With nine points to spare over fifth-placed MCOB, Wanganui men's hockey team TCOB look a shoo-in for the Manawatu semis - but coach Les Wilson wants to make absolutely sure.

And that means winning everything that remains - two of the matches against joint leaders HSHC (today, Palmerston North 4.30pm) and Massey. The other is against Palmerston North Boys High School.

It looks a bit of a tall order, but Wilson says he expects his players to stand up and show exactly why they should be selected in the Wanganui rep men's hockey team for next month's national tournament.

TCOB and HSHC have met twice this season, the Wanganui side winning a pre-competition match but losing 2-5 at Palmerston North in the competition. Second time up, TCOB find themselves in Palmerston North again in the 4.30pm slot - not one greatly loved by Wanganui teams.


"The potential is there to score nine more points," Wilson said, "and that's what we will be looking at."

Most players are available, but TCOB may have to do without key man Brad Williamson for the rest of the season unless a stomach strain makes some progress.

Points of the leading teams: Massey, HSHC 30, College 26, TCOB 23, MCOB 14. Massey have two games in hand.

Collegians women need just a bit of luck to make the semis. They meet competition top team College today in Palmerston North, then all teams take three weeks off for National Hockey League matches before the semis.

Collegians are third (on goal difference) although equal on points with HSHC Evergreens, with next-placed HSHC four points back. The problem is that a couple of teams have an extra game in hand, including HSHC.

Rangers men play leaders Massey at Wanganui at 1.30pm, and it will be a difficult match for that young side.