As winter hit Christchurch with a vengeance on Saturday both the CPL men’s and the women’s games provided plenty of entertainment for those hardy folks who braved the cold. Some interesting results on the men’s side of the draw sees the points table looking quite different that how it was at the same time last year, while the women’s side also produced some interesting results.
HSOB/Burnside v Novus Glass Marist
The opening game of round 2 on the women’s side was a match-up between last year’s 3rd and 4th placed teams, and it proved to be a cracker! HSOB/Burnside had the bye in the first round of the competition last weekend so had an extra week to prepare for their 2019 campaign and the Babes were keen to get up and running. Coaches Alex Feustel and Deidre Cummings have a relatively new look team this year and were hoping to start their year off on a positive note in what was billed as the match of the day. However, it was the Mermaids who came out firing from the start. After a confidence boosting win against Southern in their first match of the competition last weekend the young Marist team weren’t going to let Burnside ruin their first match on home turf, and they dominated right from the first whistle. Goals to Grace Curtis, Ayla Goodwin-Lister, Ella Morrison and Arabella Shield saw the Marist girls run out 4-1 comfortable winners, only allowing Hannah Hill a sole consolation goal for the Babes. Their second win in a row sees the Mermaids sitting on the top spot on the table alongside Reddos and they will now take plenty of confidence into their next match against Harewood next weekend. It’s back to the drawing board for HSOB/Burnside this week and they will need to fire next week when they take on in-form Reddos.
(Hannah Hill) Marist: 4
(Ayla Goodwin-Lister, Arabella Sheild, Ella Morrison, Grace Curtis)
Southern United v Carlton Redcliffs
The next match of the day saw the Carlton Redcliffs girls up against the Southern Stars at Mainpower Stadium. Reddos had a boomer of a first game last weekend, comfortably accounting for the Avon Eels 6-1 and came into this match with plenty of confidence. Despite missing their ‘big guns’ Sophie Cocks and Sian Fremaux for this match, there was still an abundance of talent stepping onto the field. Dominating the game from the start it was the Reddo’s young guns who came up with the goods finding the net four times through Aleisha Davis, Brittany Wang, Fran Williamson and their Dutch ‘import’ Roel Kuyenhoven. The Stars fought bravely for the second weekend in a row and certainly didn’t make it easy for the Redcliffs girls, but they just couldn’t keep pace with the Reddos onslaught. Carlton share top spot on the table with Marist, though comfortably ahead on goal difference, and will be looking to continue their form next weekend against HSOB/Burnside. Southern United join HSOB/Burnside on the bottom of the table and will need to turn their hard work into points next week against Avon.
Southern United: 0 Carlton Redcliffs: 4
(Brittany Wang, Fran Williamson, Aleisha Davis, Roel Kuyenhoven)
H&B Avon v Hornby
The last game of the round had the Eels up against the Tigers at Nga Puna Wai. After a confidence-boosting 0-0 draw against last year’s winners Harewood in the first round the Tigers were keen to add to their points tally against a side that had suffered a first up loss at the hands of Carlton. But the Eels had other ideas, and after a week of soul-searching and hard work came out looking like a totally different team. Right from the word go they had the measure of the Hornby girls and controlled possession and territory for long periods of time. Olivia Amey has started the year in fabulous goal scoring form and now finds herself at the top of the goal scoring chart after adding a brace of goals against Hornby on Saturday afternoon. Martina Migliore chimed in with one to add to the Eels tally and the Tigers could only manage to find the back of the Eels net once through Morgan Perry. The win sees the Avon girls leapfrog Harewood and move into 3rd spot on the table, giving them an extra dose of confidence going into their match against Southern this coming weekend. A loss puts Hornby equal with Harewood on 1 point as they head into the bye.
