The day began with a screamer as Taieri matched up against Kings United for the second time in a week, facing off for the challenge shield.
The University Stingrays had their work cut out for them this week in a 6-0 loss against a determined Momona A.
There were some new-look sides at the McMillan Centre on Saturday as student holidays and preparation for school tournaments stripped many teams of players.
Wellington Blaze leg-spinner Deanna Doughty is the new face named in the White Ferns squad for its tour of Australia next month.
The Taieri Tuataras came out firing and were away to a fast start against the Albany Alligators at the McMillan Centre in the premier grade on Saturday.
MenThe Taieri Tuataras upset the high-flying Kings United in the premier grade at the McMillan Centre on Saturday.
It was all but impossible to separate Kings United and the University Blue Whales at the McMillan Centre on Saturday.
Albany and the University Whales fought out a 2-2 draw before Albany won in the shoot-out at the McMillan Centre on Saturday in the premier grade.
Black Sticks defender Kane Russell has waited four years for Olympic redemption, but told Adrian Seconi he can easily wait another 12 months.
City Highlanders beat Momona A 4-1 at the McMillan Hocky Turf on Saturday to retain the challenge shield.
An inability to travel overseas and the need to keep top players at a high level were the drivers to get a new national premier hockey league under way.
The McMillan Hockey Turf was back in action on Saturday for the eagerly awaited start to the premier men’s and premier women’s club competitions.
Hockey star Gemma McCaw has called time on her career, retiring after a brief return to the Black Sticks.