Upper Clutha Kwik Sticks
The two Upper Clutha Kwik Sticks teams (Years 7 and 8) faced each other on a cold and frosty Cromwell night last week. The game was very close, with the first goal not coming until the seventeenth minute thanks to Hugh Ragg from the Black team who latched onto a cross from a skilled and tidy run in from Oscar Crowe.
Both teams went end-to-end on attack but neither side could penetrate the other’s defence; Violet Davidson (goalie) Hudson Weathington and Ruby Cochrane at one end for the Gold team were matched by Jack Sandford (goalie), Amy Benson, Nicola McKay and Lulu Petit for Black at the other.
With 10 minutes remaining, Hannah Wright for Black ghosted up to the left-hand post, snuck in behind the Gold team defence and smashed home the second goal off a Max Porter cross to make the score 2-0 to Black.
The game was made all the more noteworthy because of the huge support on the sidelines and the debut of the ever so slightly shady MIB Fan Club.
The Club is very proud to report that 13 of these Kwik Sticks players have been selected for the Central Otago representative teams: Hatch, Collier and Development. This is a huge testament not only to the children’s skills but also to the dedication of their coaches who have trained many of them since they were five years old: Chrissi Pettit, Carolyn McKay, Grant Porter, Matt Tuck and Rachel Prendergast. The Club is hugely indebted to them.
Upper Clutha Seniors
Harsh weather conditions faced Upper Clutha Senior B (Years 9 and 10) in their match against Dunstan High School this week. Thick fog made visibility across the turf tricky for players, umpires and supporters alike. It did not stop Upper Clutha finding the goal posts as they scored two goals to put them in front early on. Just before half-time Henri Fenn positioned himself perfectly at the top of the circle to score a third goal. Dunstan came out strong after the break, defending well, and managed to slip the ball into the goal. It was not quite enough though, as the in-form Upper Clutha attackers sank two more goals to take the win 5-1.
The Senior Reserve A team also found their mojo in their game against Dunstan High School Black. Great passing ensured Upper Clutha maintained a fast pace throughout, dominated the possession and scored two strong goals in each half to win the game 4-1. Jacob Curtis was named Player of the Day for his excellent stick work, strong passes, and feeding the ball up the line to the forwards.
Upper Clutha Women
The Upper Clutha Women played Cromwell who sit at the bottom of the league table. However, in playing against a weaker team, Upper Clutha were a bit slow-footed and lacked the pace they showed in last week’s match. Centre forward, Lexi Heaphy, skilfully dribbled into the circle and got awarded a few penalty corners, one of which was successfully converted by left attacker, Briar Hight. Despite picking up momentum in the second half, the game remained 1-0 to Upper Clutha. The women will need to find their form next week in the last pool game if they are to triumph over the strong Alexandra team.