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RUGBY — PREMIER: Marist lock Ben Nally throws a wide pass during the Southland premier club rugby game against Star at the Les George Oval. Marist beat Star 22-19.
Briana Miller and Prue Buckingham, both from Southland Girls’ High School, and Kate Johnston, of St Peter’s College, compete in the under-14 girls’ event.
TACTICAL MOVES: Southland Sharks senior player Kevin Braswell points something out on coach Paul Henare’s play board during the Sharks’ win over Wellington.
ON-CALL PAUL: Sharks coach Paul Henare helps out his depleted Sharks team for their win against the Taranaki Mountain Airs at ILT Stadium.
Images from this year's 2014 Tour de Lakes
The winning Rippa Rugby Tournament winners, Clutha (in red) at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Steel player Jhaniele Fowler-Reid shoots a goal.
Sharks player Reuben Te Rangi takes a shot at basket.
Steel player Phoenix Karaka with the ball and Mystics Cathrine Latu.
NO REST: Invercargill swimmer Michael Finlay is confident he can cut his times for his preferred 50 metres and 100m freestyle. ‘‘I am doing a bit of strengthening work in the gym and running the dog for my cardio work,’’ he said. The spell from the pool comes as Finlay targets a spot in New Zealand swimming squad for his preferred 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Images of the clash between Te Anau and Waikiwi. Te Anau won 56 to 33
Glen Cunningham (red) and Ben McHugh (black), Cunningham won the fight.
Steel's Phillipa Finch passes the ball.
Wakatipu High school pupils, from left, Jack Turner, Josh Bailey and Terry Kim.
Jack Lovett-Hurst, from Southland Boys' High School, competes in the AWD 100m.
On the bike leg for her under-19 team is Jessica Hale, of James Hargest College.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the action at the volleyball championships.
The mass start in the rain of the 20 and 30km mountain bike section.
West Indies players celebrate after catching out Whitefern Sara McGlashan.
The finish-line of the Masters 1 men 10km Scratch race, from left, Michael White first, Brendan Akeroyd second and Craig Domigan third (Mid south canterbury).
FAMILY AFFAIR: Star rugby players, from left, Jeremy Bekhuis with Toby Bekhuis, Jared Bekhuis with Isaac Bekhuis and Josh Bekhuis, show off the Scruffy Butt Memorial Trophy at Waverley Park in Invercargill.
Super Rugby game between Highlanders v Blues at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium, pictured Highlanders team photo with the Gordon Hunter Memorial trophy which the Highlanders retained with their win.
SGHS annual sports day, (where the pupils dress up in their house colours), held at Surrey Park grounds, Invercargill.
Southland Times commercial manager Sue Gregory with owner of Our Bee Jay Simon Culhane. Our Bee Jay won the Southland Times Invercargill Gold Cup at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Racing in a New Zealand Solo Championship heat is Grant Tregoning.
NET RETURNS: Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is excited about the season opener against the Queensland Firebirds.
Brother and sister James and Sophie Williamson at the start of the 120km Milford Mountain Classic on Saturday. They won both mens and womens sections of the Milford Mountain Classic on Saturday.
Mid Canterbury’s Tom Bell practises in the nets before he goes out to bat against Christchurch Red.
Taylah Dallas-Ormsby, of Southland, lines up a strike against Otago.
READY FOR WAR: Ross McKinnel checks his sprintcar in preparation for racing at the Riverside Speedway, near Invercargill.
Wild weather did not keep race fans away from Speedway during the Burt Munro Challenge.
Troy McAlister, of Winton, finishes second in the 2013 Luxmore Grunt.
STRING OF STATS: Appleby Cricket Club historian and statistician Bill Donaldson immerses himself in the boxes of information he has collated for his beloved club.
Jay Wilson of Australia on his YZ250F Yamaha.
Times' reporter Jamie Searle capture the action and behind-the-scene moments at the Riverside Speedway.
