Game of two halves for disappointed Tainui

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Tainui showed some fighting spirit but was let down by poor decision making in the latest round of the South Canterbury premier men’s hockey league.

The Oamaru club fell to a 4-0 loss to Ashburton side Wakanui in Timaru.

Player-coach Jared Ovens said Tainui fought hard to stay competitive in the first half, at the end of which Wakanui led 1-0.

“Then our basic skills and decision making let us down in the second half,” Ovens said.

“They were far too good and clinical.”

Nick Dalziel was player of the game for Tainui, which is back on the road to play Northern Hearts this weekend.

Tainui remains bottom of the table with one win and two draws from seven games.

Tainui’s second division team had the bye last weekend, and heads to Timaru to play Cambridge F Troop this Sunday.

– The Bridger family was again to the fore as Pirata Blue beat Pirata White 6-2 in North Otago senior mixed hockey at the weekend.

trick for Blue and team-mate/father Deon Bridger scored twice.

Jordon Cunningham netted twice for the Waitaki Girls’ High School First XI in its 5-1 win over Pirata Black.

Rory McLeod, Ethan Johnson and Bradley Jones each scored twice for the Waitaki Boys’ High School Second XI in its 8-0 win over St Kevin’s College Girls Development, and the St Kevin’s First XI beat Waitaki Girls’ Development 10-0.