Eastern Hutt on top after double-header success

Last updated 07:18 31/03/2014

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A successful combination of experience and youth sees 2013 champions Eastern Hutt at the top of the premier one women's hockey competition with two wins from the double-header weekend - beating Karori 3-0 and having a bonus point 7-0 win over Indians.

Eastern coach Reg Robinson, was pleased that their emphasis on passing and playing a team game had a clear impact.

Young players Whenu Munn, Zoe Thompson-Edgeler and Kiri Wairua-Hunter were singled out for their strong performances on day one, with NHL players Kelly Sutherland, Mel Aiken and Kirsty Cole recognising the importance of the experience they each bring to such a youthful but exciting team.

Karori were perhaps the team unlucky not to come away with some points over the weekend, starting slowly against Eastern on Saturday but coming back strongly into the game, then holding a deserved 2-1 lead over Harbour-City in their second match, before conceding two late goals. However, it was those late goals that Harbour's coach Di Jordan felt exemplified their weekend, when they competed hard for 70 minutes to win twice.

High-scoring games were a feature of the first two rounds of premier one men's hockey.

At Paraparaumu on Saturday defending champions Victoria were pipped 4-3 by 2013 runners-up Harbour City, but came back strongly to edge Indians 5-4 yesterday. Indians had beaten the young Dalefield side 8-2 on Saturday with Jason Hilton scoring a hat-trick, and trailed 5-1 against Vic with six minutes to play before three quick goals gave the students a bit of a fright.

Hutt sit at the top of the table after two wins. Despite conceding an early goal to Northern United on Saturday, an improved passing game helped them to a 3-2 win.

At Clareville yesterday Hutt's structured play was too much for Dalefield as they ran away with the game 9-0.

Northern beat Harbour City 2-0 yesterday in an even encounter with both teams seeing chances go begging.

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