20 Sep 2008

Defending champs crushed in opening of NHL

8:11 am on 20 September 2008

The National Hocky League's defending champs have had contrasting starts to this year's competition.

The North Harbour men's side has crushed Northland 8-1 while the Wellington women have been defeated 5 nil by last year's wooden spooners Auckland.

The Canterbury men have beaten Southern 9-3, Central has upset Wellington 3-2 and Auckland has got past Midlands 2-1

In other women's results Midlands has beaten Southern 6 nil, Central has edged Northland 2-1 and North Harbour has squeezed past Canterbury 3-2.