Defending champion Gareth Woods, of Dunedin, is expected to be one of the frontrunners when the national slalom windsurfing championships start on Otago Harbour today.
Otago has put the disappointment of handing over the one-day title to Northern Districts behind it and has turned its attention to the razzmatazz of twenty/20.
Disgruntled Otago fans may be wondering if Black Caps and former Northern Districts coach Andy Moles was part of a conspiracy to rob the province of its one-day title.
Otago skipper Craig Cumming would have loved to have played for Otago in the one-day final against Northern Districts in Hamilton on Saturday.
Neil Wagner has been outstanding for Otago all summer and underlined his class with a superb opening spell yesterday
Otago captain Craig Cumming's late call-up for the Black Caps has left a yawning gap in the Volts line-up.
Bradley Scott's heart still lies in Otago but the Northern Districts seamer was more than happy to pick up a trophy with his new team.
Otago coach Mike Hesson refused to blame a ponderous innings from star English import Dimitri Mascarenhas for his side's 49-run loss to Northern Districts in the State Shield final in Hamilton on Saturday.
Otago's recent success invites comparison with the great side of the late 1980s which won the one-day and four-day titles in the golden summer of 1987-88.
Otago's success has come back to haunt it, with three key players missing for today's State Shield final in Hamilton.
Otago demolished Canterbury by eight wickets in the State Shield semifinal at the Village Green in Christchurch today.
Northern Districts might be the form team but Otago has more big-game experience, coach Mike Hesson says.
With hindsight one can confidently say Wellington all-rounder James Franklin timed his match-winning effort in yesterday's State Shield clash perfectly.
The reunion will have to wait because there is just no room for friendship on the field, Otago opening bowler Neil Wagner says.
If you had glanced into the Otago dressing room following its dramatic one-wicket loss to Wellington in Invercargill on Sunday, you could have been forgiven for thinking the defending champion had just been eliminated from the State Shield.
Otago has 5 million reasons to pull a lot harder in the tug of war for Brendon McCullum's services.
Otago might have secured a semifinal appearance but its final round-robin match against Wellington in Invercargill tomorrow remains crucial.
New Zealand Cricket Players' Association executive manager Heath Mills has backed the decision to release Brendon McCullum to play for New South Wales tonight.