Tasman racked up two impressive wins to complete a successful Nelson division one men's hockey double-header.
Tasman were too strong for Blenheim team Arotea Kiwi on Saturday, handing the visitors a 6-2 loss at Saxton Turf, before backing up with an even more comprehensive 7-0 win over Waimai United on Sunday.
A Monday night whiteboard session and the return of Dean Hawley appeared to set the tone for the weekend as Tasman produced two impressive team performances.
Pat O'Connor-Leys sparked Saturday's scoring spree from a penalty corner, followed by goals from Danny McIvor and Tim Kerr, before McIvor struck again before the break to put Tasman ahead 4-1 at halftime.
They'd add only two further goals after the break, Vianni Caro-Watts scoring their fifth ahead of McIvor's hat-trick.
A couple of controversial calls led to a disallowed goal for Tasman and a second goal to Arotea Kiwi. Besides McIvor's hat-trick, Hawley and goalkeeper Ashton Richards were Tasman's best-on-show.
O'Connor-Leys complemented his previous day's two-goal tally with a decisive four-goal contribution against Waimai United.
He'd scored two by halftime, McIvor adding the other as Tasman headed to halftime 3-0 ahead. O'Connor-Leys would score another two after the break from penalty corners, Steve Marshall also scoring twice from deflections to complete a convincing win.
NBS Stoke couldn't emulate Tasman's success, losing twice in four days after dropping Thursday's game 4-1 to Federal before also losing 4-3 to Arotea Kiwi in Blenheim on Sunday.
A first half Jesse Forsyth hat-trick provided the feature of Thursday's game, with Jamie Machen scoring Federal's other goal.
Stoke's goal came from a nicely timed pass from Hamish Sinclair in the midfield to Mason Pahl at the top of the circle, who beat the keeper with a clean strike.
Stoke were forced to defend numerous penalty corners in the second half as Federal started to assert their dominance but were able to stop the score blowing out as it did in the first round. Andrew Ricketts maintained his usual high work rate in defence and goalie Harry Moffat Schwass made several good saves.
An under strength Stoke side missing several key players lost narrowly to Arotea Kiwi.
Stoke started strongly with Jono Thiart scoring first when he was in perfect position to receive a pass across the goal circle and beat the goalie with a controlled strike. Kiwi struck back almost immediately on a breakaway to equalise and then scored again to lead 2-1 at the break.
Early in the second half Kiwi scored again to go two goals ahead but Stoke kept competing and promoted division two player, Ben Hix, scored the first of his two goals after a goal mouth scramble to reduce the deficit to one.
Leighlan Satherly used his strong overhead pass effectively to relieve pressure and create attacking opportunities. One overhead from deep inside Stoke territory resulted in a goal when Alex Davies chased the ball to within centimetres of the opposition goal line just outside the circle. His pass across the circle, through several defenders, to Hix saw Stoke equalise.
Stoke were forced to defend several penalty corners late in the half. Kiwi sealed the win with their fouth goal when a Stoke clearance from a penalty corner went straight to a Kiwi player who beat the goalie with a well hit shot.
In the division one women's competition, Federal enjoyed a 5-2 win over Tasman on Thursday after both teams initially played safe and focused on holding possession rather than attacking.
Structurally, Tasman looked better, although Federal looked more focused and pressured every Tasman play.
Tasman started to lose their structure and found themselves under more pressure as Federal took ownership of the half.
Federal's increasing pressure produced the opening goal to Ayla Walker, followed by a second to Nicole Cant from a well-executed penalty corner, as they took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
Tasman attacked from the restart and two penalty corners in quick succession saw Tanya Hawley score twice from the top of the circle, the first a clean shot and the second from a rebound to level at 2-all.
Age and experience shone through though as Federal captain Diane Webb settled her team. Numerous saves under pressure by Federal goalkeeper Louise Bradley, coupled with strong defensive play from Webb and Emma Nicholson, set the tone for the rest of the game. Federal halves Zoe Knudsen, Olivia Lester and Rebecca Kersten marked and defended tirelessly, as well as providing good attacking balls to inners Jay Sigley and Cant.
Lesley McIntosh scored after picking up a pass from Sigley then followed that goal by sending a shot across the goalmouth for Walker to deflect in. The final goal came after McIntosh picked up a ball off the goalie's pads from a penalty corner.
For Tasman, Lauren McMahon played well at left half, Tanya Hawley and Karen Eden were again strong in the middle while Neave Ellis and Aleshia McFadden worked hard up front. Tasman will miss Anna Chapman in defence for the rest of the season as she heads overseas.
Arotea Kiwi beat Beawai 4-1 in Saturday's Blenheim derby.
- The Nelson Mail