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Otago Country Champions

Mon, 30 July 12

The Wakatipu premier rugby team was named the 2012 Otago Country Wide champion on Saturday, capping off its dream season, when it took apart the previously unbeaten Clutha Valley side at Clydevale, 22-12.

The win was dedicated to the late Glenn "Scooter" Reid (40) who died of pancreatic cancer in December.

Wakatipu vice-president Brad Patterson told the Queenstown Times yesterday it was a fitting tribute to Mr Reid, who had been an enormous part of Wakatipu rugby.

"It was a big thing for our club to come out and do him justice."

Assistant coach Damian Petre said Wakatipu made a slow start, but then found its footing in the muddy conditions.

Captain Regan Pearce crossed the tryline twice, Danny King dotted down once and Marcus Balchin put in another player-of-the-day performance.

It has been a long wait for the Wakatipu side.

The last time it took out the trifecta of trophies - the White Horse Cup, the Central Otago Championship and the Otago Country Wide title - was in 2005.

Pearce told the Queenstown Times yesterday the time had come to hang up his boots.

"I'm not fully retired [but] I've got new goals to aspire to.

"I said to the boss at the start of the year if we had a successful season I would retire. What better time to hang the boots up?

"It's one thing to retire.It's another thing to retire with a great, successful year behind you.

"It's just a bloody good feeling to be able to celebrate such a fantastic year.

"I'm going to have a rest next year and I want do to Thriller in the Chiller [boxing event]."

Coach Kelvin Middleton said Pearce was one of several club stalwarts who would not be on the paddock next year.

They included Patterson, who set fire to his rugby boots after beating Arrowtown in the Central Otago Championship at Alexandra on July 21.

Patterson bought another pair of boots last week, wore them on Saturday "and they were put in a skip on the drive back through Ettrick".

President Damien O'Connell was thrilled with the team's efforts over the season - particularly for its major sponsor.

"Rilean Construction have been supporting us for five years and hanging in with us, and finally being able to win some silverware [is great]."

However, the season was not quite over for several of the Wakatipu players who had been named in the Otago Country rugby team, along with two Arrowtown representatives.

Included in the side, which will play its first game against Southland Country in Gore on Saturday, are Pearce, Balchin, King, Jake Lawrence, Richie Stephens, Mark Te Whaiti, all of Wakatipu, and John Morrison and Matt Ryan, both of Arrowtown.

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Central Otago Winners

Mon, 23 July 12

Wakatipu proved too good for its neighbour Arrowtown in the the Central Otago premier rugby final, played at Molyneux Park in Alexandra on Saturday.

Wakatipu prevailed 16-7 in what was a tough, physical match between rivals and "good mates".

Having acquired the White Horse Cup by beating Cromwell last month, Wakatipu can add the premier final trophy to its collection and the win has secured the side a game against Clutha Valley in the Otago Country Wide final, in Clydevale on Saturday.

Wakatipu's only try was scored by Marcus Balchin and converted by Regan Pearce, and penalties were kicked by Pearce, Tony Farley and Brad Robertson.

Player of the match went to Balchin.

Wanderers went down 22 17 to Roxburgh 

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Rilean Construction Premiers in Ranfurly and The Boiler Room Wanderers are at home

Thu, 31 May 12

The Rilean Construction Premiers are playing Matakanui in Oamaku on Friday Night kick off at 7.30pm. This will be Brad Robertson 100th Game, what an achievement, well done Brob. The Boiler Room Wanderers play Upper Clutha in Wanaka kick off is at 1pm. The Under 18's play Upper Clutha at the Rec kick off at 11.15am Under 15's play Kings High in Lawrence Under 14's play West Otago at the Primary School ground at 11.15am

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No Rugby Easter Weekend

Mon, 2 April 12

No Rugby Easter Weekend, Congratulation's to Vice President  Brad Patterson and Mel Burgess who are getting Married this weekend.

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Wed, 7 March 12


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Arrowtown 10's

Fri, 24 February 12

Arrowtown 10s tomorrow. Meet at car park at the rugby club if you need a ride out at 9am, and if you dont meet at Jack Raid Park in Arrowtown by the camping ground at 9.40am.

See you all there tomorrow 9.30.

First game tomorrow is 10.18am against Cromwell. Russell Kelly is the man in charge, Russell Longthorn will run the water. All playoffs commence at 5.20pm - The cup final is 6.20.

Good Luck Lads

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Rippa Rugby Draw Wednesday 22/02/2012

Mon, 20 February 12

Rippa Rugby Draw Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Time Field       Grade
4pm 1a APS Marlins (DG) v QPS Tua Touch 1 & 2
4pm 1b APS Dodgers v RPS Little Rippas 1 & 2
4pm 2a APS Diamondbacks v RPS Little Flyers 1 & 2
4pm 2b APS Cubs v RPS Little Feet 1 & 2
4pm 3 RPS Attackers v APS Vikings 3 & 4
4pm 4 APS Falcons v APS Eagles 3 & 4
4pm 5 QPS Red Dragons (DG) v APS Sabres 5 & 6
4pm 6 APS Blackhawks v APS Lightning 5 & 6
4.40pm 1a APS Marlins (DG) v RPS/Kingsview 1 & 2
4.40pm 2 RPS Defenders v QPS Bluetooths 3 & 4
4.40pm 3 APS Steelers v APS Panthers 3 & 4
4.40pm 5 APS Flames v QPS Red Dragons (DG) 5 & 6
4.40pm 6 APS Predators v RPS Remarkables 5 & 6
5.15pm 4 APS Bulls v RPS Dream Team 7 & 8
5.15pm 5 APS Hornets v QPS Purple Unicorns 7 & 8
5.15pm 6 QPS Green Hornets v APS Raptors 7 & 8


1. There will be a bin at each field with belts, tags, scorecard and whistle - please put all items back in the bin at the end of each game.

2. Games will be 13 minute halves with 2 minutes for halftime.

3. Games will begin and end on the hooter.

4. (DG) means that your team has two games and shall play on the same field for both games.

5. Points tables will be kept and the draw for the finals day will be completed on Thursday 22nd March.

6. Cancellations will be made by 2pm on Wednesday please check the website

7. Any queries please phone Damien 027 473 5474 or Kay 027 666 8821

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Pre Season Training

Mon, 13 February 12

Pre Season training is now every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6pm.

Bring your running shoes as well as your boots.

Just remember boys the more you do now the eaiser it will be on the track.

One last thing to remember

You can't pick your family but you can always  pick your friends

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Bar Roster for 7's

Wed, 4 January 12

Bar Roster for the 2012 7's The Bar will be situated at the end of the ground by the new toilets. Saturday Morning 10.45am to 1.30 pm Kris Vermier John Mansfield Murray Middleton Saturday Afternoon 1.30pm to 4pm Sharon Frew Gavin Bartlett Craig Wilson Saturday Afternoon 4pm to 6pm Renne Kerr Amanda Bamford Craig Anstiss Sunday Morning 10.45am to 1.30 pm Rachel Vemeir Russ Longthorn Brian Howie Sunday Afternoon 1.30pm to 4pm Tonia Farquharson Phil Wilson Steven Ridley Sunday Afternoon 4pm to 6pm Gavin Bartlett Chris Campbell Damien O'Connell Sunday night in the Hall Rachel Vermeir Amanda Bamford Kay O'Connell Damien O'Connell

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