Hockey season hits off with entertaining match-up

The 2019 Marlborough hockey season is officially underway.

The season opening was marked by an entertaining match at College Park on Sunday, involving a Marlborough Invitation team against a Tiger Turf combination.

Both sides contained many top-class performers, including current Blacks Sticks George Muir, David Brydon and Deanna Ritchie. Local sporting identities Megan Craig and Ti’i Paulo also tried their hand.

After four free-flowing quarters the Marlborough team came out on top 11-5.

Meanwhile, the Marlborough senior competition began on Friday.

Once again the Marlborough Go Girls team are competing in the men’s competition and showed in their opening match that they will be very competitive.

First up they took on Arotea Kiwi and although losing 4-2, turned in a promising performance.

The match was played in quarters with Arotea up 2-1 at halftime, a Tanya Hawley goal from a PC keeping the women in the game.

Go Girls lifted their game in the third quarter, equalizing through Emma Allison, but the men had the final say with two well-taken goals.

Kate Morrow, Hawley, Grace Davies, Pip Lunn and Fuerando Wiederhod turned in strong games for Go Girls.

Coach Denise Lloyd was pleased with their opening effort.

“We got stronger and a bit smarter as the game progressed, the girls realising they have to if they want to be competitive.

“It is pleasing to have a full squad … it makes for a healthy environment where you have to work hard to hold your position.”

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