Pictured on Tuesday, the New Zealand women win gold on the podium.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the action at the UCI Festival of Speed (Tier 1 event) held at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome.
A TASTE FOR CRICKET: Southern Institute of Technology students from India, from left, Akash Christian, Bibwas Bibhas and Amarpreet Singh, are part of the Southland Hawke Cup cricket training squad.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the action at this year's New Zealand Deaf Lawn Bowls Championships held in Invercargill.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the clash between the Southland Stags and Hawke's Bay in Invercargill.
PLENTY GAINED: Academy Southland graduate Josh Haggerty and coach Julian Ineson.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the action between the Stags v Otago clash.
NPC Rugby game between Otago and the Southland Stags at Forsyth Barr Stadium, pictured Stags players Josh Bekhuis (left) and captain Jamie Mackintosh after winning the Donald Stuart Memorial Shield , and Mackintosh getting his 100-games Cap.
Times' photographer John Hawkins captures the clash between the Southland Stags and North Harbour.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the action at the Stags v Waikato clash in Invercargill.
Rugby league player Jayleel Fa'amoe Ioane shows Luke Cameron, 5, in centre, and Marley Fa'amoe Ioane, 5, some ball skills at the Backyard Rugby League Day on Sunday.
FINAL PUSH: From left, Hunter Gough (Cycling Southland), Drew Christensen (Hamilton City), Connor Leov (Cycling Timaru) and Josh Miller (Cycling Southland) sprint for the line at the end of the second stage for under-13 boys at Teretonga Raceway on the opening day of the Junior Tour of Southland. Gough won from Miller and Leov, but Miller leads the general classification.
Times' photographer Nicole Gourley catches the action at the Stags v Taranaki match at Ruby Park.
Hamish Beadle on his way to winning the under-19 race for the day at the Southland Mountainbike Club winter series at Sandy Point on Sunday.
Former Otago players Nick Moore, left, and Dave Latta with the Ranfurly Shield during its visit to Balclutha this month.
A freestyle motocross rider flies high over the crowd during the Parklife Invitational rail jam in central Queenstown during the Audi Quattro New Zealand Winter Games.
Wakatipu High School Kapa Haka members Kahoki Mikaere, left, and Aroha Birch-Thompson perform in chilly conditions during the opening ceremony of the Winter Games in Queenstown.
Te Anau won the Division One club final against Bluff at the weekend.
TRIUMPHANT: The winning EIS team, back from left, Phil Botting, Stu Corry, Brent Webster and Carmen O’Connell. Front, Kate Webster and Dean Addie.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captured the Division 2 Rugby Final between Albion Excelsior and Ohai-Nightcaps. Ohai-Nightcaps won 23-19.
FOCUSED: Southland captain Jamie Mackintosh trains at Rugby Park, in Invercargill.
A look at past winners of the Galbraith Shield.
New Zealand's Caitlin Anderson and Kirstin Anderson perform in the synchronised swimming duet free preliminaries during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona.
FROM UNDERDOGS TO TOP DOGS: Southland Sharks squad members, from left, Paratene McLeod, Kevin Braswell, Brian Conklin, Gareth Dawson, Troy Paulin (manager), James Paringatai and Luke Martin at Invercargill Airport with the New Zealand National Basketball League trophy.
SCHOOL BOY RUGBY: Town Primary school rugby held at Centrepoint grounds on Saturday morning, game between Marist under-10s and Pirates Old Boys. Pictured Pirates Old Boys player Shayle Waihirere running with the ball.
Times' photographer Doug Field caught the action at the Woodlands versus Marist under-13 grade at the weekend at Otatara.
Hundreds of pupils turned out at this year's event.
ON TARGET: Invercargill darts player Warren Parry will be competing at the Sydney Darts Masters.
Winners of the womens, mens and veterans at the prizegiving.
Barbara Wilson and Hellen Giles working in the kitchen at the National Club Championships held at the Waverly Bowling Club.
