Sporting organisations in Otago have found it tough going over the lockdown period and not all of them are out of the woods yet.
The game is made up of 100 one-percenters. For a team like the Highlanders, it comes down firstly to doing the basics well and efficiently.
Whatever Super Rugby looks like next year, it is hopefully going to bring some quality to the table.
Two key cogs in Southern United are moving on as clouds hover over whether the side will make an appearance in the national league.
Gaming machine trusts are seeing spending levels return to pre Covid-19 levels but there is still uncertainty ahead.
The national basketball league got what it asked for and is pressing ahead with a national women’s league.
All the boxes have been ticked and the stars have aligned — the third hockey turf in Dunedin is soon to be a reality.
An inability to travel overseas and the need to keep top players at a high level were the drivers to get a new national premier hockey league under way.
The coach of the side which was beaten 20-0 in a Southern Premier League match on Saturday has been axed.
Apparently it is amusing. But stadium bosses are far from smiling by the antics of those who feel the need to unveil everything.
The Highlanders need to start converting gutsy efforts into wins on the scoreboard as a run of Sunday games start.
University showed it will not give up its club title without a fight in premier club rugby today as the season finally kicked off.