South Canterbury primary teams prove worth
The South Canterbury primary school Hatch Cup and Collier Trophy teams proved more than competitive against Canterbury B at national tournaments yesterday.
The Hatch Cup boys prevailed 2-1 in Hamilton while the South Canterbury girls drew 1-1 at fulltime before losing 4-1 on penalty strokes in Wellington.
Hatch Cup coach Peter Darling said his team's fitness proved the difference.
Goals from Harrison Darling and Harry Hawkins helped the team to a 2-1 halftime lead.
"Our fitness really showed through today. We dominated the last 15 minutes of the match but were unable to put them away."
The result means the team will play for ninth to 12th and will face Tauranga today.
Collier Trophy coach Simon Taylor said he was proud of his team's penalty stroke loss after they had lost to Wellington 5-1 earlier in the season.
Leanna Kemp and Meg Simpson executed the plan of hustling defence and a high work-rate in midfield which frustrated the Canterbury B team.
After a goal-less first half, a beautiful movement down the right with passes between three players followed by a strong cross saw Tyla Smith sweep the ball into the net.
South Canterbury continued to penetrate the opposition circle and went close on a number of occasions. Late in the spell Canterbury B made a rare foray into the South Canterbury half and a raised cross into the circle took an unlucky deflection off a defender's stick into the goal.
South Canterbury now play off for 13th to 16th place in today's game against Manawatu.
The South Canterbury B primary girls' team had a 2-0 win over Otago Gold and a 1-0 win over Nelson in Ashburton yesterday.
It means they will play Canterbury Development for a spot in the final.
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