Northern United Wildcats continue strong run with win over Girls' High

Northern United Wildcats' Holly Pearson locks down on defence.
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ

Northern United Wildcats' Holly Pearson locks down on defence.

Northern United Wildcats continue to lead the Taranaki women's hockey competition after toppling New Plymouth Girls' High School 5-0.

Though the first half was quite even on Saturday, the second half saw a clinical and dominant Northern team cut the Girls' High defence apart as they used pace and skill to attack the circle. 

Northern could only find one goal in the first half, however at full time the score had blown out to 5-0 with Kendall Garrud scoring twice and Casey Crowley, Hope Ralph and Holly Pearson all getting on the scoreboard as well.

Hawera met Te Kiri women in Stratford on Friday night in a game that Te Kiri had to win if they had any chance of making the top four for the final two rounds of the competition. 

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Te Kiri started the game as if they meant business and looked far stronger for the first 20 minutes of the game. 

The Hawera defence struggled to cope with the constant pressure from Te Kiri and, if not for Chloe Jackson in goal, could have been down four or five goals after 20 minutes instead of the two that Abbie Van der Poel got through Jackson. 

Being down two goals seemed to light a fire in the Hawera defence as they tightened up their marking and made tackles.

Two goals before half time allowed Hawera to get back into the game and the second half was all Hawera as they put Te Kiri to the sword to take a 6-2 win, with Alisa Ravji getting a hat-trick. 

Elsewhere, Stratford women proved to be far too strong for Northern Red as they waltzed to a 14-0 win, led by hat-tricks from Isabel Jury and Alice Otterson; Masters beat Apex, who started the match with only 10 players and no one in goal, 9-1, while Stratford B went down to Northern Ravens. 

❑ In the premier men's grade, New Plymouth Boys' High School met Te Kiri Rangers in New Plymouth on Saturday and continued their run of good wins with a comfortable 3-1 result. 

Elsewhere, Stratford A met Northern Raptors in Stratford and took the opportunities that were available to them with goals to Leslie Longstaff and Curtis Boyde in the first seven minutes of the game giving them an early 2-0 lead. 

The score stayed that way until half time as the Stratford team stopped utilising their strong midfield to dominate the game. After re-grouping at half time, Stratford started strong with some quality short passing and Boyde snared another two goals to capture a hat-trick and lead Stratford to a 4-1 won. 

In the men's championship grade, Boys' High's second XI beat Stratford Avon 4-2.

 - Stuff

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