Tasman get valuable warm-up

Aimee Kersten shows her ball control during Saturday’s match. Photo: Peter Jones.

Canterbury representative hockey sides dominated the majority of the weekend’s doubleheader matches against their Tasman rivals at College Park.

The matches were played in preparation for the national tournament in Tauranga later this month.

On Saturday the Canterbury Barracoutas, their women’s side, beat Tasman Tigers 4-1, while the Canterbury Beavers men’s outfit outclassed Tasman Boars 9-1.

The Tasman women rebounded on Sunday however, scoring a resounding 6-0 victory, while the Boars showed more cohesion and grit in their second encounter to hold Canterbury to 4-3.

On Saturday, the Tasman women were caught out by the speed of play. When they created defensive turnovers and attempted to run the ball out they too often turned over possession.

Down 2-0 at halftime Tasman pulled a goal back through Hannah Mowat but conceded two more in the final 15 minutes.

Sunday’s game was a different story from the outset, with the home side ahead 2-0 by the end of the first quarter. Tasman were rewarded by a great drive through centre field from Kate Kersten who passed off to Ruby Smith to finish. Their second goal came moments later, Pip Lunn netting after another great drive into the circle.

The Tigers were hungrier for the 50/50 ball and worked hard on defence, putting the Canterbury attack under constant pressure.

After a scoreless second quarter, Tasman lifted again goals to Lunn and Aimee Kersten soon made it 4-0. In the final stanza Lunn completed her hat-trick while Kate Morrow was rewarded for a good display with the final goal

Coach Paul Jones was happy with the turnaround from Saturday to Sunday when he asked for a better performance.

“Now the girls have a benchmark to start at. Everyone is excited and looking forward to tournament in a few weeks,” he said.

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