Tasman's Patrick O'Connor in action on Saturday Photo: Chris Symes Shuttersport.

Federal upset high-flying Stoke to earn first win

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Federal’s pulled off the upset win of the season, beating high-flying Stoke 1-0 at Saxton Turf on Saturday.

Stoke had knocked over previously unbeaten Aotea Kiwi 7-1 just a week earlier but a Ryan Gerrish goal just before halftime proved enough to give Federal the win.

Federal coach Dean Machen says his team deserved the win, having created a few clear goal scoring chances that should have extended the margin.

“I thought we had it all over them,” Dean says.

“Goal scoring has been an issue for us and on another day the score would have been three or four nil.”

Tasman's Tania Hawley looks to sweep the ball up the turf during her team's 2-0 win over Beawai on Saturday. Photo Jacob Page.
Tasman’s Tania Hawley looks to sweep the ball up the turf during her team’s 2-0 win over Beawai on Saturday. Photo Jacob Page.

He says Jarron Steffens had his best game of the season and he wasn’t alone in a strong team performance.

Stoke coach Len Paris was at a loss to describe his team’s dip in performance.

“After last week you think everything is humming and then we have a result like that. It was a very even game but we didn’t create enough chances to score.”

In the other men’s match, Tasman United eased past Division two’s Waimai United 4-0.

Tasman coach Tim Kerr was pleased with the structure and shape his team kept, while Waimai United coach Brendon Burnett was pleased his team kept the match competitive given the youthful look of the team in 2016.

In women’s action at Saxton Turf, a goal in each half was enough to see Tasman ease past Beawai, 2-0.

The match between Federal and Aotea Kiwi was cancelled as Federal had a number of players away for the under-18 tournament.

Federal Titans men’s team got the points for their game after Aotea Kiwi defaulted.

There is no women’s hockey this weekend due to school holidays and the various tournaments going on around the country, but the men will be in action.

Waimai United will face Stoke on Turf 1 at 12.30pm; Tasman will battle Federal Titans on the same turf at 2pm and Federal will face Waimai United 2 straight after at 3.30pm.

The Nelson region has players competing for Tasman in the under-18 women’s association tournament in Timaru this week as well as players representing Capital in the National Under-18 hockey tournament in Palmerston North.

Olympics-bound Black Stick Kelsey Smith will be back in Nelson next Tuesday for a coaching clinic with young players, before she and fellow former Waimea College pupil Anita McLaren [formally Punt] complete their buildup for Rio next month.