For the second year in a row, the National League made its way to the Capital for a week’s worth of New Zealand’s best domestic hockey.
MX team members were in the thick of the action on both the men’s and women’s side of the tournament.
MX coach, Estelle Macadre, was in action for the Capital Cyclones after making her debut in 2017. The Cyclones were competitive all week and were unlucky to miss out on the top four.
Estelle’s individual performances continued to demonstrate her growth over the last two years. Our MX counterpart definitely looks at home at NHL level and we’re expecting big things from her in 2019, no pressure!
On the men’s side of the draw, the Cobra’s repeated their efforts from three years ago claiming the National League crown for the second time in four years. Highlights included a miraculous come from behind win over Auckland, down 1 - 0 with 50 seconds left, the Cobra’s pinched two late goals to progress to the final.
Not to be outdone, the final delivered an absolute classic. Capital running out eventual winners over North Harbour in a thrilling shoot out. In fitting fashion, long time Cobra and Blackstick veteran, Kyle Pontifex made the final save ending a decorated NHL career.
We wish Kyle all the best for the next chapter in his life.
Lochie Paton debuted for the Cobra’s and didn’t disappoint. Lochie contributed throughout the week and turned in one of his best performances in the final. His contributions extended beyond the on turf performances, kindly offering up his place of residence for post tournament celebrations.
All in all, an action packed week of hockey that we at MX thoroughly enjoyed. We hope you did too!