Canterbury continue to dominate the women's National Hockey Leauge, securing a semifinals place with two rounds to play.
The unbeaten Cantabrians qualified for the weekend's play-off matches with another commanding performance to beat Midlands 2-0 in yesterday's fifth round at Auckland's Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium.
First half goals to Jordan Grant from a penalty corner and Cassandra Reid set up the Aaron Ford-coached Canterbury for the win.
Auckland women moved into second spot on the table behind Canterbury with a 3-0 win over Central with Katie Glynn adding to her hat-trick yesterday with a double.
In the men's clash between last year's joint champions Central and Auckland, Olympian Nick Wilson snatched an equaliser in the dying minutes to level the match at 3-3. Central held on in the resulting penalty shoot-out to win 3-1.
Capital moved to the top of the men's table as they outclassed Northland 6-1 with Black Stick Matt L'Huillier collecting four goals.
North Harbour moved into second equal with Auckland, as they turned up the pace in the second spell to beat Southern 3-1.
Midlands beat Canterbury 4-2 in a niggly affair.
In other women's games, Capital held on to a 1-0 lead for most of the match to beat North Harbour, while Southern beat Northland 3-2 despite some late scoring action from both sides.
The semifinals will be played in Auckland on Saturday with the finals on Sunday.
Ford NHL round five results
Women: Capital 1 (Morgan Terry) North Harbour 0 HT: 1-0; Southern 3 (Phillipa Symes 2, Monique Wilson) Northland 2 (Tarannah Vette, Jodie Nichol) HT:1-0 Southern; Canterbury 2 (Jordan Grant, Cassandra Reid) Midlands 0 HT: 2-0; Auckland 3 (Katie Glynn 2, Honor Carter) Central 0. HT: 2-0
Men: Capital 6 (Matt L'Huillier 4, Benedict van Woerkom, Jared Jones) Northland 1 (Muhammed Tofeeq) HT: 1-1;
North Harbour 3 (Brennan Alexander-Parker, James Coughlan, David Kosoof) Southern 1 (Kane Russell) HT: 1-1;
Auckland 3 (Jignesh Keshoor, Johnny Bilkey, Joe Crooks) Central 3 (Robin Smith, Ryan Cosgrove, Nick Wilson). Central won 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out. HT: 1-1; Midlands 4 (Tim Deavin 2, Cam Hayde, Ricky Clark) Canterbury 2 (Isaac Staples, Willie Davidson) HT: 1-0 Canterbury.
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