vs. St Cuthbert's - Thursday 30 August 2012
MAGS finished their season with a 2-1 win over St Cuthbert's 2nd XI. This put them in fifth place in the A/B competition. MAGS was unbeaten in the seven games they played in this grade, which is an outstanding effort. However, three drawn games cost them the opportunity to contest in the play-offs.
MAGS played a skillful and well-structured St Cuthbert's team for 5th and 6th place. While dominating the first half with six shots on goal, their season-long plague continued with their failure to capitalise on opportunities. In the second half, MAGS finally opened the scoring with a well-worked team goal to Caitlin Donaldson. The rest of the half was a unstructured affair played in the mid-field with neither team exerting any dominance. However, with two minutes to play, St Cuthbert's scored an outstanding field goal to tie the game up. In the final play of the game some great individual play by Hannah Elia forced a penalty corner to set up an opportunity to win the game. The St Cuthbert's goalie saved the first shot on goal, but Hannah Ward mopped up the clearance to score the goal to win the game.
Grace Holland was named player of the day for her outstanding defence, a feature she has demonstrated for the entire season. Congratulations to the players, coaches and their supporters on a very good season.
vs. Avondale College - Thursday 9 August 2012
A short trip to Avondale to play neighbours Avondale College for the first time in the competition. There was concern from Monday about the level of wellness in the team with a number of players out or suffering injury or illness. While not the ideal build-up, all players were itching for a win and ready to take on any challenge Avondale threw at them.
Both teams started well and appeared fairly evenly matched. However, Avondale made several early attacking forays, demonstrating a skillful passing game and using long through balls to penetrate the circle. The MAGS defence eventually cracked under this pressure, allowing a goal after only 8 minutes. Not ideal to be one down after such a short time. Avondale continued to apply pressure throughout the second half, but were denied any further goals by a resolute defence, stung into action by the early goal. Meanwhile, at the other end, the skilled MAGS attack forced a number of penalty corners, two of which were brilliantly converted by Hannah Ward. MAGS went into half time 2-1 ahead.
In the second half Hannah Elia was moved into central striker, allowing her more attacking space and she converted a well-crafted goal three minutes into the half. At six minutes into the 2nd half the Avondale coach made the tactical decision to pull the goalie off and they played the remaining game with 11 field players. While this put pressure on the MAGS team by having an extra attacking player, it actually seem to make the team more fluid in the second half. They dominated possession and after a concentrated period of attack were rewarded with a great team goal, finished off by Hannah Elia in the 24th minute. Special mention must be made of Celine Pearn for her outstanding link play in constructing this goal.
While Avondale never gave up and took every opportunity to attack, the MAGS defence held solid and kept Avondale scoreless in the 2nd half. The final score of 4-1 was a good reflection of a hard-fought game. Breahna Wards outstanding game in goal was rewarded by her being named Player of the Game.
vs. Pakuranga College - Thursday 2 August 2012
The game was completely different to anything that the girls had experienced before. Today, they were being recorded by the Outside Broadcasting Film and TV School. The set up was just like you see at the Olympics; with cameras, sound, cables and people everywhere, even the cameras aimed at the dugout! Taking this into account and the rushed build up with limited time for our usual pre-game routine due to the 4pm game at Pakuranga, the girls started with commitment and determination showing through. We were linking passes and putting pressure on the defence and looking the better team. Unfortunately, territory and possession do not necessarily convert to goals and we were in that situation where the ball just did not make it to the back of goal. The score was 0-0 at half time.
Our strikers Briar, Caitlin, Te Aorere, along with Shae and Courtney, were covering a lot of ground, but just did not manage the right touch. Other opportunities from Hannah W and Hannah E did not achieve the desirable outcome, but not from lack of trying or continuing to move forward and putting Pakuranga under pressure. Thanks to our mid-fielders Brooke, Sarah, Celine and Claudia who broke down several plays from Pakuranga to put us on attack again.
When Pakuranga moved in for their attacks our midfielders and inners were called on to clear the ball and we can always rely on Grace and Kasey as our formidable defensive team. Our Goalie Breahna Ward missed several games earlier in the season due to an injury but is looking comfortable in goal with her skills and her communication to keep the girls on task. Credit to her and all the players on defence that Pakuranga didn't score from one of their several attempts, there were some nail-biting moments! Towards the end of the game, the pressure of not scoring was showing on our team even though they were still fighting for that elusive goal right to the final whistle. Final score 0-0. Even after that Briar Tippett (captain) was still on duty as she was interviewed as part of the film recording process!