The action between Stampede and the Red Devils in Queenstown at the weekend.
Long time Star supporter Doug Turner " Waratah " dressed for all weathers.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the action between Steel and Pulse.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie catches the action during the Sharks versus Nuggets showdown in Invercargill.
Running in the 11-year-old boys race are Lachie Baird, left, (Woodlands) and Louis Patterson (Myross Bush).
An on court altercation involving Miles Pearse, and coaches Paul Henare and Mike Kalavros during the National Basketball League match between the Southland Sharks and the Manawatu Jets at the Velodrome in Invercargill.
BLAZE OF COLOUR: H and J Outdoor World staff member Greg Hudson shows off the array of blaze blue of offer, an alternative to the traditional bright orange safety hunting garb.
Pictured is the start line for the 6 and 7-year-old boys race.
The annual secondary schools cross-country championships were held at Ivon Wilson Park, Te Anau. Photographer Barry Harcourt was there to capture the action.
Times' photographer Doug Field caputures that action during the Sharks v Taranaki showdown in Invercargill.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie was at the showdown between Southern Steel and Magic in Invercargill.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captured members and hounds during the Birchwood Hunt Club event at Sandy Point at the weekend.
CYCLING: United States-bound Southland cyclist Steph Mckenzie at the Invercargill velodrome. The Valley Preferred Cycling Centre, or T-Town as it’s referred to in cycling circles, is a 333-metre track that has hosted some of the world’s best riders, along with events including world cups, Olympic trials, national championships and two junior world championships.
A FREAK: Eleven-year-old Jack Halder with the massive 2.1kg mallard he shot on Sunday near Riverton.
2013 BikeNZ Club Road Cycling National Champs held near Arrowtown over the weekend.
Brittany Green of Central Southland College in action during the under-15 girls high jump event.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the action in the latest clash between Southern Steel and the Thunderbirds.
RUGBY (PREMIER): Eighteen-year-old Sam Withers, from Wales, lines up a kick during the Eastern-Northern Barbarians game against Marist in Southland’s premier club rugby competition. Marist won 30-25.
2013 Tour de Lakes Cycle Race held over Easter weekend-Day 4
Jorja Dinan running in the year 9 girls 100m race.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie captures some of the action at the Southland secondary schools surfing championships at Colac Bay, near Riverton.
A heat gets underway in the girls’ under 15 100m event.
Wakatipu freelance photographer James Allan captures the action during this year's Motatapu Race.
HEADING NORTH: Southland rower Kristen Froude.
2013 National Age Group Track Championships held at Southland Velodrome-Day5
Benji Slee, 13, and Flynn Thomas, 14, participate in the Southland Boys' High School athletics yesterday.
Times' chief photographer Robyn Edie spends time with Southern Steel as they train in Gore.
Gus Spence, of Balclutha, competes in the Open Rope and Tie section of the Southland Rodeo.
Where have all the Southland Stags gone?
COLLEGE SPORT: Hamish Beadle, 14, is following the family tradition in the Southland cycling ranks.
National Track Cycling championships 2013 Elite & Under 19 champs held at Stadium Southland Velodrome in Invercargill.
A group of riders relaxing in the shade before the start of the Milford Mountain Classic.
2013 Milford Mountain Classic cycle race held on Saturday.
Chief photographer Robyn Edie captures the smiles and grimaces of athletes competing in various events at Challenge Wanaka this year.
Colgate Games South Island 2013 held at Surrey Park Invercargill.
CYCLING: Aaron Gate, of Auckland, on his way to victory in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit final at the national track cycling championships. ROBYN EDIE/FAIRFAX NZ en627568925
Images from a Steel training camp at the Invercargill and Waihopai rowing clubs.
Images from this year's Summer Challenge Triathlon held in Gore at the weekend.
Images from the second day of the SI Dressage Champs in Gore.
MORE SUCCESS: London Paralympic medal winners Laura Fairweather, left, and Phillipa Gray.
