Midlands women get on the board
The Midlands women have bounced back from their opening day loss to get on the board in the National Hockey League in Wellington.
A Natasha Fitzsimons hattrick - two from penalty corners and one from a penalty stroke - was joined by a goal from Gemma McCaw to ease them past the Central Mysticks 4-1 yesterday.
Central equalised towards the end of the first quarter, through Holly Pearson, after Fitzsimons had given Midlands the lead in the opening minute, but once McCaw took the lead back towards the end of the second quarter, Midlands ran away with the game.
The win came a day after they had lost 3-2 to Northland in their opener at the National Hockey Stadium, where goals from McCaw and Shiloh Gloyn had given them a 2-1 lead early in the second quarter.
Northland hit back before halftime, however, then snatched a winner through Stacey Michelsen with four
minutes to play.
Midlands now face North Harbour in their final pool match at 3pm tomorrow, where they will be looking for a win to secure a high seed ahead of the quarterfinals on Thursday, which will feature all the eight teams.
The defending champion Midlands men began their campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Southern Dogs. Andy Hayward’s penalty corner goal in the second minute was cancelled out almost immediately, by Nathan Gilbert, and Nick Ross then scored the winner for Southern, five minutes after halftime.
The men’s campaign continues today, when they play Capital at 7pm.