Weather disrupted the national championships on Lake Karapiro for a second straight day yesterday, but it did not stop Otago competitors from bagging the region's first medals.
Robert van Royen
Auckland City continued its domination of Southern United with a comfortable 4-0 win at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night.
Wind and thunderstorms wiped out the majority of yesterday's racing at the national championships on Lake Karapiro.
A day of repechages and semifinals saw a bunch of Otago competitors qualify for medal races at the national rowing championships on Lake Karapiro yesterday.
David v Goliath, wooden-spoon favourite v championship favourite - call it what you want, Southern United faces a daunting challenge at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight.
A string of international players have been confirmed for next month's New Zealand Open in Arrowtown.
Naseby-based luger Jack Leslie just keeps on getting better.
Otago competitors made a promising start to the national championships on Lake Karapiro yesterday.
A first-half hat-trick by former Southern United member James McGarry condemned Southern United to a ninth straight ASB Premiership loss, in Wellington on Saturday.
Oli Chignell and Shireen Crumpton dominated their respective races to win the men's and women's Otago 5000m titles at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday.
Otago swimmer Kate Godfrey did her fair share to help the Southern Makos finish second at the annual New Zealand zonal championships in Auckland on Saturday.
If ever Southern United is going to get off the bottom of the ladder, today could be the day.
The King is in town - King Carlos Spencer, that is. He will take to Miller Park, Green Island, for the second running of the Spartans 10s tournament today. The 40-year-old former All Black, who has just signed a three-year deal as an assistant coach with the Munakata Sanix Blues in Japan, will play for the Spartans, one of 16 teams in the tournament.
It is a long way to go, but a group of Otago rowers has reason to believe the trip will be worthwhile.
The Dunedin Thunder will be almost unrecognisable when it takes to the ice next season.
Youngsters Kairangi and Anahera Koni might be names worth keeping an eye on in the future.
Niki Schuck is a big Warriors fan, but she will refrain from offering any advice to the team in her role as a board member.
One of the worst-kept secrets in rugby was confirmed yesterday - Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is Japan-bound.
Numbers were down, but Dunedin Masters Games trust chairman John Bezett was still "delighted'' with last week's event.
Jono Bredin can now be called an umpire and a referee.