Wa­tery wins

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

North­ern Un­der­wa­ter Hockey took out both the men’s and women’s ti­tles at the 2015 In­ter­zone Cham­pi­onship in Welling­ton. The Auck­land-based club put in a stel­lar per­for­mance on April 18 and 19 in both matches to beat their Welling­ton-based ri­vals in New Zealand’s pre­mier un­der­wa­ter hockey event. The men’s team clinched a 5-3 victory in the fi­nal sec­onds of their match against the Cen­tral team that had held the ti­tle since 2008. With Cen­tral mak­ing a strong resur­gence in the sec­ond half, a last minute goal by Liam Robert­son se­cured the hard-fought victory. In the women’s di­vi­sion North­ern se­cured its dom­i­nance, beat­ing Cen­tral 4-1 in the fi­nal to se­cure the ti­tle for the third time in a row. North­ern club ref­eree Tony Colquhoun says the team’s ef­forts so­lid­i­fied a high level of un­der­wa­ter hockey in New Zealand. ‘‘The qual­ity of hockey played at all lev­els just re­flects the stand­ing of New Zealand in the world,’’ he says.

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