The return of Gemma McCaw helped Carlton Redcliffs grab a bonus point victory in their Porritt Cup encounter against Marist on Saturday afternoon. McCaw, playing in her first club match since 2017, found the back of the net as Carlton ran away with the game 9-0. School girl Brittany Wang grabbed herself a hat-trick, which all but secures them a spot in July’s final to defend their title.
Harewood took a giant step towards a finals appearance and a repeat the 2018 decider, beating HSOB/Burnside 3-1, coming from a goal down in the process. Second half goals to Abby Stokes and Georgie Leslie secured the points to put them clear at the top of pool B. In the other pool B encounter, Avon gained valuable points with a 6-2 victory over the Hornby Tigers and going on to grab a bonus point in the shootout.
In men’s pool A action, Marist produced a powerful display to beat University 8-2, grabbing a bonus point for the six goal buffer, as well as winning the penalty shootout, giving them the maximum five points on offer. Avon produced a solid second half performance to beat Harewood 5-2, leaving them tied on points with Marist with one round to play.
The return of Black Sticks George Enersen in goal for Carlton Redcliffs couldn’t stop the Southern United juggernaut rolling on, the Stingers winning their sixth consecutive game to start the season and putting them on top of pool B with a 3-1 victory. Enersen helped Redcliffs gain the penalty shootout bonus point to keep them within touching distance of Southern, while HSOB/Burnside stayed in the running in pool B with a comprehensive 8-3 victory over the Hornby Vipers.
Porritt Cup action returns in July for the final round, before the top sides in each pool will playoff for the titles. Premier league action returns this Saturday as U21 representative commitments are now complete.
Southern United 3-1 Carlton Redcliffs*
HSOB/Burnside 8-3 Hornby Vipers*
Avon 5-2 Harewood*
Marist* 8-2 University
Carlton Redcliffs 9-0 Marist*
Harewood* 3-1 HSOB/Burnside
Avon* 6-2 Hornby Tigers
*denotes bonus point for shootout win
Image: Geoff Soper