Timaru Boys' playoff hopes hang by thread following upset loss to Cashmere High School
An over confident Timaru Boys' First XI hockey team may have ended their playoff chances after a disappointing mid-week loss.
A win would have given them the stepping stone required to make the top four, while a loss means results may have to go their way to reach the Canterbury Hockey Secondary Premier League semifinals.
Timaru Boys' produced a performance they would rather forget, losing 4-3 to a Cashmere High side, playing with confidence.
The defeat could see them struggling to reach their semifinal goal.
Coach Ben Grant said it was a disappointing effort.
"I think the boys thought they were going to win this one and they didn't, full credit to Cashmere who capitalised on our mistakes.
"We started really well but after that were very flat and to Cashmere's credit they took their opportunities really well and we didn't."
He said the team started well again, scoring inside the first 10 minutes but drifted from then.
"We made a strong start early and managed to score a goal through Oli Anderson, but then fell away somewhat and that was disappointing."
Grant said it was a game they should have won.
"Nothing against Cashmere but they're a team we should've beaten and after such a good performance the day before against St Andrew's College."
Boys' High scored their second from a penalty corner, off a tap in from Anderson, while Cashmere had also found the net.
A superb individual goal to Tim Sheed tied the fixture at 3-3, before Timaru Boys' had the chance to win it in the final two minutes but missed, which saw Cashmere break away and win it.
The defensive end of Jack Sands, Ethan Tyree and William Sharp were Boys' High's best.
To make the semifinals, Timaru Boys' will now have to beat a Christchurch Boys' High or STAC or score a heap of goals and without conceding many.
Next up is their annual inter-school against Otago Boys' before facing St Andrew's College the following Wednesday.