Oliver Burke on attack for the Tasman division four boys team. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Hockey season heats up

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The club hockey competition is heating up as the scramble for top of the table spots ensues.

Operations manager Fabian Amor says the 2018 season has been highly competitive as it heads into week 13 with the club competition set to wrap up on August 26.

Tasman has been untouchable in the men’s first division, winning all 10 matches so far with a resounding 72 goal differential.

They sit alone at the top of the table on 30 points, nine clear of second-placed Federal.

It is a similar story in the women’s premier competition, the unbeaten Federal having netted 102 goals and only conceding four. Fabian says the division three women’s competition is very close at the moment, with three teams, Rewa-Federal, Firebirds and Tasman Black, fighting for top spot.

“In the division four Mens, Garin College is playing really good hockey, with fast speed and effective execution at the circle while the division four women is a head to head battle between Tasman and Federal.”

In the boys, Waimai United have set the pace with eight wins from eight games and a 72 goal differential.

“They have shown great performances at every game, it is a very well organised team with very good structure and very talented young players.”

Meanwhile in division five girls, Tasman have been dominant through the whole season dropping only one game to sit six points ahead.

This past week also saw senior Nelson rep teams travel to Blenheim for the Maadi Cup.

The decider between West Coast and Nelson was a thriller, coming down to the wire with West Coast being awarded a penalty corner in the last minute of the game.

Nelson defended stoutly to come away with a five-all draw and win the Cup.

The region is also preparing to host the Hatch Cup later this year.

The U13 National boy’s tournament will be held from October 8-13.

Hockey Nelson 2018 Points Table:
Mens Division 1.
Tasman 30
Federal 21
Waimai United NC 12
Waimai United 9
Stoke 0
Womens:
Federal 33
Tasman Green 24
Federal Senior Women 21
Tasman White 19
Waimai United 19
Federal Falcons 10
Federal Ravens 4
Tasman Black 3