Arotea Kiwi remain unbeaten after win and draw in double header
The Arotea Kiwi men’s hockey team came away from a double header weekend with a win and a draw.
On Friday, they comfortably beat the Marlborough Boys’ College First XI 7-0, then the following day they drew 1-1 with Beawai Masters.
As the score line suggests, Kiwi dominated the students from start to finish on Friday. The Kiwi forward line was more clinical with the welcome return of Hamish Watson who added energy and punch up front, coming away with two well-taken goals. Other scorers were Grant McMillan, Josh Ward, Innes Redwood and Zeb Foote.
Down 6-0 at halftime, MBC did well to regroup and played constructive hockey in the second half, limiting Kiwi to only one goal. Their lead-up passing was well controlled although their composure deserted them when they got near the Kiwi goal. Aiden Neal and George Varney working hard in midfield while Hunter Davies was his usual solid self at the back.
On Saturday, Kiwi hoped to continue their winning ways, how- ever Masters had other ideas.
The first half was a tight affair with no goals being scored. Arotea Kiwi created multiple chances but their finishing let them down. The Kiwi goal keeper wasn’t required once during the first half, which indicated their dominance, but credit must go to the Masters defence.
The second half featured good, skilful hockey with Masters the first to score. A nice ball into the circle from midfielder Andrew Nation was pounced upon by Mike Godsall, who hit it into the bottom right corner. Kiwi replied 10 minutes later as the constant pres- sure finally told. Josh Ward got the final touch after some nice interpassing from Sandy O’Connell and Innes Redwood.
Masters had the last chance to score. With two minutes left on the clock they secured a penalty corner. Nation got the ball into the circle where a scramble eventuated in front of goal before Kiwi were finally able to clear their circle and the game finished in a draw.
The stand-out performance of the night was the goal keeping of Dave Farley for Masters. He kept them in the game with over a handful of great saves. Nation directed Masters’ play and had a match-long battle with Kiwi midfielder Ward. Jeremy Patterson-Green worked hard at the back along with Stewart Wiggins.
Also on Saturday, Beawai and Arotea Kiwi senior women’s sides did battle, the latter coming away with a 5-1 win.
Beawai came out firing and were first to find the back of the net through a well-worked team goal finished off by Tegan Williams. However, that was the extent of their scoring as Kiwi dominated the scoreboard for the rest of the match.
Josh Ward, left, from Arotea Kiwi and Andrew Nation, playing for Beawai Masters, had a torrid battle in midfield on Saturday.