U15A girls and U15B girls come home with the gold!
The U15A girls came up against Auckland in the final of the National U15 Girls Premier Tournament and were gunning for back-to-back titles after bringing home the trophy in 2017. After remaining unbeaten all week and only conceding one goal throughout the tournament the girls were determined to finish on a high note. Right from the opening whistle they played with plenty of confidence and dominated the match for large periods of play but were unable to convert their opportunities, and headed into halftime with nothing to show for their efforts. They applied more pressure in the second half and quickly nullified any Auckland attempt to take control, and were rewarded in the 43rd minute when Bella Stephenson touched in a deflection off an attacking PC. The Blue and Whites didn't have any answer to the Canterbury dominance and despite a couple of forays into red and black territory late in the match they never really created a problem for the Canterbury defense. A well deserved win for the girls after a week of hard work.
The U15B girls took a while to get into their work against Wanganui in the final of the National U15 Girls Championship tournament in Carterton. Despite starting tentatively they began to gain some ascendancy halfway through the first half and piled on the pressure, Abby Mason putting their noses in front smashing home a penalty corner in the 19th minute to send them into the halftime break up 1-0. 2 minutes into the second half Niamh McKenzie added a second to the tally and the girls went on to dominate both possession and territory to close out the match 2-0. A sigh of relief for coach Lucy Hamdulay who had the added pressure of attempting to win the title for the 7th year in a row.
The U15B boys bounced back from their disappointing semi-final loss to South Canterbury to comfortably nab the bronze medal against Thames Valley in the National U15 Boys Championship tournament. Right from the start the boys took control of the match, George Roberts-Hubers finding the back of the net in the 9th minute. Another field goal to Adam Redway in the 22 minute saw the red and blacks head into the break with a comfortable 2 goal buffer. Thames Valley came out stronger in the second spell but Canterbury shut down any opportunities they had and dominated the rest of the game, Luca Jugovac adding a third from a PC in the 42nd minute and Roberts-Hubers sealing the third place spot with his second goal of the match in the 46th minute.
The U15A boys also had a disappointing semi-final match, going down 1-3 to eventual winners North Harbour, and were determined to put on a good show in front of a home crowd at Nunweek park in the bronze medal playoff at the National U15 Boys Premier tournament. From the opening whistle the Canterbury boys controlled the match, creating numerous opportunities and providing the crowd with plenty of entertaining hockey. But unfortunately they were unable to find the back of the Northland net despite long periods of pressure and headed into the halftime break in a 0-0 deadlock. The second half produced more of the same with Canterbury peppering the Northland goal to no avail, and it was Northland who found a winner in the 44th minute, scoring against the run of play to take home the bronze medal and relegate the Canterbury boys to 4th.
Bay of Plenty McGrath tournament
A big congratulations to our Primary B girls who won the McGrath tournament in Rotorua beating Northland to take home the spoils. It was also a fantastic effort from our Primary B boys who grabbed 3rd place in their tournament.