P1 Hockey Report - 21 April 2018
Most games in round thee were very close with one drawn and three decided by a single goal. Hutt United and Dalefield now top the men’s and women’s standings, while Kapiti and Toa women each gained their first point, after battling to a draw at Paraparaumu.
In the women’s competition Karori came off their bye full of life and troubled a new look Farriers Dalefield for the whole game, played early at Clareville. Young Ariel Kelman put Karori ahead in the fourth minute and it was not until almost half-time before Dalefield replied through Brigette Mossman. The dangerous Mossman put her side ahead in the third quarter, and then Kelman scored her second to bring the scores level with four minutes to play. Dalefield launched one final attack and new striker Monique Edwards struck the winner with the last hit of the game.
Team Medical Kapiti and Toa drew 1-1, with Toa probably feeling they could have done even better. Aliyah Luapo put Toa ahead in the first quarter, with local striker Emma Aitken replying in the third. Toa pressed hard for the winner but Kapiti’s defence, led by outstanding goal-keeper Megan Render, held firm.
At the NHS Hutt United got the better of Sporting Edge Harbour City 3-2 in a fast, open game. Still not at full strength, Harbour absorbed a good deal of pressure and were able to create some chances of their own. Minna Read put Hutt United ahead late in the first quarter and Harbour’s Molly Power responded early in the second. Esther Chan’s goal from a penalty corner in the third quarter capped off a period of United pressure, but Harbour responded from the subsequent hit-off, when Ruby Logan ran hard to get into the circle and was able to touch the long ball past the advancing goal-keeper. Capital U21 striker Brenna Ellis took her chance well to hit United’s winner ten minutes from the end.
Ruby’s brother Ollie helped himself to four goals as Hutt United beat Naenae 5-3 in an all-Hutt Valley clash at the NHS. Joel Baker put Naenae ahead after just two minutes but Logan and Sam Miskimmin had Hutt United, playing in white to avoid a clash, ahead at the end of the first quarter. Logan and Sajan Patel traded second quarter goals and Logan widened the margin from a penalty corner in the third. He scored again early in the final quarter with a fine individual effort which made it 5-2. Naenae made much of the running from then on but Hutt defended effectively until Patel smashed in his second after the ball rebounded off the goal-keeper with ten minutes remaining.
Captain Dane Lett returned from helping the men’s Black Sticks win a Commonwealth Games silver medal to lead Farriers Dalefield to a 4-0 victory over Northern United at Clareville. He took just nine minutes to get on the score sheet himself with a field goal and Phil Arkell made it 2-0 the same way a couple of minutes later. Former Northern man Zac Hardie widened the gap from a penalty corner before half time, but Northern played with more resolve after the break. Dalefield’s only reward in the second half came when Trent Lett converted a penalty corner with three minutes remaining.
As was the case last week Team Medical Kapiti’s men competed well for much of their game, this time against Sporting Edge Harbour City at Paraparaumu, before going down 2-1. There was no score at half-time and Jared Jones opened Harbour’s account with a field goal late in the third quarter. Kapiti’s Alex Rollander scored from a penalty corner after an hour, only for Riley Jennings to immediately restore Harbour’s lead. The visitors continued to press but good work in defence by Mike Richardson and goal-keeper Ben Chew kept them at bay.
Points after three rounds
Teams marked with * have had a bye and been awarded 4 points.
Hutt United 11*, Dalefield 10*, Northern United 6, Victoria 5*, Harbour City 4, Naenae 3, Kapiti 0
Hutt United 11, Dalefield 10*, Victoria 8*, Harbour City 4, Karori 4*, Kapiti 1, Toa 1