Marist Magic Men clenched the 2019 Honda National League Menís championship
trophy after a nail biting 11-10 win over Hutt Heat.
After being undefeated throughout the season, Marist came into the final as
favourites, but knew they were going to have to dig deep to defeat an
on-form Hutt Heat team.
Hutt raced to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter through goals from
Conor Lui, Sean Bryant and two from Adam Pye.
Marist scored early in the second quarter with a backhand goal from Fabian
Wanrooij, shifting the momentum in favour of the local side. While both
teams were on a goal shooting spree, Hutt Heat remained a head 6-4 going
into the half time.
In a physical third quarter, Marist fought hard to lock scores at 7-7
heading in the final quarter.
With under one minute to go the scores remained locked, but then a great
shot from Marist Magicís Liam Patterson gave his side the win and the 2019
In the battle for bronze, North Harbour Cootes Construction defeated
Tauranga Body In Motion with a 13-9 victory. Tauranga won the exclusion
count (11-8) but couldnít convert enough to stay in the game.
Gold Medal- Marist Magic def Hutt Heat 11-10
Bronze Medal- North Harbour Cootes Construction def Tauranga Body In Motion
Top Goal Scorers
Hutt's Jerome McGuinness scored 32 goals to be ranked the second-highest
goal scorer for the league behind Matt Small (Marist Magic) 35 goals and
ahead of Nick Stankovich (Waitakere Blue Devils) 28 goals