Canterbury off to a flying start Canterbury enjoyed dual successes in the opening round of the National Hockey League, with their men recording a 3-1 win over defending champions Capital and their women seeing off the same opponents 4-2.

Central's men also made clear their intentions with a 4-1 win over Midlands while North Harbour overcame Auckland in a shootout after the scores were locked at a goal apiece.

The women's fixture between the same opponents saw the same outcome, though the result is currently under protest and yet to be confirmed.

Elsewhere in the women's field, Midlands ran rampant to notch a 5-1 win over Central.


Meanwhile, the next crop of hockey talent were crowned, with St Paul's and Villa Maria College taking the boys' and girls' titles at their respective secondary school tournaments.