HOCKEY by Murray Robertson
Gisborne Boys’ High School got the Saturday afternoon hockey programme off to a flying start when they took out the Covid Cup winners Waituhi in the match of the round.
The students were deserved 4-2 winners on the Hain Farming Turf.
“Boys’ High never looked like letting their lead go,” hockey commentator Tony Scragg said.
“They took a three-goal lead into halftime, and were able to withstand the Waituhu fightback in the second half.
“A fourth goal late in the final quarter put the result beyond doubt for the students.”
In the best of the women’s matches, Ngatapa triumphed over Paikea by the same scoreline, 4-2.
“Paikea made Ngatapa work hard early in the match, but the country team got out to a three-goal margin,” Scragg said.
“Paikea scored a goal straight after halftime to make it 3-1, but Ngatapa’s fourth goal put the finishing touches to a strong performance.”
In the other features of the weekend, the YMP women made short work of Amber Dental Gisborne Girls’ High School, scoring eight times.
To their credit, though, the students banged in two goals of their own against a team who are difficult to score against.
“It was a great effort to score twice against the women’s competition’s best team,” Scragg said.
“YMP are setting the absolute benchmark for other teams to come up to.”
GMC Green were 9-0 winners against Waituhi.
“The Green Machine moved up into second spot on the table, and they have sealed a top-four placing as a result,” Scragg said.
“But they were certainly ‘outsmarted’ by the Waituhi team’s presentation, with their new uniforms a standout feature of the game.”
GMC Kowhai nailed Te Aowera 4-0.
“Kowhai’s win was not as convincing as many thought it would be,” Scragg said.
“TA made them work hard for it, and are the fast improvers in the first round of the women’s competition.”
In the men’s games, Lytton Old Boys NZ Fruits made a statement in their 12-0 demolition of LOB Masters.
“From the first whistle to the last, the Fruits played with class, and certainly look like a team who will push the other top men’s sides this season.
“LOB chairman Patrick Ferry’s four goals made him a key man for other teams to mark this season,” Scragg said.
The YMP A men’s team did the same to their B team, winning 11-0.
“Now that YMP have split their teams for this competition round, they produced a result that was much expected,” Scragg said.
Women: YMP 8 (Nancy Tarawa 2, Madison Savage 2, Mel Knight 2, Courtney Onekawa, Moelani Tureia) Gisborne Girls’ High School 2 (Keeley Smiler, Tiari Pepere); Ngatapa 4 (Olivia Abernethy 2, Kate Pahina, Briar Hunter) Paikea 2 (Joanne McLean, Laura Matthew); GMC Green 9 (Caroline Maclaurin 3, Anahera Whaanga-Smith 2, Charlie Brown 2, Amy England, Beth Torrie) Waituhi 0; GMC Kowhai 4 (Arna Searle 2, Amber Dempsey, Emma Seymour) Te Aowera 0.
Men: YMP A 11 (Gareth Knox 3, Josh Cousins 2, Kohere Tupara 2, Thomas Rutene 2, Hamish Swann, Heath Tupara) YMP B 0; Waituhi 2 (Tam Tuhou 2) Gisborne Boys’ High School 4 (Harry Allen, Oliver Cranefield, Austin Fergus, Jack Willock); LOB Masters 0 LOB NZ Fruits 12 (Patrick Ferry 4, Oliver Shivnan 2, Liam Melville 2, Sean Wills 2, Jayden McKay, David Levy).