It was drama filled right to the end, but Harewood managed to keep their hopes of the triple crown alive with a penalty shootout victory over Marist in the Canterbury Premier League (CPL) women’s semi finals on Saturday afternoon.
The Hunters looked to be cruising to victory in the first half as they shot out to a two goal lead, the first coming within the first minute of play to Jordy Grant.
Marist weren’t going to give up easily, and fought their way back into the match in the second half, drawing level with Arabella Sheild and Krystal Forgesson finding the back of the net.
The match would then be decided via a penalty shootout, and with Jessie Anderson and Millie Calder scoring for Harewood, along with goalkeeper Iona Young making some crucial saves, Harewood came out on top 2-1 to book their spot in the final.
Carlton Redcliffs didn’t take long to assert their dominance over Avon in the earlier women’s semi final, a three goal first quarter blowing the Eels well down the creek without a paddle. Captain Leah Butt fired home two penalty corners, with Jacqui Moorfield adding a third to put the Reindeer well in control.
Avon did reduce the deficit back to two goals in the second half thanks to Alice Batt, but Sophie Prebble restored the three goal buffer to setup a mouthwatering final against Harewood.
Avon threw everything they could at the unbeaten Carlton Redcliffs side in the first men’s semi final, but will rue a number of missed opportunities that came back to bite them in a contest that was decided in a frantic final 20 minutes.
After a scoreless first half where Avon had the better of play, Rob Buhler put the boys in yellow ahead as he converted a penalty corner past George Enersen. This sprung Redcliffs into life, as they quickly equalised through Lars Dalley.
The match winner came from a penalty corner with nine minutes remaining, Nick Lidstone doing his best ballerina impersonation at the top of the circle before Ed Enersen calmly slotted home on the second attempt.
The drama continued right to the final whistle, with Avon warned for having too many on the field, before the Piggott brothers let out their frustrations and were both sent to the sin bin within minutes of each other, as Redcliffs held on for victory.
Marist confirmed their spot in the men’s final for the third straight year, winning the final match of the day 3-1 against Harewood. Ben Grimshaw and George Connell got the green machine off the start line quickly with two goals in the first quarter, before the Hunters struck early in the second.
Andrew Ross pushed Marist back out to the two goal lead shortly after, which would prove crucial as Harewood were unable to find their way past Lachlan Graham in the Marist goal.
Marist did well to hold on in the second half, losing captain Joe Bartholomew (quad) and Joe Morrison (concussion) to injuries, and both are racing to be fit for the final this weekend.
HSOB/Burnside beat University and the Hornby Vipers beat Southern United, leaving the students and last years beaten finalists Southern battle for the men’s wooden spoon, while the Hornby Tigers beat Southern United to confirm Southern as the women’s seventh placed team once again.
SF 1: Carlton Redcliffs 2 (Lars Dalley, Ed Enersen), Avon 1 (Rob Buhler)
SF 2: Marist 3 (Ben Grimshaw, George Connell, Andrew Ross), Harewood 1 (Unsure)
5-8: Hornby Vipers 2 (Jono Ellis, Henry Phelps), Southern United 1 (Jono Pooch)
5-8: HSOB/Burnside 5, University 2
SF 1: Carlton Redcliffs 4 (Leah Butt 2, Jacqui Moorfield, Sophie Prebble), Avon 1 (Alice Batt)
SF 2: Harewood 2 (2) (Jordy Grant, Thomasina Loeffen), Marist 2 (1) (Arabella Sheild, Krystal Forgesson)
5-7: Hornby Tigers 4 (Eleanor Rosemergy 2, Sophie Spencer, Tania Mann), Southern United 2 (Sarah Graham, Riley Chandler)
CPL Finals – Saturday 26th September
2.40pm: Harewood v Carlton Redcliffs (Women)
4.10pm: Carlton Redcliffs v Marist (Men)