Posted on June 24, 2021 2:09 p.m.
THIS week’s hockey round promises to produce some exciting competitions and nothing more than the round opener tonight between GMC Green and Ngatapa in the top four of the women’s competition.
Several other matches this weekend should also be close.
“It’s a quick five-day turnaround for both teams tonight,” said hockey commentator Tony Scragg.
“Last weekend the Green Machine beat Ngatapa 3-1 and Ngatapa’s goal tonight is to try to correct that result.
“However, Ngatapa is well aware of the harshness of the green machine.
“I think there will only be a few more goals this time around.”
This match will start at 6:30 p.m. tonight on the Hain Farming turf in the Harry Barker Reserve.
Friday night hockey also features two crack games.
YMP will provide a real test of the courage of the Amber Dental Girls’ High team at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.
“It’s now the top four in hockey for the students, so they’ll have to expect a real game against the best in the competition.
“YMP are so strong, unbeaten this year, but the students are going to do their best against them.”
At 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Lytton Old Boys NZ Fruits will be offering the same test at Gisborne Boys High School.
“The Fruits proved last week that they have no problem attacking, but Boys’ High could test their defense.”
The students scored four goals against YMP A last weekend.
The Saturday program kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with YMP B in action against the LOB Masters.
“It should be a good, close race between these two teams.
“These men’s games this weekend will be the closest we’ve had so far this season,” said Scragg.
“YMP was on the run from the Fruits last weekend. They will appreciate opposition of the same caliber.
The show takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday when YMP A faces Waituhi in the men’s competition, potentially the round-robin match.
“I think all the pressure is on YMP A to keep their recent form intact.
“If there is a team to beat them, Waituhi could be that team.”
At 3:30 p.m. Te Aowera and Paikea take the grass.
“It will be a good start for Paikea in the last four.
“They will want to put their mark and their authority on this section of the competition from the start.”
The play ends on weekends from 5 p.m. Saturday when Waituhi meets GMC Kowhai.
“When they met in the first round it was a zero win over Kowhai.
“So we couldn’t ask for a better game to end the game of the week,” said Scragg.
“I choose an upset Waituhi.”