Defending women's champions Eastern Hutt suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, going down 2-0 to a composed Harbour City.
Harbour took the lead 10 minutes into a fast-paced game when Gen Macilquham scored from a penalty corner; then Fliss Reidy doubled Harbour's lead early in the second half.
Eastern fought until the end but could not deny Harbour, who now trail only on goal difference.
Victoria dominated possession early against Hutt and Lucy Barber's shot from the edge of the circle following a penalty corner gave them the lead after seven minutes. Ten minutes later, Caitlin Procter broke away and scored Vic's second.
Hutt made it 2-1 with Katie Fraser scoring from a well-taken stroke. Bottom of the table Hutt continued to fight for possession but could not get the equaliser.
Karori's 2-0 victory over Indians was by no means comfortable. Charlotte Eastman opened the scoring with a wonderful field goal and Sarah Hadfield scored from a penalty corner on the stroke of halftime.
In the second half Indians created chances but were unable to finish.
Four goals from Nick Finlayson could not prevent Hutt from losing 5-4 to Victoria in the men's competition.
Hutt started strongly and were three goals up. Vic came back with strikes to Joe Robertson and Hugh Taylor.
Finlayson broke the deadlock early in the second spell before a six-minute blitz by the students saw Robertson again, Olivier Antoine and Trent Lett scoring in quick succession.
Finlayson's fourth closed the gap, but could not prevent Hutt losing to Victoria by one goal for the second time this season.
The early game between top-of-the-table Harbour City and second-placed Indians was even.
Harbour's Sam Baxter finished good work from Jake Smith and Tim Gyles after 13 minutes. German Max Baumgardt struck from a penalty corner before the break.
Indians levelled through Jainesh Patel and Nermash Ramji, but a deadly drive from Smith at another penalty corner was enough to secure a deserved victory.
At Clareville Northern United overcame a stern first-half challenge from Dalefield to run away with the game 12-2.
An early Northern goal was countered by one from the home team's Zac Hardie. Determined defence kept the score to 4-1 at halftime.
After that Northern turnovers led to a stream of goals, with Dalefield's only reply coming from Tane Workman.
Influential midfielder Julian Clarke and young German Niklas Weihar both scored three times for the visitors.
- The Dominion Post
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