Cambridge's William Sharp sticks it to Tainui with impressive hat-trick
William Sharp bagged his first South Canterbury men's hockey division one hat-trick in impressive style on Saturday.
The 16-year-old scored three good goals as Cambridge produced a quality showing to dismantle Tainui 8-1.
It's the second time the teams have met this season, with Cambridge claiming the other fixture 6-2 in Oamaru.
Cambridge have found the net 14 times against Tainui, while conceding just three.
All three of Sharp's goals came in the second stanza.
It was an impressive performance by Sharp, who during the week plays in a defenders role for Timaru Boys'.
Cambridge coach Hamish Brown said there were plenty of positives to take from the clash.
"Sharpy did really well up front in the strikers role.
"We try and rotate all our strikers and he's been playing good all season. It was good to see him score a few goals."
Brown said other than a dip in performance for about 10 minutes in the second half, it was a good team showing.
"We played pretty well. I'm happy with how things went and we played some good constructive hockey."
He said it was nice to see the team score from both field goals and penalty corners, something they work hard on.
BJ Mason opened the scoring from a penalty corner, before William Ching made it 2-0.
A strong Simon Small shot from the edge of the circle, following some good leadup play made it 3-0, before Tainui replied with a well taken goal to veteran Shaun Cunningham.
They looked to have a second minutes later but it was well saved by Chris Chambers.
Cambridge started superbly in the second half, as Sharp added his three goals, while Jono Ellis and Jethro Palmer also found the net.
Tainui are as good as any team in the competition on their day but this season have struggled for consistency.
Palmer and Sharp had good games up front, while Ellis and Small directed things well through the middle for Cambridge.
Cunningham had a solid game for Tainui, while Nick Dalziel was into everything.
Two goals in the final four minutes helped Temuka score a come from behind 3-2 win over Wakanui.
Temuka were down 1-0 early after a well taken goal to Sam Harrison, before Wakanui made it 2-0 thanks to a Ryan Sinclair finish.
The visitors were on top for much of the contest and deserved the points but were robbed late.
David Robertson scored midway through the second half to make it 2-1, before a neat Warren Morgan finish with four minutes remaining had the game set for an exciting finish.
Hayden Shaw stepped up as he nailed a penalty corner with a minute-and-a-half remaining to secure Temuka the points.
Next weekend, Temuka travel south to face a Tainui side hurting from their recent showing, while Wakanui host Northern Hearts.