Tasman's Caitlin Clementson, left, tries to evade Federal's Liberty Dicken during their women's division two club hockey game at Saxton Turf on Saturday. Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport.

Hockey season nears conclusion

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Nelson’s top hockey teams are getting down to the businesses end of the season at both club and representative level, with the Nelson men’s team winning the Maadi Cup at the weekend and the women contesting the Pope Shield in Greymouth this weekend.

The Nelson men’s representative team beat West Coast 3-1 at the Westurf Stadium in Greymouth at the weekend to win the Maadi Cup.

Patrick O’Connor-Lea opened the scoring in the first quarter while Cameron Sinclair and Patrick scored second half goals to secure the win after West Coast had levelled at 1-1.

Nelson had earlier beaten Buller 5-2 and Marlborough 6-1, while West Coast beat Marlborough 7-1 and Buller 3-1 to finish second.

Marlborough defeated Buller 4-2 to finish third while Buller was fourth. Four Nelson players, Patrick, Hugh Hendrickson, Cameron and Paul Muncaster, were named in the tournament team.

It was the 66th time the teams have contested the Maadi Cup.

The Nelson women’s team head to Greymouth this weekend when the A team will contest the Pope Shield and the B team will play in the Gladstone Cup.

Nelson’s top club teams are also approaching the critical stage of the season, with just two round-robin games remaining before the finals, which are to be played on August 19.

Tasman has an unassailable lead of 26 points and will play either Stoke (15 points) or Waimai (14 points) in the men’s premier final, while Tasman and Federal will clash in the women’s final.