Monday, July 11, 2016

The country's top young tennis players have descended on Dunedin for an important tournament.

The multi-day Southern Junior Indoor Tennis Open is on at the Edgar Centre, with a range of ages taking part

And with it being the final tier 2 event of the season, there's plenty to play for.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Hundreds of secondary school students are chasing sporting glory this week at a National competition.

They've travelled from near and far for the 4 day multi-sport event, held this year in Dunedin.

But it's not just the usual games on offer.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Two Otago athletes have received a late call up to join the New Zealand paralympics team in Rio.

Javelin thrower Caitlin Dore and sprinter Jacob Phillips will both compete at the paralympics in September.

19 year old Phillips, who has mild cerebral palsy, is back on track after he was forced to put his athletics career on hold last year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

The pair will join the six athletes named earlier this year, after New Zealand was reallocated an addition female and male slot for the games.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

South African Rob Walter has been appointed head coach of the Otago Volts for the next two seasons.

He takes over the side from current coach Nathan King, who resigned midway through his contract following a disappointing season.

The move will see Walter leave his job as coach of top-level South African cricket franchise the Titans.

Otago Cricket chief executive Mike Coggan says he's pleased to have secured Walter after a worldwide recruitment search.

Walter will begin his employment with Otago Cricket at the start of September.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

More than 300 Malaysian students from universities around the country have gathered in Dunedin for an annual sports tournament.

The University of Otago is hosting the five day Malaysian Games, featuring a raft of sporting pursuits.

But while sport is the main focus, organisers say it's also about strengthening the bonds between students nationwide.


Monday, July 4, 2016

A friendly ice hockey game has helped mark two important occasions for the city's ex-pat population.

Players took to the ice to assert their sporting dominance, to celebrate both Canada Day and US Independence Day.

And it was a game that came right down to the wire.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

More than 600 of the city's high school students got out of the classroom and on to the sports field today, for the annual co-ed school's tournament.

But it wasn't all about having fun, with competitor's eyes squarely on the first place trophy up for grabs.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Auckland Blues player Tevita Li has signed with the Highlanders for the 2017 season.

The young winger will follow in the footsteps of former Blues converts Waisake Naholo and Malakai Fekitoa.

Highlanders CEO Roger Clark says while luring players to the deep south wasn't easy a few years ago, players are now seeing the side as an attractive franchise.

He's confident the shift will work well for Li and provide him with the opportunities he's looking for to further his rugby career.


Friday, June 24, 2016

The All Blacks have had their last run around the stadium ahead of tomorrow's big match against Wales.

And despite winning two games in a row, captain Keiran Read says they're not going to be dropping their guard.


Friday, June 24, 2016

A former All Blacks coach is in town, giving Dunedin high school students a talk on sport science.

Sir Graham Henry is here for the New Zealand International Science Festival to preach the importance of science in high performance sport.

And residents can see his work being put to use in the All Blacks' upcoming test match.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Welsh rugby team have arrived in the city ahead of their clash against the All Blacks this weekend.

The management team and several players flew into Dunedin airport this afternoon from Wellington.

The rest of the team were scheduled to fly in later today where a Kapa Haka and choir will welcome them.

The squad are yet to win a test against the New Zealand side after losses in both Auckland and Wellington.

This weekend marks the last match of the three game series and will be played at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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Jamie Joseph is starting some of his lesser known players for the Highlanders' friendly with the Crusaders in Oamaru.

The team currently has nine players on international duty for New Zealand, Fiji and Japan.

As a result Joseph has named a number of replacement provincial players for tomorrow's game.

He says the situation isn't unique to the Otago side, with several other teams facing similar line-up decisions.

The friendly game will mark the Highlanders debut for halfbacks Te Aihe Toma and Jamie Booth.

Jospeh hopes the match will serve as a good build up for the team ahead of games in both South Africa and Argentina.


Monday, June 20, 2016

The All Blacks are looking forward to playing under cover at Forsyth Barr Stadium this weekend.

The team touched down in Dunedin yesterday ahead of their third and final test match against Wales.

And regardless of the result it'll be a memorable match for a couple of players.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Three Otago cricket players have made the cut for the coming seasons' Black Caps squad.

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed 21 contracted players, an increase on last year's 20.

Otago Volts Mark Craig, James Neesham and Neil Wagner all got the call up for the team, which remains largely unchanged from last season.

However the departures of Brendon and Nathan McCullum, as well as Grant Elliot, left space for some fresh talent.

The new line up also features four new players, including the maiden appearances of Henry Nicholls and George Worker.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Highlanders are back on home soil ahead of their match against the Crusaders later this month.

Coach Jamie Joseph says the game is an opportunity to give the entire squad a run while the international players are away playing for New Zealand, Fiji and Japan respectively.

While the result will have no impact on the current Super Rugby competition, Joseph says it's good preparation ahead of their game in South Africa next month.

The two teams will meet in Oamaru next week, with the Highlanders hoping for a repeat of last month's 34-26 victory against the Crusaders.