‘Replay’ of 2015 final to feature

Tight contest forecast tonight as Lytton Old Boys A meet THC.

Tight contest forecast tonight as Lytton Old Boys A meet THC.

REMATCH: Feature hockey game on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve tonight will be a rematch between the finalists of the 2015 premier grade men’s grand final. Action from that final shows (from left) Matt Bailie and Mason O’Dwyer (Lytton Old Boys A) contesting possession with THC’s Chris Fox, as Hoera Mohi (THC) backs up. LOB won 4-1. Picture by Paul Rickard

THE 2016 hockey season gets under way tonight with a replay of the 2015 premier grade men’s grand final between Lytton Old Boys A and THC and it should be a tight contest.

That is the feature game at 7.30pm tonight, with the LOB Masters and Gisborne Boys’ High School to start the season at 6pm on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

“The LOB-THC game will be close and it is too early to pick a likely winner,” hockey commentator Tony Scragg said.

“It really is unknown at this stage who might come out on top because there’s been no real preseason form to go on.

“But certainly the winner will take a mental edge into the season and into other games between those two teams.”

He expects Boys’ High to give the Masters a tough time of it in their match tonight.

“The Masters will be under no illusions. The fit and enthusiastic students will come out firing and they will run the legs off them.

“The one thing that may be a factor is the fact Boys’ High are rebuilding and it may take a while to bed in the new younger players in their team,” Scragg said.

“It may take them a few games to settle down into a new combination.”

The first round continues tomorrow night with the first of the women’s matches — between Te Aowera and Gisborne Girls’ High School (6pm), and then Ngatapa and YMP A at 7.30pm.

“Traditionally you would have to say Girls’ High should be too strong for TA, but who knows this season till it starts to happen,” Scragg said.

Tournament at Hawke’s Bay

Girls’ High have just been away at a tournament in Hawke’s Bay.

“They played extremely well down there, from all reports, and they will take that good form into tomorrow night’s game,” Scragg said.

“This weekend will be fascinating and will provide a good gauge on how all the teams are looking.

“I know my Ngatapa girls are really looking forward to their game against YMP tomorrow night.

“But we could not pick a tougher side to start the season against and we expect one-way traffic in favour of YMP.”

The Saturday games complete the first round.

At 1pm, GMC Gold take on Paikea and, at 2.45, GMC Green play new team GMC Kowhai.

“The ladies in pink (Paikea) should come out on top but there may well be only one goal in it.

“The Green Machine should be comfortable winners over what amounts to their third team . . . it certainly is great to see them fronting three teams in the women’s competition.”

The men’s game between YMP A and YMP B completes the round at 4.30pm on Saturday.

“I would expect the A team to win but I think this could be seen as a trial game to pick that club’s top team.”

Scragg said hockey people were excited to be playing again.

“Everyone’s amping to get out there again. There is so much interest.

“For example, on Wednesday night at GMC and Lytton Old Boys training, more than 70 players were involved.

“We are looking forward to another excellent season.”

THE 2016 hockey season gets under way tonight with a replay of the 2015 premier grade men’s grand final between Lytton Old Boys A and THC and it should be a tight contest.

That is the feature game at 7.30pm tonight, with the LOB Masters and Gisborne Boys’ High School to start the season at 6pm on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

“The LOB-THC game will be close and it is too early to pick a likely winner,” hockey commentator Tony Scragg said.

“It really is unknown at this stage who might come out on top because there’s been no real preseason form to go on.

“But certainly the winner will take a mental edge into the season and into other games between those two teams.”

He expects Boys’ High to give the Masters a tough time of it in their match tonight.

“The Masters will be under no illusions. The fit and enthusiastic students will come out firing and they will run the legs off them.

“The one thing that may be a factor is the fact Boys’ High are rebuilding and it may take a while to bed in the new younger players in their team,” Scragg said.

“It may take them a few games to settle down into a new combination.”

The first round continues tomorrow night with the first of the women’s matches — between Te Aowera and Gisborne Girls’ High School (6pm), and then Ngatapa and YMP A at 7.30pm.

“Traditionally you would have to say Girls’ High should be too strong for TA, but who knows this season till it starts to happen,” Scragg said.

Tournament at Hawke’s Bay

Girls’ High have just been away at a tournament in Hawke’s Bay.

“They played extremely well down there, from all reports, and they will take that good form into tomorrow night’s game,” Scragg said.

“This weekend will be fascinating and will provide a good gauge on how all the teams are looking.

“I know my Ngatapa girls are really looking forward to their game against YMP tomorrow night.

“But we could not pick a tougher side to start the season against and we expect one-way traffic in favour of YMP.”

The Saturday games complete the first round.

At 1pm, GMC Gold take on Paikea and, at 2.45, GMC Green play new team GMC Kowhai.

“The ladies in pink (Paikea) should come out on top but there may well be only one goal in it.

“The Green Machine should be comfortable winners over what amounts to their third team . . . it certainly is great to see them fronting three teams in the women’s competition.”

The men’s game between YMP A and YMP B completes the round at 4.30pm on Saturday.

“I would expect the A team to win but I think this could be seen as a trial game to pick that club’s top team.”

Scragg said hockey people were excited to be playing again.

“Everyone’s amping to get out there again. There is so much interest.

“For example, on Wednesday night at GMC and Lytton Old Boys training, more than 70 players were involved.

“We are looking forward to another excellent season.”

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