There was consolation waiting for Southern at the end of the National Hockey League.
Changes to the way the national competitions are structured have been welcomed by the Otago Hockey Association.
It might not have been the result they were looking for but Southern players Blair Tarrant and Kane Russell will look back at the just completed transtasman series with some fondness.
King's High School is into the final of the Rankin Cup, the top tournament in secondary schools hockey.
The Black Sticks Women won the first match of their three-test Oceania Cup series against Australia 3-1 in Rockhampton last night.
International hockey games could be on their way to Central Otago following the announcement of a full-sized turf for Alexandra.
The Black Sticks were thrashed 5-0 by world No5-ranked India in the final of the Ready, Steady Tokyo Olympic test tournament yesterday.
The Black Sticks men have won their first two matches in Japan and will hunt for a hat-trick of wins late tonight.