The Hornby Vipers created history on Saturday afternoon, beating the defending President’s Shield holders Southern United for the first time ever at Canterbury Premier League (CPL) level.
Trailing by two goals at halftime, the Vipers found a new lease of life in the second half as they clawed their way back into the match. Simon Yorston got the ball rolling with a drag flick in the third quarter, and it wasn’t until Yorston scored his second from the penalty stroke spot midway through the fourth quarter that Hornby were back on level terms.
The final seven minutes were frantic, and with 3:15 on the clock it was Yorston again in the thick of the action, carrying into the circle and eliminating goalkeeper Gareth Stewart before being taken out, but the ball popped to Will Mace-Cochrane who slammed home the winner from the edge of the circle to send the crowd into a frenzy.
The win now leaves the Vipers with only one team that they haven’t beaten at CPL level, next week’s opponents Carlton Redcliffs, who completed an unbeaten round one with a 2-0 victory over Harewood and extended their lead to four points at the top of the table.
Harewood flew out of the blocks in the opening quarter, and should have taken the lead after creating numerous opportunities. Hayden Cox did find the back of the net, but it was correctly ruled out for back of the stick. Redcliffs then worked their way back into the match, creating chances at the other end, and in the final two minutes of the quarter struck through a field goal to Mitch Davis.
The game was tight throughout the second quarter, before a match defining moment came straight after halftime. Harewood broke through the Redcliffs defence, and looked a sure bet to score with two unmarked players in the circle, but George Enersen scrambled and saved well. The ball popped to Trent Summers, and within seconds the ball was in the Harewood net, a quick fire two pass counter attack finished off by Tom Mouldey.
Enersen, celebrating his 100th match for the club, continued to make saves to keep Harewood at bay, while Tom Mallon was just as active at the other end as the score remained the same, as Redcliffs closed out an entertaining match.
Harewood kept their perfect start to the season in tact with a strong 3-0 victory over defending champions Carlton Redcliffs in the women’s competition. Ellie Duncan put Harewood ahead in the first half, before Charlotte Lee doubled the lead just after halftime. Jordy Grant scored her ninth of the season in the final few minutes, as the Hunters take a three point buffer into the second round.
The Hornby Tigers made it a great day for the Hornby club, a resounding 5-1 victory over Southern United giving them their first points of the season. A strong first half performance saw them ahead 4-0 at the break, and while the second half was a little more subdued scoring wise, the Tigers held strong for the well deserved win.
HSOB/Burnside upset second placed Marist on the back of two first quarter goals, the first of which came after 30 seconds. Moss Jackson grabbed the first, before Cam Ryan added the second to send shockwaves through the Marist side. Joe Bartholomew reduced the deficit with a penalty stroke, but the green machine couldn’t find an equaliser as Old Boys jump up two spots on the table into fourth.
The Marist Women bounced back from their heavy loss last week, defeating HSOB/Burnside who continue to struggle in front of goal. Marist scored goals early in the first and second quarters, before adding a third midway through the second half to complete the scoring. Burnside battled hard but couldn’t find a way past Saasha Masters, who celebrated her 21st in style later in the evening.
Avon had to defend two penalty corners on full time to ensure victory over University, as they closed the gap to Marist in second to just a point ahead of their clash this Saturday. Avon had put themselves in a winning position by halftime at 3-0, but the students superior fitness took its toll in the second stanza, reducing the deficit and setting up a grandstand finish.
Hornby Vipers 3 (Simon Yorston 2, Will-Mace Cochrane), Southern United 2 (Brad Shaw, Ryan Wallace)
Carlton Redcliffs 2 (Mitch Davis, Tom Mouldey), Harewood 0
HSOB/Burnside 2 (Moss Jackson, Cam Ryan), Marist 1 (Joe Bartholomew)
Avon 3 (Levi Barrow, Lennox Moss, Elliot Darling), University 2 (Amon van der Burg, James Mortimer)
Hornby Tigers 5 (Nicole Machen 2, Biddy Tothill, Sophie Spencer, Hayley McKellow), Southern United 1 (Haley Stephens)
Harewood 3 (Ellie Duncan, Charlotte Lee, Jordy Grant), Carlton Redcliffs 0
Marist 3 (Arabella Sheild 2, Mezzy Surridge), HSOB/Burnside 0