Congratulations to the Canterbury U13A girls who brought home the Collier Trophy for the third year in a row! And well done to the U13A boys who travelled home with a bronze medal.
After a convincing 4-1 victory over Northland in their semi-final on Friday afternoon, the Canterbury U13A girls were all fired up to meet arch rivals Auckland in the final on Saturday afternoon. And the girls certainly came out firing right from the opening whistle, captain Kaiyah Ratu finding the back of the Auckland net after just two minutes. Meg Edwards then calmly slotted a penalty stroke a minute later to put the red and blacks in the box seat before 5 minutes had ticked over on the clock. Auckland though fought back and converted a PC in the 17th minute before Chloe McNeill restored the two goal buffer a couple of minutes later. Ratu then added her second, and the team’s 4th goal on the stroke of halftime to see the Canterbury girls go into the break with a very handy 4-1 lead. Ratu grabbed her hattrick in the first minute of the second half and despite Auckland fighting valiantly the damage had already been done by the red and blacks and they ran out very comfortable 5-1 winners to nail the three-peat and bring the silverware home once again.
After the disappointment of a shootout loss to South Canterbury in their semi-final the Canterbury U13A boys were desperate to make amends in their bronze medal playoff against Nelson. In a very even first half both teams created plenty of opportunities but neither was able to make the most of their chances and they went into halftime with no goals to show for their efforts. The Canterbury boys though got their noses in front with 6 minutes left on the clock when Finn McCormack-Young converted a well taken penalty corner, but Nelson fought back with everything they had and snatched an equaliser, also from a PC, after the final hooter to force the match into penalty shootouts. Poised at 3-3 after the first round of shootouts it was down to sudden death to decide the bronze medallist, Vivek Lallu and McCormack Young calmly slotting theirs to relegate Nelson to 4th place.