Warriors go five straight
Warriors won their fourth straight Sportspower A-grade women’s title in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Bevan George Hockey Pavilion on Saturday night.
The grand final between Warriors and Williams featured high-quality skills.
Williams were able to score in the first quarter through some good team build-up, with Renae Bransby converting the first goal.
Warriors equalised in the second quarter from some scrappy play in front of goal, where Isabelle Kilpatrick managed to put the ball past the keeper.
Scores were level through the rest of the quarter and deep into the final quarter, with both teams playing well.
But in the last minutes a strong attacking move from Warriors’ Chloe Buzza resulted in a goal to give the Warriors a one-goal lead.
Williams had several more attempts but the Warriors’ defence held strong until the final buzzer.
Warriors were victorious with 2-1 over Williams and were the Sportspower women’s A-grade premiers for the fifth year in a row.
Kristy Medlen from Williams was named the most valuable player of the game.
All Blacks took on Warriors for the premiership in a dynamic Sportspower men’s A-grade game. The ball travelled from end to end in this fast-paced clash but All Blacks eventually scored through a penalty-corner goal to Liam Sweeney.
All Blacks increased their lead through David Phillips converting a great team field goal.
Late in the second quarter, Andrew Bairstow gave All Blacks a 3-0 lead through a penalty-corner goal.
Warriors tried everything to get the ball into the back of the net, but the All Blacks’ defence held strong to stop all attacks.
In the last minutes of the last quarter, Connor Page of All Blacks managed to convert.
All Blacks took the premiership with a comprhensive 4-0 victory over Warriors. The game’s most valuable player award went to All Blacks’ Peter Aitchison.
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