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(L)Hedged in... Riversdale Pinkie centre forward Kerry Rutherford is surrounded by defenders as she dribbles the ball towards the goal circle in a Hockey Southland division 2 game against the Southern Cavs on Saturday. (R) Centring pass... Riversdale Pinkies wing Pip Standish finishes a run down the sideline and moves closer to the centre of the field to line up a pass to a support player. PHOTOS:SANDY EGGLESTON

The Riversdale Pinkies survived a late rally by the Southern Cavs to win 2-1 in their Hockey Southland division two game in Gore on Saturday.

Pinkies coach Janette Collins said the Southern Cavs put the pressure on in the last two minutes of the game.

“They were aware they were running out of time and they lifted their urgency but our defenders coped.

“They did what I asked, which is one of us go to the ball carrier at all times,” Collins said.

The Pinkies managed to stop the last-minute shot at their goal, which was one of the few the Cavs made in the second half.

The score was 1-all at halftime and about 10 minutes before full time Pinkies scored to take the lead.

The team possibly played better in the first half, Collins said.

“I think we had a bit more time and a bit more urgency.”

The team was without some of its regular members.

“We had a few fill-ins, so the girls were put into positions they are not normally playing – so they did well with those changes.”

Inner Danielle Hurley played well.

“She is a good solid ball carrier – she has a good passing game.

“She steadies the ship.”

Jorja Burr (16) also had a good game filling in on the right wing.

It was a close game compared with some of the Pinkies’ other games.

“It was a little bit more intense throughout the whole and I felt the game shifted very quickly from one end to the other.”

While second on the points table, the Pinkies are the leading goal scorers in the competition with nine goals more than competition leaders, the Southern Masters.