Tainui on right track to record first victory of season

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Tainui player-coach Jared Ovens is keeping the faith.

The Oamaru hockey club is winless after the first round of the South Canterbury premier men’s competition, but Ovens remains convinced good times are just around the corner.

Tainui came close to breaking its drought on Saturday but was held to a 4-4 draw by Northern Hearts in Oamaru.

The next day, Tainui lost 4-1 to Temuka in Timaru.

“It’s actually quite an even competition this year,” Ovens said.

“I’m confident we can push on and get a couple of wins.

“We’re not playing too badly. We’re just not finishing all the opportunities we are creating, which is sort of the story of Tainui.”

Tainui and Hearts traded goals in the Saturday game before the Timaru side grabbed the final score to seal the draw.

Star forward Josh Dalziel banged in a hat trick for the home team and Tobias Peters scored the fourth goal.

Tainui made a shocking start to Sunday’s game, conceding a goal after just 30 seconds as drag flick specialist Hayden Shaw gave Temuka the lead.

Jim Keown equalised for Tainui, but Temuka added two more goals in the first half and a buffer goal in the second.

Tainui is on the road to play Cambridge this weekend.

Tainui’s second division team suffered a 3-1 loss to unbeaten Temuka at the weekend.

Bradley McIntosh scored the only goal for Tainui.

It was a Bridger family benefit as Pirata Blue beat Pirata Black 9-1 in the North Otago senior mixed competition.

Deon Bridger and son Keenan each fired in four goals, and Melissa Wouters added a brace for Pirata Blue.

Rata McMullan scored twice in St Kevin’s College Girls First XI’s 4-0 win over Waitaki Boys’ High School, Pirata White beat Waitaki Girls’ High School Development 10-1, and the Waitaki Girls’ First XI downed SKC Development 10-0.