The return of Jack Gilbert paid dividends for HSOB/Burnside as they beat defending champions Harewood 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, their first victory over Harewood in the Canterbury Premier League (CPL) round robin phase since 2008.
Gilbert opened the scoring for Old Boys in the second quarter, with a well-placed drag flick past goal keeper Tom Mallon, the two on opposite sides again after plying their trade together in England for the past few months. Warwick Allen doubled the Old Boys lead midway through the third quarter, before a frantic final quarter saw Harewood remove Mallon in search of goals, reducing the deficit to one before Moss Jackson put the game beyond doubt scoring into an empty net.
The win moves Old Boys into third on the table, ahead of Harewood by way of goal differential.
In the women’s match, the trend of close matches between the two clubs continued as they could not be separated, the match finishing even at 2-2. Harewood opening the scoring early on, before Rachel McCann brushed aside the jet lag to equalize in her first game back.
Old Boys then took the lead with Harewood responding soon after, but both teams were unable to find the match winner with Old Boys denied from a penalty corner right on fulltime. The result see’s Harewood cling to fourth spot, while HSOB are a point behind in sixth.
Southern United ended the first round unbeaten and opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the men’s table, with another 2-1 victory over University. The students took an early lead, before Southern slowly wrestled their way back into the match, helped by a controversial stroke after halftime, slotted home by Ben Owers, who slipped it past work mate Will Zhou. The win was sealed in the final quarter as Chez Parore got the final touch to a well worked penalty corner.
Avon Men made the most of some lackluster Marist defending in their match, grabbing a 2-1 win to bring them within two points of the top four. Adrian Smith showed his class to open the scoring, latching onto a Rob Buhler overhead to fire it home. Marist who were without the services of suspended midfielder George Connell, responded through a penalty stroke to captain Joe Bartholomew, but slipped behind again as Avon stole the ball from their defense, with Harry Darling capitalizing to seal all three points.
In the women’s match, Marist broke the hearts of Avon, scoring a late go-ahead goal to Dani Ackland to win 3-2 and cement themselves in second spot on the table. Avon took the lead early, but Marist hit back with two quick goals. Sarah Walcott equalized for Avon before the late heroics from Ackland assured Marist of an important three points.
Carlton Redcliffs continued their march on at the top of the women’s table, winning a hard-fought battle with the Hornby Tigers 3-1, their ninth straight defense of the Challenge Shield and a perfect six from six to finish the first round. The match was evenly poised at halftime, before Carlton scored two second half goals to confirm the victory.
The men’s match was even closer, a late goal to Chris Goldsbury, his third of the game, resulting in a 3-3 draw which left both teams somewhat disappointed. Redcliffs started well, dominating the first quarter but could only manage a one goal lead heading into the second quarter. Hornby slowly started to fight back, equalizing and then going ahead on two occasions during the second half where they dominated, and had several chances to win the game in the fourth quarter before conceding the late equalizer.
HSOB/Burnside 3-1 Harewood
Southern United 2-1 University
Avon 2-1 Marist
Carlton Redcliffs 3-3 Hornby Vipers
HSOB/Burnside 2-2 Harewood
Carlton Redcliffs 3-1 Hornby Tigers
Marist 3-2 Avon
Image: Geoff Soper