After losing their second round match to Auckland, the Canterbury United Pride got back to winning ways against Waikato Bay of Plenty. But they didn’t have it all their own way, with WaiBoP the first to score. However, a great strike from Whitney Hepburn saw last year’s champions level the score. Just before halftime the Pride scored a second through Britney Lee Nicholson. In the second half, North Canterbury’s Gabi Rennie put the Pride up 3-1, heading home a free kick, and the match looked sewn up. However, WaiBoP weren’t going to lie down that easily and caught the Pride on the break to make it 3-2 and get themselves back in the match. Late in the game the Pride won a penalty and Rebecca Lake coolly slotted it, to restore the two goal advantage, and take the win 4-2. At home, the Canterbury United Dragons men’s team kicked off their Premiership season against Waitakere. Former North Canterbury player, Luke Tongue started for the Dragons, however their seemed to be nothing they could do, as the Auckland side tucked away four unanswered goals.