HOCKEY 1ST XI Game 3 Post Match Report

Author -  Shannon Sager

Wednesday evening (21 May 2014) came round quickly and the team were in high spirits as they gathered under the watchful gaze of the dazzling silver flood lights of Rangitoto College. Many of the players had chosen hockey over a university open evening and it was re-assuring to see the high level of commitment being made to their sport and their fellow team members. The evening was warm and the wind gently swept the autumnal leaves along the concrete pathways. The ever present threat of rain lingered in the swirling clouds which blocked the lemon slice of moon as it slowly tracked across the northern skies.
Pinehurst looked striking in their white shirts as they chased and hindered the blue team on their bright blue pitch. For twenty minutes Pinehurst had almost 100 percent possession and a passer-by would have been forgiven for thinking there was a glass wall stretching across the pitch on the half way line. Rangitoto College were well and truly on the back foot but Pinehurst lacked finish. There were flashes of brilliance followed by pure muppet moments that would have made Kermit croak. Eventually Pinehurst were on the score card and a second goal followed.
Once Pinehurst had created a lead they relaxed and during the moment of bathing in their glory they lost concentration. The home team, deservedly, struck to the heart of the Pinehurst defenses with two goals scored in as many minutes. The supporters could hardly believe that 90 percent possession had so far not been converted into 9 goals. By half time the score had been leveled.
At half time Daniel, the coach, sat his team in the goal and began to tear them apart. From the side-line he appeared to be praying whilst he clutched his white board as a southern preacher clings dearly to his Bible. Words were spoken by one man. The others listened, nodded and agreed.
The second half was approached with vigour and a determination to show that the score line should reflect the skill, effort and tenacity with which Pinehurst were playing. There was more focus from Pinehurst and R.C. folded, but not without a fight. Eventually the final whistle rang out and the score stood at 5:2. Wearily the happy band of brothers bade their farewells to the opposition and ambled from the arena. The team in blue, with the blue pitch, took the blues with them as they left. They had played some good hockey but Pinehurst had also played good hockey and had played it for a longer time.
Man of the match must surely have been the Rangitoto College keeper who played like a trooper and who had electric reflexes.

Final score: Pinehurst 5 R.C. 2. 
(Goal scorers for Pinehurst. William Page. Hamish Skelton-Kyd {Captain}. Nick Goldner. Mitchell Donnell . Saheil Lala.)

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HOCKEY 1ST XI Game 3 Post Match Report

HOCKEY 1ST XI Match III Post match Report Wednesday evening (21 May 2014) came round quickly and the team were in high spirits as they gathered under the watchful gaze of the dazzling silver flood lights of Rangitoto College. Many of the players had chosen hockey over a university open evening and it was re-assuring to see the high level of commitment being made to their sport and their fellow team members. The evening was warm and the wind gently swept the autumnal leaves along the concrete pathways. The ever present threat of rain lingered in the swirling clouds which blocked the lemon slice of moon as it slowly tracked across the northern skies.
Pinehurst looked striking in their white shirts as they chased and hindered the blue team on their bright blue pitch. For twenty minutes Pinehurst had almost 100 percent possession and a passer-by would have been forgiven for thinking there was a glass wall stretching across the pitch on the half way line. Rangitoto College were well and truly on the back foot but Pinehurst lacked finish. There were flashes of brilliance followed by pure muppet moments that would have made Kermit croak. Eventually Pinehurst were on the score card and a second goal followed.
Once Pinehurst had created a lead they relaxed and during the moment of bathing in their glory they lost concentration. The home team, deservedly, struck to the heart of the Pinehurst defenses with two goals scored in as many minutes. The supporters could hardly believe that 90 percent possession had so far not been converted into 9 goals. By half time the score had been leveled.
At half time Daniel, the coach, sat his team in the goal and began to tear them apart. From the side-line he appeared to be praying whilst he clutched his white board as a southern preacher clings dearly to his Bible. Words were spoken by one man. The others listened, nodded and agreed.
The second half was approached with vigour and a determination to show that the score line should reflect the skill, effort and tenacity with which Pinehurst were playing. There was more focus from Pinehurst and R.C. folded, but not without a fight. Eventually the final whistle rang out and the score stood at 5:2. Wearily the happy band of brothers bade their farewells to the opposition and ambled from the arena. The team in blue, with the blue pitch, took the blues with them as they left. They had played some good hockey but Pinehurst had also played good hockey and had played it for a longer time.
Man of the match must surely have been the Rangitoto College keeper who played like a trooper and who had electric reflexes.

Final score: Pinehurst 5 R.C. 2. 
(Goal scorers for Pinehurst. William Page. Hamish Skelton-Kyd {Captain}. Nick Goldner. Mitchell Donnell . Saheil Lala.)
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