The Northern Tridents have put together an impressive attacking display in the third quarter to sink the Hauraki Mavericks 5-0 in the first match of the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League.
The Mavericks came out of the gates with some great forward intent as they took it to the Tridents early on in the match. Despite several early penalty corners, the Mavericks were unable to break the deadlock early in the match. With only minutes to go in the first quarter, the Tridents would storm through the middle of the pitch as Stacey Michelsen would work herself into some space in the circle as she would then rip a reverse shot into the bottom corner of the goal to put the Northern Tridents in the lead 1-0 after one quarter.
The back-and-forth nature of the match continued into the second quarter as the Mavericks looked to re-establish themselves in the contest and peg back the Northern Tridents midfield which was wreaking havoc. The Mavericks would go close on several occasions but were unable to find the equalizing goal before the halftime break.
The Northern Tridents came out focused and firing in the third quarter and were rewarded with an early penalty corner goal to Kate Ivory. Captain Stacey Michelsen further extended the lead with some silky skills in the circle as she flicked the ball in the net past Black Sticks teammate Grace O’Hanlon. Just before the quarter break Sophie Hildesley slotted the tridents fourth goal in what looked to be an unassailable lead heading into the final quarter.
Rose Tynan would put the icing on the cake in the fourth quarter as she pounced on the rebound off the initial penalty corner strike to score the Mavericks fifth goal of the evening. The Tridents next match is a mouthwatering proposition as they face the incredibly strong Central Falcons. Things don’t let up for the Mavericks as they will now turn their attention to the Southern Alpiners.
Northern Tridents 5 (Stacey Michelsen 14, 44 min, Kate Ivory 37 min, Sophie Hildesley 45 min, Rose Tynan 59 min)
Hauraki Mavericks 0
The second contest of the evening would see the Southern Alpiners take on the Central Falcons. Both sides were looking to make an impact early in the match as they aimed to play from in front.
The Falcons quickly found their footing and begun to apply some significant pressure on the Alpiners defence. Olivia Shannon would drive along the baseline and put the ball in between the goalkeeper and the post for the opening goal. Moments later Hope Ralph would extend the lead with an easy touch in on the far post. The speed of the Falcons early on was proving difficult for the Alpiners to contain. Megan Hull would further cement the lead late in the fourth quarter with a booming sweep that put the Falcons up 3-0 after one quarter.
The Alpiners started to climb into the match in the second quarter as they controlled possession for longer periods and started to construct some opportunities of their own. Alpiners Captain Olivia Merry would pounce on a loose ball in the circle as she put the ball in the back of the Falcons net to make the score 3-1. Only moments later the Falcons would reestablish their three-goal buffer with an outstanding Olivia Shannon run where she put the ball to an open Hope Ralph who scored her second goal of the match.
Following the fireworks of the first half which would see five goals scored. The second half would see the match tighten up and the two sides unable to trouble the scorers again. The Falcons will be looking full of confidence as they head into their pivotal match against the Northern Tridents. The Alpiners will be able to take several positives from the match after they battled their way back into the contest after the early setbacks.
Southern Alpiners 1 (Olivia Merry 22 min)
Central Falcons 4 (Olivia Shannon 5 min, Hope Ralph 9, 24 min, Megan Hull 10 min)