Lined up ready to start a senior open race is Sam Martin, of Melbourne, Australia.
Richard Ford, of Otautau, finishes second in the Luxmore Grunt at Te Anau on Saturday.
2012 Burt Munro Challenge-Beach Racing at Oreti beach
SUPERCROSS: Young Southland supercross riders Conrad White, left, and Mitchell Scammell get in some practice ahead of the ‘‘World’s Most Southern Supercross Race’’ in Winton.
Keith Richardson and navigator Michael Bonish get up close and personal with some greenery.
A cyclist battles it at out at the ILT Junior Race Carnival at the velodrome in Invercargill.
Marist Red’s Charlotte Valentine, left, and North Harbour As Kate Burley battle for possession. North Harbour won their fourth consecutive title by beating Marist Red, 10-6.
Follow the leader: The successful breakaway of, from left, Clinton Avery, Daniel Barry, Fraser Gough and Hayden Roulston during stage six of the Tour of Southland yesterday
HURTING: Stage player Scott Eade on the run against Hawke's Bay. Eade has a mystery thigh injury which might not be fully diagnosed until the Stags' campaign ends.
Junior World Track Cycling Champs 2012 held at the Invercargill Velodrome.
CYCLING: New Zealand women’s team pursuit riders, from left, Racquel Sheath, Sophie Williamson and Alysha Keith, compete at the junior worlds curtain-raiser event at the velodrome in Invercargill.
CRICKET: Young Southland fast bowler Jacob Duffy relaxes after returning from the under-19 cricket World Cup in Australia.
Harrex Group Corporate Pursuit cycling racing held at the Invercargill Velodrome on Sunday.
RUGBY (Galbraith Shield final): Woodlands celebrate after winning the 2012 Galbraith Shield club rugby final at Rugby Park in Invercargill.
NZ Indoor Bowls Fours Championships
READY TO RUMBLE: Katie Compton is set to impress in the first NZ Cyclocross National Series race, which will be held in Queenstown.
Highlanders v Bulls played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday night.
LEGEND OF SPORT: Cycling Southland coaching legend Laurie Tall at the ILT Velodrome. Laurie Tall isn't just an institution in Southland cycling; in many ways, he `is' Southland cycling. After all, how many people can claim to have been involved in a sport for 69 years?
Sophie Hart and team Seagate leader Nathan Fa'avae paddle down the Eglinton River on stage 3 of the GODZone Adventure race.
2012 Tour de Lakes Day 4-Queenstown to Glenorchy & return to Moke Lake finish.
Southland Sharks v Otago Nuggets basketball played at Invercargill Velodrome on April 4, 2012.
RUGBY (HIGHLANDERS 1ST 15): Menzies College's Josh Leith has a run with the ball as James Hargest cover defenders Sam Hyde, left, and Blake Austin eye him up during the Highlanders first XV school rugby competition game in Invercargill. Menzies drew with James Hargest 17-all.
Southland Road Cycling Champs 2012 held at Te Tipua, near Gore on Saturday.
Womens Triathlon series in Invercargill on Sunday.
Southland Secondary school Triathlon Champs 2012 held at Central Southland College last week.
SPLASHDOWN: Dunstan High School's Cole Wilson lands in the long-jump pit on Saturday.
BIG ON ENTHUSIASM: Ecstatic southern fans after the Highlanders scored another try against the Melbourne Rebels at Rugby Park. The Highlanders won the Super Rugby clash 43-12.
2012 National Age Group Track Championships held in Invercargill.
National Track Cycling Championships 2012-Elite Champs held at Invercargill Velodrome over the weekend.
CLOSE TO HOME: Runner Martin Cox from Britain crosses Moke Creek at the Ben Lomond High Country Station on his way to winning the Pure South Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon and trail runs.
Seefeel Bluechip (right) with a calm Johnny Cox driving wins the final of the Te Anau Street harness street racing. Shades of Home finishes second as driver Chris Ramage works hard to catch up.
