Southern Alpiners building momentum at business end of league

The Southern Alpiners continued their efforts to secure a spot in Sunday’s final of the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League with a commanding 5-1 victory over the Northern Tridents in Hamilton this evening.

The Alpiners, with two wins from as many matches this week, looked in fine goal-scoring form against a full-strength Tridents side with the return of George Muir from injury.

The Alpiners opened the scoring with a wee tap in from the spot by Finn Ward after a lovely run from Hugo Inglis. Just before the quarter break the Tridents equalised through a Connor Greentree penalty stroke after a clumsy Alpiners tackle.

Moss Jackson put the Alpiners back in front near the end of the second quarter with a strong reverse shot.

Kane Russell showed his drag flicking prowess after the buzzer went for the end of the second quarter, putting away the penalty corner with his signature shot for a 3-1 lead.

The Alpiners saved their best for their last two goals. Just before the end of the third quarter Sam Lane controlled a lovely overhead from his Black Sticks skipper Blair Tarrant, beat the defender and fired a cracking reverse shot into the goal.

Joseph Morrison made something out of nothing for the Alpiners fifth goal, as the youngster got a magical touch on a ball flying across the circle.

Southern Alpiners 5 (Finn Ward 5 min, Moss Jackson 25 min, Kane Russell 30 min, Sam Lane 44 min, Joseph Morrison 46 min)
Northern Tridents 1 (Connor Greentree 14 min)

The Hauraki Mavericks have kept their finals hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over the previously unbeaten Central Falcons in the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League in Hamilton tonight.

A much-improved Mavericks side were on show tonight after yesterday’s disappointing effort, with Black Sticks veteran Arun Panchia returning to strengthen up their defence and skipper Nic Woods on fire at penalty corner time.

Woods opened the scoring for the home side with a well-taken penalty corner drag flick after 12 minutes. Simon Child added to the home side’s tally with a penalty stroke early in the second quarter after a penalty corner scramble was stopped by a Falcons body on the goal-line.

The Mavericks 2-0 halftime lead was quickly eclipsed in the third spell with Jacob Smith picking up the scraps in front of goal to grab the first for the Falcons, before Sam Hiha found the equaliser less than a minute later.

Woods restored the Mavericks lead minutes later with another brilliantly taken penalty corner drag flick, and the 3-2 lead remained until the final whistle.

The Mavericks and Alpiners now both have 10 points (behind the Falcons on 16) with two round-robin matches on Saturday to confirm who will meet the Falcons in Sunday’s final.

Hauraki Mavericks 3 (Nic Woods 12 min and 38 min, Simon Child 17 min)

Central Falcons 2 (Jacob Smith 36 min, Sam Hiha 36 min)

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