Hockey: Canterbury, Midlands claim U21 titles

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The Canterbury Men and Midlands Women have won their respective titles at the National Under 21 Tournament in Dunedin.

The in-form Cantabrians stormed to a dominant 6-0 win over North Harbour in the final, pouring on six goals following a scoreless first half.

Sam Lane starred with a double while David Brydon, Jesse Forsyth, Dominic Newman and Nick Findlay also found the back of the goal.

Lane also picked up the Most Valuable Player of the tournament award thanks to his superb form, which also saw him finish top goal scorer after netting 14 times in just seven games.

Southern secured the bronze medal with a 2-0 result over Midlands following late goals from Silas Dalley (67th minute) and Kieran O'Connor (70').

In the women's final, Midlands claimed the championship with a hard fought 2-1 win over North Harbour in a game locked up 0-0 at halftime.

Amy Robinson scored the opening goal for Midlands in the 42nd minute before North Harbour's Samantha Polovnikoff equalised six minutes later.

Tori Robinson then delivered the winning field goal for the girls in orange eight minutes out from fulltime.

Harbour's Stephanie Dickins won the Women's Most Valuable Player of the tournament award while Auckland's Su Arn Kwek was top goal scorer on eight.

Auckland took out the bronze medal with a 3-2 result against Central with goals from Nicola McDonnell, Lulu Tuilotolava and Madison Doar.

- NZ Herald

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