HARD-HITTER: Southland heavyweight Tom Heads is preparing to head to the New Zealand Olympic trials.
Browns Athletics Society Inc 114th Annual Sports Meeting held at the Browns Domain on Saturday afternoon.
ILT New Year Cycling Carnival held at the Invercargill Velodrome on Friday & Saturday nights.
The Inaugural Milford Mountain Classic cycle race held from Milford Sound to Te Anau on Wednesday
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Kylie Young (Southland) leads Sequoia Cooper (Southland), second left, and Jen Muhi, left, avoids trouble as Elizabeth Steel of Canterbury crashes in front of Sophie Williamson (Central Otago), right, in the Elite Women Super Sprint race at the ILT New Year Carnival held at the Invercargill Velodrome.
FACE OFF: Central Southland College's Courtney O'Callaghan puts a huge fend on Southland Girls' High School player Alena Saili in the final of the Southland secondary schools girls sevens rugby tournament at Winton.
RIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL: Scott Graham, of Galatea, competes in the open bareback at the Te Anau rodeo. He took a nasty fall after the bell.
Racing in the Senior Open class is Justin McDonald of Christchurch (on his Honda CRF 450), winner of all three races, getting out of the Hole-shot out of the start in Race 2.
Punters, Tara Allison, Tony Lawlor and Bruce Waddel ready to party at the Ascot Park Christmas Races.
HEADING DOWN TO TITLE: Diana Kidd heads down the Bluff Hill track on the way to winning the women's title in the Southland Mountain Bike Club's Singlespeed Cup. In the men's event, defending champion Ryan Cull was given a huge scare by Tim Holtrop before holding him off in a judge's decision to retain his crown. Oliver Harnett was triumphant in the under-19 race while Andrew Ballantyne won the veterans' title.
Images from the Waihopai Rowing Club's 2011 Corpor8 Rowing Challenge, held on Saturday, November 19.
2012 Oceania Track Cycling Championships held at the Invercargill Velodrome-Day4.
FIVE TIMES LUCKY: Gore's Ricky Gutsell celebrates after winning his fifth men's Southland Marathon title in the past six years.
PLENTY OF GRUNT: Ricky Gutsell powers his way to a win in the Bluff Hill grunt run.
STANDOUT STAG: Southland flanker John Hardie was named Stags player of the year and Southland Supporters Club player of the year.
Jonny Mackay and his dad Stan, of Oamaru, show their support for Scotland.
TOP FORM: Members of the Coldstream Cowboys, from left, Patrick Legg, Alfie Broughton, Macrae Sanderson, Ryan Sommerville, Jackson Wallace and Shaun Fraser, who won the midweek Southland secondary schools tournament 2011.
ACTION DRAMA: Invercargill Middle School pupils Shanarrah Stronach, left, and Katelyn Mason, both 11, fight for the ball during a dress rehearsal of `Pass it Round the World' at Centrestage Theatre. Staff and pupils have written the script and score for the original musical.
Scotland supporters lines up to get into Rugby Park (from left) Gordon Hithell, of Glasgow, Ollie Fraser, Pat Fraser and Iain Fraser, all formerly of Tain, Scotland, but now live in Wellington.
Lucy Dallison, left, from St Margaret's College, shows her flair in the Senior Secondary Individual Female Year 11, 12 and 13 Open.
JAW-DROPPING: Georgian rugby captain Irakli Abuseridze hones his skills with Maori performer Gareth Johnson. The Remarkables mountain range provided a stunning backdrop during Georgia's civic welcome at Skyline Queenstown.
Nine-year-old Star Rugby Club member Mac Stodart proudly holds the Galbraith Shield.
RECORD-HOLDER: Former All Black Simon Culhane has fond memories of the last time New Zealand played Japan in a rugby international he shattered the record for individual points in a game scoring 45 points on debut.
Stephen Lawler, of the United States, pictured, in action during the men's giant slalom sitting adaptive event at Coronet Peak.
