Our local team took home the Powell Cup in inter-regional play after many years of absence from the sport

First-timers lift cup

by Andy Bryenton

A Kaipara-based men’s field hockey team contested the Powell Cup as part of a double-header tournament in Kensington, Whangarei recently.

The first time an all-male squad have represented the area for decades, despite being first-timers, they managed to win the coveted trophy.

The Powell Cup saw a clash between the major hockey organisations of the mid-north. First up, the Kaipara men strategised a strong attack against the Bay of Islands, sending three goals into the next off the sticks of forwards Kyus and Kelvin. That was enough to seal the deal, and the team went on to match forces with the Northland hockey association team, putting up a spirited defence to hold them to a draw. As a result, it was enough to win the tourney on points, when the goals were counted back, and the team, some of whom had never played a ‘real’ competitive match, raised the cup in victory.

The women’s tournament, for the Hikurangi Trophy, was also a hard-fought campaign, with an early loss against the Northland Hockey Association team balanced by a victory when the Kaipara women played Bay of Islands.

This team also fielded players who were new to the competitive game, but as reported by team organiser Bev Hart, a great time was had by all. “The weather was amazing, the teams supporting each other was awesome,” she says, going on to congratulate the mastermind behind the men’s team, Mark Meyers of Tangiteroria, who not only helped from the winning squad but also played and umpired on the day to make the tourney a success.”