By Stu Munro
Old Boys extended their lead in Southland Football's Premier Men's Donald Gray cup competition when they accounted for Southend United 5-1 at the ILT Turf in Invercargill.
Last year's champion team Southend United played its best football for this season and competed well with Old Boys until a late flurryof goals inflated the score-line.
Old Boys led 1-nil at halftime from a Bara'a Toubat goal but five minutes into the second spell it was all square when Kurt Knarston fired in a thunderous volley for Southend to register not only the equaliser but the first goal against Old Boys in 545 minutes of football this season.
The tied score lasted just five minutes as James Tucker headed in for Old Boys to make it 2-1.
At the 30 minute mark Old Boys began to dominate the game and goals from Toubat, his second, Jack Boland and Jordan Wards saw them comfortably home 5-1.
In the other game Waihopai gained its first win of the season 4-1 over a Thistle side still to register its first win.
Waihopai's goals came from Mohammed Sheraan, Matty McDowell, Carl Henderson and Grant Bel while Thistle's goal was scoredby Morgan Vine.
Division One: Winton 5, Western Rovers 3; Queens Park 2, Old Boys 1; Gore Wanderers Red 3, Gore Wanderers Black 2; Thistle 5, Waihopai 4.
Division Two: Thistle Blue 3,Waihopai 1; Southend United Black 4, Queens Park Masters 0; Old Boys Red 24, Western Rovers 0;Cleanways Thistle 2, Old Boys White 1; Gore Wanderers 0, Old Boys Black 0; Southend United Green 5, Queens Park 1
By Jonny Turner
Premier grade women's hockey wrapped the initial stages of their season today with two games in bitterly cold conditions in Gore.
The weather did not restrict the action on the turf with two games of high scoring, attacking hockey.
Hokonui held SIT/Collegiate to 1-nil in today's opening game going into half time.
That changed quickly after the break with Hokonui putting on seven unanswered second half goals.
Hokonui coach Stephen Hook, who was having his first game in charge of the 8-nil winners this season, was happy with the performance but kept things in perspective.
"The girls played really well," he said.
Southern A and Falls' Bistro Matuara played out a similar contest in the following game on the Gore turf.
While Southern A held their Matuara opponents to a 5-nil score line, their game started evenly with a tightly matched first half.
Southern A captain Rebecca Robertson described her team's start to the game as "sluggish''.
Southern A built momentum as the game went on, scoring two late second half goals when up 3-nil with 10 minutes to play.
Robertson was pleased with her team's effort but also credited the opposition goal defence for their play which she labelled 'fantastic''.
Only two games were completed in the women's competition, with Southern Masters defaulting to Mataura's top side, while league front runners Riversdale had the bye.
Men's top grade hockey was played in Invercargill on Friday night.
Eastern/United continued their winning run with a 4-2 success over Central.
Collegiate took out a 4-1 victory over Phoenix in the only other premier division game of men's hockey over the weekend.
Premier club rugby
By Logan Savory
Marist will be looking over their shoulders in Southland's premier club rugby competition after dropping a tight tussle against competition frontrunners Woodlands at the Les George Oval today.
Marist were pipped 30-26 by Woodlands, and as a result the Miller St boys have slipped back to fourth place in the competition standings and will be looking nervously at the fifth-placed Barbarians.
The Mark Tinnock-coached Marist side have Star, Barbarians and Blues to play in their remaining three games and still have an eight point buffer over the Eastern-Northern side.
The Barbarians automatically picked up four points today as they had the scheduled cross-over match against division one team Ohai-Nightcaps, which the Barbarians won 68-7.
Pirates-Old Boys gave an indictor they are hitting form at the perfect time of the season when they made light work of picking up the five competition points against Midlands at Surrey Park.
Pirates-Old Boys dished out a good old fashion thumping by winning 68-nil, which inflicted more pain on Midlands who have struggled in 2014.
The Winton-based club are winless this season and it has become a battle just to put a team on the park.
In the third premier fixture played today, Star gained a much needed 41-33 bonus point win over Blues, which has pushed Star to just one win from being certain of a semifinals berth.
Premier:Woodlands 30, Marist 26; Star 41, Blues 33; Pirates-Old Boys 68, Midlands 0; Eastern-Northern Barbarians 68, Ohai-Nightcaps 7 (cross-over)
Division one:Wyndham 17, Edendale 18; Pioneer 5, Mataura 32; Waikaka 27, Tokanui 6; DLS 15, Waikiwi 10; Te Anau 24, Riversdale 20; Mossburn 13, Bluff 49; Ohai-Nightcaps 7, Eastern-Northern 68.
Division two: Old Boys 3, Riverton 11; Marist 27, Blues 5; Balfour/Lumsden 19, Midlands 41; Wrights Bush 14, Albion Excelsior 24; Collegiate 39, Woodlands 19; Waiau Star 20, Central Pirates 10.
Highlanders First XV competition: Menzies 19, St Peters 8 (played Friday night); John McGlashan 39, Mt Aspiring 21; Kings 57, Gore High 0.
The Southland Times