EXCITING TIME: Bluff's Bailey Lovett led the way for the New Zealand under-19 women's underwater hockey team that won the World Championship in the Netherlands.
SCRAPED THROUGH: Southland halfback Scott Cowan celebrates his last-minute try which helped Southland beat North Harbour 25-23 at Rugby Park and retain the Ranfurly Shield. The crowd was 8000-strong.
The Southland Stags celebrate.
Sonny Rangitoheriri in action during Stags training at Rugby Park.
HANGING OUT: New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin (left) hangs out with promising young Southland cricketer Jacob Duffy during a visit to Invercargill.
BRINGS BACK MEMORIES: Former Southern Sting netballers (back, from left) Adine Willson, Julie Carter, Wendy Frew, Jo Cunningham, Jenny Ferguson and (front) Tania Dalton, Bernice Mene and Lesley Rumball, reminisce with coach Robyn Broughton at the tribute evening.
OUTSTANDING IN THEIR POOL: James Hargest canoe polo players (from left) Alec Adamson, Katie Flett, Jacob Forde, William Chapman, Ella Hall and Michael McDonald.
SPEED FREAKS: Invercargill's Garry Sexton and his son Shane, in Pure Insanity, power ahead on the way to setting the fastest time in the Gore Boat Club's annual time trials at Lake Te Anau. In other results, Ian Orr won the nominated speed section.
RIDING HIGH: Chris Jeffery, from Clydevale, competes in the masters section of the Southland downhill mountainbike championships.
SPOILS: Jockey Lance Robinson proudly holds the Riverton Cup.
TIME TO REFLECT: Gordon McCauley about to start the 20km time trial from Manapouri to Te Anau in the Tour de Lakes cycling event. McCauley went on to win the event.
TRI TIME: The Wai Tri duathlon gets under way along the banks of the Waihopai River in Invercargill.
READY, SET, GO: Twelve-year-olds' 100m sprint competitors Stuart Barker, William Hellewell, Josh McKenzie and Kiarne Stevens take off.
SPLISH, SPLASH: The washing machine effect is clearly evident in the under-19 boys' race at the triathlon championships.
DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION: Wearing their 40-year-old club jackets and ties are Orepuki Bowling Club members (from left) Horace McCullough, Herb Horrell with the Castle Cup, which was donated to the club in 1927, and Allen Eastwood with the Roy Menpes Memorial Cup.
HANG ON TIGHT: Craig McMaster and Paddy McDowall lead Shaun Kerr and Brad Ross in heat racing of the sidecar competition at Oreti Park Speedway. Kerr and Ross were the overall winners in the sidecars for the afternoon.
SATISFIED TRADER: New Zealand cyclist Sam Bewley presents his signed Olympic bronze medal winning jersey to Zookeepers Cafe owner Paul Clark. Bewley, put the jersey, signed by the team, on Trade Me to raise money for victims of the Christchurch earthquake. The jersey will be displayed at his Invercargill cafe.
DIGGING DEEP: Tom Scully competing in the flying lap, part of the omnium at the national track championships at the ILT velodrome. Scully won the omnium title.
PACE SETTER: New Zealand track team women's coach Dayle Cheatley leads out Kaytee Boyd on the pace-setting bike at the team's final training session at the ILT Velodrome before they depart for the world track championships in the Netherlands.
TASTE OF SUCCESS: Amanda Brown, the first female runner home, refuels at the finish line.
REVVED-UP RIVALRY: Glen Williams (front), Jason Easton and Johnny Small compete in the Superlites class during the Superbike championships at Teretonga.
FLAMING HOT: V8 Reverse Grid race winner Angus Fogg's car burns off excess fuel as he brakes hard into a corner to win the last race of the day at Teretonga.
FOCUSED: Katelyn Steward, of Canada, competes in the jack and jill sawing event with Bobby Dowling at the annual Browns Athletics Society sports day. Steward is in Southland for three weeks competing in various bushcraft events.
