What a great first full round of TEM hockey for the 2016 season! To build on the club’s epic preseason campaign we had plenty of teams take to the field over the entire week!
We will be looking to bring you a weekly round-up of results, so check it out down below to see how all our teams went!
Mens Vic League 1 – The TEM Vic League 1 Men travelled to Yarra for a fixture heavily anticipated by both sides. The home side started strong, bringing with them an intensity that resulted in two quick goals. TEM composed themselves and struck back to bring the score to 2-1, however a lapse in concentration lead to Yarra netting a third to halt any of TEM's forward momentum. Relentless pressure was applied however TEM failed to capitalize on a day where nothing seemed to go to plan and we finished with a 3-1 loss.
TEM VL1 play Casey at home on Saturday the 17th at 3pm. The reigning premiers will be pitted against a Casey side fresh from Premier League in what's sure to be an exciting match.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – After having their grand finals hopes dashed last season in a shootout, the VL1 reserves team were out to prove a point against the Yarra Valley Yabbies. With the added incentive of James Heaney's 200th, a debut in the reserves for Oliver Ritman and some good form in previous weeks the boys were pumped and ready to go!
Yarra had the better start as TEM took some time to adjust to the playing conditions. Fortunately Yarra missed a stroke midway through the first half and TEM managed to come back and strike a goal on the counter thanks to some persistent work from Alex Baer. The second half was a tough tussle with TEM finding themselves working over the top of Yarra, and were rewarded as Andrew "Hungry as Ever" Mills bundled the ball in and gave TEM the 2-0 win.
Mens Pennant A – Hockey Victoria generously set the TEM Pennant A side up with a round 1 match up against last years Grand Finalists - Camberwell. However, the boys were confident and keen for an upset win after holding the same team to a draw towards the end of last season. After a fast start and a shot on goal TEM quickly conceded and went down 1-0. Half time found the boys 2-1 down but still with plenty of the ball and scoring opportunities.
The second half was high scoring with a further goal taking it to 3-1, before TEM scored two fighting goals to level it for the final buzzer at 3-3. This week TEM head to the high scoring Altona home ground where they hope to one-up and come away with a victory.
Mens Pennant C – Pennant C faced a tough opening round to the 2016 season with a match against last years champs, Camberwell. The first half was fairly even with circle penetrations from both teams, but Camberwell took the lead 2-0. In the second half fatigue set in and some poor decisions were made, and not enough switching saw the ball being played repeatedly into a crowded side of the field and lead to Camberwell forcing turnovers, overwhelming our defence on the counterattack and scoring some easy goals.
The boys worked hard and managed to put two in the back of the net in the final 10 minutes, with goals to Luke Westmore (debut) and Jonno Stewart, leaving the final scoreline at 6-2 against. Next week the team is up against Doncaster at 11:00 Sunday at Doncaster. Having played a close practice game there a fortnight ago it will be good to see how the guys lift from that 3-1 loss and if we can build on our performance this weekend to secure a win early in the 2016 season.
Mens Metro B Red - With David Gillespie, John Roche, Cam Murray (TEM Junior) & Rick Barry all making their senior TEM debut, along with overdue returns from Simon Kars, Nick Lockwood, Ben Amor and Dave Welsh it was surprising to see TEM start out strongly, moving the ball well through midfield for a newly formed team. Despite the early control of the ball it was Hawthorn who went into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to a short corner conversion, one of only two Hawthorn chances for the half, and some poor finishing from TEM.
A positive half time talk reinforced that playing in the same manner would bring about the desired result, leading to two second half goals and the three points with a 2-1 win. This weekend we look forward to the opportunity to extract further revenge on Old Melbournian's for last season’s grand final defeat, after the TEM Blue Metro team’s excellent win over them last weekend.
Mens Metro B Blue- This was a the grand final rematch. Old Melbourne v TEM Blue. TEM came away with the first win of the season. The first half was dominated by TEM, scoring three goals. Luke Graven scored a stunner goal - what could only be described as sheer skill or something that only may happen once in a lifetime! The next two goals were just as impressive from Tony Dudley and Stuart Hamilton. The second half was played much more defensively, with the final score at 3-1.
