The Southland NPC team have opened their Lion Foundation campaign with a 53-44 loss to Western in Hawera this morning.
Southland made a slow start to the game, trailing 19-8 after the first quarter, but did improve to draw the second quarter and win the final quarter.
Queens Park have lifted the Charity Cup after a 4-3 win over Old Boys 2 at the ILT Football Turf in Invercargill this afternoon.
The game had a controversial build up after it had to be postponed when Queens Park raised questions about referee Nobby Clark, who had written a letter complaining about the club's behaviour in the week before the game was scheduled to be played.
Despite that today's game was played in reasonable spirits.
Queens Park scored early through Stu Kent and were up 2-1 at halftime, but Old Boys 2 struck back in the second half with goals to Callum Smith and Jordan Anderson to go ahead 3-2.
Kent's second goal sent the game into extra time, with Joey O'Neil laying on the decisive score.
In the division one women's club hockey final played at Gore, Mataura continued its unbeaten run this season with a 7-nil thumping of Southern.
Mataura lead 2-nil at halftime and then piled on the goals in the second spell.
Over on the West Coast, the Southland Rams rugby league team have recorded a big 32-18 win over the locals in wet conditions in Greymouth.
The Rams lead 18-14 at halftime.
Meanwhile, Stags lock Alex Ryan has not traveled with the Stags to Wellington after tweaking a hamstring during training.
Ryan has been replaced in the travelling squad by Woodlands second rower and Stags physiotherapist Andrew Mackintosh.
Andrew is the brother of captain Jamie Mackintosh and has played representative rugby at age group level in Otago and Southland.
It's hoped Ryan could still be available for Thursday's game against Otago.
Ryan joins an injury list which now includes starting players John Hardie (foot), Tim Boys (shoulder), Scott Eade (hamstring) and Elliot Dixon (chest).
In netball news, Netball Otago and Netball Southland will join forces to create a new entity, Netball South, following a landmark vote for constitutional change in Auckland today.
Netball officials representing centres from throughout the country voted at a Special General Meeting in favour of a change to Netball New Zealand's Constitution which allows for the establishment of a new structural model based around five zones.
The proposed zones align with the trans-Tasman franchises with Netball South tasked with the delivery of the sport throughout Southland and Otago, including the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel.
Netball South working party chairman Jono Bredin said in a statement that he was excited about the future as the sport embarked on the biggest change in its history.
"This new structure is designed to allow netball to continue evolving, reach new levels and ultimately be financially sustainable," he said.
"We started with a blank piece of paper and I'm excited about the proposals we have created to put through to the new zone Board and what it means for netball in this part of the world.
"There has been an immense amount of hard work put in behind the scenes by the working party up to this point and it's great to now have the green light to start implementing those initiatives."
The first priority in establishing the new entity was to appoint a chairperson and independent directors to the new Netball South board with a Special General Meeting scheduled in October.
"The zone model enables us to streamline everything at a governance level which will benefit all levels of the sport," Bredin said.
Advertising for the Netball South chief executive position would take place in September with the successful candidate expected to start on November 1.
The working party believed the role should be Invercargill-based.
"It is our recommendation the Netball South HQ should be in Invercargill with an office in Dunedin and personnel based throughout the region. We want to enhance the level of service to all our members, particularly at grassroots level," Bredin said.
The working party, which features representatives from both regions along with independents, had developed a proposed staffing structure to be signed off by the Netball South Board and CEO.
"The strength of any organisation is the people within it. Netball Otago and Netball Southland are now managing the people process with the focus on consultation and feedback to ensure all staff are fully informed of the transition to Netball South," Bredin said.
Netball Otago chairperson Adrienne Ensor said she expected the transition to the new zone to be relatively seamless.
"As two regions we have always worked really closely together, particularly with regard to the Southern Steel franchise. For the vast majority of those involved in netball, it will simply be business as usual," she said.
"Netball Otago is looking forward to the new structure and the opportunities it will present to everyone involved in our sport."
Her Netball Southland counterpart, Debbie Hodges, echoed her sentiments.
"Everyone has put their provincial pride aside and worked together for the good of netball," she said.
"The new zone model will not only continue the delivery of services, it will enhance them throughout the region and provide clearer pathways for everyone from players and coaches to administrators and umpires, which is fantastic."
Bredin said the working party was encouraged by the support it had received from the community, including valued funders.
"We've consulted very widely throughout this process and are confident the zone model will provide a positive and exciting future for our sport, both locally and nationally," he said.
"What has been achieved to date is an absolute credit to the dedication and passion of my fellow working party members and it will be exciting to see the vision become a reality as we move forward as one."
The Southland Times