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DUNEDIN premier hockey returned on Saturday with Momona beating the Taieri Tigers 2-1 in challenging conditions.
Momona had plenty of possession in the first quarter but could not seem to make the final connections to get on the board.
It was not until the second quarter that Lucy Sawers managed to sneak one past Hannah Lithgow to put Momona in front.
Taieri was quick to mount a reply, putting Keita Elliot under pressure in deep defence, and was gifted an equaliser when Momona scored an own goal.
Neither team was able to find the net again until the Tigers decided to pull their keeper with four minutes left on the clock.
Taieri was positioned well inside the Momona half, trying to capitalise on the additional field player up front.
This left the Tigers vulnerable to a counterattack, and in no more than three passes, Momona got the ball from one end of the turf to the other and into the goal.
The City Highlanders had a full bench and fresh legs and used their energy to beat the University Stingrays 4-0.
The Highlanders led 1-0 after just five minutes and never looked like losing, as Nicole Arundell, Maddie Peel, Sarah Thomas and Ella Lloyd scored goals.
In the final women’s game, the University Huskies beat Kings United 3-0 with goals to Rose Parkinson (two) and Iso Ng.
In the men’s competition, Kings United beat the Albany Alligators 4-1.
Kings opened the scoring with a penalty corner conversion on the right post thanks to Tom Kibblewhite.
The Alligators were not going to roll over, and put together a fine penalty corner of their own to grab an equaliser from Eli Turner.
Further goals to Conner Hoskin, Ronan McNeill and William McNaughtan sealed the win for Kings.
The University Whales flexed their muscle with a 7-1 win over Tainui.
It was a tough day at the office for Tainui as it could not seem to find any rhythm against a well-oiled Whales attack.
Jakob Bell-Kake scored four goals for the Whales, and Josh Wypch, Benji Culhane and Eshaan Patel also got on the scoresheet. Cade Hamilton scored for Tainui.
In he final men’s game the Taieri Tuataras beat the University Panthers 13-0.
James Nicholson scored five goals for the Tuataras.