Wakatipu Premiers

An up & down season

By PHILIP CHANDLER Frustratingly for their supporters, the Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby sides have yo-yoed between wins and losses over their first four games this season. Arrowtown, who beat Alexandra 49-17 at home last weekend, will want to break that...
By GUY WILLIAMS One of Queenstown’s finest rugby products, Michael Collins, hopes he’ll get on the pitch when his Highlanders team brings the Super Rugby circus to his hometown at the end of this month. In a scheduling reshuffle enabled by...
By PHILIP CHANDLER After another thrilling ‘Battle of the Basin’, Arrowtown tomorrow at last score a home game while Wakatipu Premiers undertake the Central Otago rugby comp’s longest bus ride. Playing on their home ground last weekend, Wakatipu triumphed 18-10 over...
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 PHILIP CHANDLER You probably couldn’t kick off the Central Otago Premiers rugby season this Saturday any better than with a replay of last year’s Arrowtown Bulls v Cromwell final in Cromwell. ‘‘It’s probably the perfect way to start a season,’’...

Coaches walk the talk

By PHILIP CHANDLER First blood’s gone to Wakatipu in the annual ‘Battle of the Basin’ with Arrowtown, and that’s even before the rugby season starts. Eight junior coaches from each club — including Arrowtown’s Hamish Wilton, pictured left, and Wakatipu’s Harry...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby coaches support this season’s truncated schedule, but query why they didn’t get duck-shooting weekend off. The newly-released Central Otago draw features just one round, as against the traditional, home-and-away two-round format — apart...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If anyone knows about the euphoria of winning New Zealand’s most famous rugby trophy, it’s Queenstowner Michael Collins. The Otago captain, whose team took the Ranfurly Shield off Taranaki in Inglewood last Sunday, has amazingly been part of...

Ding-dong battles beckon

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While the Arrowtown Premiers are out to repeat history this Saturday, Wakatipu’s determined to correct it as the sides face old foes Upper Clutha and the Cromwell Goats, respectively, looking to book a 2020 Central Otago Premiers...
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...
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