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Dalefield too good for Hutt

HOCKEY

Dalefield 8

Hutt United 5

A dominant first half set up Farriers Dalefield’s Intercity men’s semifinal victory over Hutt United at the Trust House Wairarapa Hockey Complex at Clareville on Saturday.

In a frantic opening five minutes, Dalefield hit the front with a beautifully time drag flick to Black Stick Dane Lett from a penalty corner [PC], only for Hutt to equalise two minutes later from a PC, and then for captain Graeme Murrell to restore the lead for Dalefield, again from a PC.

The home side took control of the match in the second quarter with a goal to Alex Sumenko-Bucknell from a PC and a field goal to Rowan Yeo, who converted to give them a 5-1 lead at halftime.

A second field goal to Yeo, which he also converted, gave Dalefield a 7-1 lead midway through the third quarter before Hutt closed the gap to 7-3 with a converted field goal. Hutt added another converted field goal before Murrell restored the three-goal margin from a PC.

Hutt took off their goalkeeper with six minutes to play but couldn’t break down the stubborn Dalefield, to the delight of Lett, who made a rare appearance for the defending Intercity champions in his Olympic build-up.

“We had a good match, we were pretty consistent across the game, and we managed to score early and put a bit of scoreboard pressure, and we held on, so we’re pretty happy with it,” Lett said.

“Everyone played pretty well and especially our younger guys. It’s a big game for them, an Intercity semifinal. It’s probably the highest level they’ve played, and they rose to the challenge and did a good job.”

Dalefield will face Indians in Saturday’s final.

There was, however, disappointment for the Dalefield women after their bottom four semifinal with Tech Academy [Hawke’s Bay] was won by default.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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