The Winton Football Club's men's team is celebrating success again this season after winning the senior division one title in the Southland-wide league for the third consecutive year.
They did it convincingly, with 12 wins and two draws, and coach and player Tim Campbell said it was a sweet victory for the team, which often struggled to get together for training because of work and travel constraints.
''Other town teams train twice a week, but we only train once a week and even then sometimes we'll only get half the team.''
But it's not just the fact that the team is made up of players from Winton, Te Anau, Lumsden, Riverton and Invercargill.
There's also something of an international feel to the side, with almost half the team coming from overseas.
While this might seem like some cunning plan to bring in foreign talent, those players are actually already living in Southland, many of them working in the dairy industry.
''Half the team are Dutch or Argentinian or Columbian. We've got some talented and some experienced players.''
While ages ranged from players in their 30s and 40s, to others in their 20s, he said they were all enthusiastic and committed to the game.
Of course never losing a game all season might have also helped boost their confidence - ''we thought we were unstoppable,'' but Campbell agrees the move up to the premier division next season would be a big test.
''It's got a lot of people talking about stepping up.''
He was also hopeful it would be a catalyst to build the numbers and attract even more quality players to the Winton side.
''It'll bring a different flavour to the game.''
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