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Open Grade Round 8 Roundup

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Saturday & Sunday the 11th & 12th of June

Round 8 of the Wellington Hockey Open Grade competition is in the books with another weekend of action-packed hockey all over the Wellington region. Check out some reports, scores and goal scorers from the weekend below.

Premier 1 Men

Second placed Indians won the Indian Sports national tournament in Christchurch for the Dhyan Chand Trophy over Queen's Birthday weekend, but could make little impression against competition leaders Dalefield at Clareville on Saturday. Indians went a goal up in the first quarter, but home-side striker and co-coach Benedict van Woerkom, with a brace, scored his first goals of the season and now sees his side ten points out in front. Second-equal Hutt United were affected by illness and could not maintain the pressure, going down to fourth placed Harbour City by a couple of goals after the sides had drawn 3-3 in the season opener. Victoria beat Northern United for a second time but did not have things all their way, with outstanding former Horowhenua mid-fielder Jackson Hirini scoring twice for the students.

Tawa Titans had the bye


Dalefield 4 (Benedict van Woerkom 2, Rowan Yeo, Graeme Murrell) Indians 1 (Hiran Mani)

Victoria 3 (Jackson Hirini 2, Alistair Birchall) Northern United 0

Harbour City 4 (Rio Tuson 2, Liam Mortimer, Dane Hawkins) Hutt United 2 (Callum Olsen, Ethan Kerruish)

Points after seven rounds: Dalefield 24, Indians 14, Hutt United 14, Harbour City 13, Victoria 7, Tawa Titans 3*, Northern United 0.

* denotes a bye

Games on 18 June

Indians v Tawa Titans 12:45pm McDonald’s Newtown NHS 2

Dalefield v Harbour City 2:30pm McDonald’s Newtown NHS 2

Hutt United v Victoria 4:00pm Fraser Park

Northern United have the bye

Premier 1 Women

Hutt United followed their narrow win against Northern United a fortnight ago with a hard-fought victory over Harbour City, despite having some players missing through illness. In bright, sunny conditions on McDonald’s Newtown NHS 2 the red and maroons were one-up at half time through Ruby Baker, and added two more after the break, while Harbour remained scoreless thanks to staunch United defence led by goalie Danni Deans. Northern United made it 19 goals in two games against Victoria, with Sophie Macadre notching a hattrick on Saturday and their bonus point takes them one clear of Hutt United. Karori continue to improve and defended well, but goal-scoring is still a problem as they went down to Dalefield in the early game at Clareville. The injury-hit local side scored in each of the first three quarters with Abby Crawley netting twice.

Toa had the bye


Hutt United 3 (Ruby Baker, Imogen Neil, Minna Reid) Harbour City 0

Dalefield 3 (Abby Crawley 2, Felicity Reidy) Karori 0

Northern United 7 (Sophie Macadre 3, Amy Robinson 2, Amy Bieleski, Emma Brokenshire) Victoria 0

Points after seven rounds: Northern United 22, Hutt United 21, Dalefield 17, Harbour City 10, Toa 4*, Karori 2, Victoria 2

* denotes a bye

Games on 18 June

Karori v Toa 12:30pm Cello NHS 1

Dalefield v Harbour City 2:15pm Cello NHS 1

Hutt United v Victoria 2:15pm Fraser Park

Northern United have the bye

Premier 2 Women

Victoria 2 grabbed the outright competition lead on Sunday, managing the only goal in a water-logged game against Tawa Titans in the early game on Cello NHS 1. In the following encounter Upper Hutt had their first win as they did better in the treacherous conditions to comfortably beat Victoria 3. The game between the other top sides Hutt United and Harbour City due to start at 4:00pm on Cello NHS 1 was postponed, while it was also too wet for hockey at Paraparaumu, so Karori and Kapiti take a point each, Kapiti’s being their first in the competition.


Upper Hutt 5 (Kirsten Asher, Dannielle Fitness, Tiari-Awhina Pepere, Georgia Lloyd, Norma McCarty) Victoria 3 1

Victoria 2 1 (Kristina O’Connor) Tawa Titans 0

Karori 0 Kapiti 0

Hutt United v Harbour City Postponed

Points after 3 rounds

Victoria 2 9, Hutt United 6*, Harbour City 6*, Karori 4, Upper Hutt 4 Tawa Titans 1, Kapiti 1, Victoria 3 0.

* denotes game in hand

Games on 19 June

Upper Hutt v Victoria 2 12:30pm Maidstone Park

Tawa Titans v Karori 12:45pm McDonald’s Newtown 2

Kapiti v Harbour City 1:15pm Mazengarb Park

Victoria 3 v Hutt United 2:30pm McDonald’s Newtown 2

Premier 2 Men

The early season’s high-flyers Hutt United had their first win off the competition round, by a couple of goals over Northern United in very wet conditions at McDonald’s Newtown NHS 2 on Sunday. Karori had played well in the earlier game against Upper Hutt, but could not quite snare a bonus point, while the game between Kapiti and Victoria could not be played at Paraparaumu, with the result being declared a draw.


Hutt United 4 (Kerry Thomas 2, Zach Yearbury) Northern United 2 (Jonny Lusby, Aaron Clulow)

Karori 6 (Jesse Morgan 2, Ben McCarthy 2, Pacey Johnston) Upper Hutt 2

Kapiti 0 Victoria 0 (Not played)

Points after three rounds: Kapiti 7, Upper Hutt 6, Karori 6, Northern United 3, Hutt United 3, Victoria 1

Games on 19 June

Karori v Northern United 12:30pm Cello NHS 1

Upper Hutt v Kapiti 2:15pm Maidstone Park

Hutt United v Victoria 2:15pm Cello NHS 1

Premier 3 Women


Northern United 9 (Sarah Neilson 3, Zoe Luke 2, Kristina Strang 2, Steph Jones, Jenny Whitworth) Upper Hutt 0

Indians 7 (Jayna Lala 3, Alice Blackwell 2, Neelam Bhikha, Hena Raman) Victoria 4 0

Toa 3 Kapiti 2

Naenae 6 Northern United 0

Harbour City had the bye

Hutt United 4 Kapiti 3 4

Points after three rounds: Indians 11, Naenae 10, Northern United 2 7, Toa 6, Kapiti 3 5*, Kapiti 2 4*, Hutt United 4, Victoria 3, Harbour City 0*, Northern United 3 0, Upper Hutt 0

* denotes a bye

Premier 3 Men


Karori 2 (James Sinclair, Erik Poulsen) Northern United 1

Tawa Titans 5 (Jordan Allan 2, Pierce McLeod, Jack Hawkey, Thomas Mclean)

Victoria 3 3

Indians 3 5 (Dipan Ranchhod 2, Nermash Ramji 2, Luke Clifford) Victoria 4 4

Hutt United 2 (Peter Roberts, Jack Josland) Indians 2 1 (Jamin Bhikh)

Petone Tuis 2 Harbour City 1 (result reversed as Petone used an unregistered player)

Upper Hutt had the bye

Points after three rounds: Tawa Titans 10, Petone Tuis 6, Harbour City 5, Hutt United 4*, Indians 2 4, Indians 3 4*, Victoria 3 4, Karori 3, Victoria 4 2, Upper Hutt 1*, Northern United 0

* denotes a bye

Full results and competition standing are available via the Wellington Hockey PlayHQ here.

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