Sports roundup

Welcome to our sports roundup section, where we bring you updates as to what is happening in the southern sporting scene through the weekend.

National indoor bowls championships.

David Archer, Maureen Pruden, Joy Archer and Candace Archer from the Matangi Club, Waikato won the fours at the Lion Foundation National Indoor Bowls Championships at the Southland Indoor Bowls Centre Hall, Onslow Street, Invercargill on Saturday.

This team consisted of father David, Mother, Joy and their 22 year old daughter Candace along with New Zealand and North Island representative Maureen Pruden.

This was the first national title for them all. David Archer, Maureen Pruden and Candace Archer were third equal in the triples earlier in the week. Pruden has a third equal in the pairs in 2007.

In the final over 10 ends they defeated Steve Mills, Linda Mills, Bevan Smith and Derek Button also entered from the Matangi Club, Waikato 8-7.

The final over 10 ends saw an exciting and close encounter. The score was 4-3 to Mills after 7 ends. On the next two ends Archer scored a single and then two shots to lead 6-4 going into the final end. On the final end Linda Mills played a great run shot to hold three shots for the win. Pruden ran at the head to reduce the count and killed the jack, Mills leading 7-6. On the killed end she redeemed herself with two great draw bowls to hold two shots. David Archer drew the third which blocked the draw for Mills. Mills ran at the head and reduced the count to two. Archer put in a block and Mills was unable to reduce the count with his last bowl Archer winning 7-8.

In the semifinals Mills defeated Peter Durry, Carolyn Braithwaite, Pam Durry and Jan Lamb, Pine Bush, Southland.11-7 while Archer defeated Brent Keen, Grant Fortune, Pater Carnie and Elaine Carnie, Seaward Downs, Southland, 12-2.

In the semifinal over 10 ends between Mills and Drury the Southland team made the best start to lead 2-0 after two ends, Mills then came back with a 3 and 2 to take the lead 5-4. Drury picked up two twos and Mills responded with 2 and  3 to lead 10-6 after 8 ends. Drury scored 1 on the ninth end but Mills wrapped up the match with a singles on the final end to win 11-7.

In the other semifinal between Archer and Keen the Waikato four dominated throughout only allowing the Southland four to score two shots on the third end. They ran out the winners 12-2.

The player of the tournament was won by David Archer, Waikato. He was the winner in the fours, third in the triples and reached the quarterfinals in the singles.

The Patrons Cup was won by Waikato.

Premier Club Rugby

Woodlands first five-eighth Ricky Bakker landed a last play conversion to help his team snatch a draw from the `Scruffy' Butt Memorial Shield game played at Rugby Park in Invercargill today.

The 'Scruffy' Butt Memorial Shield fixture is played between the Star and Woodlands clubs in Southland's premier competition.

Star were left ruing the inability to close out the game after they dominated last chunks of the game only to fall off the pace late in the game and walk away with a 29-all draw.

At halftime they lead 26-8 and it was looking very much a matter of how much by rather than if Star would topple the competition leaders.

Much was talked about the introduction of Highlanders frontrowers Jamie Mackintosh and Jason Rutledge to the Woodlands pack and while they ensured their team had dominance at scrum time they couldn't halt Star's dominance for the majority of the first 60 minutes outwide.

Star backs _ in particular Cardiff Veaga. Mana Harrison and Junior Ngaluafe _ were running like they had razor blades sticking out of them as the Woodlands defenders struggled to lay a hand on them as they run in three first half tries to grab a 26-8 lead.

Four minutes into the second half halfback Tayler Adams landed a penalty to push the lead out to 29-8.
Then come what turned out to be a key moment in the game.

Star wing Arfi Peteru found himself in the clear with one Woodlands player to beat. He had Star players queued up on either side of him and a simple draw and pass would have sent one of his team mates under the posts which would have pushed them out to a 36-8 lead.

However he went himself and the play come unstuck and from that point the Woodlands comeback started.

In the 54th minute Woodlands had a roll on and wing Gabriel Pickering took a quick tap from a penalty and scooted through to score.

in the 61st minute Pickering was back in the action this time against the run of play when the ball come loose from a Star attack and the Woodlands wing swooped to scoop up the ball a sprint from his own half to score. It made it 29-22 with about 19 minutes to play.

Star tried their best to hose down the Woodlands late game surge and looked as they might have successfully done it before much to the delight of the Woodlands supporters flanker Alex Taylor scored on the stroke of fulltime.

With time up on the clock Bakker lined up the conversion from 10m in from touch to level the scores and he successfully put the ball through the uprights to make it 29-all.

In other Southland premier games played today the Eastern-Northern Barbarians grabbed a 35-23 win over Marist while Blues beat Pirates-Old Boys 25-10.

Division One Club Rugby

Waikiwi and Waiau Star put on an exciting game for the Dallas Brothers Trophy at Donovan Park. Waiau were the current holders and managed to defend it with a 30-27 win. Waikiwi led 16-10 at halftime and the lead changed several times throughout the game.

Mataura were hoping to build on their recent resurgence when they took on Edendale at Tulloch Park. Mataura were well in contention at halftime trailing 12-10 but Edendale finished strongly to win 36-10.

