Roskill Eden ready for com­pe­ti­tion

Central Leader - - SPORT - By SIMON SMITH AND JU­LIAN RAETHEL

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.’’

Pho­tos: DAVID JOSEPH / PHOTOTEK

Wrigle’y

Sarah Hol­land clears the ball for Roskill Eden.

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