Team undefeated for the second year in a row

The Westlake Girls High School 2nd XI Hockey team had a successful weekend away at the Rotorua Secondary School Invitational Tournament last weekend, playing all 1st XI teams. Coached by Geoff McNaughton, the team came away undefeated for a second year in a row.

The team had a busy schedule over the 2 days and we are very appreciative of the exceptional organisation from Manager Robyn McNaughton and TIC Kate Segetin and the wonderful support from parents in making this tournament possible, including transporting the players to and from Rotorua and the venue for the 6 matches they played.

For their opening game Westlake faced Kristin 1st XI in a closely fought game coming away with a 1-1 draw. Next up they played John Paul College securing a 4-0 win and then finishing the day with a 7-0 win over Rotorua Lakes High with a mix of fantastic team goals and individual brilliance.

A highlight of this tournament is always the exhibition match between WGHS and the boys side from Rotorua Lakes High School. Westlake was the first to score a point on the board but the boys closely struck back to tie the score, and followed this up with a 2nd goal. The girls fought hard to score the equaliser in the dying minutes of the game finishing with a 2-2 draw.

With each team having to play games back to back on finals day, Westlake’s energy and fantastic team spirit secured them a place in the final, once again meeting Kristin School 1st XI. All players performed extremely well under pressure and the two teams from North Harbour came away from the tournament sharing the title after the score remained 0-0 at the full-time whistle.

Players in tournament squad:

Aimee Morgan, Ashley Brown, Cara McLeod, Charlotte Lockie, Chloe Dowson, Emily Watton, Fae Sclanders, Jess Reynolds, Kate Jobbins, Leah Watton, Maddy Cels, Nelita Pistorius, Paige Burkett, Sasha Holt, Tamsin Lockie.