Hearts, Blue fight for right to play Black
Northern Hearts will face Wakanui Blue in Ashburton on Wednesday for the right to take on Wakanui Black in this weekend's South Canterbury men's final.
Hearts dispatched Cambridge 6-1 in their sudden-death semifinal at the Trust Aoraki Turf on Saturday, while Wakanui Black were more impressive in beating club-mates Wakanui Blue 8-0 in Ashburton.
Northern Hearts player Matt Cooper said his team showed "the patience required" to get the better of Cambridge.
"We'd had the better of the first half but it was still 1-1," he said. "In the past, we've self-destructed with frustration at not being able to put teams away but the boys showed the patience required in the second half."
Josh McArthur scored four times for Hearts.
Cooper said Cambridge were gutsy in their play and deserved their semifinal spot
Cambridge coach Bruce Small was left frustrated by his team's second-half lapse, after the game was even at the break thanks to a penalty-corner goal by Jarrod Parmenter.
"We lost our structure and intensity in the second half and fell off our marking.
"At halftime, I think both teams felt they were in for a really tough second half so we were all surprised at how it turned out."
Small said his side had, at least, achieved their top four ambition and the young group of players would improve next year.
Wakanui Black player-coach Mark Bennett said the team's complete performance was due.
"The past four weeks we've been playing really good hockey and not quite finishing it off but [on Saturday] it clicked."
Hugh Copland scored four goals in the victory.
Wakanui Blue coach Sam Moore said his team was outplayed.
"That was the best I've seen Wakanui Black play in a long time, they dominated us in every area of the game.
"We gave them three-quarters of the turf before we tried to shut them down; they were far too good."
St Andrews won straight through to the women's final after a 4-2 victory over Geraldine yesterday.
Amber Boyce scored two crucial goals to help silence a Geraldine fightback in the second half after a Charlotte McCullough goal brought the scores to 3-2.
Geraldine will face the winners of the Craighead and Timaru Girls' High School game, with Geraldine favoured to beat either team.