Tainui improving but first win elusive


So close, yet again, for Tainui.

The Oamaru hockey club was within spitting distance of its first win in the South Canterbury premier men’s competition before being held to a 3-3 draw by Cambridge in Timaru last weekend.

Tainui scored the first goal, led 2-1 at halftime, and was in charge at 3-2 with just minutes to play when Cambridge grabbed the equaliser.

“We’re starting to get into a wee pattern where we score but then we let our opponents back into it a couple of minutes later,” Tainui player-coach Jared Ovens said.

“We’ve got to work on stamping that out and maybe concentrating a bit better after we score a goal.”

Marshall Hore scored the opening goal for Tainui, Josh Dalziel grabbed the second from a stroke, and Logan Lory scored the third.

Tainui has certainly picked up its performance in recent weeks, and Ovens hopes the side’s steady improvement will continue.

“Our forward play is a lot better, and positioning-wise, we’re doing what we want to do.

“We just need to show a bit more execution and cut out these little mistakes.”

Tainui hosts Temuka this weekend, before the competition goes on hold for the Ian Smith Trophy provincial tournament in Cromwell.

– Tainui’s second division team hit top form with a 7-1 rout of Cambridge at the weekend.

Bradley McIntosh led Tainui with a hat trick of goals, while Lance Sheehy and Ryan Mackay added two each.

– An Anna Scott hat trick led the Waitaki Girls’ High School First XI to a 7-3 win over Pirata Blue in the North Otago senior mixed competition.

Ethan Johnson grabbed two goals to help the Waitaki Boys’ High School Second XI pip Pirata Black 3-2, Waitaki Girls’ Development beat St Kevin’s College Development 3-1, and Pirata White and the St Kevin’s girls First XI battled out a 0-0 draw.

– Oamaru hosts the Finch Rose Bowl tournament at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Three women’s teams – Central Otago, Southern Under-18 Development and South Canterbury Under-18 – will join the North Otago side for a round robin and finals.Sports NewsArchives des Sneakers