Nel­son go un­beaten to hold tro­phy

The Leader (Nelson) - - YOUR HEALTH -

The Nel­son un­der-15 girls’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive hockey team re­mained un­beaten to re­tain the JD Tro­phy in West­port at the week­end.

Nel­son recorded wins over Marl­bor­ough (5-1), West Coast (2-1) and Buller (14-0) to se­cure their eighth ti­tle suc­cess in nine years.

Jess David­son and Caitlin Cle­mentson both scored from penalty cor­ners, before Trin­ity Cop­per added a third goal to give Nel­son a handy 3-1 half­time lead in their open­ing clash with Marl­bor­ough.

De­spite try­ing some new com­bi­na­tions in the sec­ond half, Nel­son went fur­ther ahead through two goals by Lucy Tucker to com­plete a com­fort­able win. Goalie Laura Spear­son and de­fend­ers Miya El­lis and Grace Ashcroft im­pressed for Nel­son.

West Coast pro­vided much tougher op­po­si­tion for Nel­son in an evenly-con­tested sec­ond match, with Lily Camp­bell pro­duc­ing the only first half scor­ing to put Nel­son ahead 1-0 at the break.

West Coast came out fir­ing from the restart to force sev­eral penalty cor­ners before even­tu­ally lev­el­ling the scores at 1-1. But Nel­son re­grouped, with David­son scor­ing from an­other penalty cor­ner con­ver­sion to com­plete the 2-1 win.

Nel­son’s out­stand­ing per­form­ers were Cle­mentson and Demi Mant who fed the ball ef­fec­tively into the scor­ing cir­cle.

Camp­bell and Mant each scored hat-tricks in Nel­son’s fi­nal com­pre­hen­sive 14-0 win over Buller.

Nel­son dom­i­nated from the out­set and led 6-0 at half­time before pour­ing in an­other eight sec­ond half goals. David­son, Tucker and Cooper each scored twice, with Sophia Ker­sten and Brit­ney Bo­rann also con­tribut­ing goals.

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