PB teams play part in thrilling finales

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES: Goal scored by Gloria Allen, pictured celebrating with Keeley Smiler, proved the difference on the scoreboard between Poverty Bay and Rangitikei on the final day of the Rawleigh Trophy under-13 girls’ hockey tournament in Gisborne. Poverty Bay won 1-0, then had to wait to see if it was enough to win the tournament itself. Not quite. Wellington beat Waiararapa 2-1 in the last game of the tournament to give the capital side the honours by just one point from Poverty Bay. Picture by Paul Rickard
Hockey U13 PB v Rangitikei - Gloria Allen

So close. Not quite. But plenty to be proud of.

That was the case for Poverty Bay teams at under-13 hockey tournaments, which came to thrilling conclusions in Gisborne and Napier yesterday.

Poverty Bay girls finished second in the Rawleigh Trophy tournament on their home LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

Poverty Bay boys were runners-up at the Curtis Cup tournament on Napier’s Park Island hockey turfs.

Wellington denied Poverty Bay overall honours at both events.

Heading into the final day, Poverty Bay girls were a point behind Wellington and equal with Wairarapa.

They needed to beat Rangitikei and for Wellington and Wairarapa to draw the last game of the tournament.

Poverty Bay did their bit — a 1-0 win, with Gloria Allen’s goal the difference.

But Wellington spoilt the potential victory party with a 2-1 win.

Poverty Bay co-coach Maika Akroyd was not disappointed, saying it was a performance to be celebrated.

“The girls have come such a long way since our campaign began,” said Akroyd.

“We went from bees to honey running round at training on Girls’ High School’s sand tennis courts to placing second and playing in beautiful unison.”

“I’m incredibly proud of the girls and very thankful for the amazing support they’ve had and I’ve received from our management team of Shelley Waide and Megan Allen, and co-coach Krissy Hohepa.

The parents have also been invaluable.

“The girls are full of energy and an awesome bunch to be around — very talented hockey players. It was awesome to see them grow and grow in skill and confidence throughout this campaign.”

Poverty Bay’s Most Valuable Player for the tournament was Pae Wilcox-Taylor.

Poverty Bay u13 boys fell agonisingly short of a perfect record at the Curtis Cup.

Their last game was essentially a final. They faced Wellington, who, like them, went into the game with a 100 percent win record.

The Wellingtonians clinched the title with a 1-0 victory.

There was some controversy — a Poverty Bay goal was disallowed as the shot was ruled to have been taken outside the circle. Poverty Bay coach Bonny Seymour was not so sure.

However, he had plenty to be happy about and said the team took plenty away from a demanding week.

The team made their mark with some excellent performances.

And with around half of them eligible for next year, Seymour is already looking to Poverty Bay going one better in 2020.

Matt McKendry was named Poverty Bay’s Most Valuable Player over the tournament.

Seymour made special mention of the goal-scoring exploits of William Matthews.

He was also grateful for the support of managers Nick Scanlan and Deanna Dyer, parents and the sponsors.

Meanwhile, the Rawleigh Trophy received tremendous feedback from the visiting teams.

Organisers Poverty Bay Hockey were grateful for all the support including sponsors Resene, Eastland Community Trust and Waimata Cheese.

So close. Not quite. But plenty to be proud of.

That was the case for Poverty Bay teams at under-13 hockey tournaments, which came to thrilling conclusions in Gisborne and Napier yesterday.

Poverty Bay girls finished second in the Rawleigh Trophy tournament on their home LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

Poverty Bay boys were runners-up at the Curtis Cup tournament on Napier’s Park Island hockey turfs.

Wellington denied Poverty Bay overall honours at both events.

Heading into the final day, Poverty Bay girls were a point behind Wellington and equal with Wairarapa.

They needed to beat Rangitikei and for Wellington and Wairarapa to draw the last game of the tournament.

Poverty Bay did their bit — a 1-0 win, with Gloria Allen’s goal the difference.

But Wellington spoilt the potential victory party with a 2-1 win.

Poverty Bay co-coach Maika Akroyd was not disappointed, saying it was a performance to be celebrated.

“The girls have come such a long way since our campaign began,” said Akroyd.

“We went from bees to honey running round at training on Girls’ High School’s sand tennis courts to placing second and playing in beautiful unison.”

“I’m incredibly proud of the girls and very thankful for the amazing support they’ve had and I’ve received from our management team of Shelley Waide and Megan Allen, and co-coach Krissy Hohepa.

The parents have also been invaluable.

“The girls are full of energy and an awesome bunch to be around — very talented hockey players. It was awesome to see them grow and grow in skill and confidence throughout this campaign.”

Poverty Bay’s Most Valuable Player for the tournament was Pae Wilcox-Taylor.

Poverty Bay u13 boys fell agonisingly short of a perfect record at the Curtis Cup.

Their last game was essentially a final. They faced Wellington, who, like them, went into the game with a 100 percent win record.

The Wellingtonians clinched the title with a 1-0 victory.

There was some controversy — a Poverty Bay goal was disallowed as the shot was ruled to have been taken outside the circle. Poverty Bay coach Bonny Seymour was not so sure.

However, he had plenty to be happy about and said the team took plenty away from a demanding week.

The team made their mark with some excellent performances.

And with around half of them eligible for next year, Seymour is already looking to Poverty Bay going one better in 2020.

Matt McKendry was named Poverty Bay’s Most Valuable Player over the tournament.

Seymour made special mention of the goal-scoring exploits of William Matthews.

He was also grateful for the support of managers Nick Scanlan and Deanna Dyer, parents and the sponsors.

Meanwhile, the Rawleigh Trophy received tremendous feedback from the visiting teams.

Organisers Poverty Bay Hockey were grateful for all the support including sponsors Resene, Eastland Community Trust and Waimata Cheese.

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