• Patrick McBride

West Coast Hockey results

West Coast Hockey started their season more than two months later than usual this week, but all of the players were keen to get straight into it and the games were played with a real competitive spirit at all levels.

In the Women’s division on Thursday night, Greymouth scored a couple of goals in each half between Amanda Curry and Alyssa Blacktopp, to take a good victory over Kowhai. Kowhai’s new player McKenzie Lightwood played a full game and scored her team’s only goal. Sharon McCann made some great saves during her first appearance in the goalie position.

Hokitika claimed the other victory in the Women’s grade when they turned in a strong performance against Cobden. Five goals in the first half secured the win early in the match, with Amy Gazzard top-scoring with an impressive five goals to her name. Emma Boddy, Jess McLeod and Leisa Williams add to Hokitika’s tally, while Cobden’s Tiffany Klopper, Georgia Gill and Sammi Donaldson scored some good goals at the other end of the pitch.

In the Men’s grade on Saturday afternoon, Cobden edged out Karoro to win by a narrow one goal margin. The red and blacks went ahead early in the match with a well struck goal to Mickey Sweeney, and the score remained that way for the rest of the first half. Connor Howe struck back from a penalty corner in the third quarter but Sweeney replied with a corner at the other end soon after. Fergus Wallace produced a goal from the top left of the circle to extend the lead for Cobden, and Howe again scored late in the match to keep the game tight right to the final whistle.

The Hokitika Men’s team struggled for numbers in its first match of the season and needed to borrow a few players to make a game of it against Greymouth. Cameron Birchfield opened the scoring for Hokitika when he latched on to a well placed cross from the left. Dave Pearson and Jade Blackman both scored a couple of goals for Greymouth and they controlled the midfield well along with captain Sean Gibson. Franklin Barry found and created space out wide and was rewarded with a goal in the second half. Hokitika goalkeeper Raymond Barltrop did well in testing circumstances while Mac Williams and Bailey Thompson added pace to the midfield.

The Collegiate grade went well on Friday, having found a fourth team for their competition at the eleventh hour. Karoro showed that they will be a strong force in the grade with a well structured win over Hokitika. Kaleb Wisdom came away with a hattrick, and Sasha Ellery, Zach Wilkins, Clem Swinburn and Charlie Taylor added one each. Hokitika began their season very well despite the loss, with half of their team playing their very first game of hockey. Experienced players like Charlotte O’Reilly and Jacob Kelly helped to lead the way, while newcomers Indee Stewart-Maynard and Grace Guilder showed pace and enthusiasm in creating fast breaks up the field. Rhys Simpson kept well in goal, and Caden Manuel managed to get Hokitika on the scoreboard late in the game.

In the Primary grade on Wednesday evening, Karoro Thunder held on to beat Hokitika after a strong second half by the southerners. Noah Johnson controlled midfield and great anticipation to score three first half goals. Lotte Marshall and Toby Steegh shine on attack while Shannon Black made great saves in goal. Hokitika used their ample subs well and strong teamwork resulted in well deserved goals to Tamsin Gillespie, Stevie Nixon and Jennifer Manuel.

A stunning game between Karoro Sharks and Greymouth Vikings ended in a 5-all draw after a flurry of 2nd half goals. Kohen Thompson was outstanding for Sharks with a complete performance including three goals and great linking with Lucy Boere and Lakyn Thompson. Jackson McGrath’s debut in goal earned him player of the day with many awesome saves. Thomas Bermingham was the Vikings’ best player with strong defence and passing, while Molly Meek and Bessie Barry attacked with confidence.

Greymouth Aces extracted a 4-2 win over Karoro Krackers after trailing by one goal at half time. Kade Howe struck early for Karoro and Saxon Williams followed through after the break. Caspian Barry saved the day for Greymouth with a good three goal haul, and Grace Hahn added a fourth.

The Kiwisticks grade played a quick round robin on Tuesday to start their season. Amaiya Salazar and Caspian Barry did very well up front for Greymouth Blue, while Pera Houston ran tirelessly for Greymouth Gold. Karoro’s Izzy Boere and Lilly Stewart passed the ball accurately and Neve Rogers tackled with skill.

Men: Cobden 3 Karoro 2, Greymouth 8 Hokitika 1

Women: Hokitika 8 Cobden 3, Greymouth 4 Kowhai 1

Collegiate: Karoro 7 Hokitika 1, Greymouth Phoenix 7 Greymouth Allstars 0

Primary: Greymouth Aces 4 Karoro Krackers 2, Karoro Sharks 5 Greymouth Vikings 5, Karoro Thunder 4 Hokitika 3

Kiwi Sticks: Greymouth Blue 8 Karoro 0, Greymouth Blue 2 Greymouth Gold 0, Greymouth Gold 3 Karoro 0

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