By winning their matches on Saturday, the two local women's teams in the Midlands Intercity Hockey League qualified for the semifinals next week.

Tauranga's men's clubs were less successful and both failed to reach the semifinals.

Katikati Cougars have improved each week lately and were always in charge in their match against Rotorua's Marist St Michaels, triumphing 5-2 after leading 2-0 at the break.

Anna Henson goaled twice in the first half, Katie Horan scored a brace in the second half and Rebecca Kersten also put the ball in the net.


Persistence paid off for CMS Mt Maunganui in their match against Hamilton Old Girls. After a scoreless first half, the Mount's Taryn Moore and Megan de Lambert scored field goals in the second spell for a 2-0 victory.

Unbeaten Thames Valley United defeated Rotorua Aces 4-1, and look unlikely to be tripped on the path to the women's trophy. Valley will host Mt Maunganui in one semifinal next Saturday, while Hamilton's Fraser-Tech will host Katikati in the other semifinal.

Bayleys Otumoetai travelled to Pukekohe to do battle with Pukekohe Indians in a vital men's match. Looking in control with a 4-2 lead at halftime, Otumoetai conceded two goals in the final quarter to finish with a 4-4 draw. This was insufficient for Otumoetai to secure fourth spot for a berth in the semifinals.

Tauranga Old Boys struggled to dominate Fraser Tech in their home game and were 1-3 behind at the interval. Fraser Tech scored twice more in the second half to run out comfortable winners 5-1.

The men's Intercity semifinals will be an all-Waikato affair, with points leaders Hamilton Old Boys meeting Te Awamutu in one semi and Suburbs Piako up against Fraser Tech in the other.

Otumoetai will play off for fifth place next week against Tauranga Old Boys with the Graham Foster Memorial Cup at stake.

Women's Championship

Mount Maunganui 2 (Taryn Moore, Megan de Lambert) beat Hamilton Old Girls 0, HT 0-0; Katikati Cougars 5 (Anna Henson 2, Rebecca Kersten, Katie Horan 2) beat Marist St Michaels 2 (Oriwa Hepi 2), HT 2-0; Thames Valley United 4 beat Rotorua Aces 1; Fraser Tech 4 (Emma Andrews 2, Kayla Povey, Freya Pike) beat Te Awamutu 2 (Katelyn Olsen, Sioban Hayman), HT 2-1; Suburbs Piako 3 beat Waikato University 1, HT 1-0.

Men's Championship:

Fraser Tech 5 (Orin Burmester 2, Kobi Nicholson, Ross Sternbridge, Owen Mitae-Wells) beat Tauranga Old Boys 1 (Denym Clarke), HT 3-1; Hamilton Old Boys 6 (Zane Anderson 2, Ricky Hayward 3, Jury Herewini) beat Suburbs Piako 2 (Richie Bloor, Azza Barnsdall), HT 4-0; Te Awamutu 3 (Rhys Mclachlan 2, Jamie Brewer) beat BOP Indians 1 (Nirwair Singh), HT 1-1; Otumoetai 4 (Scott Richardson, Andrew Fraser-MacKenzie, Hayden Bruin, Hugh Gilmer) drew with Pukekohe Indians 4, HT 4-2.

Men's Plate:

Waikato University 1 drew with Onewhero-Pukekohe 1; Waiau Pa 7 defeated BOP Barbarians 2; Kohekohe beat Thames Valley United by default.