Mataura and Southern A win but in contrasting styles

JONNY TURNER
Last updated 05:00 07/07/2014

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Mataura and Southern A won contrasting games of women's premier grade hockey in the ninth round of their Southland wide competition over the weekend.

Southern A set a hectic early pace against Hokonui in Invercargill on Saturday. The home team scored five first-half goals, to Hokonui's one.

The attacking play that featured in the first half continued after the break.

Hokonui lifted their game when they returned with three second-half goals, but they were unable to catch their opponents, who scored twice more.

Taylor Bishop starred for Southern A, scoring four goals in an outstanding individual performance. Emma Hopcroft also notched two goals, while Andie Gentle added one to Southern A's 7-4 winning scoreline.

Winning captain Rebecca Roberston was "really impressed" with her team's performance.

Southern A played really well as a team, which was the key to their victory, she said.

Riversdale made competition frontrunners Mataura work hard for their 3-1 victory in the round's other match.

Each team scored midway through the first half, to set up a game that was deadlocked for much of the contest.

Mataura were able to gain the lead in the middle stages of the second stanza after a sustained period of attack. They notched one more goal with thirty seconds to play, while Riversdale had a player in the sin bin, to seal the 3-1 victory.

The match was typical of games between the two sides, winning coach Craig Sinclair said.

"We always have a good game against Riversdale. They've got pretty good defence," he said.

Sinclair credited Aimee Heaps and Melanie Sinclair's ability to control the midfield as a key aspect of the team's play this year.

Riversdale coach Gaye Shirley was "very happy" with her team's effort despite the loss.

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- The Southland Times

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