Wellington Girls’ – Carterton
In the first game Marlborough scored twice early on, then Seini Denicaucau and Tessa Sanson levelled the scores before half-time. Marlborough went ahead again before Tessa Sanson scored her second at a penalty corner. An immediate response from Marlborough was the last scoring action and they took out the game 4-3.
Wellington played much better against Hawkes Bay after a day off, going to a 5-0 lead at half-time, which turned out to be the final score. Seini Denicaucau scored twice, with the other goal-scorers being Charlotte Talbot, Kelsey Hill and captain Riana Pho.
Things did not go Wellington’s way against Poverty Bay on Thursday with the Gisborne-based side leading 5-2 at the end of an action-packed first half. Seini Denicaucau had scored both Wellington’s goals and Riana Pho added a third from a penalty corner after the break, as did Poverty Bay who won the game 6-3.
That meant Wellington missed out on a top four finish, but the clash against South Canterbury on Friday was an important one if they were to have a chance of finishing fifth. The game was tight throughout, with the only scoring being a field goal to 13-year-old Asha O’Gorman seven minutes into the second half.
This game against Marlborough to decide fifth and sixth was a replay of the tournament’s first game and a similar result looked possible when Marlborough scored first. However, Tessa Sanson and Olivia Martin put Wellington a goal ahead after 42 minutes, before Riana Pho sealed victory and a creditable fifth placing for her team from a penalty corner in the final minute.
Canterbury won the final 2-0 with a goal in each half against the well-performed Wanganui side. Poverty Bay were third and Central Otago fourth.
Kapiti College’s Seini Denicaucau scored most goals for Wellington with five, while Riana Pho (Wellington Girls College) and Tessa Sanson (St Oran’s College) each scored three.
The team was coached by Kiri Rakuraku, assisted by Jaedyn Eade and Callum Olsen; and managed by Alana Webb.