‘Awe­some’ Cromwell nail A re­gional fi­nals

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A Cromwell women’s hockey team is cel­e­brat­ing win­ning a re­gional fi­nals com­pe­ti­tion for the first time in more than 34 years.

The women’s se­nior A grade team took the ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Up­per Clutha 5-3 in Cromwell on Satur­day.

Player Viv Buchanan said team work got them through to take the win against a team that had ‘‘an­ni­hi­lated’’ them ear­lier in the sea­son.

‘‘We played Up­per Clutha two weeks ago in the last game of the round and they an­ni­hi­lated us 8-2.

‘‘ . . . They get a lot of touches on the ball . . . but we had a lot of train­ing and help from the men’s team who came along to prac­tices and helped us with things to tidy up de­fence.’’

Cromwell women’s se­nior A grade team cel­e­brates win­ning the re­gional fi­nals against Up­per Clutha on Satur­day in Cromwell – the first time in at least three decades that the team has won the fi­nal.

‘‘There was no one person – every­one just did their job and that was our whole thing from the start. It was just awe­some.

‘‘We have been in the fi­nals a few times be­fore but the cur­rent tro­phy that’s used for the win­ner goes back to 1980 and we are def­i­nitely not on it.

‘‘We start all the sea­sons on a real high win­ning all the games but have a lull in the mid­dle where it falls apart and that’s been a re­cur­ring theme over the years.

‘‘This year we were de­ter­mined we would not let that hap­pen.’’

Photo: JOHN HAWKINS

Fans meet he­roes: Stags high five young rugby fans af­ter the pre-sea­son game against Otago at Molyneux Park, Alexan­dra, on Fri­day. Otago won 12-8. Snow and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures did not de­ter South­land and Otago rugby fans from turn­ing up. It looked a game des­tined for a dull try-less end un­til South­land’s Fiji flyer Lolo­hea Loco gave the fix­ture a much needed spark with 20 min­utes to go. From turnover ball it ended up in the hands of the re­place­ment winger who gave a glimpse of his pace to scoot in from close to half­way to score. Jamie Ver­ran missed the con­ver­sion at­tempt from wide out which would have pushed South­land to a 10-9 lead. With seven min­utes to play Breen kicked Otago’s fourth penalty of the af­ter­noon to make it 12-8.

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