Strong second half gives Hutt win over Harbour
Hutt overcame Harbour City 4-2 to remain top of the table after 13 rounds of Wellington men's premier hockey on Saturday.
The first half was even with a last-minute goal to Joel Baker levelling the scores after Gabe Kepes and Mike Young had scored for Harbour and Ben van Woerkom for Hutt.
After the break Hutt went ahead through Baker again and Robbie Burgess, but had goalkeeper James Manning to thank for turning back several dangerous Harbour raids.
Indians went on the rampage against an under-powered Transact Victoria, scoring four goals in each half to take an 8-3 bonus-point win. After Dane Lett and Sandeep Naik exchanged early goals, Shivam Dahya, Nermash Ramji and Matt Huillier gave the Indians a buffer before Vic's Tom Vodane pulled one back late. After the break Indians continued their pressure and good work by NHL keeper Bart de Vries limited the damage. Victoria failed to convert a string of penalty corners, their only reward being another superb long-range effort from Trevor Garrett.
Two goals in the first 10 minutes to Victoria's April Richardson and Annabelle Gosling were enough for a 2-0 victory against Indians in the women's competition.
The action see-sawed between the two circles with neither team able to capitalise on their possession.
Hutt took the early advantage in their game against Harbour City with Gemma Coutts getting the finishing touch on a field goal. Harbour then created some exciting attacks through their fearsome forward line of Jenna Anderson, Tara Hall and Felicity Reidy. The scores were level at halftime before Harbour took control with Reidy scoring twice, along with Hall, Bridget Bourke and Lydia Cooke. The result kept Harbour equal top, alongside Eastern Hutt.
RANDWICK joined Porirua at the top of the Wellington premier league standings with one round to play thanks to a thumping 70-14 victory over a depleted University on Saturday.
Axton Daniels ran amok with five tries for the Kingfishers, while youngster Benson Tago scored four and Ray Lesoa a brace as the Hunters' slim finals hopes ended.
Randwick ran in 13 tries to three and moved to 19 points alongside Porirua, who were upset 26-24 by an improving Upper Hutt side.
Upper Hutt have now won four of their last five games and secured fourth spot with the win.Third-placed Wainuiomata were too good for Petone in a 40-22 victory as winger Tyler Tane scored four tries and kicked six conversions for a personal haul of 28 points.
Defending champions Te Aroha secured a spot in the top-five finals, ending a four-match losing streak with a 40-6 rout of last-placed St George.
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