Mens Masters – A reasonably successful first round with the 35As TEM Men’s Masters who have moved up from 35B drawing 1-1 with MUHC, the 35Bs who have moved up from 35C losing 0-1 to KBH in a very tight game, the 45Ds winning 7-0 against Doncaster who were short two players, and the 50Bs winning against Yarra Valley 2-0.
Round 2 the 35As have a bye, the 35Bs play Doncaster, the 45Ds play MHSOB, and the 50Bs play Southern.
Womens Premier League – TEM Premier League women took on Southern out at Moorabbin. After a disappointing loss last week, TEM were out to play with more intensity. The game started with good forward pressure and attacking play from TEM. Southern opened the scoring with a deflection against the flow of the game.
Rachel Graven knocked one back for TEM with a goal off a penalty corner. With scores locked 1-1 at half time, Courtney Hansford made a skillful run from the half line to put away TEM's second goal. Southern responded with two more deflection goals and Amelia Hough scored off another corner. TEM finished the game with some good transfers and created opportunities up front, unfortunately none were put away. Final score 3-3.
Womens Premier League Reserves – It's an exciting time to be part of the Reserves – the 2016 season has brought us new recruits Abbey Konieczny, Rachael King and Therese McArthur, new young guns Annabel Kennedy and Charlotte Ritman, new Captains Sophia O’Beirne and Laura Tulloch – and all under the watchful eyes of new Coach Margie Conley!
It was out third official hit out this week versus newly promoted Southern United. With two narrow losses behind us, we were determined to go out strong and put the powerpoint slides into motion. International guest star Fran Flores worked hard up forward with Jacquie Lawson to create lots of shots on goal in the first half, but with no luck. Southern scored off a short, making the half time score 1-0. We kept the intensity up in the second half and Abbey deflected one in at right post for a final score of 1-1.
Womens Pennant A – TEM Pennant A Women’s first match for the season was against none other than Hawthorn. After a bit of a scrappy team-goal TEM went into half time 3-1 down. Sandy Marshall clocked up a few k's minimising the impact of Lizzie-I-don't-know-her-last-name-but man-she's-good. While she scored a hat trick for Hawthorn in the first half, she barely featured in the second. TEM finished up 4-1 down.
Whilst the second half was a massive improvement in regards to communication and pressing forward there is still work to do. No doubt Bluey Tulloch will have the girls practicing some basics (trapping, flat passes) this week. A special thanks also to Therese McArthur for jumping in goal. Therese was working hard at the back with some excellent saves, including a lot of ground work. Also thanks to the young'uns Stella Crawford-Rust and Olivia Wood who had her first game; the girls proving that proving they can not only add value in the skills department but they are also pretty tough!
Womens Pennant C – The Pennant C women started out a bit rocky when KBH scored 2 quick goals in the first 10mins, but rallied together with some great team play keeping them at bay. The 2nd half TEM came out firing with 2 quick goals by Kaz Hodges and Gabby Lewis, with fantastic build up and support from everyone. TEM continued fighting but alas KBH managed to score again leading to a final score of a 2-3 loss.
Womens Metro A Red – TEMWomen’s Metro Red Team is very excited. The team welcomed new youth players Ellie Dwyer, Camryn Bailey and Emma Laird to their first game. This adds another pair to the fabulous mothers and daughters mix that we love so much. With a great spread of skill, experience and legs TEM held much of the play for the day and continued to grow in strength and confidence in the second half. Leesa Needham and Ellie scored 3 goals but without a goalie the final score was 4-3 down. Great first game!
Womens Metro A Blue – Round one proved to be a fantastic and positive start to the season for the Metro Blue gals. The team welcomed some brand new faces and also welcomed back some who have been away from hockey for a while. Believe it or not, Saint Bedes had an even larger coaching panel than TEM did and definitely more on the bench but the girls sure challenged them on the field.
Despite the 3-1 loss, a number of positives came out of the game with some great linking passes and lots of positive talk on the field. Deflection extraordinaire Fi Troise scored the goal from a cracking ball from Emma Clarke at right half. All in all a great start to the season! Thanks to the coaching panel too- the girls always appreciate your words of wisdom.
Womens Masters – The A team won 2-0 with the addition of new Masters recruits of Bron Miller & Liz Eager as well as the transfer of recent Australian reps fresh from the World Cup of Deb Stockdale & Sal Evans. The B team lost his week, but are looking forward to stepping up for the next game!