If Central weren't favourites to take out the Marlborough division one rugby title before Saturday's games, they certainly are now.
Jimmy Cowan joins Southland for the 2016 national provincial championship season.
The NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV travel south this week with their focus firmly on picking up five more points in the University of Canterbury rugby championship race.
A trio of Marlborough water polo teams made quite a splash during the South Island Tri-Series in Canterbury last weekend.
Last week the Floorpride Marlborough Mariners climbed to the top rung of the Nelson division one football ladder. This week they set about trying to stay there.
With both sides assured of a position in Marlborough's division one rugby semifinals, the "town" derby match between Central and Harlequins will be all about club pride.
The Tasman Makos High Performance XV have secured a gratifying first up win against their Counties-Manukau counterparts.
Ryan McCone will be one of the older heads at Central Districts.
Fijians Nemani Nadolo and Jone Macilai join six All Blacks in the Crusaders' run-on side.
The Marlborough Gymnastics championships, staged at Stadium 2000 on Saturday and Sunday, provided several highlights for Blenheim club competitors.
Marlborough sailors Emily Overend and Harry Edwards experienced the highs and lows of international competition during a recent trip to Sri Lanka.
While many cyclists have hung their bikes up for the winter, Marlborough rider Ethan Batt is hard at work, training for a major tour in Canada.
The favoured teams came out on top during the latest round of Marlborough premier netball.
There is one new face at Central Districts for next summer.
Weekly golf notes
Marlborough's up-and-coming cyclists are on the move.
An exciting, talent-laden Tasman Makos High Performance XV has been named to play their Counties counterparts in Auckland on Wednesday.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read will back up for the Crusaders in Fiji on Friday night, but Ryan Crotty is almost certain to miss the Chiefs clash.
COLUMN: Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe talks about what rugby we can expect to enjoy over the rest of the season.
Weekly sports fixtures
Consistency was the key for Marlborough marksman Bruce Webb who claimed the main prize at the Marlborough Gun Club meeting on Saturday and Sunday.
The Marlborough representative indoor bowls team suffered a good, old-fashioned spanking when they were thumped by Nelson 56 and a half to 15 and a half in their McNabb Trophy challenge in Nelson on Sunday.
Uso Fiafia and Manaia will play off for the premier grade title when the Marlborough volleyball finals are staged at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Thursday.
Top seed, Alex Kennedy, won the Marlborough table tennis Half Way Tournament on Thursday without dropping a set.
Marlborough's rep netball sides make light of inclement conditions to claim most of the silverware at the Betty Woodham Memorial tournament.
Blenheim Valley United continued their march towards the Marlborough division one football title with a solid 6-3 victory over club mates BV Cobras on Saturday.
Rain the only winner at Waterlea as surface flooding sinks second day of meeting.
The Floorpride Marlborough Mariners assumed top position on the Nelson division one football table after scoring a 3-0 win over Wakefield First XI on Saturday.
The NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV banked five competition points in Blenheim on Saturday - but they did it the hard way.
A desire to combine fine rugby with fine wine and, by doing so, support teams playing our national game at the college, has kicked off a special event.