The Whanganui men will go into their Queen's Birthday Weekend off knowing they have now all but qualified for the middle division of Hockey Manawatu after overwhelming an undermanned Marist B 8-1 on Saturday.

The Palmerston North club could only bring 10 players up to Gonville Domain for the opening game of the second round, while Whanganui had three extra on the bench and Colleen Baylis available to organise the shifts with her Whanganui women's team on their bye.

Totally on the defensive from the start, Marist B let Whanganui move the ball from the midfield onto attack with impunity,