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It was Varsity derby day on Saturday as the University teams lined up against each other in Dunedin premier Club hockey.
In the men’s game, the Black Panthers entered as a heavy underdog against the Blue Whales, having conceded, on average, more than eight goals a game this season.
That trend continued as the Blue Whales claimed a 6-1 victory.
The Blue Whales were wanting to continue their challenge to level with league leader Taieri.
After an even battle to begin, Henry Will laced a shot into the net from a penalty corner to open the Blue Whales’ account.
With one of the last acts of the first quarter, Will produced a carbon copy of his first goal to double the lead for his side.
The second quarter started with the Blue Whales on attack, but the early highlight was a near miss to the Black Panthers with the tap-in by Sam Harrison-Barker just evading the net.
The rev-up by the coaching staff worked for the Blue Whales as they shot out of the blocks with their third goal, scored by Jakob Bell-Kake.
The fourth goal followed soon after and the prospect of a blowout score became evident.
Olli Schnauer nabbed his second, meaning three goals in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter, for a 5-0 scoreline.
The Black Panthers got on the scoresheet with a brilliant reverse strike by Josh Keenan to ensure the game would not end a shutout.
After a goal-laden third quarter, the match headed to the final quarter with the Blue Whales up 5-1.
Constant pressure by the Blue Whales finally paid dividends when Will brought up his hat trick.
In the Friday night game, Kings United dispatched Albany 13-0.
Craig Turner and Daniel Torr scored hat-tricks, Charles Darling, Connor Hoskin and William McNaughtan claimed doubles and Jason Dungey also chimed in with a goal.
In one of the most exciting games in recent memory, Kings United upset the Tuataras, winning the shootout 2-1 after it had been 1-1 at fulltime, Jordan Ward scoring for Taieri and Dylan Thomas for Kings United.
Thomas was the difference in the penalty shootout.
The Kings United Wahine fared better than the men, winning over the Taieri Tigers 2-1 in a penalty shootout after it had been 0-0 at the end of regulation time.
City remains top of the table after its 2-1 win over Momona A.
The Highlanders scorers were Ella Lloyd and Jordan Cunningham while Ella McCall scored for Momona.
The University derby was a 9-1 win for the Huskies against the Stingrays.
Maia Shackleford and Ella Greenwood registered hat-tricks, Georgia Hall a double and Grace Godfrey the other goal.
For the Stingrays, Lexie Heaphy netted.
- Jack Ward