City Highlanders keep place at top of table


The City Highlanders have continued on their merry way, taking down the University Huskies 2-0 to keep a firm grip on the top of the table and the Challenge Shield.

City had early control, but could not convert it into chances as the Huskies clung on well on defence.

The women in orange kept the pressure on, and began to work some penalty corners, but still the Huskies defence held them off.

Some good clearances by Keita Elliot frustrated the defending champions, and eventually the Huskies earned a penalty corner of their own. They, too, failed to get a meaningful effort on goal, though.

City raced out of the traps in the third quarter, but still could not convert as the Huskies repelled three consecutive penalty corners.

They kept coming, though, and eventually a slick move saw the ball fall to Billie Crowe in the circle, with the talented youngster coolly slotting it down past the left foot of Elliot, giving her no chance.

The Huskies did not give in and worked a few more chances, but lacked the cutting edge from penalty corners.

City then showed then how it was done, as Annabelle Schneideman settled the game, as she finished off a slick right layoff from a corner, giving her side the points.

Earlier, Momona stopped the Taieri revival dead in the water, pumping them 6-1.

The red and blacks were absolutely ruthless from the get-go, playing slick hockey that gave a youthful Taieri side little chance.

Angelique Peyroux scored a hat-trick. Sarah Johnstone was also strong, scoring a brace.

Kings United premier women swept aside the University Stingrays, beating them 4-0.

By Nicholas Friedlander