‘Awesome’ Cromwell nail A regional finals
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.’’
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.