Whales’ win appropriately massive

The University Whales produced a dominant first half on their way to a 7-1 win over their clubmates, the Panthers, in the Dunedin premier men’s competition on Saturday.

They scored twice in the first quarter, then three times in the second to make it 5-0 at halftime.

The Panthers were more competitive in the second half, getting on the scoresheet through Tyler Williams.

Jakob Bell-Kake led the Whales with a hat-trick of goals. Liam Williams (two), Ollie Schnauer and Trey Lincoln were the other scorers.

The Taieri Tuataras beat the Albany Alligators 3-1.

The Tuataras were solid as usual and stayed calm to keep the Alligators at bay.

Tainui was unable to field a team against Kings United due to Covid.

In the opening women’s shield game, the usually rock-solid City Highlanders trailed Kings United 1-0 going into the final quarter.

Although they had dominated possession, the fact they had eight regular players out due to Covid seemed to be causing the Highlanders a bit of strife.

Kings looked as though they might be able to hold on, with many on the sidelines cheering them on to what would be the first major upset of the season.

But Bayley Anderson stepped up at penalty corner time to get the Highlanders back in the game.

It looked as though the game would be going to a shootout as both teams struggled to get another goal on the board.

However, a breakdown of play and some miscommunication in the circle led to a cheeky goal scored by Chloe Donaldson over the head of Kings goalkeeper Rachael Leaky with less than two minutes to go.

Kings had no answer, and the Highlanders managed to hold on to win 2-1 and secure the shield.

The University Huskies beat Momona 2-1.

University was first on the board, with Grace Godfrey managing to get a shot in past Keita Elliot in goal.

A penalty corner goal just on halftime then gave it a 2-0 lead.

Momona come out for the second half with a different attitude and got on the front foot.

Madison Pont found herself on the receiving end of a beautiful ball into the circle. She managed to get a cheeky tip in past University goalkeeper Pippa Croft to give Momona some hope.

But both teams tired in the final quarter, and no more goals were scored.

In the final women’s game, the Taieri Tigers beat the University Stingrays 2-1.

Charlie Douglas scored a brilliant individual goal, taking on goalkeeper Lucy Girvan to put the Tigers in front.

That was quickly followed by a stroke taken by Sophie Gray.

Ella Rogers got the Stingrays on the board, making it 2-1, but neither team managed to convert remaining chances.

 - Grace Milne

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