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The University Huskies exorcised some demons to beat the University Stingrays 4-1 in the Dunedin premier women’s competition on Saturday.
For the first time this season, the Huskies looked like they were going to punish the Stingrays, something that was well overdue.
The Huskies looked focused as they opened the scoring through Georgia Hall off a penalty corner.
The Stingrays fought back with a penalty corner goal of their own through Margy Hazelhurst, making it 1-1, but that was as good as it got for them.
Hall added a penalty stroke before Ella Greenwood and Molly O’Connor scored goals to put the Huskies out of reach.
The game between the City Highlanders and the Taieri Tigers was almost one-way
City led 3-0 at halftime and rolled to a 6-0 win thanks to a four-goal blast from Madison Lobb and two from Jordon Cunningham.
Momona defended the Challenge Shield with a 2-1 win
over Kings United.
Kings took an early lead after Momona had some untidy play out of the back, and Ella Rooney was there to pounce on the loose ball.
Momona remained calm, though, and quickly got back into the game with a Neve McLean goal.
While Momona continued to dominate the play, it struggled to score again as Rachael Lecky remained composed in goal for Kings.
It was not until late in the third quarter that Sarah Johnstone was able to get one past Isobel Thompson on the post to convert a penalty corner.
Kings fought hard to the
end and had a number of counter-attack opportunities but were shut down by Momona’s back three.
In the men’s competition, Kings United beat the University Whales in a shootout.
The game could not be decided in regular time with the scores level at 3-3, and it looked as though it might not be decided in a shootout until Judd Adamson stepped up to steal the win for Kings.
Earlier, Kings had looked more threatening but were regularly denied by University goalkeeper Lachlan Colquhoun.
The students then had their turn on attack, and the game ebbed and flowed to the final whistle.
The Taieri Tuataras hit top form when they beat Tainui 10-0 in Oamaru, and the Albany Alligators beat the University Panthers 6-0.
-- Grace Milne