The Canterbury U21 girls sit top of the table, and the boys 3rd, with a game in hand, as the tournament heads into Day 4.
The U21 men got their campaign off to a pretty good start with a draw/win against Auckland on Monday morning. Goals to Moss Jackson (4th min) and Simon Yorston (17th min) saw the boys go into the halftime break with a 2-0 lead, but Auckland fought back in the 3rd quarter to force a penalty shootout. Goals from that were hard to come by with Moss Jackson scoring the sole goal to grab the extra point.
The girls followed up their 6-1 win on Sunday with a resounding 4-0 win against Capital on Monday. Arabella Sheild got the team off to a great start finding the back of the net in the 9th minute. Kendall Vaughan grabbed her 3rd goal for the tournament in the 3rd quarter and Georgie Mackay-Stewart and Hayley Cox added the icing on the cake in the final quarter to see the red and blacks comfortably home 4-0.
Both teams matched-up against Midlands in their games yesterday. The men had a great start when Moss Jackson grabbed his second goal of the tournament from a well taken penalty corner in the 6th minute. Midlands hit back reasonably quickly from their own PC to see the teams finish the 1st quarter on equal footing. The game was pretty evenly balanced throughout the second quarter with no change to the score at the break. The Canterbury boys came out with much more purpose after halftime and controlled the majority of the possession and territory. They were rewarded for their efforts with a couple of goals in quick succession at the end of the 3rd quarter, Will Mace-Cochrane nabbing his first goal of the tournament from the field, and Morgan Taylor adding another two minutes later. Despite Midlands fighting hard in the final corner the Canterbury boys held strong to round out the match comfortable winners 3-1.
They play North Harbour this morning who currently sit top of the table after three wins against Capital, Southern and Central. This game could be the one that decides the overall winner as both teams look to be in great form.
The Canterbury girls also continued their good form yesterday against a Midlands team who hadn’t registered a win so far. The first quarter saw both teams battle for dominance with neither grabbing an advantage, but that all changed in the second spell as the Canterbury girls found their feet. A field goal for Hayley Cox in the 18th minute was followed 10mins later by another from Margot Willis, her third for the tournament. Willis struck again immediately after the halftime break to give the Cubs a comfortable buffer going into the final quarter. Danielle Ackland then put the final nail in the Midlands coffin with a well-placed PC drag flick. A third win on the trot puts the Canterbury girls in control at the top of the table, with an impressive goal difference of 13, and two wins from their next three games will guarantee them back-to-back titles.
They face off against Central at lunchtime for a chance at grabbing four of those much needed points.