Marist wins marathon battle with HSHC
Marist produced an upset when they beat High School Hockey Club 3-2 in an epic Manawatu club match at the twin turfs on Saturday.
HSHC came out firing early on, having Marist on the back foot with a goal off a dynamic penalty-corner strike.
Play then jumped from end to end, basic skills of players tested with no space given up easily.
Halftime came and went with no addition to the score until Josh Scott pounced on a HSHC mistrap to equalise for Marist. Momentum swung Marist's way and caused HSHC to panic and resort to a long game.
Marist made use of their chances with a long cross pass off a turnover finding an unmarked Bram Burger on the College circle edge who scored.
The marathon battle continued, HSHC came close with a save off the line by Burger after the Marist keeper was beaten. HSHC kept surging forward and Matthew Brougham tied the score off a penalty corner variation in the 30th minute.
Marist immediately came back scoring off a movement up the left flank with Kieran Caughley on hand to grab the winning goal.
HSHC gambled by subbing their goalkeeper for an extra field player but the ploy did not pay off as Marist kept HSHC in their half. Marist, for whom Stefan Fastier and Burger were outstanding, missed an open goal deflection in the dying minute.
College were dynamic in their 4-1 win over Palmerston North Boys' High School.
College had most of their player roster back with Warren Phillips returning from injury, Myles Houlihan and Rob Bellchamber.
College, after scoring through Ben Molloy, had Boys' High on the back foot early and the game turned in their favour when an unmarked Phillips pounced on a gifted pass by Boys' High.
Boys High never gave up and Greg Bates had an outstanding game at centre midfield, distributing ball to his high forwards. College's organised defence stripped possession off the Boys' High strikers.
The second spell saw College in control with Houlihan, Mike Caddingan, and Molloy rampant up front. Boys' High's defence was stretched at times with two goals for College sealing the result before Boys' High scored a consolation goal off a deflection near the end.
Massey beat Tech College Old Boys 3-1 in the late game in Palmerston North.
Massey applied pressure with Tech defending well in patches. Massey created numerous chances in the shooting circle going begging as they struggled to get unmarked strikers in front of the Tech goal. Oscar Stewart shone for Massey with his decisive play. Massey scored near halftime and twice in the second spell to get the result. Tech got a consolation goal against the run of play late in the match.
Levin Hockey-Manawatu College Old Boys had the bye.
In women's hockey, College beat Palmerston North Girls' High School 4-1.
College broke the deadlock early with Stacey Lloyd scoring with a tomahawk shot. College were solid and in control with Charlotte Symes dynamic in her first game back after concussion. Girls' High competed well in their third game in three days and came close in the second half with a shot pinging off College's crossbar.
Determination by Girls' High paid off with a goal from a College mistrap late in the game.
In a local derby, HSHC had a handsome 8-0 win over HSHC Rebels.
HSHC kept up the pace throughout, playing with determination and spirit. Speed, combinations and skills by HSHC saw Carla Burt score a hat-trick, Danielle Hanson a brace, Kayla Bradey, Page Sly and Black Stick Cathryn van Woodren get on the scoresheet.
In the early match Massey beat Collegians 4-1. TCOB had the bye.