SENIOR NORTH MEN TAKE SERIES BUT REST TO BE DECIDED SUNDAY
A fantastic second day of elite hockey was on display as the 2022 Sentinel Homes North vs South series continued at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton.
The North women leveled the series in another tight contest which ended 2-0, while the North men were able to win their series in a great 2-1 win over the South.
Having shaken off a bit of rust after Thursday, the hockey today was at an exceptional standard as players look to play themselves into contention for the upcoming test series against Australia
The women’s match was another tight affair with the North taking the second match 2-0 after losing by the same margin in the opener. A brace by Steph Dickins from a pair of brilliantly worked penalty corners was all the difference in a game that was a tough midfield battle with incredible skill on display from stars like Tessa Jopp and Katie Doar. The stage is set for a great battle on the final day of play on Sunday.
The North men again dominated their southern counterparts in a game where the South weren’t allowed room to create too many chances. Sam Hiha opened the scoring just before the end of the first quarter with a poacher’s effort as some players were looking at the umpire expecting a whistle. Ollie MacIntyre once again showed his prowess as a drag flicker with his second penalty corner goal of the series early in the 2nd quarter to bring the scores level at 1-1. Maks Wyndham-Smith scored the eventual winner off a beautiful team build-up, to secure the Havilah-Downs Cup for the North.
The U21 Sentinel Homes North vs South also continued with both South teams earning victories to set up a Sunday showcase to decide who will go home with bragging rights.
The U21 North women were unable to dominate as they did on Thursday and went down 3-0 to the South, while the U21 men focused more on defence this time round, after 7 goals in the opening match with the game finishing level at 1-1 and the South winning the ensuing best-of-five penalty shootout 2-1.
North Men 2 (Sam Hiha, Maks Wyndham-Smith) South Men 1 (Ollie MacIntyre)
North Women 2 (Steph Dickins 2) South Women 0
U21 North Men 1 (SO 2-1) (Jordan Thomas) U21 South Men 1 (Connor Hoskin)
U21 North Women 0 U21 South Women 3 (Emily Baker, Tessa Reid, Anoushka Chiswell)
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