Wakanui Black finally taste defeat

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 30/06/2014

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Tainui ended Wakanui Black's two-year unbeaten run in South Canterbury men's hockey with a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Second half goals to Josh and Nick Dalziel were enough as Tainui stifled the usually reliable Wakanui Black attackers and forced them to panic late in the game.

Tainui player/coach Shaun Cunningham said his team was able to shut the dangerous Ryan Wilson out of the game.

''It was 0-0 at halftime but I was feeling good because I felt we had the run of the half. Once we got two goals up on them, they panicked a bit and started pushing higher up and lost their structure.''

Wakanui Black player/coach Mark Bennett said his team was guilty of not offering enough support to each other.

''We didn't pass enough and were guilty of trying to run past and around them instead of backing our passing game."

The team was without two of its key players in Adam Wilson and Hugh Copland, but Bennett conceded Tainui were the better team.

In other results Cambridge snuck past Timaru Boys' High School (TBHS) 1-0 and Northern Hearts earned a crucial 4-3 win over Wakanui Blue in Ashburton.

Hearts player Matt Cooper said they did well to rescue the situation considering they were 3-2 down with 12 minutes to play.

A Shannon Hardacre drag flick from a penalty corner with the last play of the game sealed the victory.

''It was a pretty fast game and with both sides having periods of dominance throughout.''

Wakanui Blue player/coach Sam Moore said it was a match that got away but it was an improved effort from their 4-1 defeat to club rivals Wakanui Black on Thursday.

TBHS coach Ben Grant said his team was much better than the previous week but needed to be sharper on attack.

In women's action, Timaru Girls' High School (TGHS) held a halftime lead against Hampstead/Collegians before losing 4-2, Craighead and St Andrews drew 2-2 and Hampstead downed Geraldine 1-0.

TGHS defended bravely in the first half as they clung to a lead given to them secured by a penalty corner goal from Abby Lennon.

Defenders Meriana Senelale and Bailey Maybee dealt with plenty of pressure in the first half.

The hard work seemed to show in the second half as two goals from the Brittney Hindson soon gave the visitors the advantage against the tired looking schoolgirls.

Monique Peattie got one back for the home team through a penalty stroke but a fourth goal near fulltime gave Hampstead a bonus point and cost TGHS one at the same time.

TGHS coach Wendy Guthrie said her team were guilty of defensive lapses in the second half that undid their good work in the first 35 minutes.

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She said her team needed to win more penalty corner chances as they were most threatening from the set-piece.

- The Timaru Herald

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