ACE DRIVER: Craig Baird hopes for a successful round of racing in the V8s and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge at Teretonga.
UNTOUCHABLES: Southland under-15 boys captain Jason Bishop (left) and Southland under-13 mixed captain Blake Tempero celebrate winning their respective titles at the South Island Interprovincial Touch Tournament.
Vajin Armstrong gets his medal for winning the 2010 Kepler Mountain Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
SILVER PLUS: Aaron Gate (left) and Myron Simpson after winning the New Zealand Madison Championship at the ILT Festival of Speed cycling carnival at the Invercargill Velodrome.
Action from the street racing in the Southland town of Wyndham during the Burt Munro event.
WINNERS: Brothers Kyle (left) and Guy Hartley are on a high after winning their respective age-group titles in the Southern Motocross Series. Kyle won the 8-11 age group, while Guy claimed the 4-5 age group.
REFLECTING ON THE FUTURE: New Zealand professional rider Greg Henderson is interviewed after winning a stage in the Tour of Southland.
PUTTING IN THE LEGWORK: Stags players and management enjoy a joke at the captain's run at Rugby Park.
COME BACK SOON: Dejected Stags captain Jamie Mackintosh hands over the Ranfurly Shield to winning captain Andy Ellis at Rugby Park.
FAN-TASTIC!: Southland Stags captain Jamie Mackintosh (centre left) jumps in the air, celebrating beating Auckland 9-6 in their NPC/Ranfurly Shield rugby match at Rugby Park in Invercargill.
FAN CLUB: Natalie Wiegersma and her sponsor EIS chief executive Dean Addie will be cheering each other on as they represent Southland. Swimmer Wiegersma is off to compete for New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games.
Jeremy "The Swede-Eater" Winders takes another blood-splattering hit on the nose from Brendon "Chainsaw" Laney, who won their bout.
ON TARGET: Southland Girls' High School striker Jessica Watts, right, tries to get the ball past Geraldine's Sharni Killoran during a girls football game at Sandy Point near Invercargill.
Stag Josh Bekhuis holds Otago No 8 Adam Thomson during Saturday's Ranfurly Shield challenge.
READY: Stags players Robbie Robinson (left) and captain Jamie Mackintosh get their game faces on for the Ranfurly Shield challenge by Counties Manukau.
TRIUMPHANT TEAM: The overall winner of the Catlins Coast Rally Andrew Graves (left), of Gore, celebrates with co-driver Jared Leebody on top of their Mitsubishi EVO 3.
HOT ITEM: R&R Sports Queenstown owner-manager Hayden Key with snow helmets he says have been big sellers in the past two seasons. An increase in the number of people using snow helmets has been applauded by the Head Injury Society of Southland, but it is still pushing to make them compulsory on the slopes.
Tony Corkill rides the last lap for PowerNet during the time trial on June 18.
SLIP, SLIDING AWAY: Dunstan Creek Curling Club member James Armstrong on the Idaburn dam, in Central Otago, takes part in a two-day bonspiel.
SQUARING OFF: Brothers Joshua Eruini (left), 17 and Henare Bowring, 28, get ready for tonights Versus Unlimited cagefighting event at Stadium Southland. Eruini is making his cagefighting debut in the undercard while Bowring will feature in the main bout.
ALL THE TALK: Sixteen-year-old James Hargest College pupil Matt Webb is loving the success of the All Whites at the football World Cup in South Africa. The James Hargest year 12 pupil is one of Southland's most promising football talents.
Dan Carter leaps through the Welsh defence to a fine try.
SERENITY: In the absence of 3000-screaming fans, Stadium Southland transforms into a tranquil environment. Steel physio Jenny Ferguson treats midcourter Hayley Saunders before our training session the day before the match.
HARD WORK: Pippa McKinnel, 10 (left), of St Mary's in Gore, and Maggie Wilson, 10, of Limehills School, negotiate a boggy creek while competing in the Southland primary schools cross-country championships.
