Mataura too good for Southland

JONNY TURNER
Last updated 05:00 30/06/2014

Mataura again showed their class with an impressive win in the weekend's round of Southland premier grade women's hockey.

Four teams remain in the top division after a grading reshuffle before the second phase of the Southland wide competition began.

Mataura made an excellent start to their game against Southern in Invercargill on Saturday, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of play.

They added two more goals before halftime, while Southern managed a sole first half goal to set a 4-1 halftime score line.

Mataura dominated play in the second half scoring four goals to Southern's one, taking the final score to 8-2 in Mataura's favour.

Winning coach Craig Sinclair was pleased with his team's play, which he described as "really good open hockey".

Riversdale and Hokonui played a closely-fought contest that took until the last 30 seconds of play to find a winning goal.

The two teams were locked 1-all deep into the second half before Riversdale's Megan Winslow took advantage of a penalty corner opportunity to give her team a 2-1 lead with game time almost up.

"It was a very close game," winning coach Gaye Shirley said.

Shirley was pleased her team's play improved as the game went on.

Both winning teams from Saturday will do battle in the next round of premier grade women's hockey. Mataura and Riversdale have agreed to play that game tomorrow night at 7pm in Gore.

The rescheduling is to help both teams who have players with representative team commitments.

- The Southland Times

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