The ANZ Championship is nearing the halfway stage and the Southern Steel has emerged as runaway leader in the New Zealand conference. Reporter Damian George looks at the prospects of each of the Kiwi sides.
Runners take off in the junior girls section of the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association Logan Park road race in Dunedin yesterday.
Olympic and world champion Hamish Bond has retained his stranglehold on the Otago rower of the year award.
The Steel's victory in Adelaide yesterday represented a significant moment for New Zealand sides in this year's ANZ Championship.
Things just keep getting better for the Southern Steel.
A strong Hill City-University team will line up in a new-look Lovelock Relays event in Dunedin today.
The Steel's record in Australia does not make for pretty reading.
This year's surf life-saving world championships in the Netherlands will probably be Andrew McMillan's competitive racing swan song, and he has a chance to create history before he signs off.
The Southern Magpies were simply too strong as they outclassed St Hilda's senior A 70-31 in their Dunedin Premier A-grade clash at the Edgar Centre last night.
Wanaka swimmer Hamish McLean has just missed out on a place in the New Zealand team for this year's Rio Paralympics.
Athletics Otago remains in good shape but needs to work harder to maintain volunteer and membership numbers in the future, a departing administrator says.
A 17-year-old Dunstan rower has been named in the New Zealand under-21 team for home and away regattas against Australia.
It is early days, but former Silver Fern Belinda Colling has seen enough of the Southern Steel to believe the side has what it takes to go all the way in this year's ANZ Championship.
Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid brought up a milestone of her own on Saturday, reaching 2000 career goals.
The high-flying Southern Steel will travel to Adelaide this week looking to equal its record winning streak and having become the first Kiwi team to knock over an Australian side this season.
New Zealand's next Winston Reid may just have been running around at Tonga Park yesterday.
Dunedin runner Mel Aitken was "a little bit disappointed'' but had no regrets after finishing fourth in the Rotorua Marathon at the weekend.
No-one is under any illusions - the Southern Steel will face a true test of where it is at today.
Otago swimmers had a fruitful outing at the New Zealand age-group championships in Wellington last week.
St Clair Surf Life Saving member Andrew McMillan has been named captain of a 12-strong New Zealand squad looking to claim its third consecutive world title.