Queenstown teams earned all the boasting rights by taking out both the Central Otago Cup and Plate football finals at the weekend.
Eight teams contested the knockout competition, which is usually held at the end of the season.
Covid and seasonal worker unavailabilities meant it was decided to reverse the usual order.
The competition proper for the Radio Central Championship will begin next weekend with 12 teams.
Cup favourites, Lakes United of Queenstown, justified their status with an exciting 5-2 victory over the Brazilian Falcons.
It was a game that ebbed and flowed, with the usual knock-out tension, but Lakes were just too structured and too slick in the important moments.
In the Plate, it was the British expat-influenced Wakatipu who came out best in an even encounter with a Cromwell team beset by Covid defections.
Cromwell was its own worst enemy at times, conceding an own goal in the opening stanza.
After a well-taken penalty, Cromwell looked as though it might dominate.
However, a well-worked Wakatipu counter-attack and a late deflected goal sealed a 3-1 victory in front of an excited and supportive local crowd.
In the under-15 league regional competition, due to start next Wednesday, Queenstown has drawn South Canterbury away in Timaru, while Wanaka will be hosting the Dunedin City Royals. Both games are due to start at 12.30pm.