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Wentworth Senior Hockey teams

Wentworth Senior Hockey teams

Congratulations to both the Boys and Girls Hockey First XI teams. The girls finished their season on a high, with a 4 – 0 victory against Massey First XI to place them 3rd in the 2nd Division. This is an exceptional achievement given they commenced the season in the 3rd division. Well done to all the girls for their commitment and sportsmanship throughout the season.

On Wednesday evening, the Wentworth Senior Boys XI Team faced Orewa College 2nd XI Team in the finals for first place in Grade 3a. It was a tense and close match against a young and skillful Orewa team but Wentworth had the edge on them by going ahead 2-1. At a crucial stage in the game, the lights went out and it took some time before they came back on and subsequently the momentum of the game changed and Orewa equalised. This resulted in the final going to a penalty shoot out and the Orewa goalie was successful in blocking three of the Wentworth penalties to win the game. The boys should feel proud of how they played on the day despite the challenging circumstances, so well done to them all!

Thank you to all the supportive parents & students who cheered on both teams at every game!

Hockey Update – 22 June

Boys’ First XI
The Boys’ First XI had a rematch of their grading final again this week against a strong Albany Senior High School team.  In absolutely horrible weather conditions the boys fought hard after 2 quick goals by Albany put them on the back foot.  There was some outstanding hockey played by both teams, with Albany coming out the victors 5-2.  After the game our team was commended by the opposing management on their fair play and overall sportsmanship in helping opponents up off the ground.  It was the first loss of the season for this team but a well played match.

Girls’ First XI
On the 14th of June Wentworth Hockey Girls’ First XI won their game 2-0 against Birkenhead College! It was a tough but enjoyable game and luckily the rain held off. The defence were extremely strong and solid, as Goalie, Anja, didn’t even have to touch the ball! We all worked very well together as a team and that was a key component to winning the game. The team had already played Birkenhead a few weeks earlier and tied 3-3 so everyone was very pleased to grab a win. There was very clean and strong passing and our PC’s (which we had practised a lot in training) worked very well. Overall it was a very pleasing game and we all look forward to hopefully getting another win next week!!

Alex Dobson

Hockey Update – 28 June

Boys’ First XI
This week the boys had a well earned win against Long Bay 7 – 0.  They started slowly but from half time onwards the team played with width and were able to break down the defence more effectively.  Some of the development players played well up front for the team, with some scoring their first goals for the season which was great to see.  With one more game before a break for the holidays the team is well placed in 2nd place in Grade 3A. 

Girls’ First XI
The girls also played Long Bay this week and had a closely fought 2-all draw.  Down 2 – 0 at half time, the girls played a much more inspired second half to draw level.  Although the Wentworth team controlled possession for much of the second half, they unfortunately could not quite finish off the match with the deciding goal.  There was some great play from the team and notable mention must go to Anya Khalid who had a strong game as Goalkeeper. 

Boys’ Year 7 & 8
Due to the poor weather on Tuesday afternoon all Intermediate hockey was cancelled at North Harbour this week so there is no result for the this team.

Hockey Update – 8 August

Boys’ First XI
The boys played a match during the first week of the recent school holidays, winning 10-3 against Northcote College, followed by a bye during Week 1 of Term 3.  The team are currently in 2nd place overall with two more pool games to play before the semi-finals.  We look forward to seeing the team finish the season strongly.

Girls’ First XI
On Thursday, 2nd August, the Hockey Girls’ First IX played at Warkworth against Mahurangi College. The first 20 minutes were tough with Mahurangi scoring two goals in quick succession. Finally, we made a comeback and won 4-2. India Grigson scored two goals, Alex Wood scored one goal and Beau Walbran scored the final goal. The whole team, including Anya Khalid as goalie, did a very good job to keep out any other shots at goal, concluding with a very pleasing game and a great score to go with it.
Beau Walbran

Boys’ Year 7 & 8
Term 3 saw the start of the competition round for the team. After some good results towards the back end of the grading round, the boys did enough to be placed in the A grade. The first game was against one of the three Whangaparaoa College teams that had previously got the better of us, and they were on track to repeat that performance with two goals before half time. With some missed opportunities in the first half from our boys, Whangaparaoa were confident going into the second half that they were still in the contest. We managed to show some good character and attacking play to score two quick goals and draw level on the scoreboard. Although both teams had further chances to win the game outright, the game ended fairly with 2 goals each.
The following week against Ponsonby, the team got off to a much quicker start and dominated territory and possession. The boys managed to find a way through Ponsonby’s persistent defence to score twice in the first half. A fired up Ponsonby came out strongly in the second half and reversed the territory and possession in their favour which eventually turned into a goal being scored and the score being 2-1. For the second week in a row, great determination from Wentworth  was shown to restrict any further scoring and the team  held on for a hard fought one goal victory.


