The Black Sticks women's side will play Spain in its opening match in the World League Semi Final tournament tomorrow.
Southern under-18 scored its first big win of the season on Saturday afternoon when it overturned one of the top two sides in City Highlanders 1-0 in premier women's club play.
Albany continued to roll on thanks to a Nathan Gilbert hat-trick, beating Uni B 5-3 on Saturday in premier men's play.
In the match of the day for the premier men’s competition Uni A Blue Whales had a comfortable 4-1 victory over Kings United.
The top four sides did not falter as competition for the top places heats up in the premier women’s competition in Dunedin this season.
The return of former Black Stick James Nation from a leg injury came at an opportune time for Kings United as it grabbed four competition points from its double-header this weekend.
Southland consolidated fourth place in the premier women's competition on Saturday when it defeated Uni A for the second time this season.
Taieri Tigers defeated Kings United 6-0 as the second round of the premier women's competition got under way over the weekend.
Albany and University could not be separated for the second time this season in the game of the round in the premier men's competition this weekend.
Taieri Tuataras avenged their round one defeat by Uni Black Panthers with a hard-fought 3-2 victory on Saturday in the only premier men's club game to be played this weekend.
In another tight University derby, the unfavoured Stingrays side got over the top of their A team with a goal in the last two minutes to win 3-2 over the Huskies.
Both Southern teams finished the national under-21 tournament in Auckland in disappointing fashion.
Nicholas Wong is the sort of character you ought to read about a lot more often.
Southern keeper Dom Dixon has been in dynamic form all week and produced another stunning effort at the national under-21 tournament in Auckland yesterday.
There was no joy for the Southern teams at the under-21 national tournament in Auckland yesterday.
Tessa Jopp's year just keeps getting better.
The tide may have turned for the Southern men's under-21 hockey team at its national tournament in Auckland.
Kings United proved a bit more clinical than Taieri Tuataras this week as a tight-fought battle that was 0-0 at halftime fell its way.
City Highlanders Women continued their recent march forward with a third big win in a row, this time comfortably putting away Uni B 6-0.
Southern has already had a couple of breaks — one of them lucky.