Roskill Eden ready for competition
A weekend of heavy wind and rain will be a distant memory for Roskill Eden’s women’s premier hockey team.
The side were scheduled to play three matches in the last week in preparation for the inter-club competition that starts after a break this Queen’s Birthday weekend.
But nothing will compare to the torrential downpour that hit them at Avondale College on May 23.
It will be the best club competition in the country by
The water turf became so saturated with rain shortly into the second half against rivals Western Districts, forcing the referees to pull the pin.
‘‘It wasn’t great all day but it looked like it was clearing,’’ Roskill Eden coach Diane Vao says.
‘‘Then three minutes after halftime it completely flooded.’’
Roskill Eden were then put under the pump by league leaders Howick-Pakuranga 6-2 on May 24.
They were scheduled to play Western in a re-match on May turfs. Western coach Jarrod Wrigley says the quality will be high as most of the country’s Black Sticks come from the two districts.
‘‘It will be the best club competition in the country by a long way.’’
Sarah Holland clears the ball for Roskill Eden.