The Auckland U14 Representative team hosted Queenstown on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August 2017 at Paradice Botany in their second round of the U14 league.
Saturday’s game one promised to be a tough one, with Queenstown having beaten Canterbury 9-0 and 13-1 the week earlier.
In what would be a stark contrast to the rest of game one, period one featured only a single goal ending 1-0 in favour of Auckland.
Auckland further extended their lead in the second period, scoring another 4 unanswered goals to bring the score 5-0 in their favour.
Queenstown would need a strong third and final period to come back from a 5 goal deficit, and they started with a single goal in the first 30 seconds. However, a strong defensive and offensive effort allowed Auckland to score another 4 goals in the third and final period, while only giving up one more to Queenstown, eventually finishing the game 9-2.
Full game statistics can be viewed here: Auckland vs. Queenstown – Saturday 12th August 2017
Game two on Sunday started off perfectly for Auckland, scoring their first goal just 56 seconds in and adding another 2 goals to this a few minutes later. The rest of the period was quiet by comparison, until Auckland managed to sneak in a goal with just one second remaining in the period.
Period two began well for Auckland, scoring just 41 seconds in bringing the score 5-0 in their favour. Queenstown began to respond, scoring two unanswered goals leaving the game 5-2 in Auckland’s favour as the team hit the locker rooms for period 3.
Period three marked somewhat of a comeback for Queenstown, scoring 2 goals early in the period, bringing it back to a one goal game 5-4. Just over half way through the period, Auckland responded with a single goal and then added to this with just 40 seconds to go, finishing the game with a 7-4 victory.
Full game statistics can be viewed here: Auckland vs. Queenstown – Sunday 13th August
A strong performance from Auckland sees them at the top of the table with their next games in Dunedin on September 2nd and 3rd.