More silverware for Federal
The Federal Hockey Club banked another two championship titles on Saturday as their men's and women's premier teams claimed their respective Nelson crowns.
The Federal women eased to a 4-0 win over Waimea College in their decider at Saxton Turf, while the men required three goals in the final 20 minutes to sneak past NBS Stoke 3-2 in the men's final.
The women have now added the Proudfoot Trophy to the Cressey Cup and Top of the South championship titles after building on their 2-0 halftime lead to complete a comfortable win.
First-half goals to Hannah Climo and Jay Sigley helped give Federal their halftime advantage, before further goals to Sigley and Lesley McIntosh after the break gave them plenty of breathing space.
Waimea College's solid early defence contributed to an even opening 15 minutes. But once on the scoreboard, Federal began to increase the pressure.
Sigley, Climo and Nicole Machen were central to Federal's performance, with Machen doing a fine job of containing Waimea's playmaker Kelsey Smith. Ella Orr also played her part in two of Federal's goals by intercepting balls from free hits.
Meanwhile, the Federal men were staring at possible defeat after goals by Brett Butcher and Aaron Inwood had pushed Stoke to a seemingly decisive 2-0 lead early in the second half. But with about 20 minutes remaining, Federal sparked a dramatic late rally as goals to Jessie Forsyth and two to Craig Brett, all from deflections, saw them snatch a late win.
Both teams had been guilty of squandering opportunities in a scoreless first half, but after conceding a two-goal advantage, Federal lifted the pace over the final stages as the gaps appeared in Stoke's defences.
Despite both carrying injuries, Jeremy Allan and Stu Beach had strong games for Federal, with Forsyth also solid at the back.
Saturday's Newman Shield success saw Federal claim four of the season's five trophies after previously winning the Charity Cup, Stu Fellowes Trophy and Gribble Trophy titles.
United beat Federal for the Top of the South championship crown.
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