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Tight game: Chicos/ABL goalshoot Sherrie Gwerder
snatches the ball from Pub on Wharf defenders Sarah
Russell (left) and Emily Nelson in the Wakatipu Premier
final on Saturday. Chicos/ABL won the encounter 35-34.
Photo: BLAIR PATTINSON
By DEBBIE JAMIESON
It could barely have been closer.
Only a single goal separated the
Wakatipu's two top teams when incum-
bent champs Chicos/ABL beat Pub on
Wharf in the Wakatipu Netball Centre
premier final on Saturday.
The 35-34 final score reflected one of the
tightest matchups of the season and left
both teams proud of their efforts.
Chicos/ABL manager Kay O'Connell,
who found herself on the court filling in
for sick and absent players, said it was
probably her team's experience that saw
''Pub on Wharf should have won it. We
were lucky. They shot better than us but
at the end of the day we probably handled
the pressure at the end,'' she said.
Throughout the game the lead see-sawed
with Chicos/ABL leading after the first
quarter 12-7, Pub on Wharf taking over
20-19 at halftime and then Chicos/ABL
leading 30-28 after the third quarter.
Pub on Wharf captain Sarah Russell said
her team also had a good day, despite
failing to secure the win. ''We played
with our heads and as a team as well.
There was probably a couple of our shots
didn't go as they should have but I'm still
really proud and stoked we were in the
The netball competition held its awards
dinner alongside the Wakatipu Rugby
Club on Saturday night (see page 6).
Matt scores the winner
Ice man: The real Matt
Schneider in action on
Friday night against Botany
In last week's Mirror we
asked readers to get
ready for a top Stampede.
The Southern Stampede
ice hockey team are
completing their season
and former NHL player
Mathieu Schneider had
returned to the rink, we
Except, ahem, Mathieu
Schneider, 43, doesn't
play for the Queenstown
side. Matt Schneider, a
Canadian player in his
Within hours it was all
over Facebook, a Mirror
reporter had promised a
beer to the real Matt Schneider and a
Stampede player, who was good enough
to see the funny side, had called to tell
staff about the gaffe.
What's more, the photo
showed Schneider appar-
ently playing in a Detroit
Red Wings jersey but it
was, we're told, a
Sorry hockey fans, we
hope Matt enjoys his beer
and good luck Southern
Despite the personality
mix-up, Matt went on to
score the winning goal
for the Stampede in
Saturday night's tight 3-2
win over the Botany
Swarm. This followed an
emphatic 9-3 win on
Friday night over the
This weekend they play two games
against the Admirals, in Auckland.
PHOTO: JAMES ALLAN
Ice skating champs
The Queenstown Ice Skating Club is
hosting about 30 competitors in the
Queenstown Invitational and Club
Championships this Sunday at the
Queenstown Ice Arena. Competition
takes place between 10.10am and about
1pm. Entry is by gold coin.
Queenstown boxers at Canterbury
Metro's August tournament returned
with mixed results on the weekend.
Mike McKee won his match while Richie
Hadlow had to move up to middleweight
to secure a bout and lost on countback.
Jason Mills and Nicola Ann Kay also
lost. The same team and Elizabeth
Regan will be competing in the
Canterbury championships on August
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