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Girls’ High to face tough test

HOCKEY

YMP and Gisborne Girls’ High School kick off the weekend hockey round at Harry Barker Reserve tonight and it promises to be a staunch test for the students.

The 6.30pm clash on the newly named Hain Farming Turf will see YMP aiming to remain unbeaten this season.

“Amber Dental Girls’ High will face their biggest test so far this season,” hockey commentator Tony Scragg said.

“For YMP the aim will be to keep their momentum going.

“It’s hard to see Girls’ High getting a look in.”

The Friday night games feature Paikea and Ngatapa at 6pm, then the first men’s match of the weekend at 7.30pm between YMP A and B.

“The first match should be a nice close battle,” Scragg said.

“Both sides are looking for a top-four finish and points tomorrow night will be vital.

“A win to Ngatapa will see them cement a top-four place.”

The first round of the men’s competition begins with the two YMP sides in action.

“Now we will see the true YMP A side come out, and I expect them to be too strong for their clubmates.”

Saturday’s programme starts at 12.30pm, when Gisborne Boys’ High School take on Waituhi, who are fresh from their Covid Cup victory.

“When the two teams met in the Covid round, Waituhi took a 3-0 win, but Boys’ High are much improved since then,” Scragg said.

“This could be one of the games of the weekend.”

At 2pm, GMC Green meet Waituhi.

“This looks set to be a one-sided result for the Green Machine,” Scragg said.

“A win will see them seal a top-four finish in the women’s competition.”

Te Aowera play GMC Kowhai at 3.30pm.

“That also looks set to be a close match,” Scragg said.

“Kowhai would go in as slight favourites, but TA will reflect on their draw a fortnight ago against Waituhi, and will have taken confidence from that result. They will make Kowhai work for the result.”

To finish the weekend at 5pm, Lytton Old Boys NZ Fruits take on the LOB Masters.

“This will be the first time we see a full-strength Fruits side take the turf,” Scragg said.

“So, watch out the Masters. There will be no love lost in that game.”

EYES ON THE BALL: Kate Pahina, of Ngatapa, comes away with the ball as Hinekahukura Brooking, of YMP, gives chase. YMP play Gisborne Girls’ High School on the turf at Harry Barker Reserve tonight, while Ngatapa will play Paikea tomorrow night. Picture by Paul Rickard