Player of the Day was awarded to Te Aorere Slater as she continues to develop her ability to read the game and put herself in the right position, adding value to MAGS hockey in every game.
vs Marist College - Thursday 26th July 2012
MAGS began their second round-robin game with a penalty corner goal to Hannah Elia in the 5th minute. With an attacking mind-set, MAGS controlled the game from the start, dictating play, dominating possession and creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities. However, poor finishing options allowed Marist to stay in the game and MAGS finished the first half with only a 2-0 lead.
MAGS began the second half in the same fashion as the first, with Hannah Elia converting another penalty corner to record a hat trick. Unfortunately, this is where the scoring dried up. While MAGS dominated possession, they struggled to convert this possession into attacking pressure and scoring chances. Marist, to their credit, never gave up and should be proud of their efforts.
Hannah Elia had a great striker's game in the forwards, Hannah Ward controlled the game well from the midfield and player of the day Kasey Nihil was rock solid in defence.
Final score 3-0
vs Mt Roskill Grammar - Thursday 19th July 2012
MAGS began the A/B competition with an away game against Mt Roskill. The game was a hard-fought physical affair with neither side being able to dominate the other. MAGS was ably led by captain and player of the day, Hannah Ward, who worked tirelessly in the midfield. The young attack, while creating plenty of opportunity, could only manage an early first half goal to Hannah Elia. Mt Roskill responded with a goal late in the second half to seal a draw.
Final score 1-1 draw
vs. King's College - Thursday 21 June 2012
MAGS played their second crossover game against King's College. After the heart-breaking loss to Baradene the week before, they were determined to do well. The first half was an evenly balanced affair, with the majority of the game taking place in the midfield as the teams battled for possession. King's was awarded a number of penalty corners in the last moments of the first half and scored after three attempts. The second half continued where the first had left off, a see-sawing affair where neither team could exert ongoing pressure. In the last quarter MAGS began to dominate the midfield with some very solid play by centre half Kasey Nihill, but once again could not capitalise on this pressure with goals. Hannah Ward was agonisingly close to equalising from a penalty corner with two minutes to go. But, unfortunately, it wasn't to be.
Final score 1-0 to King's.
Player of the day was Kasey Nihill who had a great debut in her first game at centre-half.
vs. Baradene - Thursday 14 June 2012
MAGS last round robin game was against Baradene. This game would decide third place in their pool, with an easier path into the play-offs for the intercity competition.
Despite a promising start, a rare defensive slip cost MAGS a goal after 6 minutes. For the remainder of the half the contest was evenly fought. Both teams had their opportunities but both being held out by resolute defence.
The second half saw MAGS upping the pressure, dominating play and forcing the Baradene goalkeeper to make numerous saves. Despite all the pressure and with the Baradene defence only just keeping MAGS out, Baradene in one of their only attacking forays of the second half managed to sneak another ball past the MAGS goalie taking a two nil lead. MAGS threw everything at Baradene, with attack after attack, however they could not break through the defence and consequently suffered their third loss of the season. The Baradene goal-keeper deserves special mention she undoubtedly kept her team in the game.
Overall MAGS dominated the game, exerting pressure for long periods and having over double the number of circle penetrations of the Baradene attack. The 6 to 3 penalty corner ratio testament to their superiority in attack. Most would agree that the MAGS attack did enough to win the game and that both Baradene goals were against the run of play. However, the fact is that goals win games and unfortunately MAGS could not capitalise on their domination.
The MAGS girls can take a great deal out of this game and go into their first play-off with a great deal of confidence.
vs. St Kentigern's College - Thursday 7 June 2012
MAGS faced a powerful St Kentigern College team in the fourth round of the Auckland competition. This was a crucial game, as a win would go along way to cementing a semi-final spot and a place in the intercity competition.
MAGS were penalised for a unfocussed start by a St Kent's goal in the first minute of the game. The team responded well, but were rocked by two further goals in the first half. Despite an even share of possession and numerous forays into the St Kents 25, MAGS were unable to penetrate the MAGS circle and convert attack into goals. However, just before half-time, a well constructed goal was scored by Briar Tippett on the back of some individual brilliance from Hannah Elia.
