Two from two for Tairawhiti women

PASS ME IF YOU CAN: Tairawhiti’s Piri Orotaunga has a Waiariki player blocking his route at the National Maori Hockey Tournament on the Property Brokers Turf at Harry Barker Reserve yesterday. The visitors proved far too strong, powering to a 12-0 win, however, Tairawhiti women’s team had two big wins yesterday. Picture by Paul Rickard

Tairawhiti teams have had mixed fortunes so far at the National Maori Hockey Tournament at Harry Barker Reserve .

The men’s team were well beaten in their second match yesterday but the women won again.

Tairawhiti are among the 16 men’s and women’s teams representing Taitokerau (Northland), Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland), Waikato (Hamilton), Waiariki (Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane, BOP), Aotea (Taranaki/Manawatu), Tairawhiti (Gisborne), Takitimu (Wellington/Hawkes Bay) and Te Waipounamu (South Island).

The Tairawhiti women’s team made it two wins from two games yesterday.

They defeated Waikato 8-0 in their opening game yesterday morning, then racked up a 7-0 whitewash of Takitimu in the afternoon.

“They played really good, strong hockey against good teams,” said hockey commentator Tony Scragg.

“If they can win their third game this afternoon against Taitokerau they will be in a great position heading into tomorrow’s playoffs.”

It was a contrasting story for the Tairawhiti men’s team, who suffered their second loss in the tournament yesterday.

They went down heavily to Waiariki, 12-0

Tairawhiti men’s composite team Nga Hau e Wha, who beat Tairawhiti 4-2 on Thursday night, lost 6-1 to Tamaki Makaurau yesterday.

NHEW had the visitors contained for the first 40 minutes, but in the second half the scoreline blew out.

Scragg said the “vibe’ at the tournament had been “fantastic”.

“It’s a real whanau atmosphere at Harry Barker Reserve, and the visitors are loving the turf.”

Tairawhiti played Tamaki Makaurau this morning while Nga Hau e Wha faced Waiariki.

The tournament play-offs will be on from 8am tomorrow, ahead of semifinals and positional finals tomorrow and Monday.

Tairawhiti teams have had mixed fortunes so far at the National Maori Hockey Tournament at Harry Barker Reserve .

The men’s team were well beaten in their second match yesterday but the women won again.

Tairawhiti are among the 16 men’s and women’s teams representing Taitokerau (Northland), Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland), Waikato (Hamilton), Waiariki (Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane, BOP), Aotea (Taranaki/Manawatu), Tairawhiti (Gisborne), Takitimu (Wellington/Hawkes Bay) and Te Waipounamu (South Island).

The Tairawhiti women’s team made it two wins from two games yesterday.

They defeated Waikato 8-0 in their opening game yesterday morning, then racked up a 7-0 whitewash of Takitimu in the afternoon.

“They played really good, strong hockey against good teams,” said hockey commentator Tony Scragg.

“If they can win their third game this afternoon against Taitokerau they will be in a great position heading into tomorrow’s playoffs.”

It was a contrasting story for the Tairawhiti men’s team, who suffered their second loss in the tournament yesterday.

They went down heavily to Waiariki, 12-0

Tairawhiti men’s composite team Nga Hau e Wha, who beat Tairawhiti 4-2 on Thursday night, lost 6-1 to Tamaki Makaurau yesterday.

NHEW had the visitors contained for the first 40 minutes, but in the second half the scoreline blew out.

Scragg said the “vibe’ at the tournament had been “fantastic”.

“It’s a real whanau atmosphere at Harry Barker Reserve, and the visitors are loving the turf.”

Tairawhiti played Tamaki Makaurau this morning while Nga Hau e Wha faced Waiariki.

The tournament play-offs will be on from 8am tomorrow, ahead of semifinals and positional finals tomorrow and Monday.

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