The Auckland Men’s and Women’s NHC teams have both claimed important results in the Top 4 at the Ford National Hockey Championship in Dunedin on Thursday, setting up a thrilling day of final pool matches with finals qualification just one win away for both Auckland teams.
Auckland Women were impressive with a 3 – 1 win over Canterbury yesterday. Rhiannon Holdrich scored in the 9th minute, before Antonia Cortesi doubled the lead early in the 3rd quarter scoring in the 33rd minute.
Canterbury struck back just before quarter time in the 44th minute through Jenna-Rae McIntyre. An almost immediate reply right on quarter time via another Phoebe Steele goal, her third of the tournament, saw the lead restored to 2 goals.
Auckland Women face Manawatu today with a win enough to secure a spot in tomorrow’s final.
Auckland Men took on hosts Otago in their top 4 match, in a close battle with the Southerners. Otago took the lead in the second quarter, with a 22nd minute field goal to James Nicolson.
Auckland threw everything at the hosts and were able to equalise in the fourth quarter through a Penalty Corner, with Mitchell Murray slotting home in the 49th minute to set up a thrilling final quarter. The scores remained locked at 1 -1, each team claiming an important point and heading to shoot out for an extra point.
Matt van Aardt was almost unbeatable in the shoot out, conceding just once in the first of four of Otago’s attempts. Nic Finlayson, Shae Iswar and Julius Talavou all stepped up for Auckland and scored, from their attempts, taking the shoot out 3 – 1 and the all important extra competition point heading into today’s final top 4 pool game.
Auckland Men now face old foes Canterbury with a win also enough to secure a spot in the NHC Men’s final.
Thank you to Trillian Trust for their generous funding support, helping contribute toward tournament accommodation costs.
Auckland Men vs Canterbury @ 12:30pm Friday 16th September
Auckland Women vs Manawatu @ 2:15pm Friday 16th September
Second Round Pool Standings
Pool C = Top 4
Pool D = Bottom 4
Goal Scoring Tables
First Round Pool Standings
Women Pool A
Men Pool A
First Round Pool Results
|Auckland Women||Auckland Men|
|Results – Pool A||Results – Pool A|
|Sunday 11th Sep: Won 2 – 0 vs Otago
AKH Goals: Lucy Russ ’16, Phoebe Steele ’56.
|Sunday 11 Sep: Won 2 -1 vs Manawatu
AKH Goals: Joe Crooks ’45, Arun Panchia ’60.
|Monday 12 Sep: Won 2 – 1 vs Hawkes Bay
AKH Goals: Rhiannon Holdich ’14, Phoebe Steele ’17.
|Monday 12 Sep: Won 4 – 0 vs Waikato
AKH Goals: Vinnie O’Connor ‘1, Jignesh Keshoor ’11, Nic Finlayson ’14 Joe Crooks ’44.
|Tuesday 13 Sep: Lost 0 -2 vs North Harbour||Tuesday 13 Sep Drew 2 – 2 vs Wellington (lost 3-1 in shoot out)
AKH Goals: Malcolm Curley ‘6, Daniel Easton ’21
Auckland Women’s Squad
Head Coach: Simon Child
Auckland Men’s Squad
Head Coach: Arun Panchia