Mataura, Southern A take honours

JONNY TURNER
Last updated 05:00 16/06/2014

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Mataura and Southern A have scored wins in the penultimate round of Southland women's hockey's regular-season games.

At the weekend, both teams showed they would be strong forces in upcoming finals with their victories in round six of the seven-round competition.

Mataura didn't let three weeks away from game-play stop their winning run when they took on Hokonui. The teams played an evenly contested first half before Matuara ran away 4-nil victors at fulltime.

A strong second-half performance pleased winning coach Craig Sinclair.

He described the victory as a "good team effort."

"The girls were a bit slow starting . . . but the second half was a different story," he said.

Sinclair credited the introduction of new playing structures for his team's strong late-season form.

The tactics are paying off, with Mataura holding their previous two opponents goalless.

Southern A carried on good late-season form with their 5-3 win over Riversdale. It was a continuation of the form that saw them come out 5-nil winners over Southern Masters last week.

Riversdale bought a good winning record to the match but were unable to withstand the Southern A attack.

Winning coach Geoff Jenkins expected a tough contest and was happy his team could overhaul the in-form Riversdale side.

That made the victory even more pleasing, he said.

The last round of regular-season men's premier grade hockey was played at the weekend.

Eastern/United will take winning form into the post-season following their 3-2 victory over Collegiate.

Eastern/United turned around a 4-1 loss from the previous meeting of the two teams in their victory on Friday night.

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- The Southland Times

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