Old Boys go top of premier hockey comp

BEN STRANG
Last updated 05:00 23/06/2014

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Hamilton Old Boys have moved top of the Waikato premier men's hockey competition after a 6-2 rout of first round leaders Suburbs.

Mike and Richard Petherick got Old Boys off to a flyer at the Gallagher Hockey Centre on Saturday afternoon, firing home a penalty corner each inside the opening 10 minutes.

Declan Keaney extended the lead to three shortly after, but then Suburbs struck back through Lachie Musgrave with a pin-point finish.

Troy Smith extended Old Boys' advantage to three again just before halftime, and the team didn't let off after the break.

Chris Rees-Gibbs added a fifth goal straight from the restart, and then added another soon after to make the score 6-1.

Suburbs showed more resolve as the match wore on, and had a consolation goal through Leon Teao to complete the scoring.

The win sees Old Boys move three points clear atop the premier men's table, ahead of Suburbs and University in equal second, but both sides have a game in hand.

In the other match of the round, Fraser-Tech took apart Te Awamutu 4-2.Jimmy Linehan gave Tech an early lead, but Te Awamutu struck back instantly through Shaun Hazelton.

Scores remained level through halftime, but Tech took over after the break with early goals to Matt Taylor and Elijah Graham.

Krispin Kaman led the Te Awamutu fight back, converting from a penalty corner, but Liam Brake had the final say for Tech, firing home late on to snuff out the fight back.

In the women's competition, University hit double figures against their second team, University B, and that was in one half.

Leading 5-0 at halftime, University added another 10 in the second half to run out 15-0 winners.

Emma Andrews scored five goals, while Jess Turner had a hat-trick.

The win pushes University into top spot on the table through goal difference, ahead of Fraser-Tech.

Tech were made to work for their win against Te Awamutu, winning 3-2 after a fierce comeback from the underdogs.

Up 2-0 through goals to Acacia Kelsen and Julia Ebert, Tech struggled to contain Te Awamutu as they tied things up with goals to Kylie Mulcahy and Chloe Nesbitt.

Tech had the final say, Amy Williams firing home for the victory.Hamilton Old Girls were upset by Suburbs in the final match of the round, going down 1-0 to a Jess Gilby-Todd strike.

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