A smorgasbord for connoisseurs of local sport

What to do, what to do, what to do ... first?

There is so much local sport on this weekend the sports nuts out there will be going, well, nuts.

Otago's Ranfurly Shield defence against Southland gets under way at Forsyth Barr Stadium today at 4.35pm.

The last time these two sides battled for the Shield, Southland scored a controversial try to hold on to the log o'wood. That was nine years ago, but the pain is still fresh. No-one north of Clinton has forgiven Jamie Mackintosh.

To warm up for what shapes as the main event, rugby fans can head to Littlebourne and watch the Otago Premier Schools final between Otago Boys' High School and King's High School.

King's closed the gap in its last outing against Otago Boys', so the game could be close.

North Otago and Otago Country are playing the curtainraiser for the Shield challenge.

The South Island Ice Skating Championships are on at the Dunedin Ice Stadium all weekend.

Moana Pool will be busy. It is hosting the South Island Swimming Championships.

The Port Road Race gets under way at 1pm today.

Phys Ed A will play the Southern Magpies in the premier final of the club netball tournament at 2.15pm.

In the club hockey, the University Whales will play King's United in the men's final at 2pm, while City Highlanders will meet Momona in the women's final at 3.30pm.

So much to do.

Oh, and the All Blacks have a wee match against Australia tonight and the Black Caps are chasing glory in Sri Lanka.


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