Professional athletes do not just roll up 20 minutes before the game and start playing. It is a long day of routine and meetings. Reporter Damian George outlines Southern Steel netballer Gina Crampton's match-day routine.
If this was meant to be the Southern Steel's toughest test of the season, then it may need to go up a class.
The Steel's win may have surprised many pundits but the home side always believed it could do the job, star shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid said.
Four Otago divers are set to attend international events later this year after a successful outing at the Diving New Zealand Autumn Championships in Hamilton.
The Southern Steel may have already secured top spot in the New Zealand conference but the squad is paying little attention to that as it prepares for a month of netball which will probably determine whether or not it is a genuine ANZ Championship contender.
It is only a matter of time before more Dunedin athletics clubs are forced to merge and some are likely to join forces sooner rather than later, the boss of Athletics Otago says. Athletics writer Damian George reports.
It has been more than 20 years but Mosgiel woman Jan Geary has finally added to her growing collection of holes in one.
Southern Stampede coach Adam Blanchette is not deterred by the suspension of one of his players and has promised his side will continue to stand up for itself when it takes on the Dunedin Thunder in a double-header in Queenstown starting today.
Things are starting to get desperate for South as it faces what is almost a must-win game in its quest to reach the final of the national league.
The next four weeks will provide an indication not only of how good the Southern Steel is, but also whether one of its best players has what it takes to step into the test arena, former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering says.
Promising middle-distance runner Oli Chignell had to overcome a slight mishap but still managed to exceed his own expectations in completing an impressive debut half-marathon over the weekend.
David Cooper, of Dunedin (right), competes in the under-83kg open squat during the South Island Powerlifting Championships in Dunedin yesterday.
The Southern Steel is in record-breaking mode this season and it notched up another milestone with its 81-51 demolition of the Tactix in Christchurch yesterday.
Controversy continues to follow the Dunedin Thunder, and the side is set to lodge a formal complaint about the refereeing of its 5-2 loss to the Canterbury Red Devils in Christchurch yesterday.
If Dunedin Thunder and Ice Blacks player Connor Harrison gets through the first quarter of today's season-opening national league match against Canterbury in Christchurch, he will already have done better than last season.
Each week, the question remains: when will the Steel lose its first game this season?
Tumua Ioane always thought he knew more about rugby than the referees controlling his games, and now he has the chance to prove it.
Many things have changed at the Southern Steel over the years, but there is one person who has been through just about all of it.
The Dunedin Thunder is back on the market for a goaltender after it was confirmed yesterday its Estonian import has been denied entry into New Zealand.
Doug McElhinney reckons he only has a couple more years in him as a Mainland South BMX official, but he has said that before.