Wānaka Sun       

Hockey season comes to a close

Posted at 6:00am Friday 06 Sep, 2019 | By Sports Reporter editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Upper Clutha Senior Reserve B (under 15 years old) took on the unbeaten Cromwell Red team in last Thursday's (August 29) final.

The first half saw Upper Clutha play exceptional hockey. Defenders Maggie Dougherty, Henri Fenn, Caitlin Curtis, Zoe Eckhoff and Cade Cameron worked hard to keep Cromwell team at bay, ably assisted by goalie Niall Alexander who made numerous great saves. While inner Will Anderson worked tirelessly, displaying great ball skills to connect between defence and attack.

Upper Clutha's first chance to score came when Thomas Benson managed a great run up the right wing and released a pass to Thomas Mitchell on the left post whose direct hit only narrowly missed the goal.
Scoring from two penalty corners in the last 10 minutes saw Cromwell take the lead 2-0 going into half time.

Upper Clutha let its guard down at the start of the second half, which enabled Cromwell to score three consecutive goals. The team refused to give up, kept fighting and were awarded a penalty stroke when Benson's attempt at goal was deliberately impeded. James Dougherty took the stroke (one-on-one against Cromwell's goalie) to score. Cromwell, however, scored its sixth and final goal to take the win 6-1.
Upper Clutha can be extremely proud of their efforts against a very strong, well-drilled team.


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