North Harbour men and women’s teams are the 2018 NZWPNL champions after a thrilling finals weekend held at the National Aquatic Centre in Auckland.
Cootes Construction North Harbour gold celebration.
NZWPL MEN’S BRONZE MEDAL: MARIST MAGIC 20 v HUTT HEAT 19
Last year's champion and this year's table-topper, Marist Magic lost their semi-final on Saturday in a breathtaking match against Waitakere Blue Devils. The game was highly competitive and went to a penalty shoot-out which was won by Waitakere (15-13).
Marist Magic vs Hutt Heat: the battle for the 3rd place.
The battle for the third place between Marist and Hutt Heat was also taken to a penalty shoot-out. The game was extremely close, with Hutt finishing the first half ahead by 9 – 7, but Marist levelled things at full time then managed to beat Hutt in a penalty shootout 20-19 (13-13 full time).
NZWP MEN’S GOLD MEDAL: NORTH HARBOUR 10 v WAITAKERE BLUE DEVILS 9
Cootes Construction North Harbour and Waitakere Blue Devils produced an exciting and drama-filled National League mens final.
Gold match: North Harbour vs. Waitakere
Waitakere started strongly and opened up a four goal lead at one point, then held the lead into the final period. North Harbour finished the strongest in a dramatic last quarter, only taking the lead in the final minutes. This was a fantastic match to finish the 2018 National League season, with the victory to Cootes Construction North Harbour, 10-9 over Waitakere.
TOP SCORER: Nick Stankovich, 56, Waitakere
MVP: Matt Bryant, Hutt Heat
Nigel Tay (gk), Marist Makutu
Matt Bryant, Hutt Heat
Matt Small, Marist Magic
Fabian Wanrooij, Marist Magic
Sean Newcombe, Waitakere Blue Devils
Nick Stankovich, Waitakere Blue Devils
Johnny Clarke, North Harbour Cootes Construction
NZWPNL - Men's 2018 League Team.
NZWPL WOMEN’S BRONZE MEDAL: WAITAKERE BLUE DIAMONDS 13 v HUTT HEAT 12
Waitakere Blue Diamonds faced Hutt Heat in the battle for the bronze medal this Sunday, at 12 pm. After an extremely tight game, Waitakere managed to beat Hutt Heat by 13 – 12 and got the third place.
Gold battle match: North Harbour vs. Marist Magic
NZWPL WOMEN’S GOLD MEDAL: NORTH HARBOUR 15 v MARIST MAGIC 6
North Harbour Carlton Party Hire finished its strong campaign beating Marist Magic in the women’s final. Marist tried to react with the support of a big crowd, but they could not stop North Harbour’s efficient attack which scored 15 times against 6 from its opponent.
TOP SCORER: Morgan Mcdowall, Hutt Heatt; Emmerson Houghton, Waitakere Blue Diamonds, and
Eike Daube, North Harbour Carlton Party Hire - 36 goals
MVP: Eike Daube, North Harbour Carlton Party Hire
Gabby Crothall (gk), Hutt Heat
Ella Pollock, Atlantis City
Isabella Morrison, Hutt Heat
Emmerson Houghton, Waitakere Blue Diamonds
Frankie Snell, Marist Magic
Jaz Myles, North Harbour Carlton Party Hire
Eike Daube, North Harbour Carlton Party Hire
NZWPNL - Women's 2018 League Team.