Sav's Sidelines: The big game

Southland's Junior Ngaluafe will lineup for the Provincial Barbarians team against the British and Irish Lions.

The big game, taking on the Lions, remembering 1997 - this week's Sav's Sidelines column.

Steel shooter at home in defence

Southern Steel shooter Jennifer O'Connell stays on her feet against the Mainland Tactix in an ANZ Premiership warm up ...

Southern Steel shooter Jennifer O'Connell is spending plenty of time in the defensive circle this season to help her selection chances.

Hauroko Valley off to the capital

The Hauroko Valley Primary School players, and principal Glen Puna, celebrate winning the Southland Primary School's ...

The Hauroko Valley school's Rippa Rugby team are off to Wellington.

Smith wary of confident 'Tahs

Highlanders fullback Ben Smith, left, will play his 127th game for the Dunedin-based franchise on Saturday night.

The Waratahs' form guide isn't flash, but Highlanders captain Ben Smith is bracing for a 'massive challenge'.

Stodart makes big time in basketball

Mac Stodart is in the New Zealand under 16 basketball team heading to the Australian Junior Championships in Perth in July.

James Hargest College student Mac Stodart is close to achieving one of his goals - to play basketball for New Zealand.

Veteran Shark closing in on return

Hayden Allen in action for the Southland Sharks in the National Basketball League.

Injured Southland Shark Hayden Allen has been a frustrated spectator.

Van Rij on a wing and a prayer

Queens Park's John van Rij, in yellow, jostles for possession against Thistle in Donald Gray Cup football.

Grace Presbyterian Church pastor John van Rij is making his mark in Southland club football.

Wyndham to remember 1997 heroics

Te Anau's Sais Horrell makes a flying tackle on Wyndham's Keiran Anderson in a division one fixture.

Three more tightly contested fixtures expected in Southland's division one club rugby competition on Saturday..

Scott McLeod backed for ABs

Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod has been linked to the soon to be vacated All Blacks defence coach role.

Highlanders coach Tony Brown sees similarities between McLeod and ABs defence coach Wayne Smith.

More national honours for Verdon pupil

Southern Steel shooter Aliyah Dunn.

Aliyah Dunn to line up in Netball World Youth Cup.

Ben Smith back for Highlanders

Highlanders captain Ben Smith is back after three weeks out with an ankle injury.

Co-captain Ben Smith headlines returning Highlanders as he prepares to equal a franchise record.

The Pioneer race on hold

The Pioneer Mountain bike stage race to the Southern Alps.

The 2018 Pioneer race has been postponed while Ironman Oceania reviews global mountain bike event strategies.

Silver Ferns named in under-21s

Kelly Jury of the Magic defends a shot from Maia Wilson of the Stars in a ANZ Premiership fixture.

New Zealand under-21 coach Kiri Wills feels they have x-factor for Netball World Youth Cup.

Key Stag may not return

Brumbies first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera.

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald is awaiting confirmation if first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera will be back this year.

Steel embarrass Pulse

Southern Stell goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid takes the ball under pressure from the Central Pulse defenders.

 Central Pulse suffer massive home defeat to the Southern Steel.

SBHS topple southern rivals

Southland Boys' High halfback Tim Price passes the ball during the interschool game against Otago Boys' High School in ...

Southland Boys' High School works hard in defense in a thrilling win over Otago Boys' High School.

Your chance to cast a vote

Cyclist Eddie Dawkins.

Your chance to have your say for the 2016/2017 Southland Sports Awards.

Peter Hunter on the mend

Peter Hunter with two of his runners for the Invercargill meeting on Saturday - Bold Ruler, left, and Rakarover.

Ryal Bush horseman Peter Hunter should be back race driving in August.

Coach pleased with help

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald.

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald says club coaches are helping embed playing systems.

Drummond claim the Gilmour Rosebowl

Drummond have claimed golf's Gilmour Rosebowl.

The Gilmour Rosebowl is finally changing hands after Waikaka's three-year-reign.

Who is in the Stags mix?

Marist second five-eighth Matty Johnson is one of the Stags midfield contenders for 2017.

Logan Savory takes a look at who he thinks could be contention for the 2017 Southland Stags squad.

'A really good run'

Southlander Rose Heyrick, 55, is retiring from the track after competing at a national level for 15 years and winning ...

After decades of competing at a national level, Southland sprinter Rose Heyrick has decided to call it a day.

Henderson likely starter for Tour

New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson riding at the World Championships.

The likely inclusion of five-time Olympian Greg Henderson for his cycling swansong at the 2017 Tour of Southland has administrators excited.

Refreshed Steel keen to avoid upset

Southern Steel player Shannon Francois, left, passes the ball, while Pulse wing defence Claire Kersten looks on.

The Southern Steel are refreshed after a 10-day break and keen to avoid upsets against two of the form sides of the national netball league.

McLeod concentrating on 'Landers

Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod will coach the team against the British and Irish Lions in June.

Scott McLeod coy on interest in All Blacks' defensive gig.

Sports unite in unique partnership

Touch player Logan Tippett, Touch Southland regional manger Warren Bryant, Rugby Southland general manager Andrew ...

Touch Southland and Rugby Southland join forces with the key task to grow female numbers.

Netball's form seven

Steel import Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is the competition's top goal scorer.

No place for Maria Tutaia, Anna Harrison or Jane Watson in national netball premiership's form team.

Southern schools to clash

Southland Boys' High School midfielder Josh Mason.

Southland Boys' High School and Otago Boys' High School set for annual interschool showdown.

New athletes for Academy Southland

Academy Southland new athletes for the year, front row from left, Imogen Peterson, Emily Paterson, Ella Smith, Kendall ...

Twelve promising athletes have been selected for the Academy Southland programme.

Southland success at cycling awards

Steve Canny won the Services to Cycling Award at the Cycling New Zealand awards.

Southlanders were recognised for their efforts at the Cycling New Zealand awards ceremony on Saturday.

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