AROUND THE GROUNDS
Premier Club Rugby
Blues couldn't provide veteran prop Daniel Roberts with what would have been a well deserved win in his honour as Star took their 2014 premier record to three from three following the game played at the Central Pirates Rugby Club ground today.
Roberts was celebrating his 200 game milestone for Blues against Star and his team kept in touch for a good chunk of the game but eventually faltered as Star finished the best winning 35-20.
It was a one-sided affair in the premier game played at Winton today as Pirates-Old Boys run out 24-nil winners over Midlands.Pirates-Old Boys lead 12-nil at the halftime break and pushed that out to 24-nil in the second half.
The Woodlands-Marist game played at Woodlands was a tense affair with the scores locked up at 22-all at one stage before Marist pulled away to an encouraging 36-22 win for a Marist team which look the real deal in 2014.
In the premier/division one cross-over match between the Eastern-Northern Barbarians and Waikaka at Waikaka it was the Barbarians who won 55-10.
Star 35, Blues 20
Marist 36, Woodlands 22
Pirates-Old Boys 24, Midlands 0
Division One Club Rugby
The Division One game of the round this week was between the previously unbeaten teams Wyndham and Te Anau.
Te Anau made the long trip east to face their stiffest challenge of the season, but the 38-3 scoreline surprised everyone.
Pioneer had targeted their game against Mossburn as their best chance of gaining a win. Mossburn arrived at Newman Park knowing the importance of this match but the locals prevailed 13-5.
The Edendale and Tokanui match was also a good one, with the magpies winning 32-15.
Another even encounter was played out at Tulloch Park between Mataura and Riversdale. Riversdale won 20-10.
Drummond Limehills Star hosted Ohai-Nightcaps at Browns. The visitors won 22-8.Waikiwi struggled to contain Bluff at Donovan Park with Bluff winning 60-17.
Wyndham 38, Te Anau 3
Pioneer 13, Mossburn 5
Edendale 32, Tokanui 15
Tokanui 22, DLS 8
Riversdale 20, Mataura 10
Bluff 60, Waikiwi 17
Division Two Club Rugby
Marist maintained its unbeaten record and consolidated its position at the head of the division two Southland wide rugby points table with a 43-3 thumping of hosts Woodlands today.
Marist has won all four games this season and has also gained maximum bonus points to head the table.
Marist manager Regan Dunne said the veterans of the team Iona Sipa, Dion Bates and Hayden Sutherland were a tower of strength to the team's young up and comers.
The blending of experience and youth was certainly working as a lethal formula to success, he said.Sipa and Bates were former provincial players and Sutherland was making a comeback at half back after a lapse of eight years but still measuring up effectively.
Riverton was too powerful for a makeshift Albion Excelsior unit with a runaway 37-3 win.Pirates Old Boys also ran rampant with a clear cut 46-5 win over its hapless Tuatapere rivals Waiau Star which is battling in its return to second division since winning the 2011 final.
Blues looked in good fettle with some sparkling rugby in the second half to down merged hosts Central Star 25-13
A strong south westerly wind had a big impact on games throughout the province, teams playing their best rugby with it at their backs.
Collegiate 64, Balfour Lumsden 12
Riverton 37, Albion Excelsior 3
Midlands 23, Wrights Bush 22
Marist 43, Woodlands 3
Blues 25, Central Star 13
Pirates Old Boys 46, Waiau Star 3
Queens Park leads the Southland Men's Football Donald Gray cup senior league table following a 3-2 win
over arch-rival Southend United at the ILT Turf in Invercargill.
Matty Burgess heralded his return to goal scoring form when he completed a hat-trick of goals inthe first half of the game, one from the outfield and the other two from the penalty spot.
Southend United's response was a Steve MacDonald goal when he was on hand to slot the ball home following a "clanger" from Queens Park's goal keeper.
The teams went to the half time break with Queens Park leading 3-1.
There was just one goal in the second half, another penalty, this time awarded to Southend for whom James McFelin reduced the score to 3-2 with his successful attempt.
At Waverley Park Old Boys, although somewhat under-strength, managed to shut out Thistle 7-nil.
Old Boys struck an early goal through Atain Halley with James Tucker making it 2-nil going into the half-time
Once the Old Boys unit netted their third goal early in the second spell it was the end of Thistles chances as
the home team closed the game out with 4 more goals at regular intervals.
Goals from Jack Boland, David Mwangi, Callum Smith 2 and another from James Tucker completed Old Boys second half blitz.
Division1: Southend 2, Western 0; Waihopai 3, Winton 2; Gore Black 3, Thistle 3; Old Boys 2, Gore Red 0;
Division 2: Cleanways Thistle 14, Queens Park Masters 0; Southend Green 5, Waihopai 1; Old Boys Black 12, Old Boys White 1;Southend Black 3, Western 1; Thistle Blue 3, Old Boys Red 0; Queens Park 2, Gore 2;
- The Southland Times