Wakatipu Wanderers

Draw on repeat

By PHILIP CHANDLER Courtesy of a wonky draw, the Wakatipu and Arrowtown Premiers rugby sides’ semis will be against the same teams, at the same venues, they played last weekend’s qualifying finals at. After a tense final few minutes at the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Good wins at the weekend ensure the Wakatipu and Arrowtown Premiers rugby sides hold extra cards going into qualifying finals this Saturday. Wakatipu, who jumped clear into second place with a thumping 93-7 victory over Cromwell Cavaliers, get another home...

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 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...

Tough rugby roadies ahead

By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite tough away games this Saturday against Maniototo and Upper Clutha, Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby coaches are confident they’ll prevail. Arrowtown headed off Upper Clutha, 20-16, at home last weekend, and despite a long second-half break for a...
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...

Workmen playing ball

By PHILIP CHANLDER Workmen on a Queenstown wastewater project will double as rugby ball boys this winter. A trench has been dug across the western end of the Recreation Ground to accommodate a pump station as part of a major council infrastructure...

Almost worth the wait

By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER If this doesn't wet the club rugby whistle, there's something wrong. After a nightmare start to the 2020 Central Otago Premiers rugby comp - which, in fact, didn't start at all due to the Covid-19 lockdown...

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...
A lift in off-field performance is credited with helping the Wakatipu Premiers rugby side's revival. After a disappointing seventh placing in last season's Central Otago competition, they're unbeaten and top-of-the-table after four rounds this year. In three games, including last Saturday's home...
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