High-risk game plan pays off for Tasman

JONATHAN MCKEOWN
Last updated 13:00 23/06/2012

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Tasman have finally hit their straps in premier women's division hockey.

After posting just two wins this season, both over Waimai, Tasman pulled off a pearler to beat first-round cup winners Waimea College 5-0.

The water turf at the Saxton sports complex lived up to its name this week, but on Thursday night it was Waimea College First XI who were struggling to keep their heads above water. A packed recent schedule, with representative and school commitments in the past few weeks, combined with a much-improved Tasman lineup, contributed to the one-sided scoreline.

Emma Patrick opened the scoring, netting twice in the first 10 minutes as Tasman controlled the game through Karen Eden in the centre. Eden got Tasman's third just before halftime.

In the second half it was more of the same, although great defensive work and Tasman's goalkeeper Karen Shearer kept Waimea off the scoresheet.

Hannah Saul and Rhianne Woolf completed the scoring to round off a dominant display.

Tasman coach Paul Jones said he was very pleased with the result, which showed his team had bought into the game plan of all-out attack.

"We have been underperforming all season as a team. Last time we played Waimea College, we lost 2-1; this time we won 5-0.

"The whole team played to their potential, but I hope it's not just a one-off," Jones said.

"We try and play a totally different style from other teams, and when we got it, it worked.

"We try to push a lot of numbers forward. Even in defence, we try to play an attacking style, and it came off for us.

"It's high-risk hockey, but it's also high-reward."

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- The Nelson Mail

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