Around The Grounds
Old Boys is the only club remaining to represent Southland in Football's national Chatham Cup tournament courtesy of their 1-nil win over Queens Park in their round one game at the ILT Turf in Invercargill.
Southland's other representatives were all eliminated by Northern opponents.
Southend United lost 2-nil to West End at Timaru, Waihopai went down by the same margin to Pleasant Point at Pleasant Point and Thistle lost out 14-1 against Mosgiel at Mosgiel.
The Old Boys Queens Park local derby lived up to expectations as a close encounter with a combination of a misdirected clearing kick from Park's keeper and quick thinking by Old Boy's Baraa Toubat resulting in Toubat netting the only goal of the game.
Southend United went to half-time with a 1-nil deficit in Timaru but West End doubled the lead in a counter attack as Southend pushed forward looking for a second half equaliser.
Waihopai defended a 2-nil half time deficit with an improved second half effort to keep their opponent scoreless, while Thistle was clearly outclassed by Mosgiel who scored seven in each half to the response of aThistle goal from Ashley Hughes.
Chatham Cup Football South Zone Round One:
Mosgiel 14, Thistle 1;
Old Boys 1 Queens Park 0;
Pleasant Point 2, Waihopai 0;
West End 2, Southend 0;
Dn Tech 3, Northern 2;
Northern Hearts 5, Queenstown 1;
University 3, Melchester 1;
Division One (club Football):
Old Boys 8, Gore Wanderers Black 0;
Gore Wanderers Red 4, Winton 2;
Division Two (Club Football):
Old Boys Black 2, Cleanways Thistle 0; Old Boys White 8, Western Rovers 2; Waihopai 2, Queens Park Masters 1 Old Boys Red 2, Southend Green 0;
Queens Park 3, Southend Black 3; Thistle Blue 2, Gore Wanderers 2;
Premier Club Rugby
Star, Woodlands and Marist recorded wins in round six of Southland's premier club rugby competition today with the trio looking the best teams throughout the first half of the competition.
Star maintained their unbeaten record with five wins from five in their outing against Pirates-Old Boys at Waverly Park in Invercargill, although it took some work.
Pirates-Old Boys held a 7-6 halftime lead and were hammering the Star line early in the second half.
However, Star back Junior Ngualafe dealt the visitors a cruel blow when he intercepted a pass and went the length of the field to score and put Star infront.
From there, Star kept their noses in front and eventually won 20-17.
In the other games today, Woodlands as expected didn't have too much trouble grabbing the points against Midlands at Winton, claiming a 43-7 victory.
Marist made the trip to Waikaia to take on the Eastern-Northern Barbarians and come away with a 18-5 win to take their record to four wins one loss for the season so far.
In the cross-over match between premier team Blues and division one side Edendale, Blues were the victors 28-10 with Waka Parkinson scoring two of the Blues tries.
Star 20, Pirates-Old Boys 17
Woodlands 43, Midlands 7
Marist 18, Eastern-Northern Barbarians 5
Blues 28, Edendale 10 (cross-over)
Highlanders First XV Rugby
Gore High 22, St Peters College 13
Waitaki Boys' 36, James Hargest 15
SBHS 36, Mt Aspiring 5
Kings' High 67, Central Southland College 0
Menzies College 16, St Kevins 15
OBHS 66, John McGlashan 3
South Otago 30, Dunstan High 5
Division One Club Rugby
Wyndham and Bluff extended their lead at the top of the division one points table.
Wyndham racked up a 76-7 win at Mossburn, while Bluff accounted for Drummond Limehills Star 39-10.
Ohai Nightcaps failed to consolidate their place in the top eight on the points table with a win over Pioneer.
Instead it was the underdog visitors who backed up their last round win against Mossburn with an important 20-15 victory.
Tokanui gained their second win of the season when Mataura come to town. Tokanui thrashed the visitors 44-14, while Riversdale also earned maximum points at home against 35-7.
Te Anau bounced back to form on their home turf with a 39-22 win over Waikaka.
Wyndham 76, Mossburn 7
Bluff 39, DLS 10
Pioneer 20, Ohai-Nightcaps 15
Tokanui 44, Mataura 14
Riversdale 35, Waikiwiw 7
Te Anau 39, Waikaka 22
Division Two Club Rugby
Marist and Collegiate maintained their unbeaten records in the Southland-wide division two rugby competition today with decisive wins over Albion Excelsior and Midlands respectively.
Collegiate downed hosts Midlands 25-0 and Marist disposed of last year's beaten finalist Albion Excelsior 44-17.
The two leading teams, who have compiled unbeaten sequences of six from six, lock horns in Invercargill next week in what will surely be the game of the seventh round. Opinions are varied among keen judges as to the likely outcome as there seem to be few deficiencies in either city unit.
Marist fully satisfied winning coach Nathan Burgess with six tries but he praised Excelsior for "taking it to us with some big men who called the tune early.''
"We managed to weather their storm and then broke out,'' Burgess said.
Riverton associate coach Joel Allen said he was proud of his team after gaining its fifth win from six starts with an 8-0 win over a good Blues team.
"It was a real battle but the Riverton defence was outstanding and stood the test,'' Allen said.
Waiau Star sprung a minor surprise with a gutsy 24-12 win over hosts Woodlands.
Central Pirates/Star 22 bt Wrights Bush 3
Collegiate 25 bt Midlands 0
Marist 44 bt Albion Excelsior 17
Waiau Star 24 bt Woodlands 12
Riverton 8 bt Blues 0
Pirates Old Boys 78 bt Balfour 0
The Southland Times