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Despite some optimistic moments, Otago Country was too good for Southland Country in their
rugby clash at Te Anau last weekend, Southland going down 85-25.
After such an impressive win over
Canterbury Country in previous weeks,
a large number of spectators waited in
anticipation at the Te Anau rugby grounds
on Saturday, hoping that Southland Country
could do this again in their final game of the
season but this time against Otago Country.
The conditions were just right for running
rugby and that’s exactly what happened
– but it was all one way traffic in favour
of Otago Country. Southland Country was
starved of the ball all game and what ball
they did receive was quickly shut down or
turned over by the opposition loose forward
trio and their impressive defensive line.
The Otago Country forwards had structured
set plays setting a near perfect platform
for the backs to spin the ball wide, creating
overlaps for the speedsters on the wings to
score points almost at will.
At the 40 minute mark Southland Country
trailed by 43-10 and the signs were
ominous that Otago Country was not
going to let up. Southland Country came
out all guns blazing in the second half
making great yardage from the base of the
scrum, using the ball wisely before being
rewarded for their efforts by scoring the
first points. It looked heartening for the
spectators but this was short lived before
Otago Country again stepped up a gear and
the scoreboard started mounting against
The Otago forwards were too big and
methodical in their actions while the
backs showed great speed and accuracy
throughout most of the game, leaving
Southland Country battered and bruised
for their efforts. The final score was well in
favour of Otago Country – 85-25.
Otago Country reps too strong for southerners
By Roger Hyde
Conservation Week is providing the
perfect backdrop for a hive of community-
based clean-up activities planned around
Fiordland this month.
The Fiordland Environment Group is calling
for volunteers to help with roadside rubbish
clean-ups between now and September 19.
At the time of going to print, spokeswoman
Kit Ghata said six sacks of rubbish had
already been cleared from a 4km stretch
of State Highway 94 at the entrance to
Te Anau. Another group was planning to
tackle the stretch of roadside on the State
Highway 95 entrance. Other areas had been
identified and anyone interested in joining
in or who had a group willing to do a piece
themselves could contact Ms Ghata on (03)
249 8082 for information.
Meanwhile, this Saturday, Te Anau Westpac
Bank staff and volunteers will set about
picking up rubbish along the Te Anau
lakefront between the control gates and the
Upukerora River. Groups will set off from
each end. Branch manager Jo Matheson
said anyone was welcome to join in. All
they needed were good walking shoes.
Gloves and sacks were provided. Those
keen should meet at the bank at 1pm on
On September 31 the bank plans a similar
clean-up at Milford Sound and anyone who
wanted to join them should contact the Te
Anau branch of Westpac to register their
Meanwhile, there are a host of activities
planned by the Department of Conservation
to mark Conservation Week, from evening
talks to hands-on projects.
On September 10, in Te Anau, Viv Shaw
will speak about her recent visit to New
Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Islands.
On September 17 there will be an eco
shopping night – a chance to shop and
learn about eco products while sampling
some Fairtrade products.
On September 18 Te Anau astronomer
Richard Parkinson will give a talk on the
stars and offer people the opportunity to
visit his planetarium then view the night sky
through his telecope.
The final event involves getting down and
dirty at the Fiordland College community
garden on September 20 where there
will be tips on composting, planting and
gardening. There will also be a grafting
workshop, competitions for the kids, and a
hangi to end the day.
Full details of Conservation Week events
can be found at http://www.doc.govt.nz/
Conservation Week good excuse for Fiordland litter clean-up – volunteers needed
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