They only entered the competition in 2015, but Marist have quickly become a force to be reckoned with, earning spots in both the men’s and women’s Canterbury Premier League (CPL) finals.
The men go back to the final after their first appearance 12 months ago, ironically beating defending champions Harewood in the semi final. The two sides could not be separated during normal time, with Marist coming out on top in the penalty shootout thanks in no small part to goalkeeper Lachlan Graham.
Joe Bartholomew had given the green machine the lead, executing a penalty corner variation just before halftime, but Harewood were back on level terms through Garren Fyfe early in the third quarter.
Neither side could find a winner, and with Andrew Ross taking inspiration from his former school Timaru Boys the night before, he slotted home the winning shootout to send the Marist faithful wild.
With the celebrations still in full swing, the Marist Women took to the pitch trying to replicate what the men had just done. The task became a lot tougher after Harewood took the lead early through Katherine Lobb.
It took until the third quarter for Marist to draw level with Dani Ackland firing home a penalty corner high into the net. Scores remained level deep into the fourth quarter, and as it looked like we were headed for another shootout, Marist stole the game.
Ex Black-Stick Krystal Forgesson found some space in the midfield, Maddie Wotton snuck in behind her defender, and Forgesson picked off an inch perfect pass. Wotton did the rest, squeezing past Haerwood goalkeeper Iona Young and walking the ball across the line with a minute remaining.
The defending champions went on one last attack, and were awarded a penalty corner right on fulltime. The shot whistled past the far post, and Marist had booked a spot in their first even CPL Women’s final.
Southern United put themselves one win away from a clean sweep of the men’s competition, a 3-1 victory over Avon putting them into the final for the second time since their debut season of 2015, (formally known as Selwyn).
Goals to Liam Sharp, Carlos Keshaw and Delane Traber put the boys in blue on their way and gain revenge for their only loss of the 2019 season.
Avon toiled hard, but couldn’t break down a staunch Southern defence, their solitary goal only the 13th conceded by the Ben Owers lead side in 2019.
Carlton Redcliffs Women racked up their 16th win of the season in as many matches, as they beat HSOB/Burnside 3-0 and keep their perfect record intact. The win also puts the into the final for the fifth time in the past six seasons, but having only tasted success once back in 2016.
Jenna-Rae McIntyre opened the scoring for Carlton early in the first quarter, with Sophie Cocks doubling the lead midway through the second after rounding the keeper and slotting home from a tight angle.
Old Boys keep fighting hard to get back in the game, but the match was sealed with Carlton’s third goal, Francesca Williamson finishing off a fine solo run from Black Stick Leah Butt.
HSOB/Burnside and Carlton Redcliffs both won their classification matches to see them into the men’s 5/6 playoff, while Southern United finished the 2019 season winless, going down to the Hornby Tigers and finishing in seventh place in the women’s competition.
Men’s SF Results:
Marist 1(3)-1(1) Harewood
Southern United 3-1 Avon
Women’s SF Results:
Marist 2-1 Harewood
Carlton Redcliffs 3-0 HSOB/Burnside
HSOB/Burnside 5-1 Hornby Vipers
Carlton Redcliffs 5-2 University
Hornby Tigers 6-0 Southern United
Images: Geoff Soper