Queenstown ice hockey stars win dodgeball

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The Southern Stampede ice hockey team suffered a tough loss last weekend but were winners in Queenstown yesterday.
 
Well, the US imports at least. 

American members of the Stampede – Michael Weber, Mike McRae, Kirk Golden and Brian Howitz (top) – took out the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival’s Speight’s Dodgeball Championship. 

The foursome – dubbed the Harry Schnuts – won the competition at Earnslaw Park featuring 32 teams, all under the watchful eye of Dodgeball New Zealand president Lee Terewi. 

The team who will have scored sartorial brownie points with the selector were the 2012 champs, Team Collier C4 (bottom, left) dressed in retro news team suits and moustaches. 

Festival boss Lisa Buckingham says the nature of dodgeball meant there were always some hilarious moments for those on and off the court. 

“The Speight’s Dodgeball Championship is always a raucous affair,” she says. 

“There were some fantastic moves out there on court today and some close calls on a few occasions. It was fun to watch and all in the name of good sportsmanship and pure entertainment.” 

A new event for festival, the Bond Street Bridge outfit’s Explorer’s Club Antarctica Show was held at the Remarkables Park Red Barn (bottom right). 

The festival schedule heralded the first night-skiing session last night up Coronet Peak, where the Mountain Mayhem events are on today. 

It’s the annual ultimate day of ski field fun. 

With perfect skiing conditions and another crisp blue sky day forecast, the scene is set for the Auckland Airport Suitcase Race, Jelly Belly Musical Chairs, the MetService Snow Scramble and the American Express Dash for Cash. 

Then Queenstown gets ready to rumble – Mountain Scene’s Thriller in the Chiller charity boxing extravaganza rumbles into action at the Queenstown Events Centre from 7pm.