Dame Lois Muir had a plan yesterday, and initially it did not involve getting up in the early hours.
The final round of the Otago premier schools competition provided little in the way of surprises, and was a training run for a couple of sides.
The final round of the Otago premier schools competition before the teams split into sections provided few surprises.
University and Taieri will clash in next Saturday's club final after both sides recorded 10-8 victories in tight semifinals today.
You could call her a veteran - she has just racked up her 100th game for the University women's side. But Georgia Mason is hardly old - in fact she is still only 21.
Otago acknowledges it is talking to former All Black loose forward Adam Thomson about a return to the blue and gold but nothing has been decided.
Harbour and Green Island will go in as underdogs in their club semifinals tomorrow but the two sides are far from parading the white flag.
The stocks of Akira Ioane continue to drop after the No8 was moved to the reserves bench for tomorrow's match against Fiji in Rotorua.
Josh Ioane is poised to make his test debut while fellow Highlander Ben Smith gets his chance to start at fullback in an All Black team stripped of much of its experience.
It was an emotional Glenn Sutton who crossed the line at the end of the Badwater 135 ultra running race in California yesterday.
Otago has not yet kicked off its Mitre 10 Cup campaign but has already begun advertising for next year's coach.
Roxburgh is pleased with its return to senior ranks and has the bonus of adding another Otago player to its history books.
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The Highlanders will be walking down the same path the side treaded 12 years ago and must plan to make sure it does not have the same result.