As we head into Round 3 of the Bealey CPL the early season jitters should well and truly be gone and teams will be looking to start putting some consistent performances together. The big match-up on the men’s side of the draw is probably the replay of last year’s final – Harewood Hunters up against the Marist Musketeers. While on the women’s side it’s probably the same two clubs with the Huntresses struggling for a bit of form against a Marist side brimming with confidence after two consecutive wins.
University vs Hornby Vipers – 12.00pm, Marist Park
The first game of the day on the men’s side of the draw sees the University lads taking on the Hornby Vipers in what is set to be an absolute derby. Traditionally known as the bottom 2 teams in the competition, it is always a battle when these two teams meet out on the pitch. The Vipers come off the back of a tight 3-all draw with the boys from Avon, a game which had all the makings of an early season W for the Vipers that just didn’t come through in the end. The Vipers will no doubt be targeting this weekend’s game as a chance to collect maximum points, and skipper Sam Fitzgerald will be a key player for the boys in black and yellow. With an aerial that registers in the Christchurch Airport’s regional no fly zone and a drag flick that comes off the end of the stick looking like a bullet, the students will have to work hard to shut him down.
Harewood vs Novus Glass Marist – 1.15pm, Nga Puna Wai #1
The second game of the day has the Harewood Hunters coming up against the Marist Musketeers. The Hunters managed to scrape themselves a draw over the previous weekend after scoring off a pc after the final whistle, a result which they would not like to replicate when they step off the turf this weekend. Star youngster Gus Wakeling, was a notable omission from last weekend’s game due to injury, but after having spent the week throwing some heavy tin around, he’s ready to make his return and will no doubt a much needed boost which the Hunters need to get themselves up over Marist.
Southern United Stingers vs helloworld Fendalton Avon – 1.30pm, Nga Puna Wai #2
The third game of the day sees the Challenge shield match-up between the Southern United Stingers and the lads from Avon. The stingers are on a 2 match hot streak after a tight 3-2 victory over Carlton Redcliffs last weekend, and they will be backing themselves to make it 3 from 3 when they meet Avon this weekend. Ryan Wallace made a big splash in his debut for the Stingers in last weekend’s match after missing the season opener due to cricketing duties. Quick to get his name on the scorecard, he will be the one to watch in this weekend’s clash.
Carlton Redcliffs vs HSOB/Burnside – 4.30pm, Mainpower Hockey Stadium
The final match of the day will be Carlton Redcliffs facing off with HSOB/Burnside. Old boys have had a mixed bag of results thus far in the season, narrowly being pipped by Marist last weekend 2-1 after leading for 3 quarters of the game. Old boys will be wanting a better result this week around and will look to power couple Moss Jackson and Felix Rolls to do just that. Team mates on the field and flat mates off, these two have formed a connection which is not unlike that of the father-son connection, and will certainly be a handful if they are not dealt with accordingly.
Carlton Redcliffs v HSOB/Burnside – 12pm: Mainpower Hockey Stadium
The opening game of the round on sees the teams head out to Rangiora as the in-form Carlton Redcliffs girls take on the Burnside Babes. The Reindeer have started their 2019 season strongly with two convincing defeats of Avon and Southern and will be hoping to continue this momentum going into this third round match. They have arguably the best strike line in the CPL with plenty of players with the ability to regularly find the back of the net, of their 10 goals already scored this season eight players have found themselves on the scorecard. They will be without youngsters Brittany Wang and Francesca Williamson this weekend but coach Sally Moorfield has an extremely strong squad to take the field. The Burnside girls had a bit of a shaky start to their campaign with a 1-4 lost to Marist in their first match of the season. The will be hoping to turn things around this weekend and grab some points from the Reddos girls. Key to their success will be their 2018 Cats, Cats Hayley Cox, Maddie Story, Annabelle Wilson and Emily Wium who will need to lead by example if they want the win.
Novus Glass Marist v Harewood – 2.45pm: Nga Puna Wai #1
The big match-up of the day on the women’s side sees Marist take on Harewood at Nga Puna Wai. The Mermaids are riding a wave of success after tucking away 6 points from their first two games, a hard fought 1-0 win against Southern in the first round and a convincing 4-1 victory against HSOB/Burnside last week. Their young guns came up with the goods last weekend and they will be looking to them to back this up again tomorrow, they will no doubt be heading into the match with plenty of confidence in their ability to take points from a below par Harewood team. The Huntresses though will be fired up after their disappointing first round result against Hornby, where they couldn’t find the back of the net despite peppering the goal, and after the bye last weekend will come out wanting to prove a point this weekend. They will be without key player Jordy Grant but still have plenty of depth in their squad to produce the goods tomorrow. It should be a cracker of a match!
H&B Avon Eels v Southern United- 3.00pm, Nga Puna Wai #2
The final game of the round sees the new look Eels team taking on the Stars at Nga Puna Wai. After a drubbing at the hands of Carlton Redcliffs in the first round the Eels found their form last weekend and notched a win against the Hornby Tigers. Jackie Eden is back in the side this weekend, fresh from a hockey stint in the UK and she will add plenty alongside Avon’s other key players Gen Macilquham and Annabel Girven in defence and Sarah Walcott and Bella Forbes in the midfield. The Eels will confident that they can add another 3 points to their tally. The Stars have had a pretty rough start to their 2019 campaign with a narrow 0-1 loss to Marist in the opening round and a 0-4 defeat at the hands of Carlton Redcliffs last weekend. The produced patches of good confident hockey in their last match and new coach Ryan Wallace is bound to have some tricks up his sleeve to build on this week.