The Wellington Penguins Inline Hockey Club made their first visit to Nelson at the weekend as the Nelson Whalers hosted their first tournament since 2007.
Eighteen games were contested over seven grades, boys and girls, men and women, from under-10s to premier men.
Most of the games were highly competitive and close, with the exception of the senior men's grade where the Penguins were well beaten in all their games.
The Whalers' senior team scored convincing 18-1 and 15-1 wins over the Wellington side.
Nelson also picked up a tight 3-2 win over the Marlborough Flames after the Flames' final goal was disallowed as it was shot seconds after the final hooter. The Flames also beat the Penguins 10-0.
Among the weekend's highlights was the massive improvement of the Nelson Whalers under-10 team, some of them playing their first game.
Although well beaten 11-1 by the Penguins in game one, they improved to a 6-4 loss in game two before drawing 4-all in the third.
The Whalers' under-16 team secured 4-0 and 3-2 wins over the Penguins, although the Penguins' under-14s won two of their three clashes. They won the first two games 5-4 and 2-1 before the Whalers finally got home 4-1 in game three.
The Penguins under-12s comfortably beat the Whalers 7-2 and 5-1 in their two games.
The premier Penguins dominated the Jokers 7-1, 11-2 and 9-1 in their three clashes.
The next event is a national tournament in New Plymouth in October.
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