Masters, Boys’ High in the firing line

UNDER PRESSURE: Ngatapa’s Lucinda Candy (left) puts pressure on YMP’s Moelani Tureia-Siataga in a women’s club hockey match on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve last Saturday. Tureia-Siataga scored a goal as YMP A won the match 4-0. Tomorrow night, YMP play Paikea and Ngatapa play GMC Green. Picture by Paul Rickard

THE big guns will roll out tonight, with Lytton Old Boys Masters and Gisborne Boys’ High School set to be on the receiving end in the first games of this weekend’s hockey round on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

YMP A play the Masters at 6pm and THC play Boys’ High at 7.30pm.

“Our game will be a one-sided affair, all one-way traffic,” hockey commentator and Masters jack-of-all-trades Tony Scragg said.

“It was well into double figures in YMP’s favour last time we played them, and the boys expect a similar sort of onslaught.

“YMP are the front-runners in the men’s competition and it remains to be seen who can keep up with them, let alone beat them.”

Scragg expects THC to be too strong for Boys’ High in the other game.

“THC have to stay in touch with YMP and will be determined to do that by achieving a good result over Boys’ High.

“Boys’ High have been improving but it remains to be seen what impact the school holidays will have on their line-up tonight.”

The women own the turf tomorrow night, with JNL Paikea and YMP A playing at 6pm.

“YMP should stay undefeated and then some,” Scragg said.

“I would expect a higher-end score. It might not make double figures, and Paikea could also score, but certainly YMP are heavily favoured to win well.”

Then at 7.30pm, Ben Holden Fencing Ngatapa will play GMC Green.

“Green go in as favourites but Ngatapa have produced outstanding defence in recent games,” Ngatapa coach Scragg said.

Last weekend they held top women’s team YMP A to a 4-0 win.

“Good communication is the key to our defensive pattern and that is a credit to the girls and their ability to play together,” Scragg said.

“I hope to see that continue tomorrow night.”

Saturday’s three matches start at 1pm when Williams Transport Gisborne Girls’ High School play YMP B.

“That should be a nice close game,” Scragg said.

“Both sides have had some good wins in recent weeks.

“It could be a nail-biter and go right to the wire.”

At 2.45pm, Te Aowera meet GMC Gold.

“This could be a similar sort of game to the one before it if TA can turn up with enough players to make a game.

“I certainly hope so. It leaves a hole in the competition when sides have to default, as TA did last weekend.”

The round ends on Saturday with the 4.30pm game between YMP B and LOB NZ Fruits in the men’s competition.

“That will be a close one too,” Scragg said.

“YMP B pushed THC last weekend and the LOB are coming off a big hammering.

“If LOB can get 11 players on the field, they could make a game of it.

“If that happens, I reckon it will either be a draw or a one-goal win.”

THE big guns will roll out tonight, with Lytton Old Boys Masters and Gisborne Boys’ High School set to be on the receiving end in the first games of this weekend’s hockey round on the LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

YMP A play the Masters at 6pm and THC play Boys’ High at 7.30pm.

“Our game will be a one-sided affair, all one-way traffic,” hockey commentator and Masters jack-of-all-trades Tony Scragg said.

“It was well into double figures in YMP’s favour last time we played them, and the boys expect a similar sort of onslaught.

“YMP are the front-runners in the men’s competition and it remains to be seen who can keep up with them, let alone beat them.”

Scragg expects THC to be too strong for Boys’ High in the other game.

“THC have to stay in touch with YMP and will be determined to do that by achieving a good result over Boys’ High.

“Boys’ High have been improving but it remains to be seen what impact the school holidays will have on their line-up tonight.”

The women own the turf tomorrow night, with JNL Paikea and YMP A playing at 6pm.

“YMP should stay undefeated and then some,” Scragg said.

“I would expect a higher-end score. It might not make double figures, and Paikea could also score, but certainly YMP are heavily favoured to win well.”

Then at 7.30pm, Ben Holden Fencing Ngatapa will play GMC Green.

“Green go in as favourites but Ngatapa have produced outstanding defence in recent games,” Ngatapa coach Scragg said.

Last weekend they held top women’s team YMP A to a 4-0 win.

“Good communication is the key to our defensive pattern and that is a credit to the girls and their ability to play together,” Scragg said.

“I hope to see that continue tomorrow night.”

Saturday’s three matches start at 1pm when Williams Transport Gisborne Girls’ High School play YMP B.

“That should be a nice close game,” Scragg said.

“Both sides have had some good wins in recent weeks.

“It could be a nail-biter and go right to the wire.”

At 2.45pm, Te Aowera meet GMC Gold.

“This could be a similar sort of game to the one before it if TA can turn up with enough players to make a game.

“I certainly hope so. It leaves a hole in the competition when sides have to default, as TA did last weekend.”

The round ends on Saturday with the 4.30pm game between YMP B and LOB NZ Fruits in the men’s competition.

“That will be a close one too,” Scragg said.

“YMP B pushed THC last weekend and the LOB are coming off a big hammering.

“If LOB can get 11 players on the field, they could make a game of it.

“If that happens, I reckon it will either be a draw or a one-goal win.”

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