University thrashes Taieri

University Blue Whales bounced back from their first loss last weekend to comfortably dispatch Taieri Tuataras 5-1 in the premier men’s competition on Saturday.

The Whales came out at full speed right from the start and things looked ominous when from deep defence they swiftly moved the ball up the park and Henry Will and his favoured backhand shot opened the scoring early.

The Tuataras were able to withstand this early onslaught and put a little of their own attack together, Jeremy Smallridge finishing a movement to lock the scores at 1-1.

From then on, however, University’s speed and execution proved difficult for the young Taieri side to handle. Vincent O’Connor added a second for Uni from a penalty corner to retake the lead. The Whales then added a third before the break which put the exclamation point on the first half.

The second half continued the same pattern as the high skill level of the University side put the Tuataras under extreme pressure and only an active scramble defence was keeping the students at bay.

Eventually the pressure told again and University was able to add two more goals to stretch out to a  5-1 victory. Will completed his double while Mark Bell-Kake, Lucien Burt and O’Connor were the other scorersIn the other match, Albany hammered the struggling University Black Panthers 8-1, while Kings United had the bye.

The competition breaks for Queen’s birthday next weekend.

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