It was thirds all round at the University Tertiary Sports Hockey tournament held on September 23 and 24, with both the men and woman’s teams collecting bronze in stunning semi-final performances.
Massey collaborated with University of Canterbury to make up the numbers, creating composite teams that “played great together [especially] considering the majority of us met for the first time an hour before our first game,” Women’s Team Massey player Johanna Avery stated.
“The tournament was probably the most enjoyable hockey I have played in a long time,” Avery said.
Teams played four games each, with the men ending on a high, thrashing AUT with the final goal hitting the back of the net with 50 seconds to spare.
Netball proved equally successful that weekend, with Massey placing fourth overall and “determined to make that final” next year, team manager Sarika Rona-Edwardson stated.
“A sky tower shooter” from Auckland in the semi-finals meant third place was out of grasp, Rona-Edwardson said.
The team played six games over two days, with some very close scores and Massey defeating eventual silver medal winners AUT 37 – 39.
Claudine Wallace, Olivia Tilyard, Johanna Avery, JP Rossouw and Nathan Fouhy were all selected for their respective NZ teams.
In other sport related news, it has emerged that a new $1million hockey turf will be built on the Massey Manawatū campus, with Massey University earmarking the money alongside $500,000 from the Palmerston North City Council.