O'Callaghan's speedy goal sets the tone
The prize for fastest hockey goal of the season might go to Eastern Hutt's Kat O'Callaghan.
She had the ball in the back of the net inside the first 20 seconds of Eastern's 6-3 victory over Victoria on Saturday.
That set the tone for a strong performance by Eastern where Aniwaka Roberts was all class in midfield, including a neatly completed reverse stick goal.
The pair did all the scoring, O'Callaghan finishing with four and Roberts two.
Varsity replied before the break through Morgan Terry and after it through Lucy Barber and a penalty stroke to Emily Wallace.
Second-placed Harbour City took a long time to overcome third-placed Karori 2-1.
Harbour's Gen Macqhilham scored from a penalty corner but Karori responded when the dangerous Charlotte Eastman scored from close range. Inside the last five minutes a diving Rosie Hodson scored the winner after good leadup play by Kelsey Smith and Maddie Simmonds.
The 2-2 result between fifth- and sixth-placed Hutt and Indians was their third draw of the season.
Hutt welcomed back former Black Sticks centurion Rachel Steinmetz and were 2-0 up at halftime after two Grace Loudon goals. Indians came back strongly in the second half and Catherine Myhill scored twice.
In the men's competition, Northern United's reduced bench finally cost it against Victoria.
Northern United led 2-1 after halftime but ended up losing 6-2. Victoria went ahead through Dane Lett, with Thomas Annear responding before the break and then put Northern ahead just after.
But then Lett scored a second, his brother Trent put Victoria ahead 3-2 before Hugh Taylor, Dane Lett again and Cam Birchall finished off the gallant Northerners.
Harbour City scored a late goal to record their third draw of the season, 3-3 against Hutt.
Hutt's Iain McPeake and Jake Smith for Harbour traded early strikes to make it 1-1 at halftime. Smith put Harbour ahead just after the break, only for Robbie Burgess to bring Hutt level with a screamer.
Harry Miskimmin's one-handed reverse stick shot gave Hutt the lead, but with two minutes to play Matt Symonds deflected in the equaliser.
Indians' pace and precision gave hapless Dalefield no chance, with the top side beating the bottom one 14-0.
Early goals to Joel Baker and Nermash Ramji got Indians off to a flying start and there were four more in the first half, including another to Baker. Eight more goals came after the break with Sandeep Naik finishing with four.