(Oliva Amey 2, Martina Migliore) Hornby: 1
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University v Harewood
The first game of the day on the men’s side saw the Harewood Hunters up against the students from University. The Hunters had an unconvincing 2-1 win against Hornby in round 1 and were definitely looking for a more clinical performance in their second round match-up against the Uni boys. The Students on the other hand were looking to turn around their form after a shaky start, and a 1-6 trouncing, in their first round match against HSOB/Burnside. In a fiery match that saw both teams sitting on the naughty chair throughout the game, the Uni boys, led by Bryce Smith, hung tough and pressured the more fancied Harewood boys into plenty of mistakes. The Students were the first to find the back of the net through Arnie Lowe and had the match pretty much under control, until a heart-breaking penalty corner to Harewood on the final whistle saw a win slip from their grasp. Although disappointed Uni should take plenty of confidence in the fact that they matched last year’s winners across the field. A point to Harewood sees them sitting 2nd equal on the table with a crunch match against Marist next weekend, while Uni move off the bottom with 1 point in the bag and will be keen to add to that tally next week against Hornby.
(Arnie Lowe) Harewood: 1
Southern United v Carlton Redcliffs
The second game of the day saw the Challenge Shield up for grabs as new holders the Southern United Stingers faced off against Carlton Redcliffs in the match of the day. The Reddos lads would have been disappointed to come out on the wrong side of the scorecard in their first round match against Avon, and would have fancied themselves to wrest the shield from the Stingers grasp. The Stingers on the other hand were desperate not to be ‘that team’ that losses the shield on their first defence. In a relatively even match it was the Stingers who grabbed the lead after Chez Parore took a quick free hit outside the circle and found himself unmarked in front of the goalie. Reddos hit back a couple of minutes later, Tom Mouldey deflecting from a PC. As the play seesawed, Southern grabbed the lead again when Ryan Wallace deflected a well worked PC, and followed this up with another in the back of the net from a Brad Shaw drag flick. The Stingers then controlled the match up until a Mitch Davis drag flick, low to the keepers left, put Reddos in with a chance. The Stingers go to the top of the points table and with the shield tucked carefully away for another week, will need to come up with the goods against this week against Avon. Carlton Redcliffs sit in uncharted territory at the bottom of the table and will be desperate for points next week against HSOB/Burnside.
Southern United: 3
(Chez Parore, Brad Shaw, Ryan Wallace) Carlton Redcliffs: 2
(Mitchell Davis, Tom Mouldey)
HSOB/Burnside v Marist
The 3rd game of the day was the derby match-up between HSOB/Burnside and the Marist Musketeers. HSOB/Burnside had a blinder of a start to their season with a 6-1 trouncing of the Uni lads in their first up match and would have been full of confidence going into this match-up after Marist handed the shield to Southern in their first outing. Old Boys came out firing right from the first whistle and found the back of the Marist net early when Scott Gread slammed home a cracker of a shot. They continued to dominate the match throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters and looked set to bag themselves another three points, until Marist found a spark and came alive in the 4th quarter. Jayden Rakowitz bagged his first goal for his new club, giving Marist a sniff of victory, and Joey Morrison grabbed the winner late in the quarter to see the Musketeers sneak in with a 2-1 victory. A Marist win sees both teams sitting 4th equal on the table, the Musketeers to face Harewood and HSOB up against Carlton Redcliffs next week.
(Scott Gread) Marist: 2
(Jayden Rakowitz, Joey Morrison)
Hornby v helloworld Avon
The final match-up of the day had the Vipers taking on the Avon lads on a cold afternoon at Nga Puna Wai. Avon came up with a cracker of a first round match against Carlton Redcliffs and grabbed a win, no doubt giving them plenty of confidence going into this match against last year’s 7th placed team. The Vipers though, would also have taken confidence from their narrow 1-2 lost to last year’s champions Harewood the week before, and backed themselves against the Avon boys. In and end-to-end match, with both teams throwing everything at each other, it was certainly entertaining for the spectators who had braved the cold. Goals to Sam Fitzgerald, Jayden Maugham and Jono Ellis for the Vipers and Levi Barrow, Rob Buhler and Lewis Edmond saw the score all locked up on the final whistle, a good indication of the evenness of the match. Avon sit 2nd equal on the table with Harewood and will need all their nous if they are to wrestle the shield from Southern this weekend, while Hornby lift themselves off the bottom of the table with a point in the bag and will back themselves to grab a few more against The Students this weekend.
(Sam Fitzgerald, Jayden Maugham, Jono Ellis) Avon: 3
(Levi Barrow, Rob Buhler, Lewis Edmond)
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