DLS had to work hard for their bonus point win against Waikaka at Limehills, DLS had a territory advantage in the first half and led 7-3 after a converted try to wing Ryan Munro. Waikaka defending keenly, but the home side went on to win 28-6.

Te Anau went down to Riversdale 52 nil in their Bedford Compton Shield match.

Division two club rugby

The Mossburn Stags pulled off an upset 23-17 win over highly rated Pioneer in their division two rugby
clash in Gore today.

Mossburn had won only three of its eight games going into today's encounter whereas Pioneer had won
five of its seven and were regarded as sound playoffs material.

Coach Jeff Manson said the return of capable prop forward Grant Hardie, a brother of star Highlanders
and Stags flanker John Hardie, was largely instrumental in the success of Mossburn which has been
bolstered in the past week by the acquisition of three Fijian dairy industry workers in Ratu Naqau

(flanker), Feillia Cama (midfielder) and fullback Mikaele Railoa who scored their teams three tries.

Hardie had a huge influence in Mossburn's performance, Jeff Manson said, and the arrival of the
three Fijians could not have come at a better time, he added.

Regarded by some as the upset of the round robin, Mossburn took it to the Gore visitors who rallied
but it was a case of too little too late for tries. Pioneer seemed directionless and unsettled for most of

the first half, co-coach Shaun Eckhout said.

"I feel a bit let down to be honest...There is certainly plenty we have to do to sort things out in training
next week.''

Wright's Bush, contrary to most predictions, toppled favourites Riverton 12-10 at Riverton in a keen
fought local derby that created much interest.

After a slow start this season, Wrights Bush has never stopped improving whereas Riverton has been
up and down after making an outstanding start. In only its third season back in the competition, the
youthful Wrights Bush team has applied itself with zest and purpose and is getting the results.

"We are over the moon,'' ecstatic Wrights Bush coach Brendam Hamilton said. "The team unity and
commitment played a big part in our win today.''

In its third win, Hamilton was pleased with the forwards and excellent defence was displayed by the
backs. Prop Jonothon Howe was voted Wrights Bush Man of the Match with second five eighth Dion
Hamilton right on his heels.

Competition heavyweight and leader Bluff again had a stern workout in stalling off Town visitors Star by
19 - 15 at the Port ground.

"Star played very well and took it right to us,'' Bluff coach Jason Harrison said.

"We dominated the third quarter when ahead 19-3 but we made two bad mistakes and they came back at us.''

Division two rugby scores throughout Southland today were:

Midlands 30 bt Central Pirates 15

Balfour Lumsden  17 bt  Excelsior 12

Otautau 15 bt Collegiate 12

Mossburn 23 bt Pioneer 17

Woodlands 14 bt Old Boys 10

Wrights Bush 12 bt Riverton 10

Bluff 19 bt Star 15

Blues 34 bt Tokanui 7

Ohai Nightcaps 49 bt Marist 34

Club Football

The Youth Academy netted a controversial late penalty goal to upset Waihopai 2-1 in Southland Donald Gray Cup premier football action today.

The game appeared to be headed for a draw in the closing stages, but the Youth Academy were awarded a fortuitous penalty attempt when Waihopai keeper Shane Harpur was adjudged to have fouled Jack Boland in the air while contesting for the ball.

Youth Academy midfielder Callum Smith buried the ball past Harpur to help the youngsters pick up their biggest scalp of the season.

The Youth Academy went into the break 1-nil after Boland scored from a corner right on the stroke halftime.

Waihopai levelled 23 minutes into the second half when midfielder Carl Henderson took advantage of a defensive lapse from the Academy, pouncing on a poor back pass to finish past keeper Mitchell Fowler.

Queens Park saw off a plucky Thistle side 1-nil in the later game at the ILT Turf, with Scott Morton scoring the only goal of the game. It was a frustrating afternoon for Park, who made most of the play during the game, and had far more chances, but did a poor job of converting their opportunities.

Old Boys have extended their lead in the standings out to five points after thumping bottom placed Southend United 9-nil at Waverley Park.

Atain Halley scored four goals in the rout, with Diego Tuheke grabbing two goals, and Monie Singh, Elliot Dawson, Kieran van Loon also getting in on the act.

First XV Highlanders Rugby

Menzies College fought their way back from a sizeable early deficit, but it ultimately proved in vain in a 38-26 loss to St Kevin's College in Oamaru.

St Kevin's had the better of the first 35 minutes, scoring three soft tries to take a commanding 21-5 lead into halftime. Menzies hit back early in the second half, closing the scoreline back to 21-19, but just when it looked like they might snatch a crucial away win, St Kevin's responded to secure the victory.

James Hargest College remain winless after suffering a 65-3 drubbing at the hands of King's High School at Rugby Park. King's were always in control, jumping out to a 26-3 halftime lead, and refused to let up during the second half, piling on the tries.

In other results today, Otago Boys' High were 55-nil victors over John McGlashan College in the all-Dunedin derby, while Dunstan High overcame Kavanagh College 17-8.

In the earlier games of the round, played on Wednesday, Southland Boys' dealt Waitaki Boys' their first loss of the season in Invercargill, winning 26-17, while Gore High kept up their impressive recent run of form, with a 44-19 win over South Otago High.

The Southland Times