen to play Davis Cup – for Japan. Though a New Zealander, the 25-year-old doubles specialist's mother Yuriko is Japanese, and he holds a Japanese passport. With a current doubles...
Two pint-sized aces of Queenstown's golf scene have returned from the United States with tales of tournaments, new friends and, of course, Disneyland. Earlier this month, Wakatipu Juniors Noah Novacek, 9, and Josh Harris, 8, played the US Kids Golf...

Home straight for Stampede

Queenstown's Stampede have one hand on ice hockey's Birgel Cup. After winning their first finals game against West Auckland Admirals last weekend, a win at Queenstown Ice Arena tonight will clinch their third straight New Zealand Ice Hockey League title. Stampede...
When victory and defeat are separated by fractions of second, a fast and fair course is mandatory. NZSki snow sports boss Toby Arnott explains to Paul Taylor what it takes to make one Elite international ski racing returns to Coronet Peak later this...
Despite climbing to the top of the table, Queenstown's Stampede ice hockey team aren't taking their foot off the pedal. The defending champs knocked West Auckland Admirals off first place in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League after two gutsy...
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...

Bulls dish out respect

Excitement's building for a ding-dong top-of-the-table rugby derby in Queenstown tomorrow. The Wakatipu Premiers, who head the Central Otago competition with only one loss from 12 games, play second-placed Arrowtown on their Recreation Ground home turf at the earlier time...
Queenstown publicans have been forced to stock up as British and Irish Lions fans pour into the resort's pubs. Pog Mahones boss Will Adams says his bar, on Rees Street, has been doing pretty well off the back of the...

New ski coach aims high

Queenstown Alpine Ski Team's new head coach wants the ski club to become no less than the best in the southern hemisphere. Austrian Mario Hanausek rates the skills of QAST's younger alpine skiers and says some of the older ones...
Queenstown's Stampede ice hockey team face the biggest test of the season as they take on top-of-the-table West Auckland Admirals this weekend. Coach Adam Blanchette says the SkyCity-sponsored team is pumped and ready for the challenge. "You can only be the best...

Tough finish looms

Going by last weekend's performance, the top-of-the-table Wakatipu Premiers rugby side has to lift its game nearing the business end of the season. They struggled at home last Saturday to put away defending champions Cromwell 20-13, after beating them 36-10...
Queenstown's top ice hockey team expect a home-turf bounce as they shrug off their first league loss of the season. SkyCity Stampede take on Auckland's Botany Swarm this weekend in what promises to be two hard-nosed games. Coach Adam Blanchette says they're...
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