Tough week for hockey teams

Pictured: Kwik Sticks Black at training.

After pulling off a great 2-1 win against a strong Maniototo team, Upper Clutha Black Kwik Sticks team (Years 7 and 8) had to really dig in hard to draw 1-1 against Matakanui Mud Sharks who sit at the top of the league table.

Despite having the majority of possession and peppering the goal with shots, Black struggled to penetrate the Mud Sharks defence. Finally, on the team’s sixth penalty corner attempt and with time fast running out, Oscar Crowe’s hit found the back of the net. The team worked really well under pressure but the linchpin of the match was Abbey Ragg who dominated anyone who came within her radar.

After winning all their games in the league to date, Kwik Sticks Gold missing some key players narrowly lost to a very well-oiled Alexandra Lightning team.

The Senior B team (Years 9 and 10) had a solid win (6-1) against Wakatipu despite the absence of seven of their players, including both goalies. With players hauled in from junior teams to plug the gaps, the regulars had to step up and play in unfamiliar positions, including goalie novices Nikita Sinclair and Billie Wilson. Their task was made easier by strong defence in the midfield and the back from Maggie Dougherty and Zoe Eckoff.

The Senior A team (Years 11-13) had a much tougher match against Dunstan losing 4-0. Although not reflected in the score it was a close match and both sides played very well.

The Upper Clutha women’s team had a great result drawing 2-2 with Matakauni Mud Flaps to whom they lost 5-0 when they played first time around.

It was an untidy game with Matakanui piling on the pressure from the outset to score first after a penalty corner. Upper Clutha goalie Brianna Curtis defended two shots while lying prostrate on the ground but a third flick landed in the back of the net.

Upper Clutha launched a counter attack after Chrissi Pettit intercepted a pass which enabled them to push into Matakanui’s half. Some neat passing from right wing Sam Watson to left wing Ruth Kelly (the team’s new Irish import) enabled Ruth to score her first goal for Upper Clutha.

Matakanui managed to add another goal to lead into the second half. Undeterred, Upper Clutha centre attacker Allannah McRae skilfully dribbled around two opponents and scored a picture- perfect goal – left drag around the goalie and while falling hitting the ball into the goal with her backhand. A stylish way to end the match.


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