High quality hockey was the order of the day as the 2022 Sentinel Homes North vs South tournament kicked off at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton.

The South women edged the North in a closely run affair that ended 2-0, while the North men dominated in a 3-2 victory over the South.

The first top-flight hockey for the Vantage Black Sticks since the Tokyo Olympics, today was a great opportunity to re-acquaint themselves with the pace and power required at international level ahead of the Sentinel Homes Trans Tasman series next month.

The women’s match was a tussle with not much to separate the teams. Holly Pearson scored an opening salvo off a well-worked penalty corner, for the South, that would’ve made coach Shea McAleese proud. Brittany Wang managed to stick the ball in the net to put the game beyond doubt in the closing minutes.

The North men proved too much in the first half with a high-press tactic that put the southerners under pressure with goals to Robbie Capizzi and Jared Panchia. Charl Ulrich snatched a third early in the second half to put the North up 3-0 causing them to take their foot off the pedal. The South capitalised and brought it back to within one with 2 minutes to play thanks to an excellent drag flick from a penalty corner by Ollie MacIntyre and a brilliant effort from Jordan Cohen. The South were unable to grab the leveler and the game finished 3-2 to the North. 

Earlier in the day the U21 Sentinel Homes North vs South series raised the curtain with some scintillating hockey on display for a vibrant crowd.

The U21 North women were dominant in a 4-1 showing while the U21 North men came out on top in a 7 goal thriller, winning 4-3.

North Men 3 (Robbie Capizzi, Jared Panchia, Charl Ulrich) South Men 2 (Ollie MacIntyre, Jordan Cohen)

North Women 0 South Women 2 (Holly Pearson, Brittany Wang)

U21 North Men 4 (Sam Lints 2, Jordan Thomas, Dylan Muggleston) U21 South Men 3 (James Nicolson 2, Etienne Harrington-Watt)

U21 North Women 4 (Sharnae Taylor, Sophie Hildesley, Halle Scurrah, Bella Browne) U21 South Women 1 (Ruby Baker)

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