Younger play­ers show up

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

Pho­tot BEN CAMP­BELL

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.

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