South Canterbury suffered their first loss at the under-15 boys' hockey tournament in Napier, going down 2-1 to West Coast on Wednesday.
It was a rugged encounter, with West Coast playing a direct, physical style.
The game wasn't without controversy, however, when West Coast took a 2-0 halftime lead after a hotly disputed second goal.
South Canterbury fought hard in the second half and pulled one goal back through another classy drag-flick penalty corner goal to captain William Carter.
They were then denied an equaliser when a deflected shot from Cameron Stevenson was unseen by the umpire, who refused to award the goal.
South Canterbury maintained their attacking intensity until fulltime but were unable to capitalise on the many opportunities they created.
Carter had another outstanding game, continuing to lead from the front with his high workrate on attack.
George Foster had his best game of the tournament, using his controlled ball skills to create numerous opportunities in the attacking circle, while Alistair Harvey was outstanding in goal in the second half.
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