Three-peat for Mahurangi hockey in Shield

Kaleigh Morris (right) was clinical in finding space to get shots away.

As captain, Mariana Winiana (right) was heavily involved in winning the shield.

The Mahurangi College First XI Girl’s Hockey team has snapped up its third consecutive title in the Greenwood Shield competition.

The team beat Otamatea High School 8-1, before thrashing Rodney College 11-0 to seal its victory last month.

“We dominated the competition so we used the games to look at our positioning and movement off the ball,” coach Gill Kearins says.

“It also presented an opportunity to try people in different positions and practise keeping the intensity up in easier matches.”

Due to the overwhelming performance, Mahurangi College will field its second team in the competition next year.

“Kaleigh Morris stood out as a goal scorer and Shar Illingworth did well to keep the intensity up in the team.”

The side also wrapped up its league season in the A1 Girls 2 competition finishing fifth, after beating Westlake Girls High School 3-0 in its final match.

“We probably could have done better, but were hampered by injuries and players going overseas.

“Considering we lost seven players last season, the girls have done well to maintain a good position in the competition.”

Gill says five players will leave the team next year, but is confident a strong contingent is coming through from the Second XI girl’s hockey team.

Mahurangi College held its hockey fundraiser quiz evening last month, racking up $5700 to go towards school hockey.


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