Nelson's primary school teams celebrated good wins yesterday, but the girls' development team were left with little in the tank after a strong showing against Canterbury.
The primary schoolgirls started strong and fast against Taranaki and put pressure on their defence to beat them 4-0 at their tournament in Auckland.
Strong games from Chevarna Walker, Esme Justo, Neave Ellis, Julia Edwards and Jessica Kelly were capped off by two goals to Edwards, one to Justo, and a quick counter-attack that led to a goal from Aimee Kersten. Nelson were to play Central Otago for the 13th and 14th positions today.
The boys had a long-awaited 3-0 win over Mid Canterbury in Christchurch. Goals in the first half to Devon Stove and Rylee Allan gave Nelson a handy lead, and Sean Reilley sealed the match halfway through the second half. Nelson were to play Marlborough in their final placing game today.
Nelson Development faced a strong Canterbury team in Greymouth, going down 2-0 before having to play West Coast Development in their final game.
After an excellent showing against Canterbury, Nelson left the field on a high, knowing that they had achieved their goal of giving Canterbury a strong match.
Unfortunately, this also left them with very little in the tank, mentally and physically.
West Coast came out hard from the first minute, and it was only better stick skills and passing that kept Nelson in the game.
Their first goal, just before halftime, was the highlight of a very tired performance. When West Coast equalised close to the end of the game, all Nelson could do was defend their goal.
However, the game once again showed the excellence of Nelson's goalie and player of the day Zoe Ward, the good defensive partnership of Madison Kilworth and Evie Strawbridge, the stick skills of Olivia Partridge, the hitting power of Alex Matheson, and the future potential of Renee Nettleton.
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