Southern derby to decide ninth place

22:16, Dec 14 2012

Southland will play old foes Otago in a playoff for ninth place at the women's interprovincial tournament at St Clair in Dunedin today after a narrow loss to one of the tournament favourites.

The team has performed well all week, with some close losses denying it a higher playoff place and, while Wellington went into the tournament as one of the favourites, Southland tested them throughout the whole match yesterday.

Robyn Pullar beat one of New Zealand's top ranked players Julianne Alvarez 2 and 1 and Olivia Frost won her game 3 and 2.

Southland's three other players, Angela Gerken, Kerry Mariu and Bronwyn O'Brien, all lost their games despite shooting their lowest scores of the week so far, as they eventually fell 3-2 to top-rated Wellington.

Southland manager Robyn Boniface said Wellington were too good.

"They all played really well with really good scores, but the Wellington girls just shot better ones," she said.


"We pushed them though and, for three of our players to have their best scores of the week, well you can't ask much more than that. When we have lost this week we've not lost by much. We've won a lot of games, but it doesn't get us much further up the table."

Go to for updates on today's playoff between Southland and Otago.

Round seven results:

Otago 3 Canterbury 2; Taranaki 3 Hawke's Bay 2; Auckland 4 Waikato 1; Wellington 3 Southland 2; Manawatu-Wanganui 4 Northland 1; BOP 3 North Harbour 1 .