Teams raise sticks and sharpen wits

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Col­lege’s 1st XI hockey teams have done ex­cep­tion­ally well in their cham­pi­onships this year, with both the girls’ and boys’ teams beat­ing schools that have full turfs to prac­tise on.

It is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine rugby or football teams hav­ing just a halffield for prac­tices, yet that is what Mata­mata hockey play­ers have to over­come to be com­pet­i­tive.

The boys’ 1st XI faced Hamil­ton Boys’ Ar­gyle team in the fi­nal of the Waikato B Grade and af­ter be­ing 1-0 down at half­time, had to reach for some­thing ex­tra to please the coaches and sup­port­ers; and to si­lence the large group of Hamil­ton Boys’ sup­port­ers at the Gal­lagher Turf in Hamil­ton.

Solid de­fence from Mata­mata meant Hamil­ton were un­able to score in the sec­ond half and a strong drive by all of the for­wards two min­utes from the end re­sulted in the win­ning goal.

Coaches Faye Mathews and Lynette Parish were de­lighted with the boys’ ef­forts for the sea­son, since they came away with a record of nine wins from nine games in the cham­pi­onship round; and a re­sult of 25 goals for and only nine against.

The girls’ 1st XI fi­nal was a much more dra­matic event.

Hav­ing be­gun the sea­son play­ing only Hamil­ton- based teams, they moved on to a new Di­vi­sion 2 Mid­lands com­pe­ti­tion that in­cluded teams from Coun­ties and Tau­ranga.

Mata­mata de­feated Te Aroha, Rose­hill, Waikato Dio and Pukekohe, and faced oPukekohe again in the fi­nal.

Pukekohe High School has over 1500 stu­dents and a full turf for prac­tice, so win­ning was no easy task.

The game went to ex­tra time, but it came down to penalty strokes and two saves by goal­keeper Daisy Wills saw Mata­mata on top.

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