On Sunday, September 9 the 2018 Ford National Hockey League kicked-off with 4 women’s and 3 men’s games around the country.
The Ricoh Capital Cobras (men) showed a dominant 5-0 performance against the John Turkington Forestry Central Mavericks. The Bayleys Midlands men left Auckland scoreless to win 1-0 in their matchup and Canterbury also asserted their dominance with a 5-1 victory over Southern.
On Tuesday night, Tiger Turf North Habour men took on Auckland in a hard-fought battle. At the end of regulation and extra time, the teams were tied 3-3 leaving the decider to a shootout. Auckland came out on top, 2-0, in the final moments. Bayleys Midlands will take on Tiger Turf North Harbour tonight for the final men’s game before all team’s head to Wellington for the remainder of the Ford NHL.
On the women’s side on Sunday, John Turkington Forestry Central Mysticks left Ricoh Capital scoreless in Hawke’s Bay with a convincing 4-0 win as did Tiger Turf North Harbour against Northland (4-0). Canterbury were far too good for Southern winning 9-1 in Christchurch to make a statement heading into the tournament, while the Auckland vs. Bayleys Midlands game was tied 1-1 at the end of extra time, sending the game into a shootout. Bayleys Midlands came out on top in the shootout, 4-2, to give them the win.
The action for the women will continue of Saturday, September 15 at the National Hockey Stadium in Wellington.
Hockey New Zealand will once again provide a livestream of this years’ Ford NHL for all hockey fans who can’t make it to the National Hockey Stadium in Wellington to catch the action. The Women’s K Cup Final and the Men’s Challenge Shield Final, along with the respective bronze medal games will be streamed live simultaneously on the Hockey New Zealand Facebook page and in full high definition on YouTube.
The 2018 Ford National Hockey League is proudly supported by Ford, Educare, Trilliant Trust, NZCT, Wellington City Council and Wellington Hockey.