Geraldine stun table-topping Timaru Girls' with superb showing

Craighead's Alice Ritchie faces off against Hampstead's Hannah Young in their hockey clash in Ashburton.
Lynne Porter

Craighead's Alice Ritchie faces off against Hampstead's Hannah Young in their hockey clash in Ashburton.

Geraldine threw the Hockey South Canterbury women's division one season on its head, with a 2-1 win over table-toppers Timaru Girls' High School.

It was a huge result for Geraldine, who currently sit fourth and were blown off the park by Girls' High 8-1, in their previous meeting.

Geraldine took it to the schoolgirls from the get-go, playing their typical grafting style of hockey and limiting the chances given to Girls' High's Jenna-Rae McIntyre and Emily Bell.

Craighead's Kate Jackson dribbles the ball under pressure from Hampstead's Bridget Sheed.
Lynne Porter

Craighead's Kate Jackson dribbles the ball under pressure from Hampstead's Bridget Sheed.

Geraldine captain Jacqui Swales said the victory had now given the team belief.

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"It's given us plenty of confidence heading into next week, which hopefully we can win to make it three-in-a-row."

Swales said they wanted to put in a better showing after their last match against Timaru Girls'.

"It was one of our better performances this season considering our last effort against them. The team showed real character and commitment to come away with a win.

"We're very happy indeed. We keep getting better each week as a team."

Colleen Suddaby opened the scoring with a solid strike from a field effort, while members of her team could be heard yelling "seven more to go" in anticipation of their last loss.

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Timaru Girls tried their best to equalise but were astray with their opportunities.

Geraldine continued to batter away at the Girls' High goal and found their reward through Julia Gibson, who produced a bit of brilliance for the second goal.

McIntyre netted her 11th goal of the season late in the second half but it wasn't for enough for Timaru Girls'.

Goal keeper Bronwyn Clark, Swales, Suddaby, Gibson, Becky Talbot and Connie McFarlane were superb in a top team effort, while Sheryl Carter, McIntyre and Meg Simpson tried their hardest for Timaru Girls'.

Hampstead/Collegians also claimed an upset, knocking over Cambridge 2-1, with a last-gasp penalty corner.

Kerryn Jansen scored the goal for Cambridge, while Kate Donald and Kacee Flannery netted home chances for the Collegians.

The result now sees Cambridge slip to third place after Hampstead defeated a spirited Craighead Diocesan 3-0.

Hampstead, the defending champions, were too strong for Craighead and look to be finding their form.

Georgia Clarke, Harriet Cameron and Bridget Sheed scored goals and starred, while Craighead's best were Alice Ritchie, Roseanna Porter and Kate Jackson.

Next weekend Craighead face Cambridge, Timaru Girls' tackle Hampstead/Collegians and Geraldine trek north to battle Hampstead.

 - Stuff

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