Basics win for Cambridge
Cambridge sent out a warning on the eve of the South Canterbury men's hockey playoffs with a 3-2 win over second-placed Northern Hearts on Saturday.
First half goals from Jack Leslie, Jordan Jenkins and Logan Callow respectively, proved enough as the men in sky blue withstood a strong second half fightback from Hearts.
Cambridge captain Hamish Brown said his team did the basics well in the first half, with good stick control and fast, accurate, passes a highlight.
"We went into the game feeling really relaxed and that showed in our play.
"We knew Hearts would come back at us and we were probably a bit guilty of sitting back and thinking three goals would be enough."
Hearts player Matt Cooper said the first half was the worst period of play from his team this season. "We turned over the ball too easily and were just flat.
"The second half was a lot better and we did well to make a game of it by shortening up our play and treasuring possession."
Cooper said it could be a timely wake-up call.
Tainui scored two quick turnover goals to subdue Timaru Boys' High School (TBHS) 2-0 on a dry turf at Oamaru.
Wakanui Black and Wakanui Blue will play their match on Thursday in Ashburton.
TBHS coach Ben Grant said the dry turf made things tough but praised Willy Carter in defence.
In women's hockey action; a hat-trick from St Andrew's playmaker Juli Galotto helped counteract two goals from Craighead's Georgie Fleming in Saints' 5-2 win.
Craighead scored early but soon fell behind 3-1 and were unable to scramble their way back despite an improved second half effort.
Geraldine caused an upset by beating top-of-the-table Hampstead 1, 1-0 in Ashburton.
Timaru Girls' High School (TGHS) ended more than two seasons without a victory with a 2-1 win over Hampstead/ Collegians in Ashburton. Emily Bell scored twice for TGHS in damp conditions.
TGHS coach Wendy Guthrie said her team played with the emotion of losing goalie Sarah Creed to a season-ending injury last week. "We told the girls we needed to do this for Sarah," Guthrie said.
"It's really good timing for us with all the tournaments that we have coming up for the girls to get that winning feeling."
- The Timaru Herald