Arotea Kiwi men hold sway

Arotea Kiwi player Bryn Cotching, pictured second from left during the recent top of the south tournament, scored twice ...
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Arotea Kiwi player Bryn Cotching, pictured second from left during the recent top of the south tournament, scored twice against Go Hockey Girls on Friday evening.

The Arotea Kiwi men's side maintained their winning run in the Marlborough senior men's grade hockey competition on Friday night, beating Go Hockey Girls 6-2.

The men struck first, Bryn Cotching pouncing on a rebound after goalie Hannah Hocquard had initially saved a well-taken penalty corner flick from Grant McMillan.

However, the girls replied almost immediately. After consistent pressure on Kiwi's defence from Pip Lunn and Harriet Ryan they earned a penalty corner which Sylvie Heard slammed into the back left corner from the top of the circle. Go Hockey Girls then took the lead from another well-taken penalty corner, Ryan the scorer this time.

That was a signal for the men to up the ante. Firstly, Cotching seized on the loose ball to flick it into the goal after an impressive forehand volley shot from Zeb Foote hit the cross bar.

Then Andrew Watson let loose with a thunderous first touch shot from the top of the circle to score, followed by a deflected effort from the skilful Josh Ward which gave the men a 4-2 lead at the break.

Soon after the restart Grant McMillan latched onto a nice cross ball and slap hit the ball past the goalie.

The final goal was the best of the night, veteran Sandy O'Connell breaking from halfway, then calmly and skilfully flicked it past the goalie to allow the Arotea Kiwi men to finish the game on a high note. 

The score was not a true reflection of a close encounter. Standouts for Go Hockey were Yvonne Boyd and Heard who hustled well in mid-field. Pip Lunn was her usual energetic self while Jo Jones diffused some dangerous attacks, quickly turning them into scoring opportunities at the other end. For the men's side Seb Bacchus showed good skills under pressure at the back while O'Connell was a constant menace on defence and attack.

In the other Friday evening game, Masters beat Beawai 7-1.

On Thursday night, Marlborough Girls' College took on Beawai to begin the second round of the senior women's competition.

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MGC quickly picked up where they left off from the first round game, forcing Beawai into errors and turnovers.

After a scoreless first half MGC scored early, through Mackenzie Hanrahan. That effort saw Beawai galvanised into action, with Abi Mark leading the way as she created space and opportunities. Both sides had plenty of opportunities in the second spell, good goal keeping and an on-the-line save by MGC field player Samara Williams keeping it close before the floodgates opened and Beawai finished with three quick goals.

Tegan Williams bagged a double and Sylvie Heard also found the net to make the fulltime score 3-1 to Beawai.

 - Stuff

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