Wakatipu Premiers

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...

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...
Among the blue-shirted Wakatipu Premiers players Arrowtown faced in their White Horse Cup defence last Saturday was Auckland-based Blues Super Rugby player Michael Collins. Unwanted last weekend by the Blues, the 25-year-old played a crucial role in Wakatipu's come-from-behind 20-19...

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...
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...

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...

Prems ready to atone

Returning to the winning formula of the first part of the season is the focus for the Wakatipu Premiers against Matakanui Combined this Saturday. The team is coming off an 18-20 loss at home to the Maniototo Maggots last week,...
The Wakatipu Premiers dominated the second half to take the prestigious White Horse Cup off Arrowtown in a fine rugby spectacle on Saturday. In the first half, Arrowtown, playing on their home ground, Jack Reid Park, scored two tries and...
When the Wakatipu Premiers rugby side take on Arrowtown this Saturday, on the latter's home turf, Jack Reid Park, there are more than traditional 'Battle of the Basin' bragging rights at stake. Wakatipu are also challenging for the coveted White...
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