Both Central teams dipped out on tomorrow's semifinals in the National Hockey League in Auckland.
The men's team had an outside chance until yesterday but were beaten 4-2 by Midlands, New Zealand player Nick Wilson scoring another goal for the Central Mavericks.
That loss left them well adrift in sixth place with only Canterbury and Northland below them. Capital's win in the last match of the day extinguished their hopes.
Capital, North Harbour and Southern grabbed the remaining three spots alongside Auckland.
In the women's competition, North Harbour upset defending champions Auckland in the last game of the day to grab the fourth semifinals spot.
The Central Mysticks finished one off the bottom after losing 3-2 to Southern.
Round six results
Southern 3 (Sofie McLeod 2, Monique Wilson) Central 2 (Michaela Curtis, Lee-Ana Haenga) HT 1-2
Canterbury 4 (Hannah Marshall 2, Cassandra Reid, Sian Fremaux) Capital 0 HT 2-0
Midlands 4 (Kim Gill, Stacey MacDonald, Kim Tanner, Clarissa Eshuis) Northland 0 HT 2-0
North Harbour 1 (Petrea Webster) Auckland 0 HT: 0-0
Midlands 4 (Scott Hughes 2, Cam Hayde, Andy Hayward) Central 2 (Ryan Cosgrove, Nick Wilson) HT 2-0.
Southern 2 (Callum Bailey, Chris Ashton) Northland 1 (Dion Watts) HT 1-0
North Harbour 4 (David Kosoof 2, Brennan Alexander-Parker, Jan Petersen) Canterbury 0 HT 2-0
Capital 3 (Jason Hilton, Matt L'Huillier, Jacob Smith) Auckland 2 (Dwayne Rowsell, Sam Miskimmin) HT 2-1
Saturday's semifinals. -
Women: Auckland v Midlands, Canterbury v North Harbour
Men: North Harbour v Auckland, Capital v Southern.
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