HARD YARDS: Southland Mountainbike Club president Dave Brookland (left) with Doug Bath whizzing past him as they bike around the Sandy Point tracks.
PUSHING THROUGH: Marist No 8 Iona Sipa takes the ball up in his team's Southland premier club rugby game against Pirates-Old Boys at Marist.
GET IT TOGETHER: Sharks coach Richard Dickel barks instructions to his players during a timeout against the Wellington Saints. On the left is Sharks assistant coach Trevor Ryder.
EXCITED: Southern Steel midcourter Hayley Saunders will play in her hometown of Gore when Steel travel up to play an Otago invitational team at the new MLT Event Centre.
IDOL CHAT: Highlanders (back from left) James Paterson, Adam Thomson and Josh Bekhuis with fans (front from left) Keegan Fiebig and McKenzie Clark, both 10, and Samuel Downing, 9, during a promotional appearance in the Invercargill city centre.
Students jockeying for position at the Grab A Seat musical chairs game at the Uni Games closing ceremony.
IN HER PLACE: Southern Steel goal defence Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit will be aiming to get in the faces of Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic shooters Irene van Dyk and Jodi Brown.
WEAVE GOT THE POWER: Cyclists weave their way among the dunes at the entrance to Oreti Beach at the start of the 12km Surf to City.
GOING FOR BASE: Stadium Southland manager and Oceania Badminton Association president Nigel Skelt (left) and Oceania and Australian board member Loke Poh Wong. Invercargill is a frontrunner in a bid to become the base for a new Oceania Badminton High Performance Centre.
West Australian golfer Stephen Dartnal, looks to be in a spot of danger as a giant weta, one of the many sculptures scattered around The Hills golf course, appears to have an eye on him and his caddy as they move down the first hole during the third round of the New Zealand Golf Open on Saturday.
2010 Challenge Wanaka men's champion Richard Ussher.
BUZZING: Southern Steel midcourter Wendy Frew will be looking for a big ANZ Championship as she attempts to secure a spot in the Silver Ferns squad for the Commonwealth Games in October.
DJ Forbes with a head injury during the match against Samoa.
Malcolm Law takes on water during the Kepler Challenge. Law was doing a 7 Great Walks in 7 days challenge to raise money for the New Zealand Leukaemia and Blood Foundation.
Samoa's Alafoti Fa'osiliva (R), Lolo Lui (3rd R) and Paul Tung (bottom) fight for the ball with New Zealand's Ben Souness (L) and D J Forbes (2nd R) .
RIDING IT OUT: Dion Church on his way to winning the steer wrestling at the Te Anau Rodeo. Church, of Palmerston, has been performing on the rodeo circuit for 30 years.
Tent city at Oreti Park during the Burt Munro Challenge.
BENDING HIS BACK: Central-Western's Sam McLachlan bowls to Marist's Shaun Fitzgibbon during a club cricket game.
Patrick Bevin (Ascot Park Hotel) wins stage seven of the Tour of Southland into Te Anau.
Southland rugby fans cheer for their team.
The Stags' David Horton, with Tony Koonwaiyou in support, sidesteps Taranaki's Andrew Hore.
EAT MY DUST: Southland halfback Scott Cowan leaves the Wellington defence in his wake as he runs in a 40m try in the NPC semifinal in the capital.
SIX AND OVER: Shane Watson celebrates his match-winning six which also brought up his century as Australia beat New Zealand by six wickets in the Champions Trophy final.
CHAMPION: US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro.
SPOTTED: Golfer Greg Norman and actor Jack Nicholson.
David Wise, of the United States, took second place in the free skiing halfpipe finals.
Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate puts on his jockstrap as he prepares to bat in the nets during a cricket practice session ahead of their Group B World Cup match.
Southland's Eddie Dawkins wins his third elite men's gold medal as he easily wins the open men's kerin final at the 2009 New Zealand track cycling championships, held in Invercargill from March 2 to 7.