The South Canterbury Collier Cup primary school girls' hockey team made a solid start to their campaign in Auckland with a 1-1 draw against Eastern Southland.
The team started off well, playing with aggression resulting in more possession and circle penetrations than their opposition.
South Canterbury scored halfway through the first half when Kate Jackson trapped a clearing shot and passed the ball across the circle for Emily Bell to sweep past the goalkeeper to open the scoring.
In the second half Eastern Southland came out strongly and were quicker at closing down the spaces South Canterbury were creating.
Eastern Southland equalised from a penalty corner when a strong shot deflected off the keeper's pads into the goal.
Keeper Britany Honeywell had a great game and made some excellent reflex saves.
Abby Lennon was a rock in the defence, intercepting passes and dribbling strongly out of trouble. Captain Molly Richardson had an outstanding work rate and was ever present in defence and on attack.
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