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.
- The Southland Times