Ohai Nightcaps won the 2001 Southland Wide Division Two championship in 2001 by beating Te Anau 37-18. The fight was never over till the end and Te Anau always looked a threat from the boot of Jason Forest who kicked three penalty goals and kept Te Anau in the hunt.
It was the latter team's inability to tackle that let Ohai Nightcaps score six unanswered tries. It was Steve McKay that found the gaps and was rewarded with two brillant tries.
Craig Valli on the right wing scored the first try at the five minute mark. Ohai Nightcap's No. 8, Brian Heslop tackled hard and kept his lighter pack in the game. He was well supported by Pete Clarkson and Abe Wood. The Te Anau forward pack worked hard and with Carl Shanks, Rhys Jones and Issac Sage all performing credible.
Nathan Sayers deserved the Ohai Nightcaps player of the day, at first five he was well supported by half back, Peter Stodart.
Coaches: Te Anau - Barry Hansen
Ohai Nightcaps - Eric Todd.
Rata was not up to full strength in 1940. Players that filled in for the senior team were: Mrs Raines (nee J. Kelly) who played well in the defence. Both teams played hard and it was a good battle with the half time score 12-9 to Rata.
In the second half Rata centres, A. Pittaway, V. Fraser and A. McBurney combined well to give their shoots twice as many attempts as St Marys. M. McGrath for St Marys, shot well, but her opportunities were limited. L. Mehaffey was outstanding for Rata with clever passing to A. McDonald who shot some great goals from the edge of the circle. Final Score was Rata 25 - St Mary's 16.
Drummond won the Hamilton Shield which was the pinnacle of Central Southland rugby in 1965.
It beat Central Star 16-0 in atrocious conditions. It was the loose trio of Drummond that made the difference in the game. Cochrane, Laughton and Gazzard made Central Star pay for any mistakes and handled the conditions better. Drummond full-back, Ferguson was also instrumental in their win, keeping Central Star on the back foot. Central Star played with a lot of heart and never gave up with J. Hurdley, G. Hall and "Snow"O'Connor all playing well, with the latter playing out of position at half back.
Drummond: Laughton (2), Williams (1) (1con), M. Millar (1) J. Hazlett (1Con)
Western third grade team was announced in 1965 and was:
J. Neylon, Jim Mountney, N. Burns, N. Lyons, W. Campbell, Neil Popham, G. McKenzie, Wayne Soper (captain), B. Watson, I. McKay, T. Pearce, N. Bateman, B. Lapthorne, W. Herriott, M. Hamlin, J. Watkinson, E. Mason, W. Kane, T. Davidson, D.Williams, K. Rohan.
Jim McKenzie of Seaward Downs represented New Zealand in 1965 at the World Skeet Championships in Georgia, United States.
Mr P. A. Matheson of Wellington and Mr R. G. Brown of Ashburton were also selected.
Jim McKenzie had a lot of international experience with travelling to Australia a number of times and won the Australian title.
The president of the Southland Gun Club, Mr A. J. C. Donald, presented Jim with a gold pin inscribed with the monogram of the club.
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