Younger players show up
The absence of several key players didn’t stop Somerville from winning the Auckland women’s premier club hockey final on Saturday.
They overcame Roskill Eden in a hard fought 3-1 victory at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
Somerville coach Mark Kake says he always believed his team could secure the win.
That was despite being without Olympian Caryn Paewai, Meredith Orr, who is overseas, and Tina BellKake, who has National Hockey League commitments.
“Between the three of them, that’s a lot of experience gone.
“The young girls really stepped up when they needed to.”
But with a squad of 20 players to choose from, Kake has plenty of depth at the Mt Eden-based club.
He was pleased with his side’s attack, which included goals to Julie King, Nikki Dorrington and Jess Bagley.
Meanwhile, Somerville’s defenders managed to re- strict star Roskill Eden striker Katie Glynn to a solitary goal.
Kake says a loss to Mt Eden a few weeks ago also spurred his players into action at the business end of the season.
“Losing for us was the shock they needed, and they stepped up.”
Roskill Eden coach Leigh Crawley says her side were beaten by a better team on the day.
“You really have to play at the top of your game every week, and we didn’t play our best game.
“The last few weeks we’ve been playing above what we’re capable of.”
She says the team were unlucky on attack, with one shot on goal hitting the post, but they didn’t make the most of their penalty corners.
Roskill Eden were also without several experienced players, who were supporting the Black Sticks at the Olympics.
In other action, Mt Eden overcame St Lukes Albertians Mangere 2-0 in the play-off for third and fourth.
It was also a difficult day for the Roskill Eden men’s side, who went down 5-2 to the Auckland Indian Sports Club in their premier final.
Somerville’s men’s side couldn’t emulate the success of the women, losing 3-2 to Howick Pakuranga in the play-off for third and fourth.
Bursting through: Somerville’s Nikki Dorrington breaks through the defence of Roskill Eden’s Laurie McMenigal, left, and Aleisha Kershaw during the Auckland women’s premier club hockey final at Lloyd Elsmore Park on Saturday.