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GMC steamroll into the finals

HOCKEY

THE Green Machine will play YMP to decide the Poverty Bay premier women’s hockey championship next week after GMC’s win over Girls High last night.

GMC Green won the last of the week’s semi-finals on the Hain Farming turf, 6-1, over Amber Dental Gisborne Girls High School.

“The students scored first, nine minutes into the game, and it was their only real entry into the GMC circle in that quarter,” said hockey commentator Tony Scragg.

“Before and after that scoring moment it was all GMC.

“The Green Machine packed on the pressure in the second quarter and scored their first goal 12 minutes into that period, to make it 1-all at half time.”

The third quarter saw GMC score 10 minutes in from a penalty corner, and then just before the quarter break they scored again, he said.

In the last period they found the back of the net three times, the last of them just on the full time hooter.

“GMC were a bit scratchy in the first half, but in the second half they really went up a gear and finished strongly.

“I think they will be aware they cannot afford to start like that against YMP in the final next Friday night,” Scragg said.

“Once GMC got going it was a good all round team effort from them last night.

“Girls High played right to the end, and credit to them for that.

“Congratulations to those girls in the student’s team who played their final game for the team last night, some of them after five years,” Scragg said.

“There were a few tears on the turf at the end, which shows just how much the team and coach Henry Mulligan, means to the girls.”

Scragg said overall it has been a fantastic week for the sport in the city.

“All the teams have played their hearts out this week and now we look forward to the finals next week, starting with Paikea and Waituhi for the senior women’s title on Thursday night.”

YMP and GMC play for the premier women’s title on Friday night next week, and the two men’s finals will be played on Saturday afternoon.

CLASH OF STICKS: Nancy-Rae Tarawa (left) and Heni-Kamaia Thompson cross paths at a May match between GMC and YMP. The teams now have a week to gather, train and focus on the premier women’s title next Friday night. Picture by Paul Rickard