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Chase is on .. Tahi Miller (Pirata Black) controls the ball ahead of Waitaki Girls' High School player Ruby Smaill during the North Otago club hockey game in Oamaru on Friday night. Also pictured are Kate Smaill (back left) and Jordon Cunningham. PHOTO: ANNA MCINTOSH

Tainui will do some serious damage in the South Canterbury premier men’s hockey competition when it starts to play as well in the first half of games as it does in the second.

The Oamaru club suffered its second straight loss this season when it was beaten 9-5 by upstart Temuka in a goalfest in Oamaru on Saturday.

Temuka shot to a 5-0 lead on the back of a Hayden Shaw hat trick and was up 7-2 at halftime.

Tainui staged a decent fightback to “win” the second half, but the damage had been done in the first.

“We didn’t know how Temuka was going to play, and we were missing a couple of key players in midfield,” Tainui player-coach Jared Ovens said.

“I think we just didn’t get out of first gear for the first 20 minutes, and that cost us. Temuka pushed hard and we went five goals down pretty quickly.”

Tainui adjusted to Temuka’s style and dominated the second half, Ovens said.

“We’d worked out they liked to do lots of overheads, so we changed a few things and woke up a bit.

“We created some nice opportunities and maybe could have scored more than we did. We had the lion’s share of possession in the second half, and never gave up.”

The Dalziel brothers, Josh and Nick, each scored twice for Tainui, and Ryan Mackay scored the home side’s other goal.

Tainui heads to Timaru to play Wakanui this weekend.

Temuka made it a double at the weekend as the club’s B team thumped Tainui B 7-1. Nick MacDonald scored Tainui B’s only goal, and Pete Guthrie was player of the day.

Connie Searle scored a hat-trick to lead the Waitaki Girls’ High School First XI to a 6-1 over Pirata Black in a North Otago senior mixed competition game on Friday night.

Bradley McIntosh (three goals) and Zac Watts (two) inspired the Waitaki Boys’ High School First XI to an 8-0 win over the St Kevin’s College First XI, Keenan Bridger rattled in four goals for Pirata Blue in a 6-2 win over the WGHS First XI, and Tess McAtamney scored both goals for SKC Development in a 2-2 draw with Geraldine.

Waitaki Girls’ star Sarah McIntosh has been named in the Southern under-18 hockey team for the national tournament in Whangarei later this year.

Schoolmate Jordon Cunningham was picked in the Southern Development team.