Arotea Kiwi re­main un­beaten af­ter win and draw in dou­ble header

Marlborough Express - - SPORT - PETER JONES

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.

JMK PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Josh Ward, left, from Arotea Kiwi and An­drew Na­tion, play­ing for Beawai Masters, had a torrid bat­tle in mid­field on Satur­day.

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