On the 21st of August, South Intermediate had an amazing team of hockey players set foot on Nunweek Park.
We had a rough start to the day; being late to the first game with the other team already on the turf and ready to play. We started off slowly and you could tell we were warming while playing but nevertheless we fought hard and came out with a nil-all draw against Breens Intermediate.
The games were twenty minutes long, with a twenty-minute break in between each one. Over that time we had our coach talk about game strategies, what was going well and what our work ons were. Our second game was going to be hard because we had played and lost to Casebrook during Tuesday Sports Competition. We were ready to get redemption.
The whole team played to the best of their abilities and we ended up with another nil-all draw. By then, we had had enough of drawing and came back with a three-nil win against a Hornby/Heaton mixed team. It was our best game yet, and we really came together as a team.
Our final pool game was another blinder. We played against Hillmorton and won 3-1 and this meant that we were unbeaten in the pool games. Next up, we had a bye, so it was lunchtime giving us the longest break of all the teams.
We quickly did the math and figured out that Hillmorton had to beat Casebrook to confirm for us a place in the final. We were all on our toes until the game ended in a 2-1 win to Casebrook. This meant we would play off for third and fourth. Ashburton was a tough opponent and quickly scored against us. During the first half, they thundered down our right side and their lethal crosses had us confounded. By halftime, the score was 3-0 to Ashburton. After a quick pep talk, our whole team stepped up leaving them scoreless in the second half. The final score was 3-0.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to watch the team as well as to Ms. McCombe and Bernie McCarthy our season coaches for the A and B teams. We would also like to give a special thanks to Bernie McCarthy, from Southern Hockey, whose considerable experience, preparation assistance, as well as coaching on the day, resulted in our team achieving an admirable result of 4th out of 10 teams.
By Hamish Sherratt