Arotea Kiwi fall to United, Waimea sides

JOHN ALEXANDER
Last updated 11:20 28/05/2012

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Arotea Kiwi have lost their unbeaten record in this season's combined Marlborough/Nelson premier hockey competition.

The men's and women's teams went down 1-2 to United and Waimea College, respectively, at the Saxton Fields in Nelson on Saturday.

The men's team paid the price for a sloppy start, conceding five penalty corners in a row in the first half, with United scoring from the fifth.

Arotea Kiwi's form improved, with a more accurate game.

For most of the second half, they held the upper hand.

However, United were in control at 2-0 by halftime.

Sam Solley got one back for the visitors - the result of an impressive buildup featuring Hayden Boyce – but they were unable to score again.

A lack of composure in the attacking zone was the main problem, with several wasted scoring opportunities and a few half chances that could have reaped rewards.However, Malcolm King proved to be a tower of strength with his fine efforts in the Arotea Kiwi defence.

Player-coach Brent Edwards played well at left-half, setting up attacks and shutting down United's attacks.

Players from both teams agreed the final scoreline did not accurately reflect the run of play.

However, United deserved their win after taking their chances in the period they dominated.

It was a similar story for Arotea Kiwi in the women's clash against Waimea College.

The enthusiastic home side competed hard for the full 70 minutes, leading 1-0 at halftime.

Waimea College then scored within a minute of the restart and from there, it was catchup play.

Yvonne Boyd got one back for the visitors but try as they might, Arotea Kiwi could not find at least an equaliser.

Player-coach Denise Lloyd played impressively at the back, along with Clare Davies.

Pip Lunn and Stacey Lloyd were always creative and dangerous up the attacking end and Boyd had a solid game in her first match of the season.

The combined leagues take a break over the Queen's Birthday weekend.

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- The Marlborough Express

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