Old Boys moved to a commanding eight point lead in Southland Football's Premier Men's Donald Gray cup competition when they beat Queens Park 3-1 at Surrey Park in Invercargill this afternoon.
After trouncing Park 7-nil in the first round, Old Boys were expected to meet more stubborn opposition in this game.
That proved to be the case until midway through the first half when the competition's leading goal scorer, Callum Smith, netted the first of his two goals.
Old Boys began to dominate the game and only a fine 'keeping display by Park's Chris Pearson saved Park further embarrassment.
Pearson blotted his copybook later in the game when he and Old Boy's Bara'a Toubat were sent from the field following a flashpoint involving several players.
Smith grabbed his second goal early in the second half with Jack Boland stretching Old Boys' lead to 3-nil shortly after.
Tobi Reid scored Park's lone goal with a well struck direct free kick.
At the ILT Turf, underdogs Waihopai led Southend United 2-nil at the halftime break only to capitulate under pressure from a rejuvenated Southend unit and lose the game 5-2.
Israel Calder and Matty McDowell gave Waihopai their lead while Kurt Knarston 2, Steve MacDonald, Andy Ward and an own goal settled the result for Southend United.
Division One: Winton 4, GoPro Invercargill Thistle 1; Old Boys 6, Arrow International Waihopai 0; Queens Park 2, Gore Wanderers Black 1; Gore Wanderers Red 2, Western Rovers 0.
Division Two: Southend United Green 7, Old Boys White 1; Old Boys Black 7, Western Rovers 1; Old Boys Red 6, Southend United Black 0; Queens Park 6, Queens Park Masters 0; Cleanways Thistle 2, Thistle Blue 2; Gore Wanderers 1, Waihopai 0.
The Eastern-Northern Barbarians have shut out Blues 25-nil at the Gore Showgrounds, but they still have their work cut out trying to climb their way into the top four of the Southland premier club rugby competition.
Woodlands trailed throughout their game against Pirates-Old Boys at Centrepoint but managed to retain their places at the top of the standings with a 23-17 win.
Midlands recorded their first win of the season with a 45-12 victory over division one DLS in the crossover game, while Marist came back from a 14-10 deficit at halftime to beat Star 22-19 at the Les George Oval.
Second half tries to Scott Eade and Otulea Katoa helped the green-and-blacks to a much-needed win.
The Edendale and Waikaka match promised the most quality in round 11 of 13 in the Southland division one club rugby competition today.
Waikaka won this entertaining match 38-26.
In the battle to avoid the wooden spoon Waikiwi beat Pioneer 29-10 at Donovan Park.
Pioneer scored early and held that five point lead until half time.
Riversdale were too good for the visiting Mossburn Stags, winning 34-21, while Mataura could not keep pace with their near neighbours Wyndham, going down 24-11 at Tulloch Park.
Bluff were too strong at home for the depleted Ohai-Nightcaps, winning 66-nil.
Bluff got off to a good start and never let up.
Tokanui had home ground advantage and pushed table-toppers Te Anau right to the wire.
The northerners held on for a 10-9 victory.
Drummond Limehills Star picked up a valuable four competition points, but it was Midlands who comfortably won the Borat Trophy in the crossover match with DLS at Limehills.
Midlands won 45-12 after leading 27-5 at half time.
Pirates Old Boys came of age when it upset competition co-leader Collegiate 28-26 at Centrepoint Park in division two rugby action today.
In another notable nail biter, the other co-leader Marist stalled off a gritty Riverton 32-27 in an encounter which went down to the wire and could have gone either way.
Pirates-Old Boys associate coach Daniel Rolton said his team stepped up to the mark with unquestionably its best performance of the season.
"It was a very good team effort overall...The boys really fronted and deserved the win,'' he said. Pirates Old Boys defended grimly in the first half to lead 3-nil at the break and lasted in an exciting closing quarter.
"Congratulations to Pirates-Old Boys because I think they were hungrier and wanted it more than us,'' Collegiate manager David McIntosh said after.
Marist's powerful front row laid the foundation for its dominance which at times presented Riverton with problems in their classic confrontation.
Marist raced to a 19-6 lead at halftime, but Riverton rallied and was much more competitive in the second half which was marked by fluctuating fortunes.
Riverton could well have won the day but for a lack of finish when tries were not clinched.
Results of Southland-wide division two rugby games today were:
Marist 32 bt Riverton 27
Pirates Old Boys 28 bt Collegiate 26
Central Star 24 bt Balfour Lumsden 12
Waiau Star 27 bt Midlands 15
Blues 47 bt Albion Excelsior 19
Wrights Bush 10 drew with Woodlands 10
Mataura showed their class with an impressive win in the weekend's round of Southland premier grade women's hockey.
Four teams remain in the top division after a grading reshuffle, before the second phase of the Southland-wide competition started today.
Mataura made an excellent start to their game against Southern in Invercargill, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of play.
The visitors added two more goals before halftime, while Southern managed a sole first half goal to set a 4-1 halftime score line.
The second half of play mirrored the first, with Matuara dominating play.
The visitors scored four goals to Southern's one, taking the final score to 8-2 in Mataura's favour.
Riversdale and Hokonui played a closely fought contest that took until the last 30 seconds of play to find a winning goal.
The two teams were locked 1-all deep into the second half before Riversdale's Megan Winslow scored to seal the win for Riversdale.
The Southland Times