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The Echoing Path

I’m not sure Central Otago and the Lakes District have a bad season. Summer and Winter are seasons of extremes and are completely unique while autumn is full of colour, as it is now. There are so many great reasons to visit Arrowtown and the colour of autumn is definitely one of them. If you get a chance to explore the Chinese Village by the Arrow River then the autumn leaves, trees and colours will astound you. I was lucky when I took this photo as it was a fairly still day, meaning the only blur I had to worry about was from other visitors. Sometimes blur and movement is okay in photos but on this particular occasion I wanted everything completely still.


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17.04.19

Short Turnaround

The tape, the boots and the beer.
Due to Easter, it’s one of those weeks where a clubs depth gets tested with a short turnaround between games. Instead of the usual Saturday games, matches around Otago will mostly be played on Thursday but then there are a few games being played at alternative times over the long weekend or later in the season. There are some clubs that are already struggling for numbers so lets hope they stay injury free over this period.

Crescent v Clutha (13.04.19)
Nico Burgess of Crescent is injured after a clean-out during the 17.08match between Crescent and Clutha played at the Crescent Rugby Grounds in Kaitangata, on Saturday 13th April, 2019.  – Buy

From The  Glory Days


Dunedin Club Rugby - Harbour v Pirates - 26th June 2010Harbour flanker Eben Joubert drives his way forward during a Premier match between Harbour and Pirates played at Watson Park, Dunedin, 26th June 2010. – Buy

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Autumn in Dunedin

Song of the Autumn Light

The leaves are a wonderful colour here in Dunedin at the moment as Autumn continues to march on at a rapid pace. The change in season is now unmissable as the daylight is becoming distinctly shorter and the temperature is cooling considerably. The colour’s around town at the moment are just amazing.

This is from the Town Belt near the centre town here in Dunedin.

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16.04.19

The Grandstand

The tape, the boots and the beer.
I finally got the weekend images finished. Sorry for the delay of you were waiting on them, you can find them here. It’s a short turn around this week with a round of club rugby being held on Thursday due to Easter.

While I was Kaitangata I thought this was a great way to watch a game.

Crescent v Clutha (13.04.19)In country rugby, people find all sorts of ways to watch their local team like these spectators watching the Crescent and Clutha played at the Crescent Rugby Grounds in Kaitangata, on Saturday 13th April, 2019.  – Buy

Crescent v Clutha (13.04.19)Spectators watch Crescent and Clutha do battle from a makeshift grandstand on the back of a ute at the Crescent Rugby Grounds in Kaitangata, on Saturday 13th April, 2019. – Buy

From The  Glory Days


Dunedin Club Rugby - University A v Pirates - 8th May 2010Pirates fullback Kieran Fowler looks for support during a Premier match between University A and Pirates played at the University Oval, Dunedin, 8th May 2010. – Buy

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13.04.19

Around The Grounds – Scores

The Tape, The Boots and The Beer – Game Day.

I was on the road today, down to the South Otago town of Kaitangata to see the Coal Miners take on the boys from the Big River town in the local rivalry between Crescent and Clutha.  There’s a lot of history between these two teams, being a replay of last years final and having the Centennial Cup plus the Speight’s Jug on the line, the match was always going to be a typical Country-Grassroots battle! 

I’ll post more images from my road trip next week but here’s a quick trip around the grounds with the scores I’ve found out and a fresh set of images for you to enjoy.

Metro Competition
Kaikorai defeated Dunedin 73 – 31
Taieri defeated Green Island 28 – 27
Harbour defeated Alhambra Union 50 – 7
University defeated Zingari Richmond 44 – 17

Central 
Alexandra defeated Cromwell Premiers 52 – 5
Upper Clutha defeated Cromwell Cavaliers 29 – 18

Southern
Clutha defeated Crescent 29 – 24
Heriot defeated Clinton 32 – 29
Roxburgh defeated Toko 27 – 19
Owaka defeated Clutha Valley 35 – 21

Metro Women
Taieri defeated Green Island 31 – 27
University defeated Waitaki Wahine 79 – 10
Pirates defeated Alhambra Union 79 – 0

Crescent v Clutha (13.04.19)Local rivals Crescent and Clutha set a scrum during the Southern Regional premier club rugby match between Crescent and Clutha played at the Crescent Rugby Grounds in Kaitangata, on Saturday 13th April, 2019. – Buy

Clutha defeated Crescent 29 – 24

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08.04.19

Wrapping It Up

The tape, the boots and the beer.
Out of the Dunedin Metro area there are some country clubs that have started the year in a very positive way both on and off the field. I’ve received a number of messages from clubs out of the Dunedin area asking if I can visit them and photograph their teams and clubs so I’m going to have to plan a few road trips.

Here’s a few extra images from the weekend fixtures at Bathgate Park and Montecillo

Zingari Richmond v Harbour (06.04.19)Zingari Richmond takes the field during the Dunedin premier club rugby match between Zingari Richmond and Harbour played at Montecillo in Dunedin, on Saturday 6th April, 2019.  – Buy

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06.04.19

Around The Grounds – Scores

Game Day.

Here’s a quick trip around the grounds with the scores I’ve found out and a fresh set of images for you to enjoy from today.

Metro
Harbour defeated Zingari Richmond 52 – 17
Southern defeated Dunedin 36 – 23
Green Island defeated Kaikorai  43 – 28
Taieri defeated Alhambra Union 43 – 20

Central
Cromwell Premiers defeated Maniototo 53 – 14
Upper Clutha drew with Wakatipu 13 all
Arrowtown defeated Cromwell Cavaliers 49 – 10
Matakanui-Combined v Alexandra – default

Southern
Owaka defeated Roxburgh 59 – 3

Clutha drew with Toko 24 all
Heriot defeated Valley 32 – 18
Crescent defeated Clinton 48 – 33

Metro Women
Waitaki Wahine defeated Green Island 67 – 5
Alhabra Union defeated Taieri 93 – 0

Zingari Richmond v Harbour (06.04.19)
Logan Allen of Harbour steps past a tackler during the Dunedin premier club rugby match between Zingari Richmond and Harbour played at Montecillo in Dunedin, on Saturday 6th April, 2019. – Buy

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Tautuku Bay

Don’t let your confidence dissolve.

At the end of Tautuku Bay is a peninsula that’s full of wildlife and history. It’s a wonderful walk and a great way to explore a section of The Catlins coastline. Near the neck of the peninsula a whaling station ran for 7 years from 1839 and when the timber industry grew a port was developed as well. I’m pretty sure William Larnach was a major investor in the timber industry and used timber from this area on part of his castle in in Dunedin.

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01.04.19

Wāhine

The Tape, The Boots and The Beer.
A few beers were being shared on Saturday after the first round of the Women’s competition got underway over the weekend. This competition is a real growth area in rugby in the last few years and it’s wonderful to see the competition up to six teams. 

Here’s the results from the weekend along with a few images from the University Oval which featured background music from the bagpipes a few fields away.

Women Results
Pirates defeated Green Island 60 – 0
University defeated Alhambra Union 67 – 5
North Otago defeated Taieri 56 –  34

University v Alhambra Union (30.03.19)Kate Smith after missing a tackle during the Dunedin women’s club rugby match between University and Alhambra Union played at the University Oval in Dunedin, on Saturday 30th March, 2019 – Buy

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