Gold team’s win among Mataura club’s highlights

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The Mataura Hockey Club had a successful season this year, president Trudie South said.

The division 1 Mataura Gold team won its competition by beating Riversdale Black in the final in Invercargill on Saturday 3-2.

The team, coached by Robert Dickie, dominated its Southland competition and came through to the final rounds undefeated.

“Through the round-robin games they picked up 10 wins, two draws and no losses,” South said.

“This led them into a favourable position heading into the semis and finals.”

South said Mataura supporters were there to back the players on Saturday, which fired them up.

“With a sea of maroon and gold colours around the sidelines, the girls turned it on for supporters and walked away with a 3-2 win.”

South said the club sent a special thanks to Robert Dickie for coaching the Mataura Gold team.

“We really appreciate the time and effort he put in.”

South said this club’s season had had a few other highlights too.

“Throughout the year, many of our players have helped out with coaching and umpiring .. the club’s senior players enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills with the up-and-coming players.

“They look forward to helping them move through into our club teams.”

Several club members went on to represent Southland, Southern and New Zealand throughout the year, South said.

South said it was awesome that these players made it through to representative teams and it really reflected all the hard work the players had put in.

National senior tournament team: Dayna Holland, Tessa Hewlett, Aimee Heaps and Melanie Sinclair.

New Zealand Presidents 11: Aimee Heaps and Melanie Sinclair.

Trans-Tasman Challenge New Zealand Masters over-55 team: Lynne Dickie.

World Masters Games team: Lynne Dickie and Phillipa Holland.

Southland women’s 2017 team: Brenda Hope, Celia Dickie, Renee Sinclair, Latoya Grant, Samantha Dickie, Elle Pullar, Phoebe Pullar.