Hokonui surge to emphatic victory

01:01, Jun 23 2014

Cold conditions didn't restrict the attacking flair of Hokonui and Southern A who both notched wins in women's premier grade hockey at the weekend.

Southland top level women's hockey teams wrapped up the initial stages of their season with two games in bitterly cold temperatures at Gore on Saturday.

Hokonui took on SIT/Collegiate in the opening game. The teams played an evenly contested first half with Hokonui taking a 1-0 lead into the break. When both sides returned to the turf onlookers saw a completely different contest.

Hokonui went on an attacking rampage, piling on seven unanswered second half goals.

Hokonui coach Stephen Hook, who was having his first game in charge of the 8-0 winners this season, was happy with the performance but kept things in perspective.

"The girls played really well," he said.


Southern A and Falls' Bistro Mataura played out a similar contest in the following game on the Gore turf.

While Southern A held Mataura to a 5-0 scoreline their game started evenly with a tightly matched first half.

The Invercargill visitors built momentum as the game went on scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes of play to push the scoreline out to 5-0.

Southern A captain Rebecca Robertson was happy with the way her team played but described their start to the game as "sluggish."

Robertson identified Stacey Allan and Emma Hopcroft as standout players in her team's success.

The Southern A captain also credited the Mataura goal defence which she labelled "outstanding."

Only two games were completed in the women's competition, with Southern Masters defaulting to Mataura's top side, while league frontrunners Riversdale had the bye.

Men's premier grade hockey was played in Invercargill on Friday night.

Eastern/United continued their winning run with a 4-2 success over Central.

Collegiate took out a 4-1 victory over Phoenix in the other premier division game.