The school holidays could not have come at a better time for Upper Clutha Black who looked in need of some rest and relaxation as they ground out a hard-fought 2-0 win against Wakatipu Blue last week. With the Gold team also having a win, both now sit among the top four teams and, with three games to go, it is still all to play for.
Senior B Team
Having previously lost 5-0 to Cromwell, the rematch was always going to be tough going for Upper Clutha. Their strong defence kept Cromwell at bay for 20 minutes, but three goals in quick succession saw a dispirited Upper Clutha enter the dugout at half time.
Following a rousing team talk, Upper Clutha came out firing with Billie Wilson scoring a beautiful goal on the post, but the team was unable to improve on that and went down three to one. However, in winning the second half there was plenty for the team to be positive about.
Upper Clutha took on Alexandra who currently sit in second place in the league table. From the outset, Alexandra was fast-paced, displayed sharp passing and scored a brilliant field goal early on, shortly followed by a successful penalty corner.
Once Upper Clutha found their feet, they were rewarded with a few penalty corners, one of which was successfully converted by Chrissi Pettit who slapped the lay-off high into the opponent’s net.
Playing with renewed confidence, Becs Holland, Carla Molyneux and Shannon Carey came very close to scoring and narrowly missed a penalty stroke.
Alexandra attacked strongly in the second half, and defenders Anna Rowley, Katie Cochrane and stand-in goalie Stacey Young, who travelled from Beaumont for the game, did an amazing job to limit Alexandra’s goal scoring to just one in the second half. Despite the 3-1 loss, Upper Clutha have made it into next weekend’s semi-finals.