Girl’s Hockey Update – 21 August

On Thursday, 9th August, the Girls’ Hockey First XI played a game against Hobsonville Point at North Harbour. Unfortunately, the girls lost 7 – 2 but definitely put up a great fight as most of the senior players were away due to participation in the school production. Our goalie for this game was Maddie Rist who had a great first game. Amy Riddle and Dasha Ruzich were our goal scorers for the night with some excellent shots. Overall, the team left everything out on the turf and put up an excellent effort.

Beau Walbran

Hockey Update – 22 August

Boys’ First XI
The Senior Boys’ Hockey team played their semifinal against Mahurangi this week.  It was a tough match with end to end attack for much of the first half.  The Wentworth team took advantage of a couple of fast breaks to finish goals either side of the half.  A stunning goal by Lewis Pangalila broke the defense open and the team finished off the game with another goal to finish 4-0.  This week we have the Grade 3a final against Albany Senior High School to finish off the season.

Girls First XI
On Thursday, 16th of August, the Girls’ First XI Hockey team had a blinder of a game against Mahurangi College. The girls put in a great team effort, winning five to one.  Team connections were very strong and links to get the ball down the turf were quick. Anna Nelson scored the first goal of the game. Amy Riddle and India Grigson both had a great game scoring two goals each. Anya Khalid, our goalie, had a fantastic game along with our defence by keeping the ball out of Mahurangi’s attacking end. An excellent game overall.
Beau Walbran

Boys’ Year 7 & 8
The last two weeks of games for the intermediate hockey team have seen the team win a close game and lose a close game. The 1-0 win came against Orewa College, a team that were made up of players well known to the boys, with an early goal followed by a mix of strong possession play and effective scrambling defense. The team came away feeling satisfied with their performance and it meant a third equal placing on the ladder. Player of the Day went to Elliot Houghton for his effort on defence and impressive attacking display.
The loss came the following week against a Whangaparaoa team that were on top of the points table. After an early goal by Jack Austin, as a result of early possession and territorial advantage, Whangaparaoa started to hit their straps and combined well on attack to overwhelm our defenders and score two goals before half time. With the game still in the balance for most of the second half and opportunities for both teams to find the back of the goal, Whangaparaoa put the result to bed with a late third goal. The boys again felt satisfied with their performance against a team that had previously scored a lot more goals on us earlier in the season. Player of the Day went to Louis Straker for his contribution as a defender – a position unfamiliar to him until now. The team are looking forward to pushing for a spot high up the ladder in the coming games.


Hockey Update – 31 August

Boys’ First XI

The senior boys hockey team completed their season with a close and hard fought Grade 3a final against Albany Senior High School.  It was an amazingly close match, with Wentworth taking the lead leading into the second half.  Unfortunately two quick goals near the end of the game allowed Albany to secure a 2-1 victory, with Wentworth finishing runners up in the grade.  It has been a great season for the boys, with a number of polished and strong performances.  A huge thank you to all of those people who came to support the team.  It was a great atmosphere for the team to enjoy in their final match.

Hockey Update – 18 June

Boys’ First XI
The Boys’ First XI has completed a successful grading round in the North Harbour Hockey competition, moving into Grade 3a off the back of a number of strong performances.  They completed the grading round unbeaten, with a hard fought draw against a very evenly matched Albany Senior High School team on Wednesday night.  The game finished 1-1, with a lot of passion and intensity from both teams.  The team finished the grading round with 37 goals for, and 2 against, which is an outstanding effort.  Well done on achieving the first objective of the season and moving up a grade.

Girls’ First XI
The Girls’ First XI had a tough game last Thursday against Rangitoto. The final score was 2-2 which was an accurate representation of how close the game was. Beau Walbran and Dasha Ruzich scored the goals for Wentworth with an excellent effort from the rest of the team.

Boys’ Year 7 & 8
The Years 7 & 8 Hockey boys have had two contrasting results over their last two games. Last week the boys had a loss against a well-drilled Wainui team, but their passing game progressed in leaps and bounds. In this week’s game the boys came away with a 4-2 win over Takapuna Normal Intermediate due to some strong attacking play in the second half.

Hockey Update – 1 June

Boys Hockey:
The senior boys’ team continued its winning ways last week, winning their match 3-0 before the hail ended the game early.  It was a cold and miserable evening on the pitch, however the boys managed to secure a victory and remain unbeaten heading into the final week of the grading competition.
This sees the Wentworth team in a good position to secure promotion up to the next grade for the competition this year.

Girls Hockey:
The girls played Birkenhead at the Kristin Hockey turf. It was a really close game with the girls finishing the first half 2-1. The second half proved equally close with the Birkenhead girls scoring straight away and levelling the result. After significant time in the opposition’s half the Wentworth girls scored another goal only to let one through in the last 5 minutes. The final score was 3-3.

Year 7/8 Hockey:
The intermediate hockey season is underway with 8 boys involved in a 6-a-side competition at North Harbour on Tuesday afternoons. The boys have had a tough start to the season with three losses and a win to kick off the grading round. However, the boys’ enthusiasm and enjoyment remains at a high level and they are showing steady improvement each week.

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