Three Rangiora women’s teams claim titles

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The 2016 hockey season ended on a successful note for the Rangiora Hockey Club, with all three of its senior women’s teams winning their respective finals last weekend – albeit in contrasting manners.
The Rangiora Evergreens division one women’s team was locked at 2-all at the full time hooter in its game against Hornby Wildcats so the title was decided on a penalty stroke shootout.
Rangiora was dominant for much of the game and took the lead early in the second half, but was unable to shake clear of a tenacious Hornby outfit which clawed a goal back following a succession of great penalty corner saves by its goal keeper.
Goals were shared early in the penalty shoot out before the Hornby striker pushed one wide, then Rangiora goalkeeper Kirsten Hatton saved a shot to give Rangiora the win 4-3 on penalties.
In the division two final the Rangiora women put on a strong display of speed and skill against Harewood as it sought a repeat of the 2015 title.
The defending champion opened the ledger early through a piece of individual brilliance from Erin Bermingham.
Jan McDonald scored from a penalty corner before Harewood got one back, then Rangiora finished off the first half with another goal to Erin Bermingham to lead 3-1.
Harewood opened the second half with a goal before conceding a stroke penalty which Jan McDonald converted to give Rangiora a 4-2 victory and the title for a second year.
The surprise result from the finals belonged to the young division four women’s team Rangiora Stealth, which went into its final against HSOB Burnside Blue as the underdog.
HSOB had not dropped a game all season, having only conceded three goals in previous rounds and had beaten Rangiora Stealth 6-0 and 7-2.
However the Rangiora women defended strongly to restrict HSOB to just a one-goal lead, then equalised in the last five minutes through a goal to Kate Campbell.
But Stealth was not finished and a last minute goal to Hannah Robertson secured Rangiora the division four trophy.
Rangiora’s two senior men’s teams also finished their seasons in winning, if slightly controversial, style.
The division three men were leading 1-0 early in the second half against Hornby Timberwolves when the game was called off after one of the Hornby players was badly injured and an ambulance was needed to remove the player from the turf.
You would be forgiven for thinking the division four Rangiora men were down and out when it trailed 4-1 at half-time in the bottom-of-the table match with Southern United.
However, Rangiora sorted out its defence and Fred Dodson scored his second goal of the game.
An ill-disciplined Southern was reduced to 10 players for much of the final quarter, opening the door for a Rangiora come-back.
A brace of goals levelled the score with less than five minutes left on the clock, then in the final minute Paul Starling connected with a cross to score the winning goal for Rangiora.
Results were:
Open Grades
Division one women’s final: Rangiora Evergreens 6 beat Hornby Wildcats 5 (2-2 at full time / 4-3 in penalty shootout).
Division two women’s final: Rangiora 4 (Jan McDonald 2, Erin Bermingham 2, Ngaire Baker MVP) beat Harewood Red 2.
Division four women’s final: Rangiora Stealth 2 (Hannah Robertson 1, Kate Campbell 1) beat HSOB Burnside 1.
Division three men: Rangiora 1 (Ben Finlayson 1, Thilina Mendis MVP) beat Hornby Timberwolves 0. Rangiora finished fifth in division three.
Division four men: Rangiora 5 (Fred Dodson 2, Matt Greenwood 1, Marty Woods 1, Paul Starling 1 &MVP) beat Southern United 4. Rangiora finished fifth in division four.
Youth Grades
Youth Girl’s division one: Rangiora Gold 2 (Chelsea Sheckleton, Ashleigh Merrick and Maddi Dunn MVPs) beat Harewood 0. Rangiora finished third in division one (no finals).
Youth Girl’s division three: Rangiora Green Bye. Rangiora Green finished seventh in division two (no finals).
Youth Boys: Rangiora 1 (Eitaro Gishimo 1, Ty Grabowski MVP) lost to Southern 5. Rangiora finished fourth in division one.
Mini Sticks girls: Rangiora Gold 4 (Brooke Cooper 2, Mia Montgomery 2 & MVP) lost to St Albans Super Fours
5. Rangiora Gold finished third in division two. Rangiora Rock Stars 2 lost to SouthernUnited Red 3. The Rock Stars finished third in division seven.
Mini Sticks boys: Rangiora Rockets 5 (Harrison Forbes & Oliver Taylor goal scorers, Harrison Forbes MVP) lost to Cathedral Grammar 8. Rangiora Rockets finished sixth in division one.
Kiwi Sticks girls: Rangiora Gold 0 lost to HSOB Rattlers 1. Rangiora Gold finished fourth in division two. Rangiora Green 5 (goal scorers Ella Sharpe, Kate Kelso, Sophie Ward Martin, Annie Airey, Payton Edmundson MVP) beat Marist Purple 4. Rangiora Green finish second in division five. Rangiora White Diamonds 5 (Jorja Stott 3, Anika Watt 2, Libby Thompson MVP) beat Hinemoa Kaiapoi 0. Rangiora White Diamonds finished fifth in division eight. Rangiora Black 2 (Tilly Dodd 2) lost to HSOB 4. Rangiora Black finished first in division 10.
Kiwi Sticks boys: Rangiora Gold 5 (Sam Firth 2, Noah Van Tuinen 1, Shaun Cooper 1, Jarren Bain 1, Luke Panasiuk MVP) beat Marist Chargers 2. Rangiora Gold finished fourth in division four.
Kwik Sticks 6-a-side girls: Rangiora White 1 (Cassidy Jane Hunter 1) lost to Cathedral Grammar 4. Rangiora White finish third in division two.
Kwik Sticks 6-a-side boys: A mix up in the draw resulted in the scheduled games being abandoned so Rangiora White played a friendly against Rangiora Green to end the season. For the record – Rangiora White 5 (Ryley Eder 4, Hugh Smith 1) beat Rangiora Green 2 (Johnny Parris 1, Ryan Basset 1, Robson Williams MVP). Rangiora Green finished fourth in division one. Rangiora White finished first in divisiontwo.
Kwik Sticks 11-a-side girls: Rangiora Gold Ravens 2 (Hayley McKellow 2 &MVP) lost to Marist Green 3. The Gold Ravens finished fifth in division one. Rangiora Green 1 (Jessica Riddel 1 &MVP) drew with HSOB Burnside Black 1. Rangiora Green finished fifth in division four.
Kwik Sticks 11-a-side boys: Rangiora’s scheduled game against Medbury was abandoned due to amix up with the draw.