The Dunedin men were beaten by Canterbury 3-0 in the semifinals to finish third-equal in the intercentre sevens in Wellington at the weekend.
The Black Sticks women powered back from a two-goal deficit to beat the United States 3-2 in Rangiora yesterday.
Momona controlled the game, running out 3-1 winner, but the Southland Barbarians showed they will be more than competitive in the women's premier competition this season.
In the first game of the opening round for the premier men's competition, a late Nathan Gilbert strike gave Albany a 1-0 win over defending champion Kings United.
Erika Fairweather has capped an impressive first national age-group championships with two more medals.
Mark Hutson (Muriwai Golf Club) went wire to wire, leading all the way to claim the biggest win of his career in the New Zealand men's stroke play at the Hastings Golf Club yesterday.
Delightful Memphis blasted away her usual bridesmaid's tag with a scorching 1.51.9 track record-breaking mile win at Winton on Saturday.
Mitchell Sizemore and Stacey Hopwood have been named Otago players of the year at an awards ceremony.
Carrying the top weight did not stop White Robe Lodge galloper Coulee from defending her South Island Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes crown at Riccarton on Saturday.
Balmacewan maintained the lead but St Clair kept the pressure on when both took the maximum 10 points in the post-Christmas Shield competition in Dunedin club tennis on Saturday.
Some very rusty rugby was played at the weekend and a lot of whistle.
The Kia Toa Tigers and the South Pacific Raiders that notched up first-round victories when the Otago Rugby League Premier competition kicked off on Saturday.
North East Valley 132 for four beat Carisbrook-Dn 130 by six wickets
Dunedin rider Brad Evans won the 100km Le Race, from Christchurch to Akaroa, on Saturday.
Canberra is not the most exciting of places.
It will take a good couple of months to find out whether this was the start of something special or a false dawn.
The Southern Steel piled on the points and yesterday and showed why it holds the favourite tag.
The Southern Steel have got their season off to a strong start with a 75-57 win over the Northern Stars in Hamilton.
New Zealand have got themselves into a good position at stumps of day two of the third test against South Africa in Hamilton.
A five-try first half blitz set the Lions on their way to a 42-19 away win over the Southern Kings in Super Rugby at Port Elizabeth, but they only made sure of a bonus point right near the end.