Canty survive Capital scare
Defending champions Canterbury made hard work of it against the hosts but emerged with a perfect record after two days of the National Hockey League in Wellington.
After a 3-0 win over Southern to open their title defence on Saturday, the Cats pipped Capital 1-0 on Sunday as they eye a day off and build towards Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Striker Rachel McCann delivered the winning goal from a penalty corner midway through the second quarter to keep the Cats undefeated.
Black Stick Kelsey Smith was outstanding for Capital but the hosts are yet to trouble the scorers after two days, having opened with a 2-0 defeat to Auckland.
The Cats had accounted for Southern 3-0 on Saturday with an early field goal from striker McCann opening the scoring. The remainder of the first half a tough defensive battle.
Canterbury showed their class with a great patch of play in the third quarter with goals from Emily Wium and Bridget Kiddle.
Midlands women made a statement with an impressive 4-1 win over Central to highlight day two. After Saturday’s frustrating loss to Northland, Midlands made their chances count against Central with two goals in each half.
The men had Sunday off after a frantic opening day where North Harbour snatched a 4-3 win over Capital in a thriller.
Last year’s runners-up Canterbury had an emphatic 10-1 victory over Northland fuelled by a four-goal bag from striker Sam Lane. Dominic Newman added a hat-trick while Cam Hayde, Declan Keaney and David Brydon also netted.
Auckland were impressive as they warded off Central 3-0, while Southern downed Midlands 2-1 in cold and wet conditions.