The second half was evenly matched, if torrid affair, with MAGS throwing everything at St Kent's. The MAGS defence, after its early first half early lapses, was rock solid repelling all that St Kents had to offer. The midfield was tireless in attack and defence and the strikers created some good attacking opportunities, but unfortunately couldnt capitalise on any of them. The two-goal margin in the ended proved too great for MAGS to overcome and the second half ended scoreless.
Kasey Nihill was named player of the day for her strength in defence. Stand-in keeper Lynn Lewis had another outstanding game in goal.
Final Score 3-1
vs. St Cuthbert's - Thursday 31 May 2012
MAGS girls were facing St Cuthberts 1st XI, one of the top teams in the Open A pool. It was known this was always going to be a game where our team with 6 new players to the Open A would have a real experience of the top level of play in this competition. Even for our other players it is a formidable challenge to face a team comprised of mostly U18 & U21 Auckland reps. We were prepared for a defensive game, but the first half brought opportunities for both teams, with MAGS switching to attack regularly. Although these were not converted into goals. MAGS achieved a first-time ever by keeping St Cuthbert's to nil-all at half time.
In the second half St Cuthbert's were motivated to change the scoreboard and attempted to power through MAGS confident defence who were in an unenviable position of sustaining attack after attack. St Cuthbert's were rewarded with 3 goals over a period of 5 minutes. MAGS put up a solid force, keeping out repeated attempts at goal with Lynn (Goalie) stopping direct hits supported by Kasey, Grace, Sarah, Claudia, Hannah W, Ruby and Hannah E relentlessly clearing the ball.
The girls played so confidently and skillfully that only four penalty corners were conceded in the whole game which is an exceptional statistic, given the number of times St Cuthbert's were in the attacking circle. Unfortunately, with MAGS in this defensive mode, it was difficult to convert any forward momentum. Celine. Caitlin and Hannah W, supported by Courtney, Te Aorere and Shae produced good runs on attack, but were denied any goals.
Supporters witnessed a bold and positive MAGS team who were pleased that only 3 goals were conceded and were proud of the continued efforts by the team. On that basis, it was fair to say the whole team be awarded Highly Commendable Play, but noting Grace Holland and Hannah Ward with their outstanding consistent play and naming Sarah Crowhurst as POD, who is displaying a stronger and committed game each week.
vs. Diocesan 2nd XI - Thursday 24 May 2012
MAGS began the game in exhilarating fashion with a trademark counter attack that nearly resulted to a goal to flying left wing Caitlin Donaldson within the first 60 seconds. This was a sign of things to come with the MAGS team absorbing pressure from a very well drilled Diocesan team and then launching attacks through the midfield pairing of the Hannah Ward and Hannah Elia combining with the upfront speed of Briar Tippett and Caitlin Donaldson. After a concentrated period of attack MAGS were rewarded by a great strikers goal to Briar Tippett. However defensive lapses cost them with Diocesan quickly equalising. MAGS again went ahead with a great team goal, tipped in by perfectly positioned Te Aorere Salter to go to halftime with a 2-1 lead. Soon after halftime defensive lapses again cost MAGS, allowed Diocesan a soft equalising goal. The remainder of the second half was a teetering affair, neither side holding on to enough position to exert the pressure to win. However, captain of the day, Hannah Ward capped an outstanding game performance to score an awesome individual goal, giving MAGS a well-deserved if scrappy win. The defensive unit was ably led by hard as nails Grace Holland. Special mention must go to goalkeeper and player of the day Lynn Lewis who made several brilliant saves.
Final score 3-2 victory to MAGS
vs. Pakuranga College - Thursday 17 May 2012
The new look MAGS premier girls hockey team began their Open A season with a 2-1 victory over Pakuranga College. The team have seven new players who all performed ably under the pressure of top grade Hockey. Shae Miller, in particular shone, scoring the winning goal on debut. The first goal of the season was scored from a penalty corner by another on debut, Hannah-Rose Elia. Hannah Elia and Hannah Ward both had outstanding games creating headaches for the Pakuranga team on both defence and attack. The MAGS defence was rock-solid under the leadership of Kasey Nihil and Grace Holland. Fill-in goal keeper Lyn Lewis performed admirably.
The MAGS team is captained by Briar Tippet, supported by vice-captain Hannah Ward.