The Hauraki Mavericks have left it late scoring a goal in the dying moments against the Southern Alpiners to seal a 1-0 win and secure the Bronze Medal in the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League.
The Alpiners continued their fine play to start the match as they would swing the ball around with great confidence as they looked to gain some early ascendancy against a determined Mavericks team.
The two sides couldn’t be separated early in the match as both teams constructed plenty of opportunities. Despite the treacherous playing conditions, both teams were playing with great speed and aggression on the pitch.
There was no troubling the scorers in the first half as neither side was able to take their opportunities in an open and entertaining second quarter.
The chess match continued in the second half as the Alpiners continued their aggressive press that was making life difficult for the Mavericks to clear their half. At the start of the fourth quarter, Olivia Merry would go close to breaking the deadlock when she got two shots off. However, the Mavericks defenders applied enough pressure to minimize the power in her shots.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Southern Alpiners would break down the field. Margot Willis would have a one on one with Grace O’Hanlon. Her reverse stick shot would be expertly saved by O’Hanlon as the scores remained locked at 0-0.
With three minutes to go in the match, the Hauraki Mavericks got the opening goal when Kirsty Nation couldn’t clear the rebound out of the circle. Lulu Tuilotolava would smash the loose ball into the goal as the Mavericks took the lead late.
Southern Alpiners 0
Hauraki Mavericks 1 (Lulu Tuilotolava 58 min)