The victorious Marlborough team. Photo: supplied.

Hockey lads get job done in Westport

The Marlborough under-18 boys hockey team broke a 23-year drought when they brought home the Stirling Memorial Cup from Westport last weekend.

The much sought-after trophy is contested annually by U18 boys sides from West Coast, Buller, Nelson and Marlborough, and this year it was finally Marlborough’s turn to grab the silverware.

Firstly, they played West Coast on Saturday morning and after a frustrating first quarter, where they applied plenty of pressure but didn’t get the results, they came away with a 10-0 win. West Coast were outclassed skill wise and everything the strikers touched turned to gold, according to coach Grant McMillan.

Marlborough met Buller on Saturday afternoon and it followed a similar pattern, with early pressure not being rewarded. But once again the flood gates opened in the last three quarters with a strong midfield effort making life easy for the strikers. Marlborough won 9-1 with strong performances from Sean Moran and Leighton Le Sueur.

This meant that the tournament came down to the game between the unbeaten sides, Nelson and Marlborough.

Marlborough started well in the decider with two quick goals in the first quarter and managed to hold that score until half time.

However Nelson lifted for the third quarter, bagging two goals of their own to make for a tense final quarter.

Both sides had opportunities that weren’t converted and with seven minutes to go Nelson substituted their keeper, knowing that only a win would suffice as Marlborough had a better goal difference overall.

Marlborough managed to hold their nerve and it was a 2-2 draw at full time. Strong performances in defence from Hunter Davies and Lachlan Mackie were crucial in the last quarter as Marlborough claimed tournament victory due to their superior scoring statistics.

Marlborough U18 squad: Declan Phibbs, Lachlan Mackie, Hugh Pearce, Nick Williams, Leighton le Sueur, Kris Godsall, Patrick Neal, Ollie Jarvis, Sean Moran, Joseph Westend, Hunter Davies, George Varney, Wade Sweeting, Gus Varney, Sam Hamilton. Coach Grant McMillan.

Hockey teams on top of the south

Marlborough teams dominated the recent Top of the South club hockey tournament staged in Nelson.

Arotea Kiwi took out the women’s title while a combined Arotea Kiwi/Beawai men’s side won the men’s crown.

The women played three 30-minute games on Saturday. First up they met Buller and came away with a commanding 6-0 victory, Pip Lunn scoring a hat-trick while Amy Devlin, Mackenzie Hanrahan and Alissa Holdaway-Marks also found the net.

Their next game, against Tasman, was much tighter, Kiwi emerging with a 2-1 win, their goals coming from Holdaway-Marks and Grace Davies.

A 1-0 loss to a strong Federal team followed, putting Arotea Kiwi into a semi-final play-off with fellow Marlborough side Beawai the following morning.

Goals to Alice Roughan, Lunn, Hanrahan and Kate Morrow saw them to a 4-0 win and booked them a place in the final, setting up a re-match with Federal.

In a closely-fought decider, the “A team” of Alice Roughan, Amy Devlin and Abby Scott all found the back of the net to see Arotea Kiwi to a 3-2 win.

Meanwhile, the men’s side battled past seven other sides to claim the top of the south shield.

In a tough group they came back from a hard-fought 2-1 loss in their opening pool game against Tasman, their only goal coming from Rory Crawford at a penalty corner, to remain undefeated for the rest of the weekend.

They drew 0-0 against United NC and won their final pool game 2-1 over Greymouth with goals from Crawford and Heath Dickson.

In the semis they took on Seddonville and won 3-2. Marlborough took an early lead through a quick counter attack with Dickson setting up the play for Sam Solly to deflect past the goal keeper. Dickson turned from provider to scorer for their second, netting with a strong reverse stick shot. Seddonville scored shortly before half time, then Dickson got his second of the game to restore a two-goal advantage. However it was anything but an easy ride to the finish with Seddonville applying the pressure through to the end and grabbing a late consolation as keeper Dave Farley kept the opposition strikers at bay.

The final brought a new challenge after the experienced Nelson-based Federal side saw off the stiff competition of Tasman in their semi-final.

The Blenheim side struck first in the decider, a quick counter attack by Liam Geddes setting up Jarrod Harvie who calmly slotted the ball home to bag his first goal since coming back into the sport.

Federal hit back immediately from the re-start to level the scores at halftime.

The winning goal came with three minutes of the match remaining, a poor stick challenge earning Arotea Kiwi/Beawai a penalty corner, which Crawford converted through a drag flick.

Their defence, led by keeper Farley, held strong for the remaining few minutes to complete a notable double for Marlborough hockey.

Arotea Kiwi women: Pip Lunn, Kate Morrow, Abby Scott, Grace Davies, Alice Roughan, Ella Williams, Natasha Veltman, Jo Jones, Emma Burrell, MacKenzie Hanrahan, Grace Calder, Alissa Holdaway-Marks, Amy Devlin, Celia Watson.

 

Arotea Kiwi/Beawai men: Dave Farley, Rory Crawford, Grant McMillan, Sam Solly, Reuben Molnar, Corey Fransen, Jarrod Harvie,

Liam Geddes, Reuben Kepes, Michael Hix, Malcolm King, Lindsay Muir, Heath Dickson, Joshua Valley.

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.”

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.”