Nothing could separate Springfield and Whangarei Girls' High School as they played out a 1-all draw in their premier women's hockey match.
WGHS had the better of the first half and scored in the second quarter after Aimee-Leigh Scott converted a nicely worked attack.
The school side created further chances by using their speed on attack and forced some classy goal line saves from a tough Springfield defence.
The tides turned in the second half of Saturday's match and Springfield had more time on attack, scoring when Jodie Nichol converted from a penalty corner in the third quarter.
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With the momentum in their favour, Springfield made waves of attack but WGHS held their nerve to keep them out.
Stand-in coach Alan Moscrip was impressed with the way his school side handled the relentless pressure.
"It takes a little bit for younger heads to keep soaking that pressure up but it is really heartening when you can," Moscrip said.
"It is just as important to stop the scoreboard ticking over at the defensive end... and we probably got a little nervous camping in our 25 for too long but I think we defended heartily and the keeper and defenders were solid."
In the other premier women's match played on Friday night, Old Girls held on to beat Hikurangi 1-0 in a tough match.
The only premier men's game of the weekend saw Springfield get their first win of the season when they beat Whangarei Boys' High School 5-2 on Saturday.
The game between Maungakaramea and Bream Bay men has been deferred until May 15.