Table-topping Hutt produced another classy display to wallop Dalefield 9-2. With only a single loss all season, Hutt can't be headed as top qualifier for the playoffs.
Dalefield held them to 2-1 at halftime but were no match in the second half, as Ben van Woerkom completed his hat-trick and Joel Baker also netted three times.
Defending champions Indians needed a draw to keep their playoff hopes alive but came up a goal short, losing 3-2 to Harbour City.
A drag flick by Harbour's Matt Young from a penalty corner in the first half was followed by a double to team-mate Jake Smith after the break.
Matt L'Huillier had pulled one back for Indians with a penalty corner drag flick, then scored again with a reverse stick screamer right at the end.
Northern United gave a solid display against Victoria, overcoming the students 4-2. Northern made the early running with Ethan Kerruish finishing a superb break by Hayden Shaw, and Trevor Garrett replying for Vic.
In the second half Damian Watson scored twice from identical penalty corner variations and Julian Clarke added a fourth.
In the women's competition, Hutt's Trish Ross made a welcome return from injury in her team's 5-0 win over Eastern Hutt.
The first spell was fairly even with only Zara Golding able to get through the Eastern defence. Hutt came out hard in the second half and scored four further goals to earn a valuable bonus point.
Harbour City went to the top of the table with a 5-0 bonus-point win over Indians. Down just 1-0 at halftime Indians' fitness faded allowing Jenna Anderson to complete her hat-trick and for Gen Macilquham and Bridget Kiddle to score as well. Victoria beat Karori 4-1 in a match where both teams failed to ignite.
- The Dominion Post
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