Well, the Highlanders went down last night under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium in extra-time thanks to a Damian McKenzie penalty. The loss now means the Highlanders home record is looking fairly average with the side now having lost 5 matches in a row. Actually, the Highlanders last victory at home was a 28 – 27 win over the Chiefs on Saturday 13th June 2020. Since then, they finished the season at home last year with losses to the Crusaders and the Blues while this year they have gone down to the Crusaders, the Hurricanes and now the Chiefs.
On a brighter note the Premier Women’s grade kicked off yesterday here in Dunedin with the Waitaki Wahine beating Green Island 22 to 0 while Big River Country from Balclutha got a first up win over the Pirates Wahine 36 to 33. So, before you head out to enjoy the sunshine here’s a few more images for you to enjoy.
To start the season I headed up to Opoho to see the start of the Premier Women’s competition. The new team in this year’s competition Big River Country from Balclutha. This now means that the Premier Women’s grade is covering from North Otago to South Otago which is great to see.
Around the grounds in other premier matches this afternoon, Harbour defeated Southern 26 to 22 at Watson Park while over at Miller Park Green Island were victorious over Alhambra Union with a 24 to 15 win. In a replay of last year’s final Taieri got up over University 27 to 24 while at Kettle Park Kaikorai defeated Dunedin 36 to 16
Results From Around The Grounds
Metro Premier Men Taieri defeated University 27 to 24 Kaikorai defeated Dunedin 36 to 16 Green Island defeated Alhambra Union 24 to 15 Harbour defeated Southern 26 to 22
@tapebootsandbeer – 20.03.21 Preseason rugby is one of the only times of the year when I don’t care what the score is in the game I’m shooting. I’m much more interested in faces. It’s always interesting to see if any new players pop-up at a club or what the numbers are like at training. The weather is always fairly settled as well.
Today I visited three games, two of them involved teams from out of town which is always nice for some variety. My day started at Bishopscourt with a Colts match before checking in with the Upper Clutha Rams at Montecillo and finishing the afternoon at the North Ground with the Steamers from Balclutha.
@tapebootsandbeer – 16.03.21 A Marist-Albion forward reacts to finding himself in a gap after a short pop pass during the preseason fixture between Dunedin and Marist played at Kettle Park in Dunedin, on Saturday, 13th March, 2021.
@tapebootsandbeer – 15.03.21 Mark Grieve-Dunn with a little bit of detail for the Sharks before their preseason fixture between Dunedin and Marist played at Kettle Park in Dunedin, on Saturday, 13th March, 2021.
@tapebootsandbeer Fine weather and a moderate breeze greeted the Marist and Dunedin teams for their preseason fixture played at Kettle Park in Dunedin this afternoon. For the record, I’ve no idea who won however Marist did score four tries to one in the first half.
Max Brown of Harbour scores during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Kaikorai and Harbour played at Bishopscourt in Dunedin, on Saturday 8th August, 2020. John Caswell/http://www.caswellimages.com Harbour defeated Kaikorai 32 – 10 http://tapebootsandbeer.com @tapebootsandbeer
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