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Hockey Update – 22 August

May 3, 2019 | College Sport News, Hockey

Boys’ First XI
The Senior Boys’ Hockey team played their semifinal against Mahurangi this week.  It was a tough match with end to end attack for much of the first half.  The Wentworth team took advantage of a couple of fast breaks to finish goals either side of the half.  A stunning goal by Lewis Pangalila broke the defense open and the team finished off the game with another goal to finish 4-0.  This week we have the Grade 3a final against Albany Senior High School to finish off the season.

Girls First XI
On Thursday, 16th of August, the Girls’ First XI Hockey team had a blinder of a game against Mahurangi College. The girls put in a great team effort, winning five to one.  Team connections were very strong and links to get the ball down the turf were quick. Anna Nelson scored the first goal of the game. Amy Riddle and India Grigson both had a great game scoring two goals each. Anya Khalid, our goalie, had a fantastic game along with our defence by keeping the ball out of Mahurangi’s attacking end. An excellent game overall.
Beau Walbran

Boys’ Year 7 & 8
The last two weeks of games for the intermediate hockey team have seen the team win a close game and lose a close game. The 1-0 win came against Orewa College, a team that were made up of players well known to the boys, with an early goal followed by a mix of strong possession play and effective scrambling defense. The team came away feeling satisfied with their performance and it meant a third equal placing on the ladder. Player of the Day went to Elliot Houghton for his effort on defence and impressive attacking display.
The loss came the following week against a Whangaparaoa team that were on top of the points table. After an early goal by Jack Austin, as a result of early possession and territorial advantage, Whangaparaoa started to hit their straps and combined well on attack to overwhelm our defenders and score two goals before half time. With the game still in the balance for most of the second half and opportunities for both teams to find the back of the goal, Whangaparaoa put the result to bed with a late third goal. The boys again felt satisfied with their performance against a team that had previously scored a lot more goals on us earlier in the season. Player of the Day went to Louis Straker for his contribution as a defender – a position unfamiliar to him until now. The team are looking forward to pushing for a spot high up the ladder in the coming games.

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